Saturday, August 31, 2013

Where does God want YOU?

where is your cave on the mountain?  do you stay there?  i know i am good at trying to escape mine.
listen here for more holy advice

what is Gods will for our lives.  to be really happy, we must be in HIS will for our lives, but how do we get there?  find out here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Trust in the mercy of God

On Friday, my 5th childs Godfather took his own life.  Please pray for the soul of Nick and the family he leaves behind. 
 God is an ocean of mercy. 
 Jesus, I trust in you.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

End of May

I have no fun photo to post today, because life has been so busy that I kind of forgot about my leetle blog.  We have egg layers giving us about 15 eggs a day.  Our steer is again on pasture and finally happy and not mooing every minute.  Pig pen is ready, and we pick up pigs next week.  We have about 75 meat birds slated for the freezer on June 22nd.  We had a bad time with them this year, it was a problem on the co-op or hatchery end.  They dropped like flies for the first week, we lost over 1/4 of them.  Thankfully, we were reimbursed.  My garden is plowed, but not tilled.  It has been so rainy, there has been no  opportunity  when my husband has had time, when the ground has also been dry.  So, my plants continue to wait.....On that note, I am not so sure how I feel about soil blocks anymore.  I have had some problems, as well as many of them have clumped into one mass in the trays, I just don't know what to think or feel about them at this point.  I may be back to plug trays next year....we shall see.
Trees have been falling at an alarming rate in my forest and yard.  My husband was really working to fell all the trees he wanted to before they leafed out, less mess.  We have a nice stack of wood growing for next winter.  And on that note, I am so excited!!!  We got a free chimney stack from a relative that took one out of an outbuilding, and, God willing, I will FINALLY have my wood cookstove hooked up in my kitchen.  Heck, its only been sitting waiting since we moved in 7 years ago!  Our addition has given us the space to put it, and the free stack will save us hundreds of dollars from the installation fee.

So, spring in the rural country has been nice.  I am enjoying myself and taking it easy and keeping busy cooking, baking, sewing, hanging laundry, washing eggs, cooking with eggs, making raw milk ice cream, playing with the children, cleaning the house, and just enjoying the bird song and the peepers and the greenery that is all around me....waiting for baby to arrive hopefully at the end of June.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Chicken maidens

Well, it's Holy Saturday, and the snow still covers the ground.  Luckily the new pullets are a happy bunch, and the little helpers don't mind the snow.  The steer is anxious for the thaw.  He has officially been nicknamed Houdini, because he has the amazing ability to escape his pasture no matter what my husband does to keep him in.  I think he is bored and hungry for something fresh.  He gets out of his pen, and goes straight for the southern side of the house so that he can pick at the thawed ground there. He also likes my Spirea bush :o(  Oh well, I guess he is doing the pruning this year!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

For the conversion and restoration of Russia

I keep updated about the Mary Mother of God Mission Society, which works in the remnants of Eastern Russia, helping to rebuild a true Catholic culture among a people torn apart by the ravages of Communism.  The Russian Revolution tore apart and destroyed a society and replaced it with one of the most radical socialist experiments ever witnessed.  And look at the results today.  Religion is almost unheard of, women have an average of 7 abortions, orphanages are full, alcoholism is rampant, the Peasantry was destroyed.  Thanks Godless socialism!
Our Lady of Fatima had something to say about this.  You can read the timeline and basics here.
Missions like the Mary Mother of God Mission Society are acting and working as Gods hands in the country of Russia, to restore faith and family, the only way Russia will be healed.

 O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee 
profoundly. And through the infinite 
merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of 
Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners. 

 I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, 
and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles 
of the world,

in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and 
indifferences by which He is offended. 

And through the infinite 
merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of
Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Busy Saturday

Soaked nuts, ready for oven drying

My beet Kvass from this website.  The best I have ever made.

Water Kiefer.  I'm still not convinced on this one.  The taste repulses me, but my 12 year old loves it.  So for now, this is for her.

Nourishing bone marrow broth.  This stuff has been cooking for almost 24 hours.

The wicked evil raw milk ready to be made into raw milk yogurt.

Soaked oats drying in the oven, to be made into this handy ready to eat nourishing granola.

 The plants that are waiting to go back into the greenhouse.  It was so cold last night, they came in for the evening

My wonderful mini blocker, waiting to go into production today.

The plants in the greenhouse.  

The real world outside.

Mini blocks made and ready for seeds.  I am a week behind with seeding, but I am not worried.  Things are really working out beautifully in the plant department.  

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The first plant babies have arrived!



I am thinking next time Lupine needs to be started in a soil block bigger than the mini.

 Anise Hyssop

Poppy, Cherry Glow

Friday, March 8, 2013

de-bunking the lies of radical feminism..

Here is a great post about getting over a lifetime of being steeped in a culture of radical feminism.

Recovery from the radical feminist mindset....its a long slow process who's residue kinda creeps up on you unexpectedly at times like a bad lingering athletes foot infection.....

Only with God's grace and submitting my free will to it, can this continue to be overcome in my life and home.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


My relationship with Kvass has been a rocky one.  I am desperate for Kvass, yet Kvass keeps eluding me.  I am actually desperate for a good pro-biotic drink that does not require sugar, and Kvass seems to be the way to go.  It is also great for your liver, and who doesn't need a good liver tonic?

So, the other night I was inspired by this blog's recipe for Kvass, and thought I might as well give it a go.  I have failed so many times with the Kvass, what is one more try?  

So, along with some beets and salt, I used the ingredients you see below (cloves, cardamom, ginger and Kefir starter culture)  I read you can reduce the amount of salt if you use the starter culture, so I gave that a try.

Well, here she is.  Ready to ferment for a week in my cold house.  Did you know that those dumb  bracelets that are shaped like cartoon characters that are all trendy right now make great rubber-bands to hold the cheesecloth on the gallon jar?  

God willing, the Kvass will not be rotten awful as my past batches have been.  Kvass is supposed to be for my family, NOT for the chickens!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The seeds have begun

Teeny tiny seeds.  So tiny that over 1,000 came in the package!  They will be, God willing, a massive patch of white Foxglove.  I used the wet toothpick method to put the seeds one by one onto the soil blocks.  It worked great. 

 Bigger Echinacea seeds.  These I could sow with my fingers.  Again, if the germination happens according to Elliot Colemans predictions, I will have a massive Echinacea patch to harvest roots from in 2 years.

 This is my mini seed block marker.  It is just freezer tape on a toothpick to make a little flag to stick in the soil block to mark the plants.  

 A plug for two of my favorite seed companies.
I especially love Select, because they specialize in heirloom and scented flowers.

 The lineup of seeded mini blocks!

 Aren't they teeny tiny?  I was stumped on what to do for my seed trays, because the holes in the bottom were enormous compared to these little guys.  I knew my husband was not going to get to making me wooden seed trays this year.  So the smart man came up with the thrifty idea of cutting up waxed produce boxes to line the bottom of my already purchased trays.  Seems to work well.

The finished set up.  The seed trays filled with the seeded soil blocks in the germination box with the heat-mats and the lights going for warmth in my frigid basement.  Once they germinate and are ready for transplanting into the bigger blocks, they will graduate to the greenhouse.

I had a wonderful morning working with my 2 little helpers who mixed my soil and helped me to make the blocks.  Future farmers?  hopefully!  Then the sweet man I call husband helped me to sow the seeds.  He had a fast lesson in hand seeding and using a toothpick on seeds as small as Linaria and Heliotrope.  

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A look at today

2 plus gallons of raw milk yogurt ready to set for 24 hours in the box constructed of 2 coolers duct taped together with a light-bulb on a dimmer switch to keep temps steady.

After the pineapple sits the sourdough starter, that I am starting once again.  This time I am trying Kamut.   Next to that is my Licorice tincture.  The last item is tomorrows bread.  I do the no knead method that sits for 18 hours.  I am not currently using sourdough.  For 6 cups of flour, I use 1 tsp. yeast, 3 tsp. salt,  2 cups of raw whey and 1 cup of water.

 Here is the finished product.  Very yummy.  

The toddlers unfinished dress.  Kings Daughters in blue corduroy.

Friday, February 15, 2013

My little slice of heaven

 The seeds (mostly flowers remember) sorted and grouped according to the week that they will be started.

 The planting calendar inside my gardening binder.  I take advantage of the free bank calendar and cut out the months I need.  Then I hole punch it and put it in my gardening binder.  I start the week before plant out (Mothers day here) and label the weeks all the way back to week 16.  In a perfect world, my Belladonna seeds would have been here already started germinating at week 16.  But they are supposedly in the mail.  

 The germination station.  This is a new journey of mine this year.  Thanks to some loans from very kind friends, I have heat mats, a germination box and a mini blocker.  I have also acquired cheap grow lights (yeah!  Menards Christmas gift certificate!!) This should be up and running sometime next week with my Echinacea, Hyssop and Eucalyptus, or as soon as Fed-Co and UPS get me the rest of my blocking supplies.

 And here, the next kind loan from generous friends.  All I had to do was tell everyone I knew about how much I love to work in a greenhouse, and suddenly I hear "we have this mini greenhouse sitting in our barn that we aren't using..." 
 Thank You Jesus!!!  I tell you, if you really have a passion for something, and it is within the bounds of your vocation, God is happy to provide!  And what better Valentines present can a loving husband give his wacky greenhouse loving wife than to spend his day on Feb. 14th getting, and setting up a teeny tiny greenhouse.
Sitting to the left and unseen behind are the coldframes built by the same sweet devoted husband.  They will be used for tougher plants, extra space as well as for hardening off when the time comes.  This year, I hope to move 2 of them to the garden and prep a bed to do winter greens for the following winter.  

And the interior.  It ain't much, but, it's all I need.  And, the best part, it SMELLS like a greenhouse!  There is nothing better than greenhouse smell in February!

Little lenten sacrifices

This has been a lenten tradition at our home since the oldest children were little.  We make Jesus' crown of thorns on a big piece of paper.  Then, when someone does a secret good deed, makes a sacrifice, says a prayer, or chooses to follow Jesus instead of listening to self, they put a flower on one of the thorns.  

Our usual flowers were drawn in crayon, marker or colored pencil.  This year we added a bit of creativity to the devotion.  We had a surplice of tissue paper from a baby shower.  We cut little squares of the tissue, and then wrap them around the eraser end of a pencil.  Put a dab of glue on the end of the thorn, and stick the tissue flower (still on the pencil) to the glue.   Remove pencil, and you have a 3-D flower.  My children love this.

We hang this in the school room where even little people can access it to make it bloom with their little quiet good deeds.  Keep the flower supplies nearby and by the end of lent, Jesus' crown of thorns will be turned into a beautiful crown of flowers, all loving deeds done for love of Him.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Why is our conscience and common sense so dead?

Things that make you say KRA-ZEE.
I am 20 weeks pregnant, and if I want an ultrasound to tell me the baby's gender, I must have a form signed by both me and my husband (oh wait, they probably use the pasty word "partner", excuse me) before they can go ahead with it. BUUUUUT, in this same medical system, I could make a little old private appointment with the doctor and say "I really don't feel like continuing with this pregnancy, could you chop its head off and suck it out and lets be done with this?" and the doctor would be like "I would love to help you" WITHOUT my husbands consent or even knowledge!!! My husband would have no legal right to keep me from wacking his child, but he must have say in finding out the gender???? Our country is majorly flubbed up. No, our peoples conscience is mostly in the Princess Bride.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Country Life and Beauty

I found this quote to be in step with my plans for my farms garden this year.
It is from a book called "Country Life, A handbook of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Landscape Gardening."  By R. Morris Copeland,  published in 1859.
You can find it here

This applies also to mamas who are in a childbearing year.  If her energy for the garden plot is not large enough to have both flowers and vegetables, she shall devote it solely to flowers!

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Easy Patterns

I love easy patterns.  This Kings Daughters pattern, #1001,  is just about the only pattern I make for my little girls.  It is so easy, I can do most of it without the instructions.  The only parts are the ones you see here, simple!  I don't care for sewing cuffs (too fussy), so the ruffle sleeve works well.  On a thick fabric you don't even need interfacing on the neck pieces.  
I have changed the pinafore to be made with a sewn up back and only one hook and eye, much like a jumper.  No fuss, just easy and carefree clothing for little girls.
Highly recommended.  Loved by all little girls who love dresses.
  If you really want to make some elderly persons day, dress up your girls in pretty dresses, wash their faces, braid their hair and take them to buy paper products at Wal-mart.  You are sure to get many, many smiles.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Todays creation

Matching dresses for a friends dear little children. 
 I had so much fun sewing on corduroy, and using my new Bernina invisible zipper foot.  It is AMAZING what the right tool can do for a job!  I have been using my regular zipper foot to insert zips ever since I got over  my zipper phobia.   But the ease of insertion and the smooth finish I got with the heavy metal Bernina foot had me singing with joy! 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Prairie Muffin

I was recently in a large metropolitan area and visiting with other traditional Catholics.  The subject came around to modest clothing, and she made an observation to me.  She said that many non TLM Catholics have a stereotype of us Traditionalists as "prairie muffins"  You know, we dress in long flowered dresses like we just stepped out of Little House On the Prairie.  And that was not necessarily a good thing.  We are not taken seriously by our larger Catholic family, or we are simply not recognized at Catholics!  I can relate to this.  At my old parish, a friend told me that people would ask her "Who is the German Baptist family?"   Duh, Im going to Holy Communion!  Duh, walk up to me and introduce yourself....notice the scapular, (if you even know what one of those is) the ample children with very Catholic names.....

Whoa, hold those trotting horses!  Its the typical modern Catholic "you must be like the world to be everything to everybody" kind of mentality.  Sorry, not interested.  In fact, this style of dressing for me did not descend from on high at the moment of my conversion.  Long flowered dresses have always been a part of my fashion world.  In grade school, dresses on little girls were still common, and I wore them all the time.  Back then I used to get comments like, "another dress??" from fellow 4th graders.  In high school I was a hippie, so I wore the standard calico and corduroy fare that we all wore to Grateful Dead concerts every day.  Keep in mind that I went to a suburban Chicago highschool that was populated with larger than life hairdos and Z. Cavaricci's.  I would often be engaged in very special conversation in the hallway between classes with gems like "hippie!!" or "are you wearing your mothers curtians?" that last one I would have to say, "No, my mothers curtains are beige and polyester lined, not good for a hippie dress" (but of course I had no backbone of sarcasm and quick wit in highschool, back then I was so crushed by daily misery and boredom that I would just hang my head and walk on)

So, fast foreword to today.  Im a mom of 7 children living in the country.  I am a Catholic who goes to the Latin Mass.  It just so happens that I love calico and linen in long and flowing designs!  It just so happens that my plethora of girls share this love with me.  It just so happens that I can sew!  Wow, wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, we wear flowered dresses, and....WE LIKE IT!

Is it my problem that "I am not approachable" by your average Catholic on the street because they think I am mennonite or something?  Is this my problem?  (no) Do I have a smile on my face? (yes) Do I have a voicebox that works and do I speak english? (yes)   Could we have a problem in our larger church population if many can't bring themselves to chat with me because I don't dress right out of Old Navy? (yepper)

Let me get this straight.  I dont care how you dress, as long as it is modest.  I am not going to have the pants debate, because lets face it, St. Gianna wore pants.  We don't wear them here, but I know holy and happy Catholic women that do.  If I want to dress like and Amish woman, I will.  If I want to dress like Smurfette, Im gonna do it.  If I feel like wearing that denim skirt and t shirt that makes me look Pentecostal, then guess what, Im gonna wear it.  French Peasant?  Yep, like that one too.... Modesty and my own sense of style are what are driving my fashion choices, not what average Mrs. Catholic in the pew is going to think about me as she sits behind me at Mass.  (besides that veil thing on my head is distracting enough)

So, to the Catholic "dress like everyone else so that you fit in" crew, it is a big "sorry!".  I have never done that and Im am not going to start now.  That is the neat thing about being Catholic, the only dress code we have in the laity is "modesty".  That can be in a any sense.  Modern modest, sporty modest, prairie muffin modest, dumpy tired mom modest, whatever.  Just wear it and get over it!  Pray and ask Jesus what He wants you to put on your body.  Don't be dictated to by the fashion industry and what everyone else on the block is wearing!  Remember the wise words of St. Jacinta "Those who serve God should not follow the fashions."
Cozy reading to chew on here