Back into the Routine

Beautiful day today.  The sun shone all day and the temperature got up to the 70’s.  While Norman went for his walk this morning I cut 20 pounds of seed potatoes.  I finished before he got home so I hung out the Monday washing and we had breakfast as soon as Norman got home.  After breakfast we went to  Spencer to get gas for the tractor, go to the bank, post office and the store.  I have a Boston Butt for next week but needed to get something for the following week.  Joe’s family likes the pulled pork best so when I saw pork roast for sale I hoped it was Boston Butt and I got lucky – they had Boston Butt on sale for 99cents a pound.  I got 8 packages of sliced Boston Butt with one and a half to two pounds per package.  Then I also got 6 over ripe bananas for banana bread and felt like the luckiest girl in town.  I will make three meals out of the pork, I will spread the spices on each piece and tie two or three slices together and freeze them.  Then when I want them all I have to do is thaw one out and cook it slowly for 6 to 8 hours and we have a great pulled pork.  When we got home we went  down to the large garden.  Norman had weeded part of the part that we are going to use for potatoes this year so I finished hoeing out weeds while Norman started tilling the garden.  When I finished weeding I marked the rows for Norman and went up to get dinner started.  After dinner and a nap  Norman finished hoeing up the rows, we will have 9 rows of potatoes.  We try to rotate where we plant the different crops as each crop takes different things from the soil and this gives the soil time to rebuild itself and gives us a chance to get the bugs.  Now we are ready to plant  potatoes tomorrow.  I spent the afternoon making banana bread.  Everything I do goes much slower as walking is a problem right now.  I don’t know if it is pinched nerve or strain but my left hip is giving me a lot of trouble when I walk.  I never could turn and walk at the same time but now just looking back or making a part turn hurts a lot.  It does not hurt to weed or walk around if I go in a straight line but by afternoon it hurst just to put weight on my left leg-  one good thing about it is with that hurting I don’t feel my right knee hurting any more.  I guess I can that God for small favors.  Tonight both leg and knee feel pretty good so I think they will get better with the warm sun.   I didn’t get the pictures I promised so will have to do it tomorrow as it is dark now.  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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