We Do Keep Busy

We do seem to keep busy but I can’t say we get anything done.   It has been two weeks since we returned from the cruise, hard to believe!  This week we looked for canning tomatoes and there were none, then I looked for the reasonable flats of strawberries and there were none of those so I had nothing to can this week!  12832298_1060124574028594_5283318306142466604_n

This is James.  He is the cook in the family.  He was helping his Nana make the lunches for school.  They made peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches and James decided there was not enough jam left in the jar to save so the took care of the jam.  He really loves the raspberry jelly and the strawberry jam as you can see.  I can’t get the raspberries any more so I will have to get another couple flats of strawberries before the season has past, otherwise his Nana will have to go back to store bought jam and he does not like that anywhere near as much as Ouma’s jam!!

I have finished four more pairs of boots, four baby afghans, four pair of mittens and 8 baby sweaters.  They are all put in the big storage box for anytime I need a quick present.  Now I think I will just work on some fun things.  About ten years ago I was swapping doll patterns with a girl in Australia and she sent me this book.Photo on 3-13-16 at 11.57 AM #2

I have made a few things from this book.  Such as Scallywag. Photo on 10-15-15 at 6.33 AM

This is Scallywag back when I made him in Oct.  I keep him up on the top of the book case because everyone loves him. He is made from pieces of an old fur coat and the material is very fragile .  Shirley gave me some white fur that is stronger so I will make another one from that.  But for now Scallywag will do. Photo on 3-13-16 at 12.09 PM

Here is a full length picture of him.I can’t do anything without my tongue to help!!  Now I am working on Golly Gosh.  He is the favorite doll of the last generation of children in Australia. Photo on 3-13-16 at 11.56 AM


Golly Gosh is knitted with removable clothes.  There is that tongue again.  Now you know why I don’t have me in many of my pictures.  I have his jacket done and the head and body almost done.  Still have the arms and legs to knit and then put him together.  When I am done I’ll send a picture.   When I get Golly Gosh done I want to do The Jolly Swagman. Photo on 3-13-16 at 11.57 AM

He too is knit but some of his clothes are part of his body.   This whole book is hand made dolls and bears.  And some clothes such as a whole wardrobe for Barbie.  There are several knitted bears of different sizes with clothes to fit so until I get sick of making these I’ll just keep going from front to back and put the finished products in my big blue storage box incase I need them.

Rosemary, I wrote to you today and will get it into the mail tomorrow.  I’ll try and do better getting my posts on each week as I do love hearing from you.

Time to get to work on Golly Gosh.  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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