We have had thunder for two days now and drops of rain but not enough to show even a trace in the rain gauge.  Now the weather radio is beeping saying there is a big thunder storm coming to Spencer.  I can hear the thunder but don’t see the rain or hail that they say is here.  We’ll see!!  Yesterday we watered the gardens again and then burned brush.  Norman picked up more dead wood in the forest next to the garden.  It is looking so nice!  Today I pinched out all the suckers on the tomato plants, about half of them are large enough to have suckers growing so I’ll have to tie them up this next week.  Then I went back to burning brush.  It is so hot working on the burn barrels now that I can’t do it for long.  Early this morning, before breakfast I trimmed the flower gardens and got those looking desent.  The lillies are about ready to open.  There are 13 lillies and each one has from 4 to 8 big buds on them.  They will be so pretty.  Shanti, do you remember the rose bush you sent me years ago for Mother’s day?  It came with some goodies in a tea cup.  I put it into the garden near the house and have watched it grown from a little thing until now it is in full bloom and has two dozen blooms on it.  The rose is the fullest most beautiful rose I have ever seen.  Today I had to tie it up because the roses are so full and big they pull the branch over.  Roses are the fussiest flower, if they like the spot you put them in they out do themselves but if they decide they don’t like it they slowly die and I can’t figure out what it is they like or don’t like.  Anyways that rose loves it where it is.   We had to tie up the raspberries today also.  The new cane is getting so big it is headed for the ground and I don’t need any new plants so  we tied them up for next year’s berries. They seem to love the clothes line and is always trying to get at that.  Norman will cut them down if they don’t stay away from the lines.   Still lots of thunder but no water.  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. Don and Joyce Larrabee says:

    Sounds like that Rose Bush is beautiful. Have a good day! ♥

    • Hi Joyce, I love knowing you are out there listening to me when I ramble on. The rose bush is beautiful. It is funny because I have tried for so long to get a nice rose garden and the one I tried to put in three years ago just died on me. The roses I have left that are doing so well are ones that came by accident. The beautiful pink one in my hosta bed was the free rose that Jackson/Perkin sent me because they were late shipping my 6 Mr Lincolns (those are the ones that all died) The pink(Love Struck) I just stuck into the hosta bed beside the lilac bush because I had no room for it anywhere else and that is the only one still living and doing beautifully. Then I have a small red rose in the front garden that I got at Lowes on the sales table five years ago after Mother’s Day. There were 3 tiny tea cup roses on the sales table for 25 cents each. I took all three and stuck them into the strawberry bed in one corner. Two of them lived so the next year I put the best one into my front flower box, the other one died but that one is still going and has grown to be be about a foot tall and full of tiny roses each spring, it blooms just as the Love Struck is fading. Then about four years ago Shanti sent me a box for Mother’s Day that had a pitcher with a rose in it. When the blooms faded I planted the rose at the head of my rock garden and there it sat for a couple years getting larger and prettier each year until now it is about four foot tall and just beautiful with about two dozen roses on it. I cut off one small branch that had six roses on it and put it in a vase in my living room so I can see it all the time. I think they are what is called the English Rose because it has more petals than the tea rose or any others that I have seen. As they other blooms open completly and start to drop their petals I am taking the petals and putting them into an apothacary jar. The color doesn’t fade and they are so pretty. Take care and stay happy. Best always Carol

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