Thursday, June 18, 2009

So, I am picking our first batch of green beans yesterday. (Last year we pick 4-yes 4-beans). I am reviewing the great zucchini, the moderately successful peas and spinach, spring collards, and everything. And I think to myself, "I finally did it!" But just as quickly, I checked that thought. My past failures were so proximate, I knew that I hadn't really done it. God had done it. He has blessed us with plentiful rain so far. He has blessed me with the land and animals and thus the manure to put on the land. St. Josemaria Escriva wrote in the The Way (somewhere)-paraphrasing: "Your successes are God's. Your failures are your own."


I leave you with another interesting picture of yours truly ....

Oremus pro invicem!


Rachel said...

LOL--that is a great picture, Mr C...

I've been having to read back through the posts, as I had my hard drive die seemingly in one stellar moment (no warning)--so I didn't have a way to find you again---til I got the bright idea to look up "Catholic Homesteading" :-) And there you were!

Glad to see things are going well. We've actually gotten some onions and carrots this year (being on clay, we didn't get anything even remotely root-vegetablish last year). But our potatoes are doing well. The carrots aren't great, but that will take time (and tons of composted manure). We're still trying to get our other summer veggies in--we've got the tomatoes and peppers planted, but due to rain (we're in SouthCentral OK), and the clay, well, we've not even gotten the cucumbers into the ground yet...nor the watermelons, and only half of the field corn.

Porky looks good, btw! Looking forward to getting caught up on all the big doin's out there...

Jim Dorchak said...


I see no resemblence in the picture.
Cute pig though!

We got some potatoes in the other day and it looks like we will have a bumper crop of corn. The rain and cooler weather (must be global warming) have also been a God send. We pulled some of the potatoes to see how they were doing and they tasted wonderful.

Beets are coming along as well as watermellon and zuk Knees. We started to get some summer squash in as well. We are going to plant some beans and peas soon.

My wife wants to know when your wife is going to come up and make soap. She is ready to make laundry detergent. She also wants to know if your wife sews?

Jim Dorchak

Jim Curley said...

Rachel-glad to see you back online. I haven't had much time to report on things-but lots of good things have been happening, but keeping us hopping.

Jim, Your weather must be a few weeks behind us. Our beats are done as are our peas. Beans are coming in real well right now.

We have to get the Lori's together somehow. Mine sews some and wants to do more.

Jim Dorchak said...

How is the butter making coming along?

Any cheese yet? A friend of ours Lucy Deucheney knows from her years in Latvia how to make Cheese. It is very good, a Mozzerella (Sp). We made it one afternoon and it only took about an hour. It was outstanding.

My Lori says anytime come on up.

Jim Dorchak