Monthly Archives: May 2017

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. =)

 

 

 

 

Solar Oven

Happy Humpty Hump day!  How’s it going?  Today’s topic is about a solar oven – just like the post title. I’m so clever, huh?  Anyways, someone posted this is one of those tiny house groups I’m a member of…. while this seems like a great idea (using the sun to heat an oven) I’m not sure how good it is.  This is what is looks like….

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Electrifying news…

Hello and happy Tuesday!  Welcome back!  How’s everyone doing?  Me, I’m hanging in there.  It’s a busy time of the semester with last minute things, events, grading, projects, students freaking out, etc.  Plus I’m teaching a 2 week summer class right after the end of this term so I have to prepare for that…add on top of that, I’ve had an ear infection for the past week.  Yup, a grown adult with an ear infection.  I’ve been to see my doc and a specialist so I have some good meds.  I am on the mend but it has not been fun and quite painful. So what’s it like to be sick in a tiny house you ask….uh, just like being sick in a normal size house. ha! I spent a lot of time this weekend on the couch just relaxing,  drinking tea, watching movies, etc.  So really no different other than the fact that I also cleaned the whole house, which took all of 10 minutes so I guess that’s the added benefit to living tiny.

Another benefit…..

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