Monday, April 6, 2009
We live in a garage....our freezer runs off a wind turbine
Finally!, I painted Harry's bedroom...nearly black (think cave for an adolescent) with light 'sea foam' on the window wall so it isn't too bleak/dark.) I completed it in one day. Mind you it is a small room. I rearranged it for him, now all he needs is a new bed. Deane said he'd build him a loft bed.
It only seemed like yesterday when I painted it white for him, changing it from the lilac I had painted it for the girls. Before that I had painted that very same room with sunlight yellow for 'the baby'. (The baby is now eight).
Our house is beginning to look and feel like a garage. I am dispirited. There is a wind turbine on the floor below the stereo. There is a big battery, (like a car battery) on the floor near the back door which is attached to a 'sine wave inverter'. There are wires growing out of it, and one snakes into the laundry and is plugged in to our freezer. This is a good thing folks. We are experimenting with getting off the grid. As we live in Wellington (bloody windy), the appropriate method is wind turbines. I have a freezer that runs via wind.
On my beautiful (yet unfinished) concrete bench top, there stands a fridge. It is for our camper van. Deane bought it on trade me because it not only runs on electricity, but also gas. He has been fixing it and making sure it works. It does. However, it is still on my kitchen bench attached to a large gas bottle on the floor.
On top of the stereo, is a pile of tools.
The treadmill still has not gone. Deane 'sold' it to a friend over one month ago, but his wife wont let him take it home till he cleans out the garage. Which is fair enough. As she said, she doesn't want it to sit in a corner, useless and messy like it is in my house.
We have two bikes leaning on the wall beside the dining table. Next to them is a blue standing up bike pump. (Easy to use, but better in a garage...oh yeah...it is in 'the garage'). There is a windtrainer next to a lounge chair.
I'm not complaining.....or am I?
I thinketh we need to shift out of this lovely house on the hill, and move to a large house with a drive on and a double or triple garage. We all do a lot of things, so have a lot of stuff...( especially one of us...he who cannot be named.)
What do you think?