Always Busy

Busy all morning doing nothing again.  Norman settled down after dinner and just before he fell asleep he said,” It seems as if we are always busy, even when there was nothing to do!”  And he was right again. Today we wanted to go to Dunlap and get tomatoes for one more canning and since we planned to leave at 8:30 we said there was no time to do anything before leaving for Dunlap, but we took the tractor and went down an picked the butternut squash as the vines are dying and one was beginning to rot so we had to get them off the ground.  We picked 26 nice butternuts and left 8 there to do some more ripening.  We have already eaten five and thrown away two so that was a pretty good crop for such a small garden.   When we got those unpacked and set up on the front porch to dry we drove down to Dunlap.  They have tomatoes out the gazoo!  We got four 25 boxes plus some onions 9 pounds and bananas all $31.73.  As they have more tomatoes the price goes down and if you buy more than one box you get a good price on them.  I wish we were doing more now but we are running out of boxes and have already bought four new boxes of jars.  We started the season with 20 boxes of lids and there are 12 lids in each box and those are all gone plus four or five we had left from last year and we bought another 10 boxes last week and those are almost all gone so I guess that is enough canning for this year.  We will have a few more beans to do and a few more pickles but that should do it.  We still need to freeze apples for pie and get some apple juice but we promised each other to stop the other one.  Wish me luck.  We stopped at Save-A-Lot on the way home and picked up milk and sugar and found they had a good deal on some hamburg, fish, and chicken pieces so I got those and had to put those into meals and into the freezer before dinner.  It was a rush to have break – pack the meat  – and cook dinner but I made it and put the meal on the table as the clock struck 12.  Today I had pork chop with blueberries pounded into them.  The blueberries tenderize steaks great so I hoped it would do the same for the pork chops and it did and the flavor is great, you don’t need salt when you use blueberries.  Now I want to try them on fish and see if the blueberry flavor will take the fishy taste away of fried fish.

We have laid out the work that needs to be done and find we will be busy all this week and half way into next week before we get another nothing day so we will just enjoy a lazy afternoon.  We heard from Amanda yesterday and she has a couple people interested in the house in Whitwell.  If they can get their finances in order  we may have an offer on the house.  I sure hope so it would be nice to get on with our life.  If we sell that house then we will put this farm up for sale so if your in the market for a great farm to retire to, keep us in mind.  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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