In New Mexico the kids get out of school really early- the week before Memorial day weekend. Most years there is still a nip in the morning air. Mike and I spent the last few days tightening down our family vacation plans along with the girls’ semi-complex schedules with their other parents. Sharing the girls with two other sets of parents plus all the grandparents/step-grandparents can get complicated over the summer! Our next thoughts led us to gardening projects, which we worked on all weekend.
The physical work seems to get us going. The next thing I knew Mike was building a tool shed in the back and we were both dreaming of building a guest rental cabin on our property. Inspiration is only ever a few clicks away on the computer. Coincidentally Mike came across this post on The Improvised Life last week that got our brain cells broiling…
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Last Friday one of our readers, Tina Phillips, shared an intriguing link on our facebook page. It was about an experimental building method called spaceplates being developed by the Danish collective N55 that looks suspiciously like the future of building from the late 60’s.
Based on the research of the late Danish engineer Ture Wester, spaceplates are a rigid, light weight modular building system. Being a pure plate structure, there are no other structural members than thin plates, bent at all edges to achieve a simple, mechanical assembly method. While the design and the production requires digital technology, the structure itself can be assembled using only hand tools. » » »
Farm to table is a popular meme these days. It evokes all sorts of romantic notions of land stewardship, organic foods and right living. It lets those who would like to participate in this vision without actually farming themselves close the loop by buying from small local farmers at the farmer’s market or eating at restaurants that carry local food.
The boxcar of Boxcar Farm
I got to briefly meet some people last week who are right smack dab at the origin of the cycle. Kristen and Avrum Katz are the proprietors of Boxcar Farm up in Peñasco, New Mexico and by up I mean 8,000 feet up in the air. Their high mountain farm picks up more moisture which allows them to do more growing with less irrigation. I have to admit I was more than a little jealous of their lush pastures although I know they endure some harsh winters in the bargain. » » »
I was reading my Backyard Poultry Magazine this week and stopped dead when I saw this picture:
Diagram for building a chicken egg cleaner
To say this picture was the answers to all of my dreams would have been an understatement. Why? I have a lot of eggs to clean. A LOT!!
Dang dirty eggs!!
Check the article out in it’s entirety here. It’s about a contest where a group of kids from the ages of 9-14 yrs old have to solve a problem. These kids took on the task of how to clean an egg properly. They had to learn about the egg and the protective ‘bloom’ that is on it, egg contamination and how using harsh chemicals to clean the egg can get inside. And you thought cleaning an egg was easy! HA! » » »
True confession time. I’ve got piles. Had them for years. Seems like every time I get rid of one another pops up!
Molly: Are you sure you want to be sharing your condition on the internet hon?
Mike: It’s OK we’re amongst friends.
It’s not pretty but it’s also nothing to be embarrassed of either. This week I finally found a cure for my piles and it’s all natural to boot!
Apparently Germans have problems with piles too because this is a German technique called hugelkultur. (hoogle culture) to us Americans. I figure if I really apply myself I could be rid of my piles for good in a couple of years. It’s really pretty easy all you do is…
Molly: OK, really? You’re really going to go there?
Mike: People want to know! What if they have piles they need to get rid of? » » »
This past weekend Mike and I serendipitously created our own film festival. We are not huge movie buffs nor do we get out a lot but after this weekend we questioned why we are not big movie buffs and why we don’t go out more! What we saw inspired us and kept us talking the entire weekend. Since Monday is about inspriration we thought it was apropos to share what got us going…. » » »
“Sometimes you’re cruising along through life and you see someone else doing something so appropriate that it makes you pause and rethink things. I’m not talking about suddenly changing religions or switching from being a carnivore to a vegan but more like you just got a gentle nudge that may send you off in an unexpected direction.”- Mike
Show and Tell is a swap meet for ideas and projects where the currency is inspiration. Every week we will kick things off with some of our favorite ideas that we just came across or highlight an idea we got from one of you! » » »
Sometimes you’re cruising along through life and you see someone else doing something so appropriate that it makes you pause and rethink things. I’m not talking about suddenly changing religions or switching from a carnivore to a vegan but more like you just got a gentle nudge that may send you off in an unexpected direction.
A big part of what Molly and I have been focusing on in the past couple years is really trying to shed our preconceptions of how one is supposed to live. Exploring crazy ideas rather than shooting them down because they don’t match the templates for success that we hold them up to. Doing our various challenges are ways we can buck our trends and pop out of some ruts we were so used to that we didn’t even see them anymore. Embracing the uncertain because that’s where our rudders are guiding us. » » »