The Last of the Snow

We got the gardens around the house all cleaned up and Norman tilled the kitchen garden.        He planted beets, spinach, snow peas and lettuce, then the next day it turned cold.  A big storm pasted just to the north of us and I thought we would miss this one but by the next day we got the freezing rain or I should say drizzle.  We didn’t get much ice so I don’t think it did any harm to the seeds.  Then it snowed and we got about an inch to cover the garden.  They say the late snow like that is called the poor man’s fertilizer because the snow pulls nitrogen out of the air and melts it into the soil.  If that is true it could have done the seeds good, I want to believe it!!                                                                                                                                 Yesterday never got above 30 so the seeds were not happy campers. It started at 30 degrees in the morning and just got colder all day with a temperature of 19 by 4 in the afternoon but today it started out at 30 and by 2 this afternoon it was 48 degrees and so nice and warm in the sun.  That should wake up the seeds.  They promise a touch of spring for the next week so tomorrow Norman will till about 1/3 of the large garden.  I will burn brush from last year and prepare the potatoes for planting.  They need to sit and cure after I cut them so by Sunday we can plant them.  We have 10 pounds of Kenbec (white potatoes), ten pounds of Yukon Gold and ten pounds of Pontiac (red potatoes)  That should give us enough to feed us all this summer and can a few also.                                         Yesterday Norman cut up the big tree that fell this winter.  It was alive but the center was rotten so the heavy ice this winter was too much for it and a good wind took it down.  He cut the large limbs and piled them to dry and I will burn those later this summer.  The large chunks of the trunk he rolled out of the path- this is the path to the bluff.                       Today we went to the doctor for Norman’s shot.  He has had these shots for about four years now and as much as he hates it he knows now that he must have the shote in the eye ball every month to six weeks for the rest of his life.  The first time he got macula degeneration in his right eye they didn’t have these shots so they had to laser the eye and that destroyed the central vision in that eye.  So when the left eye began bleeding he was lucky they had found this new treatment.  The shots have stopped the bleeding but we found out this year after trying to go without the shots, that he can never stop them or he will lose his sight in that eye also.  We are luckier that most because they can treat the wet macula degeneration but not the dry and he has the wet.  We thank God for small favors. Have a great day and stay well.

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 Last of the Snow

  1. Hi Carol, Thanks for the email. Using this new Google chrome pad has me crazy but thankfully I am getting a few addresses installed. It has been a very tough winter as I am sure you have heard. Then I had the flu the month of Feb. and just about over it, finally. Still have the cough and fatigue, but getting better. Peter did all the dog walking during the coldest weather but now I am starting back at it. Yes, getting stressed does weaken one’s immune system and living in a strange house probably did mine too. I have not had the flu since the boys were in grade school. I always get the flu shot too. P. and I are doing well considering we are two ” old crones ” very set in our own ways. Now I must get my house in order to sell. Where to begin??? So much stuff but much so precious with memories! Son, David, has been laid off after over 20 yrs. with I..B.M. He is financially secure even with 2 kids still facing college. He has invested well for years, thank goodness. Mike’s condo in Port St Lucy was broken into and water damage and mold everywhere. So he spent the winter in a hotel and renovated. Now he must fight the Fl. insurance co. to reimburse him. He starts home Mar. 11 to attend the annual P.G.A. meeting. He is president of the Ct. section so must preside. Dick and Suzie are up in Portland, Me. celebrating their wedding anniversary…..about 30 yrs. worth….already!!! All seems well with the Fl. bunch, Tim and family. Jade, the dog , is good. So now you are caught up, for the moment. This is a busy time for you and good luck on selling your extra house. Any prospects??? Happy gardening!!! Love, Nancy

    • Nice to hear from you and get caught up on the NH news. The spring has finally come to TN. We have cleaned up most of the winter mess and are getting the gardens planted. Today we have been planting the potatoes. This morning we got in 6 long rows of yukon gold and red pontiac potatoes. We still have 10 pounds of kenebec potatoes which Norman will do some this afternoon and finish them tomorrow. Some of the garden has to wait until the danger of frost is past so won’t get planted until April. I took pictures of our progress today so check out my blog later today and look at “A Little Bit of Heaven”” scroll down to the end of that page for the new pictures. This is the page I show the house for when we put the house up for sale. Love you Carol

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