An Uneasy Truce

We have come to an uneasy truce with the raccoons.  It doesn’t seem to matter what we do the raccoons come every other night and take out any where from 2 to 5 stocks of corn.  Norman goes down each night about nine o’clock and some times that keeps them out but not every night.  Last night when he went down he said there was something in the garden and he scared it out but he could not see it.  With his eyes it is hard for him to see at night so from now on I will go with him even if I am scared to death of meeting a coon at night!! Anyways nothing came into the garden last night or at least didn’t eat anything.  One night this week they came in and took out three stocks and one night they took out 6 stocks.  They do eat the whole ear and are not wasteful so it is hard to get mad at them so Norman does not want to just pick all the corn and freeze it.  It has been over 20 years since he could eat corn ON the cob so he wants to just eat it all fresh.  We have some every day and if his truce with the raccoons holds we should have some ready for the kids when they come next Monday.  We would like to have some that the kids can help us pick, they would like to see where the vegetable come from so we did save some potatoes for them to dig and of course some beans to pick.  I have some carrots but I don’t think they will be big enough for them to eat.

Monday we went to Whitwell to see the house and everything there is fine.  The lawn is a field of daisies right now but we aren’t going to do anything about that.  The house is good anyways.  On the way back we stopped at Dunlap and got 100 pounds of tomatoes again.  Yesterday we canned 14 quarts of Mariana  spaghetti sauce and today we are finishing the tomatoes.  In between loads I pick and freeze the blueberries.  Tomorrow I need to pick the green beans again and can those and pick the black berries.  I picked the last of the raspberries and if I get the blackberries finished tomorrow I will combine those and make some mixed berry jelly.  Right now it is time to take the second load of spaghetti sauce out and put in the last load of spaghetti sauce and tomato juice.  Then when that is finished we will put in the last load of the day, cold pack tomatoes.  Have 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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