I feel okay today considering all I did on Sunday, a little sore but overall it is a good soreness that comes with getting stuff done. Today was a cool day I made up a couple of loaves of Artisan bread and a batch of beer. I’m doing a batch of lager using the Amber recipe and the Bellma hops. The beer lady liked the amber ale made with the Bellma hops and English ale yeast and wants me to enter it in both the state and county fair. I think I do a good job making beer but it is nice to have an “expert” say your beer is good enough to enter in competitions!
The temp. is going up and it looks like summer has arrived in SW Idaho. I’ll be practicing my outdoor cooking techniques over a gas grill, charcoal BBQ and using the solar oven. I have a small Camp Chef propane oven/stove top I can set up on the patio that can help keep the house cool by cooking outside. I got very lucky when I bought this house that it has plenty of mature fruit and nut trees to help keep the backyard cool. I’ll check out the farm store on Tuesday and see if I can get a couple of the misters for keeping cool on the patio. While I was in Murphy for the Outpost days a lot of people had up light canvas awnings for shade and I was impressed by how well it worked for keeping cool. Big Lot’s carries light canvas drop clothes for painting, but they would work as an awning or shade for keeping cool and they are only $8.00-10.00 depending on the size.
Mixing old and new technology can help out in your prepping for any situation as well as everyday life. Rain barrels are old fashioned but if you add a solar powered water pump you can use that water for all kinds of things even a modified swamp cooler. The wheel is old and we still use it daily, so the age of an invention does not mean you can’t incorporate it into your preps. We as a society have become so conditioned to be consumers and we must always have the latest and greatest gadget or if we don’t we are a failure. Remember after 9/11 and G.W Bush told us that to save the USA we needed to go shopping.
I’m cheap and even I find myself falling back into that mentality of a consumer. Don’t worry about it but remember the things you buy are simply tools to help you survive and become more self reliant. Look at the Gothic cathedrals in Europe all made with muscle power, a few simple tools, math and geometry. Technology is neutral it’s how you use it that makes it good or bad.