I am continuing to do tomato research as time allows. Didn't get very far today as I spent most of the day washing dishes, doing laundry, and all the mundane routine chores. Chickens and rabbits are fed and watered, litter box got scooped, all meals have been made and served, dusted the old stove off, cleaned our stove.
My dad and uncle are supposed to be coming over tomorrow to fix the stove. It's set for natural gas (what we had in our previous house) and here we have propane. It pretty much shoots flames at this point, and the oven has been unusable.
Tony bought a conversion kit online. It costed something like $40. It's been sitting around waiting for someone to put it in for the past couple of months. Tony is always too busy or other things come up. Sure enough, they're coming tomorrow to install the conversion kit and now we can't find it! He found the instructions that came with the conversion kit, but insists he left the kit by the stove, and it's not there now. I'll have to ask kids in the morning before school if any of them might have moved it. I can't imagine they'd have taken it, but I'll ask before calling my dad to tell him we're horribly irresponsible and can't keep anything of importance without mucking it up somehow.
I'm hoping Tony can find it in the morning, but I'm doubting it. He's got limited time as we've got to be at one of the schools at 8am for an award ceremony, and then when we get home he's going to have to get ready to go to work again.
It's really lost. I searched the cupboards, the shelves, on top of the fridge, in the cabinet with the tools, in the oven cubby, the spare drawers we're not using yet, and he searched around his desk. I'm baffled where the kit could have gone. He had it out about two weeks ago because he was seeing what all he needed to install it. I'm not sure what came up that day, but he didn't get around to it.
Hopefully we can find the kit and get the stove fixed. I'd love to be able to bake cookies, or make a dinner in the oven (you know, a dinner that doesn't involve the crock pot or stove top).
#4's school has a program where good behavior earns them credit towards a Christmas store, where they can spend their credits to buy gifts for their family members. Her shopping day was today, and she was so excited to come home with the goodies she bought for us for gifts. She asked to wrap them herself, so I let her pick out whatever wrapping paper she wanted and she did alright for a first-time wrapping (she's 8).