Friday, July 02, 2021

More pigs!

Lots happening here. More pigs last night. A small litter, but if she raises them all, it will be okay. 

Kidney stones ..... not too fun, but not as bad as it could have been. An 8 mm stone is nothing to laugh at (I am not laughing!), but my kidney is saved - which may have been in question for a time.

I don't know the fall dates yet, but if you are a man and have a son over 12 or a young man you are mentoring, you may want to consider coming to a St. Josephs Farm weekend. 

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

What is going on? Is this the end?

Update: Made through the week without further incident! Still reading Contagious Faith by Phil Lawler, and still recommending it.

Saturday I almost blew my head off lighting a propane grill. (I usually cook pigs on wood, but it was raining and I wasn't at home.) Luckily my burns were not too bad. Mrs. Curley is happy one of my eyebrows is much shorter than it was.

Monday I was picking weeds at home and almost stuck my hand in a copperhead's mouth. I did kill it.

Today I was stung by a wasp when moving an old pallet.

Nothing ever happens to me. Is it a warning that I should get my life (my soul) in order?

If the pattern holds, I can't wait until Friday!

Oremus pro invicem!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Contagious Faith

 Only on the 2nd page of the first chapter, and I think I will be recommending it.  

Oremus pro invicem!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

I got a glimpse of the future this morning....

It is 10:00 AM on a Saturday morning. I have already slaughtered and eviscerated a 300 pound hog and put it on ice. 

There is a good reason that in days past small farmers (and/or homesteaders) were mulit-generational. I am not old by any means, but as I slaughtered a 300 pound pig this morning, virtually by myself, I saw my limitations in stark relief. I don't know if I have ever killed a hog by myself until today. It has always been a community activity at our place - either the community of just our family or joined friends (and brief acquaintances). 

Historically and culturally in the South (at least) hog-killing has been a community activity. And there is great reasons: for one, a 300 pound hog is heavy. For another, why process a 300 pound hog if there is no community to share it with? 

With the advent of the industrial revolution, not only did the young leave the homesteads and farms for cash jobs, but machinery was created so that people could do things with less help - less community. 

We don't have machinery like tractors to lift and move the hog (although I did drag it with a chain and my pick-up truck to our "cleaning" station.) But even if we did, I would have missed the community. By the end, my daughter and young son did come to help, and I felt the community restored. But for an hour or so I was by myself and wondered why. 

Oremus pro invicem!

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Last night at our table....

 Home grown broccoli and fried chicken. 

Tonight duck breast and pork ribs - with broccoli.

Oremus pro invicem!

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Boone + Red #1

Last night around 11 PM Red (Hereford) finished delivering her first litter. This was the first litter fathered by Boone our Berkshire Boar.

Here they are:

Oremus pro invicem!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Time to plant

 We have had a wet February. Last week into this week we had over 10 inches in 5-6 days. And it stayed chilly. Today not so much. Beautiful and I am working up a sweat planting.

So today we put in broccoli, spinach, romaine, swiss chard, peas and beans. I will plant corn before the end of the week. We may have another frost, but if it isn't too deep the corn should be okay.

Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, February 08, 2021

A life worth lived?

The question that was put to forward at a gathering I was at this weekend was: Do you want to be alive or do you want to be living?

In these times of CoVid19, this is a question we should be asking ourselves. Are we sacrificing a life worth lived just to stay alive and well? Are we sacrificing experiences which make us better persons and possibly make a difference to others in order to stay safe and well.

What is more important, our soul or our health? (This question is one I am not sure how most of the US Bishops would answer based on their actions in the last year.)

So many of us now exist and operate with fear that it begs the question of whether that existence is worth the cost.

I do think CoVid is real, but is also being used nefariously: Fear + Isolation = Power

Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, January 29, 2021

St. Joseph's Farm Weekend

 Want to learn about raising and processing pigs. Here's the place to go: 

SJF Weekend Workshop – Pigs 101: Husbandry, Killing, Butchering Basics | St. Josephs Farm

February 19-21.

I hope to see you there!

Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, January 15, 2021

Durable Pigs!

 We slaughtered a hog this morning and were gifted with a new litter of piglets this afternoon. 

This is "Happy's" first litter. We are hoping she is a good mother. This was our boar's last litter with us. We sold him (a Yorkshire) and have a new boar (a Berkshire).

BTW, I have finished reading Durable Trades by Rory Groves. I do recommend it. It is a quick read if you don't read the details of all the trades. (For example, I skipped midwife and baker etc.) Perhaps the best parts of the book are the Introduction and Parts I and III (which are not the listing/descriptions of the durable trades.) 

Oremus pro invicem!