Moving Right Along

The gardens are now all set.  Norman finished hoeing the potatoes and the potatoes are starting to grow.  They are about the size of a walnut right now so we should be able to eat them in a week or two at the most.  The lettuce is almost all thinned and each plant is getting leaves big enough to make a good sandwich.  The spinach and beets have been thinned once and growing fast so this next week I will thin each of those more.  I got everything side dressed so they are happy.  I did not side dress the potatoes because if you give  them too much you get all vines and no tatars.

Shanti, a quick note on the shoes.  Two weeks ago on Sunday, when I went to bed for the first time my legs hurt me and I found it hard to sleep.  I then realized I had gotten busy and forgotten to wear my new shoes.  I remembered them all week and had no trouble at night.  This Sunday I put on my shoes for only about an hour and then had to take them off  to go to the garden and get the lettuce and spinach and when I came in I took off my gardening shoes and got so busy I just left off my shoes and went bare foot.  Joe and family arrived about noon time and I got busy with dinner and never thought about my shoes and in the afternoon we worked in the garden and used my gardening shoes.  Well by 5 when they left and we sat down to watch TV my legs were really bothering me and I could not get comfortable.  I complained to Norman and he asked if I had worn my shoes.  I didn’t think it could make much difference but hey- give it a try so I got my shoes and put them on.  Within one half hour my legs were not hurting any more and I could get comfortable.  I had not walked around or done anything different except put on the shoes and when I went to bed I slept right through the night with no problem.  We decided it was the shoes and if it was all in my head- who cares if it works don’t knock it!!  I don’t use my soap on my legs and hip any more, I use it on my shoulder once in a while.  So I will thank you again.

Today we went to the farmer’s market in McMinnville.  It starts on the first Wednesday of May, which was today.  I got sweet potatoes, zucchini , a plant to hang on the front porch for the humming birds and a big pail of strawberries.  These are the sweetest strawberries I have ever had.   I want to save enough of them to have a nice big short cake for Sunday dinner.  Tomorrow we will go back to burning and picking up brush to burn.  It is looking nice around here now and the few big trees that are still down waiting to be cut up and stacked will just have to wait.  The canning will no doubt come before those get our full attention.  Have a good 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 Moving Right Along

  1. Shanti K Khalsa says:

    Thanks for letting me know about the shoes! I have not been wearing mine either … because they have gotten worn and don’t look as nice … and you are right! My leg and hips have been hurting. So you have inspired me to take those insoles and go buy new shoes. I also will remember to send you the sneakers I have that are too small for me… they may work for you in the garden.

    Love you lots and wishing rain for you!

    • Hi Shanti, I have found talking to you in the blog is the easiest way to email you. When I send an email half the time they say they can’t deliver it but here it always get to you. I have also sent for some work shoes from LL Bean and I for another pair of the 3/4 insoles for them. They should be here today, then I will have a pair for flat ground walking and one for work or this hill side farm walking. I also need to get a new story for Dyhana, I want to do the one of you hung up on the door, I am sure you remember that one. Also when you were little and ran into the storm door and got all cut up and we had to catch you to stop the bleeding or when you and Kathy were playing with the knife OH there are so many good stories to tell her!! Love you Mom

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