Miss the Kids Already

What a wonderful week we had!  The kids arrived on Monday afternoon and left this morning at quarter to eight.  Now the house is all back in order and soooooo quiet.  We are ready to sit down for the afternoon and we both would like a little boy to sit with us.  We miss the whole family already.  We are thankful for the week we had with them.  Monday we just visited and looked at the gardens.  Tuesday we canned 6 pints of peaches and picked vegetables.  Wednesday we went to McMinnville to the farmer’s market.  Only the girls went, the boys stayed home.  We got some nice fresh vegetables for Patty to take back to Florida with her.  In the afternoon we picked and canned zucchini for Becca to take home.  Thursday Becca, Chris, Gina and the twins went to Chattanooga and went to the aquarium.  They all had a wonderful day and came home with all kinds of stories about their trip.  While they were gone we did some cooking and made some Peaches and Cream ice cream.  That was the best we have ever made!!  It is so easy with the new electric ice cream maker.  No ice to bother with and no salt.  I got it on Amazon.com.  I am a Amazon Prime Mom so get free shipping on many such things.  I love it!   This morning we got everyone packed up and lunches made for on the trip home.  Tonight they will stop in GA for two nights so the small kids get a break about half way home.  They get to swim and play in the park.  Then Sunday they finish their trip home.  Norman and I did a little house work but there wasn’t much to do, they left the house so nice.  So we picked some more peaches and canned 5 more pints.  We will pick more each day and try to get 6 or 7 pints each day until they are all done.  Inbetween we will need to watch the zucchini and can that also as we go.  I can the squash with stewed tomatoes that way when Becca opens a can she saves the stewed tomatoes for Patty to put in her soup and they eat the squash, nothing goes to waste in this family.   Oh, I forgot to mention – the peaches are perfect this year.  Not a bug in sight.  The spraying we did early really paid off.  We should have thinned the peaches though and next year we will.  Many of the peaches are falling off the tree just before they are really ripe and that is because there are three and four to a cluster and they should have only one and then the peaches should be 9 inches apart so they can stay on the tree to ripen and grown large.  Always learning something new and thank goodness there is always next year to do it right.   Joyce, I haven’t heard from you for several day.  I hope that means you are on vacation.  I do hope you are both well and enjoying the summer.  Shirley, I’ll try to write tomorrow.  Just want to let you know we are both fine and happy after enjoying our week.  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 Miss the Kids Already

  1. Joyce Larrabee says:

    WE are still here, but it has been terrible hot and we don’t do anything in the heat. Today is pretty nice. We shut the A/C off finally. Don can’t breathe too good when it is so muggy. Glad to hear you had such a nice time with your family. Take care. ♥♥

    • So glad to know you are alright. I am the same way when it gets hot, I find I can not regulate my body heat anymore so get very hot and when my head gets hot I get almost panicy. So I do all my outside work before 10 in the morning, then work inside and do my writing, or canning or sewing. There is always something else that needs doing and here we have no outside pressures to do anything else but what we want to. I guess that is why we like living way out here. We run the AC most afternoons as right now most afternoons are in the upper 80’s. Of course we run the AC high, we set it at 79 so even if it is muggy the AC does not go on until it is over 80. Today it never went on until about 4 P.M. it was a beautiful day. Keep well.

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