Sunday – Day of Rest

Sunday so Norman cleans the house and  I write the family letters.  I like email but nothing can beat a nice snail mail letter so each week I write to my cousin, Mary Lou, my daughter Patty, my son and his wife and my grandson, Tyler, then I rest, play puzzles or sew for the rest of the day.  Today we went to the garden to see what we need to do this week and to pull a rutabaga for dinner.  I will roast the rutabaga, with sweet potatoes, peas and brussel sprouts.  I always like at least three vegetables at dinner besides a little meat and today we have chicken cutlets and shoestring potatoes, left over beet greens and the baked veggies.  Looking the garden over we decided we need to pull one more row of spinach and freeze that tomorrow as they are beginning to go to seed so they will not grow anymore nice big leaves.  That will leave us just one more short row of spinach.  Then we also need to pull the broccoli plants.  I’ll cut the small side heads (very small) and have those for dinner but pull the whole plant so the other things around them will have the room to grow.  You can’t believe how big the cabbage and cauliflower plants are- WOW!  Norman will plant some swiss chard where he pulls the spinach and I will put in a couple more parsnips where the broccoli come out, by the time they need the room the other plants around will be harvested.  The corn must have grown a foot over night, it is getting so big!  Then we looked at the potatoes and noticed some had been knocked over, not broken so decided it was the wind and rain that did it- no harm done to the plants – they are about ready to be dug and we will start doing those this week. Then we saw a nice little potato about 3 to 4 inches long just laying in the aisle.  I thought Norman had reached under the plant to test the size of the potatoes and forgotten to bring it up to the house but he swore he had not so we looked closer at the plant and found a tunnel dug under the plant.  The potato must have been in his way so it just took it out and went on digging his house.  I have no idea what critter it was, maybe a mole or a vole so we need to check our sonic thing-a-bob I guess it is too shaded by the large potato plants and since it works by solar power and has always kept those critters out of the garden it needs to be moved out of the potatoes and into a place where it will get more sun.  But we haven’t had too much sun this year so that could be the problem.  Anyways no real harm done we will have the potato this noon with the other fried potatoes or in the baked vegetables.  This afternoon I will sew again on the girl’s dresses.  Have a good day and drop a line. Love to all.

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 Sunday – Day of Rest

  1. Don and Joyce Larrabee says:

    Hi..The sun finally decided to pay us a visit. The temp is up to 78 today.. A little cool this morning. In the 40’s.. Hopefully it will continue to get warmer now that June has arrived. It has been such a long drawn out Spring. Cold and rainy.. We don’t seem to have many birds. Have to be very careful with the feeders, cause the black bears are thick this year and very hungry.. They have discovered how to open people’s doors to get in their house and find food. Also get into cars if they don’t lock their doors. They are so pretty and we hate to see them killed, cause they are so friendly. Hope your hives are a lot better now. Always something, huh? Enjoy the rest of your Sunday now. Get some rest.. LOVE, Don and Joyce…♥

    • Hi Joyce- Nice to talk with you, next best thing to a personal visit. I remember the black bears in GA. /we had a bird feeder on an iron pole and the bears bent it right down to the ground so they could get the seeds. Norman couldn’t straighten it out so had to put up a new one. that was the year we stopped feed the squirrels so there would be no food left out at night. Our neighbor heard a noise on their front porch one night so got up and looked out the window and looked a bear right in the eye- he was outside trying to see in. That scared us all. My hives are about the same and I am learning to live with them as I don’t want a doctor to give me pain pills, I can live without that. We have another great grand daughter coming in July. I will be sewing for her also. I have several really cute patterns for a little girl. Take care of you self Love Carol and Norman

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