First Flower of Spring

Rain again this morning so Norman could not go out for his walk.  He has walked 2 to 3 miles every morning when it is not raining since his by pass surgery 23 years ago.  With no walk to delay the start of the day we had an early breakfast and went into McMinnville and did the shopping we needed to get done.  We went to the farm store and got the seeds we want to plant, the seed potatoes, onions and fertilizer and peat moss for the blueberries.  Then went to Lowes and got the composted soil for the flower boxes and some pansies to plant in them.  The spring bulbs are up but the soil was settling out and there is very little color right now.  The flower boxes are most beautiful in the fall when the mums are in bloom.  Photo on 3-11-15 at 2.43 PM #2

This is one of them.  There are four in all, strung out across the whole front of the house. Photo on 3-11-15 at 2.43 PM

These are the two on the left side as you face the house.  They get the least sun and only then in the late afternoon.Photo on 3-11-15 at 2.42 PM #2


This is the first crocus to boom in the front of the house.  The white one on the right is the crocus and the one on the left is the new pansy.   The stones you see in the back ground are ones that our grand daughter-in-law made for us for Christmas- one each year for 2008, 2009 , 2010. Photo on 3-11-15 at 2.42 PM

And this is the last one.  Soon they will be full of color.  Now I need to clean up the other flower gardens.  Norman is still cutting up the trees and branches in the Hickory Grove. We are still seeing the deer around the lower garden.  Norman is going to put up another fence and we hope with the double fence around the whole garden with a five foot space between them, it will discourage then from jumping into the garden to eat.  I do love the deer but not in my garden. Photo on 3-11-15 at 2.44 PM


These are the only deer I want this close to the house.  They sit quietly on our porch.  On the other end of the porch is an old butter churn.  I got it on ebay, it came from the Ukraine and is over 100 years old.Photo on 3-11-15 at 2.44 PM #2

It must be satiated with salt from all the butter that had been churned in it for the squirrels love to come up and lap the churn.  They have done this for four years and now are starting to chew it a little.  They are fun to watch!  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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