I haven’t gotten to talk to you much this week.  My days have started at 6 am and they go until 3 in the afternoon and by then I am too tired to do anything but sit and knit a little.  Yesterday I promised my self I would get a blog done but I started at 6 making two loaves of bread, I got that on to rise and then picked the raspberries and got 1 1/2 quarts, then I picked the blueberries and got 2 1/2 quarts.  Then I picked some beets and washed those for dinner and by then Norman was back from his walk so went down and watered the new plantings.  I watered the gardens up here and pulled a few weeds from one of the flower gardens.  After breakfast we both went down and picked wild blueberries and got a half cup, then picked squash beetles and squished beetle eggs.  Then I came up and weeded the blueberry bed.  I still have to weed the grapes as that bed has more grass in it than in the “lawn”.  I picked some green beans for dinner and then stopped to cook dinner and got my bread into the pans to rise again.  After dinner I baked my bread and made 2 jars of whole raspberry sauce and three jars (1 pint and 2 jelly jars) of blueberry sauce.  By then it was 3 and so hot we could not work outside and I was tired so we stopped.  This morning I  was out there at 6 again, I limed the tomatoes then Norman helped me water them.  We watered all the plants in the lower garden and then picked squash beetles and looked for eggs.  By 8 am we were in for breakfast and by 9 we were in McMinnville to the farmers market.  We don’t usually go on Saturdays because they are so busy on the week ends but I needed to see John about corn and he hasn’t been coming on Wednesdays.  He said he should be picking corn in two weeks so I signed up for 12 dozen.  He will call me the morning he goes out to the field to pick the Ambrosa corn and we will go to his farm and be there when he cames in from the field with the corn.  Then we come home and will have the corn blanched and cut from the cob and in the freezer before dinner.  It is 30 miles one way to the farm but well worth the long trip to get the really fresh corn.  Patty and Becca will be here in three weeks so if John is still picking corn when they get here we will go over again and get another 12 dozen to can for Becca.  If she is here to help we will get it but if we have to do it all ourselves we don’t have the time or energy.   Anyways we got that ordered then we went to Lowes to get more Lime and some Bayer.  I asked John what to do about the squash beetles as he didn’t seem to have any problem and he told me to get the Bayer and that would kill them without hurting the squash for eating.  A couple other farmers gave me advice about getting rid of the bugs but I liked John’s better.  One of the men said to pull out all the plants and start over again in a different area which was not possible for us.  I usually can find a solution to any problem we have from one or another of them and they are all so helpful when you ask.We got back home about 11 am so dinner was late but good and after dinner I made blueberry muffins from the wild blueberries.  I ordered an ice cream maker from Amazon.  I have wanted to have one for a long time and with Becca and the kids coming in 3 weeks I thought this would be a good time to get it and make sure I can use it.  We will have fun making all different kinds of ice cream and if July is as hot as June has been we will eat lots of it.   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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2 Responses to

  1. Don and Joyce Larrabee says:

    You still amaze us, how you can do so much work. What wonderful people you are. Always look forward to reading your blog, and we are so fortunate to know such wonderful people. Have a good day. ♥

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