Look what DHL delivered:
“What’s in there?” asked Impera. I cut open the tape on one side and started sliding the contents out.
“!!! Is it another computer?” (The girl does not see how having 3 laptops and one desktop is enough for our family. She keeps trying to appropriate on of them [as in, “Can you please pass me my computer?”], but it isn’t working.
Nope. Not another computer, something better:
A solar oven!
The Consort and I built one many years ago, when we lived in the group house (pre-kids, that is), and we used it. Earlier this year, we came across a company that produces these for developing countries (many women in places like Guatemala and India develop lung problems because they spend hours cooking with fume-y fuel in unventilated rooms), and also sells some in the US. The proceeds from US sales goes towards the ones they donate to women in need in other parts of the world. We decided it would be better to buy from a company like that than just make our own.
After several months of waiting, and us thinking that we had lost our money, we finally received the oven. Did you see? It comes with two cooking pots (dark, to absorb more heat) and an oven thermometer (more for the pasteurization of water, which is something else their ovens are used for in the developing world — providing an easy way to create healthy water for people).
I sure wanted to start using it right away! Sadly, it was not to be:
Thunderstorms and rain are predicted for the next several days. I’ll let you know when I get a chance to use it.