Good Morning! How about some ice coffee today? If you want to sit outside, I can highly recommend the cold version. The backyard is lovely, and it’s 85 degrees now at 6am. The house is very cool, and if you prefer hot coffee, or tea we could take a seat at the kitchen table.
Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How is your week? Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!
I’m reading a very interesting book, The Year-Round Solar Green House – How to design and build a net-zero energy greenhouse. I’ve had green houses before. They have been unheated, cold frames, or heated by electricity. The greenhouses in this book are different, they are built with a design, and materials, that keeps the plants at an even temperature year round, without electricity. They look almost like sun rooms, that some people have instead of a porch/balcony. I’ve always wanted one of those! Never had one.
I’ve been thinking about building a house with a greenhouse connected, with these designs that would be totally doable. The photos in this book are very tempting! Makes me want to pick up a pen and paper myself, and draw the ultimate house/greenhouse combination. (I’ll probably do just that later today.) I’m still undecided wether I would like my greenhouse to be connected to the house, or a separate building, but the possibilities are there. There’s some things to consider; pests, pollinating insects, dirt coming into the house, condense, and regulating temperature between the house and greenhouse part. There are good systems that you can build, that I believe would work. Imagine having fresh produce growing inside your house year round! That would be so cool!
The thought of being self sufficient is extremely appealing. I don’t necessarily feel a need to skip all conveniences of having access to what’s available in the stores, but knowing that my family will survive (and thrive) if the access to these conveniences would be cut off, due to some kind of crisis/disaster would give me peace of mind. (When I did live off grid I had a 6 months food supply under my bed.) I’m as far from a worrier as one could get. I do believe in hard work, and being a step ahead. It’s just a good feeling. I’ve experienced many longer power outages, and it can definitely be a challenge, more so when it’s hot, than when it’s cold actually. Have you ever experienced a longer power outage? Or natural disaster? What did you do?
My daughter loves crafting, and I decided to get her a subscription to some cool crafting material. She’ll get one box of material, along with some inspirational instructions every month. This way she gets to try new mediums; clay, different types of paint, and pencils. The first box came earlier this week, and she already spent many hours trying new techniques. She was thrilled. She is not spoiled with material things, and when she does get a gift she is so appreciative. I feel good about that she has something creative to do inside, when the temperatures doesn’t allow for outdoor play.
Thank you for dropping in for coffee today! Can I get you another cup?
I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I’m about to head to the grocery store, before it gets too hot outside. I actually went out to run some errands yesterday, but after the first one I had to go back home, I just couldn’t handle the heat. I’m getting an early start today!