I finished my fruit cakes yesterday and they are now packed and ageing.  They need to sit with a little brandy for at least 3 weeks before I can glaze them.  I think this had better be the last ones I make as I just can’t stay away from them and I am gaining back all the weight I worked so hard to lose. 

This is our two oldest great grand sons, Garrison and Greg.  Greg is the oldest.  When our children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren are born my sister, Shirley, makes each one a stocking with their names on them for Christmas.  When Gregory was born I announced to the extended family that our first great grand child was born and his name was Douglas.  Where I got that idea I will never know but my sister got to work right away and sent the stocking to Tom and Roxanne.  What a surprise they got and I had to confess my error.  Shirley made him another stocking with his name on it but it has become the family joke and Greg uses his Doug stocking every year.  I have never been good with names but now I write them down before I try to tell anyone someone elses name.  Anyways these were the first and we are very proud of both.  They are very smart boys, Greg is the sportsman in the family and is in Jr High School.  Garrison is good at sports but does not love sports as much as his brother.  Both are very good in scho0l.  We spend three months each year in Florida so get to watch them grow and mature into young men to be proud of. 








This is our first great grand daughter, Regina.  She was named for her great, great grandmother Regina Petts and in memory of her aunt who never got to enjoy life as she was still born.  She is Patty’s first born grand child and that is special in itself but she is a very special little girl.  Now she has to be the big sister for the new twins.  Gina will be three on March 3, a special date as it is the birth day of her mother Becca and her great great grandmother Thayer.  She has alot on her little shoulders but as you can see from her picture she is up to the responsablity.  She is a happy little girl and smart as a whip.  I get to spend three months each winter with her and this year I will be at their house helping with the new family.    Norman got his saw repaired so now we can cut down and cut up the trees we need to get down before we leave.  Tomorrow we will get the last load of manure and two more jobs we need to get done will be behind us.  Not long now!!  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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