Runnin' Around The Passive Solar Prefab Home
Oh these wet muddy days at the off grid prefab passive solar home!!!!
As my neighbor dismissed his plans this week with dismay, "Too warm fer hog killin'!"
It's like March.
Red clay everywhere, the soil soaked...
Even with the clouds, it was BEAUTIFUL day to run errands in Charlotte County!
|An Amish farm getting ready for spring...|
|Beyond the garden, across the field, will be the Produce Auction...|
Prior, the produce auction was held in a cramped building with little parking down the road. So the Amish got together and created shares in the new auction. She explained, "So everyone can buy a share, then whenever the auction makes a profit, it goes to the shareholders." So that's how a large investment that benefits the entire community happens around here.
Then we headed into Lynchburg!
Lynchburg is interesting to me. It has Virginia's oldest continuously running farmer's market... Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is right near the city, and The National D Day Memorial is in neighboring Bedford. The people of Lynchburg seem to appreciate craftsmen, local food, cultural events, history...
Only 30-40 minutes away, we are looking forward to visiting again soon! Like the produce auction will be, Lynchburg's Community Market is also held in an enclosed space - on Saturday's there are aisles with farmer's set up, but inside further back are more permanent stalls.
Instead of mortgaging out for expensive equipment, we take the approach of use already paid-for equipment we have, improve slowly, but to never extend ourselves... focus on organic, small scale growing for our family.
Let's take a look at what this banker has to say:
Welcome to Dystopia! Entering a Long-Term and Politically Dangerous Food Crisis.” Next to this unexpected headline was a photo of (forgive the stereotype) an expectedly conventional-looking investment banker. Below it, however, were two quotes: one from Bob Marley (“Them belly full but we hungry . . .”) and one from Kenneth Boulding: “Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” My attention was caught.Similarly:
Grantham’s article succinctly puts economic teeth into the argument that all advocates of truly sustainable food make almost constantly: We are going to be eating sustainable, more-or-less organic and mostly regional food within a couple of generations, and the big question is whether we get to that place willingly (it might be too late for that, but one can hope) or whether we go through a dystopic convulsion first."
Another Amish orchard preparing for spring...
Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love.
"...we were collecting loans. we had one for everything except a mortgage, and guess what, we were house shopping..."
What does freedom mean to you?
"You wake up one day and realize you're living life just based on a script."
But... he doesn't give thoughts on the future. Where's the *saving* and *investment* into legacy? Like he, when we had children we had a mental meeting of what we wanted for our children. We chucked everything and invested in land, then the prefab... backpacking across Australia is nice but what of that can be passed on for generations?
In good stead with the muddy cloudy weather, I served comfort food:
Around The World With A Venison Roast
- Cool, then pull the remaining venison apart with a fork and store.
- Day 2: Make Asian Coleslaw: shred cabbage + a few carrots, mix in rice vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar to taste, store a day, mix well before serving.
- Day 3: Lunch: Asian Venison BBQ: heat slowly 1/2 of the venison, add a little tomato sauce if you have any handy. Remember, this is venison yer servin' not some Walmart Manwich yer makin'. Use tomato sauce just to kinda bind it, not sauce-a-fy it. Serve on Amish rolls with Asian Coleslaw. Side: Fresh veggies & fruit.
- Virginia can live without uranium mines http://t.co/EIIMPoyW
- Suburban sprawl could destroy up to 34 million acres of forests, says new study http://t.co/98BnT2ii
- Obese and overweight kids face bullying at school and at home: bit.ly/V8N2i9
- Rogue geoengineering could 'hijack' world's climate http://t.co/58ZpmlDc
- Late but worthy: Goodnight, Nanny Cam (and parents we are not!): http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2012/11/goodnight-nanny-cam.html
"In the great green-certified room
There was a smartphone
And a silver spoon
And a picture of—"
- And this: Downward Mobility Haunts U.S. Education
I have my personal thoughts on this... from what I saw as an adjunct, to the reality of the market, and how much to get ahead is not really taught in school... well, you could get an MBA but then you'd be missing the colorful charm of art classes... how we need to specialize, yet try to be far-flung in our interests...
- In India: "From today, packaged food will have ‘GM’ label"
Here's what we're doing this week:
- SOL Practice: http://education.jlab.org/solquiz/
- Why study Latin? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm5BJZc8GI8
- Basic ABCs : http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA58079011003A570
- Sentences Example (and then progress through these videos...)
- McClintock Latin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu5hEumPAfA
- Cambridge Latin Book 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if4XZVFTK5A
- We will further our semester using the curricula from Visual Latin.