Home Sick

Another hot day in Florida.  We are as much house bound by the heat here as we were in New England by the cold and snow of winter.  And just like spring freed us there, fall will soon free us here.  But today I got an email from my daughter in New Mexico.  She sent me the following picture and it made me home sick for the farm in TN.

I could go back through my old blogs and find a picture just like this only that one was of my raspberries, this one is of Shanti’s.  Aren’t they beautiful?  I do miss this time of year.  When we built the farm in TN and planted all the fruit trees, grapes and berry bushes, Shanti did the same in New Mexico at her new home and now she is reaping the most beautiful harvest from hers and someone else is reaping the harvest from mine.  I do know the people who bought our farm and know they are as happy with the harvest as we were.  They are local people who could never afford such a farm until we got together and they just stepped in and took over the place.  We were happy to know they would continue working the farm and they have even enlarged the gardens.  They grow all their own food and have added chickens and sell jams and jellies so we made the correct choice on who to sell to.  It was never about the money for me but about the beautiful farm we had made there and wanted someone who would enjoy it as we had.  Anyways, today I wish we could have kept the farm, OH well it was not to be.  I have to live my canning days through my daughter.  She got bountiful harvests of plums, cherries, and now raspberries. I don’t know about the other things, she says plenty of pears and peaches but no apples this year.  Many of the vegetables she had to fight the bugs for but won the battle.

My blue berries are growing well and I should get a good crop next spring and in two or three years I should get all we can eat.  I’ll settle for that and enjoy what time I have left on this earth.  With luck it will be another 20 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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3 Responses to Home Sick

  1. Shanti Kaur Khalsa says:

    Thanks, Mom! Wish you here to make jam with me!

  2. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Raspberry time is over here and this year there is a bumper crop of blueberries. It is sad you are missing the farm, Carol and Norman, but everything keeps changing in life, like it or not.

    • Look at me complaining and you are the one with the level head. I know I really have nothing to complain about and I am sorry. Thank you for putting me straight. I have been so busy getting things made for Christmas I guess I just got feeling sorry for myself and it is all of my own making. I no longer have to do anything- no one depends on me to get anything done not even the plants. I need just to enjoy living the good life I have and I do really. Each change in our lives we have always agreed never to look back. Our motto has been, “Yesterday is a canceled check, tomorrow is a promissory note, today is ready cash – spend it wisely.” So back on track, no more regretting anything – Just enjoying today and keeping busy.

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