What Am I doing HERE !!!

We try to go to Florida for the winter and for seven years we have done just that but this morning I woke up to the following scene!Photo on 11-1-14 at 7.38 AM #3

They say the snow is not sticking to the roads and I guess that is true because of the leaves that hide the snow but here on the mountain we got enough!!Photo on 11-1-14 at 7.38 AM #2

Looking down toward the garden you can see the snow is deep enough to track a cat and in New Hampshire that is how we date our first snow fall.  There it was the saying that the day of the month that the first snow fall that you could track a cat in would tell you how many snow storms you would have that winter.  If that holds true for TN also it will mean we will have just one.  However Norman says be careful, when did it snow?  If it snowed before midnight we will have 31 snow storms this winter.  Boy I hope he is wrong!!Looking down to the tool shed and barn.Photo on 11-1-14 at 7.38 AM

Photo on 11-1-14 at 7.37 AMThis is looking down the side of the house to the blue berries and grapes.  The grapes have no leaves left of the vines so they don’t have much snow but behind them are the blueberries and they are covered in snow.  I was too cold for me to go out and get the pictures so I taught Norman how to use my Mac and he took the pictures for me.  I will publish this and then try to get a picture of the bush right next to the porch  and will add it to this post if I can get it without going off the porch.  I like to show you what is happening here but not so much I want to go out in this!Photo on 11-1-14 at 8.06 AM

This is the bush right next to the house.  I got this picture standing on the porch and that is as far as I wish to go.  If I wanted snow I would have stayed in NH.  Today I will sew and work on my family tree and wait for the snow to melt.  Tonight it is forecasted to be colder so it may take a couple days to melt but I can wait.

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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6 Responses to What Am I doing HERE !!!

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I had heard on CNN that the mountains of Tennesee were to enjoy some snow. We are having two days of rain. I have been reading your postings but haven’t been answering. Some days hurt too much but will improve, I hope. I hope your temperature warms up and you get rid of that ugly white stuff!

    • Rosemary, So sorry to hear you still hurt. I had a spell with my legs and joints when the cold weather first came but found by keeping my legs warm and sleeping with my soap I got the pain to stop. A good pair of long underwear and slacks did wonders. I guess the old bones just can’t take the cold weather, they need the warmth to keep the circulation going correctly. Norman goes for his eye shot Wednesday, then on Sunday we will go to AL to visit our son and his family one more time before leaving for Florida and hopefully the farm will sell this year so we will be done with the cold weather. If not we will gladly come back in the spring to start planting again. We are now eating the parsnips. They are the last things in the garden for this year and will leave a few to see how they winter over in the garden. I don’t know how we will get along without a garden but am willing to try something new just for the adventure of it all. I’ll keep in touch and hope you have a good winter. Carol

    • Nancy O'Grady says:

      Rosemary………I have lost most of my email addresses and yours is among them. When I moved into Keene last winter my old computer wasn’t worth moving, per my boys. So I eventually bought this Google chrome book. It has meant learning a whole new system and I still don’t have much mastered. I have lost touch with many folks. I am so glad you have been writing to Carol and seeing her blogs. Question…..why are you ” hurting “! Is it arthritis ? A shame!! Luckily, I have few discomforts for 82 yrs. Here is my new email address: nancyogrady1@gmail.com
      When you can drop me an email so I can get your address in my machine again. Hope we have an easy winter!
      Always, Nancy

      • Hi Nancy, Rosemary’s address is rjrafuse@hotmail.com. Yes, she has been bothered with arthritis this fall. I guess it runs in the family Warren, Shirley and I have all been bothered with it over the years. I started with spells of it as far back as when I was in college. My soap helps a lot for me and makes it so I can sleep. The cherries help too so I keep in under control mot of the time. Hope you reach Rosemary, I know she will be glad to hear from you. Take care, love Carol

  2. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I hope your day tomorrow goes well for Norman. Yes, you will miss growing your own food but will have time for other things. Just think of all the pretty clothes you will make for those little ones. I hope you have a good trip to Florida and a happy winter. I am always glad I found you!


    • Thank you Rosemary. Nancy wrote and asked for your email address. She lost your address on her old computer when she moved to Keene. Her address is nancyogrady1@gmail.com. I am going to get my DNA read when I get to Florida. From my family tree I know my female line goes from Grace Carver – Mary Baker – Mary Elen Gilmore- Mary Holliday from Irland but it stops there. They will be able to tell me where they cam from before that. With this cold weather I can’t wait to get to Florida but must finish up here first. Love Carol

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