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Solar Power on a Shoestring

Posted by on 20 May 2009 | Tagged as: father sun, green, nature, pictures

(or, “Gee, it’s great being married to a nerd!”)

Solar power on a shoestring

Solar power on a shoestring

This is our first attempt at a small scale solar power system.

We can use this to power things like our computers, lights, the TV, and the stereo. You can also use this as a car battery charger, if your car battery dies and the electricity’s out.

Father Sun and Faire

Posted by on 03 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: chores, Faire, father sun, green, hobbies, laundry

I hung my dobok (TKD uniform) out on the line just before 1pm.
I flipped it around about 45 minutes ago, so the side that was still damp could get some sun.
It’s about 95% dry! 🙂

Got 1 of my 2 hats made for Faire. The only basket I have is fine, and the old cloth belt I’m using for a better handle is passable. My friends gave me a nice linen napkin to use to cover my basket, which I may end up embroidering at Faire. 🙂 And I dig my tankard with the Playboy logo on it. 🙂

Might as well post in March!

Posted by on 21 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: chores, family, father sun, laundry, sewing, tkd, wifehood

Let’s see. . . where do I begin?
Well, I’ve been a brown stripe belt in Tae Kwon Do for a week. Headmaster surprised me and skipped me two belts instead of one. Guess learning the 6th form paid off!

The very cool contract we had abruptly ended. Ex-client was an asshole all along, he just played the “Good Christian” act very well for many years. His stuff will get picked up next Tuesday. As a result, we’re doing eBay auctions again, and I get to go into Frugal Housewife Mode.

Taking sewing lessons from a professional costumer. Next week I get to learn how to hem jeans.

Got the flu early this month, and passed it onto my husband. Poor guy was sicker than I was. 🙁 We both seem to be on the mend.

I’m 33 now! Feels good but a little weird.

The clothesline is in use again. That’ll help keep the electric bill down to a reasonable level. (Whew!)


Posted by on 07 Apr 2007 | Tagged as: chores, cooking, father sun, green

I like making sun tea. A favorite uncle used to make it all the time when I was a kid.
I’ve learned to drink iced tea sans sugar, so it’s a nice alternative to soda.
I love being able to fill a glass jar full of water, plunk in a couple tea bags, and put the jar on the porch in the morning or on the kitchen window ledge in the afternoon.


Posted by on 17 Mar 2007 | Tagged as: chores, father sun, green, laundry

Here’s a pic of my clothesline.

My clothesline

I’ve got two loads of laundry drying right now.  Using hangers allows me to put more clothes up, and makes them less prone to wrinkle.

I don’t avoid using the dryer entirely, but I use it 50% to 75% less in the warm months than I do in the cool months.  That’s a great savings of both energy and money!