Odds and Ends

We have had three days of cold and rain.  Nights have been 44 and days in the 50’s.  We have  two more day of this and then we should warm up slowly.  The rain has not been heavy and no frost so the gardens have not suffered.  We have been doing all the little things that we had over looked in the rush to get the garden planted and weeded.   Norman cultivated the rows and side dressed all that needed it.  I have been sewing and have one play set done for Dhyana and one for Gina cut out and almost done.   Then I organized my old pictures and remembered all the gardens and work we did at our home in Blairsville, GA.  verbunam

This is the Verbunam tree.  It was small when we bought the place but this is how it looked when we left.  It was one of the few things I could not replace here.  We had only one acre but I put flower gardens everywhere and had a nice large vegetable garden.  All the gardens had to be dug out, sifted to get the rocks and roots out of the soil and add composted manure and dirt from our compost pile.  There was no really good soil there until we built it up.  Here the loam was thick and nice when we got here and we had a friend that gave us all the composted stable manure we could haul.  peone

Another of my projects the rain brought about was to pick my beautiful peonies.  When they are in full bloom and it rains they are too heavy for their stems and wind up in the dirt so I had to pick these.  Thank you Shirley, aren’t they beautiful!!.  There are still 3 big buds in the garden and if the sun comes out tomorrow they will be able to stay in the garden and that is where I like them.

The broccoli is coming in now.  We had some for dinner yesterday and will have some again tomorrow.  Monday we need to freeze more lettuce and spinach.  I don’t like to lose any and if I don’t get it into the freezer soon it will be past it’s prime.   Soon I’ll be freezing broccoli also.  The corn is growing fast and looks so good.  We have not grown corn for over 20 years so am very pleased with how it is going and can’t wait to eat it.  No raccoons so far! 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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