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4/7/11

Rainwater System Update : The Cynical, DOOMSDAY, Jaded, Ornery Post From The Prefab House Kit

Doom And Gloom!


Our cistern / rainwater design now accommodates radiation rainfall scenarios.
Very sad, shocking, but realistically a preventative option that we would be foolish not to implement. Here Rainwater Management Solutions's Rick Hall gives an overview on how the rainwater system filters contaminated drinking water:



Ominous clouds gather! The gale of uncertainty rages!



Take it eaaaaaaaasy... take it eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-aaaaaaay-hay-sy.
I don't believe in fear mongering or paranoid pathos. But my practical side thinks being prepared is... well, practical, and if there's a chance o' radioactive meltdowns spewing atoms in the air that might globally circulate into our rainwater stream, well, why not. As a sailor I get the winds o' the world and how fast they can travel... for a few bucks, fine, I'll do it.

It also reminds me that as much as I tell everyone to Keep On The Sunny Side, practical prevention and knowledge of practical skills are also another indicator of a major cultural schism that has been growing, nation-wide, for decades.
Trippy.
And sometimes, when you're surrounded by such people who think you're weird because you value skillz, even hellish.




If knowledge is power, then I'm concerned when I look out at a nation of people who don't know basic things like how to cook, how to make simple things like jam or yogurt... to me that is kinda crazy.

It's like everyone has been lulled into losing their Mad Cool Crafty Frugal Skillz.  
What happened to our culture where the average grocery clerk doesn't even know what yogurt starter is? And it seems that only ONE grocery store carries yogurt culture in the entire city?!? Where are all the crafty practical people?!? Oh, I know they're there, because they're our friends! But... it's just kind of weird that pretty much 99.9% of this city doesn't have a market for making yogurt and whatnot. I guess they just grab the plasticized versions of yogurt, cheese, food....

Read: Cotton Candy Go-gurt – The Final Desecration of Yogurt

Inside the Label: Oscar Meyer’s Lunchables Turkey and Cheddar Cracker Stackers

A great nanny!
Even look at our pets: People bred the intelligence out of most purebred dogs, and no longer look for function.  I appreciate our great farm dog mutt who patrols the perimeter, herds the family, and leaps ten feet into the air to snap at predators aiming to dine on chickens... that is a *valuable* dog.

And don't get me started on the practical pleasure of backyard chickens... ; )

SPEAKING OF... The Richmond Chamber of Commerce and city council visits Austin this week to see why they're such a more livable town. Lessee, #RVA has talent, music, architecture... what could it be? What could it be?
What do all three cities they've visited (Austin, Raleigh, Oklahoma City) have that we don't have? 
#CHICKUNZ

Anyhoo, we stayed behind last weekend and spent a glorious day working in the garden, planting (late) spring seeds and pulling weeds. 


Handsome Husband went to The Big Box Meatball Store and got some easy drop-in base cabinets for the zero energy off grid prefab home's kitchen...and it wasn't what I blogged about. But it looks good, is more solid than what I chose off of the internet when he viewed it close up.

The children set up their Amish Stand and spent the day selling Army Men, Toys Eaten By Their Dogs and Broken Rocks to 40-year-old men. Maybe next time we'll also make cookies...

I get the stink-eye from the neighboring moms each weekend we're in town over that front yard stand... I think they think it's distasteful my children are vying for actual money. Hey, neighborhood moms, it's ok- maybe my children will hire your children one day!
-GrowingUpEntrepreneursHeckThey'reLearningDarnedGoodWorkEthic

Ya know...these same women do not hesitate to mass email for their child's fundraiser (and btw- whatever happened to making the child earn the money themselves?)... One of my children's victims was a consultant at Capital One who loved their financial intent; I explained about how they are growing up with Amish stands so this is very normal to them and he was really into the financial independence and homesteading culture they've experienced! (And he really liked the Army Men!) 


So it's not fair of me to dismiss the *entire neighborhood*- people have pointedly stopped by whenever we are here to tell us they are glad to see us. I need to be fair to that. 

So right when I think this Boring Ignorant Suburb experience has turned me into a jaded ole sour puss, Granny Miller strews sunshine my way:
When life throws you barriers, just git on yer cow and jump 'em.



Because you have patiently listened to me rant these past weeks, I'm going to share some Super Secret news:

We have some exciting announcements coming up for the Green Modern Kits brand!
I am fresh off a conference call with Akemi Tanaka and the factory and yes, the modern furniture line, Akemi Tanaka For Green Modern Kits is finally happening- furniture that does multiple things in small spaces, designed for our prefab house kits! We are pulling something together timed for ICFF, I am *very* excited to move this forward, and with great partners. Like all the stories I've told, it is about the family and friends you build through serendipitous overlap that make the whole so strong.

By the way, speaking of friends and skills like cooking (and that if *I* can do it, ANYONE can) this week I made:
Scott And Catherine Kyle's Vegan *Delicious* Carrot Almond Soup Except Bastardized By Copeland And Turned Into Pureed Butternut Squash Soup With Chicken Stock
[What?]
If you want Delicious Vegan Carrot Soup, follow the first list. If you want Curried Squash Puree With Chicken Broth, follow the -› then those ingredients listed instead. Both are delicious. Scott and Catherine brought this to our Farewell Chickunz Party, it is incredibly tasty.
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil -› or any fat you have on hand
  • 1 3/4 curry powder (I put in a LOT more!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes (I put in a LOT more!)
  • 3 garlic cloves (Um, I know this will surprise you but I... put in more)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 lb carrots, peeled and chopped -› lotsa butternut squash, baked 20 minutes, then cubed (save the seeds! save the seeds! and toast 'em! deelish!)
  • 4 cups water -› grab some chicken broth from the freezer
  • 2 cups plain unsweetened almond milk -› cream or coconut milk
  • 4 cilantro sprigs, leaves and stems reserved seperately
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted -› toasted butternut squash seeds
Cook onion in oil w/ 1/2 tsp. salt on medium heat, stirring, until soft (about 10min). Add curry, red pepper, ginger, garlic. Cook 1-2 minutes. Add carrots, water, almond milk, cilantro stems, 1/2 tsp. salt & simmer, stirring until tender (about 20-30 minutes). Puree. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves and toasted almonds. I served with dollops of creme + toasted seeds, YUM!

I also made a pasta for mah child who is beleaguered by a head cold. I call this...
Momma Make You Better Pasta
  • slice into 1" lengths: 4 carrots, 1-2 onions,  1/2 red cabbage
  • mince garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • organic brown sugar
  • rice vinegar
  • dice sausage 
  • pasta to taste (I used up whatever was left in 2 boxes to make an "almost 3/4 of a box"- let the veggies be the star and everything else round it out)
Sautee in whatever fat / oil you have on hand : your onion, carrots until soft then add garlic, sautee awhile, add cabbage, stir about five minutes, turning, then add sausage, brown sugar. Cook pasta. Once the pasta is done, drain it and add to the mix, add in sprinkles of vinegar, lemon juice, more brown sugar until you get the sweet and sour mix you like and everything has flavor. Vitamins and lemon to assuage your cold are served!

No Prefab Visit? Again? Well... It is supposed to rain all weekend... Yet I am just dying to get out to the land and, if the weather breaks, look for all the great things coming up out of the ground this time of year... ramps, morels, creases... and the wildflowers are popping out all over Virginia... and I'm ready to eat 'em! Check out Spring Beauty, here, an old favorite food of native american children...

I also have some vintage lamps to drag out...

And wait! It'll be EARTH DAY! No better way to celebrate living lightly than a beautiful, modern, energy efficient, zero energy off grid house...

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2 Comments:

At 4/11/11, 11:19 AM , Blogger Jenn said...

Austin TX is a livable city and it does too have CHIKUNZ!! Lots and lots of them. Suburban chikunz! :-)

 
At 7/13/11, 9:36 AM , Anonymous plumbing supplies said...

This is interesting. Though I can say that rainwater systems can provide many advantages and I think you need to see it yourself.

 

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