Odds and Ends

Just cleaning up odd jobs today.  Norman is busy pulling the corn stocks that are left.  The raccoons came in and finished off anything that looked like corn so now just clean up that part of the garden.  I went up the road and got a few more black berries and juiced those and added it to the berry juice I had in the refrigerator waiting, now after dinner I will make a few jars of black berry jelly.  There are no enough black berries to get enough all in one picking to make it worth while to get all the things out to make jelly so I just juice them and wait until I have a little over a quart and today is the day.  Then I picked more blue berries to freeze.  I have four gallons in the freezer now and am working on my fifth.  there are still some green one so each day when we have twenty minutes or so we go out and pick another quart to have for breakfast or to freeze.  Looks like this will go one for at least another week.  Then Norman came up for break and after that I grabbed him to help make some more sauerkraut.  Yesterday we went over to he Amish colony and I got four cabbages for one dollar about 7 1/2 pounds so could make a small batch.  I want to try processing this batch to see if it comes out as good as the other batch we made.  If so we will grow lots more cabbage next year and make some for everyone for Christmas.  They all liked this batch so could use lots next year.   Time to cook dinner. The corn is all gone but the green beans are still on the menu along with green fried tomatoes, mashed potatoes, fried chicken nuggets in a sour cream/ mustard sauce with Swiss Chard and a few fried onions and potatoes.   Haven’t heard from Rosemary for quite a while, you must be busy on your farm also!!  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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4 Responses to Odds and Ends

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I am still here and just lost my first message. We have been busy haying but that is done now. I was going to buy a cabbage this morning at the grocery store but it was $1.29 a pound. Bless the Amish!! Our daughter and family, total 6, are here from Ontario for a few more days. Some are gone to the beach today and Luke, 6, is here with me. I enjoy reading your work every day and always tell John how busy you and Norman are. We have only had beet greens from our garden yet but it is growing. One deer has walked through it. I enjoyed reading about your family and sometime, when we are not so busy, will have to get the details. I haven’t had time for the fun stuff lately!

    • Nice to know you are all doing well and summer has finally come to the North Country. So far we have had a mild summer, only one day that got almost to 90 degrees. We are still canning from the garden but most of the tomatoes come from a farm in Dunlap. We can grow them for the price they charge, $10 for a 25 pound box so each week we go down and get four boxes. Last year we canned 118 quarts of Mariana spaghetti sauce and some ran out so this year I hope to make more. We did a lot of pickles last year but this year I can’t get the cucumber cheap and Our garden didn’t produce too many so I will make more relish and less pickles. I’ll email you some pictures of the family and give you more details later when things quiet down a little. Stay well.

  2. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Good morning, Carol,
    If you Google “Woodlot Owner of the Year, Nova Scotia, 2014, you should see a write-up of Uncle Hiram and his son, Ernest. There will be more written about them in the coming months. I hope you enjoy it.

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