Another night and day of torrential downpours, lightning, thunder and hail. Midday, the skies grew dark, like it was night, as wave after wave of intense storms drenched SoCal. More t-showers are expected tonight and into tomorrow. So much for my planned “cob cooking day” today. Ray’s supposed to be bringing by his sculptured rain cover sometime this week so we’ll be able to use the oven even in inclement weather. Until then, the cob oven is under a tarp.
With the dramatic swing in temperatures, thoughts turn toward indoor projects. It was time to pull out a few knitted UFO (unfinished objects) the other day and start work on completing them before tackling any new patterns. Yesterday, I spent time sewing together a plum colored, wool cardigan, pattern circa 1970s. Also, helped Jordanne on her lovely, burgundy hooded sweater and took stock of my yarn stash.
Other knitted projects that need to be finished are: pair of socks, hat, crocheted sweater coat and a granny square skirt and afghan. Our goal is to finish a few, if not all, of these by Spring.
In the meantime, the urban homestead needs to prepare for colder and wetter months ahead. We are going to be installing gutters on the garage to capture rainwater so will spend time shopping for some that fit on our old garage without fascia boards. We already have plastic drums to capture the rainwater in; so, once we find the right type gutters, it’ll be easy to install and help with saving precious rainfall.
The homemade solar oven is being upgraded as we try to improve upon the design. Right now we are using wood for the outside reflectors covered with aluminum foil. The wood, however, is disintegrating in a few spots and we would like to replace it with metal (Ray’s bringing over a few pieces to try) Once we get something that’s going to work and last, we will cover the metal with reflective material reflective foil that’s used by NASA.