Progress On The Zero Energy Off Grid Prefab House! And My Colleagues Wonder If I'll Join The Tea Party Until I Realize The Tea Party Is France
But there was no time to sit and rest, even on a charming unexpected bench in the middle of the woods. We had work to do to continue our progress on the prefab house kit!
zero energy prefab home!
Plumbing continued with Max, with Handsome Husband assisting, and we did a seasonal emptying of an off grid system: the composting toilet. Then I spread not straw but moldy hay over the recent excavation / grading.
I *know* you're jealous...
It was nice to see the energy efficient passive solar home performing nicely in the heat. The overhang kept direct sun out, yet there was always plenty of light inside.
With the windows open overnight, at 7:30 a.m. it was 74 degrees as I closed the house back up. At 12, it was 79. Today the high was in the mid-90s. So, like in winter where we lose a degree an hour, this is consistent where we gain a degree an hour in summer, without any cooling systems, and always are about 15-20 degrees on the better side of the weather, still without systems and with just the passive solar design.
By the way: After my last post y'all thought I was going to go off and join the Tea Party, didn't you.
My colleagues did...
I skimmed the literature and I get it:
The Tea Party? Yo, they're France!
Don't get me wrong. I love France!
Well, here's the (latest) on France. They have banned all on-air references to Facebook and Twitter because eet does not eeexeest in zer original French lan-guage, and is 'clandestine advertising' zut alors and honeychiles, y'all.
Who knows? I don't!
The Tea Party protects "the right to profit." Now I'm all about profit. But if we profit over every piece of land then... what will we have than cement? Whatever happened to being a steward? Isn't it time we look at land and nature as something we depend upon, for our existence, to treat carefully, even with reverence, as a resource we could ruin? I considered that as I toiled over two days seeding the newly-exposed top soil (oh so precious! Please don't blow or wash away! Our family depends upon you!) from the excavating and then spread hay over it again, to hopefully protect it.
Christian Science Monitor, the French liberals agree that mentioning Facebook and Twitter is unfair to lesser business models:
“Why give preference to Facebook, which is worth billions of dollars, when there are many other social networks that are struggling for recognition? This would be a distortion of competition," Christine Kelly, board member of the French Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) that made the ruling. "If we allow Facebook and Twitter to be cited on air, it's opening a Pandora's Box – other social networks will complain to us saying, ‘why not us?'”Well, girl, that's because the person was frickin' talking about Zee Facebook-ah or Zee Tweet-ter, not your undiscovered, uncreated, unremarkable entrepreneurs who are not Facebook or Twitter and I assure you when they start doing something interesting and newsworthy they will get air time! [Sheesh!]
Actually as we delve deeper into French politics we get a big ole Grève mess and...
Oh. Wait. Enough about the Tea Party being all French and all.
Let's talk about the off grid zero energy prefab house kit!
We couldn't find any straw locally, but Mrs. E, our Amish neighbor, did have hay, which had rained on it and was therefore no longer appropriate for their horses, to offer as straw for our newly-seeded home site / area. We were happy to purchase it, a great exchange between neighbors- they got money for not-great-rained-upon-now-moldy hay, which we used as straw and had the added bonus of seeds included that might sprout on top of what we seeded.
Clouds gathered, and we got busy.
I quickly strewed hay-now-used-as-straw, careful on my even-ness: enough to let light in yet heavy enough to prevent washing away of the soil...
Then: there was one moment where the wind *swept* down, and in a deliberate breath overturned and blew away an entire area I had just sowed.
When lightening flashed we came in.
Immediately it began to pelt a steady rain, and thunder rolled across, heavy.
So I sit here, waiting for it to pass, with straw in places you've never seen a girl sport in a sunny, vintage Hawaiian dress... I have moldy hay up my nose and down my lungs, ugh.
|Nice. I'm now covered with mold from shaking the hay out. |
I now understand what Black Lung feels like.
I... I just need a bath.