Another Problem Solved

It’s an ill wind that blows no good.  It’s an old saying but very true, it is just that some time you have to look a long time to find the good in a situation.  As you may remember all summer I was trying to figure out what was eating my brussel spouts, mellons, swiss chard and even my butternut squash.  By the teeth marks I said it looked like a ground hog but since I have never seen one I could not convince Norman that there must be one.  Well, about a week ago we saw a strange animal sneeking up on the porch to get the cats food, at first we thought it must be another wild cat but when we tried to get a better look at him he ran off.  The last week we saw him again under the truck and we got to see the face and knew it was no cat so we looked up in my wild life book and sure enough it was a ground hog.  Norman still can not find his hole but we have seen him several times since so know he is finding something to eat somewhere.  Also as you may remember I have fought the weeds in the strawberries all summer and the peskiest weed is the violets, they spread so fast and are so hard to get out.  We have just had three days of rain and got almost 7 inches so now the ground is wet enough to pull the weeds so I went back to finish the strawberries and the mystry was solved.  The ground hog has been in the strawberries but he does not eat those, he eats the violets.  He must love them cause he has given every violet plant a butch hair cut, it made the violets stand out so clearly and so easy to pull cause now I can see the crown.  In two hours this morning I got the stawberries all weeded and I thanked the ground hog with each violet crown I pulled.  I just hope he now goes to some other garden to find something to eat.   Tomorrow while the ground is still soft from the rain I will weed my flower gardens or as many as I can in the morning, I get too stiff from weeding to do it all day.  We needed that rain so much and all 7 inches just soaked into the ground.  The grass loved it and is now ready to be cut again.  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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