Finally I had to give in and turn on the AC!!  Last night it never cooled off enough to help me and when I went to bed and was no longer under the fan in the living room I didn’t feel very good.  By midnight I woke up and felt even worse.  I washed my arms in cold water and got back to sleep and slept well until about 3 when I woke up and drank some water and felt much better.  Got back to sleep and slept well until 6.  At 6 am it was still 72 outside and 80 inside so we decided we must run the AC today and keep it on until this heat wave is over.  We set the AC at 78 and it is running now trying to get the temperature down those 2 degrees and dry out the air.  I know it is still the humidity that bothers me so much and until that high pressure system moves the awful humidity will stay with us.

We decided today to stay in the cellar to work as it is cooler there so at 6 am I went out in the kitchen garden and picked all the beets that were large enough and will work on those in the cellar kitchens to can the beets and freeze the greens. Photo on 6-16-15 at 6.36 AM

I put them out on the side lawn and washed the dirt off them so all that dirt will not get into the septic system.  Here is another picture of them.  It was hard to get all of them into the picture. Photo on 6-16-15 at 6.37 AM

There are over 50 here and about the same amount still in the garden.  Photo on 6-16-15 at 6.37 AM #2

These I will leave for awhile to grow more.  If we get the rain they are promising on Thursday or Friday, I will side dress these and hill them to make them grow larger and faster so they too will be nice size and sweet.

While in the garden I saw something I was upset about.  Photo on 6-16-15 at 6.38 AM #2

As you can see we did not get great germination from our beans so Norman replanted some but if you look well at this bean you can see something got in and ate the top off the bean.  This is what happened in the lower garden but not until they got much bigger and were blooming.  They didn’t top every bean but about half of them.  Now the bean puts all its energy into replaying the top leaves before getting any larger.  This is the first time the deer have dared come this close to the house to get them but I do think it was a deer. Look at this picture and see if you agree. Photo on 6-16-15 at 6.38 AM


Can you see the hoof print in the lower right hand corner?  The soil is fairly hard so there are not a lot of prints but we had watered last night so this spot was softer and showed a good print.  Maybe today I will hang a few pie plates in this garden as the other farmers do around here and see if that will keep them out of this garden.  They don’t bother anything else so far but they sure like the beans when they are u=young and tender.

Time to get to work, Norman is on his walk and will be back soon for breakfast and work.  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 AC

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    That is a deer print and that is what they do to plants! Norman will have to get a gun! Our garden is not even planted yet; it rains every two days and the land is too wet. Never has it been this late to plant. We haven’t had a hot day yet; the temperatures are in the 70’s. I still have flanelette blankets on our bed and last evening we had furnace fire. And they talk of global warming!

    • Norman has a gun but with only one eye he has trouble shooting. He is right handed and he has no central vision in his right eye so he can not aim the gun- Also we never see the deer. The few times I have seen them I chase them with a broom and that gets rid of them for a while but the garden is quite a ways from the house so I don’t always see them. I wish we could have a dog but being gone four months of the year we just can’t have any animals. Ah well we got out farm listed today with a new broker and she seems positive she can sell the house. At least she will advertise it well and we should sell this summer so we won’t have to worry about the deer anymore. The raccoons are another story. We had a pineapple garden in Florida and the raccoons always ate all the pineapples just before we picked them so we gave all the plants to my daughter and now we don’t worry about them in Florida. It just isn’t worth the fight. I hope you warm up soon but not like we have – we have had two weeks in the high 80’s with very high humidity. So the global warming has all come to TN.

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