Thursday, September 05, 2019

Dorian

It looks like Dorian will have no substantial effect on us so far inland. We probably will get our share of rain - although it hasn't started yet.

So I dug trenches around the pig houses (actually lean-to type shelters) last night to divert water from pooling in the house. The pig shelters have dirt floors and the pigs tend to hollow those floors out, making them a low point.

My 19 year old son is in the SC State Guard and has been deployed to the coast for rescue and cleanup. I think he just completed his swift water rescue course a couple weeks ago - so the timing is right.

Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, August 12, 2019

pigs!


14 pigs born to us this weekend. They are very active and  healthy!

Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, August 09, 2019

Out West

What a trip. Arrived home last night from a 2 week trek to Wyoming and back with a couple detours.

Of course I saw my grandbaby - a lot.

I love the west, especially Lander, WY - not just  because the cutest grandbaby in the world lives there.!

We also went to South Pass City - well worth it! It used to be a booming town in the 1880's, now population of 3 or so. Much of it is preserved.

Son Nick and I hiked to Big Sandy lake (elevation around 9000 feet) and then after a night of camping, we hiked to Rapid Lake, which is close to 11,000 feet. Not much air to breathe there. I admit to having trouble in that regard. Pic is of me relaxing at Rapid Lake. It was BEAUTIFUL!

Hit Mount Rushmore for about an hour on the way home. Glad I went, but once is enough. I think the pictures are actually better than the monument itself. I will say though that Eastern South Dakota is beautiful.

Stopped somewhere in the middle of nowhere in South Dakota to get out of a dangerous thunderstorm with baseball-size hail, took shelter with a few other souls in a gas station - and met someone from SC not far from us. How does that happen?

Great trip! Good to be home.

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Goings on ...



We picked our first cucumbers a few days ago and harvested our corn 2 days ago. The corn, due to lack of rain at the critical time wasn’t as big as in the past, but it still is tasty. We are just finishing last year’s corn from the freezer. I don’t know if we will have enough to put up much this year, but I will take what God provides.
We had to replant our cantaloupe and pumpkins. They are just breaking ground last week, so we will see how they do. The tomatoes are there, but slow in coming.
We still have a very large hog to put down. We just never got around to it, and now it looks like the fall? This is the last of our own hogs. We have two young Jersey steers (Jersey beef is the best to eat.) which should be ready in winter and early spring. AND we bought a pregnant sow a few weeks ago. I want to get our own breeding stock again, but it will have to wait until the fall. (I think I said that last year.)
The bathroom remodel saga still goes on. Remodeling a bathroom which is not square and which has many quirks in the walls and plumbing has been no fun. Looking back, I should have gutted the whole thing including the towel closet and started from scratch. The budget would probably been about the same and I would have finished a week ago.  Yesterday I thought we were ready at least to have the bathtub operating (shower walls are proving a bear), but alas the tub drain is leaking. Oh, it goes on and on.
Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, June 17, 2019


Still on bathroom remodel – day 15 of a planned 2-day project….

But bigger things are happening. I have mentioned in passing before that we have had a special young man visiting with us for the past 3+ years. Just a few days ago we signed adoption papers for this special 13-year old. Nothing is final until the court signs off on the adoption, but now it is all but final. Happy days!


Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Daughter B found the calf in the corn this morning. Not too much damage. But it was hard moving the several hundred pound steer back into its own fencing. I guess we should have halter broke it. But of course we usually won't do that for a Jersey steer going into the freezer come winter....

We had no rain for a month, and hot, hot weather. Cucumbers fared well, but the cantaloupe and beans never broke surface. Replanted some this week after 3 or 4 days of off and on rain (finally). This rain may have saved the corn.

Still working on the bathroom. Floor, toilet, vanity and tube are installed. Kitchen sink let go in the middle of all of it. JB Weld solved the problem.

This morning I installed shutoff valves under the house for the shower hot and cold so I can total redo the plumbing for the tub and shower at my leisure. This plumbing is necessary to get the shower walls to fit properly.

Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Life is great, but I hate bathroom remodels. I have been working so much and doing so many things that this old blog has been sadly neglected. Did I mention I hate bathrooms?

School is out for me, and except for a possible 4 week course at the end of July, I have little work this summer. 

That may be good because the 2-day bathroom remodel looks like it may take many more days and even weeks. Did I mention how much I hate bathrooms? Things leak...

I am done for the night, but I am hoping that by this time tomorrow night the most critical issues have been resolved. 

The worst of it is that after this remodel, I tackle the one upstairs..... This could be the summer from....

But otherwise, life is great. I am blessed greatly. More on this later, if I can get by the bathroom issues.

Oremus pro invicem!


Friday, December 21, 2018

It's been a long time, and lots has happened. I have been to Wyoming to see my granddaughter. I listened to talks about "The Beer Option" at St. Joseph's Farm. I have finished the semesters at both my Adjunct gigs. A few weeks off and all the kids will be home at sometime in the next couple weeks. Everyone overlaps for at least one day.
The Beer Option: Brewing a Catholic Culture, Yesterday & Today

I love Wyoming. This time Mrs. Curley went with me. She fell in love too.

The homestead is at a quiet time. We have been drying the peanuts and need to take them off the vine. The Jerusalem artichokes are ready for harvest.

We need to get back to cutting wood for next year. And there are two hogs out there ready for slaughter.

Mrs. Curley (especially) and I are testing our will power and patience, having an infant and her 2-year old brother staying with us since July. I forgot about infants....

I have thought often of writing about various things I have heard on the radio or read about, but there has been little time.

Oremus pro invicem! 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Life and Death

I became a grandfather for the first time one day late last week. There is a certain joy to this. It is hard to explain. It is also difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that my son is now a father. 

I remember when I am taking my children to college the first time, it usually involves a long drive. During the drive, I always panic that I only have a few hours left to tell him or her all things I should have but haven't gotten around to yet.

But this is worse, I can't tell my sons how to be a good father (or daughters a good parent). All they have is my example - yet that has been too often lacking. Hopefully they will get their inspiration - not from me, but from the Bible and see how God is a good father.

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Last week we also lost a good one. My wife's uncle, Dave Stanley, passed away. He was a good man. He was always welcoming to our family. I recall especially he was good to our special needs foster son. Dave always made our foster son smile, let him drive the golf cart to his extreme delight, and bought him hats - a favorite item for our son.

May his soul rest in peace!

Oremus pro invicem!