Yesterday we went down the street to a yard sale and as I talked to this neighbor I bet she said, “Bless your heart” at least four times.  It took all my will power not to jump down her throat.  But I remembered she had no idea what she was saying.  Most people don’t know what that means.  “Bless her heart” means poor thing, she is too stupid to know better but she means well.  I hope that is not what she meant.  Once a person starts saying that it is impossible to break them of the habit but they really should be careful who they say it to!!  It got me thinking, there are many old sayings people use today that they have no idea where they came from or what they really mean, such as TGIF  today people just mean “thank God Friday is here and I can relax for two days.  Back in the 20’s when things were really hopping the saying was TGIFATHWM  Thank God it’s Friday and to hell with Monday.  It really meant I am going to party hard all weekend and if Monday comes OK but if it doesn’t, who cares or if I don’t last till then so be it.  There are many other such examples but I can’t think of any right now.  How about you do you know of any?  I know of many that used to be common place saying that we can no longer say because it is not politalically correct so I won’t go into those.  My mother used to say her aunt had a saying that I had never heard of:  When I got running around in circles trying to get things done she would say,”You are running around like a fart in a mitten.”  I still like that one.   Today we trimmed the red bud tree so we can see the crape myrtle.  We also cut out the dead branches in the pear tree and by mistake cut off the only two pears on the tree.  Oh well, it is best to remove the first few pieces of fruit anyways as they drain too much strength from the tree.  I don’t know why the limbs are dieing on the pear tree but that is the second limb we have removed. I bet it was the cicadas.  They get onto a tree and lay their eggs in the new tender branches, the eggs stay there all winter and then start to grow and kill the branch which then drops to the ground where the eggs leave the branch and go into the ground to grow and hatch into those awful looking fly like things.  There were the annual cicadas last year and the 7 year  ones two summers ago.  I picked and killed as many as I could but some always get by me and these branches were way up high so I would not have seen the bugs.  Our peaches are looking great!  This is the first time we have not had worms in the fruit right away.  We spray every two weeks and it seems to be working.  Then we trimmed and shaped the Chinese bittersweet and the forsythia.  Norman took a truck load of branches to the burn pile and the yard looks much better instead of like a forest.  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. Shanti says:

    Mom, what do you spray with? We have fruit this year too, and I’m hoping neem oil will do the trick. But not sure!

    • Hi Shanti, We use liquid Seven. We were going to try neem oil but could not get the kind for fruit trees so asked a farmer at the farmer’s market who had beautiful peaches. He said to spray every two weeks once the fruit was set. Not while they are in blossom as it will make the blossoms fall. Just as soon as the fruit begans spray well every two weeks with liquid Seven, not on a rainy day as it will wash off then stop spraying 2 to 3 weeks before you want to pick them. It seems to work as this is the first time we have had worm free fruit. Last year at this time the trees were loaded with fruit and the fruit was loaded with the little runny marks where the worms had entered the fruit, this year none of that. So I am hoping to have nice big juicy peaches.

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