2021- Never expected to still be alive!!

It has been a long time since I last blogged but now hope I am back for good.

After we left the farm it was hard to think of anything worth talking about and after Norman died it get even harder so finally I just stopped talking.

Well life has a way of continuing even if you don’t join in and this last Christmas my son Joe and his son Luke came to spend four days with me. It was so nice to have someone else around 24 hours a day beside my dog who I do dearly love but to have some one who talked back was wonderful and Luke and I agreed we would talk even after he left. Joe and Holly gave me an Echo Show for Christmas and Joe set it up connected to his so we could just drop in anytime we wanted to. You have to keep the Echo turned on and I didn’t want to bother them by just dropping in uninvited so would not use it at first, then I found they don’t leave theirs on all the time so I would have to call them if I wanted to speak to Luke. But I do leave mine on since I am the only one in the house so if I was not in the living room it didn’t matter if someone just dropped in, there was nothing there to see. So Luke does drop in four or five afternoons a week and we get to talk. Some times if I am out walking the dog I miss him but most often he hits a time when I am here and I get a little ding when he drops in and I came over to see him.

Now what can an 88 year old and a 15 year old talk about after you have reported everyones health and the weather in the different states? Our conversation didn’t last too long but one day Luke mentioned he was reading Fahrenheit 451 and liked it. I remember reading that back in the early 60’s and loved it but didn’t remember it enough to discuss it with him as he read it, which is something I always have liked to do so I sent to Amazon that day and got the book and began reading it so I could discuss it with him. Our talks grew longer and far more interesting. We related what was happening in the book to todays problems and he compared it to things that had happened long ago in history and we found we had many of the same ideas and knowledge of history. Luke has been home schooled and so his understanding of the world Is far wider than most kids his age. So we found lots to talk about. Well as we got close to the end of that book I asked him if he had ever read Alas, Babylon. I remembered that from the same class I took in college and loved the story so I sent to Amazon and got two books, one for Luke and one for me so now I have to get reading so I can keep up with Luke in our discussions.

Later talking to Luke’s father he told me Luke was getting a new book that he wanted to read along with Alas, Babylon. It was again a science fiction type of book but a more recent one about computer games. He had read book 1 and was now wanting to read book 2. Well, if Luke would read my books then I should read his and be able to talk to him about that so I got right on Amazon and ordered book 2. Joe said I would have a hard time understanding book 2 if I never read book 1 SO now I have ordered book 1 also and will try to read that also. I am sure I will have to ask Luke alot of questions about book 1 when I get it as I know nothing about these computer games, not even the name of them. So I will have lots to talk to Luke about when I get those books to read.

I wish I could spend my whole day just reading but if I tried to do that I would just fall asleep. I have never been able to read a long time and I have so many other projects I need to finish. SO I will have to budget my time each day so long to prepare food, so long to work on my paint by diamonds, so long to crochet on Glady’s dress, so long to crochet on my afghans, so long to crochet on Sally’s baby Mobils so long to read and so long each day to walk Otis. Who ever said retirement was boring? There just isn’t enough hours in the day to get done all I want to do

Right now I would love to put in a picture of my new bed. Yesterday my children delivered to me a new bed because I was having so much trouble sleeping in a flat bed and we thought a hospital bed would help me sleep without my hips and legs killing me after two hours of lay down. Well, the bed came and last night I slept on my back for three hours without moving an inch and no back, hip or leg pain!! it is wonderful!! I thank my wonderful kids for getting this bed for me. By the way after those three hours I could roll onto a side and go on sleeping for two hours, roll onto the other side and sleep for two hours and stayed in bed until 6am. That is the longest I have slept in months. I don’t think I will ever finish the picture I have in my bedroom. All last week I worked on that from 3:30 or 4am until 6 because I couldn’t stay in bed because my legs and hips hurt so much. If this continues I will be a new woman! Thanks kids!

That is all for today. Take care of yourselves and be good to yourselves. Have a great day. Love to everyone!!

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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