The Move


The gypsy in me activated my imagination and here I am in Iowa. I have never been in this part of the country before but it is about the same latitude as New Hampshire so feels very familiar. The trees and plants make me feel right at home as they are the same as the ones I grew up with and loved.

I came here in April to live with my son, Joseph. We sold the house in Melrose and then Holly and the family joined us here in Coralville. Holly bought a home just 8 minutes away from us and now has a good job here in Iowa. Landen also has found a good job that he likes and Luke works with his father. Now that the family is settled Joe and I decided we needed a home instead of an apartment so we have gotten a place just a block away from Holly. This way Joe can spend much of his time with his family and still take care of me. All is working out fine.

This month I turn 90 years old. I never imagined I would live this long but here I am and healthier than I have ever been. Since I found I was gluten sensitive most of my ailments have gone away. Oh, I am getting older and my aching bones remind me of that everyday but they also let me know I have a long life still ahead of me, want them or not so I had best make the best of it. This means I need a point to life again.

My first love, teaching is out of the question so I have gone to my second love, knitting. I got out my books and found patterns form the 40’s and 50’s that I used to make when I was in High School. Back when knitting was first a passion for me. I found the books on Nordic sweaters. At that time I made everyone in the family sweaters or hats from these patterns and decided that was how I wanted to spend my old age – making a Nordic sweater for everyone in the family.

Counting up all the children, grand children, great grand children and their spouses plus a few very special people like god children and adopted children I came to the grand total of 56 sweaters from sizes 3, which is the smallest pattern I have to size men’s 44 +. I have several new ones in the family so will make them a size 3 and they can grow into them and several very large men that I will have to add more to the 44 size. Also I find styles also have changes just a bit so I have to add inches in length to the sweaters and some like the sleeved longer now also. With that said I have started on the sweater and have decided I will take a picture of each sweater and if I can figure out how to get them onto my page I will send you a picture of each one as I finish it. They have changed the format again on this blog so it may take a while for me to learn how to do this so be patient with me. I have about a dozen done already so will start with those. Wish me luck. It is no problem to make the sweater just getting the pictures onto my page.

Now with a new purpose in life I will move forward and be happy. Hope this finds you all the same.

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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