Canning Beans Again

Went down to the garden early this morning and got my basket full!!  It rained off and on all morning but it was a lot better than the sun and high humidity we usually have at 6 a.m. so picked until Norman came and helped me finish up.  In a little over an hour we got enough beans to can 7 quarts and 8 pints.  Right now Norman is timing the last load of beans.  We also got a basket full of cucumbers , zucchini and tomatoes.  Tomorrow we will can more dill spears and have the zucchini for dinner as well as green fried tomatoes.  I did a little weeding around the beans so I could get at them and the bees liked that as they followed me to the new blossoms.  Those first two rows are still producing and blooming.  The new plants in the old potato bed are full of blossoms also so I’ll get lots more beans before we have to leave them for the new owners.  I guess my dream of getting a hundred quarts from the garden was not far off if we could stay until frost.  The Chinese yard long beans are growing right up the poles now and should produce well for the new owners.  I will miss the parsnips, they are getting very big.  No a lot of them but nice sized but they are no sweet enough until after at least the second hard frost.  They are best if you wait until Feb. or March to dig them up.  When we were in New Hampshire it was nothing to have a parsnip the weighted a pound each and so sweet!!  I bet these will be just as big.  Right now I know why we sold this place– my back is broken- as my mother used to say.  The canning of the tomato sauce didn’t hurt my back because I sat in a hard chair all day but today I sat in my recliner to cut the beans and that really killed my back.  I guess next time I’ll sit up at the table to cut the beans as it isn’t worth it to have such a back ache.  The tomatoes bothered Norman’s back more than the beans have today but he agrees with me – we are just too old to be doing this stuff anymore and that is why we sold the farm for a lot less than we have in it.  I know the new owners know what a good deal they are getting and hope they enjoy it as much as we have for the past nine years.  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 Canning Beans Again


    Think it is time that you two wonderful hard-working people, retire, and get some rest. You have done your life’s work. Too bad more people couldn’t work like you have, and not expect everything for nothing. So glad for you that you sold your farm. Sure wish I could tell. Don that you did sell it, but I’m unable to, because he has been gone since a month ago tomorrow. I am so lonesome now with-out him. So many things I want to tell him. Make sure you let me know your new address. It has been wonderful knowing you. Stay healthy and enjoy your new home….LOVE YOU…….

    • We both think of you so often and wish we lived closer so we could stop in and visit a while. We were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I know you still talk to him, as I would if Norman left early. After 60 odd years together you know a person well enough to know just what he would say in reply to any news or comment so you keep talking to them and hear his reply. Death can take the body from you but not the sprite – that will be with us as long as one is still here on earth. That is the love that the young just doesn’t understand. We have sold our house and leave Aug 7 for Florida to stay. We are finally retiring. We decided it was time to spend more time just smelling the roses and enjoying our time together. We will also be close to family in case we need help. None needed now and hopefully not for several years yet but in our mid 80’s it can happen quickly so we will be close to Patty and some grand children too. Take care of yourself and keep in touch. I keep you in my prayers and will keep you posted with this blog when we get moved to Florida. Love you Carol

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