A Day Off

My hives bothered me all night so today I am taking a day off and just sewing and cooking.   I spent the early morning cutting out the over dress.  This week I had worked on the under dress for both Gina and Dhyana.  That is done in thin unbleached cotton and takes yards of material but I think they have come out good.  We’ll see when the girls try them on.  Now the over dresses are made of a heavier material and are more colorful.  There are three different over garments that change the outfits, one looks like a lady in waiting, one a serving wench and one more like a merchant’s wife.  There is also a large petty coat which can be used as a skirt, a petty coat or an over skirt to change the whole look of any of the outfits and can be used with or with out the dress.  This makes it so when the girls have a friend in to play they can each make an outfit to wear all by mixing and matching pieces.

After breakfast I made two loaves of bread and then went back to my cutting out.  Stopped now to get dinner so must pick the beets and greens.  Norman got the fishing poles fixed and in good working order so we can take the kids fishing when they come up in July.  Then he measured the attic area so he can get some wall board and finish that area.  My sewing room is on the other side of the loft and he finished that several years ago.  Now he is out tiring up the blueberries.  They are so heaving with berries he is afraid they will break the branches or he will hit them with the lawn mower when he gets that fixed and ttys mowing the lawn again.  I have to go now and pick the beets so have a good day and do drop me a line.  OH, by the way- Rosemary – Norman wants to know which generation you are?  I could not tell him for sure if you are our age – in your 80’s or our daughter’s age- about 60 or our grand children’s ages in your 40’s –   I am just too lazy to look it up in the genealogy.   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 A Day Off

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Hello, Carol,
    I missed reading this yesterday. I am 72. You and my mother would have been second cousins. Frank Carver and Grace Carver were brother and sister. Their children, Barbara (my mother) and Helen would have been first cousins. You and I would be second cousins. My mother’s name was Barbara Helen! We still have not planted our garden but it should be done this week. My husband was busy sawing firewood and fencing to put his cattle out.

    • Thanks for setting me straight on the family line. We are the same generations only you are much younger than I but then so is everyone one else. I will be 82 in Sept. and Norman will be 84 in Dec. Do you remember Nancy, Aunt Ruth’s daughter? She is living in Keene now and writes often, she is the one that gave me all the information on the Carver Family. When Frankie died and all the family stories and pictures were given out Nancy got one and she gave me a copy so I put that with the information my mother had given me. Then I got more from ancestry.com. I still work on tracing different branches of the family tree whenever I have the time but right now I am sewing for my great grand daughters so with the gardens and sewing the genealogy has been put on hold until winter.
      My father’s great uncle Web, had a farm in New Hampshire in the mid 1800’s and I have his diaries so know all the work that goes into a farm that raises cattle. I took two of his diaries and wrote the story of those two years and all the work he had to do to live. I have started a third book on Web and got the story of the family up to the time that Web and Lydia moved to New Hampshire. I know what I want to say from there but have not had the time to write it down. Some day I’ll get to all the things I want to do, for now I need to tend to the great grand kids and the farm.

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