Tuesday, December 21, 2010
In years past HUG employees have contributed to other non-profit organizations on behalf of Paul & Lynn during the holiday season. This year we took a slightly different approach.
Employees, past and present, were asked to donate their company logo'd apparel. Representing the Hunt's businesses (old and new), the donated items were converted into a very large, very cozy, memory quilt.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Dave cut a bunch of mushrooms for me.
Then we went out and collected fresh green onions.
Then I went to the hoop house for spinach.
All those fresh ingredients called for and omelet. So we went over to Ryan's house for some really fresh eggs.
I chopped and Ryan cooked.
It was really good!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Then the boxes come out into the light and the fungus starts to grow fruiting bodies (edible and tasty).
After a month in the closet, the fungus ate through this box and is already starting to fruit.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
These little peepers are in their little playpen now. They still have to do a little growing up before they can play outside. Dave (the chick magnet) is keeping them in his house until they are ready for the fortress (see posting below).
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
At this point I'm focusing on the bottom two tiers of the pyramid. We had a home energy audit performed in October 2009. The audit results were somewhat surprising, areas I anticipated would be huge inefficiencies (i.e. our windows) weren't all that bad. Other areas that I hadn't even considered being an issue were showing up as problematic.
Here's a brief list of what needs to be done:
- Caulking around windows and ceiling/floor trim
- Replacing the bathroom fans with more efficient models and making sure they are vented correctly to the outside of the house
- Venting the range hood outside
- Adding insulation in the attic to achieve R-50 and sealing up the attic hatch
- Insulate rim joists
On the up side there may be tax credits available for some of our projects.
So far we have purchased replacement fans for the bathrooms and ventilation tubing and I am going to attempt to coordinate caulking under the trim with the replacement of the kitchen floor. Now the big challenge will be finding the time to get this done.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Although weatherization is a huge part of the project it is only one of several components. My goal is to look at several aspects of our home, living, and transportation habits; record what we are already doing; and make improvements that will lessen our carbon footprint. While doing all of this I also want to identify available resources that can assist me in accomplishing these goals.
The areas I'd like to address for our home and family:
- Home Weatherization & Efficiency
- Daily Living & Household Chores
Sunday, January 3, 2010
ARC08, Our new home just faced another first.
Mid day on January first we turned off the lights, turned off the heat, and headed for the cities.
The temperature January second reached 32 below zero.
January third woke up to 31 below.
After more than two days of bitter cold weather with no heat, the house temperature was still 66 degrees.
I like my ARC!
ps... I have to remind myself that it will get better. This is an unfinished ARC that has no solar panels and no air exchanger, so we still have some windows open.