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Things I’m Learning As I Go, Vol. I

August 20, 2012

1. Cooking by headlamp is interesting.

2. Immersion blenders do not use much energy at all. The generator makes no additional noise when I roughly puree canned whole tomatoes for an impromptu sauce.

3. By contrast, toasters use a ton of electricity. I fear the generator is preparing for takeoff when I make my morning English muffin.


4. Without the ability to give things a quick rinse under the faucet, what a recipe calls “a level 1/2 cup” becomes “eh…a heaping scoop or so” because, honestly, that’s just one less dish to wash.

5. When the generator is running in the evening, it’s helpful to plug in a lamp. If only to distract the mosquitos from my computer screen.

6. When there is no gasoline in the gas cans, there is no generator power. This becomes especially problematic late at night when gas stations are closed.

7. Everything is more complicated here. Even recycling. Cans must have labels removed, must be crushed, and everything must be driven to the transfer station. No more lazy toss-it-in-the-bin and walk-it-to-the-curb.

my high-tech “can crushing station” – it consists of a rock, and something heavy with a handle.

8. August is a few months too late to start thinking about firewood for winter. Most people buy their wood in early spring. You can find it this time of year, but it will cost more.

Thomas has some stacking to do. (Okay, I will probably need to participate. Sigh.)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sue permalink
    August 20, 2012 9:05 pm

    That’s a mighty fine pile of wood you have there!

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