Wednesday, November 04, 2009


....It's been a long time. Not that there has been a lack of things to write about. All Saints Day has come and gone. (Great gathering here of just a few families. Prayer, games, food - our first turkey!-I played St. Isadore the farmer this year.)

All Souls has come and gone also. Usually I plug Requiem Press 's Daily Prayers for the Church Suffering and offer deep discounts on quantity purchases. Not this year. We have only a few left. We originally printed 6,000 in the summer of 2004. We have sold many, but have given the rest away-one in every order shipped. I hope they have done some good. I'd like to reprint, but don't have the money. Perhaps we'll print it in-house as we do on a few other items.

But don't forget the holy souls just because I can't sell you 100 copies (we still do have enough to sell in quantities of 10 or less, at least for now.)

We also passed our 5-year mark on the blog in mid-October. I wish I had more time to devote to the blog, but now the homestead work is quite demanding of time. (Today for instance I need to distribute straw to housing, cut some piglets, start separating peanuts from plants, ... and it goes on.)

But I will leave you with a reading suggestion: on hardware stores at Front Porch Republic . My comment after reading the article was:

We still have a small hardware store and an independent feed store. The big boxes are 30 minutes or more away. My wife knows a trip to the feed or hardware store 2 miles from the homestead will more often than not be long-winded. We talk politics and business and farming. Its not just talk. The livelihood of many of the folks who stop and talk depend on these centers of the community. We get to know who can help with what and who we can help. Our small town needs more revival, but it still has life, but a low enough population that the big boxes will stay away for at least a bit longer as “real” jobs are almost an hour away.

(Is it okay to quote yourself from another blog-or is this just the height of vanity?)

Pray for the Holy Souls and have a great week.

Oremus pro invicem!


Jim Dorchak said...

Jim yours is a life that I would love to live, but never have been able to find.

We sure did miss you all, but I am sure from the sounds of it that you all had a great time as well. We had a beautiful requiem Mass on monday which was perfectly timed allowing for some rest from Sundays events.

How did your peanuts do (how many?) we are still getting potatoes.

Well God bless

Jim Dorchak

Jim Curley said...

Jim-sounds like you folks had a grand time on Sunday and Monday.

Never got the peanuts sorted and graded yesterday. Perhaps today we will.

Yield was down due to the drought, but we still have a bunch. They are filling both the garage and the the small shed in the back, hanging. I need to get them done to have my shop back!

Hope to see you soon.


Rachel said...

You are lucky to have your potatoes out of the ground, Mr C. Between the clay they were grown in, and the rains we've had, well, this is the first sustained patch of dry, warmish, sunny weather we've had in a loooong while. Getting a couple of inches of rain every week and a half has not only put us over our record and average levels for several months running, but has also made it nearly impossible to even cultivate, much less harvest. I am just praying we actually *have* potatoes, since the doggone potato beetles had a field day out there...between that, and hoping that they didn't rot...oh, 20+ 200 ft rows of seed potatoes...I planted them, I picked beetles off when I could get out there, I sprinkled them with the only thing we found that was close to a natural repellent for the doggone beetles...and it may have all been for naught. Unfortunately.

We did hatch a single chick out on All Hallow's Eve, however. Which brings our chicken coop count back up to seven. Hopefully we'll make some inroads in that area next spring!

Update on the potato and peanut harvest, please!!!