Finished the Beets for this Year

Another nice sunny day but will be too hot to work outside this afternoon,  In the shade on the front porch it is 78 degrees now at 10 a.m. so by afternoon it will be well into the 80’s and very little breeze.  In Nashville and other low lying areas it will hit 90 today.  I did some more sewing while Norman was out for his walk, he does that every day for his heart.  Then right after breakfast I pulled all of the rest of the beets, Norman washed them in the set tub out by the garden and I picked out the poor leaves, cut off the beets and gave the leave a last wash.  Norman got to work right away blanching the greens and chilling them while I dried them a little and packaged them and put them in the big freezer.  We got three quarts chucked full for the freezer and one steamer full for dinner.  One steamer full will make one quart when it is cooked, one quart goes two meals for us as we have so many other vegetables and I am not much for greens –  greens are Norman’s favorite vegetable so we have one kind or another every day we can.  Then I washed up the beets I cut off the greens and the biggest ones I put them on a towel on a cookie sheet and put those in the freezer.   The smaller ones I will scape and put on the cookie sheet with cut up sweet potatoes and a couple small white potatoes put olive oil and herbs on and bake for dinner.  Then with the left overs from yesterday dinner will be ready at noon.    This afternoon I need to finish pulling the peas, sorting and cleaning those and freeze a package of peas.  Then one day this week Norman will hand cultivate the kitchen garden and plant bush beans.   Last year they went well in this garden and nothing ate them so hopefully  they will do as well this year.  It is so nice getting in two crops each year.

As I sit here in the living room writing this I am watching the humming birds at the feeds next to the porch and I looked just across the driveway to the woods on the other side and watched a snake wind his way up the banking.  I don’t know what kind it was but it was black and not too big.  There are rattlers here as we have had a couple but they stay out of your way and if you bother them they give a rattle to let you know- then you just stop and they go on their way.  They are very good to keep the mice and mole population down and very good at giving people a wide berth.111 AM

I just went out onto the porch to show you what I was looking at.  There is a bench on the porch and I sat there to take the picture of the feeder, I took several but could not get a humming bird at the feeder.  When I click a picture with this laptop it gives a three second countdown- as soon as the bird hears the first ding he take off and is gone before the picture clicks but any  ways you can see how close the feeder is to the house and the driveway right up next to the steps and the banking on the other side where I watched the snake.  Good I like snakes!!  Time now to cook dinner.  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 Finished the Beets for this Year

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Rattlesnakes in your area! I would be scared to death. There are snakes here but none that will harm people. I saw a little green one last week. It is 60 degrees here today, damp, and chilly. We are beginning to wonder if we will have any summer. Keep cool!

    Rosemary

    • Rattlesnakes don’t give me any trouble it is the cotton mouth that I don’t want to see. Three years ago I went out to put something in the compost bin that sits next to the porch downstairs. I put what I had in the bin and went to step back onto the porch when I heard the rattle. I had never seen a rattlesnake before but there was no question in my mind what I just heard so I stopped dead in my tracks and looked around. There in the corner next to the porch was a very large snake shaking his tail. I didn’t dare move so I just screamed for Norman to help. He came down and stepped out the door onto the porch. I told him not to move as the snake now was between us both. It didn’t take a minute for the snake to see us both and he just uncoiled and went away. When he uncoiled he was as long as the porch which is almost six foot wide. We were both frozen for a minute and just watched him go under the porch. We have never seen him up there again but I always look where I am going now. Norman has seen either him or another rattler down near the garden but neither one bothered the other so no harm done. They tell me rattlers are very good natured and will not bother you if you don’t bother them and it seems to be true but they say the cotton mouth is a mean snake and will attack without warning so watch out for them. Luckily we have never seen any here and I bet it is because there is no water here on this side of the mountain, that is more the habitat for rattlers not cottonmouths. I wish I could send you some of this warm weather, I like the cool best but the gardens like the sun so guess I’ll have to get used to it. I’ll pray for sunny days for you. Carol

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