The weather is so nice, maybe too nice.  We are in the high 70’s each day and stay in the 50’s at night, much too warm for this time of year.  The plants are all blooming too soon, if we get a hard frost we will loose all our berries and fruit.  The peaches are setting and the blueberries are blooming.  The crab apple tree is just about ready to open its buds so they are all thinking it is mid spring with no danger of frost.  I hope they are right.  The lettuce is up, as well as the beets and swiss chard.  The onions are growing well.  No sign of potatoes yet but as soon as they come through I’ll hill them so I can protect them.   Yesterday    we planted the 12 aspagrus roots and one rubarb root as well as the new blue berry bush.  Then I cooked and made bread and a custard pie.  Today I weeded more of the hosta garden and Norman worked on cleaning up the trees he cut down earlier.  I marked the dogwood trees so he would not cut those when he starts cutting more in that section, which will be tomorrow I guess.  Duston comes at two for an hour.  He is doing well and get brushed up on his math skills.  We will go over the other tests he needs for the ASVAB test as well.  There isn’t much for young people to do around here after they graduate from high school so he wants to join the Army and would like to pick out a good job there so needs a high enough score on the test to be able to get the job he wants.       This is my bleeding heart.  It is blooming already this year but not ub fykk bloom as this was.  It will be even bigger this year.   Behind that is the fox gloves which come later in the summer and behind that is the hellabo which is in full bloom now.   This is the hellabor, there are two of them together here, one pink and a smaller white one.  The pink one is older, I brought that from Blairsville.   The one you see here is the while one with a piece of the pick one on the left.  As the flower starts to go by it turns almost white, the smaller one is white all the time.  These flower even before the crocuses, they come up through the snow.  some people call them the lenten rose.    these are the flower boxes in the front of the house.  they face the west so don’t get much sun until the afternoon and then it is very  hot.  The spring bulbs do well here in the spring and the mums like it in the fall.  There is a small rose that likes it all year round and I put some herbs in here each summer.  You will notice the steps come right down to the road, so the UPS truck come in I don’t get off the steps and he doesn’t have to get out of his truck to give me that package.  Good thing we have a private drive and never have anyone come down our road.    All for 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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