After what I would call “hell week” I didn’t think too mutch could redeem the week and make it an over all good week. God has a sence of humor! Even though I couldn’t make the disc golf date that Chad had made with a couple from church it had been good and they were up for joining us for lunch after church. We found out that it was their routine to go out for lunch while doing their laundry for the week at the laundry mat next door. A lot of people here live off the grid if not completely at least partially. The house we are staying in is mostly off the grid. Most of the appliances are gas and our water is rain water that is caught in a catchment which looks like anything from a large round above ground swimming pool to a shorter metal silo. It catches the rain water, it goes through two filters one UV and I don’t remember what the other one is. It is drinkable out of the tap and actually taste pretty good. It rains so much that we do not really need to be too cautious about how much water we use. Here is a picture of our catchment.
All that to say that our new friends live completely off the grid. They have paid for their lot in cash and paid as they went building their own house with help from friends over the last year and a half. They have not yet put in a washer and dryer and they have a guaranteed date time each Sunday so no rush. After lunch they invited us up to see their place and it was SO COOL! We are totally amazed and jealous 😀. Thank you Jesse and Isabel you guys are awesome!
Like our house it was up a dirt road though it had a lot less pot holes it had bumps from the hard lava rock underneath the gravel. A lot of the houses here are build up off the ground I’m not sure why that is but I like the look especially on some of the ones that are way high up. Jesse and Isabel’s place is in between and very cute.
They have two solar panels and two batteries for electricity with a generator for backup (they have only needed it when running power tools otherwise the solar panels and batteries are sufficient to keep the house all powered up). And for just the two of them they have a much smaller than ours catchment.
We also loved the landscaping and Jesse’s hydroponics experiment where he is co-growing taro and tilapia.
After a short tour they asked if we would like to stay and roast marshmallows so we all pitched in to get the fire started. The wood was damp due to humidity so it took a while.
The kids started playing in the mud while the adults (guys) took turns blowing on the fire to keep it alive.
When the fire came alive the kids took turns roasting marshmallows and drinking hot cocoa while we sipped on tea. Eve decided she knew something that was even better than roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate separate and that was eating them together. Before we could intervene she had dipped hers in and stuck the whole thing in her mouth. Hannah had to try it out too it must have been good because they were pretty pleased with it.
Grandma Brown, whose face is this? Eve has to get this from someone.
Hannah made “Lava Marshmallows”
It started to rain so we moved the shelter from over the hydroponics pond to by the fire pit.
Isabel made quesadillas for dinner, we hung out in the house and helped her while the boys kept the fire going.
What a blast! We came home late but with full hearts. I have made friends at work and Chad has made friends with neighbors and at church, but this is the first time in the last year that we could just relax and hangout and enjoy the company of new couple friends.