We finally got two days of rain or should I say drizzle.  We got 5/8 of a inch in the two days so you see nothing got really wet.  I set out the peppers and herbs and Norman planted more beans and lettuce.  The third planting of beans aren’t up yet but when Norman dug down to see if they had died he found they had developed roots so they will be up soon.  I poked under one of the potato plants and found some small potatoes.  We just bought a bag of potatoes so we will eat those first then work on the new ones.  The first planting of beans are in full bloom now so it won’t be long before we are eating and canning those.  The peas have little peas on them now.  If they were snow peas with pods you eat we would be eating those now but we put in English peas so will have to wait a week or two to let the peas in the pods get large enough to eat.  We lost all the peas in the one garden and one pea plant in the second garden before the sonic rodent repelent came.  We put that in this second garden and haven’t lost a single plant since so I guess it really does work.  The first pea bed we planted cucumbers and zuchinni and those are both up.  In the other two pea beds we put in zuchinni and butternut squash in the corners and they are up also.  Today we had beets for dinner.  The beets are getting to be very good size but when I pull enough beets to make a meal the greens are so big and nice we get two meals of greens.  We may have to start freezing some greens too but I hate to as I still have one package of steamed beet greens, two packages of fried been greens and one of spinach in the freezer from last year.  Wish Patty and Becca lived closer so I could share the new harvest with them.  I’d give the Swiss chard to Shirley as she loves that but we have more than we can eat right now.  Shirley will be here the first week in June so she can take a nice big load of the chard home with her.  Yesterday we had a small strawberry short cake for desert.  We didn’t do much for the starwberries this year as I didn’t think there were many there but I find there is alot more than I thought so maybe we will get a couple more short cakes from the patch before they are done.  Still not many grapes tho.  I have spent the last week and a half trying to get the savings accounts up for everyone.  The kids under 18 are no problem, as soon as I get their information I get the accounts up and going.  It is the ones over 18 that is a problem.  I have found a short cut that works well with those who do not have an ING account already but for those who do have one I have to wait until I get one more number from them.  Oh well, it will work out in the end.   It is such a wonderful way to send gifts to the kids.  I could never get something for them that they would like so sending money on a credit card works great.  Alex graduates this month and he is valedictorian of his class and he goes to a large school which makes it even better.  What a great job!!  We got his accounts set up and his gift sent so I know it works easy.  His Dad says he got a great scholarship also and wants to become a doctor.  I hope he sticks to it but it will be a long job but well worth it in the end.  Good Luck, Alex.  Guess that is all the new news from here.  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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