Face-to-Face Visit

I just finished a wonderful Face-to-Face visit with Shanti.  What a wonderful thing that is!!  We had such a nice visit, we caught up on all the news from the two sides of the country and could see each other so you know they are well and happy.  Wish I could visit with everyone that way but a  letter is nice too so I’ll be happy with what I get.

This morning I started out sewing again as usual but had to stop and spray the crickets again.  They were back in full force so tomorrow morning I will have to start out the day sweeping up all the dead crickets before I sew.  I am now finishing up the last shorts set for Dyhana and then will get the box packed for her and her new sister and get that into the mail on Monday.  The shower for the new baby is next week so maybe the box will get there in time for that.

After breakfast Norman went down to the garden that he prepped yesterday and he planted beans and corn.  The beans did so well in the other corn bed and the corn seemed to have protected the beans from what ever that was that ate the other beans so we decided to put some corn in with the new beans and if the corn has time to mature before frost good and if not so be it.  With the other corn he planted a row of one corn, one bean.  This time it will be one corn, two beans, etc across the row.  They are companion plants and do help each other grown strong so there is no harm in trying it for a second crop.  While he was doing that I washed and scraped the smaller  potatoes.  Then Norman came and helped me can 7 quarts of Yukon Gold potatoes.  The larger ones will be put in potato boxes and left until needed.  Next week we will do the same thing again with the next two rows.   Somewhere in there we will have to pick the beans that are already growing and see about canning a load of those.  Also I need to call about the canning tomatoes.  We go to  Dunlap for those.  We got a 25 pound box for $8 last year and I hope we can get it the same his year.  Last year we canned 18 boxes plus the ones we grew and I would like to do a few more this year so the sooner we can get started the better.

There was a new paw print in the garden today.  Norman says the print was in the row that he had prepared for today’s planting.  The soil was so soft he isn’t sure if that was the true size of the print or if the soft soil made it look larger just as snow does but it was of a very large dog or a bear.  There was no damage done to the plants around so have no clue to how it got in or where it went,  just another mystery I hope we never solve.   Right now it is raining again.  I don’t know if killing the crickets did it or if Mother Nature is upset because Norman didn’t water the new seeds he planted – so she is doing it for him. Either way we were ready for the rain.  Just another one of the silly games we play trying to figure out why we are so lucky.    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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