Winding Down

This is our last month to stay in the warm weather, then it is back to TN to plant the cold weather crops – onions, beets, spinach, and potatoes.  It is still cold nights there in March but the days are nice and some crops prefer the cold weather to grow.  We also need to feed the berries and fruit so they will get a good start when spring comes.  Joe says they will come up many week ends to help plant, weed and harvest this year and if they can we will enlarge some of the smaller gardens so they too can freeze vegetables for winter and of course we will still can as we have in the past.  The only thing that could change this is if we sell the farm but so far I can’t even see where the real-estate dealer has even advertised it so how could we sell it??  Here we are getting ready to leave, so today Dad washed the windows.  I have been baking things to leave for Becca and I’ll finish that until the freezer is full.  I also need to spring clean the house so we will be ready for Shanti’s visit and the house  will be ready to leave for the summer.  I am finishing up my sewing also.  Photo on 2-7-15 at 11.48 AM









This is the last dress I will make here.  It isn’t quite finished yet, I have the sleeves to sew in, here they are only pinned in.  There are to be buttons in the front for decoration and buttons in the back to close the back and it still needs to be hemmed.  I think a bow tie would look nice with it also.  Shirley, this dress is made from the denim like material you gave me and the white on white cotton you sent, didn’t it work out just perfect for this pattern?  Any other sewing I do now will be for Barbie doll for presents for next year for my great grand daughters.  I am still knitting mittens for next year and slipper boots as the ones I gave this year are really being used and will need to be replaced next year.  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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