The Big Day is Here at Last!

We have been planning and working toward the day that Joe and Holly come to TN to live and finally the day has come.  Right now they are in OK packing up the moving van and will leave tomorrow morning about 3 am.  I hope they have good driving weather!!  We have all our ducks in a line here and go down to Jasper tomorrow morning to close on the house.  Joe and Holly are coming right into Whitwell to the new house so they don’t have to drive the big moving van into the mountains along these narrow, steep roads.  What a wise move that was!  He should get in some time around midnight so we are going to sleep over tomorrow night so we will be there to greet them and help them find the way.  It is hard when it is dark and you have never been to the house before.  I don’t know how they would know it was the right house if there were no one there to signal them.  Anyways we can’t wait until the next day to see them so we will take an air mattress and things to have for supper and the next day and spend the night there after the closing.  We will have the water and lights all on so it should be fun moving in.

The farm is in good shape to leave for a couple days.  You know how it is with gardens, if you leave them for long they go to pot.  We will water well this evening and pick the lettuce and onions we need to take to Whitwell and then leave the gardens to luck until Saturday.  We will be back here Friday night and hope the rabbits and other varmints don’t find out we are gone.  Everything is growing well but this week it is hot and will be for the rest of the week with no rain until Saturday or Sunday.  Many of the vegetable like the heat but the lettuce, spinach and a few others prefer a little cooler weather.  It is still in the 80’s but with high humidity 85 feels even hotter.

We got the weeding all done again and Norman has started clearing the area around the smaller garden.  It has the fence around it for the deer so we decided it might as well be planted also.  The soil is so good down there, a few bags of Black Cow is all it will need and we will get some more beans in there.   Norman sprayed the fruit trees again today.  That has to be done every two weeks or they get full of worms.  Right now they look great so hope to keep them that way.  I also need to spray the poison oak down near the gardens so when Luke comes over he doesn’t get into that.  It is quite painful when you get a good dose of the rash.  It is the same as poison ivy but the plants looks a bit different and it grows all over here when ever you clear the land and let a little sun in.  After two or three years of spraying it, it does not return so it is only on the newly cleared land that I have to worry about.  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 The Big Day is Here at Last!

  1. Don and Joyce says:

    Glad to hear you are so happy that your son is on his way to TN. Hope they have decent weather to travel in. The weather has been so horrible lately. It will be nice having them so close to you. Will be thinking of you. LOVE YOU. Don and Joyce.

    • It is wonderful to have the family close. They have spent more time here this last week than they have in the last two years combined. I love it!! The weather here has been pretty good. Warm but not hot and just enough rain so we don’t have to spend our time watering the gardens. They had good weather to travel but a lot of cleaning before they could move in so they have been very busy. Now they can just enjoy the country life for a little while and maybe get a garden going. Take care of yourselves. Love you Carol

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