Bus–sy Doing Nothing

I’m bus-sy doing nothing working the whole day through. Trying to find lots of things not to do.  I’m bus-sy going no where isn’t it just a crime, I’d love to be unhappy but– I never do have the time.  The words of this song tells you how things went today. Every six weeks Norman has to go to Murfreesboro to have a shot in the eye.  19 or 20 years ago Norman got wet macular degeneration in his right eye and at that time the only way they could stop the bleed in the eye was to laser it and burnt the vein which he had done and that took his central vision from his right eye.  He was told at that time each year he had a 10% chance he would get it in his left eye also.  Four years ago he lost his central vision and the eye doctor said he had the wet macular degeneration in his left eye also so he sent Norman to Vanderbilt Eye Institute as he said there was a new medicine that showed great promise of saving his sight.  The new drug was Lucentis and they put him on monthly shorts.  It took two years before the bleeding stopped but it did restore his sight right away.  It was like a miracle compared to the last time but they could not tell him how long he would have to have the shots.  To make a long story short he tried after three years to stop the shorts for a few months and the bleed came back and he has gone back to the shots and now knows he will have to have a shot right into the eye every six weeks for the rest of his life or until he loses his sight, no one knows how long these shots will keep the sight – they are not a cure, there is no cure and there are not many people that have been on the shots as long as Norman so we just have to play it by ear.  Norman hates the shots but he dislikes the alliterative  even more so he will continue to have the shots.  When we go to Florida in the winter he goes to the Retina Care specialists in Port St Lucie and has his shots there.  Today was the day for his shot and it usually takes so much out of him to have his done we plan not to do anything else on that day.  We had to be in Murfreesboro by 9:30 so we had to have breakfast early and leave here by 7:45 as he likes to get there a little early incase we run into any trouble driving there.  We were up at 5 as usual so I got to go down to my studio and sew a little. Photo on 8-6-14 at 5.54 PM




These are the dresses I am working on right now.  There are three of them a size 8 for Dyhana on the right which is almost done, I have to do a little hand sewing to finish it.  On the left is a size 1 for Prem and that one needs more work, a zipper and a big hem and some finishing work.  In the middle is a size 5 for Gina and that one needs the most work, sleeves, facing, zipper etc.  But they are so cute.  I wish I had enough clothe left to make a dress for Gina’s Bear but I didn’t.   We got to the doctor’s office at 9:10 and got in early but even then it wan’t until 10:15 until we were on the road home.  We stopped in McMinnville to do a little shopping.  We went to Fred’s and got two cases of quart canning jars and two cases of pints and 10 packages of lids.  That should end our canning for the year as we have  enough jelly jars and some pints and quarts still here to fill.  Then we went to Walmart and got a few sewing items I needed and some food such as sugar 20 pounds etc that we needed and I got a nice beef roast and the salt to make corned beef.

As soon as we got home we put on the water to cook spaghetti for dinner and filled the humming bird feeds as they were both empty.  After dinner Norman took a nap and then I made an apple pie for Norman and we made the brine to put the beef into to corn it.  I make the brine and Norman always cleans up the mess.  By three we were ready to sit down at last.  I had to go down and get the pie out of the oven but the work was done and we were both glad to finally do what we planned to do all day – NOTHING.  Tomorrow I need to make two batches of grape jelly and put some green beans in a crock in brine, so I will pick what beans I can find and should get enough to get a couple meals worth.  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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2 Responses to Bus–sy Doing Nothing

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I am glad to read that you had a Nothing Day! One needs one every so often!

    • I think I will have more and more nothing days now. The gardens are getting dry and except for the kitchen garden things are running out. We still have a few tomatoes, cucumbers, Swiss Chard, leeks and parsnips but none of them enough to can or freeze so they are not work makers. The new beans and corn are not doing very good. Some thing, probably a deer is eating the new beans but I have no idea how he is getting in and with the dry weather the corn is not growing as fast as it should if it is to come in before frost. We have decided not to try and get a second crop after the potatoes next year, it is too much work for too little reward. That will make the fall easier.
      You must be just coming into the long work. Let me know how you potatoes do this year. We had two different kinds of scab this year. One looked like a wort and was only on the skin and one I called the cancer scab and went went into the potato about a quarter of an inch. I hate those but I could just pop them out without hurting the potato. Have a good night.

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