Spreading Out the Iris

The nice weather is back so we spend most of the day outside cleaning up the property.  There are still some sticks to pick up in the grove and several cart loads to take to the burn barrels to burn but it is looking better each day.

Joe and family came up Sunday and they always give us a big help.  This week they burned brush, weeded in the big garden and cut up the big tree that fell across the wood land path.  Laura and I got five cart loads of brush burnt, Landen used the chain saw and cut up wood and most of that big tree, Holly, Norman and Joe weeded the big garden and got that at least a third done.  They also trucked down the brush for us to burn.   In the morning I transplanted four clumps of iris to the gardens in the grove.  Yesterday Norman and I did our normal Sunday work which is cleaning the house and writing the family letters.  Then we just poked out side a little.  Today Norman helped me dig up the iris that were in the lower garden and then he dug up spots in the grove beds to put them into.  Both are very hard jobs.  It is almost impossible for me to dig up the iris as they are so covered by the vica major vines, so Norman used the pick and got out 13 big clumps of them.  I left the roots of the vica major right with the iris tubers as I would love to have the vica major spread all over the forest and grove floor.  They also help to hold the roots onto the iris so they will transplant easier and some will even bloom this year because they are not so upset with the move.  There is lots of room for the vica major to spread so they will not crowd out the iris as they did in the lower bed.  I got 9 all set in and settled this morning and have four more to do this afternoon.  Norman will truck more brush to the burn barrel.  There are four or five more big piles of brush to move.  These are the ones Laura and Holly picked up the first week they came up.

Tomorrow we take a break from farm work.  Norman would far rather do the farm work but it is time for his eye shot so first thing in the morning we head for Murfreesboro to the doctor.  He has not had a shot for two months, which is too long to go between shots but the doctor has to  postpone his shot this time, luckily his eye seems to have taken the delay with no ill effects.  We will see for sure when they take the pictures of the retina.  I have seen these for so many years now I can read them almost as well as the doctors can.  I always stand and look over the doctor’s shoulder when they take the pictures so I can tell Norman what it looks like and if it has changed.  They always look for fluid in the eye and a bleed.  He has not had a bleed in the eye for a couple years now but he does get little pockets of fluid or a cyst  from time to time and the shots take care of that.  I am sure he has one of those this time because it has been so long since his last shot.  On the way home we stop to rest at Walmarts.  It is a 60 mile drive after the shot and that is very tiring for Norman so we stop at Walmart and do a little shopping to rest.  Tomorrow we also want to go to Lowes and see if we can get Joe’s freeze sent to him.  It will make a nice Easter present for the family.   If they can’t order it here to be delivered to him in AL then I will order it on line tomorrow when we get home.  All for now time to get out and set in the last four clumps of iris.  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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