Author Archives: Carol (Ouma) Petts

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.

Inside to the Kitchen

I am going to put everything on hold and move into the house. I took these pictures more than a week ago so many things have changed so will tell you what I have done as we look at the … Continue reading

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Complete Outdoors

Last time we talked I showed you the new patio. Yesterday Scott and Will finished everything out side except the two shelves Scott has to make for my garden shed so John, Jane and Sam came over to christen my … Continue reading

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Outdoor Living at it’s Best

It has been a long time since I have talked to you. Every time I sit down to do this I find three things I have to get done first. So today I have decided I will show you one … Continue reading

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Back Again

I had to leave you for a wonderful visit from my daughter. Now I am back to being alone most days so I will take the time to finish the tour of my house. I showed you the outside of … Continue reading

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Moving Again

I finally got up my nerve and bought a house for just Otis and me. I lived in Spanish Lakes back 25 years ago before we retired. I like it there but didn’t take part in much of the social … Continue reading

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Natives Know Best

Just as we thought, the locals know what they are talking about, June is not the time to start plants in Florida. First the bugs are here in force and what the bugs don’t get the sun does. I had … Continue reading

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The veggies are coming

The motto of Organic Gardening Magazine is ” I didn’t know I couldn’t grow that until after I had three successful crops.” . I felt that way when everyone told me to save my time and not try to plant … Continue reading

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A Gentle Visitor

Today was a busy, exciting day for Otis and myself. The day started like any other and so did we. After breakfast we went over to the cottage and worked on the family tree chart and got another generation done. … Continue reading

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Stop The World, I Want To Get Off

Yesterday I spent the day with my great grand son, James. He didn’t feel well in the morning so did not want to go to school and asked if he could stay home with me. I welcomed the company for … Continue reading

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Farmer’s Garden

My gardens are growing well or at least most of them. My bulbs are not coming up and never will as the squirrels dug them all up and ate them. Also my peas are most gone, there are only two … Continue reading

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