We bumped up our moving date. The switch is scheduled to happen this Sunday! I'm ready to finish this final leg of our moving marathon. Once we move in, I think it will be easier to work on painting, reorganizing, etc. We've got a lot of work to do, but I'm ready to get going on it. We should be sleeping in our own bed by Sunday night!We spent some time in the A-frame chatting with Mike yesterday. He showed us the back up cash register. Ha!We discussed what the technology might look like for the next season at the nursery. Hand written tickets might be sticking around for at least the next year, but I definitely do not want to be entering them into a handwritten ledger and calculating totals by hand. I will find a program that can help me with this (possibly quickbooks?).We are meeting with Dan Winegarden (from the NIACC Pappajohn Center) and his wife (who is a landscape architect) today at lunch. We hope to have some questions answered and get more ideas on how we can make the nursery work for us next season.
We did it. We survived the first leg of our move. Tomorrow is closing day. The papers will be signed at 1 and we will officially be homeless (not really, we are staying at Dave's parent's lake home, which actually feels sort of like we're on vacation). The plan is to stay here while his parents finish up the nursery and transition out of their house. We are hoping we can move out to the nursery the first part of November. Good-bye 101 13th Ave S!
Last night was week 3 of the Master Gardener class. I don't mean to speak negatively about the class, because I am very grateful to have this learning opportunity in our community. However, I do want to be honest about my feelings about it.I'm bored. I've been bored since week 1. The topics last night were Herbicides, Pesticides, and IPM (Integrated Pesticide Management). Wow. Pretty dry stuff. So while I do think the content has been rather dry, I think the format is killing me too. There is very little class participation, and we haven't done anything as a group to get to know eachother, not even introduce ourselves. I am banking on the on-campus class to be interesting and engaging. I am also hoping that the topics in the future (landscaping plants, fruits, turf, vegetable gardening) will be a little more practical in our daily life.Now on to something more fun.One part of starting a business is designing how you want your business to look to your customers. This sounds like fun to me! We are renaming the business and designing a logo, and are challenged with keeping it similar so that we don't lose existing customers.I took some pictures of Dave's old t-shirts from Natural Plus because we are planning to design a new logo by incorporating some of the old logos in.We both really like this one, it seems vintage. Maybe the vintage part is the 15 year old worn t-shirt its printed on. Ha!And this is their current logo. We have also discussed signage. This is the sign you see as you approach the nursery from the north. Dave has talked about moving it so you can see it coming from both directions, now that the road is paved. And we will have to get a new sign with our new name and logo. Lots of work to do! But for now, I'm off to clean up this mess: Moving is messy.
It's crunch time. We close in a week.This is our final week in this house. Dave has lived here over 8 years and I have lived here 3 1/2. Before I started tearing it apart last week, I snapped some photos so we would have some memories of our first home. Dave (along with some generous friends) worked hard this weekend getting the garage, attic, and under the porch moved. He also finished the floor and trim at the new house. What a guy!