End of Many Things

Here we are at the end of the first month and I didn’t get to do many of the things I had planned to do such of blog at least once a week.

We did do some very exciting things tho.  Last Sunday our grandson Tom and his wife Roxanne took a day out of their very busy life to devote a whole day to just visiting us.  It was a Christmas present, they gave us the tickets to a play and told us they would came and get us and take us out to dinner.  And that is just what they did last Sunday.  They picked us up at 11 am (as we like to eat our main meal at noon) and took us to the old section of Fort Pierce for dinner.  It was in the newly redone section on 2nd street.  We lived here in Fort Pierce when we first moved to Florida, then we went a little further south into the city of Port St Lucie.  This is all in St Lucie County.  They were just starting to make over 2nd street when we moved to Georgia about 15 years ago.  After dinner they took us all around the down town area and we got to see the new park and marina.  They have done a wonderful job of up grading that whole area even to building several man-made islands to protect the marina from storms.  The old hotel there on second street is now up scale condos.  They over look the Indian River and on out to the ocean and are right  next to the park where so many activities happen all year round.  That is where I’d like to have a condo.  I could walk to all the entertainment I want.   Then we went to the Pineapple Theater and saw “Nana’s Naughty Nickers”  A wonderful comedy and then came home to catch the end of the football game.  Both Tom and Roxanne are avid football fans so giving up so much of their day to take us around was unbelievable and we thanked they very much for a wonderful day.

When Norman and I were home and sitting we tried to think if we had ever been that thoughtful of our grand parents and I can’t ever remember being that nice.  We criticize the younger generation a lot but never stop to think about all the wonderful things they do.  We have decided the young people are getting better each generation and should be told so by us in stead of always telling them what they didn’t learn.  They are so busy now and have so much they must do and yet they are always there when you need them- So I say “Thank God for the Young People of Today!”

Another thing I finished this month is my chair seats.  We have ladder back chairs in our dinning room and the caning is starting to break.  We have canned chairs in the past but now we don’t have the materials or the strength to do that so we either needed a new way to reinforce the seats or get new chairs.  We looked but never could find chairs we liked so I got yarn and made these.Photo on 1-31-16 at 9.01 AM

Now I want to make a couple floor pillows with the left over yarn so we have another seat in the living room when we have more than four people come to visit.  Yesterday we had Patty, Becca and Jen come to dinner and when they stayed a little while to visit Patty had to sit on the floor.  She never complains but I know a pillow would be nicer than just the braided rug.

I also got a couple granny square baby blankets done this month and one sweater set.  I have yarn enough for a couple more blankets and baby sweaters which I will keep them in a box until anyone in the family needs something for a new baby in the family or friends circle.  I love to knit so make things ahead.  I will be starting next Christmas’s slippers and mittens now too.Photo on 1-31-16 at 9.27 AM

As you can see I have lots more room to fill.  I also want to make another teddy bear and more knitted doll clothes.

Photo on 12-31-15 at 1.35 PM

Gina likes to dress up in some of the things I make just to use up the yarn or thread.  She is such a pleasure to have here.  She comes three days a week to get help with home work.  She is doing so well with her reading.  Much better than I ever did in the first grade but they require so much from a first grader now, I would never have made it if I had to learn all she is required to learn in the first grade.  We try to spend some of each day just playing together as a great grand mother should not be remembered as just a teacher but also a friend.  Have a great day and enjoy life!

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 End of Many Things

  1. Nancy O'Grady says:

    Enjoyed reading about the changes made to Fort Pierce. I haven’t been down for about 10 yrs. I remember that I could walk easily from Tim’s condo to your house then. Funny that you both have since moved to Port St. Lucie. Still no concrete plans to get down this winter but it is on my mind.
    I agree that today’s young folks are decent. Most that I encounter, at the college, are very polite and helpful to Seniors. They face a different world and not an easier one. So glad you had such a wonderful ” outing “. Did you get the last ” reply ” I sent? It never has been listed.
    Stay well and happy. Love, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, Nice to hear from you. You would not believe the river front in Fort Pierce now. Remember when you came over the bridge and turned left? You could not walk along the water front because of the all the dark back alleys, now it is all sidewalks and park areas now. You don’t have to go out to US 1 at all it goes right down to Indian River Drive where all the big beautiful houses are. Where in Port St Lucie did Tim move to?
      Only three more weeks and we head for Port Canaveral for our cruise. Joe is coming in from Huntsville, AL and meeting us at the docks I hope we don’t have too much trouble connecting. Thank goodness for cell phones, other wise it could be like when we were young and just be around the corner waiting for each other. We are celebrating our 65th anniversary on this cruise that is why our son and two of his 6 kids are going with us for the party. It would have sen nice to have more of the family with us but short of winning the lotto there is no way we could afford that!! Have a great day. Love you Carol

  2. Nancy O'Grady says:

    Wonderful plan to take a cruise. Something I have never done……yet!
    Tim lives in the P.G.A. golf complex in Port St Lucie. Has a big house there. Mike also owns a condo there in the same complex. He isn’t down there this winter as he has rented it out for 1 year.
    Tim’s office is still on Rt. 1 in Fort Pierce. How long will you be away?
    Always, Nancy

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