Just four days left until Fern and Alice's bunnies will be ready for their new homes. Tonight while I was divvying up watermelon rind, I noticed that all of Snowflake's kits were out of the nest box and hopping around. It's good to see them doing well. Eight more days until the second round of breeding. This round will be Fern and Gretchen. I guess I better decide which buck to pair each of them to. I was thinking George for Gretchen, and either Sushi or Fabio for Fern. I guess we'll see how I feel about it closer to breeding day.
Dinner out at my parents' house tonight. We had grilled chicken and some re-heated pulled pork with a chicken pasta salad. Yum! I do love our weekly dinners. I'm not sure we can still do them when we move so far away. It would take 45 minutes to drive each way. Maybe we can start inviting my parents out to the new house and we can prepare dinner. If we can afford it. I'm getting pretty good at adding potatoes and onions to things to make it go farther, and of using rice frequently as a filler too. We snag the bones when family has ham or whole chicken - or the turkey carcass from Thanksgiving to boil down and make soup or stew. Waste-not, want-not, right?
My mind has still been wandering about things to plant in those border gardens around the perimeter of the new house. Hostas on the North side that's always in shade... just add them as I can find or trade for them I guess. But the other space? Maybe transplant some day lilies around the north side of the screen porch, and herbs on the other two sides? I want to avoid annual flowers that will need to be replaced every year and provide no food. I wonder if we could put some kind of mini trellis along the edge of the house and grow beans or peas right up the walls. Rhubarb is always an option too. Would it be horrible to plant catnip and mint and let it spread in the border spaces and just mow whatever seeds out into the yard? I would love an entire section of just a mix of thyme, rosemary, basil, and sage. Perhaps that's what I can plant along one side. Any idea if those plants will grow better on the east or west side of the house? Sunrise or sunset? Or I could also pull up the space on the south side of the house - the only side that does not have a little border garden - and plant the little herb garden right there below the kitchen window overlooking the lake.
It feels so good to have a home. An actual place that feels like you can put down roots, plan for the future, breathe, laugh, enjoy... rather than a house where you are just getting by and surviving day to day. I'm so excited to move!