Now on to the Hickory Grove

No new foot prints in the garden today so either the mint-X worked or who ever was eating my beans found a more tempting garden to eat on. Before breakfast I did some sewing and after breakfast we both went to work cleaning up the Hickory Grove.  There are 5 or 6 small flower gardens out there and one rather large one.  The one large one is right next to the blueberries and asparagus.  Usually I clean those up as soon as we get home but this year I got going on the vegetable gardens and trying to keep those weeded took all my time and I never got into the grove to pull out the leaves and weeds and the Sassafras has just taken over.  Sassafras trees grow from lateral roots so grow where ever the sun peeks in-between the trees.  There isn’t much sun in the grove now but in the early spring there is.  So we spent all morning cleaning up that large garden.  Norman took the pick and dug out old roots and stumps so he could drive the mower through there as I weeded and pulled out leaves.  Then Norman got new logs to put around the garden as the old ones had rotted away, most had been in for 6 or 7 years so it was time to be replaced.  I also dead headed the iris so they look better, the daffodil plants are still there getting strength for their roots but they are almost gone.  The flowers of course are long gone.  There are some coral bells, and hydrangea in there also but they are not blooming this year because of the winter kill but the plants survived.  The same is true of the azalea through out the grove.  I worked until I could not see out of my glasses.  When I get over heated I sweat so much my glasses get all fogged up and wet so I just have to quit and shower, anyways it was time to start dinner.  I had to pick snow peas and Swiss chard for our new vegetable today to go along with the left overs from yesterday and Thursday.  We never throw anything away, if you don’t eat it today you get it again tomorrow so I make sure it is something that we like before I cook it.

Next month we will have company come so we want the grounds all cleaned up and looking nice.  I wish I had a crystal ball so I knew what things would be ready to eat in the garden, then I could plan my meals.  Oh well, that is a long way off in garden time and unless I tend to work we won’t get anything.  Have a great day.  Sending love you way.

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 Now on to the Hickory Grove

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Carol, you and Norman work too hard at your land. You must get so tired. This evening is the first this spring it is warm enough in the house without any fire. Tomorrow John will plow for our garden. I don’t know what else he will do but he will be busy. Today we went to visit our youngest daughter, who is 35 today, and her family. That makes her middle-aged!

    • Hi Rosemary, We do work hard but only mornings, afternoons we nap for half an hour then, we pick-up our “toys”, finish my sewing, take a shower, and by three we meet in the living room to enjoy an afternoon movie before supper at 5, then we just read or watch TV (if there is anything worth watching) and hit the hay by 10. Keeps us young! By the way, tell you daughter- no such luck- 35 is not middle aged – she has to work at living for at least another 60 years so she has a long way to go to be middle ged. My daughters are 58, 60, and 62 this year and they are moaning that they have hit middle aged so you can see how long they plan to live! I bet they make it too as all three are very health conscious. To of them are nurses and one is a vegetarian and none of them have gain weight like my sister and I have, they all have kept fit all their lives so I bet they all do go into their hundreds. Both their grand mothers lived well into their 90’s so they have the genes for it. Wish your daughter a Happy Birthday for me and tell her to find something she loves to do for she has a lot of years yet to do it! I never minded getting to be 30 or even 40 but when my youngest daughter turned 30 I gasped and at 40 I cried and began feeling old. Then I got busy and forgot it and didn’t notice it again until the youngest hit 50, by then I knew I was get on in years and let them take over the family gatherings and holiday meals. Now I am really retired from family responsibilities and just enjoy life!! Have a great day.

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