Passive Solar Off Grid Prefab Modern Home Readies For New Solar Battery, With Necks.
What a week at the passive solar off grid modern prefab.
...Mild WINTRY? Wintry is so comfortable at the off grid prefab house...
Winds buffeted the off grid prefab.
It smelled like snow.
It looked like snow.
It felt like snow, but none came.
With the clouds, our failing solar battery bank (can't wait until the new battery arrives!) was ok, but it meant the freezer didn't stay frozen over cloudy days. Thankfully we had taken its contents to friends' farms, but I did pull a bag over from our friends, and so that bag thawed.
"So what bunch of meat and assorted items will we be cooking with, this week?"
I opened the bag...
And it was a big bag of...
Good thang I had already, after butchering meat birds, created a pinterest board for a bunch of chicken neck recipes!
My family rebelled. "CHICKEN NECKS?!?"
As I explained to my Amish friend, B., as we visited, later:
B: "WELL. I don't know about cities, much less restaurants, so I can't help you with your chicken wings and necks philosophizing..."
I *AM* looking forward to the arrival of our new solar battery. Our old battery bank still allowed us to live off grid for years, affordably (Really? $450 a year for utilities?!? Even though its lifespan was not ideal that was still much more affordable than the average Virginia electric bill of $1,488 a year, not including other utilities...)... But I can't wait to get the new battery installed, hence my freezer contents back, so we can eat well our way through winter!
|Hello, I am TRYING to do sit ups...|
|Passive solar at work in the modern prefab house...|
Well, some days it rained buckets, our cistern filled, but, now living years, off grid, with a rainwater collection cistern, I am still always thinking about water.
One night I contemplated our refinished, recycled old claw foot tub.
That clawfoot tub is dry, always. At best, we shower quickly. In winter, often a splashy quick sponge bath hurriedly between the barn and activities... not once has the tub been even half filled; that would be pure water waste!
In exploring this issue one comment leapt to mind:
"Lining up in long queues in a "go low flow" toilet sale this weekend, we were confounded by the ironies. We were also looking for a small tub to replace our old steel one, and were hard pressed to find any selection at all in small tubs, let alone small capacity tubs, whereas the mega tubs with every waterlishious extravagance abounded. The specs don't even list the capacities, whereas the flush volumes on the toilets are specified down to the fraction of a litre."
I contemplate water, and the bath:
|Who needs dolls when you can snuggle roosters.|
|Mutt and Jeff.|
Frick and Frack.
Peas and Pods.
Whatever our chaos is,
it was fun.
- 5 Things To Know About A Clawfoot Tub
"Clawfoot tubs can hold anywhere between 40-60 gallons of water. That means one good soak could completely drain your 40-gallon water heater."
Note / FYI: Japanese Soaking Tubs hold about 50 gallons, on average.
So I consider them in the same category.
- It's Time To Rethink Tub Sizes
"It’s a hard statistic to nail down, but a person uses between fifty and seventy gallons of water each time he or she takes a bath. This number includes water wasted waiting for the desired temperature as well as hot water used to return the cooling water to the desired temperature. Compare that number to a five minute shower, which uses around twenty five gallons of water, possibly half that if the shower uses a flow restrictor. Clearly, if water conservation is the main goal, a quick shower is the answer, but let’s not throw out the bathtub with the bathwater just yet.
Many people don’t limit themselves to a five minute shower, and without a flow restrictor, it won’t take long for a shower to cross the fifty gallon mark. Plus, many people really like a nice, long, relaxing bath. As green has come to incorporate the mood and feel of a house, a nice place to take a bath fits in well in a green house. "
- From Stanford: Unfortunately, unless you're taking 20-minute showers—more on that later—baths just can't measure up in terms of water usage. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. You might argue that very few people fill the tub to the top, but a simple calculation shows that either way, baths use more water. If you're still unconvinced, try stopping the drain during your next shower to measure the amount of water you use. Then compare that to the amount you use for a bath. Chances are, you'll find the same result: showers save water.
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- What's wrong with a little parenting? And the subject of Free Range Kids.
I know everyone expects me to say otherwise.
I let my kids roam free, but only after guidance, expectations, and YOU'D BETTER DURNED NOT TOUCH THE NATIONAL ART...
Seriously, would I put my kids on a horse with no training? That could be not just dumb, but deadly. That's what parenting is- you don't have to helicopter but do make sure they have the skillz...
The sad thing is clearly their parents
are taking the picture and ok with
their kids touching national art that is not
their own. What else?
And yeah. Keep your hands off the national art. Where are your parents to teach you how bad that is?!?
Oh wait, they're taking the picture.
If yer TOUCHIN' the art (unless it has a sign that invites you to do so), you have no business crossing streets, responsibly!
We trained, responsibly, our children to grow up with and interact well with beasts.
Note: From the National Gallery of Art:
Do not touch the works of art."
Do not touch the works of art."
Minced onion fennel, thinly sliced carrot, pinto beans and a bay leaf into broth. Simmer until done, Stir in a glug of apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper. Would be great with meat leftover bits as well, stirred in. If I were not sending this over to an Amish friend I'd consider adding some red wine to this as well! Future Self Pips: This is so simple but you LOVED this soup!
To make the bowl I formed it out but even better is make a ball of bread dough, bake it, cut out the interior, use the part cut out to make salad croutons, tossed with garlic and a little parmesan!
Rosemary Neck Stew
Jamaican Neck Stew
Vegetable Soup That's Totally Not Neck Stew
"Does THIS have NECK MEAT IN IT?!?" they accuse.
Just make sure they're hungry, steel-ily stare them down and offer, "...maybe a stray piece or two."
Then they devour it... and have the GALL to ask for more... Because it's not NECK soup but VEGETABLE SOUP, WITH STRAY MEAT.
Two Days O' Collards!
Day 1 All In One Roast
In a dutch oven lightly oil, then add slices of potato, loads and loads of collards, sliced garlic (lots!), then a beef roast. Over the roast pour apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper. To the bed of vegetables pour enough water to simmer the collards, and bake in the oven, turning the pot halfway through cooking, until done. Slice the meat, serve with veggies.
Day 2: Collard Sandwiches
Ohhhhh my goodness. Slice up some fresh baked bread, pour over some of the leftover juice, layer on collards, top with pieces of garlic, then a slice of the leftover meat, salt & pepper... HEAVENLY.
I dedicate the next video to Pip 1 and ZeZe.
She loves us all; but she really is SO good for that boy...
|Who? Oh, I blush...|
|SOMEONE took a bunch o' ZeZe selfies...|