The rain still refuses to come here.  It really looked like it would rain this week end but inspite of all the thunder and clouds we never got more than a trace of rain in the gauge.  It did rain last night enough to get the steps wet on the front porch but the rain gauge is hardly wet.  Now they are calling for a 60% chance of rain and it is too cloudy to hang out the Monday washing but I bet there will not be rain here on the mountain.  The storms come and get diverted by the plateau and then the ones that make it to the plateau get diverted again by Baker Mountain.  Oh, well I still love my spot and think it is the best spot in TN.  We are still cleaning up the fallen trees and cutting out the briars so the kids can walk the whole 7 acres when they came in July.  It is turning into such a beautiful spot but does take a lot of work to keep it pretty.  Can’t wait for the peas to get large enough to pick.  I have never raised English peas before.  I always used to plant the snow peas but never got enough out of them to freeze.  This year the peas are just loaded but I still bet we eat all that the plants can produce.  They are so good fresh.  Because these came out so good next year we will plant more and have some to freeze.  I still want to get some brussel sprouts growning so Thursday after Norman goes for his eye shot we will stop into the Feed and Seed store in McMinnville and see if they have any plants this year.  Last year I got two plants and they did well until the wood chuck found them and ate the tops half off of each little plant.  This year we have the trap set is if any other wood chuck comes I hope to get him before he eats my garden and we can send him to the happy hunting ground with his friend of last year.  All the people around us have dogs that stay out all night so they help to keep the animals away but keep them away from their gardens better than from mine.  I wish we could have a dog but where we are gone for three months each year to Florida it is impossible to have a good farm dog and that is the only kind I want.  Have a good 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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