A Can of Worms

Shanti has gone back home.  I miss her already but am so glad she came and will look forward to her next visit.  Nancy wrote and asked for a picture of Shanti and made me realize I have never really kept her up with the changes in my family.  Nancy and I grew up almost like sisters and have always been close but now we live half a continent apart so decided to take today to catch her up on my family.  So here goes.

You remember our oldest daughter, Kathy now lives in CA.  She is a nurse and plays in a band. She has three children, Thomas, Celina, and Mali and three grand sons Greg, Garrison and Alec.  320915_273099046053642_709504882_n

This is Kathy with her fellow band members.  She also plays the chello and fiddle.  The group is named Colorado Road.  You can look them up on face book and hear some of their music. 10403630_10152152351455904_296035955567138471_n

This year they all got together in Washington state where Mali lives and they had a wonderful family get together.  Here are Alec, Celina’s son- Kathy’s grandson, Celina, Kathy and Mali, Kathy’s baby.  Mali also sings and plays, she has a solo act and opens for different groups.  Kathy doesn’t look like a grandmother does she?10308283_783979428299012_4359839648791601633_n


This is Thomas and his two sons, Greg and Garrison.  Great kids- both in High School now.xm04-17
Every Christmas Eve we get together for the Christmas Eve tree and feast.  Everyone who is in Florida at that time comes  This was in 2004.  Now it is mostly Patty and her family, and Tom and his family but even then we have 13 of us for the family picture that is put onto the next years Christmas card.

Next in line was Becky now Shanti.  I think the last you knew this is how you remembered her. 19542_284405707711_3102071_n Well now she is more into the teaching line and less the security end.













This is more the Shanti we know and love.  She still lives in New Mexico and has one son who also lives in New Mexico with his family.   Shanti is now the grandmother of two beautiful little girls.  You saw their pictures in my last blog but here is more of her family.









196531_10150116594609597_5932634_nThis is Shanti with her son, daughter-in-law and Dyhana.



197041_10150116595094597_6732847_nHere is Shanti with her husband and son.  You can see who her son takes after.  Dyhana is tall like her father and grand father but Prem, the new baby is small more like Shanti.          Next in line was Patty.  She lives in Port St Lucie, Fl and has two children, Becca and Tyler.  Becca is married and has three children, a girl Regina and twin boys James and Colby.  Tyler is not married.Nana and the Twins


Here is Patty with her two grandsons, James and Colby.  She is called Nana and sounds just like her Nana.aaa1 kids

This is Becca,  husband Chris and daughter Gina.  Taken this summer when they got back from swimming.

Joe and Holly Last but not least is Joe and his family.This is Joe and his wife Holly.  They live in OK and have six kids and one grand child.


This is Joe with his boys.  Alex, who is in college studying to be a doctor, Joe holding his grand son, Jaxson, Nate, Joe’s first born and father of Jaxson, Landen, and Luke, Joe’s baby.  Joe’s sons all  tower over him, I wonder if Luke will do the same when he grows up? Joe also has two daughters that look just like their mother, both very pretty girls!1395404_670749509622274_1132255996_n

I had to include this picture, it is the only one where Joe looks like a grand father.  It is always hard to believe it when your baby becomes a grandfather!!1902971_756361941061030_915820296457221294_n

This is Holly with Landen, Luke and Laura, isn’t she pretty?  I have three glamour girls I must include in this story, one in CA, one in Fl and one in OK.1441474_661077673926067_666044525_n


This is Myiah, daughter of Joe and Holly Petts.






On the left is Becca, mother of three – I wish I could have looked like this after a single birth and she does it after giving birth to twins!! On the right is her best friend Jen.  I guess they keep each other in shape.884994_540094052743546_1066640957_o


This is Mali in CA.  I am a lucky great grand mother to have so much beauty in my family.  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 A Can of Worms

  1. Nancy Ogrady says:

    Carol, I am thrilled to get these pictures. I will be sure to keep them and not make any stupid mistakes that will erase them on me. That is a problem I seem to have. Yes, you do have a lot of beauty in your family. But…I do recall a pretty good looking young Thayer gal that married a very handsome fellow from Peterboro. I visited them often when their family was in diapers. So they all come by the good looks from those original two!
    Wish I had pictures and the know how to post my family for you but I have not gotten into that technical stuff. I don’t even own a camera that doesn’t need film that is no longer being made.Peter uses a modern one so when the kids visit next I’ll get him to take some and have the prints made up. Best I can do. So be patient.
    I am impressed with Shanti’s beautiful head gear. Does she have long or short hair under it? I was under the impression that Shanti’s husband had died. Was I wrong about that? Did he have a health issue at one time? He certainly looks healthy and I hope he is.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to post all these wonderful pictures for us all to enjoy.
    Take care and more another day.
    Love, Nancy

    • You are welcome, it makes it worth the time doing things like that when you know someone is interested. And it is nice to have a place I can put something like that where it will be if anyone else in the family wants to know, I can just tell them to look there or I can copy and paste it for them. So the time is not wasted and I learned more about my computer. I learn more that it can do every day, of course I forget almost as much as learn but when I get a chance to use it I remember it longer. Anyways to your questions. Shanti has long hair under her turban, they never cut any hair on their body, male or female. Their strength is in their hair. Her son, Bhai Daya and his wife Nirinjan have never cut their hair so both have very long hair under their turbans. Shanti’s husband Tyaga, does have a heart problem and at one time he did nearly die but they discovered what was at the bottom of it, now he stays away from artificial sweeteners and he is fine. Of course he has to keep the stress down and other things that all people with a heart condition have to watch. He joined the group about the same time as Shanti so in his youth he did cut his hair and shave as a result he has a much thicker, long beard than Bhai Daya, so Bhai Daya has a ways to go to be as impressive as his father and may never get there. Both are very tall, very close to 7 foot and with that size goes heart problems so it is not unusual. Keep in touch. Love you Carol

  2. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Thank you, Carol, for posting those lovely pictures of your family. I have only an old camera that takes film so I don’t take any pictures any more. Our garden is producing and this weekend, John will probably dig his potatoes. Our son will come and help him. Our hummingbirds have gone south; maybe they are flying over Tennesee by now! The nights are cool with this full moon and the days are warm and pleasant.

    • I am blessed, last year my daughter, Shanti, gave me a Mac lap top for my birthday and her son, Bhai Daya set up my blog for me and taught me how to use it. My lap top has “The photo booth” that I can use to take pictures and send them by email or on my blog. It also has “face time” that I can call Shirley and Shanti and talk to them when we set up a time and we get to see each other as we talk. It does bring us all much closer being able to see each other. We are still eating the things we grew but not many still in the garden. This week end we picked a large pan full of green beans and dug up the last of the leeks. We are still getting lots of green peppers and banana peppers. We are slowly cleaning up all the gardens. Our humming birds are still here but they are not eating anywhere near as much as they were so they must be getting ready to leave. Nice talking to you, have a good night.

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