Sometimes I Hate My Life

imageI am SO fookin’ sick of the weather in Western WaRshington! Look, either get sunny and warm or rain! Make up your damned mind already! This is worse than following that dipshit on the freeway that can’t decide how fast he wants to go.

Just not a whole lot going on. Regular chores (when I feel like doing them) and our walks. The people chopping down trees (Lumber Company?} haven’t gotten to the part near us yet. Think they’re pretty close though.

Trying to figure out how the wireing on those solar panels I bought work. Wired one way I can get 12-20 volts. Wired another I can get 30-60 depending on the sun. So, which do I want?

Marilyn MonroeTo power my shack (radio’s and computers/monitors to interface with the radios) do I want 3 or 4 batteries with invertor. Would input be 12 volts or 50-60 volts? Do I wire the panels (and batteries) in series or parrallel?

See, all I really know is I have 4 solar panels and I want to 1) run my shack off them, and 2) use one to power the Caravan/RV and my radio stuff while camping out. (This one is the easier one to figure out.)

Other than that I have NO idea what the fook I’m doing.

When I say “run my shack” I mean the 3 radio’s (that currently run on battery power), either my laptop or the Pi and a monitor. I want my “Shack” to cost zero bucks to run and be up and running during power outs or other emergencies.

I don’t think there’s any way to run my whole house on solar. Freezer, dishwasher, washer and dryer; all big users of electricity and I use them most every day. Or every other day. Except the freezer. It’s on all the time.

imageMost of the electronics and stuff like that could be run by solar, I think. Probably not my computer and 3 monitors. Maybe not the NAS even though I have the drives turn themselves off after 15 minutes of non-use. Big tv could. Pi media player could. Probably the cable modem/router.

Well, it finally rained a bit. Just enough to get part of the garbage burned. But at least it made up it’s mind on what to do. For a moment.

SWMBO got home and took me to Safeway for some “stuff.” Nice being out of the house with her!

Got in the last part of the NMARES Net and listening to them talk about W7LDE’s antenna’s.

Think I’ll go lay down and read a bit.

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Turned 66 Yesterday. Oh, Joy.

Actually, as far as birthday’s go, I’ve had worse. Just me and the Dog doing our usual routine most of the day. Took SWMBO to Micky D’s when she got home. Mailed my 2nd spit sample to Ancestry. (For some reason the first didn’t work.)


However, one of my Uncle’s on my Dad’s side of the family finally friended me on FB and conncted with me in their Messenger thingie. He said he was too young to have a 66 year old Nephew and that it was just he and his sister left. WHAT?

Wait a minute. Turns out Uncle Loren died shortly after his wife, Aunt Lois, died and Aunt Eileen died some time ago. What? Why The Hell Do I Find This Stuff Out On FB!??? Fuck. Shouldn’t someone have called me?! We visited with Uncle Loren just a couple of years ago and was half-assed planning on stopping by on our way from Texas to Toledo this coming Thanksgiving. (Won’t need to make that stop now!)


Real Close To Dropping Facebook. Real clost. I know that one of these mornings I’m gonna wake up and read my own obituary on FB.

Not a whole lot else going on around here. I’m getting weaker by the week and find it’s getting harder to make our walks. After the first mile I just don’t feel like doing anymore. Hate sitting around though. Especially when my foot doesn’t hurt that much. Think I ought to make an appointment with my Doc again. About time for the annual medications renewal anyway.


I am sick to death of the Wx around here. End of June and it’s only going to be around 65 degrees today. Cloudy all damned week. I hate this shit. Seriously considering wintering over down South someplace. Seriously considering it.

Got lazy for dinner and went to Safeway for their chicken stip dinner and some fried rice. Way more than I’ll eat for less than $10.

NMARES meeting @ 1900. Which went okay.

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