I ordered more seeds and stuff this morning. But it's not my fault... really!! Yesterday when my parents were here, they were lamenting the fact that they have not been able to find seeds for their favorite garden tomato (Delicious). They knew they were running low last year and had planned to save some but the gardening year was so bad that almost all of their tomatoes were harvested too green to be good for seed saving. They were amazed that they couldn't find the seeds in any local stores where they had found them in the past. It's an heirloom variety that for some reason people locally aren't carrying. So, I volunteered to order some for them because I have seen them in several catalogues that I've got. So, in order to make the shipping costs worth it, I just HAD to order some additional stuff. Right?? So I also got some kohlrabi seeds, a pack of sugar snap peas (Sugar Ann), and horehound (so I can make our own cough drops since I have directions for that!). I ordered from Victory Heirloom Seeds. I've never ordered from them before so I hope they work out. But they were about the only place that had both the tomato seeds and the horehound- those were the two definite needs/wants.
I also succumbed to temptation and placed an order for little plants from Territorial. I was won over by the promise of rosemary that is hardy in zone 5 with minimal protection (it's called Arp). THAT would be wonderful!! And, of course, since shipping costs the same for 1 or three plants, I had to make the most of those costs... right?? So also arriving are an Orange Balsam Thyme and Italian Oregano. We plan to plant the rosemary on the south side of the house where it will get more sun and be protected from the prevailing North/West winds in the winter. I'm excited by that. And with the other herbs arriving and the herb seeds I've got, now I have more motivation to get my herb spiral constructed this spring.
The concert yesterday was lovely. Long, but lovely. They put wonderful little biographies of all the graduating seniors in the program. 29 students from the music school will graduate and move on to bigger and better things this year. They come from all over the area and represent probably 7 or 8 different high schools.
I've spied our resident yellow cat on several occasions recently. He/she is definitely feral based on how quickly he ran away when I was seen. I do hope that it's a he- we don't need wild kittens running around. I was joking around last night that we should name him Will. So... Will Feral it is! I spotted him on Saturday afternoon hunting near the barn. He ran to hide under the brush pile when I went out that direction.
This afternoon, we will venture to Kalona to go to the Stringtown Grocery and the cheese factory. Stringtown is the Amish bulk food store that I love. On Saturday I made 'clean out the pantry' granola bars to use little bits of goodies (nuts, seeds and dried fruit) that we now need to replenish. I'll give you a report of our adventures later.