I'm making progress, slowly, on the business venture. I made a fresh GoFundMe page complete with several reward levels with (what I consider) some pretty cool prizes. Check it out below!
As promised previously, some photos of the overgrown tomato patch.
Some of the plants are tipping over now under the weight of their growing fruit! One of the original Silvery Fir Tree tomatoes is turning orange, so hopefully we will taste our first tomato soon. In related news the solanum spontaneum at my parents' house got eaten by a deer. :(
I've had two harvests this week. The first was a few radishes, some beans and peas, and some radish pods. I've never had radish pods, but numerous places on the internet indicated they were edible - so we tried them in a stir fry. We won't be adding fresh garden beans or radish pods next time. Yuck! I might try pickling radish pods in the future, but for now I think I will leave the radish pods to form seeds for next spring.
After initially avoiding the nest box, and then "test thwapping" some kittens, Floki has made friends with them. She now spends a majority of her time laying and playing with the kittens. They are absolutely adorable together.
Our neighbor lady graciously asked us out to lunch this week. Feeding our family can cost a small fortune - in this case $50 at Pizza Ranch with one kid who stayed home. As a thank you for her generosity, we gave her everything we harvested from the garden the next day. We had a bouquet of flowers, our first and largest acorn squash (2 pounds, 8 ounces), a couple radishes, three tiny carrots, a small handful of beans and peas, and a sprig of fresh mint.
I posted Mocha and the kittens for sale on one of the Facebook groups I'm in. While there isn't a lot of interest in Mocha (go figure, there are cute kittens), one kitten is pending a deposit, and another kitten seems to have two potentially interested parties (though no commitments at this point).
"Face" caught someone's heart. She is pending a deposit and will henceforth be named "Poppy."
The plan is to keep "Tiny" (name to be changed) to replace Mocha. The idea was to find a stud for Floki in the future, but maybe just buying a second male would work just as well? I know better than to have dueling unaltered males in the same house, so if we were to get the business up and running, perhaps we could keep a new male there, kind of like a mascot or something, so he could get lots of attention but live in a completely separate location than Henry. I guess we will wait and see what happens with the business venture before getting too set on what we are doing with the cats.
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