Trouble Under Control- I Hope

It has been a busy few days on the farm.  The weather has been prefect so each morning I could get down to the garden and get rid of all the weeds.  I hoe the aisles and hand pick the weeds between and around the plants.  Today I finished up the beans and spinach and got three rows of corn almost done before I had to quit for breakfast.  The garden looks great, no weeds, no bugs and no unwanted animals, well almost.  Norman goes out for his walk while I am in the garden so when he gets home he comes down to get me for breakfast.  Today when he came down a young dog had followed him home and when the dog saw me he got all excited and came running right into the garden, through the corn.  I grabbed her and carried her out of the garden and locked the gate.  That was the wrong move, she just ran outside until she found a place where she could squeeze under the wire and came bounding back to me with her tail wagging.  This time I took her out and handed her to Norman to take back up the path to the  house while I straighten up the corn – no damage done.  I don’t know for sure where she came from.  She was at the neighbors house when Norman walked past and followed him so either she belongs to the Morrisons, which I doubt because they have one dog and he is always kept tied in the yard so I think she was a drop off.  That happens a lot here in the country, people get a dog and then find either they are too big or too active and instead of paying to find a home for them, they just drop the dog in the country at some house that looks like the dog might like it.  We would have a dog if we could but for several reasons we can’t and others around have their dog already so the poor little dog is just out of luck and has no one to love her.  She is a great little dog and just wants to be loved – I hope she finds someone who will love her, there is no Human  society here so who knows.

After breakfast we went into McMinnvillle to the farmer’s market and got some fresh eggs and some sweet potatoes.  Then we went to Walmart and got a new set of tires for the car and picked up a few things including the small jelly jars for Patty and Becca for Christmas gifts.  The raspberries will be ready soon and I will fill them with jelly and they use that for unique Christmas gifts.  Speaking of which, here is the first dress for the girls.a1

I have one for Gina and one for Dhyana all done except the back zipper which should be here on Friday.  They each have a purse with it as you see.   Now I am working on a play dress.   The top that goes with the play dress calls for hook and eye closure, I have done hook and eye before and I have some in my button box but sewing on each little hook and eye is a pain and something I have never like doing so decided to use velcro instead but as I was looking through the lace Shirley had given me I found a strip of hooks and eyes.  I never knew they came this way so I went back to the hook and eye closure idea and googled hook and eye and found that is the only way to buy them now so again I felt out of step with modern life but I felt even more old fashioned when I looked at the package the hook and eye strip came in- it was .70 cents for half a year  on the net I had found they sell for $6.50 a yard now-  boy did life pass me by on this one!  I am catching up with progress very slowly.   Time to get back to work.  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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