Wild and Wooly

This week has been a wild week.  We sold the farm and thought the closing was to be on Aug 18th.  My son and his family were going to drive us down to Florida, then my son could not help us drive because of his work so his wife and two grown children were to drive us but two of them were in Florida already and would have to drive up here and turn right around and drive us back down.  That is a long way to go and God Bless them, they said they would be glad to do it. My daughter in New Mexico was coming over to help us pack on the 6th.  We were packing slowly and trying to organize all we had to do in order to move on the 18th when the agent called and said the closing would probably be on the 4th.  We flew into action.  When we buy a house we do not want to wait two weeks to move in so we did not want to do that to the new owners so we had to change all the plans we had already made.  We changed the date of the Budget moving truck, they were very nice about it and we even saved a couple dollars because of the day of the week we were getting it.  They we call our son and he liked that date better because he was sure he could get that date off of work and we called our daughter-in-law and told her to just stay in Florida and get the villa ready for us to unload the truck when we got there.  My daughter in New Mexico agreed to help drive us to Florida and just changed her departure site from TN to FL and got a driver to bring her to Spencer instead of renting a car as she had planned.  We are so blessed to have children who help us so much.  I hope now for a while we will not have to impose on them any more.  And we got busy packing.  It seems every time we move we either go from a small house to a large one and have to buy more furniture or from a large house to a small one and have to get rid of a lot of furniture.  We have moved 11 times before this and each time one or the other of our children needed our extra furniture.  This time we are moving from a fully furnished two bedroom house to a fully finished two bedroom villa(condo) and didn’t know what to do.  Again our son came to our rescue.  He has a large house that he rents and had never furnished all the rooms so he is taking everything we don’t have a use for or did not sell with the house.  He will make three or four trips taking all the STUFF.  Everyone said we should have a yard sale or estate sale but living where we do we could not have more than two or three cars in the long drive at a time and that would be too big a hassle and Norman really does not like having people come here or even know this house is down here.  We have lived here 9 years and only four cars have come down our drive except family in all that time.  Even the UPS truck and FedX trucks leave our packages at the top of the drive in a box and from there you can’t see the house.  And that is just the way Norman likes it!!  I worry about how he will adjust to living in the city in a duplex on a postage stamp lot.  If he finds it too hard to adjust we will have to sell that place and get one out a bit farther where he can be alone.  We have been living there for 5 years but only for 4 months at a time, so only time will tell.  Anyways we got our car all  set, we are leasing one this time.  Another new experience for us and we had to get new insurance for it as the insurance company we have for our truck only is in TN.  So we have that all taken care of over the phone,  now it will be changing banks, voting place, primary  residence for the taxes, new email address, which will be backyard820@gmail.com, and address for many people, which will be 1449 SE Larkwood Circle, Port Saint Lucie, FL  34952 and who knows what else.  This move is far more complicated that our other moves, it seems or maybe it is just because we are older and find all this harder.  I would like to say this will be our last move but knowing us I somehow doubt it.  Yesterday I picked more grapes and made 15 jars of grape jelly.  I promised Norman that would be the last thing I need to can and he is going to hold me to it by packing up all the canning equipment.  I did pick green beans this morning and got a gallon bag packed full just from the old rows.  I never touched those in the corn bed and the potato bed both of which are producing now or from the kitchen garden which needs to be picked.  The pole beans, yard long beans are blooming so will be ready to pick in a weeks or so.  I sure hope the new owners like green beans cause I can’t can any more now and we can only eat so many.  Time to get packing.  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 Wild and Wooly

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    How busy you have been! What an exciting but sad time this must be for both of you. I would be crying all day long. I shall miss your farm but look forward to being in touch in your “new” life.

    • We are almost all packed and just living out of a box now. The beans are still growing but our canning equipment is all packed away so we are eating what we need and the new owners can pick the new beans and can them. We are leaving them 5 or 6 dozen quart jars and they had already bought a couple cases of pints and jelly jars so it has worked out great there. They will get a pressure canner this week so they can put up their first load of beans right away. We will still do a little canning in Florida if we can find a U-pick place for tomatoes or other vegetables and in the spring I know we will make strawberry jam as the Plant City strawberries are always cheaper than any one can grow them if you get them by the case which is 12 pints filled to overflowing. The case is so full you can’t even see the little pint boxes under there. One of the first things we will do is get a stall at the local antique store and put in the things we have two of and many of our old items that we no longer need. We are going from three fully equipped kitchens down to one so we have lots of doubles that even Joe didn’t need. Joe had friends living with them for about two months and the friend ruined most of their pots and pans so Joe was glad to get our doubles of those.It saved for us both, we don’t have to pack and cart them and he don’t have to buy new ones. This happens every time we move, one or the other of our kids needs to fillip their homes. We close on the house tomorrow, get the moving van on Wednesday and Joe takes a big load to his home on Wednesday afternoon (a six hour round trip) and we pack the Van on Thursday and leave here at 6a.m. at the latest on Friday. That will get us into our place in Florida by 8 or 9 at the latest on Friday, unload the Van Saturday morning, pick up our new car Saturday morning, Then kick out Joe and his family to go and see his old haunts Saturday afternoon while Shanti eels us return the Van and visit, that will be Joe’s only half day vacation as he has to be back at work Monday morning. Then on Sunday Joe and his family leave bright and early with their car and Landen with his new truck ( we are giving him our truck, lots of good miles still in it and his first car) as they all need to be back to work on Monday. Shanti flies out of West Palm Sunday afternoon so we will drive her to the airport in time to make her plane- she is going back to be with her husband for their 40th anniversary on Monday. And on Monday we start the job of unpacking and settling in to our condo for good. I want to do that slowly so I don’t get too tired out. We have to sort and find room for a lot of stuff and bring a lot to the space we rent at the Antique Mall. We have all the banking and details of changing our place there from a vacation spot to a primary home but we have a month or more to do that. So for us you see it is not a sad time at all, we have been so busy this summer we are just thankful we sold the place to someone who really wants it and we can finally truly retire. I’ll keep you up to date on when retirement really begins but we are sure looking forward to it.

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