I  could not get onto my blog this morning as the squarrels got into the fiberoptics and chewed up the cable.  So we were all out of phone service and TV until just now.  I guess we are lucky here again that the little rodents haven’t bothered us much.  They do like to chew up our bird houses, the ones Norman made with plywood.  They start at the hole made for the birds and enlarge that then work until the have the front almost all eaten away.    This morning is hot again so I watered all the gardens and tied up tomatoes.  There are little tomatoes on the plants now so they get heavy when I water them and they fall over so I have to tie them up to the support bars, they are about four foot tall now.  The beans are about 2 inches long now, not far to go before I can pick them.  the squash is all blooming and setting small fruit.  tomorrow I have to burn brush and paper.  We use a burn barrel so have no trouble burning except it is hot and on a hot day it is really hot work!!   Yesterday we went to the farmers market and said Hi to several friends and got a couple vegetables that we didn’t plant.  Next week we will not be able to go as Norman goes for his shot in his eye but that is fine as we will have more in our gardens than we can eat so we really don’t need the farmer’s market.   I loved the pictures of Dyhana.  She is now one year old and so sweet.  I can’t wait to see her.   Oh, my fruit cakes came out well and are now ripening in the root cellar wrapped in juice soaked cheese cloth and saran wrap.  They stay that way for at least three weeks then I will see if they need more time or if they should be frozen.  Those in brandy can stay like that for a year but with fruit juice I have to play it by ear or taste I should say.  I made a dozen little two bite cupcakes so I can sample them as they ripen to see when they are done.  Still very hot here but we are better off here on the mountain than those in Nashville so we can’t complain.  Dad got a fan for the bed room and hooked that up today so at least it will be cooler when we go to bed.  Have a great day.

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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