And I've been dying for an excuse to go to the local greenhouse. I'm seriously having dirt withdrawals at the hotel.
About the same time, Tony started hauling out boxes of stuff off of the shelving units that was above the flood point and were still saveable. In one of the boxes was an old alien head. Tony and I had gone to Space Aliens probably 14 or 15 years ago, and they had this ridiculously expensive drink that was served in a big alien head with two straws for some crazy exorbitant price. Of course we had to try it once. The drink wasn't bad, but it wasn't worth the price we paid either, so we only had it the one time. The alien head came home with us and we started throwing change in it. We'd raid it when we needed cash for something (toilet paper or diapers or soap) and were running dry in the checking account. When we moved to our current house (13-1/2 years ago) it got put on a shelf in the basement and largely forgotten about.
Of course #4 saw it and asked what it was. It's been on a shelf longer than she's been alive, and I guess the kids were kind of afraid of it, thinking it was some kind of weird trophy (like a taxidermy deer head - yuck). Anyway, I told her what it was, where it came from, and what we used it for. She picked it up and there were still some coins in the bottom! She took her time and counted it all out. $4.71. Tony gave me $20 and told me not to go overboard... Remembering that we have no garden currently to plant in and no close date for the new house and no return date for the old house... and we can't bring a bunch of plants to the hotel (since I've already filled out hotel window with my apple tree, garlic, rosemary, two moss roses, porthos, #4's clover, lettuce, and a strawberry seedling).
Off to the greenhouse #4 and I went, with money and alien head in hand. I love that our local greenhouse knows me by name. I love that the they have a little boy who runs wild through the greenhouse, unafraid of meeting strangers, who can entertain my kids while I browse. I love that they are completely family friendly.
After a few minutes of browsing, Tony texted me to let me know the kids were heading that way - they got home and figured the greenhouse was too much fun to pass up.
It took me longer than it should have to get some buckets and containers ready and plants re-potted. This will make them easier to move when we're ready, and won't let them dry out in the meantime when I can't get back to water them during the day.
And that alien head? Well, I was planning on throwing it away, but in our family we tend to have crazy ideas and use what we've got. Throwing so much away in the basement I think has the kids really valuing what we have left. So Tony got the drill out and made some holes, we added dirt and compost and manure, and we planted #4's dianthus flowers to make some crazy alien hair.
On a positive note, #2 learned how to use the riding lawnmower at my parents' house so now he can help keep their lawn mowed and earn some summer money too. #1 learned to use the push mower at our house earlier this week and asked if she can mow the new house too... All of the field acres? Sure - if you want to!
Today we paired up some rabbits. Snowflake had a date with George, Caduci and Fabio got some cuddles in, and Elizabeth and Hodor had some personal time. And despite spending several hours in the buck cages, I didn't see a single successful breeding. I'm still hopeful for some July babies though.
Tomorrow it's supposed to rain. This weekend it is supposed to be in the 90's - which means frozen water bottles for the bunnies... Which requires me to be at the house. I'm thinking impromptu yard sale. We have so much stuff and we can't take it all with us... So if I just throw it all out in the front lawn and post an ad in the paper and in the local Craigslist garage sale section - everything is make an offer, and at the end of the weekend anything left goes in the dumpster. Any extra money can be spent on moving expenses or maybe another trip to the greenhouse...