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Ran To The Bay To Avoid Drywall. A Prefab House Kit Hiatus.

We did NOT go paint and hang drywall and work ourselves to death on the passive solar prefab home this weekend. I'm desperately trying to get in a lil' summer before more fall work on the prefab home sets in.

And I ran, I ran so far away...

We also next install the solar heat tubes, fyi...

What can I tell you? *I'm avoiding drywall.*
I'm avoiding drywallING.

For three years I have tried to come up with an easier, better, affordable alternative to drywall for the passive solar zero prefab house (hello reclaimed VMI basketball court reused on the walls! But I don't want *all* the walls to be recycled maple...! The passive prefab would look like a sauna!)... and I haven't found a great, easy solution.
It is driving me crazy.
And I am picturing a fall filled with drywall mess.
I can't take it anymore.

So instead, we ran to the bay and made lots and lots of food.

Not exactly the architectural solution you were hoping for, eh?
See past musings on drywall alternatives for the prefab house kit:
At the market, we purchased three pounds of perfectly ripe plums.
First, we made plum ice cream, and had it for breakfast. [Oh yes, we did.]

Then, Handsome Husband made Pflaumenpfannkuchen, and served it for lunch.

Handsome Husband's Pflaumenpfannkuchen
3 eggs
2 cups milk
5 oz flour
2 oz sugar
1/2 pound plums, cut into wedges & mixed with cinnamon & sugar in a bowl
bacon grease
confectioner's sugar

Make the batter with milk, eggs flour, sugar and a pinch of salt. Slice the plums. Heat a pan to medium low, melt the bacon grease and pour in the batter. Place the plums onto the batter, cover and wait until the pancake is done. Flip the pancake and continue frying. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve.

The childrenz ran wild, digging in the sand and wading and splashing and swimming out into always deeper water, playing "We are dolphins and Artic otters!"

The 7yr old found a spearhead.

There was a cannonball competition.

Little girls decided they would "train" The Junkyard Dog.
[Feed him one kernel at a time and give him commands
he doesn't understand!]
He was very willing to play along.
And ate like a King, hand fed by his adoring subjects.

AND we made Kristen H's Jalapeno Poppers and my Homemade Hummus.

Kristen H.'s Jalapeno Poppers
Set oven to 350 Halve then scrape out innerds, then lay jalepeno peppers on a cookie sheet, making sure to leave in a few seeds. (I usually leave in 4-6, scattered evenly over jalepeno.) With a knife, cut strips of cream cheese to then lay within the halved jalepenos. Top jalepenos with sliced uncooked bacon Bake until bacon is crisp, I often set it at 350 for 1/2 hr then raise to 400 for 1/2 hr. Pull from oven & top with shredded cheddar. Yum.

Homemade Hummus
Cooked garbanzo beans 5/6 of mixture
Raw garlic, don't be shy! I use cloves and cloves and...
Tahini, dollops mixed in 1/6 of mixture, maybe even more according to your taste
With lots of lemon juice
Blend in a food processor, let sit awhile, then serve with all kinds of sides and pita / crackers.

With butterbeans we picked up from Merrydale Farms, (make sure you read about their history & environmental commitment) we made...

Copeland's Butterbean Mess
Boil butterbeans, about 8 minutes. Drain. Stir it up with tasty grease from the fridge (or butter if you don't have grease, but I you have to ask, WHY DON'T YOU HAVE GREASE?!? Only vegetarians are allowed to not utilize this ingredient from leftover yumminess!), toss in some buttermilk, parmesean, salt & pepper and finally, fresh chopped mint. If you don't have buttermilk try a tad cream / butter.

We stayed up late.
At night, the children watched movies.
The adults had other adults over for cocktails and really good food.

I sat on the end of the dock with Mrs. H and talked late into the evening... I noticed, in the dark, that the ducklings I had discovered when they hatched on Day 1 in the reeds weeks ago are now growing big and  roosting on the oyster beds at night.  What a *perfect* place to roost, protected from predators below by the oyster bed, and, surrounded by water, those that might eat them on land!

Back in Richmond, I'm still avoiding drywall.

The 8yr old has his own concerns: "I know it's a little early, but I'm worried I might not pass my driver's license test." "Why, because you can't follow directions?" "No, because there might be a bee in the cockpit." "I'd work on the following directions part more if I were you, buddy..."

Suddenly, again, I'm aware that fall nears, there's work to do, school will start, and another season turns as we slowly finish the passive solar zero energy off grid prefab house kit.

But I'm already planning the next "to do's" for next weekend.  Will drywall be one of them?

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At 8/15/11, 6:15 PM , Blogger J. Chapman said...

Saw you across the very crazy pool on Saturday afternoon. Looked like you were having fun!

At 8/15/11, 8:31 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

: )


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