Another hot day, we do all our work in the morning, too hot to be outside in the afternoon.  We still do not need the AC as the temperature here on the mountain stays in the 80’s and the fans keep it nice in the house.  Today we go into McMinnville to the farmer’s market but I don’t think I need anything besides onions, we have everything else or will have it by the end of next week.  I do need butter and eggs for my first fruit cakes this afternoon.  I put the candied and dried fruit and nuts in to soak in the grape juice last night so they are all moist and ready.  Then the cakes need to ripen at least three weeks so Shanti when you come to visit your cakes will be all ready to go back with you.  I am making some cupcakes to eat along the way to keep a check on the ageing and when it is ready I will freeze a cake for the holidays in Florida for the kids while the adults have a brandy fruit cake.  Yesterday we froze five quarts of beet greens.  I use those all winter and spring to cook my roasts on.  They keep the roast moist and taste sooo good.  I also tried some beets frozen without cooking first to see if I can freeze beets without their getting soft and mushy.  We will take the one package out next week and try them.  If it works we will freeze alot more that way.  If it doesn’t help I’ll try something else.  Yesterday I did some weeding in the cukes and zuchinni.  The zuchinni is blooming but so far it is only female flowers open so hopefully today some of the males will open so we can get some zuchinni.  Have a good day and don’t work too long in the heat.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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