Monday, October 9, 2017

Well Issues, Cleaning Up and Prepping My Garden

Just taking some time to catch up on our projects for 2017. 

We called Jimmy to see if he could help us lift the well pump out of the ground to see what the problem was.  He has always been a good guy and sent Johnny over and then showed up later with Randy.  They had an awesome set up that was like a pulley system to pull the well pump out of the ground.  Sorry no pictures because I was getting parts.  Anyway when they got the pump put of the ground there was a hole in one of the fittings and it was completely rusted through.  Since Mike had a back up pump he decided to just swap it out for now.  How on earth a fitting that is supposed to be underground for a well rusted through is beyond me.  We will test and fix the old pump at another time but for now we have a new pump in the ground.

Mike digging for the water lines for our new well and tank set up:

Mike looks cold, lol.  He's making a new box to cover the well parts:

Our new set up nice and neat, just waiting for insulation and a cover:

Of course Niki girl making sure we do things right:

Taking out the hollies which never did anything for the house:

Mike using the reciprocating saw as these are stubborn:

Almost finished with all the bushes:

Covering the holes with dirt and we will let the grass grow in:

And then off the trimming Mike's hedges:

And on the solar building:

Little Niki:

We decided to change the outside of the house.  We want to make it lighter and cheerier.  He are some of our paint choices:

Yay...time to get my garden ready:)  Rotating the soil inside the cage:

Making it neat and ready for my plants:

Covering the walkways so i don't have a mess:

Just waiting for planting time:

Next up....time to change our old awning.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I have never made this before and decided to give it a try.  It would be great for anyone on a low carb diet as there is a lot of cheese.  It smells horrible while cooking the cauliflower, lol, but it tastes really good.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
1 head of cauliflower
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 ts. garlic powder
1 ts. Italian seasoning
1 egg
dash of salt
2 cup mozzarella cheese
pizza sauce
toppings you like

Grate the head of washed cauliflower until powder/rice like(I used the smaller part of my box grater)
Put in a covered glass bowl and microwave 4-6 minutes.
Spread out on a clean kitchen towel, wrap up and squeeze all water out.
Put the cauliflower in a bowl and mix with Parmesan, seasonings, 1 cup mozzarella and 1 egg.
Spread out on parchment paper about 1/4" thick.  Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

Add sauce, the rest of cheese and toppings.  Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes.  Quickly broil of you want it crisper.


Grate the cauliflower:

Spread it out on a clean towel, close up and squeeze all water out:

Put the dried out cauliflower back in the bowl and add dry ingredients:

Mix in the egg:

Spread out on parchment paper:

Bake about 15 minutes.  I like it darker:

Add sauce:

And toppings:

Bake 10-15 minutes more and broil for crispiness:

Overall this was pretty good.  I would make this again but would like to cut back on the amount of cheese.

Back Home 2017 and Getting The Building Ready for New Solar Batteries

Ahh...finally 2017.  It was a hot hot year down in Florida.  We were supposed to stay until at least February but one morning Mike said to me "do you mind if we go home"?  We were ready so we ventured back home in January.  We were very brave considering we had no idea if we would be able to make it to the top of our mountain.  As long as we arrived during daylight hours we would handle whatever happened.

Looking back now the driveway was the least of our problems, lol.  Everything "looked" good and the house was great.  After the unpacking of the van and the huge mess made from all of our stuff we got some rest.  Almost right away we noticed a problem with our system.  The batteries were not holding a charge.  While I stayed in the house putting things away Mike went up to check on the system.  Lucky for us he has been researching new batteries and planned to change them out this year...just not in the winter.  Oh well.  Looks like we better order them because it will take time to get them.  Mike is going with two Industrial Fork Lift batteries.  So while we wait we get things ready.

We start taking the old batteries out of Mike's building.  He hosed them down and is now drying them off:

We need to clear it out and repaint it:

Batteries are out and we are running the house on the generator:

While Mike preps the building I load up the trailer to take the batteries down to the barn:

We checked all of the batteries and they were still good but we knew we were close for a change anyway.  When Mike checked the system it turned out the water pump was running when it shouldn't have been.  This is what was draining our batteries not a problem with the actual batteries.

Back to the building and getting it ready.  We cleared it out and pressure washed it:

Mike is drying to with the blower:

We are fighting the weather here and trying to get everything done on the "nicer" days.  We need to get it painted and then we will cross our fingers for no snow when the batteries arrive.

I'm on paint duty.  I'm mixing all of the oddball paint for the walls and ceiling of the building:

And grays for the floor:

We used the paint sprayer for the walls and ceiling.  Mike is rolling the floor after I cut in the edges:

Niki enjoying the sun while we work:

The building is ready for us to move stuff back in:

Now we wait.  The batteries are coming on a big truck and we asked our friends at the farm supply if we could have them delivered to their store.  Thankfully they said yes as they also have a forklift.

I'm a little nervous about Mike and I moving these batteries by ourselves because each of them weighs 735 pounds.  Mike told me not to worry we can do it.  Uh oh....wish us luck.

The batteries have arrived.  We go to the farm supply with the trailer and they load them on the trailer for us.

Back home Mike is cutting the metal straps:

We are going to chain one up at a time and move them the the building using the tractor:

Mike lifts the first one up:

And brings it to the edge of the building floor.  Once he got the battery in the building with my guidance we had to get it into place and on top of two pipes.  We are going to use the pipes to roll it into place.  It wasn't "too" bad and we did get it into place:

Second battery coming in:

Mike setting it down on the pipes so we can roll it:

Using a little leverage to move them into place:

Mike setting up our new batteries:

Working on the system:

Mike put some insulation around the new batteries for winter:

The top and so few connections:

Much neater than the old.  We went from 24 smaller batteries to two large batteries that are actually much better:

Whew that was a rough month back.  We got the important things finished now we can move onto the non necessary things.

See you soon.