Beautiful Here Now!

I guess spring has finally come and everything is looking beautiful.  The red bud trees are in full bloom and really out doing themselves.  The dogwood are out down in the valley and now mine are coming out, making the woods look as if it snowed last night.  I love it when they come- all I have are wild ones and they are scattered through out the woods so they make the whole area so pretty.  The daffodils are almost all gone by but the tulips are blooming.  I don’t have many but what I have are really pretty.  One pear tree is loaded with beautiful  white flowers but the other one has none so I doubt if I will get any pears.  The fruit trees are not doing much this year.  We have been here 7 years and no two years have been the same.  Each year one thing does well and we have a great crop and the next it is something different to produce.  If all goes well we should get good blueberries and raspberries again this year.  Even the wild blueberries are loaded this year.  The grapes are starting to pop but it is too soon to tell what kind of a crop it will be.  The potatoes are all up now and they are calling for a frost Tuesday night so  Monday I will hill the potatoes to protect them.  All the other plants I have up can take a light frost with no problem.  I do have a few sweet potato slips growing in pots and I will bring those in side whenever it goes below 50 degrees and not set them out in the garden until the end of the month.

Today we finished weeding the large garden.  I like to get all the weeds out before Norman tills it so there won’t be so many once it is planted.  This is the area to plant corn, beans and tomatoes.  That will complete the large garden.  We will plant the butternut squash in a different bed and the sweet potatoes are to be planted in a large box that way these plants can grow as far a field as they want to without bothering anything else.  No animals seem to like the squash and the sweet potatoes we will keep up near the house to try and protect them.

I think of my father when ever I work in the garden.  He always got up at 4 am to work in his garden before going into the mill to work at 7am.  I never knew how much work he did until now and now it is too late.  I wish I had spent more time helping him.  Every time I asked to help him and asked me to pick stones-  I got bored with that too soon and never was much of a help.  Little did I know that all of the garden chores are just as boring as picking stones but they all need to be done.  Picking the vegetable was alway my mothers job and the only one she would do.  I like that one too but it is ever so much sweeter when you have done the panting and weeding before.  It just struck me today that both my father and I were taught by the same person.  Uncle Web taught my father when he lived with them in Harrisvillle and he taught Norman and me with his diaries.  We both have read them all and learned so much from them.  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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