You were a huge help- got lots of stuff done that had been dangling, waiting for the extra hands. The side effect though, was some brain fog- re-focus here, re-focus there. Now I've gotta re-focus again, on coping with just us. And, for extra fun, I sneezed this morning.
Ha ha. If you've had your back go out, you know a sneeze is not amusing, and indeed it put my partially recovered back back into spasm. Hopefully minor, it doesn't feel like going back to square one- but it's definitely a problem.
Meanwhile- the weather is apparently Augember. Late August temperatures, but November rain patterns; day after day of gray drizzle. Nov/Dec is when we need our backup generators the most, usually- it's common to have weeks of no effective sun; Jan/Feb are VERY sunny, usually, and though the hours are short, the power is good- something few people know is that photovoltaic panels are more effective- the colder it is.
This is not a minor effect- you get around 1% more power for each 3°C colder than "rated" temperature. Usually panels are rated at 25°C (which is pretty fakey- in full sun, in summer, they're probably running more like 50°C- which means a lot less power). In winter though; it's pretty common to have bright sun- often bouncing off snow; very cold temps; and wind- so the panels may be running at a temp of -30°C; which should mean around 20% MORE than "rated" power output. I learned this the hard way; by boiling my batteries one nice February.
See? Brain fog. Starting to ramble. Today we've got 12 hours of sun and wind- before the rain starts again. Have to get some firewood in before the rain comes back; we ARE needing the stove now. The Little House has big windows, by design, and in 50°F weather it will heat nicely, if it's sunny- but if it's drizzling day after day, it gets miserable without the stove.
Off to the woodpile.