Another Rainy Day

Norman got his walk in and I did some sewing and started cutting out another dress for Dyhana and her sister.  Then after breakfast we went to the garden and dug some potatoes and picked a cauliflower.  I took time to tie up the tomatoes again.  They are growing so fast and strong and getting another cluster of tomato buds, this makes 4 on some of them so only two more clusters to go and then they should be about 5 to 6 foot tall and at the top of their stake at which point I will cut of the growth center and not let them get any taller.  I still have to pinch off the suckers each day.  Then it started to rain – again– so we came back to the house.  I used the rest of the morning until break reading up on potato scab.  I found out what it is and what causes it and found some suggestions as to what to do to stop it but I far as I can see there isn’t much I can do that I am not already doing.  It isn’t bad and does not effect the taste or health of the potato so I am not going to worry about it.  They did say that Yukon Gold and Red Pontiac were the worse kinds for scab and of course that is just what we plant.  Next year I will look for a different kind of potato but I like these so we will see next year.

I spent the afternoon taking a nap and doing some more sewing.  I don’t know how many humming birds we have but they are eating almost a quart a day so there has to bee a boodle of them.  This afternoon there were all females so they must be nesting now.  The blue birds are nesting again, our other bird house now has four beautiful blue eggs in it.  I never see the birds but know they are there as someone is caring for the chicks.  We are careful not to disturb any of the birds that nest here-  I love listening to them.  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 Another Rainy Day

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Hello, Carol,
    Our potatoes are all Pontiacs and they tend to get scabby. John doesn’t do anything to them and they taste just fine. We find Yukon Golds are so wet so we just have those lovely pink ones. It is rainy here, too and 60 degrees. It would have been warm in January!


    • Hi Rosemary, I never noticed the Yukon Gold being wet but this year they are. I can’t boil them because they are so wet they fall apart so I have to fry or bake them, then they are good. Maybe it is because we have had so much rain this year. Today is the first day in a long time that the sun has been out and shining all day, however they forecast rain this afternoon. Today we had a meal of green beans along with yesterday’s left overs. I love any of the vegetable if they are cooked within two hours of being picked. Things are coming in so fast now we need to get serious about freezing some so tomorrow we will pick the last of the beets and peas and freeze those. Then next week one day we need to pick the biggest cauliflower and cabbage and freeze those. I don’t like them everyday, day after day, but next fall or winter they will give a nice change and taste great. Wish John a Happy Father’s day for me. I hope to hear from our son and youngest daughter today wishing their father a Happy Father’s Day, I get on the extension and get to visit too. The two oldest daughters one in CA. we never hear from and the other in NM doesn’t usually call on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day but we hear from her often so don’t mind. Take care Have a great day Carol

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