Yesterday, we got a foot of new snow, but at least it wasn’t cold. And by the end of the week, the temperatures will be up in the thirties! But we still had a bunch of snow to deal with. David made a pass out and back on our driveway, then fired up his snowblower to clear out around the buildings. (Our snowblower became toast a month ago when the engine seized up.) We really love the snowblowers to “shovel” paths to the buildings and out to the solar panels, and to clean up the edges of the driveway where the snowplow leaves berms.
Meanwhile, I planted more than a dozen varieties of peppers and they are now snug in their containers, sheltered by plastic bags to keep in the moisture, behind the living room wood stove. And Ashley planted 13 containers full of various petunias so we should have tons of petunias this spring.
I sorted out our tomato seeds and will be planting 70 varieties (at least) this year. Some will be trials and others our good old standbys like Bill Bean, Moravsky Div, Blue Beauty, and Punta Banda. That sounds like a lot doesn’t it? And what about our beans? There’s more than 40 varieties of beans from various places such as Siberia, Mexico, Germany, and Sweden. Now all I have to do is figure out places to put all this. (Will, fire up Old Yeller and bulldoze another few acres?)
I’m resurrecting the kitchen. We’re getting ready to finally install the last wall cabinet and the two cabinets which will make the island. We recently bought a cabinet on sale but it was the wrong size (my mistake). So David and Will hung it in our downstairs bedroom and today I filled it up with countertop clutter such as cookie jars and miscellaneous stuff… NOT in the kitchen any longer but close enough. I hate clutter but seem to be buried in it, so at least some will be gone. — Jackie