Greetings from the Rain Forest!!

Sunday and Monday all it did was rain!! We got over 2 inches of rain on top of an already soaked ground so there has been no work in the garden.  This morning the sun has come out but the ground is so wet we decided not to pick the beans until Thursday, can’t tomorrow as Norman goes for his eye shot in the morning.  It takes and hour and a half each way so tho we leave early in the morning we don’t get back home until time to put the water on for spaghetti.  So Norman started out the day with his two mile walk and I sewed on Gina’s denim pants.  Norman can’t walk tomorrow as we have to leave early in order to get to the doctor’s office at 9 a.m.  After breakfast Norman said he had nothing to do today so he would help me make jelly.  We got just over a quart of raspberry jelly done- one jar to use now, two jelly jars full for on the shelf and three small jelly jars full for the girls to give as Christmas presents.  I will be lucky to get the same amount when all the berries are picked – a very small crop this year!  Usually I would say, “Oh, well!  I can us grapes.  Everyone likes the grape jelly.”  But this year I don’t think we will get many grapes they are all dying of black rot because of all the rain.  So it is on to plan C-  apple jelly.  There is always another plan – never say die!!  When we finished that I said I needed to pick the blueberries so Norman helped me with that and we got almost two quarts.  I’ve saved a few for tomorrow mornings cereal  and am freezing the rest for next winter for on the cereal then-  they are so full of antioxidants and that is what Norman needs for his eyes- that way he does not have to take the vitamin pills and at my age my eyes can use all the help they can get.  Then we decided to go to the garden and pick a few green beans for dinner and just look and see if there was anything that needed doing.  By then the garden was dry enough to work in and good thing, for we found a day’s work there.  I had to tie up the tomatoes again and cut out sucker and any yellowed leaves at the bottom of the plants.  I found one tomato with blossom  end rot on it so that meant Norman had to come down after break and spray the tomatoes with “Blossom end Rot Spray”.  The tomatoes are looking so great- getting big, and lots of them so we sure don’t want to lose any to the lack of calcium .  While I did that Norman picked some beans and then decided to stake up the Brussel Sprout.  They are growing so good but they are falling over under their own weight.  We can start picking some of those for the table this week.  These are the best sprouts we have ever grown.  Then I pick worms off the sprouts as with the other cabbage family all picked the cabbage worms have decided they are eatable too.  When Norman is done with break he will come down and dust with seven.  I checked out the beans, cucumbers and squash.  I picked a large cuke and will be able to can zucchini again on Friday.    The last row of corn and beans are just poking through and it looks like good germination.  The corn is earing out well now and so far no raccoons.  Hope that lasts so we can get some corn this year.

After break Norman dusted the Brussel Sprouts, sprayed the tomatoes, and sprayed the grapes, while he had the fruit spray out he gave the peaches and pears another dose of spray as well, it was time.  When he came in to dinner he said,”Glad I didn’t have anything to do today!!”  He took a shower, ate his dinner and is now taking a well deserved nap.  He promises to do nothing but read this afternoon.  It is much too hot now to work outside or even move around much inside now so I will read myself.  Have a good day and don’t work too hard!

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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