I've been working on setting up a list of what seeds I have on DavesGarden, and while I have almost all of my seeds listed now (what I have anyway, though some I don't have enough to trade right now), I'd like to start working on a "Want" list of seeds that I'd be willing to trade for. It'll have to wait though - I didn't get all of my pepper transplanting done yet!
My husband complained that the cucumber plants were starting to reach out and grab things around them ... so I went in with dowels to give them something to hold on to. Lo and behold I found two yellow flowers and stems full of buds! Yay! I must be doing something right with these plants if they're to that point already! Cucumbers here we come!
After much thought, #2 has decided to grow five varieties of Basil in the aquaponic fish tank that Kernel Mustard lives in. He will have Purple Ruffles, Common, Large Leaf, Thai, and Genovese basil. Now we just need to get it all set up!
A quick update on our cloth diapering endeavor... I don't mind washing the diapers every other day, and I don't mind that they have to hang to dry. I have noticed that sometimes #5 leaks when the pad in the diaper doesn't fit seam to seam. If there's space between the pad and the edge of the diaper, it will leak. As a result, some of the pads are virtually useless because they're too thin for the diapers. I've doubled up the cheap thin quilted pads all along, and had good results. Now I have to double up the narrow pads with a quilted pad to get by - which means all of the extra pads I bought originally are now in circulation. I was worried I'd need more diapers, but really - it's the pads I seem to be needing more of. Over-all, I'm still satisfied with the experience and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to save money in the long run, or just go more natural and avoid stuff going to the landfill. If anyone is looking to give away extra All-In-One pocket diapers, or the pads that go in them, I could definitely put them to good use - I just can't afford to go out and buy any more right now.
Tomorrow, #1 will be heading to the doctor for vaccinations to catch her up for school enrollment in the fall. No fun, but she can't go to school without being vaccinated. It might seem odd, since it's an online school - but with all of the field trips they offer, they do require current shot records.
And speaking of field trips, both #1 and #2 came home with permission slips to go on a school field trip with an overnight - on a school night. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I'm told boys and girls will be separated, and there will be teachers with them. It's 50 miles away, and the school will pay for them if they want to go and we can't afford the full cost. I'm still not sure right now, but the permission slips need to be in by Wednesday, so I will have to have a talk with Tony tomorrow about it.
And speaking of over night stays, our very first overnight was a success. The girls had fun, stayed up until 2:30am watching movies and giggling, as expected. Now the other kids are asking if their friends can come spend the night. Why not? So long as they're respectful and clean up after themselves, I don't mind it too much. It is a bit of an inconvenience to have to hide in the bedroom to breast-feed #5 though. I'm never sure how other people will take seeing that. I don't mind breastfeeding in front of my kids. It's a natural part of human biology and is the purpose of having breasts. That said, I understand that not everyone feels that way about it, and out of respect for other peoples' right to raise their children in the way they see fit, I'd rather hide in the bedroom when #5 gets hungry than risk having one of the kids' friends go home and tell their horrified parents about seeing boobs.