What do you do when you have a bum shoulder and can’t dig your pond? Why, you buy a death ray on eBay so you can melt glass and cook food, of course! Let me explain… A Fresnel lens is a thin plastic lens made of small concentric grooves on one side that focuses light […]
Siberian Husky Coat Harvest As you know from previous posts, our Siberian Husky Roxy is the family sheep. We harvest her undercoat and use it to spin yarn and weave hats and scarves. In case you haven’t seen what it is like when a Husky blows their coat, the video below will give you a taste […]
In our previous article, we discussed why we chose to go solar, what the advantages and disadvantages were, and how the process was progressing so far. This article picks up where we left off. Today we’ll discuss the final steps in the installation process, and what it has been like to have the panels installed […]
Our Solar Story The purpose of this article is to share our personal experience installing solar panels on our home. Our hope is by sharing the details as our project progresses we can encourage folks to ask questions and learn more about solar energy. Clean, Renewable Energy : Why Did We Go Solar? For us, […]
[sharexy] It has been a hectic few days around here. The Spring Fire began as a 10 acre brush fire and has grown to consume over 10,000 acres of tinder dry Southern California brush. Although we are nestled in the center of our community and not adjacent to the brushy hills, the fire could be […]
So Much to be Thankful for! It has been almost two years since we began our adventures living a more sustainable life. In that time, we’ve harvested $1793.49 in food from our backyard, collected and eaten 1402 eggs, managed to find something to do with 151 pounds of tomatoes, baked and devoured almost 200 loaves of bread, […]
The birds are teaching me things. A huge wave of migrating birds passed through the yard yesterday. Warblers, towhees, and white crowned sparrows, in addition to the regular bushtits, house sparrows, hummingbirds, and black phoebes made for a huge bird day. Why all the activity? Why yesterday?
Solar power? It doesn’t always have to come from panels on the roof. My favorite way of harvesting solar power is with my backyard laundry line. Today I line dried my 94th load of laundry for 2012. According to Wikipedia, that means I have avoided putting 413.6 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere, which equates […]