At The Passive Solar Prefab Home: Closets, Kleptos And Community
So Handsome Husband reused some scrap wood to build rudimentary closets this weekend.
Pipsqueak 1: "So THAT'S what prison beds look like!"
I don't care what you think, Pipsqueak 1, I love them. Reused wood frames = less boxes! I'm thrilled to have somewhere to finally start to put things. Bring on the prison beds! Fancy schmancy built-ins can come later... if ever. I'm liking their depth- everything stacked instead of focused on hanging; and deep enough I can put last season's category (shirt, skirt, folded dress) behind the current season. It looks very retail. And prison bed-ish. Yay.
Not having to use heat during these months means I do a LOT of solar cooking. So busy unpacking, the solar cooker makes hot grilled cheeses and heats up casseroles freeing me to do errands and work.
Septic, finishing the pond dam, and a root cellar have *finally* begun. Well, at least the leveling part. They have to level so that we can have a gravity fed septic field, as, being off grid, we want to minimize energy use as much as possible.
The children loved the huge construction equipment in the field and the fresh level ground... they rode bikes over it, ran over it, walked around it like they were on the moon... and even, over it, flew a kite.
|How Boys Fly Kites|
Which were gone.
Fifteen settings of family silver.
|Handsome Husband's beloved trumpet.|
Stolen. Along with all the silver.
It's as if they grabbed from right, to left, were interrupted, and didn't have time to grab the last bin of silver.
They also stole our family sterling serving pieces from the 1800s.
They stole the 1908 silver trumpet that had been passed to Handsome Husband from his father.
We're still discovering what was stolen, heartbreak each time.
This was all for our children. If they didn't mean so much to us, don't you think we would have sold them?
No forced entry.
No boxes torn apart looking for stuff... no, these were people who walked in, knew what they were getting, knew the boxes held nothing of value, and left.
I know it's "just stuff." But these are family pieces, for our children, to then pass on to their children, that we now don't have. Someone... stole... from our children.
I wondered if we'd go to our friends' farm potluck, I didn't want our shattered selves to infringe upon their joy...
I'm glad we did.
It is a balm to be surrounded with good people.
I made Fall Remembers Summer Pasta.
But it's fall, and fall wants something more hearty, yet the fresh ripe tomatoes remind you that you still have summer's glow in the day.
- *Fresh* *ripe* tomatoes, diced. If there are only mealy tomatoes available then forget making this recipe.
- Diced mild cheese like montery jack or colby
- 1 Onion, a little larger than minced, and I solar cooked them a little so they're still crunchy but not too strongly raw
- Dried basil, be generous...
- Penne Pasta (again, I solar cooked it- the secret is, unlike most solar cooking that does not need any water, you DO need to cover pasta with water! Solar cooked pasta is very starchy because it doesn't come to a boil, so the starch sticks to the pasta, but really good.)
- Good olive oil, salt, pepper and be generous with the balsamic
- Olives would be REALLY GOOD in this!
|A. gives a tour of their farm...|
We're still going through the house looking for stolen heirlooms.
I'll try to end this on a bright note.
- Preservation awareness:
Virginia 'Scenic Byway' Route 5 does not have to become a 4-lane
[Why, Richmond, WHY would you destroy Route 5?] http://www2.richmond.com/news/2012/sep/04/why-richmond-why-route-5-corridor-study-ar-2168584/
"Those rural qualities include Colonial history, John Smith and Pocahontas, plantations and beautiful agricultural landscapes. There are more than 30 historical markers and two major Civil War battlefield sites. The rural New Market corridor made Preservation Virginia's 2012 list of the Most Endangered Historic Sites in Virginia.
The roadway that is now Route 5 has connected Richmond and Williamsburg for more than 400 years, according to Nicole Anderson Ellis, a Varina resident and a leader in the opposition to the Route 5 Corridor study. In addition to all the great scenery, the area is frequented by thousands of cyclists. Within the next two years, the area will welcome the completion of the Virginia Capital Trail, a 55-mile bike and pedestrian trail that will connect Richmond and Williamsburg."
- Unraveling Food Industry Lies- Your salmon and meat are artificially dyed to look more appealing
- ‘Pink Slime’ Beef Producers Sue ABC, Diane Sawyer, USDA Microbiologist and Others, Seek $1.2B http://ht.ly/1mqX3i >Or, you could say consumers became educated...?
- Whoda thunk it? (I had no idea!) Did you know that... Oregano has 42x more antioxidants than apples, 30x more than potatoes, 12x more than oranges, and 4x more than blueberries?
Science this week (study topic: electricity) has compelled Pipsqueak 1 not only to want to build a wind turbine (he lives solar so that is now boring to him) but he now desires a CNC machine.
Alllllllllll in good time, kid.
[Here's what he wants to do:]
And my 9 year old is ALL. OVER. THIS: Teen launches space camera and takes pictures of earth!
- Whether Jamestown or Werowocomoco, Pipsqueak 1 loved National Geographic's "America In 1607" interactive site.
As I explained to my sister, "I can't take these people any more. I have the right to live unattacked, unstolen from, I don't understand why those I am supposed to love hurt us so... I have the right to not comprehend and walk away."