today I burned – We recycle all that we can, compost all wet garbage and plant food, and burn anything that burns.  What is left we take to the “convience center” which is then taken to the land fill and costs 11 cents a pound.  It costs us about a dollar each month so we don’t add much to the trash that fills our land fill.  Today I burned in the burn barrel all the paper and burnables from this month and the roots that Dad dug out of the new garden plot and some brush that we collected as we clean up the woods.  It was a hot day to do this but it must be done at least once a month.  I also watered the strawberries and the upper gardens.  Then we pulled a big mess of beets.  When the house was built they put in a deep set tub in the cellar.  When we finished off the summer kitchen in the cellar we replaced the set tub with a regular sink and the set tube we put out side to wash the vegetable in.  So today we picked enough beets to fill that tub and washed them there, then we drained the water into pails and watered the garden with that water.  I froze three meals of beets and 7 meals of beet greens.  The water we blanched in and cooled in was saved to water the gardens with also.  We let nothing go to waste here.  It is a fun game we play.

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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