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.

Garden Update

so cold I could not see how plants could grow and bare fruit in this cold weather and my plants all agreed with me. Shirley came over and helped me stir up the plants a little to see if that … Continue reading

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Awaiting Christmas

Thanksgiving is over so Christmas begins. We put up the tree Thanksgiving day and Holly spent all day yesterday making ornaments for the tree. What a beautiful job she did. There is still room for some of the decorations I … Continue reading

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Winter Comes to Melrose

I have lived in Southern Florida now for seven years so have gotten used to the hot weather. Now I live in Melrose, believe me this is not Southern Florida. I am having my first winter in seven years. The … Continue reading

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Only In Florida Could Winter Look Like This

For 50 years in New Hampshire I looked forward to the flowers of spring. Once those first flowers poked through the snow you knew winter was on it’s last legs. Those beautiful spring flowers gave new hope and life to … Continue reading

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The Back Yard

The front yard of a New England home is for the neighbors to look at as they pass by but the back yard is where we always lived and played. You can take the girl out of New England but … Continue reading

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The Front of The House.

I went out and got some pictures of the font of the house so you can see how things fit together there. This is a very long house made up of three sections. The middle section is the main house. … Continue reading

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Pictures of Melrose, FL

We have been very busy settling into our new home. It took us less than a week to get all unloaded and just two weeks to get mostly unpacked. Everything is out of boxes except the tapes and DVDs and … Continue reading

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The Old Dog Learns a New Trick

Luke worked with me this after noon and figured out how to get my pictures on this site. You have to have your pictures in the “library” and from there you can upload them to the post. Or so they … Continue reading

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The Bad Penny Returns

Well. I am still alive and it looks like I will stay that way for a few more years so I had best make the best of it and get on with living. Some things in this life we have … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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