Baker Mountain Worked it’s Magic Again

Baker Mountain worked it’s magic again.  The bad storms came and this time came up onto the plateau but when they came to Baker Mountain they split and some went east and some went west and met again on the other side of Baker Mountain.  The towns around here got heavy rain, high winds to knock down trees and several tornados touched down killing several people.  There were three really bad storms that came through one right after the other.  In one town the people all gathered in the elementary school for shelter, they stayed there for the first two storms and then left as no real damage was done to their town.  Forty-five minutes after they left the third storm came in and a tornado touched down and wiped out the school they had been in just before.  There was no one killed there but the school was flattened and carried away.  God was watching over them yesterday.  We here on Baker Mountain got one and a half inches of rain while others were flooded, we got some wind but only two small dead branches fell.  Not even the tree that is hung up got blown down.  That is the top half of a very large tree that broke off and got hung up on the other trees back about a month again, we were sure that would come down but we didn’t get enough wind to knock it down.   Our gardens loved the “storm”  we got less than 2 inches of rain over the two day period and they really needed that so they were happy.  It never came down in buckets like other towns got so not even the newly tilled rows got washed out.  We truly have the perfect spot for a farm.

The black berries are budded but not blooming yet so it is not time to set out the tomato plants.  Also they call for nights in the low 40’s on the forecast for the next couple days so we will wait until Mother Nature tells us it is safe to put them out.  They are doing well  in the pots we got them in but the four plants to a flat don’t give them much room to grow and I don’t want the roots to get too pot bound so today I repotted them into 3 inch pots so they can continue to grow without messing up their root systems.  Both the tomatoes and the pepper were growing like mad so I did both into the larger pots and when the black berries bloom I’ll transplant them into the garden that Norman has ready for them.  Norman spent the morning planting the butternut squash and is now planting a couple rows of corn.  That he will finish tomorrow and I will weed again.  Right now I have to go out and thin the spinach again and we will have that for dinner along with the asparagus I just cut.  They loved the “storm”  I just can’t water enough to keep them happy so they grew well the last two days.  We don’t get a lot at one time but enough for us both to have a small serving, that must mean it is time to move.  In every house we have owned we always started an asparagus bed and just as it was beginning to produce we sold the house.  Have a nice day and May God bless all of you as much as he has Blessed us!!

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 Baker Mountain Worked it’s Magic Again

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I hope the tornadoes continue to stay away from your area. I have been watching the events on CNN and it is just so sad to see such devastation. Be save.

    • Have you checked out “A little Bit of Heaven” yet? You can see our farm and see how we are tucked in under the mountain. The plateau fends off many of the storms and the ones that do get up here seem to be fended off with Baker Mountain. We sit just under the top of the small mountain and face East. Most of our weather comes from the west so as it goes up the mountain it just keeps going up and jumps right over us. I know we are very lucky when I see what is happening to so many others in the area. We will miss this spot when we leave but it is only a matter of time before we will have to sell the farm, it is too much for us to keep up as we get into our late 80’s. In the meantime we will just enjoy our time here and thank our lucky stars. Keep in touch. Carol

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