This is our “new” manual coffee grinder. Given to us by a friend, found at our local thrift store, this little gem does a fabulous job grinding our coffee. And it is so cool!
Little by little, we are replacing our electricity-hungry appliances with manual appliances. We have a manual food processor now too and just recently, we acquired an 80 year old washboard. Yeah, where do you even get a washboard these days? From very special friends, that’s where!
We don’t have electricity down at our dock, and though we have lights now from our batteries, we would prefer not to use very much power. I mean, the whole human race used to live without power until very recently and not feel it a hardship. We are learning that it is amazing what you can do without and what creative inventions we use in the meantime.
The internet and the laptop still require power. Anyone done a peddle-bike hook up for a laptop? Or are we being absurd?
Even with all our manual gadgets and the ways we are getting by, it bugs me that living on a boat cannot be self-sufficient. You cannot grow your own food in any quantity on a boat. We rely on propane and diesel to heat and cook in our boat. And with oil getting more and more expensive, it bugs me that we are not self-reliant in this way.
True self-sufficiency is very difficult and we aren’t aiming for that. But further self-reliance in case, oh I dunno, the world ends or something silly, we’d prefer not to be left out in the lurch. I don’t think we’re paranoid, just exploring a different angle on life… It’s interesting if only as an experiment.
Now that Gabrielle has healed from her hernia surgery, we are starting to get her on the EC’ing campaign again. That is, diaper free. No, we do not have a three month old that is out of diapers. But in the morning, when she wakes up, I take her to the potty, hold her over and she goes poo and pee. Then an hour later, I do it again and she usually goes again. Some days I have more luck than others. And sometimes our rhythm is off and I miss all her poops and we simply change her diaper more often. It’s a process and we’re not totally stuck on it, but it’s interesting to see her intelligence growing as she recognizes more and more what she is doing. Though, for anyone out there who does Diaper Free, when I hold her over the toilet, she spits up more because her belly is crunched into a bit of a ball. Have you found any way to counter-act this?
Yesterday we celebrated Family Day with a sleep-in, a good breakfast and a hike up our local mountain.
Gabrielle falls asleep fairly instantly when she’s wedged into the Ergo, especially when she’s cuddled up to her Daddy.
And what a handsome Daddy you have, indeed!
We smelled our first whiff of Spring today and I took the opportunity to dash into a couple beehives for a Spring clean out. I only saw two today, and one did not make it through the Winter. *sigh* It’s so hard to clean out a hive of piles of dead bees. Rather heartbreaking. I hope to visit my other hives sometime in the next week and feed them if need “bee.” March is a difficult month for them if there is a cold snap because they can be out pollinating the arbutus, maple and fruit trees and then get stuck as the temperature drops.
I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to the change in seasons. Spring means skirts and flowers and bees and sprouts. Spring means new life and I could sure use that Freshness inside and out.
Happy First Whiff of Spring, dear friends. Take a deep breath with me and wish Winter good-bye!