Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rainbow in Bethune

This was taken a few weeks ago. It was more impressive in person - the camera on my phone is not much to write home about.

We need more of this - rain that is. We ate our first corn tonight, but I don't know how the rest will go without more rain.

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

End of an era

For the first time in at least 10 years we don't have a breeding pair of hogs on the property. Thor (Hampshire boar) and Polly (York/Duroc cross sow) have both found new homes.

We do have enough pigs to keep us in pork for a while. We will look for a new breeding pair in the coming months, but it will give us a little break for the summer.

Speaking of the summer...we are starting to pick summer produce. Today the first batch of green beans, along with some zucchini and cukes.

Oremus pro invicem! 

Monday, May 21, 2018

We've been hearing a duck quacking ...

but it was a frog!

I took a picture of a frog in the overflow pipe from our kitchen in August 2016. Now he's there again, but bigger! See for yourself, same pipe.

May 2018

August 2016

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Saw this on the confessional door at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA last week.

Oremus pro invicem!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

May he rest in peace....

Fr. John Oholohan, former pastor at St. Catherine's passed away on April 19 at 95 years old. The picture above shows Father with my 4 sons (and others) before Mass some years ago.

Below is a picture of Father John giving his first blessing to his parents at his ordination.

God blessed us immeasurably with Fr. John's presence in our lives at St. Catherine's. May his soul rest in peace!

The link gives the details.
Fr. John Oholohan

Some pictures....

The garden is finally coming alive. We have tons of broccoli, and below is a view of one of our small sweet corn plots. Let's hope the rain keeps coming!

Number 1 son just graduated from AFR boot camp!

And finally a historical picture: Not sure when this was taken, but probably last year at Number 2 son's graduation weekend from NCC. He came across the picture and noticed that I was in the center of it. Looks like I arrived just in time not to be late! 

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spring arrivals

Woke up this morning to find our new litter of 15 pigs! Hopefully Polly will be a good mother - usually she is.

Our game hen hatched 5 chicks last week. Garden is slow due to lingering cold weather, but we have had some broccoli and lettuce.

Oremus pro invicem!

Thursday, April 05, 2018

How do you want to live?

This is the question asked and answered (below) over at Country Will Always Be Home. I am  humbled by the wisdom dispensed by this young man. Read everything he writes. (Besides, I like the pictures. They remind me of home!)

You can follow the current and live a dull, predetermined course. You can seek financial, political and social stability. You can spend pointless endless hours on Netflix, social media, gaming, and small talk. You can be that object, floating downstream, unaware of where it is headed but thinking it is comfortable going wherever the current drags it. But if you choose that path, no one will recognize the life within you.

He is risen!

An update: A new link appears on the list in the sidebar. Yet another offspring of mine has decided to blog: Man of the Southern Woods

Thursday, March 08, 2018


I took advantage of spring break at my tech college to go backpacking with son Thomas along the Chattooga River in the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area of South Carolina.
In a word, the trip was: miserable! Oh yes, we had a great time, and we are glad we went, but still, it was miserable.
We entered the forest in the rain. Of course finding dry wood was a challenge, but we did it. It took all we could to start a fire and keep it going. Then it got coooooold! It was 25 F overnight the first night. In the morning not a single coal was left from our fire. (I usually don't do winter camping, but it was in the 70's just last week!)
And as we ate oat meal and hard boiled eggs for breakfast, it started snowing!

Our campsite viewing down river

We then hike 12 or 13 miles to come back to a even colder (but dryer) campsite. While making the fire was easier, the wind chilled faster than the fire could warm.
But the sights were out of this world.

Arriving at camp
A view from the camp upriver.
Recording the high (and lows) of the trip.

A view of the river
Another view of my better side as we headed out this morning

Oremus pro invicem!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

That little green thing ...

is corn breaking the surface. (The green sprout, the other things are just weed debris.) Spring is here, and while all of next years wood is not yet in the shed, tilling and planting is starting to swing into full gear.

Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Boys to Men

I spent the weekend in NC at St. Josephs Farm where Jason Craig gave a serious of talks on rites of passage and specifically what the father's role is in moving a boy into manhood-how can he help/how can he hinder.
We (son Thomas and I) had a great time and learned a lot. We actually went up to demonstrate for the group how to slaughter, cook and eat a pig. (They already knew the last part.) The rest was extra. Both were great!

I met a great group of 30 men who came up from Birmingham for the weekend.

Oremus pro invicem!