Back To Normal

Back to normal, everyone is pretty much over what ever bug they had and are now back to work and busy as usual.  Patty still has a cold but hope it is on the mend.  I’ll see her tonight when she comes for her vegetables and find out then how she is recovering.

Each week I go to Nelson’s farmers market and get vegetable for us all for the week.  Becca picks up hers after she picks up Gina and Patty picks up hers after work on her way home.  That way it saves each of them a stop at the vegetable stand during the busy time and when they are already tired from a long day’s work and it gives me a chance to see each of them once a week.  It is a lot cheaper when I get them also as each week I get a big box of one kind or another and divide it up and also I can go early in the morning when they are putting the things out so I get first pick of the seconds.  Some weeks there are no seconds or nothing worth buying but this week there were lots of good deals.  I got four bags of apples, two bags of pears and a big bag of tomatoes in the seconds.  They are always at least half off sometimes more.  Then for my box I got zucchini again.  I got a box the first week when we came and this week I used the last one.  It was still very good and a fresh as any you get in the super market.  I get a half bushel for $19 and give some to each of the girls and put the rest in the refrigerator to hold until they need more or I use them.  Today I also got a box of European cucumbers.  Those are the long semi seedless, burp less kind that come all wrapped up individually.  I got a box of 15 for $8.00, they are so nice and fresh and really long.  Last week I got 50 pounds of Spanish onions for $19.  They were huge and so sweet when cooked.  We are also still working on the 50 pounds of beets I got a couple weeks ago and the bushel of baking potatoes.  Next week I think I will need potatoes again or maybe parsnips.  I love picking out which box to get.  Then I picked up a few staples such as broccoli crowns, snow peas, butternut squash, pineapple (they were way down this week) and cabbage plus a few oranges.   So much for my weekly vegetables.

Norman is still pulling apart the master bath.  He is taking up the old tile which was just stick ons and some had been glued down again.  Those come up hard.  We have to use the guest bath room for a month or so but it will be worth it when he is done.  Tomorrow we go to Lowes  and pick out the new vanity.  We have a good idea which one we want, now we have to see if they have it in stock or if we have to order it.

The Christmas trees are on but I have decided to get a small artificial one.  The fresh ones are all too big and cost so much.  I found a perfect one= four foot tall and a lot less so ordered that one.  I always wind up getting everything from  If it is  prime I order it one day and get it the next but on things like the tree that is not prime I have to pay postage and it take longer to come.  It was still cheaper getting it there than in the store and I don’t have to pay tax as it comes from TN.  If I got the same thing and had it shipped to TN I would have to pay a tax, go figure!  It will be here Dec 8 -Dec 11  still in plenty of time for Christmas.Photo on 12-2-14 at 1.36 PM

Shirley, show this to Lori and thank her for me.  Lori gave me this tea pot and piture from her Inn.  I love it and set it out on my dinning room table each day.  Usually I have a small bowl of fruit with it but today I decided to put the little Christmas tree with it.  I have some small decorations to put on the tree but haven’t gotten them out of the attic yet.  While I am at it I’ll show you the other set Lori gave me.Photo on 12-2-14 at 1.41 PM

This is a very pretty old pewter set and fits just right on the wall in the dinning room.  I also have a couple small pieces I want to put on the shelf, if I ever find them.  I brought them down with me and put them away so they would not get hurt or lost and now I can’t remember where I put them- OH old age!! but I won’t complain it is a condition granted to very few people my age.  One of the things is mother’s grandmother pin that you gave me and another is Uncle Web’s name stamp that Warren gave me.  The other is a small sterling silver pin cushion given to me by a girl in England that I crocheted a christening dress for her baby. Now I have to keep looking and find them.

Guess I have talked enough.  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 Back To Normal

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Those Engish cucumbers were $2.99 each the last time I looked and passed by! You have a good place to shop. People from here,returning from Florida, always talk of the lower prices. I hope you find your hidden treasures!!

    • Thanks for the info on the cucumbers, I know I had seen them before but never tried them cause I would not pay the price and thought they were about a dollar apiece but am sorry now I never did as they are really good. I have always like cucumbers but they didn’t always like me and these are so nice and agree with my gut. I guess it is because of no seeds. Here like every where else you have to look around for good prices. We were shocked at first because in Public’s the prices were so much higher than in TN but at least here there are dozens of stores to choose from so it isn’t hard to find a store that has good quality and good prices. At home there is no choice the stores are miles apart so you flip a coin and take your chances. Today we are going to Lowes and get the things for the new bathroom. I’ll try to blog about our results when we get home. I look forward to getting that done, I miss the second bathroom. That is another thing I like about being here. At home we have just one bathroom and here we have two which I get used to very quickly. The girls loved their veggies yesterday and I got to visit with them for a short time, which is always nice. Keep warm – Love Carol

  2. Nancy O'Grady says:

    Enjoy reading your activities of daily living Carol!!!!!! Maybe mine of today will interest you.
    Peter and I took a local fellow that went to school with my boys and also Peter’s to lunch. His mother lives nearby alone at 93 y.o. This fellow is now a Greek Orthodox priest in Chattanooga, Tenn. He is visiting mom for Thanksgiving. I got to ask him questions and he was very willing to answer them. His wife didn’t come up this trip but I’ll meet her in the Spring. They have no kids.Just a good, good person and so nice to meet when there are so many today on drugs and booze! He has heard of Spencer but never been there.
    Next I went to Walmart and bought my annual doll. Since I never had a girl to buy dolls for, I have bought one every year to give to some little one that might not get one otherwise. I’ll take it to the Community Kitchen and they will see that the right child receives it. But I’ll have fun seeing it on the couch in the box for a couple of weeks first!
    Got my car winterized and ready for the snow coming tonight….not very much they say. The holiday storm was a surprise and a mess. We didn’t lose power but Dick did. Sue couldn’t cook the turkey so we ate shrimp cooked on the grill. O.K. but my mouth was watering for a traditional turkey dinner. Will have to wait until next year!.
    So each day is an adventure in New England!!! Do enjoy your sun and warm weather……lucky you!!!! Keep writing! Love you, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, Loved hearing from you and remember life in New Hampshire. Of course Keene is a lot different from Harrisville. I remember your coming over to visit me in East View in the summer and as soon as it spit snow in Keene you couldn’t come any more because a little snow in Keene meant a foot or more in East View! There are many things I miss about New Hampshire, but not the snow!! When I first moved to Florida back in the 80’s, the first north wind that blew through I began looking for the best road from school to home so there were no hills that I could get stuck on in a snow storm. At first I just laughed at myself but then realized just how hard it had been for so many years with the snow. That first cold wind from the north still brings back those thoughts.
      Did you friend say what the weather was like in Chattanooga this year? Joe lives in Athens, AL now and it should be about the same and he says it has been COLD but no snow yet. Joe and family hope to come down this Jan. I guess the cold is giving everyone thoughts of coming south for a vacation. Celina, who lives in New Haven, CT is coming down right after Christmas for a week. She is a professor at Yale. And Shanti and family are planning a trip in from New Mexico in Feb. She lives up in the mountains and it gets cold there also. So we should have lots of company this year – I sure hope so I love seeing family. Love you Carol

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