By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 1/26/2021
Occurred: 5/5/2020
Topics/Keywords: #Coronavirus #Maui Page Views: 223
Did you ever wonder how people off the grid get rid of their garbage? Also, cows!

After spending a few days doing laundry (I didn't want to tax the solar-powered batteries too much until I knew what they could handle) and dealing with a lot of sporadic rain, I didn't expect we'd get much done today because more rain was predicted. However, that turned out to be wrong.

One problem may be that the weather prediction is for Hana. Technically, we live in Hana; but in reality, we are five miles out of town and around a curve in the coast. So, where the ocean is to the East of the town of Hana, it is to the North of our property. And that seems to make a lot of difference.

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As I've been doing, I awoke spontaneously about 5:20 AM, just in time for dawn.

The rising sun was yellow, not red, so I dared hope that yesterday's weather forecast for today (predicting rain) might be wrong.

But as the morning progressed, it quickly became apparent that this was going to be an outstandingly beautiful day, and that Keith and I were going to have cooperation from the weather and would be able to get some chores done. At least, we would likely have a nice breeze all day to keep us cool as we worked.

So our first task was to take the garbage to the local landfill. This has all been set up in a socially-responsible (pono) manner.

To the left, in the lot behind the office, are containers for metal, plastics, glass, and so on—the usual recyclables. To the right, across from the office,is the landfill for unsorted household trash.

All we have to do is back up, one at a time, toss the garbage we've brought, and drive away.

The landfill is open Tuesday through Saturday.

On our way home, we stopped to pick up a loaf of banana bread from the Hana Cultural Center. Maui has allowed restaurants and food places to be open all along, but only for takeout, and you have to wear a mask to order from the masked cashier.

Back home, Keith and I repurposed some lumber and cemont blocks to try and keep the cows from causing any more damage to our solar panels.

They have, for example, already knocked down one of the planks of the solar array framework,.

The calves are awfully cute, though!

Here are Lilly (in the bushes) and Ella just after running down the road from the upper level.

So, with limited equipment, this is the poor man's fence we assembled. It wouldn't keep a determined cow away, but I'm hoping it will at least discourage them from messing with the solar panels or generator.

This is what a solar panel looks like after a cow has used it as a welcome mat.

But, oh! What an exquisite day!

As we do each evening, Keith and I will now watch a movie or some TV shows (we are currently binging on Crisis On Infinite Earths) with dinner and desert (tonight it will be banana bread!), and then go to bed.

There are sure to be more chores tomorrow!