Happy New Year???

I get it now. That whole cost-more-up-front-but-it’ll-save-money-in-the-long-run speech.

Here I am thinking that the reason is my AC/heat pump is super efficient, therefore conserving electricity and saving on my utility bill…


What they meant, what was lost in translation between the HVAC specialist and little ol’ me:  It’ll tear up over an extra long holiday weekend forcing you to burn wood in the fireplace for at least 4 days, therefore conserving electricity and saving on your utility bill.

Of course I didn’t have much firewood on hand, so I spent most of my “holiday” cutting and splitting firewood.

Last day of 2007 I worked really hard to get a fire to go out. First day of 2009 I worked really hard to keep a fire going…

What a difference a year makes!

I’m sure the repair cost will equal the “savings”.

Hope this isn’t an indicator for the rest of 2009!


Little footprints

My friend Tammi (I would provide a link, but her blog’s private because she’s a rabble rouser like that) posted about a family of four living in a 640 ft² studio apartment. Reading that post I remembered a 660 ft² vacation cottage design that I tinkered with a while back. Take a look-see…

The main floor plan

The loft

Front and back

Left and right

So, what do you think?

I’m thinking, if a few families would go in together and buy a few acres, we could build several of these homes around a central garden and have our own very affordable, little compound…oops,I mean community…similar to the one in the news recently. Minus the polygamy, incest, or whatever other creepy things were going on in there of course.

Get a few chickens, some cows, and we’re set. How hard could it be?

Who’s in?

I’m not being as sarcastic as you may think.

Warning: Hippie-ish Content

Please! Oh, please!! Don’t tell my dad about this.


A place where you can get other people’s junk for free. Like a kid in a candy shop, he’d be in heaven!

It’s a pretty neat concept. Check it out. There’s a group in my county.