I think my seed was a year or two old, yes, but tomato seed is supposed to retain its viability quite well.
This year I'm sticking with corn, beans, a small patch of wheat, and maybe okra. For herbs I'll grow dill, basil, maybe summer savory and sage. Dill and basil usually do well for me but last year I think I started them too late. The aroma of those two herbs drive me wild. Someone grew basil in a plot next to mine last year, and I often touched the leaves and smelled my fingers.
One herb I might try is lovage.
Peasant (1963-1972) and Fluffy (1970s?-1982- I think of you as 'Ambrose' now)- Your spirits outshone some humans I have known. Be happy forever.