Old Wives Tale

There is an old wives tale that says you should never kill a cricket in you house or it will rain.  Well if that is true we should have another biblical flood here.  I went down to my studio this morning about 6  a.m. to sew and when I opened the door I was frightened by a ton of big black crickets.  Norman had sprayed all around the base boards and the top of the walls about a week ago and that had kept them and the hornets out but now I was infested with the darn things so I got a can of the roach and ant spray and went back  down and sprayed that back wall good with that!  They came jumping out from behind the wall and in the seams of the outside wall.  They fell like rain!!  Those that were not dead I stepped on to stop them from jumping away.  I know I killed over 50 of them.  Then I stopped and went back to my side of the room and did my sewing.  The crickets kept falling and when they tried to jump up out of the recessed area where the stove is I stopped and stepped no them.  The other just twisted and died.   Twice when I was pressing my seams I got attacked by a cricket that was on his last leg and by then they had stopped falling from the back wall.  Maybe I got them all.  We’ll know tomorrow morning when I go down to sew again.  I will sweep up all the dead bodies this afternoon or tomorrow morning.  It is going to be very hot again today.  There is no relief in sight for the next ten days, a true heat wave.  I  wish the old wives tale would come true a  little so I don’t have to water the gardens this week end.

I got my sewing done and after breakfast I weeded the new lettuce while Norman sprayed  the fruit trees.  They are till looking good.  Lots of pears and a few peaches so don’t want to lose those to the bugs.  Then we went down to the big garden and picked a good bunch of  beans, one zucchini , and a meal of Swiss Chard.  There were no pests in the beans and nothing bothered the butternut squash last night.  There are four butternut squash set so now if we can keep the animals off these vines we will have a good crop of butternuts too.   Then I tied up the tomatoes.  Most of those are about 5 foot tall and have four to five clusters of tomatoes or buds on each.  They are growing so nice ands strong we should get a good crop of fresh tomatoes.  These we will use for fresh eating and the extra for salsa with the three kinds of peppers we have grown.  They are looking good too.  The beans in the corn are loaded with blossoms as are the other two short rows Norman planted so one day next week we should be ready to can our first beans – “God willing and the creek don’t rise” or I should say the animals don’t rise.  While I was tying up the tomatoes Norman finished cultivating the kitchen garden and planted more beans.  He got in three long rows and two short one so if all of the 150 seeds he put in germinate we will have lots of beans from this garden too.  We would love to get about four bushels to can so everyone gets all they need for next winter.

While we were in town yesterday we got some more bean seeds and some seeds for yellow summer squash.  As we pull up the potatoes we will plant beans and corn together as they worked out very good.  And a couple hills of yellow squash to can.  We should have zucchini  for Patty and her family when they come.  I hope they have lots of room in the truck when they come in July so they can take home some cans and potatoes.  Time now to get cooking all those wonderful fresh vegetable .  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 Old Wives Tale

  1. Rosemary says:

    Hello, Carol,
    I do hope that your families appreciate all the hard work that you and Norman do for your families. I can and freeze but I do not do all that for our children. You must sleep well at night!


    • Hi Rosemary, I think they appreciate our work. We go down to Florida each winter for three or four months and they take care of us while we are there. Patty, our daughter lives a short distance east of us the watches the house when we are not there – so she works hard for us all year. Becca, our grand daughter lives a very short distance west of us and has three small children. They take good care of us while we are down also and they are the ones we do most of the canning and all the sewing for. I would hate to be trying to raise a small family now!! Becca does such a good job working full time and taking care of a five year old and twin boys that are almost 3. The only way we can help her is to help with the food. When we are in Florida I bake a lot for her and then the canned goods are their Christmas present so that helps her budget. It isn’t hard work when you know they appreciate it. We also have two grand sons and two great grandsons that we do some canning for also and they too love that as their Christmas presents. So you see we don’t really work hard because it is all a labor of love. The only time it gets hard is when the animals come in and take it away from us!!! Having a friend to talk to like you makes the work much lighter also as it reminds us why we are here. Thanks for you friendship. Love Carol

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