Yesterday was a very busy day so I never got time to let you know what I was doing.  We started at 6:45 with picking raspberries instead of Dad going for his walk.  That took a little over an hour and we got 4 and a half quarts of raspberries.  There are a few more to ripen now but will get only about a quart when they ripen in a couple days.  I took two quarts and made cordial for the the kids for the holidays.  That cordial does not age so we canned that.  Now when we open those jars in Nov I will add the gingerale or tonic water and some raspberry sherbet so the kids will have a nice cordial while the adults have the powerful stuff!  I put one quart aside to take to the woman I got my brocolli from.  She asked if I would sell her some of my raspberries but I said I had no idea how many I would have and needed so many, since I got so many yesterday I decided to give her one quart as a thank you for all the brocolli.  After dinner I took the last quart and made raspberry jelly.  I got 5 half pint jelly jars full and it came out wonderful!  The last of the berries will go into jelly as they ripen.   After breakfast I went down and picked zuchinni, beans, and wild blue berries.  I only got about 1/3 of a cup of wild berries they are so tiny!  Some animal has gotten into my garden and eaten the tops off of my brocolli plants, eaten two of my four brussel sprouts and eaten some of my swiss chard.  It is not a deer as there were no prints so we are guessing either a raccoon or a possum, the way the tops were eaten it could not have been a rabbit.  Tonight we will put some netting over that part of the garden and see if that does any good.  Last year we had trouble with the deer but the fence with the lace streamers seem to keep them out and the neighbors dogs help to keep them aways also.  I can tell when deer are around as they love my hostas.  So after dinner I canned two pints of beans, and four pints of zuchinni and tomatoes.  Then to top off the day I made a dozen blueberry muffins.  Half of them are with the wild berries I picked and the other half are with a half cup of the cultivated blue berries I picked.  They are just starting to come now.  Of course we had the beans with permentos and fried zuchinni with grated cheese for dinner and I guess that makes the whole tale.  Today Dad has gone for his morning walk and he just got caught in a down pour so will be arriving back home soaking wet any minute now.  After breakfast we will go into McMinnville to the farmer’s market and to do a little shopping.  Dad just arrived, he said one of the neighbors saw him just as it started to rain and asked him if he wanted a ride home, Dad said no thanks, now he wouldn’t have to take a shower.  Change clothes and we will have breakfast.  have a good 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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