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Back in action!

Hello friends!  How are you all doing?  Sorry for my absence last week.  I’ve been busy busy with work but am now back at it!  =)

Today’s topic is the Tiny House Jamboree!  I mentioned it a few weeks ago that the date and location changed and I got an e-mail yesterday with the updated information.  If you don’t remember, I went to this conference last August in Colorado Springs and had a fabulous time.  While it’s more for those in the planning or building phase it was still a great experience for me.  In fact, any time someone calls or writes me because they are interested in tiny houses I tell them to go…it was THAT good.  Honestly, for the $50 cover charge you got to listen to 3 days worth of seminars on all topics tiny house and the lifestyle to touring 50 tiny houses. =)  You can read about my experience last year here and here.

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Dreaming

Hello, hello!  How are you all?  Did you have a good week?  It’s Friday again.  Woohoo! Do you have fun plans for the weekend?  I’m going to be working…yup, during summer break.  good times, right?  =)  In all seriousness, I can’t complain because I do get 3 months during the summer to work from anywhere I so please so having to be somewhere for a week is manageable.  =)

Today’s topic is on the reality of living tiny.  This article was in the New York Times awhile back and thought it brought up some good items for discussion.

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no fuel cooking again…because why not!

Hello, hello!  I’m really on a HOT topic (get it?) here and going to go with it while it lasts.  I’ve discussed this topic quite a bit recently –  solar cooking options – and last night, a new one popped up in my facebook feed.  So here you go…similar to the solar slow cooker oven, here is a solar grill!

image copied from: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scotfrank/solsource-sport-cook-anywhere-under-the-sun?utm_source=OEDdotCOM&utm_medium=Product_Page

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Water (re) use on the Earthship

Hello, hello!  Happy Monday friends!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Hope it was a good one for you.  Today, I’m going to talk about water at the Earthship.  This is a hot topic since the Mothership of the Earthship is in a high desert climate where water is at a premium (Taos, New Mexico).  One of the things our tour guide repeated multiple times – and it was shown as displays in the visitor center – was how each Earthship re-uses and recycles all the water.

Each Earthship has a sloping roof towards the built up “underground” side of the house as shown here:

Roof (our tour guide showing us the water catchment)

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Earthship!

Happy Friday!  Welcome back!  Can you believe it’s already June?  Where did May go???

Anyways, today’s topic is on the Earthship!!!  Have you heard of it?  If not, it’s a way of building a living structure that is completely off grid using recycled and natural products only.  You can read more here: http://earthship.com/

Earthship (from afar)

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More alternative cooking…

Hello, hello!  Welcome back!  Did you all have a great memorial day weekend?  I guess we can say it’s officially the summer now!  Woohoo!  Anyone doing anything fun?  I’ll explain a bit more in this post about my absence the last 2 weeks but other than that trip, I have a few more work trips scheduled for this summer and then it’ll be over.  I feel like summer always fly by anyways and have a feeling this one is going to as well.  Gotta enjoy it while I can, right?

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Solar Oven – take 2

Hello hello!  How’s everyone doing?  Man, I’ve been busy and really let this slide.  ooops!  I’ll be back to the regularly scheduled posts soon but for now I wanted to share that I saw a solar oven in person!!!  I also spoke to the owner.  Unfortunately, I was so excited to see the oven I forgot to snap a photo.  Blogger fail!  =(

This was not the one mentioned in the previous post but more of a homemade version.  Still the same concept with the reflective shield directing the sun into the “cooker” part.  It does cook similar to a crock pot and the owner had much success in cooking in it.  The one I saw was much bigger than the one you would purchase from that company I posted about last week.  This was built into an adobe base (probably about 36″ high) with the edges of sun shield above my head.  This was nice as the cooking part was countertop height and you didn’t have to bend down to get your food in and out of the “oven” part.

I’ll see if anyone else in the group took a picture to share on here.  Anyways, I do have some interesting posts coming up so stay tuned.  Since I’m on summer break I will most likely post about 3 times a week so that I can focus on getting more work done on the other days.

Manic Monday!

Hello all! Welcome back! Sorry I took some time off last week…it was a whirlwind of a week/weekend (the ear is better but not back to normal which they think is actually something else now..womp womp) and doesn’t look like it’s going to calm down any time soon. =)  BUT that’s a good thing because while I can’t say I’m OFFICIALLY on summer break yet (I’m teaching a 2 week summer class) it is somewhat summer break as this class is going to be FUN and I’m so so so fortunate to have this opportunity.  I’ll explain more when I get some extra time.  In the meantime, enjoy some summer photos of my house!

Summer!

Turtle!!!

Hello and happy Monday!  Did you all have a great weekend?  I had a whole list of things to do (seriously a whole 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper full of things to do!) but unfortunately my ear is still throbbing and I just laid low.  It’s so frustrating…but I’m headed back to the doc tomorrow so hopefully I’ll get some answers and get this thing cleared up.

At one point I was outside checking on some things on the house and found a new friend!  Check out this little guy.

turtle!

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New York Auto Show..tiny house addition!

TGIF!  Woohoo!  We made it to the weekend!  I don’t know about you but I’m ready for the weekend and a little down time.

I came across this interesting article about Ford, you know – the car company, in which they are towing tiny houses with two of their trucks as an advertisement to boast how their trucks can tow something like this.  These two tiny houses are named after the Henry, who founded the Ford company, and his wife Clara.  I think it’s pretty cool that Ford is jumping on the tiny living bandwagon. =)

Anyways, these two tiny houses (and the Ford trucks that are towing them) will be making a trip across America to various car shows – at least that’s how I understand it.  You can find out more about the tour here.

Maybe my next car should be an F-250? or maybe not since I’m trying my best to be eco-friendly. =)