2:30 and Rest at Last!!

Perfect day today, cool start 66 degrees and low humidity.  I started my day at 5:15 by going down to the garden and picked Swiss Chard for dinner, then started on the beans.  What a nice lot of perfect beans!!  I got 3/4 of a bushel in all when I finished and came up for breakfast.  Norman helped me and we got them all washed and cut up for canning.  And by 11 a.m. we had the first load in the canner, 7 quarts.  While Norman timed the canner and pick up the kitchen, I cooked dinner.  Of course we had some beans for dinner along with potatoes, Swiss Chard, onions, mushrooms, and chicken.  After dinner we had 3 more quarts of green beans to can so we also fixed 4 quarts of potatoes to can at the same time.  Beans and potatoes take the same pressure and the same time so we can do them together.  I finished up scraping the potatoes and getting them ready to can while Norman took a short nap, then we did that canning and right now Norman is timing the last load while I take a rest and then we are both done for the day!!  As Web always said, “Done a good day’s work!”  Tomorrow I need to pick blueberries and freeze those, pick raspberries and juice those and then pick wild blue berries and make blueberry cake and muffins.  Then Saturday it will be time to can zucchini .  Next week we will go to Whitwell to check on the house and check to see if the canning tomatoes are at the market, if so we will get those and start doing spaghetti sauce.  This is such a busy time of the year.  Sewing is taking a back seat for a few days.  I have been working on The Swartz Family tree in my free minutes so no time left to sew.  Things will slow down again soon.

I heard from Mary Lou this week and she told me Carl fell and broke his shoulder.  When he is able he will move into an assisted live facility in Concord.  His son Kevin lives in Concord and will be handy to visit with him.  Falls are so disabling at this age.  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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