I planted my onion seeds a couple of days ago. I also planted my Aji pepper seeds. They are in an east window and the tray is covered with a translucent, disposable grocery bag to hold in moisture and moderate temperature.
Onions grow well around here and are grown commercially on the muck-farms near Eaton Rapids. I have never been very motivated to grow onions in a big way because I could drive down a two-track to a packing house and buy fifty pounds for $10 out the back door.
Onions add flavor to nearly every savory dish and store well.
I planted a variety named "Patterson" which is a long-day onion. That means it initiates bulbing based on day-length and does well in the North but not so well south of St. Louis, Missouri. Eaton Rapids is about 250 miles north of St. Louis so I should be OK.
I am not sure if I am late or early in planting those seeds. My thinking is that onions are cold resistant and I can put them in a cool place to slow them down if they get ahead of me.
Aji peppers are a different species of pepper than the common chili or sweet pepper. Aji peppers are Capsicum baccatum and originate in Columbia, Venezeula and Peru.
They are slow, lazy germinators, even by the standards of peppers and chilis. I will plant the rest of my pepper and chili seeds in a couple of weeks.
One of the local organization has a blood drive tomorrow.
Southern Belle needed four units when she brought Quicksilver into this world. I have two more units to donate before I have that paid back. Yes, I know that is not how that works but it still feels like a debt I can help with. Somebody will need that blood.
Bishop in Los Angeles shot
Several years ago one of my friends told me that he had a conversation with his priest/rabbi/pastor and the conversation turned to our fraying social order.
My friend asked "When do we slip the leash? How will we know it was the starting shot of the war?"
I cannot be sure if the answer was partially tongue-in-cheek, but the response was "When they start executing clergy"
Auxiliary Bishop (Roman Catholic) David O'Connell was shot to death in his home on Saturday. There are lots of reasons why people get shot: Robbery, romantic entanglements, drinkin'-n-druggin', feuds, grudges, envy, power, bad-luck....
I hope this is not the start of a trend.
Mom was really out of it today when Southern Belle and I visited at lunch.
I wondered if she had a stroke.
The good news was that her hearing aids had not been charged the night before.
Forty-five minutes on the charging ports and mom was back to normal. Amazing things, batteries.
Incidentally, it has been suggested that one reason I am as smart as I am is due to the Lithium batteries in my head.
Before you get too impressed, you need to know that "Lith" is Greek for "Rocks".