Add More Minutes to the Day

Things are getting so busy around here and what I don’t get done in the morning just doesn’t get done so we decided to take an hour off at the end of the day and add it to the morning.  Last night we went to bed at 9 instead of 10 and we were awake at 5 this morning instead of 6.  We tried it without an alarm and had no trouble waking up this morning.  I told Norman if we didn’t wake up until the clock chimed 6 that would mean we needed the extra sleep but we had no trouble waking up ready to go to work.  I got to go down to the studio to sew while he was out taking his walk and we were at breakfast by 7 and out to work by 7:30.  I am now working on Halloween costumes for the twins.  The capes are almost done and then the big hats.  We will buy the swords to make them musketeers.  After breakfast Norman went down to the garden to plant the two new rows of corn and beans while I measured, washed and scraped potatoes to can.  The last row of Yukon Gold potatoes were pretty good but the Red Pontiac potatoes were awful so I took more of those than I needed and will use the extras this week for our dinners.  I cooked them all for the 10 minutes as directed and the eras now I will pan fry, make potato salad, or scalloped potatoes for our dinners.  I found there are several different scabs that form on the potatoes.  One is like the ones on the Yukon Gold which look like a wart and you can just scrap off, another is like a cancer and makes a deep ugly pit in the potato and on some that thing would go all the way to the center either way you have to stop and dig them out before cooking.  Tomorrow we will dig two more rows – one Red Pontiac and one white Kennebec.  I hope the Kennebec are better as they are the ones that should keep well all winter but they won’t if they have big ugly sores on them.  Anyways I got another 7 quarts of potatoes done today before dinner.  Norman helped when he finished with the garden.  He changed the mint-X bags and set up two more, one in the kitchen garden where the new beans are just coming up and one in where he is planting beans now.  We have not had any trouble since we have been setting out the whole bags and changing them once a week.  We use the old bags for our kitchen waste baskets so it does not add to the cost of  planting a garden.

Today we picked the one red cabbage we had and made cold slaw, which was very good.  I found a mayonnaise that has no hydrogenated oil in it so the cold slaw tasted just like I remembered it, love it!  Now we have two great big cabbages left, about the size of a basketball and have to decide  what to do with them soon.  There is no more room for them in the freezer and we sure can’t eat even one of them fresh so have decided to make sauerkraut out of them.  They say it is very easy so we will see.  I know Patty and Becca both like sauerkraut so they will help us eat it if it comes out good.    That’s it for today.  Take care and 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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