Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Couple of Mugs

 After I made the butter dishes yesterday I made a couple of mugs. This one is coffee sized.

This one is espresso sized. Stay tuned for another butter dish.. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Revised Butter Dish

I modified my template for the curved butter dish to be slightly larger and changed the handle. We shall see how this one turns out. Tomorrow I'll make one of the rectangular butter dishes which I have also modified. These butter dishes are a lot harder to make than they look. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Free Solar Heat

Two years ago we enclosed the lower porch. The porch faces directly South. In winter the sun lowers in the sky, penetrates the windows, and heats up the enclosed porch. Even though the high for today was 52 F, the lower room got up to 74 F today.

We open the lower doors and all the heat in the enclosed porch (solarium) enters our home and rises to the upper floors. We have a remote thermostat to let us know the temperature in the solarium. When the temperature in the solarium rises above our home's inside temperature, we open the lower doors.

So far today the temperature in our home has risen from 65 F to 69 F just from the free heat we're harvesting in the solarium. Eventually today our home's temperature rose to 72 F. If you have an opportunity to face a building with windows facing south in winter, you'll reap the benefits of free solar heat. This is what is referred to as passive solar.

Today I worked on modifying my butter dish templates and tomorrow I'll make a few more butter dishes. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

More Snow; Power Off, On, Off, On

 more snow over night, about 5 more inches

 then the sun came out

 electricity off again

 finally on again

 electric company phone busy for two days

 only electric company I've ever had across the country
which doesn't have an emergency number to call
or a number to leave a message about electricity being off
will have to send a letter to the supposed "electric coop company"

when I finally reach them they say
did you call to let us know your electricity was off
I say, how could I, your line was busy for two days
I tell them they need an automated call in system.

same thing with the water company here
cleaning their tanks two weeks ago
knew for months they'd be cleaned by a contract company
no one but restaurants notified to boil water
Gary heard from restaurant employee at the gas station,
oh brother, more letters to write.