Working hard but advancing slowly

I think it is more work to wind things down than it is to plant and get the farm moving ahead.  We signed the papers for the Whitwell house and closed that part of our lives which has taken a big load off our shoulders.  We helped Joe and his family get settled in Athens, AL and they needed very little help and are doing great.  Joe has a great new job, Laura has a job already and Landen and Holly are both looking for jobs or at least thinking about them.  They are doing all the settling in and unpacking with some help from Luke so the whole family is happy and pulling together so we have no worries there.  We got this farm on the market and are now trying to sort things out here to leave it for the winter and leave it to show while we are gone.  Hugh Hale at H & H Reality has the listing so if anyone wants to see it they can call Hugh so go to his web site or look at “Farm for Sale” at the top of this page to see the house and land.  We will take some of our stuff to Florida and some of the family pieces to Joe and Holly so that the house looks better for showing.  Every time we sell a house we furnish some one else’s house.  When we left the mountain house in Peterborough, NH we went from a very large house to and guest cottage to a condo so all the extra things furnished Kathy’s house which she had just gotten in VT.  When we visit Patty’s house in FL it is like going into our own house as much of her things came from one move or other.  This time I guess we will have to have a yard sale to get rid of everything except the family pieces which is about half our things as everyone in the family has their house full also.  We have moved eleven times and so far we have not had a yard sale,  maybe this will be the time.  Now I am busy deciding what I need to take to Florida with me to work on over the holidays and that takes more than I feel like doing right now.  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 Working hard but advancing slowly

  1. Nancy O'Grady says:

    Carol, you have my sympathy!!!!!! I don’t want to move again for awhile. I haven’t moved very often but all were traumatic! Hope you can and will catch your breath once you get to Florida.
    Thinking of you often….with love, Nancy

    • As the colder weather moved into TN this last week I thought of you in NH and was feeling sorry for you thinking fall must be about gone and winter coming on so fast. But you see by my today’s post what I get for feeling sorry for someone else!! I got a taste of what you must be going through now are very soon. God wanted me to feel what you must feel every late fall, as if I didn’t remember the first 50 years!! Moving is a dream compared to winter. Moving to me is an adventure and keeps me young but the cold and snow of winter to me is only for the very young – to me it the pretty clean cover of death. Give me spring with the mud and new growth every time. And I bet we have to wait until spring before we get anyone to come up here to look at the house and want to buy it so I will have plenty of time to pack and organize a quick, smooth move. Take care of yourself and keep warm. Love Carol

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