Today I went outside and worked in the garden for the first time in a month. It felt so good to be out and working. I slept all night last night, no coughing and very little itching or sore arms and legs to bother my sleep. It has been more than a month since the poison oak first started on my face. It went from there to my arms and then my right leg. Now it is only on my leg that there are still some sores but the arms are still healing and covered with scar tissue that I have to keep putting cream on to moisturize to keep it from itching and is still pretty sore if I try to put on a sweater or anything touches them, but at least I can see the end in sight now and know this too will pass soon.
Today, after breakfast we went down to the garden and enlarged the lily bed. I have four different kinds of lilies in there now with one hosta so we added another foot the full length of the bed and I planted the iris that I had dug up earlier. Holly, we picked up the box of iris that were out back and those are the ones I planted as they needed to get into the ground before winter. They will be happy there as they will get a lot of sun there. I left the sedum that was in the pot as they have enough dirt to live and they are already growing out and reaching the ground so they will spread without any help from me.
Yesterday we went down to Whitwell and checked on the house there and everything looked good. As soon as that house sells we will put this farm up for sale also. I do love the farm but as we get into our late 80’s we will not be able to keep up with the work of a farm and if we wait too long to move to a new adventure we will be too old to start again with something new. So we start thinking about what we want to do next and start planning for it Life is so much fun and never loses its interest.
Time now to check on my baked beans and my dinner that is in the oven. 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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Sorry to hear that you have been suffering for the last month..Hope you will be a lot better soon..Where is that new place located?? Very far from where you are now? We wish you a lot of luck..Get well soon..♥
Thank you for you good wishes, Joyce. Each day I get better and now feel quite normal, I’m hungry all the time now so must get back to my regular diet or I will have a new problem, very fat!! The new place that is for sale is in Whitwell, TN which is just one hour south of us. It is a nice place, a manufactured home, four bedrooms, two baths, pretty wood burning fireplace in the large eat-in kitchen, living room and laundry/mud room. We are asking $62,500 and offer owner financing with $20,000 down, it sits on an acre of land in a nice development so it should not take too long to sell. This is a bad time to start listing but after the holidays people will be out looking again. We will put this farm up for sale next year. We hope to have the Whitwellplace sold before then but with Norman’s eyes going and age catching up with us we really need to get started on a new adventure if we want to try something new and we do as that is what keeps us young. Hope this has been a good summer for you both. Have a good winter and take care of yourselves, we held for warmer climates for a couple months before the new planting season. Love you