Waiting for Family

This is the week to finish up all the odds and ends I wanted to get done before Shanti and her family arrive.  There is not much to do but I want all my projects done and put away before they arrive so I can just enjoy visiting with them for the two days they are  here.  They arrive some time on Sunday and Monday is open house so all the rest of the family can come and say Hi and meet the new additions to the family.  This is the last dress for Dhyana and I got that all done and pressed this morning.  Photo on 2-16-15 at 9.26 AM

You saw this dress before it was finished, doesn’t it look better with the daisies down the front?  Photo on 2-16-15 at 9.27 AM

If you look closely you can see the label I put in also that says, made with love for you by Grandma.  I couldn’t find any that said Ouma but these will do.  Maybe while they are here I can get some pictures of her in all the dresses.  There are two dresses, two suits, a jumper for both little girls and 2 night dresses, one long and one short.  I hope Nirinjan remembers to bring any empty suit case to take them all home.  Now I have cut out a night dress for myself.  I look for one in the store but can never find one I like.  I have been using two old ones of my mothers for the past ten years and now they are so worn out you can see right through them so it is time to junk those and make new ones.  I got two patterns on ebay from the 1950s so will at least have the style I like, now I hope I can make them to fit correctly.  The other thing I have wanted is simple house dresses.  I never can find any and when I do they want $25 for them and I refuse to pay that much so I think I can adapt these night dress patterns to be the perfect house dresses and if so I’ll do that also.  Shirley just sent me a box of cloth and there are two pieces that are just right for house dresses and I’ll use that.  Now you see why I have not found a house dress I liked before this,  I’m just too cheap!  I guess that is the yankee blood in me or maybe the Scottish blood.  Either way that is how I am and don’t intend to change- I’m happy.

Tomorrow we go to Nelson’s and get the vegetables for the week and need lots of fruit this week.  I am all out of everything so it will be a big week tomorrow!  Then I think we are pretty much done except for the final cleaning of the house.  While I am at it here is a picture of the baker’s table that Jen gave me.  It was just what I needed in my dinning room.Photo on 2-16-15 at 9.28 AM

I use this every meal.  You can’t see too well but on the top I keep my dried fruit that we have every morning- cranberries, cherries, and blueberries as well as walnuts.  Those with some kind of fresh fruit and oatmeal with raisins  gets us off to a good start each day.  Then after dinner I use the counter to put away any left over for the next day, the glass refrigerator container are on the lower shelves and handy to use.  This way I keep out of Norman’s way in the kitchen.  He always washes the dishes and cleans up the kitchen so when I am finished putting the food away I go in and wipe the dishes.  I like the open shelves for my dishes – that way I can see what I have and what I need for each meal and they are right in the dinning room so easy to set the table. When we sell the farm I will redo my kitchen here and have more open shelves there also.

Now we wait for the week end and get to see everyone. Have a good flight- can’t wait to see you.  Shirley I understand you liked Patty’s hat.  Well I have one for you and Lori that I will put in the mail tomorrow.  You can decide who gets the yellow and who gets the green.  Love you Carol    Have a great day everyone.

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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