Last year when I identified all the trees in our woods, I was most excited to find an elm tree in the southwest corner of our property, close to the road. As it turns out, I overlooked another bigger elm tree on the southeast corner of our property, so we have at least two. Now … Continue reading More Trees, Please!
I was able to borrow a friend's Solar Pathfinder so that I could get a better sense of our property's sun exposure. The center of the Pathfinder shows the path of the sun throughout the day for different months of the year, while the bubble-top device has a reflective surface that shows the location of any … Continue reading Good Day, Sunshine!
Summer is always such a swirl of activity. There's a long progression from March all the way through June as the weather slooooowly gets better (wait for it... wait for it...) and then (bam!) suddenly it's ridiculously hot out and July is half over. I haven't been writing much because I've been trying hard to actually get outside … Continue reading Slow Down Summer
I only recently learned that solar noon—the time of day when the sun is at its highest—is at about 2 pm in the summer at my house. When I found this out, I could only think: Duh! That makes perfect sense if I'd ever thought about it. But I didn't even think about it, even though it's … Continue reading The Height of the Sun
Where are you right now? This statistic floored me the first time I heard it: in developed countries, people spend more than 90% of their time indoors. More specifically, North American adults spend about 87% of their time in buildings, 6% in vehicles and only a teensy 7% outdoors. That's about 100 minutes outside per day, and when … Continue reading How Little We Go Outside
One of the sometimes-frustrating things about living in this part of the world (besides all of the dumb comments) is that summer is so short. It really only extends from the middle of June through the end of August. If we're lucky. If we're not, it can be like this year, when—after a (seemingly) six-month-long Polar … Continue reading Just. Don’t. Blink.
It's been a long while, but I'm back online after my bike tour and summer vacation. And I won't lie-- it was awesome! I biked 460 miles by road, and then did another 20+ miles of mountain biking with Sexy. I ate smoked salmon in the UP and then caught salmon off an actual yacht in … Continue reading How to Prevent a Vacation Hangover