My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, ... thank you!

Kid Reading, House, Teeth and Misc

As you know, I assigned our 13 yr old Kid the first Percy Jackson book (Lightening Thief) as part of his literature curriculum. He read it in one week, and we went to see the movie that night (disappointment). All 3 of us decided it might be a good idea to read the entire series, with the thought of assigning all of them to the Kid. I went out and bought the rest of the books (we NEVER skimp on books). The second one (Sea of Monsters) was ok but not quite as good as the first. However, I started reading the third book (Titan's Curse) yesterday and am now at the zombie part. Zombies?!?!

Gotta tell ya... it's like Rick Riordan was trying to fit every possible non-human creature and power into his books. Zombies, cyclops, hippocampus, Siren, monsters, etc. all make an appearance. Invisibility, telephone systems from rainbows, and so on.

I decided to NOT assigned the books as required reading by the Kid. He can read them if he wants to. Meanwhile, he starts reading "Animal Farm" today.

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Found out yesterday that our loan for the house is out of underwriting and has been 100% approved and readied for our closing on Feb 25. Yippee! This is great new. After the long process, within the next month, we'll be putting up fences and barns, getting ready for chickens and more quail, and tilling up the soil.

My lentil experiment didn't go so well so I'll be ordering lentil seeds from a new supplier. Will let you know if they're ok ... should know by this Fall.

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Since the dentist messed up my mouth in December, I've been in such pain. Saw a new dentist last Friday who said I needed a root canal and 2 new crowns. Sent me to an endodontist in Parker. Saw him on Monday who said I didn't need a root canal. Probably just need the crown redone. Saw the dentist yesterday (Tuesday) who did the crown in Jan 08 and he said the pain I'm experience is probably caused by the work I had done in December... that the dentist didn't get my bite right and I'm all messed up, causing pain.

So NOW I gotta go back to the idiots, er, dentist from December, and tell them I need some work redone because they did it incorrectly. This is the dentist that made my tongue numb and feel like it was burning. Where I had the panic attack.

I am sooooo not looking forward to making this call today.

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I almost forgot. Late last night we got a phone call from the fire/police department of the town where we used to live. Remember we sold that house in September. The guy talked to Hubby so I have only second-hand knowledge of the call, but basically they were trying to find out who was responsible for the property.

Got us thinking. I hope the new owner didn't start a drug lab there. Or hope it didn't burn down with the new owners nowhere in site. Our former real estate agent said she'll drive by there today and take a look.

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As I was sorting through my seeds, I suddenly realized that some of these packets have almost no information on them. Specifically, Baker Heirloom Seeds, a company I have used for several years. I'm looking at the bulk package of new zealand spinach, and the danvers 126 half long carrot, and there's no info on there. Just the name, that they are bulk, cost, when packed for, and when germinated (I guess as a test). I glanced at the others I bought from them, and for most of them, it's the same situation. Almost no info.

So now I have to look up all of these online and find how many days to harvest, spacing, germination, etc. Even the herbs -- some of them I have no clue if they are annual or perennial so I need that info too.

I think I'm not going to use Baker again. They have okay choices but with the lack of information, and their newly revamped website that's a bit difficult to use... I think I'm gonna use seedsavers from now on.

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Guess that's it for now. I have a lot of work to do today.... I have to look at my seed packets and calculate days before last frost and when to start seeds so I can plant them on time. I have a LOT of seeds to go through! But... it's my favorite part.


Bellen said...

About who is responsible for the house you sold - Info for the fire/police should have been retrieved from Town Clerk by them - are you sure it was from the town's fire/police? I'm vary wary of phone calls looking for personal info.

Info on seeds - I often check Burpee's and Park Seed on line for seed info, then buy from the best priced source. Frequently I find more info on line than on package.
You might want to contact your county's extension service - they should be able to tell you specific varieties for your area.

Vikki said...

I broke down and called the police dept from the town where our old house is, and they did call us. Someone had complained about the new owners and their barking dog. Whew!

About the seeds, finding millet and quinoa and lentil seeds (to grow) is kinda difficult as they aren't run of the mill. Found a possible suppliers.