What a Difference Help Makes!!!

Got started with breakfast early today as it was raining again so Norman could not go for his walk.By the time breakfast was done the rain had stopped so I went to work on the hosta bed and got that all cleaned up, I pruned the Josie lilac and the Love Struck rose,  Then I went to work on the side rock garden and got as far as the hellebores when it was time to stop for the morning break.  Ten o’clock and got dinner started.  I boiled the parsnips and steamed the broccoli,then put it into the warmer and got the potatoes ands ham into the oven.  Joe called to say they were on their way up so I got the table ready and called my sister.  We had a wonderful visit and Joe arrived at 11:45.  It was so great to see them, Joe, Holly, Landen, Laura, and Luke.  We walked around the farm so they could see the damage done by the ice storm and how we had been working on cleaning everything up and showed them what we needed their help with.  We had dinner at 1 and then got to work outside.  Norman, Joe and Landen started by pulling down the tree tops that were hung up in the trees.  What a job that was, they had to use the chain saw and cut some of the trees they were tangled in and then cut up the downed trees and piled up the brush so Norman can take them to the burn barrel when he gets the gas for the tractor.  Then they went to the Hickory grove and picked up the rest of the downed trees there and Landen took the chain saw and cut up all the large pieces of wood.  Luke and I planted the 8 lettuce plants I got and some of the onion sets and planted them in the corner of the flower boxes where I just can’t get flowers to grow well.  I think the lettuce will like the spot as lettuce likes a cool spot.  Laura, Holly and I finished up the rock garden and got that all cleaned up then we dug up the last of the parsnips that we wintered over.  They grew well all winter and look great.  Holly got a couple and I did too now I just hope they are as sweet as the ones we brought home from Florida, these were from Michigan.  Then we joined the men in the Hickory grove picking up sticks and piling them up.  At 3 I called it done for the day but I still had the daffodils to dig up and transplant so Luke and I did that and the girls kept picking up the downed branches.  At four I limped into the house and got my gardening clothes off and flopped into my big chair.  Everyone else joined me and we visited a little longer before loading up the car and saying good by to the family.  I was a long day but very fun.  We enjoyed the kids and can’t believe all the work they did.  It would have taken a week for us to do all that alone.  I didn’t get any pictures today as the time got away from me so first thing tomorrow I’ll get some pictures for you.  Tomorrow is Sunday so I spend the morning writing my family letters.  After dinner I want to finish the grapes and start weeding the kitchen garden so Norman can till it this Monday afternoon.  Joe and family are coming up again next week end and we will start planting and burning much of this wood we have picked up today.  Tired tonight but very happy!! 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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2 Responses to What a Difference Help Makes!!!

  1. Nancy O'Grady says:

    I am tired too just thinking about all the work living on a farm, even a small one, involves. Glad I don’t have the Spring clean up in Richmond to face this year. I do believe all that activity helps to keep you both young! Tell me Carol, is there a Catholic church that you attend near you???? I don’t recall you mentioning going. Wondered because I have started attending the Greek Orthodox Church with Peter lately. I go because I love the coffee hour!!! Great food, even baklava, and the socializing very interesting. Today after the regular service there was a special??? some kind of different ritual of the priest holding up a metal cross and folks got in line and kissed the cross and he gave them a flower. Peter pulled me in the line but I wasn’t about to kiss that cross full of everyone else’s germs. The priest kept thrusting it in my face and I kept backing off but reaching for the flower. He eventually gave up and handed me the flower saying, ” o.k.”. Thankfully, Peter thought it was funny but I just am not a traditional church follower. “Spiritual person”, yes I am, but not a candidate for this priest to convert. Anyway, no telling where I’ll end up but I want to go where the dogs go.
    Carol, don’t over reach your limits. Glad Joe and family are around to help.
    Love, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, No we don’t go to church any more, we feel we are much closer to God here in the woods than we ever were in a building so we are now home schooling. I am sure when the time comes there will be a place in heaven for us both, after all the bible says there are seven levels of heaven so we should make it to one of them so at least my parents can come visit us. I have enough to worry about here on earth to waste much time thinking about heaven. We are moving along with the clean up pretty good now that Joe and family helped. They will be back this week to help again and we will let them finish picking up all the small branches and burning all of them. I know Landen will love driving the tractor to pick up all those piles for burning.
      Love Carol

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