I email Starlight Solar in Yuma to set up an appointment.
The company is recommended by a friend of Rick’s. Since I don’t know anything about solar businesses in Yuma, one recommendation is enough. In my email to Larry, the solar “technician,” I explain my situation: I’ve got a 200 watt panel, a Tripp-lite 3000-watt inverter, a SunSaver MPPT charge controller, two AGM Optima batteries, and a Morningstar remote meter, and all this is not giving me the power I should be getting.
Larry emails me back, telling me he’ll do a system check and diagnose the problem, no charge. Then I can decide what I want done. We schedule a noon appointment for Thursday.
Now that I’m leaving the Darby Wells area, the weather is perfect.
Not just nice . . . perfect. How perfect? I’ll tell you how perfect. This morning Spike was in a super big hurry to get out the door, obviously with some urgent business to take care of. So I throw the black suits on Bridget and Spike and we tumble out the door. I can tell from the sun that we’re up later than usual; it must be about eight o’clock already.
The sunshine, the freshness of the air, the clarity of the desert environment, the blue sky . . . all this pulls me down the lane.
A bird sits at the top of a palo verde singing his heart out. The crew and I stop for a bit to listen.
It’s a phainopepla, which is like an eastern cardinal except it’s black, not red, and considerably smaller. This is the bird Rick told me to look for.
I can tell by Spike’s jaunty gait and Bridget’s scampering that the crew agrees that it’s a beautiful day. We keep going to the end of the lane and way down the wide, dirt road.
Off in the distance to the right I see the PTV and the Casita, and the door is wide open.
Then I realize what I’m wearing. I was so entranced by the beautiful day I walked off wearing what I slept in . . . an old knit shirt and pajama bottoms!
Oh, of course, here comes a truck . . . .
This afternoon around three, Rick and Lady stop by on their afternoon walk.
I tell him my plan to leave tomorrow. We exchange email addresses and phone numbers., and talk for a while. Rick asks me to let him know how the solar situation works out.
I’m not in a hurry to leave this place. If it weren’t for the solar situation, the crew and I would stay longer. Oh well, I have a feeling we’ll come back here someday.
I hear the weather is great right now in Yuma!
rvsueBird photo by George Vlahakis, www.pbase.com