Biggest day ever!!

Yesterday was a big day for my blog with 116 hits!!  Thank you, I bet alot of them came from Bruce Aho, am I right?  Every time you read a blog or a page from the other pages it counts as a hit and makes me feel as if I have had a visitor.  It feels so nice, the only thing you could have done better is leave me a comment to let me know you had come.  It is like coming home from shopping and find someone had come to you house while you were gone and you don’t know who it was.  Either way I do enjoy the visit as we don’t get many visitors here.  We live on the top of Baker Mountain and no one knows anyone lives here.  We have a long driveway into the woods that looks deserted so no one comes down that drive, it is not on the way to anywhere.  In the five years we have lived here only three cars have come down the drive, outside of the UPS truck, family, or Joyce our neighbor whose son I tutor for the ASVB test.  Those three were two people that were lost and one was a new minister looking for people to come to his church.  As you can see Norman is really a hermit by nature and I have found it is the only way to keep his stress level down so we have not made any “friends” here.  We know lots of people and love to visit with the other farmers at athe farmer’s market where we buy the things we don’t grow such as corn and mustard greens.  They give me all the advise on farming we need and all the company Norman can stand but we do not visit them nor them us.  I have my blog and all the friends that visit me there, which I enjoy very much.  Please do leave me a comment now and then and I will answer it.  When you leave a comment it goes to my email box where I have to approve it and then I can leave an answer and they will go on my blog under the comments.   OK  back to the farm.  When we came home in Feb.  I started tomato seeds in egg shells.  It was a new method I read about and wanted to try.  I used some old potting soil I had here which was a bad mistake as none of them germinated.  I ran out of that so used some garden soil in one 18 pack and all of those germinated and I got them transplanted into larger pots.  They are now ready to be put into the ground but I will wait until the blackberries bloom before doing that.  I started a second lot when I realized my mistake and those are now an inch or better high so yesterday I transplanted 72 tomato plants into larger pots.  The egg shells worked well and all I had to do was brake a hole in the bottom of the shell and plant shell and all into the pot.  The weather is nice now so we put a set of the black shelves outside in a sunny area and that is where we are keeping the seedlings.  When it calles for a night in the 40’s I will cover the shelves, otherwise they are staying right out side.  I do have a green house but it doesn’t get much sun.  In the woods it is hard to find a place that gets sun all day!  Tomorrow it calls for very stormy weather with lots of wind.  Very often if it comes from the west, the wind goes right over the top of us.  It hits the mountain and and we are just under the top so the wind goes over the top and only to tops of the trees move.  But if it comes from the south or southwest, which they call for tomorrow, the wind comes down the road and we get some good gusts.  So we will bring the seedling in tonight.  We also do not want the plants to drown from a lot of rain all at once.  I do hope they grow big enough to plant when the blackberries bloom as to buy 100 plants to set out is quite expensive so all I can grown will help.  McMinnville is the nursey capital of the world so there are lots here to get and we do get a good price but it is nicer if I can grown my own.  Most of the trees you get in a catalog are grown here in  McMinnville.  Any road you drive around the town you see the fields and fields of young trees growing and then being dug up, balled and bagged for shipping.  Very pretty with the cattle farms mixed in.  Today I write letters.   I have a daughter that writes every week and two cousins, one in Milford , NH and one in Florida.  Then I will do just a bit more weeding.  We had beet greens again yesterday and still have a row to thin so will have them again today.  The potatoes are beautiful.  We watch everyday for blooms so we can start stealing small potatoes from the plants but that usually doesn’t happen until about May 1 about the time the blackberries bloom.  The blackberry blooming is the sign that the last frost has happened and it is safe to grown everything.  It doesn’t always work, once in the while they have what the farmer calls a “blackberry winter” which is a late freeze like we had in 2007 but that is very rare.  Have a great day and let me hear from you.

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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6 Responses to Biggest day ever!!

  1. Don and Joyce Larrabee says:

    Good Morning friends. Read your blogs every day and enjoy them. Hopefully you won’t get any frosts to ruin your gardens. We don’t plant anymore. We use to have a garden down back of our house. Have a nice day. The sun is shining here. Don and Joyce.

    • Good Morning Joyce, So nice to hear from you. We have had no frost yet and the month is almost over so the worrying is less. We have ordered some smoke bombs to put into the vole holes so maybe that will get rid of the little critters that ate all the peas in the one patch. There are now two holes in the house garden so will bomb those also. So far we are both healthy enough to keep up with the gardens. Norman sprayed the fruit trees yeasterday. We have three pears on the Moon Glow pear, first time. I don’t see any on the bartlet yet but we have a few apples on the yellow delicious for the first time also. Can’t see any on the wine sap but the crab apple tree is full so we will need to spray every other week all summer. The peaches are loaded and hope we can keep the worms off them with the spraying, that was what a peach farmer in McMinnville told us to do, hope he is right. Sending love you way – Carol

  2. Donna Leger-Stevens says:

    Hi, I want to say I am so glad you are on FB and Blogging, this is so nice…. I remember you as my math teacher at Mascenic… You were a wonderful teacher, and it showed that you loved math and it encouraged all of us to continue to learn. Thank you for all you have done!!!
    Donna Leger-Stevens

    • Hi Donna, Thank you for visiting me. I love to hear from my students. It has been a long time and we have moved so many times most people can not find me, I am so glad you did. You can go to my blog and see all the things I have been doing since I left New Hampshire. Now I spend all my time farming and writing. I hope to get back to my books on my great Uncle Web soon and also need to do more on my memories if the gardens ever let me do some work on the writing. Right now I am tutoring a neighbor boy who wants to get a good job in the Army so needed to sharpen his math skills. I still love math and enjoy working with anyone who will listen and work. Great hearing from you, keep in touch. Sending love and good wishes your way.

  3. dphann says:

    I Have thoroughly enjoyed your blog.Having just found it I have now read it from start to finish.
    I am glad to have read it,is inspiring me to be more ambitious as I am a recovering cancer patient whose medications and treatments have depleted my energy for far to long.I was a neighbor from.
    many years ago, way back when I lived on Currier Avenue.

    • OH BOY! you are really a voice from the past. I am so glad to hear from you. Norman and I have been sitting here trying to remember where you lived on Currier Avenue. Norman decided he remembered a Debby Hann that was a friend of one of our daughters, is he right? I know how hard it is when you have something that drains your energy, the only way I could get back into the things I want to do is to lay out the things I want to get done this week and work at it for a few minutes each morning and then again in the afternoon. I find if I work until I am tired I never get back to it for days so besure to quit before you run down. When we built this house and looked at the land if we had thought that we wanted a garden or farm we never would have started. We clear the land one flower garden at a time, very small ones. Then turned a couple together into a vegetable garden and so it grew. We never thought we could do this when we started being 74 and 76. Now at 80 and 82 we know we can do anything we want to as long as be take small bites at a time. Do let me know where you lived and how how life is treating you now. Thanks for visiting me today. Sending love and strength to you. Have a great day.

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