I started today by picking all the vegetables I wanted for dinner today and tomorrow.  I dug potatoes, picked peas, and green beans, then dug up a dozen garlic bulbs.  It was hot even then at 7a.m. and has gotten even hotter all day.  My mother always used the first picking of peas and beans for an old Nova Scota dish.  Cook the peas and beans lightly, and cook the new potates until just tender.  Combine all with a little milk and butter and heat but don’t boil.  It is so good.  Those who remember this don’t need any meat with this dish but Norman is French not Nova Scotaian so I made him country spare ribs to go with it.  We both ate too much but who cares the new vegetables are so good.  The garlic we tied up and hung out on the lower deck to dry.  They need to dry for two to three weeks before I store them in the root cellar.  They have come out so nice this year.  I think we finally have the secret to growing garlic.  This afternoon I have spent the time getting Pay Pal informed about the fraud.  I didn’t get a reply to my email yesterday so went over to their site again and finally found the transaction ID numbers for each of the bum charges and they replied this time and said they were investegating all charges.  If they get to the bottom of this I will stay with Pay Pal as that is the only way to shop on ebay and I do like to do that but if they can’t assure me this will not happen again I will cancele my membership in both Pay Pal and ebay and book at some other sites for my odd items when I need them.  It is so hot today here.  We got up to 87 degrees today and very muggy.  Nashville is about ten degrees hotter than we are.  I could never live there.  We have one more day of this heat and then it will go back down into the 70’s which will make us happy.  Time to pick the strawberries if I want a short cake for supper.  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. Carol, my mouth is watering!!!!! Mom used to make that Nova Scotia dish also. I do myself when and if I can get the fresh new peas. I do make it with frozen peas and the new beans and potatos though. I use 1/2 and 1/2 cream and a little butter…..not much of those things for the vegs. are good on their own. I don’t need meat either but as a kid I always wanted balognia with it. Wouldn’t have that stuff in the house now.

    Your garden sure is great!!!!! At least I am eating asparagus every day currently from my own garden. So good!!!!

    Like your ” future ” plans. I moved Phill from the Keene plot to the Brown plot in Troy where Mom is several years ago. At the time I had my name put on his stone as well. He was cremated and I will be too so…..enough room for us all there. It is for 4 so there is Grandpa Brown, Nana Brown, Mom, and Phill and I will be in a single plot. Stones in place already. I think Pam will continue the flowers on Grandpa’s place as long as able but don’t expect my kids to bother. Not a concern to me for like you…..I won’t be there anyway!!!!! Where I will be??????? Expect to be among the particles that make up our amazing universe!!!!!

    Stay happy, Nancy

    • So nice to talk to you like this. It is too hot here this week-end to do much more than tend the tomatoes and pick veggies for dinner. They are calling for rain next week, which I hope comes, and then temperatures back down into the low 70s which will be wecomed by all. I am watching the blueberries now as they are getting very large and changing color slowly. In another couple weeks we should have all the blueberries we want. I want to make a blueberry sauce this year to use on our cereal each morning. Patty gave me the idea as she wants some to put on her oatmeal. I should have enough to make a case for each of us and some for Becca too. We finally found a farmer who knew what was wrong with our bushes so after putting the peat and 90$ sulfur on we have very healthy bushes and beautiful big loaded berries. Wish we lived nearer our family so we could share our bounty but if we lived either in NH or FL we would not have the wonderful gardens we get here in TN so I guess there is no way to make that wish come true. Keep in touch. Love you Carol

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