The kids....well, if you can call people in their thirties "kids", have moved on and this is my first real night alone in my new house all by myself...ohhhh, lonesome me. And yet, I like it. The coqui frogs are loud and there is something that screeches every once in awhile outside but all in all it feels good. The moon is almost full and casts a magical glow over everything. I am up high above the ground and have a good view of my acre.
I just heard a distant neighbor yell. I know it is an old man over there, but I thought he lived alone. The people on the other side of him are quiet and dark tonight. They came in early this morning and started weed whacking their yard. sigh. But their little white dog came over and played with us awhile, digging a big hole and eating some spam. He will be back.
Living alone has its drawbacks. I heard a great story about my little granddaughter today and there is no one to share it with. So here it is....She is two weeks late in being the right age to start kindergarten this year. Then she got into a preschool that will be in the big school so that is good but still she has to wait a week for it to open. Meanwhile her mom, my daughter, is starting her special ed classes and her dad brought her by the school in the afternoon. She was soon playing with the kindergarteners on the playground and apparently followed them back to their classroom. When my daughter found her she was in the middle of the group listening to a story the teacher was reading and frowned at my daughter not to blow her cover. The teacher probably didn't realize she was there or knew her from the school and thought it would be ok. So Petunia crashed the kindergarten class and it is such a cute story.
Last night we went to the end of the road about ten miles from here to the Night Market. The road has been cut off with a fresh lava flow and there are people claiming that this new lava made new land that is not subject to the contracts signed by the Hawaiians giving away their sovereignty. It was amazing to walk out on the lava and see the beautiful beach and then go into the crowded market with the great music. I had a fish taco with snap peas and mangos inside. That end of the island is the hippy end and I haven't explored it much. It is very jungle like and wild.
The solar system installers have been here for two days. They are good guys and are doing a great job. The six panels are big and there are eight batteries. The inverter is very good quality, expensive and powerful but there will still be limits to what I can power up. No dryer or air conditioner. Today he said some people put them all over their roof and then buy an electric car. There seems no limit. I am excited to go off the grid tomorrow.
One of the installers has been here before. About fifteen years ago he helped the fellow who was starting a cabin here with planting some trees and pouring the cement pad for the catchment system. He said the guy had a dog kennel on the side of the house and lots of pot plants. One day the guy came home and in ten minutes the cops showed up and hauled him to jail. Helicopters had been flying over all day and they had spotted his plants. Pot is medically approved here in the islands now. Sounds like the climate is just right for it here and I have always been interested in developing a strain that could help with my IBS constipation. Maybe it will actually be something I can do here.
Well, Im drinking a Fire Rock pale ale brewed in Kona and eating Shrimp Chips. Being alone in this wild country neighborhood on the Big Island of Hawaii is quite a treat. Im going to be ok.