Back to Normal

Finally a quiet day with nothing I have to do.  The holidays are so busy I never get done the things I have to do so I never get to do the things I would love to try.  Well today was my first day with nothing I had to do except run to the store for milk.  Celina and Alec came in from CA so we went to Tom’s house to see them on Tuesday.  Alec has grown up so much and it has been several years since we had seen them so it was fun to get together and visit.  I do talk to Celina on face time so it doesn’t seem that long since we visited.  Then Wednesday and Thursday we had Gina here for the day.  She is a good girl and easy to have around but I can’t get into a big project on my own when I have someone here so I just enjoyed her for those two days.  Next week she is back in school so I don’t get to see her very often.  Today Gina and the twins are with their father and Patty, Celina, Alec and Becca are all going camping so we are on our own.  Becca can’t stay long as she goes back to work before the others are finished with the camping trip so she comes back for that and the kids.  At least she gets a couple days just to relax and rest.  We are just enjoying the peace a quiet here alone.  Last year Shirley gave me a Frozen Herb Starter Kit and I have never had a chance to try it.  Either I didn’t have the time to fuss with it or my herbs were not ready to be harvested.  I don’t have many herbs and I do use them fresh and I never had enough ahead to try the kit.  Well, today I had both the time and the herbs.  I was so busy making everything else over the holidays I didn’t use all my herbs so today I cut some parsley  and chopped it and froze 5 cubes in olive oil, I got 2 cubes of marjoram chopped and frozen in olive oil, I got 2 cubes of basil done in water, 1 of sage ( I didn’t have much left of that as I used it for the game hens on Christmas Eve) in water, three of rosemary in butter and three of thyme in butter.  It took most of the morning to get the herbs, wash them and chop them fine to do it but I think it will be worth it.  Now all I have to do is pop them out of the tray whenever I need the herbs for cooking.  I am glad I got the chance to try them anyways, I’ll let you know when I use them if it was worth all the work, but I bet it is.  Thank you Shirley, better late than never.

Now time to get a snack for break and put the vegetables in the warmer for dinner which today will be about 3 p.m.  You see we are eating on demand today since we have no outside pressures to get done on time for anything.  Love It!!  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 Back to Normal

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I hope you have more calm days like this one was. Probably you will soon be knitting and crocheting all the gifts for next Christmas! I hope you and Norman have a very Happy New Year with many blessings, good health, and lots of money to go on cruises!

    • I am slow on answering this note! But you hope came true, I have been working on next year’s presents. I had thought to give my dolls and afghans to the day care center down the street but Patty was so disappointed I have decided to give everyone an afghan for Christmas next year. I didn’t know they needed or wanted one but I guess they do and of course I need to make the kids a sweater again. Then Shirley found me more yarn so I should have enough yarn now to do all the knitting I need to get these all done before next Christmas. Thanks for your blessings for the New Year. Love you

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