Stunningly beautiful day. Sunny, clear, just a little nip in the air. My kind of day. I love it! It is especially appreciated after a night of screamin’ hell!
Well, it wasn’t hell. Not really. It just blew like it. OMYGAWD! It blew so much that the goofy little wind turbine that we erected jammed a whole lotta extra juice into the batteries for the very first time! For our batteries to ‘open’ the day at 50.4 volts is, like, amazing. Typically, a really good a day is 49.6. We were both grinning from ear to ear.
“Unh, Dave. Maybe you and Sal should get out more? Get some kind of life, maybe? Sheesh……..watching your battery levels? That’s kinda sad, man!”
I confess that watching battery levels is an acquired taste in satisfaction. You really have to ‘be here’ to fully appreciate it. So, I won’t dwell on it except to say that everyone reading this blog who lives off the grid is saying, “OHMYGAWD! The guy woke up to 50.4! It really doesn’t get any better than that!”
We think differently out here.
Sal and I still think the fire in the stove is fantastic! We still marvel at hot water in the shower. We think we are wealthy beyond our status to eat well, drink well and have a beautiful view from just about every window. And Sal adds some extra points for having two dogs (I subtract those points, myself). We have a lot to be thankful for and we are. Truly. But, Geez, man! 50.4 volts!!
To a lesser extent but on the same kind of metric, we see wealth in the oyster beds, the free-flowing and more-than-adequate water. We rejoiceth in prawns, our buckets sometimes running over. Same for clams and the odd fish we snag. We fully appreciate free floating logs. We could say the same for berries but we never seem to get around to picking them. But we will. Same for apples (lots of old orchards on the island). If we could, we might be able to say the same for venison. But we can’t. Not yet. Maybe in the future. Sometime. Possibly.
The thing about living off the grid is that you come to appreciate life in a whole different way. It may sound a bit cliché and it is, but consumer/material things just don’t do it for us anymore except when they make life safer, easier or more convenient. We appreciate our car, for instance. And the internet. And our boat motors. But non-important stuff, ‘disposable-income’ stuff, (fashion, restaurants, e-gizmos, Starbucks, etc) just has no appeal anymore. None. We have lost the hunger for a new cell-phone!
It is probably just an age thing – not an off-the-grid thing. I dunno. I am just noting the changes, really. I mean, our car is a 1996 and it seems just fine to me. I don’t lust for a new one. What has happened to me!? It’s gotta be age, eh?