2014 is getting to be my age!!

Things are slowing down a lot now. As the summer gets older things move more slowly, the weeds even grow less but the roots are bigger and harder to pull.  We picked the beans but there were not enough to can so I cooked about two quarts and left the other half to cook in a day or two.  Beans are one thing that does not lose its flavor after being picked.  There will be a few more beans next week but the canning is done, we have enough anyways so are not unhappy about that.  Between the wind and deer we don’t have much corn left.  We tried a second crop and it was coming along very good but now we have very little still standing so are not planning on that.  We have tried many different things to get a second crop here.  After planting in New Hampshire for 30 years the growing season here is so much longer it just seemed as if we should be able to have two crops with no trouble but that is not so between the heat, the bugs, and the animals a second crop is not worth the trouble and work.  If we really needed it to live I am sure we could find something that would work but we get so much from the first crop we don’t really need any more.  We will plant more parsnips next year and keep those in place of  second crop.  Of course we will still put in a second crop of green bush beans when we take out the last of the beets and spinach.  Both of those go in in March and are all done by the middle of June so the beans have a long enough summer left to produce a second crop and being near the house we can keep the animals out.   Today Norman finished weeding and cleaning up the section of the garden he has been working on and the only thing left in there are the parsnips.  He pulled the cucumber plants which looked awful and found the squash beetles had gotten into their roots and that was why they were dying so early.  He will rake in some seven to kill them so they don’t just go on to other plants and wait for next year.  I weeded the front flower gardens and they look much better even the humming birds didn’t mind my being there.  Both of the feeders hang in those two flower boxes and they went right on eating over my head as  pulled the weeds below the feeders.

Happy Birthday, Shanti!!  We have had no email for three days and they are still working on restoring that so I can not email you.  I have not been able to get your email to know if you got your nuts or not so decided to use this avenue of communication to wish you A Very Happy Birthday from Dad and Mom!! 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 2014 is getting to be my age!!

  1. Nancy O"Grady says:

    Hi Carol, Fall is in the air here too. Peter and I are being taken out for dinner this eve. by Dick and Sue to celebrate my big move! Always enjoy spending time with them. It feels so good to have few responsibilities now and look forward to ” more fun in life “! College classes start soon and the library book club in 2 weeks. We both find pleasure in those and have made good friends in both groups. We feel so fortunate to be in this ” place ” at this point in our lives when so many of our friends from the past haven’t been so blessed. I know you two share these thoughts. But I want you to get to the Bahamas and really sip the lazy life soon. Of course, your Fl. winters are a nice break and the family are around.
    Enjoying your quilt every day and night. Keeps you close to me!
    Love always, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, So glad the move is living up to you expectations, I knew it would – you were so ready to get out of the country and solitude. We have some one interested in our Whitwell house and if that goes through we will list this place now also. I know it won’t sell as fast as yours as there are not that many people who want to live on a farm or want to live way out as we do but I know there is someone out there that will love this as much as we do so all I can do is hope we make a connection. We are all done canning so now only need to clean up the gardens and get the house ready to show. Hope to join you in the easy life by next year. Love you Carol

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