Weekend Coffee Share; The Year-Round Solar Green House

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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!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

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25 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share; The Year-Round Solar Green House

  1. It’s so lovely th at your daughter is happy with her sketch box. I am somewhat creative too, but being very clumsy and blind, most arts and crafts are too hard for me.

    The greenhouse book sounds so cool!

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  2. Thank you Astrid! My daughter is much more creative than I’ve ever been. We have many artists in the family, I guess she got it from them. I just read your coffee share, so happy to hear you’re having a great birthday week 🙂

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  3. Self-sufficiency is always a great idea, I think. Keep sketching and dreaming!
    Living here rurally in an area with lots of trees that can be affected by wind, blizzards or ice storms, power outages can be as long as a week. That has happened a couple times over the years. The first time was summer and I had kids in diapers; we washed in the river, hauling toilet water and drinking bottled water. The second and third time we had a portable generator and long extension cords for freezer and fridge, but still had to haul water for toilets and get bottled water. In winter, we had the wood stove to keep warm. Finally, we sprung for a automatic LP gas generator that powers the downstairs rooms and furnace so we have heat and hot water. We were getting too old to haul water!

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    • I agree. At least you had access to lots of water, that really helps. And great that you have an even better setup now 🙂 When in California, I always made sure to know exactly where the nearest big body of water was, due to the constant raging fires. This was usually Sacramento River. Once when my daughter was close to a year old, I actually stood by the river ready to jump in at one point.

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      • Those fires are scary, for sure, and with climate change, I feel will become more common. In that respect, the desert seems more desirable.

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  4. My kids used to love crafts. Now my daughter has her son and step daughters do crafts as well. We had a serious power outage a few years ago with an ice storm. Tough one as we have a well and no electricity no water. Also it was arctic cold but we have two wood burning stoves and that kept the house warm.

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    • Wow! Those wood stoves really save lives. I know that I could survive a power outage in the cold, but in the heat here I would have to get out of here to survive. I hope you have pleasant summer temperatures now, and that all the flooding in your area is a memory of the past.

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  5. Oh, I love the idea of the greenhouse and the sketchbox! I am not a green thumb, though if I had to rely on the greenery, perhaps I’d do better? 85 degress at 6 am is pretty warm, though we may be near that here in Jacksonville, Florida.

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    • I’m sure you would do great if you had too. My grandma was a great inspiration for me, when it came to being self sufficient. Her pantry, and freezer were always full of vegetables, and locally sourced meat. I hope you’re enjoying your summer. Florida is actually one of two states, that I’ve never been to (the other one is Georgia.)

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  6. Did you get a chance to be creative drawing up house/greenhouse plans while your daughter was being creative with her new gift? I hope you have a great week!

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    • I did, even though I am sure I will re-do the plans many times. I also finished the whole book. After reading it I came to the conclusion that I would like to have good windows in my house for growing herbs, but that I want my house, and greenhouse to be separate buildings, due to humidity control, and pests.

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      • Humidity control would be a huge deal for me – I find that humidity effects me even more than temperature, at least up to the lower 90s. Not that I think pests aren’t worth keeping away from the house….

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  7. My mom always wanted a green house. That would soooo great to have so you can grow year round!! It will be FUN to design too. And the sketch box is so WONDERFUL 😍 what great fun to be able to try all sorts of different art projects. She’ll have so much fun. (I’ve gotten a horse box for 3 months from my daughter, I think they have boxes for everything these days!) I enjoyed a cold coffee a bit late but it was still so enjoyable!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    • I always enjoy having coffee with you. What a sweet gift from your daughter. A gift that keeps on giving. How are your horses? I so enjoy when you write about their different personalities. I hope your new week is fabulous 🙂

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      • There’s a lot going on here at home some good things, just busy and others some difficult decisions with an elderly parent, namely my hubby’s Mom. Thank you for asking about them, my horses are doing GREAT! ❤️ I can’t wait to share more about them hopefully later today! 🥰🐎🐴❤️

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  8. I’m happy to see your daughter interested in crafting! Being creative helps develop so many different attributes!

    And the greenhouse book looks interesting!

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    • Me too Nancy. I definitely think you’re right about that. Having to solve different problems to achieve a result that you see in your head, definitely helps develop your thinking skills. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer, it sure looks like it, judging form your photos 😉

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  9. Its cold and freezing and a steaming hot cuppa would be appreciated right about now…
    The greenhouse in your house sounds like a script for a horror movie though, imagine some weird mutant insect catching an even weirder mould and turning into a scary ,monster….
    ~B

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  10. I’m going to have to check that book out. Would love to have a year round greenhouse! Just not sure how to do it here with all the snow we get. It’s on my list of research now….thank you! It’s awesome to network with other like minded people, inspiring each other.

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