Yesterday was the hottest day in Nashville EVER recorded, they hit 109 so I guess I have to admit we were luck, we hit 99.6, that set a new record for us also.  Today it is 93 right now and it should not be quite as hot as yesterday but still it is too hot for the gardens.  We are still watering every day so hopefully we will save some of it.  The last two years I could not get fall planting onions, they were all sold out by the time I thought to get some so today I called Gurney’s and ordered one yellow Ebenezer onion sets (60-75 per order) and one Red onion sets, one Shallots onion set and 2 large garlic bulbs (20-30 cloves per bulb)  They will ship them for a mid September planting.  I was worried as I thought that was too early to plant the onions but the said if they didn’t come up or if they didn’t grow they would replant them or refund my money so I ordered them.  The garlic worked so well this year that I really wanted to get the onions in early also.  I wonder if I could put the peas in to winter over also?  This morning I worked a bit in the raspberries and cut out the last of the old briars.  Tomorrow morning I will tie up the new cane and get the extra long one tied up and over the fence and into pots for next years new raspberry garden down below.  It is still too hot to plant the last couple rows of beans or brussel sprout for the fall crop but will do that in a couple weeks if it cools off.  If not we are done planting for this year until mid September when we put in the onions and garlic.  Tne onions we just harvested are great.  We had some of the smaller ones in the beef stew and those onions just melt in your mouth, I bet even Chris will love these.  I got a course on “Understanding Calculus ”  It is a 24 lecture course and Norman is doing it with me.  It is not the working with Calculus it is understanding what Calculus is and what it can do.  We have done three lectures so far and enjoyed them very much.  There is a book that comes with it so I can read the lectures also and pick up on the finer details of what the professor is saying.  Maybe when I am done with this I will know what it was that I was doing all those years in my Calculus classes.  I took four classes and see there is much more to Calculus than just doing the problems that some one else set out for you.  I could have used this when I was coaching the math team, that is for sure.  I also got a set of lectures on the sky and thought Patty might enjoy seeing those as she loves studying the night sky when she is camping.  We can look at some of them when they are here.   Yesterday we made some vanilla ice cream using half and half instead of heavy cream and it came out much better for us.  It is not as heavy and still tastes good.  Love the machine, it makes 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream with no messing with ice or salt and no hand cranking – Great!  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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