July 1914

Two nice spring days that warmed up into the low 60’s so we got lots done around here.  Friday we planted the potatoes.  Norman had tilled four 25 foot rows and marked out the rows.  Friday he dug a trench about 5 inches deep down the middle of each row and I pulled out more dirt to get down to the hard bottom then put in some 5-20-20 fertilizer and covered it up with about an inch of dirt then put in the cut potatoes.  After the second row we realized we needed more space so Norman till up two more rows and we planted 5 1/2 25 foot rows.  15 pounds of Yukon gold and 15 pounds of Red Pontiac potatoes, 191 pieces of potato.  Now if we can get 5-10 good sized potatoes to each plant we will have enough potatoes for the whole family as well as some to can for winter.  I am still using the ones I canned last year and they are working out great!  Of course when I got done I could not move for two days.  With my bad hips I can not squat down so have to bend at the waiste to weed or plant and a couple hours of that really does a job on my legs, knees and hips but the stiffness and sourness has now worked out pretty much.  Saturday I weeded the hosta bed some more and got that almost done, just a little more to do today.  Then weeded and tied up a little in the raspberry bed and helped general picking up.  Norman blew out the leaves from the south side of the house around the fruit trees and gardens plus all the back yard,  then he raked and dumped those leaves.  Today he hopes to finish the north side and the gardens there.  He did get my wood land flower beds done yesterday.  Tomorrow looks like a very rainy day so we will save the house cleaning for tomorrow and use today to finish up outside.  Have a great day!

July 1, 1914  Wednesday  Cloudy  Dora washed   Boys helped her  I helped on the House work   Dora had a picnic with her sunday school class  little Boys & Girls  good time

July 2  Thursday  Cloudy & Cold  Dora washed big one  got done  10 C  I helped do the House work  ducks grows good   Chickens too

July 3  Friday Cloudy & Cold  Dora Ironed  Boys worked in the Factory afternoon   I done but little   it is a cold time

July 4  Saturday  Plesant  warm  nice day for the fourth  Boys had a good time   good fire works in the evening

July 5  Sunday  Cloudy & rain   All went to Church but DW   he stayed at home

July 6  Monday  Cloudy  dora went to Keene  Mrs Loomis had left for good to live with her Nephew in Vt   good thing for her

July 7  Tuesday  Rainey day  No washing to day  every thing good  Slow  no work   Cold weather

July 8  Wednesday  Plesant   Warm   Dora washed   Herman helped  I done but a little  went over to R Shop to see Rob a few moments

July 9  Thursday  Cloudy & Rain   Dora washed to day   Herman helped her   done a good Job   I done but a little   Guy went a fishing with one of his school mates  got 80 Pouts 6 Pickerel  Guy caut them

July 10  Friday  Cloudy  Dora washed & Ironed   I went down and see them rais the Factory Smake stack   did not get it up   finish in the morning

July 11  Saturday  Cloudy & Warm   Dora Ironed   I went over to see them working  drop the smake Stack into its Place  it was 20 min to 4 OClock  Mr Ward is up McCalls

July 12  Sunday  Plesant  All went to Church but my self   I stayed at Home

July 13  Monday  Plesant & warm  Dora washed   Herman helped her  I done but a little

July 14  Tuesday  Plesant  Warm  Big time at the Hall to day & Night  Woman Lecture to Night   Dora takes 5 boarders to day  $7.00 a week per head

July 15  Wednesday  Cloudy  Warm  Dora washed   Boys helped her  I done my part on the dishes  very good hay day

July 16  Thursday  Plesant  cloudy & Warm  Dora washed   Boy helped her  then went Blueberring  got 2 qt

July 17  Friday Plesant  Cloudy & warm   dora washed   Boys helped   I done a little and slept a little

July 18  SaturdauPlesant  Cloudy  Warm  dora done her House work   & Cooked.   Helen Knowlton Ironed for Dora to day  Paid her 1.00 for it

July 19  Sunday  Plesant   Boys & Angie went to Church

July 20  Monday  Plesant  Dora washed  big one   Boys helped her   I did not do but a little  not feeling very welll   Paid my IOOF Dues and Norse Hurl  $1.23

July 21  Tuesday  Plesant & Cloudy  Dora washed to day   good day to dry till noon then wet   had a shower big one   It liked to killed all of our Chickens  they look dead ones but we warmed them up

July 22  Wednesday Plesant but cool   no washing to day   Guy hayed for Helpen  got $2.50

July 23  Thursday  Rainy day   Rained nost all day   Men all come home before noon  went a fishen but got no fish   dora Ironed all day and cooked for the whole family

July 24  Friday  Plesant   Dora Ironed  done House Work and cooked the rest helped do the work   Mr Hewey here to Night

July 25  Saturday  Plesant  Dora Cooked a good lot the rest of the folks eat it up   got a good lot of boarders $7.00 per head  that good $35.00

July 26  Sunday  Plesant   Boys & Angie went to Church &  Sunday School   Dora stayed at Home   Mrs McComb& a Lady was with her   come up on auto

July 27  Monday  Plesant  Dora washed big one   Herman helped her   I was on the sick list   feeling some better to night

July 28  Tuesday  Plesant  Dora washed  got done 10 oc   Boys helped   Boys went a rasberring   got none  pales come home empty

July 29  Wednesday   Cloudy & raney   Dora washed got her cloths caut in the rain   it has rained hard all the afternoon

July 30  Thursday  Plesant  Dora Ironed to day  & cooked   Boys helped do the work   cool day

July 31  Friday  Plesant  Dora Ironed  Guy helped  Patridge Hay

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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