It’s that 1/2 time of year again. Test & tally batteries. Replace & — now in the age of USB– recharge– flashlight batteries and other lithium ion things.
We stay pretty up-to-snuff on ethanol-free gasoline as we need it everyday for the lawn-tractors, tillers & such, but I check to be sure we’re well-supplied for the generators.
I downloaded the owners’ manual for our Midland walkie-talkies with NOAA radio so I could reprogram the Weather Radio.
And I indulged myself. I bought a 5-Way AM/FM/SW/LW/WX radio. spaghetti, chili, cheese, onions, and beans. Solar. Crank. AC/DC/ AA battery. Lithium-ion battery.
Meanwhile, that water tank filled up clean to the top. Daughter C had to release the release valve so the gutters wouldn’t overflow in today’s deluge.
So we have hundreds of gallons of water that have been shed from our pristine tin roof into our reservoir.
My first thought is that we need several more like these.
My second thought is that no matter how many gallons of water I squirrel away for human consumption, I’ll not have to share any of them with the cats and dogs. Look at all that water!
Third– there are a lot of toilet flushes in there. I haven’t done the arithmetic, but I’m guessing it takes <1gal to flush. Currently the ratio of person to toilet is 4/6 or 1.5 toilets per person. We are wealthy.
Finally, and assuming that the weather events continue to fill our tub, imagine that the water fails–as it has– and that we’re under a boiled water situation.
We do have gallons of water on hand for coffee, tea, and cooking. But I can see draining off some water from the tank, boiling it, and freshening up a bit.
Thumbs up to the J-Man for making this happen.
If shit goes south, we’ve got water.