But I digress, the ad I found has one calico and one white with grey spots, both female kittens, and not too far of a drive from Tony's work place. Any my birthday is coming up next week...
For the last week now I have had to sanitize Neelix's food dish every single day because Gypsy poops in it over night. I have tried taking her to her potty spot before locking her up for the night, I have tried moving the food dish to another location in Neelix's cage, and I'm stumped. She always dumps it out and then poops on it, often moving it to the same corner (before or after she poops, I don't know). Either way, poor Neelix is left trying to eat all of his food as soon as he gets it because he's got to know that once Gypsy gets put back in for the night, she'll dump any remaining food out and poop in the bowl. What a turd Gypsy - seriously, not cool!
So my grand plan is that if we were to finish off the trio of barn cats, Gypsy wouldn't need to be locked in Neelix's cage at night anymore because she'd have other kittens to curl up with to keep warm - which was the whole reason we've been leaving her with Neelix at night. And what better way to solve the problem than to add more cute to the homestead? Especially amid all the heartbreak with the bunny issues? The only down sides I see here are the expense of three spay surgeries before spring, and the fact that if all three barn cats are the same age, assuming no predator or accidents happen, they'll all get old at the same time. But that's not such a bad thing for right now. That would be long down the road of time.
If we can get the bunny health crisis under control, I would consider buying the buck from my son (this is #2's litter) and pairing him to Penelope. He's 1/2 French Lop and 1/8 English Lop, and Penelope is 1/2 English Lop (his grandmother on his father's side). I do love the floppy ears. They're too darn cute.
Beans and peas are always a hit. Cucumbers are great but last year (or was it the year before?) we had so many that we couldn't get rid of them. We were burnt out of cucumbers after about a dozen of them, and I don't know yet how to can or make pickles - though I do want to learn. Squash has also been a good hit here for the most part. We love spaghetti squash and acorn squash, and we utilize pumpkin for both pies and savory soups - and winter squash store well for over the winter too. Really wishing our plants this year had done better. We have one tiny spaghetti squash, and one small acorn squash. Nothing else produced or survived.
There are a couple more tomatoes that are still green, clinging to mostly-dead plants. I'm going to have to pick them tomorrow, as tomorrow night's forecasted low dips to 39 and I know the sickly plants won't survive it. A combination of a rough summer (slow to transplant, no watering while we were away for 11 weeks, moving), and now a nosy goose and cold temperatures has finally seen to ending my 2017 garden. I must say, it was a better year than my first year gardening. Here's to a much bigger and better 2018 garden season!
I need to get hot on transplanting the remaining apple and pear tree seedlings before it gets any colder. I may house them in the basement just to give them a better chance of surviving the winter, since they won't have time to grow a good root system this late in the season.