Spring At Last

I made it through my first winter in Iowa. Iowa is very much like New Hampshire so I should have known what the winter would be like but after being in Florida for 13 winters I had forgotten how long and cold they were. Hopefully I will be ready for next winter mentally.

But then thing comes to an end sooner or later and now the best part of the year is here and the weather is beautiful; My spring flowers were such a welcome sight and now things are really starting to grow. Last fall I planted two grape vines to climb up my arbor. One of them made it through the winter and is growing well, the other died from the cold so I removed that and put in the lilac tree that survived the winter in a small pot; I think that will look pretty of the other side of the arbor; I didn’t really need the grapes as I will not try to make jelly and I think the birds will eat the grapes as soon as the come anyways.

The birds were my visitors all winter. I had as many as 25 little sparrows on my porch all the time and I kept them feed all winter. There were and still are four different kinds of wood peckers that visit me every day but just one pair of each. With the spring came the flocks for red winged black birds, cow birds, and grackles and with five squirrels I can’t afford to feed them all they want so I go out each morning as soon as I get up and give them their portion for the day and they can fight over it. It is nice enough now they need to be out foraging for themselves anyways or they will not teach their young how to forage for their food and the young will not survive. I do enjoy watching them so will keep some food out there all summer; I love to sit on the porch and listen to all the birds in my tree.

I hope now I can learn all over again how to post things to this blog. the whole format has changed so much I have not been able to do it but today I stumbled onto this page and maybe I am on the right track. If so the next step is to learn again how to put pictures in my blog. I may have to ask for help with that. If I get things going right I will try to post each day and let you know what is happening here; 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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