Summer Here Too Soon

This heat is killing me.  We have not hit the 9o’s yet here on the mountain but since I have gotten older I can not regulate my body temperature any longer and with the high humidity the heat just does me in.  I work only in the early morning so I have to get my gardening work done from 6 to 10.  Maybe I should start at 4:30 but then I would really be dead by noon.  Another problem I have found as I get older – your skin gets thinner and more sensitive.  I have always had a problem with plants touching my skin for a long period of time but now it is even worse and the rash doesn’t go away as quickly.  I am still good about not scratching it but boy that is hard to do!!  This morning I went down to the garden and picked off all the cabbage worms and that wasn’t too bad but then I picked the beans to put with the ones I picked yesterday and those bean leaves have little prickers on them to my skin so I come up with arms that are all red and blocky and feel like they are on fire.  I can’t wear a long sleeved shirt because the temperature is 70 degrees in the shade and with long sleeved I get so hot I get covered with heat rash and that is just as bad.    Usually a cold shower calms it down and it clears up soon but today it is so hot I still have a rash all over my right arm.  OH, well – this too shall pass and I don’t have to pick beans again until Thursday so maybe the humidity will be lower then.  Anyways we canned 6 quarts of green beans this morning and now I am done for the day.  I can just sit under the fan and read or work on my genealogy .  Oh, we tried canning the beans whole this year and they look very nice.  When the beans get bigger and older I will cut them to can them but for now I think the whole nice young tender beans are best left whole.  I would like to get 100 jars in all of beans and we sure do have lots more planted but it never pays to count your chickens until they hatch so I’ll just can what I get and be thankful.   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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3 Responses to Summer Here Too Soon

  1. Shanti Khalsa says:

    I have never had cabbage worms – but now I do! So I have joined you in worm picking. I hate to squish them (yuk), so I put them in a jar of water. The cabbage are big and healthy, but haven’t really made heads – is there anyway to help them along with the process?

    Sorry the heat is getting to you, but I image it would be like that in FL too. That is why it would be so nice to have a place near the ocean where you can enjoy the breezes.

    Things are good here. The kids are starting to pack up as they are moving to LA at the end of next month. Nirinjan accepted a position as Professor of Sikh and Jain Studies at Layola Marymount University in LA! We are so very, very proud of her – but dreading the day when they drive away.

    Such is the sad life of a grandmother!

    Lot of love to you and Dad.


    • When you pick the worms look for the little ones also, they are white and no bigger than a hair but they eat the leaves until they are big like you see them. Also the egg cells are just little yellow spots and if you pick those off you save a dozen or more worms from hatching. There is no way that I know of to make them head faster, they will just all of a sudden head and then you need to watch them so you can pick them before they start to bloom – If they turn yellow you know you left them on too long. Also When you pick the big head, just take the head or crown down to the leaves and after a while new heads will form at the base f each leaf. They are never very large but just as good and several of them together make a meal.
      Sorry to hear the kids are moving but have to be glad for Nirinjan. That is so exciting!! Celina is moving to CA also. She has a lab at CU Davis. I don’t know how many scientist will be working for her in her lab but it is the first lab that she will be in complete charge of- She directs the direction the research will take. It is a hugh feather in her cap to get that post.
      It is hard for us grandmothers to change our role in life but it always changes, like it or not. It is still worth being a grandmother and even a great grandmother. Love you Mom

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