Tuesday, 21 March 2017

10:05 – It was 55.5F (13C) when I took Colin out around 0730 this morning. We have a nice, warm day forecast for today, followed by colder weather moving in again.

I’m pretty much fully recovered from the bug that bit me overnight Sunday. Yesterday was miserable, but I started feeling better by late afternoon. A good night’s sleep last night helped a lot. Anyway, as I’ve said before, any bug that bites me dies a horrible death.

Science kit sales are holding up surprisingly well for this time of year. As I told Barbara this morning, revenue for 1/1/17 through 3/15/17 exceeded that for 1/1/16 through 4/30/16 by more than $1,000 despite the period being only 74 days rather than 120 days. Also, sales haven’t slacked off since 3/15, when I increased prices across the board. That bodes well for the coming months.

In terms of prepping, we’re now in incremental mode, adding a case of Keystone meats here and a case of powdered milk there. Barbara is making a run down to Winston tomorrow afternoon, staying with Frances and Al overnight and returning Thursday afternoon. She’s making a stop at Costco on her way back up Thursday to stock up on meat, butter, and other stuff that goes in the freezer, as well as some dry goods. She’ll be away only 24 hours, so Colin and I decided it wasn’t worth the effort to organize wild women and parties while she’s gone.

Barbara has been devoting some time and effort to planning our garden for this year. Our normal last frost date is around the second or third week in May, so we need to get a lot of stuff started indoors for later transplanting. This year, we’re going to add a small potato patch, just to see how they do. We’re also planning to put in some hedges/shrubs along our south tree line rather than replacing the fence there. I’d also like to put in a dense row of them along the edge of our front yard as a hedge to put a barrier between us and the road. Barbara is thinking Forsythia, although I’d like something more substantial and with thorns out along the road.

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