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Entertaining the Grandchildren on the Farm

July 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

My six year old grandson is visiting us this week.  I was worried about keeping him entertained for days at a time with very few games and toys.  We stay fairly busy at this time of year with animals, garden, grass and the normal repairs and don’t have time to really take a day off and go to the park or the movies.

Just before he got here, we picked another 32 ears of corn plus a 2 1/2 gallons of lima beans.  Last night instead of watching tv, we all sat outside and shelled limas.  My grandson was entertained for hours trying to see who could shell them the fastest and whose bowl had the most.  Then there was the excitement of finding a really big one with FOUR lima beans in it instead of two or three.

First thing this morning, he was off to check the cucumber plants to see if there were any big cukes and he actually found one as well as a nice red tomato.  Then it was up to the barn to feed the animals and give everyone fresh water.  He took the little miniature horse for a walk around the barn and let him munch on some grass.

Then it was back to the house to shuck corn and start water boiling to par boil it for freezing.  A watched pot might not boil but he checked the water often enough that we were ready when it did.  While I cut corn off the cob, Hunter ate any of the remaining kernals and threw away the cobs.  He then got to put the bags into the freezer.

We also boiled the limas and froze 6 quarts of lima beans.  He had a blast counting how many spoonfuls it took to fill up a bag and how many bags we put into the freezer.  Of course, it was a little messier with a helper but he also helped sweep up the floor and wash the dishes.

Now it’s lunch time and then it will be time for a nap.  Mine, not his….

This afternoon we might take a walk and see if there are any late blackberries.  If we can find enough we can make a blackberry cobbler for dinner.  It is one of his favorite desserts especially if he gets to pick the berries himself.

After dinner it will be time to start again.  We have some tomatoes to pick and a few more green peppers to plant.  We might plant another row of green beans since we lost the first two rows to the bunnies.  Then it will be time to put the animals to bed and our little helper soon afterwards.

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Tags: Canning · Gardening

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  • 1 Judi // Aug 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Talk about a busy day. Bet he’ll remember this time and look forward to coming again.

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