Enjoying Doing Nothing

We have enjoyed doing nothing and haven’t gotten bored doing that yet.  Every Tuesday we go to Nelson’s vegetable market and get the fresh vegetables for the week for ourselves, Patty, and Becca.  That is the highlight of the week.  I have tried getting some things in bulk as you get a much better price on them but you do have to get something that will keep without losing any of its flavor.  We got zucchini and that worked good once but then the second box we got took too long to eat so lost something at the end.  My children are not use to eating the vegetables in season as we are.  When the vegetables ripen in the garden we eat them every meal for about two weeks while they are at their peak and freeze or can some also for later but never mind eating the same thing day after day.  I guess that is why I serve at least three different vegetables at each meal, that way I always have a variety  for my taste buds.  Anyways, I guess you have to be a farmer to enjoy the same thing each day for a month.  The potatoes by the 50 pound bag works out great as we all eat good potatoes and Tyler can go through a pound a day for a month with no trouble and the red ones are so great right now.  The beets by the 50 pounds kept well but I wound up eating most of them and now need a rest.  The onions kept pretty good but I used most of the 50 pounds, the girls just could not use enough to make it worth while getting another bag.  This week we asked about parsnips and found I could get a 20 pound bag for $26 which is much better than $1.99 a pound which is what I have to pay when I get one or two so I ordered a bag of those.  We go back over on Saturday to get that bag and a flat of strawberries as the Plant City strawberries are now in and everyone eats a lot of those the first time we get them.  A flat is 12 pints filled to overflowing and cost $19 so I will make a really big short cake and take it to Becca’s on Sunday along with a couple quarts of the fresh berries and some parsnips for her family.  Then we will have fresh strawberries for breakfast every day so we will all get our fill this week.

Yesterday we got our banking taken care of.  We are trying to get all our banking localized to the bank just down the street so when we sell the farm we will be all set to move here.  Right now our accounts are spread out in GA, TN and FL  and with everything on computers it is getting too confusing so need to have it all located in one place where we can just go in and get help managing our payments and other business.

Most of my day is taken up with researching the family tree and sewing.  I took the last dress I made for Regina to her and her brothers were so excited because they too like to dress up and play with her but I had not made them anything.  So this week I made them this:Photo on 1-23-15 at 7.08 AM

These are Viking vests trimmed in fur with capes attached at the back collar.  Shirley was my savior again with the denim like material for the vests and the fur for the trim as well as the camouflage material for the capes.  When Shirley sent me the material I had no idea where I would ever use it but it never takes long looking at a piece of cloth before an idea comes to mind.  I can’t wait for Sunday when I take the short cake to Becca’s and I can give the vests to the boys.  I know they will love dressing up in these.   I have now cut out a new dress for Regina.  It is a red satin dress-up dress with a blue net over skirt..  I hope to have that done for Sunday also so they can all three play dress up while we adults visit.  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 Enjoying Doing Nothing

  1. Nancy O'Grady says:

    I can tell you are having fun!!!! Would love to be around on Sunday to share the fun and the shortcake! Have you gotten together with Shirley yet this winter? Know she is busy with her family too. What about the farm…..any ” lookers ” yet or is it the wrong time of year for selling in the mountains? All of a sudden things will open up and it will be gone. I am still in shock for when it happens things really move faster than the mind can grasp. Still struggling with winter here and today we are getting snow. Makes my outings with Jade quite interesting. We break a few rules and deposit her ” wares ” in the closest dumpster in sight. Nice to have a retired judge on premises when one breaks the law. Spring can’t arrive soon enough.
    Continue to enjoy your time there. It could become good habit!
    Love you, Nancy

    • We are having fun and getting lots of rest so we will be ready in six weeks to start planting again. We have not gotten together with Shirley and probably won’t this year. We don’t want to drive up there, I get car sick to easily and she doesn’t like to drive that far much any more so we talk back and forth on face time and enjoy that visit without having to drive four hours to see each other.
      No word on the farm and as far as we can see the agent hasn’t even advertised it for sale yet. So when this contract runs out we will go with “for sale by owner”, and just do it ourselves. We had a great afternoon at Becca’s. The kids liked their outfits but Colby didn’t feel too good so they didn’t play with them long. We all loved the strawberries and everyone had a sundae and some had a shortcake as well. Keep warm = spring will be here before you know it. Love you Carol

  2. Shanti K Khalsa says:

    Mom, when you and Dad “do nothing”, it is like a full time job to someone else! You continue to amaze me with your creativity and energy. We are all looking forward to our visit and can’t wait to see you!

    Love Shanti

    • so you must be back home, right? We are looking forward to see all of you also. Do you have your reservations for Disney? Which nights will you be here and which ones in Disney. Everyone wants to meet you and our family or I should say introduce you to their kids. Everyone Aunt Shanti and want their kids to meet you also. Love you Mom

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