Today was a satisfying day. We bought some barrels to use for making biodiesel. Two are semi-clear poly drums with 5 gallon markings on the side that we can use for glycerin settling tanks. The other two are regular steel drums for heating the dirty oil to filter and then process.
After picking up the drums, we took the kids to swim lessons. This was their last lesson. Karen will still be in tadpoles next time. That’s ok. Richard will move up to porpoise. They did water safety. For her they just reviewed the basic water safety and looked at life jackets. For him they actually wore the life jackets and did in water drills at the deep end then swam from the deep end to the other end while wearing the life jackets. They received their certificates at the end of class. I need to copy Richard’s and submit it to Chugach for reimbursement to show he finished the class.
After swimming we spent the afternoon getting the 200 gallon biodiesel processor going. Unfortunatly I didn’t have enough KOH to be able to process a full batch so we only were able to do 90 gallons. Still it works with no major leaks! I ordered more KOH yesterday. Unfortunately, I missed their caustic shipment by just a few days and the next one for Alaska won’t be for at least 2-3 weeks. I hope they are right since the last order took 2 months.
While I was waiting for the guys to finish the last pieces on the processor, I did dishes and tidied up the house. The Wilkinsons (from Simple Living AK) arrived a bit early. We were still adding the methoxide to the processor. Anyway, I made spaghetti dinner and we had a good visit. Richard and Judah spent most of their time together playing outside. Karen and the girls alternated between inside and out. They left about 10pm. It was nice to finally meet them. Anna still hasn’t had her baby yet. I wish we could get together again, but with her new baby on the way and my guys going to Kodiak early Tuesday, we agreed it probably wasn’t very practical this trip for them.