It seems each week get busier than the one before and this week is no different.  Monday I pulled the last of the pea plants and got 6 more meals of peas into the freezer.  We got the pea patches turned into squash patches and took care of the squash bugs that have moved in early.  Everything is about two weeks earlier than last year.   It was a mild winter so the bugs from last year never got killed off.  I am not sure what is eating us but both Norman and I are covered with bites of some kind and boy are they itchy!!  Yesterday I picked all the green beans that were ready from the first two plantings and got 6 more pints canned and on the shelf. On Monday I picked about a cup and a half of raspberries and made a jar of raspberry jelly.  This is the first of a good season.  I will pick raspberries now every other day.  The berries last about a week to ten days before being all done.  Today I went out at 6:30 and got all that were ripe to take to the farmer’s market to trade for some more brocilli.  I got 1 1/2 quarts for her.  She was happy and so was I.  I got a big full and got that into the freezer this afternoon.   Then I picked enough strawberries to have a short cake tonight.  Monday Norman got stuck on a stump with his tractor and he hurt his back when he tried to get it unstuck.  He got it off the stump but is left with a very sore back.  Last night he couldn’t sleep so I put some of the oil that Narinjan gave me and it relieved it enough to let him sleep.  It felt better this morning but by the time he got back from McMinnville he was suffering again so after his shower I put more oil on his back and he is very comfortable now.  That stuff works great!!  Monday we also picked  some wild blueberries.  Tomorrow we will pick some more and add a few blue cultivated berries and I will make a blueberry cake for company on Saturday.  The wild blueberries are best but I don’t have enough without a few from the big ones too.  Shirley and Frank will be here on Friday for a short visit for the week end.  We are looking forward to the visit.  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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