I have been fighting the computer for several days, I can’t seem to get to where I need to be so I haven’t gotten to fill you in on what is happening here, which isn’t much.  I have been trying to set up accounts on ING for all the grand children and great grand children because we can no longer get the paper bonds.  We have given them all US savings bonds for about 12 years and it was always a perfect way to birthday and Christmas shop since it is so hard to keep up with likes and dislikes with each new generation.  But now the banks will not handle the bonds and we could not get the paper bonds so decided to set up savings accounts for each one but with 19 of them to set up and all the regulations there are for on line banking it is getting to be a hassel.  If the person is over 18 there is one set of rules, under 18 it is called a “kid’s” account and has it’s own set of rules so I have been looking for birthdays, social security numbers, addresses- no P O Boxes, and email address and with a dial up computer that I fight with it becomes an all day job and still I get very little done.  Monday when I burned brush and dead logs I guess I pulled my back as I have been lame all week.  I do get a little done outside each morning but not much.  I water, or spread feritizer but that is about it and I pick greens for dinner.  By the end of the day I can move pretty good but after lying on my hips all night I am so stiff and sore in the morning I have to work it all out again.  I really feel like an old lady this week.  It is alot better this morning so there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I just don’t bounce back like I did at 30.  We got 16 tomato plants planted in the lower garden and Norman has the braces up for the rest of them.  I have about 40 more seedlings getting ready to put in and then on Saturday they have the Farmer’s Plant Show and Sale in McMinnville at the farmer’s market where I will get the rest of the tomato plants making a total of 100.  We will see if my small seedlings do as well as the commerical ones and know which way to go next year.  We had a combination last year but I forgot to keep track of which were mine so I don’t know how they differed, I will this year as it is a lot of work to start my own plants but it is expensive to buy all 100.  I watch the blueberries ripen each day.  They are getting so big and turning color a little already and the branches are so loaded they are bending nearly to the ground.  Norman thinks we will have to support some of the branches before they are ripe, they are so full and heavy.  Today we spray the trees again.  The peaches look good this year with no bugs so far, we will spray every two weeks and see if we can get a good bug free crop this year.   Time to get my bread started as Norman is due back from his walk any time 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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  1. Carol, take heart. This is an ” old ” week for me too but because of the pollen around here. My headache sent me home from the dance early last eve. and that is very unusual. I want to get outside to weed but it is cold ( 30 this a.m. ), and so very dry the pollen count is huge!!!! Wish I had your cooking skills as I can smell your bread baking.ummmmmm! Off now for coffee and a good breakfast. If only Jade could cook….sweet thing.

    Love to you two, Nancy

    • Nancy, I hope the pollen is down for you. I used to be bothered by the pollen but very seldom now. When I do get a headache from it I go to bed with a cake of ivory soap on my temple and it lets me sleep. I use soap for what ever ails me and most things it clears it up. We are very dry here, most places around have been getting some rain but we have not had one drop in our rain gauge for three weeks now so we have to water the gardens every day. We are always glad when the hail misses us but we sure would bless the rain. Have a great day Carol

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