I got onto the computer last evening to write a short blog but was just too tired to think so waited.  Yesterday I made donuts for Norman.  He likes the whole wheat donuts and I couldn’t remember how much whole wheat to put in so of the 4 cups of flour it called for I put 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat and they came out more like fried bran muffins.  Very different but very good.  The whole wheat has a sweet nutty flavor and these donuts are really good but don’t taste like a donut.  Then after breakfast I went to work burning brush.  I kept two burn barrels going full blast and that kept me hopping.  Norman worked at cleaning up the trees he had cut down before.  He trimmed poles and stacked them for use later, cut up the branches and piled them up and stacked any big pieces that were too large for poles.  Then cut out the briars for me to burn.  I am working on three brush piles he made last fall when he cut other trees and cleaned up old trees that had fallen before.  I got the smallest one all done except for some leaves which I will now move over to the potatoes.  I still have about half of the other big pile to burn then we will move the burn barrels to the last big pile and get that done this spring, hopefully.  In the meantime we keep adding to these piles with brush such as briars, and dead limbs so that the forest floor is clean so we can walk in there.  It is looking so nice now.   In 2009 Norman found he used the barn so much he decided to build something for me.  I chose a studio where I could keep all my writing material and my sewing/knitting material.  That would keep the clutter out of the house and give me a place to work if I wanted quiet.  This is the studio he built for me.  It is done with the board and batton design out of the rough cut lumber.  It blends in so nicely with the setting and is just below the house so I can get to it easily.  There is one room and again he made it in two levels so the stove area is sunken, this way we could keep all the mess from a wood fire in one area and keep all the papers etc away from the hot stove.  I picked out a carboose wood burning stove.  It is the style they used on the trains in cold climates and works well here.  It heats up this little room in nothing flate.  I am working on my family tree chart to hang on the wall.   This is the stove and northeast corner of the room  He finished it off nicely with sheet rock and a brick floor under the stove for safety.  The windows are on the west and south side.  I now have my all my thread, yarn and printed material stacked in boxes on this wall.  We also keep the empty canning jars in here as this room is drier and cleaner than the barn.  It is getting very full but still allows me room to work when I want to.  I don’t have much time to work here in the sping and the summer I don’t need a fire so the stove doesn’t get much of a work out.  I have my old computer here to use.  It is good for writing but I can’t get on line with it.  that was why we got a new one.  In Blairsville we had DSL and here it was so much we went with dial up and the old computer would not go on line with dial up anymore.  We took it to a shop to fix it and after paying them they showed us it worked fine but I guess they were on DSL because with the dial up still did not work and we decided the cheapest way out was to get a new one.  Now I have the old one to write on and the new one in the house for on line work and a flash drive to transfere work from one to the other, works great for a computer dunce.  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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