Preparing for the Storms

I got the gardens all weeded and isles hoed.  Then I pruned and cleaned up the raspberry bed.  Norman got to talk to our neighbor Monday, that is the first time we have seen or talked to any of the neighbors since we came back from Florida.  That is what Norman likes best about this place- he can work outside all day and is never bothered by a neighbor but we do have five neighbors that we can go to if we need help or if there is trouble.  We have been here seven years and have never had to call on any neighbors yet.  We have helped three of them when they needed help but that did not lead to a stop for coffee kind of friendship which Norman hates, so he is happy and really hates to leave here.  But as we get older he may need someone closer that he feels he can call on so he knows his time here is limited.  Anyways, today Norman finished putting in the tomato stakes and prepping the corn bed.  We got a dozen tomato plants, a dozen assorted pepper plants and a new rhubarb plant on Wed. but will not put them into the ground until next Wednesday or Thursday as the for caste is for severe storms Sunday night, Monday and into Tuesday with high wind, 2 to 3 inches of rain, large hail, and tornados.  Usually we don’t get the bad storms here on the mountain but it is foolish to plan on that protection again so will take the warning and wait to put out the plants until after the line of storms have passed the area.   Today I finished the raspberries and realize what kind of a winter they had around here.  Davy said it was an awful winter, the worst in history- so cold for such a long period of time and my raspberries told the same story.  I lost a lot of last years canes and those are the ones that should be bearing this year.  So I don’t think we will have as good a crop as last year but it still should be good.  There are several new plants coming up in between the rows so I got seven or eight pots ready and this afternoon I will dig those up and put them in the 2 gallon pots to root.   This fall I will transplant those back into the garden in spots where the old roots have died or where there is room for them.  If we had the time or energy we would start a new raspberry bed since we can’t enlarge the present one- no room but there are not enough hours in a day to make and care for more gardens.

Everything looks so good in the gardens, the deer are still visiting and sampling my hostas that are in the grove area so I may need to put more netting on those, otherwise we are not being bothered by any wild life at the present.  Hope it keeps up.  The lilacs are in bloom, the Mayflower bush is in bloom and both smell so good!!  The iris are budded and will bloom soon and I will have several out in the grove area.  The blueberries are all set thanks to the hundreds of bees that have worked them so well.  The grapes are growing and you can see the bunches of grapes starting to form.  I just love this time of year!  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 Preparing for the Storms

  1. Don and Joyce Larrabee says:

    Praying that you don’t get those storms that are being predicted. You work too hard to lose everything in a storm. It is raining here today and kind of cold. Certainly not summer yet. Hope you had a nice Easter. We did. Went over to Wolfeboro and had dinner with our Grand-daughter Nichole, her husband Jeff, and Our daughter Diane and husband, Roger. We got left-overs from dinner that lasted us almost a week. Had a wonderful ham dinner. Ham is my favorite. Dennis went to Huggins Hospital the other day, by ambulance. He went into A-Fib, couldn’t breathe. They kept him over-night and took a stress test. He’s home now. He has Asthma too. He is way over-weight. Tying to get him to lose some weight. Not much going on here, so will say so-long for now. Stay away from those storms. ♥

    • So sorry to hear about your son. I hope he is better and can do the things that he needs to in order to stay healthy and alive. Norman has not had any more trouble with his heart and is not on any medicine for it, just diet and the biggest thing is moderation in all things but low fat, low salt and no processed foods because they have hydrogenated oil which he has none of. I am on the same diet and am trying to lose weight by not having any desserts and in-between meals but I don’t lose any weight. Norman is over 30 pounds less than I am and eats like a horse- tell me it is not genes!! This good country living helps us both to stay healthy. We lucked out again with the storms as you can tell by my blog so we are truly blessed. Best to you all – Carol

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