Canning season in full swing

We’ve officially entered the “canning season”, starting with pickles and relish. The cucumbers this year are awesome – lots of them and they taste great. We also put more blueberries in the freezer along with some beets. Between the vegetable harvest and the “meat harvest” it’s going to be crush time here at Big Oak Ridge for a while – but we are thankful!

New piece of equipment

This is our new grinder. His name is Jack (see, it even says so.)

My mom gave us this old workhorse earlier today, and we immediately put him to work making relish. Worked pretty well – a little slower than the food processor, but gave a nicer texture to the ground vegetables. And Jack is actually easier to clean too!

I think we’re going to like Jack.

Forum updates

I updated the notes as best as I could for home group; there are a few days in May that we simply can’t remember what happened. If anyone else can remember feel free to help us out. I’ll try to do better at keeping up with this in the future.

New plan for steer and chickens

Got more corn today; at $50.00 a pop the steer are bleeding us into financial anemia. The new plan is: I’m giving them a whole 50# bag of corn every a.m. – that’s all they get for the day. I have 11 or 12 bags now; I’ll make one more “purchase” of 500 lbs. and in the meantime I’ll schedule the steer’s demise. Not sure where the money for the butchering will come from, but I’ll figure it out.

The laying hens appear to be over their respiratory ailment, but they are not laying. We have two that are trying to set (both now in the same nest box.) We are going to medicate until the end of this week; then we’ll push the brooders off the nest, get rid of the old eggs, and attempt to jump start the laying again.

The meat chickens are also eating beyond our income. We found out the butchers for the chickens are on vacation, so the meat chickens have two more weeks. As soon as we can reach the butchers we’ll schedule the chickens to be freezer bound – hopefully within 3-4 weeks max.

9/12 March on Washington DC

This is from Fishermen’s Net News:

We are hearing rumors of a 9/12 March on Washington. I am checking into the possibility of taking a bus from this area. I offered a signup sheet of those interested and we have a bus almost ½ full already. The cost would be $45. Stay tuned on this project and I’ll let you know when things are set to go for sure. It would probably be structured much like the March for Life tour, leaving at midnight on 9/11 and returning at midnight 9/12. Sort of like the midnight ride of Paul Revere :0)
The Lord is sure stretching me as it’s not my cup of tea (no pun intended) to oversee a large group of people in Washington but I was reminded during the teaching of our country’s history that our fellow citizens in the 1700’s were ready to give their lives for freedom. So I guess the least I can do is ride a bus to add my voice to the hue and cry that is going up all over this country.

Kent: We will need to make a decision ASAP if we want to participate. I believe at this point I am going to commit. We can discuss this at our next meeting.

Sunday Fellowship

We continued our study on Spiritual Warfare. Sorry I don’t have notes posted yet – I’ll really try to get caught up some on the blog.

After fellowship we got into a discussion that was a continuation of last week’s discussion on whether and how Christians should engage in civil affairs. You can read about that here for now.

Tonight we are going to hear Peter Marshall speak.

Medicating the chickens

I guess sometimes you just can’t be 100% organic, no matter how bad you want to be. Our chickens got an upper respiratory infection, so today we started medication. If it doesn’t work I want to just put all the chickens we have in the freezer (or canner) and start again next year.

The Lillies are out

why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

The lillies are blooming at Big Oak Ridge and they are beautiful. The pics don’t do them justice.

That reminds me of this old movie, which Paula and I really like.

Blog Update

I decided to change the template on the blog. I thought the sidebar looked a little cramped, and on this blog I think the sidebar is important, so I wanted it to be a little bigger. The colors are pretty much the same on this template so the difference isn’t that significant. Having the sidebar on the right plays with my sense of “left/right justification” a little bit, but I’ll see if I can get used to it.

Home Group

Home group was good today. This was part two on “Worship”. I’ll try to post notes later.
We had a lively discussion about who our brother is, what our relationship to God is (or should be) and the importance and effect of what God has done. I don’t know if anyone else is getting anything out of this, but I can really sense the Holy Spirit speaking to me and I am encouraged.