In the middle of all the harvesting and canning my computer went out on us.  I guess the new skills wanted some attention since we were giving so much time to the old skills.  We took the tower to McMinnville and they fixed it for us.  They said it was a power problem, and that we must have had a power serge at some time.  Anyways we are now back in business.  Wednesday we went to the farmers market and got three boxes of tomatoes which we turned into 23 quarts of speghetti sauce and 7 quarts of tomato juice on Thursday morning and Friday morning.   Our gardens are all fried –  it has been so hot and dry the plants are gone and things are just drying up.  Today we had to pick what was left of the butternut squash, something has been in there eating them and the mellons are all gone.  I think it is the squash beetles but Dad thinks it is a rodent.  either way they are destroying what is left of the garden.  Tomorrow we will begin stripping everything out of the garden and till the soil, then wait for the weeds to grow again and pull those and burn them so there will be no seeds or bug eggs left for next year.  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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