Digging Potatoes

Today started at 6 a.m. as usual.  I went to the studio first to sew the sleeves in the Renaissance dresses and to cut out the vail and next corset for the Renaissance outfits.  Then came up for breakfast.

1 under dressesThese are the two under dresses for the outfits.  Gina is on the left and Dyhana on the right. Both are very long and I may have to take up another turn on the hem. 1 over dresses These are the over dress.  Gina’s is on the left and Dyhana’s on the right.  Gina’s skirt is done in a home spun fabric and Dyhana’s in the same fabric as the bodice.  Note the long open sleeves that go almost to the floor.  The skirts are a little longer than this as they are pinned to the coat hanger but will be just under the bodice when they wear them.  Again I may have to take up the hem a little more when I get the heights of each girl.  The Under dress is worn under these and you see only the sleeves of the under dress so if they have friends in to play they can wear any blouse or jersey under for the sleeves and let some one else use the under dress with the corsets that I am working on now.  There is a tall double pointed hat that goes with these outfits.  I’ll take a picture of that when I get the vail cut out and sewn one them.

After breakfast, it was still cloudy and could not make up it’s mind if it would rain or not so we went down to the garden and dug a couple hills of potatoes.  We tried each kind and they all seemed about the same for size and number.  None were really big but each had a couple big enough to bake so we have a Kennebec and a Yukon Gold for dinner.  The tinniest ones I will put on cooky sheet to bake with the beets I picked Tuesday and a rutabaga I picked today and some sweet potato I got at the farmers market a week ago.   Then we had some repair work to do in the garden.  Some thing had gotten into the garden and eaten the tops off many of the bush bean plans.  It was not a deer as the prints were a small round paw print.  No doubt a skunk again.  I cut more Mint-X strips and Norman put stakes in the beans and we strung the Mint-X strips over the beans and on the fence where it would come in.  I hope that keeps him out but incase it doesn’t Norman put out a have a heart trap to catch who ever it is.  I don’t know what we will do with it if we catch it but we will face that when it happens.  Now it is time to get cooking on the dinner.  Today is meat loaf, baked potato, baked beets, sweet potato,and rutabaga and warmed over boiled onions and green beans from Tuesday.  I have the “Little Dipper” which is a warmer like crock pot with three small pots together and I reheat any left overs in that each day.  I will reheat the baked vegetable tomorrow in that for dinner.  That way we get at least three different vegetable each day.  I try to cook enough to have left overs and at least one fresh vegetable each day.  Have a good day, 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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