Hello Again

It has been so long since I posted any news, I am ashamed to write again.  We have been very busy doing nothing different and trying to keep out of the sun.  TN is in the middle of the worst heat wave of the summer but that is no excuse for me as we are here on Baker Mountain and while Nashville is sweltering at 97 and above we stay in the low 80’s.  We are getting some of the humidity that has come up from the Gulf so when you try and work in the sun it is hot but most days have been partly cloudy and that keeps the temperature very comfortable.  We haven’t even had to turn on the AC, just the fans are enough even in the heat of the day.  I guess when the rush of canning and harvesting was over I just got very lazy and have not done much.  Yesterday we canned a few more green beans.  I still had a big dish of them in the refrigerator  so could not use any more fresh so we canned 5 quarts.  The beans in the kitchen garden are still producing but the ones in the lower garden are gone and Norman pulled those yesterday.  Between the wind and the deer most of the things in that garden are done for the year.  We still get all the peppers we could ever want and the parsnips are still growing and looking good but the summer squash got hit by the squash bugs and we will not get anymore of those.  We are slowly pulling everything out and cleaning the garden up for winter.  The last few days we have been pruning and cleaning up the raspberries.  Norman helped me by going in and cutting out all the old cane.  Every cane that bore berries this year has to be cut off right back down to the ground.  Then you check each root and keep only the new strong, healthy cane and tie that up to the fence.  Many had already bent over and rooted into the ground.  Those bushes insist on going into the path or the clothes line area so any that had rooted there I cut and dug up and put into pot to grow.  Next spring any of these plants that have caught  and are strong and healthy, I’ll either plant in the garden, if there is a blank spot or give to my friend at the farmer’s market.  She makes jelly and relish for sale at the market and she did not have a red raspberry bed so for the last two years I have given her my rerooted bushes and she is getting a pretty good bed.  I have four rows of bushes and have tied up two of the four so will be out there the next couple days finishing that up.  Then I have the flower gardens to weed and get dressed for winter.  The poor hosta bed is so chocked with wild violet I’m afraid if I don’t clean them out soon the hosta and lilies will go the way of my strawberry plants.Photo on 8-24-14 at 6.17 PM #2




This is where I spend my time when I should be weeding!  This is a dress I just finished for Gina.  She loves to dress up and I know she will like this sheer dressy dress. Photo on 8-24-14 at 6.42 PM

This is a skirt for Dyhana.  It is hard to see but it is a hip hugger skirt and has a blue blouse that matches and a short jacket with hood to match.  The jacket is made of the material that the pockets are made of.  It also has slacks to match.Photo on 8-24-14 at 6.42 PM #2



Now I am working on a brocade sleeveless jacket and a ruffled skirt done in all the left over piece of brocade that Shirley gave me from a quilt she made.  I don’t know how that will look but it will be a good one for a play dress-up skirt.   I also took time out to order some new patterns.  Both girls like the vintage dresses the best.  They are the dressiest and most feminine  and I like making those the best too but get sick of making the same ones over and over so I just went to Ebay and found a woman who had a lot of the old patterns in the sizes I wanted and have won about a dozen auctions, still waiting on one that is for a cheerleader’s outfit that I think the girls will love.  I will spend my whole winter making dresses so I’ll be ready to work in the gardens again come spring.   I guess that is enough confessing of my sins for today.  I hope you have as much fun goofing off as I do! 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 Hello Again

  1. Rosemary says:

    Just beautiful sewing!! You are so busy every single day. We are getting lots of peas, beans, and little carrots from our garden and have had new potatoes. Those will soon have to be dug as the blight is starting.

    When we grow parsnips, which is not this year as John finds them hard to get started, we leave them in the garden all winter and eat them in the spring. We like them roasted with nutmeg and honey.
    Try to keep cool! We are having 80 degree weather but it has not been too humid.

    • Thank you, thank you. I am so glad you solved one of our biggest debates. For years I have told Norman about the peas, beans, and new potatoes in cream and he has told me I was pipe dreaming – that those three things did not come in at the same time. You see in New Hampshire we never had big enough gardens to plant all those things at the same time and when we moved to Florida in 1982 of cause we could not grow them all at the same time and we didn’t have a very big garden sine we were both working full time. I was a teacher at the high school and he was a real estate broker so the garden was more of a hobby. We didn’t have a large garden and really work at it until we moved into the mountains of GA not too far from where we live now, just down off the plateau and there the peas are all done and long gone by the time the beans and potatoes come in. Now I have proof that my mother did serve fresh peas, beans,and new potatoes in cream. Norman would never have wanted that unless he could have a big piece of meat with it. It has only been since his by pass surgery that he has eaten just a little meat and lots of vegetable (healthy diet) Today I am baking. I have a new place to get my flour and the shipping is free. I still like the Littleton flour for pastry but for most things I use this new stone ground whole wheat bread flour, they have the pastry flour but I have to get 25 pounds to get free shipping and one kind of flour is enough to try and store. I do get a small amount of rye flour for my ruben sandwiches but I get that from Amazon. I have done all my own baking since Norman’s surgery 20 years ago because I use only olive oil and very little salt. It does keep me busy but it taste so good and keeps us so healthy.
      I never had luck getting my parsnips to grow until I planted them in with the broccoli and cauliflower. We will try it again next year to see if it is the companion planted that did it or just luck this year. I do know there are some plants that like to grow near each other such as beans and corm and there are some that hate each other such as bell peppers and tomatoes. Some hate each other so much they will almost pull their roots out trying to lean away from the plant they don’t like. I’ll let you know next year if parsnips and the cabbage family are companion plants. corn and beans each have a different bacteria that helps their roots to grow and each like the others bacteria so they each help the other to grow faster and stronger. Zucchini and beans sure don’t like each other, the beans almost pulled themselves out trying to get away from the zucchini and had no beans on that side of the plant until we pulled the zucchini out so next year they will be at opposite ends of the garden. Carol

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