This past year has taught us that a sunny day is not something to be
taken for granted.
We've had our share of clouds of late.
So, when a sunny day comes along, it gives us cause to rejoice.
Don't be fooled by Sam's stoic face...
he's really happy to see the sun, too.
It's just that this is about as excited as Sammie gets.
There's nothing like the feel of warm sun on your back as the cold winter winds blow!
It's something to crow about.
We enjoyed every bit of yesterday's sun as it peeked in and out of the fast-moving clouds.
And as our solar panels get installed...
we are hoping for more sunny days ahead.
This is the last year for the present (30%) tax credit for the installation of solar power...
so we have gone ahead with the plan.
Any excess electricity that we produce will be credited towards our account...
so that on days when the sun doesn't shine... we work off of our credit.
You can see why we are hoping for more sunny days ahead.
Either way, it still feels like the right thing to do.
While we were in Africa, where the safari camps run on nothing but solar power,
we became accustomed to using these little solar lights in our tents at night.
They recharge in the sunlight during the day.
Upon our return, we ordered a couple of them to use here at home.
Ordering lights through this company helps to provide solar lighting
to families in Africa.
I love them and often use them to light the kitchen as I clean up
and do dishes after supper.
They provide enough light to be a reading/study light and can last most of the night.
I've been sitting in the kittens' stall watching them play throughout the day.
They are having such fun...play, play, play.
It was definitely time to give them their freedom (relative... they still are confined to
the large stall in the barn until they are neutered/spayed)
A piece of hay becomes a toy...
(they do have play mice and a ball)
"Is this the way out?"
Not yet, little one.