We have been working on installing electricity in the
barn. We have a small line that runs from our house to
the barn that powers a small pump and a few heated
buckets outside during the winter, but now we have
installed electrical outlets in every section of pen and
in the barn.
We are going to run power lines directly to the barn
to feed all the outlets. We have been getting by with a
tiny, little pump. It struggles to keep water flowing
through all the pens. We already bought the new pump,
which will easily service all the existing pens and
pounds PLUS the new pens we plan to add in the future.
Once the new power lines are set in place, we will be
able to hook up this new pump and the water will really
move! So exciting! And when winter comes every pen,
inside and out will have heated water buckets--no more
running out at 5 a.m. and chipping ice out of water
buckets of the inside barn gang anymore.
The town inspector came out yesterday and was
impressed with everything. He wants us to add one more
ground pole, which we suspected he would do and wants
some sealant put on in a few places, but that's about
it. So Tony and Dad fixed those last things today and
the inspector is coming back on Friday to have a look
and then sign off on our permit. Woo hoo! Then we can
have CL&P come out to do the install, which is FREE!
This will be great for the sanctuary because we will
have split meters and the sanctuary will be billed
directly for power. That way any bills we Links pay are
at least tax deductible.
In other news... I lost my job
today... downsizing. But on the bright side, severance
came with it, and time home with the ducks is always
good. I am a Credit Manager and have tons of Credit &
Collections experience and the one thing about hard
times is lots of businesses owe money and that means
Credit/Collection work is out there. Closed doors always
mean new ones opening and in my experience, better ones.
So there's to the future!
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