Thank you Joyce, we did have a great visit with my sister and her husband.  In the morning before breakfast I went out and picked 3 quarts of raspberries.  Those have to be picked when they are ready or you lose them.  Then I picked spinach for dinner and beets because those are Franks favorite vegetable.  Norman washed the vegetable for me while I started the jelly.  I washed and boiled the raspberries and Norman strained the raspberries.  His back is still very sore so he decided not to walk as that hurts it also so he was handy to help me in the kitchen chores.  We had to blanch the beets and get them skinned so they could be baked for dinner.  Then I cut off the long stems, cut them up to inch or inch and a half lenghts and froze those for stews and soups this winter, then blanched the greens and froze two meals of those for winter.  We made five jars of raspberry jelly and Shirley took one of those home when she left.  We also went through the gardens and had Shirley pick out some nice vegetables to take home.  They are so good right out of the garden.  We all went out and got a few blueberries and had the blueberry cake for desert which came out very good.  The boys enjoyed their watching their game while Shirley and I just talked and visited.  We get together twice a year so really cherish these visits and make them last as long as we can.  Today it is raining very lightly but at least raining and they forcast it to rain for the next three days.  I hope we get a couple inches out of this as we really need it.  I will dig potatoes whenevery there is a break in the drizzle but the green beans and raspberries will have to wait until it dries out a little, then I’ll be busy!!  The new plantings are coming up well and will love this light rain.  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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