We finally got a good rain.  It started Sunday night and rained off and on all day Monday so in the end we had 1 1/2 inches.  The rain came so slowly it all had time to soak into the ground.  All of the plants are happy today and now the sun is out making everything perk up.  We spent the morning down in the lower garden.  I side dressed the tomatoes and onions with super rainbow (13-13-13), then we put wet newspapers around the tomatoes, not touching them but all around, then Norman put on a nice layer of mulch.  This will hold the moisture in the ground and keep the weeds from coming up.  I weeded the peas and vines.  The butternut is up and getting it’s first true leaves, the zuchinni is up and getting their true leaves, the cucumbers and mellons are up but only the seedling leaves so far.  The peas are still getting more blossoms but have lots of small peas and some are even starting to swell.  We should have a good crop.  No futher sign of the vole so have not lost any more peas.  The green beans are still blooming but now there are lots of tiny one inch beans on the vines also and the second planting is blooming, the third planting is just coming up.  The second planting of lettuce must have not made it as there is only a few plants up.  The greens are all still growing well and we have one or the other every day as well as a salad every day.  The beets are getting big enough now to be a main vegetable one or twice a week.  We emptied the small freezer today and put the last of the corn and greens into the large freezer.  We are cleaning it up now and will have it all ready to freeze some beet greens and spinach for next winter.  The grapes are growing but there will be only about a dozen bunches of grapes this year.  Last year we had three bushels of grapes.  We will miss the juice but will fill in with apple juice.  There is an orchard just down the street from us so will get several bushels this year to press.  I have one set of Raggedy Ann and Andy done and the second set almost done except for the hair which I need to get tomorrow when we go to McMinnville.  I want orange yarn for that.  The pair of Raggedy Andys for the twins are almost done also.  When I get these done I want to make a couple Kewpie dolls.  I sent for the arm and leg joints for them.  I have had the pattern for years but never got around to make them, so now it looks like a good time to do it before the great grand daughters get here.  I am hoping both Gina and Dyhana get to visit this summer.  I will send Dyhana’s Raggedy Ann and Andy to her grand mother so when she get back to NM they will be waiting for her.  Dyhana loves dolls but Gina has never been much for dolls I am hoping she will like the rag doll types.  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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