We've officially had electricity at The Ranch for a couple of weeks now. Neal was the first to test out our lighting when he stayed overnight.
This is our $20 bathroom light fixture that Neal found brand new (he's such a bargain hunter!). I think it adds a bit of rustic charm to the room.
Although we had electricity, we couldn't generate water until we got a well pump. We decided on a Grundfos Smartflo from Denmark, which had to be special ordered. After waiting over a month, it finally arrived and we had it installed right next to our Rheem on-demand water heater.
To our surprise, the well pump installers did not connect the pump to the electricity source, so the Jack-of-all-trades jumped right in and began testing voltage and splicing wires. Within no time, he had it all connected so we could see if everything "flowed" as it should.
Hallelujah, it worked! We have running water. Really clear, pure, running water with great pressure.
Neal and I hugged each other and danced a little jig. OK, well maybe not the jig part! But, we were ecstatic about the fact that we now have electricity and running water. Several times during the night Neal would blurt out in amazement, "We have ranch water!"
And, to add to our creature comforts of ranch living, we also have a wood stove! Isn't it just the cutest thing?
The next order of business is to get the venting kit for the stove so that we can actually use it. Neal and our neighbor have decided to tackle the task of cutting through the ceiling and roof and installing the vent kit themselves, thereby saving us at least $500 in installation costs. Have I mentioned how much I love being married to a handy guy?
Our plan is to spend this Christmas at The Ranch, in front of our wood stove. Guess someone better get busy chopping wood to fill that stove. Oh, honey????