Happy New Year!
Surprise! We've moved our home to the farm. Boy are we looking forward to this summer. No 11:00 PM trips back to Devils Lake only to shower, have a bite to eat and go to bed. We now live directly across from the gardens. Barry is also excited (me too) because we will have air conditioning for the first time in our married lives. That will make the summer heat more bearable.
We moved into our new home on December 10th and closed on the sale of our Devils Lake house on December 15th. Sometimes that fate fairy just swoops down and dings you one the head with her magic wand and you just have to go with it. We had not intended on moving this winter. We did not even have our house for sale. Some things were just meant to be.
We are finding out just how 'small town' rural North Dakota can as we weren't even fully moved in yet and people were saying "well, you must be moved in, I saw the lights on when we drove by". It's nice to know someone is keeping an eye on us!
As usual in the winter, we are also trying to prepare for next year. My speaking engagements are starting to fill and already include a February trip to South Dakota to speak at the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture conference. I hope to have the summer class schedule completed and posted to the web site by the end of February and we are busy updating our customer lists. If you would like to be included on any mailings we may do in the future, please email me your address or email address and we'll add you to the list.
I'm also busy trying to plan the planting schedule. I was excited in November when I special ordered 200 Lemon Verbena. After last years' trial planting - which turned out great - I decided to go whole hog and do a couple rows. Not sure if we will sell it by the bunch or to an aroma therapy company that is interested in it, but either way I'm sure it will be a hit.
Hope this finds all of you in good health and looking forward to a properous new year. Know that we miss all of you over the winter and look forward to the spring when all of us, as little critters do, come out of our burrows and homes to mingle on the prairies.