Monday, December 29, 2008

Inge and Mary home

Inge came home today. Johnny saw her, ran, bouncing down the hall and around the corner. "Dad! Dad! Have you seen Inge yet? She's awesome."

John is the self-inverted child on the right in the photo.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Inge Kathryn

We finally figured out a name for our new girl.

I know that some will say "Wow! That's really Norwegian!" Only, Kathryn (Mary's sister) probably isn't Norwegian (at least as far as I know). Though my ancestors Ingeborg and Inga were very much Norwegian. However, Kathy, I think you'd make a good Norwegian.

And I really like this photo of you and Iver.

There are 14 new photos in the album. One is of Ruby C's Christmas lights, and two are with the Staffords visiting Mary and Inge.

And here's a video from today.

Jeremy says that any more children we have must be named with a number, "Eleven" or "Twelve" et cetera.

I want to thank Wayne, Randy, and Jared for reading the sermon today and for leading the congregations through Prime.

Donna didn't let me go to bed until 3:00am this morning. I was a bit wiped out, what with the birth and Donna always asking for "Momma." I spent some time today with Mary and Inge. The Staffords dropped by for a visit. It's their wedding anniversary today. Many happy returns to you both.

We found out that Anju (18 months old) likes my really spicy Kimchi--though she took too big a bite and it got a bit hot for her all at one time.

Mary and Inge come home sometime tomorrow (God willing). Thank you everyone.

A second video of the new baby

We Got Baby, Yeah!

There has been quite a bit going on in our lives. 4 congregations at Christmas, each with their own programs, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, plus the regular weekend services. In these last 7 days I've had 4 different sermons and 10 worship services.

And, we've been expecting our 10th child.

So what do I write about tonight? Lots of things. I've got church in the morning at three different congregations, and we've just had our 10th child. So let's start with the Sauerkraut.

I like Sandor Katz' approach. For this batch I did some whole leaf and some chopped: Cabbage, water, salt, and some mesquite seasoning. We opened some on Christmas eve. Yum.

Mary and the baby are at the hospital in Fosston. Both are doing very well. What's next? I'm at home getting this post done, Donna is crying, but she'll go back to sleep soon. Next is beurre noisette-browned butter. Also very YUM.

Christmas Eve morning I tried to teach Matthew how to replace a bathroom faucet. This was marginally successful. ... Donna was still crying. Evidently the older kids forgot to change her diaper. She wet through. Change, check Stella. She's ok. The kids put a diaper on her. Donna is settling down now.

I changed our new baby before I came home tonight. Funny, I feel very happy about that simple act.

My parents came to our house for Christmas Eve. Jeremy is now home until school starts again in January. Despite the economic times, we had a bountiful gift-giving season. Thank you everyone.

I was able to hold, nestle and cuddle with our new baby. She was born at 8:54pm Saturday night. 7 pounds 9 ounces. Still, no name yet.

We've been rabbit hunting for the past week or so. Louisa spotted this cotton tail by Andy and Karen's. We got it. Louisa helped me skin it. Tonight I started baking it. I had marinated it in some brine from Mary's pickled carrots and baked it in the juice and fat left over from some bacon and hamburgers we had last week.

Just before supper Mary said "We need to get to the hospital."

We left the older kids in charge. I grabbed one bite of the rabbit. YUM!!!

Here's the new girl. More pictures here.

We thank God for a quick and healthy birth for Mary and for the baby.

Clara, I'm sorry we had to leave so quickly during your birthday supper. Here's your present, a sister sharing your birthday!

Now, if only we can think of a name for her...

Hmm. Donna is still crying off and on. Good night.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

My Who's Dat

No baby yet. Fourth Christmas program done. Nazareth canceled. Oak Park went fine. The weather cleared up

Now we'll see how the night goes.

Who are these people?

This one was code named "Uncle Zeke".

Now, who is this with frizzy hair?

Morning Service Cancelled, no baby yet...

This one is for the grandparents. Stella didn't keep her curlers in. Sophie, Clara, and Louisa will work to keep them in until just before the program. Elsie is going for the wavy look with the braids.

Nazareth canceled church this morning. Visibility is down to 1/2 mile from time to time. The wind is 15-30 mph. And we have a lot of loose snow floating around. The long narrow road to Nazareth, the one with the deep ditches and the farms right up next to the road, is impassible.

Mary kind of feels like today might be the day. She felt that way last night too. And last Thanksgiving. I'll have to call Jared to see if he'd be willing to read the sermon today at OP if necessary.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

2nd Program, still storming

Second Christmas program and the weather is still pretty bad. Tonight we had Christmas catechization at St. Petri with Briley, Levi, and Whitney.

Another excellent job! The snow was worse near Oak Park. North of Goodridge it was not too bad, unless there was a farm right next to the highway.

After the Christmas services we usually have gift opening and a meal. Each congregation does this. What happens is that I write up a program with music, Scripture, and Catechism. Then each congregation adapts it to fit the number of children they have and the abilities of their children. So,--at Mt. Olive--Anna, Chantelle, and Katie had memorized about 1/2 of what I had written up for the program memorized. Chantelle and Katie are 8 years old. Anna is 7. They've only been going to Saturday School for three years now.

At St. Petri, Briley and Whitney (both in Confirmation class) along with little Levi had all of the program memorized with some additional hymns. Nazareth will have it's program in the morning (God willing the roads are open). They are doing a different program. The sunday school there is only on its second year in this generation of children. The oldest kids are 9 years old. Oak Park's program is slated for tomorrow afternoon. Sometime we hope to have a baby, too.

No baby yet, just another Storm

4 to 7 inches of fluffy snow on the ground in most places this morning.When the wind comes it will be impossible to go anywhere. But this morning we had our Christmas Catechization at Mt. Olive.

Mary's still waiting.

Mt. Olive was warm inside. The food in the entry made me hungry during the service.

Anna, Chantelle, and Katie did a wonderful job presenting the Birth of Christ according to Luke 2, and the Nature and Power of Baptism. Great job, girls. And a wonderful job singing.

Lots of people in church today for the Catechization. At Mt. Olive there are 6 pews on the South side and 5 on the North. Each pew can hold 4 to 5 adults. Trail's population is 63. We had almost 30 people in church. How many other congregations can say that half the city attended services?

Last year and the year before it was Mt. Olive that grew the most in size in our parish--if you go by percentages. This year it's Nazareth.

Well, we're in a Winter Storm Warning. St. Petri has their Christmas service scheduled for tonight. We'll see.

Oh, incidentally, I have three couples going through pre-marital counseling at this time. Please keep us all in your prayers, and thank God that the young people still value God's Word on marriage and family.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

About the Bat

Linda got it. We are now back in a Bat free zone.

'Tis the time, and the season

The kids put the tree up the first week of December. Louisa and I strung lights around the dining room and kitchen.
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Scenes from the past couple days

Louisa's Nativity set. Mary's excellent stuffed squash. A great sunrise. And the hoar frost from this morning.

Tonight there's supposed to be a blizzard.
St. Petri is cancelled.
Nazareth program postponed until next week, church weather permitting.
Oak Park hasn't contacted me yet.
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The Baby is due any time so...

I hope I learned enough with the previous births.

Statement as of 4:03 AM CST on December 13, 2008

... Blizzard Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a Blizzard
Warning... which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST
Monday. The blizzard watch is no longer in effect.

Light snow will develop today mainly over northern North Dakota
into far northwest Minnesota. Snow will become more widespread and
heavier tonight into Sunday with the snow ending Sunday night or
early Monday. Temperatures will be dangerously cold during this
event with temperatures falling to below zero in most areas
tonight and remaining below zero on Sunday. Winds will be
northeast and increase to 25 to 35 mph tonight and become
northerly at 25 to 40 mph with higher gusts on Sunday. These wind
combined with temperatures will produce wind chills in the 25 to
40 below zero range Sunday. Total snowfall from this event will be
in the 6 to 8 inch range with locally higher amounts

Visibilities overnight into Sunday night will be very poor with
near zero visibilities likely in open country and even greatly
reduced visibilities inside the cities.

The snow in combination with the cold will make it very dangerous
for travel. This storm has the potential to be life threatening
if you are caught outdoors in it. Take the proper precautions now
to prepare for this major winter storm... and delay travel plans if

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions... making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel... have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded... stay with your vehicle.

After Mary read this she told me: "Joe, I'd feel better having the baby at home than in a ditch in the middle of a blizzard trying to get to the hospital."

I'd agree.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

getting behind again

There are certain times of the year that are just not amenable to blogging. Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter are two main times. Another time is when we have a baby due sometime soon. And then there is the time when Mary checks out some really intense DVD like the BBC "Pride and Prejudice" or "24".

A lot has gone on since the last posting. Edwin O. has gone to the Hospital ICU and back home. He did not have a heart attack. Somehow the test results that placed him in the ICU were fouled up. I've done several shut-in visits three home/family visits, held Wed. School, Church (4x) and Saturday School.

I took Matt and John hunting rabbits today. We didn't get anything.

I also had a bunch of sugar water boil over and burn today. I was getting it ready to feed some yeast in one of my wine batches. Thank you, Matt, for helping me clean up.

I was feeling pretty bad about wasting the sugar and causing the smoke in the house. And tonight the kids brought me a book to read to them.

The book was Arthur Yorinks's The Flying Latke.

Michael, I imitated your Brooklyn accent when I read to the kids. I was laughing so hard I was crying when I read this book to the kids. "Buick!" "Ford!!!"

"That's My Latke!!"

Unless you are familiar with New Jersey/New York or East Coast Jewish families, you may not appreciate this book.

Watching Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" might help a bit. But you really have to know the terminology and family culture of New York and New Jersey Jewish families to get the humor of the book.

But then, there are plenty of Catholic and Lutheran families just like the one in the book.

Well, like I said, I read this to the kids in my friend Michael's accent. But I had to stop lots of times because I was laughing so hard.

It was a good stress reliever for a different kind of day. Matt had two fillings. John, Matt, and I went to Fosston for the Dentist and to get haircuts. Matt picked up some things for Christmas gifts.

Hanukkah (the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22) takes place Dec. 21-28 this year. It's enough for me that Jesus celebrated this holiday. I enjoyed the book, probably too much. Thanks: Michael, David, Mark, Chaya, Menahem, Juli, Koby, Vina, Sarah and many others for making me part of your life. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Three Excuses

It's been a long time since i've posted. I have three excuses.

Excuse 1: It was my Birthday this weekend.
My parents and my eldest son came up for Thanksgiving. We celebrated the state's holiday and they threw a birthday party for me.

Four candles on one side. Two candles on the other.

I'm not 24.

I passed that age back in seminary.

What you cant see in these photos is that I'm wearing my Dobak pants.

Why, because "Excuse #2" my left sciatic nerve hurt.

My family gave me a special shirt that signifies that I am a certified DNR Fire Arms Safety Instructor. It's the Cabela's Classic II Right-Hand Shooting Shirt in the tan and sage colors.

The pain was really bad Saturday morning. Mom, Dad and Jeremy went to church with me at Mt. Olive. They left for their place after church. I went home and felt sorry for myself.

I called several chiropractors but none were in their offices.

Sunday was worse. Three services, and tears were coming from my eyes.

On Monday I got into the Chiropractor. Dr. Gabe asked me what was going on. He popped two spots on my back, and my pain was almost gone.

The problem: I still had 70 plus miles to drive home doing shut-in visits. I was pretty sore by the time I got home but was feeling much better in the afternoon.

Throughout the week I've been pretty good, tonight I decided that I should go in again in the morning.

Third Excuse: Mary checked out the second season of 24 from the library and we've been watching them during the evenings since Sunday--that is, during the times when I normally would write my posts. Sorry.

I keep thinking, What would Jack Bauer Do?

Well, as a TV hero he probably wont get sciatica. That's just not cool. So I'll stop whining here.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Corn wine and Dan S.

Anonymous Dan S. said...
Well Joe.... You remember using the piece of conduit at Bethany to attack the bats; I guess you need to get into practice.
Yes, Dan, I well remember; Karen, Gabby, Loren-each of us with our own tally. I told the Nazareth congregation about that summer.
Mary and I opened a bottle of homemade wine this evening. I made it from the water left after boiling sweetcorn last June. It was just an experiment. I topped off the sugar to a pa of 16%, tossed in the yeast and put a balloon on it.

Actually, it is pretty tasty.

How to distract a worship service

Saturday we had worship and Sat. School at Mt. Olive. The kids did really well on the 4th chief part of Luther's Small Catechism.

I did not stop for Zak this week. I will try to get to him sometime after Monday and before Thursday.

I had some prep to do for the Parish board meeting on Sunday.

Sunday we had worship at St. Petri, then I was off to Nazareth.

Guess who showed up during the recitation of the 2nd Article while we were confessing the Nicene Creed?

We were saying "Whose kingdom shall have no end" and I heard:



And off to my right fluttered a bat. The body was gray, the wingspan was maybe 10 inches at the most.

Naomi and I went out to get a bucket and a thin board to trap the bat so we could take it outside.

I got back in the Sanctuary, approached the swirling bat.

I reached, it dove for the pulpit and disappeared under it somehow.

Recovery was a bit rough. I took my robe off just because the bat could climb up inside it without me knowing. Creepy. We started in on the Third Article.

I was kind of distracted during the sermon.

As members came to the Lord's Supper (and we welcomed 4 adults into the congregation this morning) they kept peering above and below the pulpit--looking for any bat signal.

The Supper went smoothly.

It started singing during the prayer of thanksgiving after the Lord's Supper.

I suppose it was being pious. Some of the members looked worried.

They tried to hunt it down after the service.

The sermon went better at Oak Park. We had a visitor today who was at both Nazareth and Oak Park. She thought the sermon was clearer at Oak Park also.

Matthew told me that I kept pulling at my robe like I thought I had ants in it or something.

It wasn't ants, Matt. I had the heebee-geebees for a bat.

Otherwise things went fairly well.

We had our Parish board meeting at Naz. this evening. The bucket and board were still out along with a broom. I guess they didn't get the bat.

I'm rereading Frederic Bastiat's "The Law" published in 1850, and I recommend it for anyone curious about our own economic times and situation.

Friday, November 21, 2008

2 In the Freezer, 1 to Go

Two deer are packed and in the freezer now. We've just started on Matt's this evening.
Sophie, Clara, Elsie, Matt, and Louisa have helped throughout the day.

Here's a good website on dressing, aging, and butchering deer similarly to how I do it. (and another with a nice diagram)

I had Friday school this morning for Pr. Stafford. Pr. Stafford, I'll talk to you sometime this week. They don't have Friday School next week because of Thanksgiving. Nor do we have Wed. School this coming week for the same reason.

We are hopeful that Mom, Dad, and my son, Jeremy, can come up for the holiday. We have a turkey, a brisket, and lots of lamb, hog, and venison (not to mention cowburger). I need to swing by Peatland Reds tomorrow when I'm coming back from church.

So, you've read the Stafford's adoption saga. Welcome home, gang!!

Here's the story of our friends the Larsons. Turn the volume down on your speakers before you click through, Diane has music on her website. If your volume is high it might startle you.

Also, our friends, Jim and Nancy, near Madison, Wisconsin, have brought home their new adopted son from Thailand. (Jim's link also has audio-it's his musician page, set the speakers accordingly) I'll ask Jim if I can post their adoption emails, or if he has them posted somewhere.

Coming Dec. 8th is the finalization of Roxann and Roger's adoption of their two cute children.

Well, the little ones have gotten the swords out and are whacking each other. Time to get supper ready.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

What John Said Last Night

"When I grow up, I want to have teeth like Mater!"

We took out some tomatoes today. The girls wrapped these up after the first frost last September.
They're keeping pretty good. They redden pretty nicely on the window sill.

Pr. Stafford, Amy, and their new daughter should be home soon.

I have Friday school in Fosston for him tomorrow.

We're done packing the first deer from LeRoy. I was able to salvage and put up a few shoulder steaks aged 10 days on the hook.

We'll have to start packing my buck tomorrow. Louisa wants to go up to Grygla where the season doesn't end until this coming Sunday evening. We have a couple of places where we can hunt up there now. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Butchering Deer, No Cancer

Today (Monday) I took care of butchering the doe that LeRoy M. gave to us. Thank you, LeRoy. I was able to use more than 2/3rds of the deer. The bullet wound ruined most of the ribs and both shoulders. I put up about 20 pounds of steaks and cuttings from your deer in addition to the back straps, or tenderloin cuts.

This deer has been hanging in our garage for 7 days now. I have packed all the usable parts. And I served Mary (My Wife!!!) some samples today. She liked them.

For those deer lovers who have loved ones who don't like venison, please consider hanging your deer for 7 to 10 days if you can keep the temperature at about 40 degrees F. It does mean that you will have to cut away more portions for waste. But you and the non-venison-lover will enjoy it much more.

Matt and I put up another several pounds for jerky, and a couple more pounds in an experiment with pickling venison.

The jerky and the pickled venison are curing right now.

Tuesday evening now. I've put the jerky in the oven to dry. I've changed the brine solution for a vinegar solution on the pickled venison.

Mary and I went to the Doctor today. Mary, because she's going to have a baby in a few weeks. Me, because I haven't had a physical since 1990, because my joints hurt sometimes, and I'm over 40 now.

I don't have cancer. My cholesterol is ok. My kidney function, liver function, and my electrolytes are ok. My doctor lectured me about working too much.

OK, OK, OK. I'll try.

The upshot is that this parish has to put up with me because there is no medical reason for me to lighten up other than overwork.

I might try to get Louisa out deer hunting in the 100 zone this week. That zone closes Nov. 23rd.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Firearms Season is Done

Well, we live in the 200 zone and Deer hunting ended this evening at sundown.

This is the old farmyard where Louisa and I got our deer. Louisa is up in the stand.

We went there again tonight, and to the cemetery, and over to another spot. We saw plenty of deer, just none within a good range for our guns.

I had three church services this morning and pre-marriage counseling.

Road Hunters: pains in the Glutaei Maximi

There seemed to be quite a few road-hunters this year. By that, I mean hunters who didn't have permission to go on private property and would shoot from the road into someone's agricultural or otherwise prohibited land. Agricultural land and corral land is off limits. The rest is mostly posted as off limits.

Road hunters need to ask permission before they can hunt anywhere up here.

If you come up here to our area to take potshots from the road into our pastures and cropland you can expect that we will call the DNR to report you.

I've found shells and casings as well as footprints on lands that only Louisa and I had permission to hunt.

Here's what the law says.

Minnesota Trespass Law Restrictions
• A person may not enter legally posted land for outdoor recreation purposes without permission.
• A person may not enter agricultural land for outdoor recreation purposes without permission.
• A person may not remain on private land for outdoor recreation purposes after being told to leave.
• On another person’s private land or a public right-of-way, a person may not take a wild animal with a firearm within 500 feet of a building occupied by humans or livestock without written permission.
• A person may not take a wild animal with a firearm within 500 feet of a corral containing livestock without permission.
• A person may not take a wild animal on any land where the person is prohibited from lawfully entering by this law. [my note: that's basically everything, since its all either pasture, agricultural, or posted]
• A person may not wound or kill another person’s domestic animal, destroy private property, or pass through a closed gate without returning it to the original position.

• A person on foot may, without permission, enter land that is not posted to retrieve a wounded animal that was lawfully shot, but may not remain on the land after being told to leave.
• A person on foot may, without permission, enter private land without a firearm to retrieve a hunting dog. After retrieving the dog, the person must immediately leave the premises. This exception does not authorize the taking of the wild animal.

If you're told to leave, you have to--no matter what.

In spite of the wandering black suburban taking shots into fields, Louisa, Matt, and I enjoyed the season quite a bit. We've got three deer hanging in the garage. We'll pack them when ready.

John V., you asked me last year how long I let the meat cure before cutting, I'm trying a week this year. We'll see how it goes.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Horseradish, Lamb, Deer

A few days ago Sophie, John, and Stella went with me over to Kim and Barbs to dig horseradish.

I cleaned it up and ground it. We got a couple of pints. One I'm lactofermenting. The others are preserved with vinegar and sugar.

This morning I had Friday School for Pr. Stafford, who is in India with his wife, meeting their new daughter.

They're writing about it here.

Friday school went ok, I guess. They had last week off, and the week before that they had a video for Reformation. So they didn't really know their memory work.
I'll see how they do next week. Louisa came with me and we scouted out some hunting areas for deer.

This afternoon I packed up the second half of the lamb. Sophie helped a lot.

Then Louisa and I went out to hunt.

We tried the plot just east of the Nazareth cemetery. There were about a dozen deer there when we drove by. But by the time we sneaked in they were gone. We waited a while. One large doe came out but she was out of range.

After waiting for a while we went over to the other spot that we tried the other day. It was about 4pm. Not much daylight left.

Louisa got up into the stand. I sat on a rock by some brush.

We waited for not quite half an hour and a small buck walked into the target zone.

I signaled and whispered for Louisa to shoot it. 10 to 15 yards. After a bit she moved, the deer started to run. She told me to shoot.

I shot twice, there were two wounds on the deer. It's amazing how far these critters can go when they are wounded so badly.

I helped Louisa out of the stand. She saw where it went into the woods. We tracked it 300 yards through woods and it was getting dark fast. We followed stumble marks, but didn't see blood.

We found it and I dragged it out of the woods and most of the way back to the car. We used the headlights so I could field-dress the deer.

Louisa helped drag, dress, and skin the deer. Good job, Louisa. We'll try for your's tomorrow.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Time to try a Century Egg.

Hope I can stand it.

Packed Half the Lamb this afternoon

I had shut-in visits this morning and a family visit this afternoon. Mary and the kids are gone to piano lessons until about 4:30, so I cut and packed half the lamb.

3 packages of ribs.
A nice shoulder roast.
1 package sliced belly straps.
Two large boneless rump roasts.
4 packages of tender chops from the back. (I fried up two smaller chops right away. MMMMMmmmm)

Very little waste.

The kitties get some scraps. The bones and extra fat go out to the coyotes and wolves.

I'll get the other half done tomorrow so Sophie can help.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A bunch of photos

Matt carving pumpkin before All St's Eve;

Kimchee. It is in the down stairs refrigerator now.

Swans have been migrating south this past couple of weeks.

Matt, Louisa and I have been out stalking deer for our freezers. John and Stella dress up whenever possible.

And a nice, big spider from Grandpa's barn.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Nancy and Gene's Lamb

A couple of years ago, Nancy and Gene saved out a lamb for us from their flock. This year they did so too. Nancy contracted cancer, and we buried her last month.

Today I took Louisa, Elsie, and Clara over to Gene's place. He kept the lamb for us.

I wanted the girls to see where our food comes from. I want them to understand how much work went into the Old Testament sacrificial system.

And, since Louisa wants to hunt deer this year, I wanted her to get some practice.

So, I had church this morning, followed by Saturday School. It was hard to get to and from church because of the ice on the road. A 17 mile journey took me 50 minutes.

And my neck was very sore.

I didn't stop by at Zach's today for Confirmation class. I was too late with the travel time.

A couple stopped by at 12:30 for pre-marital counseling. At 3pm we went over to Gene's. We got home by 4:15.

The lamb, hopefully, will be able to hang for more than a week. The forecast looks good. The garage should be about 38 degrees on average through the week.

Before then we hope to have three deer hanging in the garage also.

Yep, I bought my first deer license in 20 years. So, potentially, Matt, Louisa, and I could get a deer. I'm only going to shoot at a small, young deer. They taste better.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Snow and a Moment of Inattention

My flax and my Brussels Sprouts are still in the garden. But most of the rest is in and stored.

I think that next spring we will probably do a lot more potatoes and onions.

I planted garlic this week.

And, yes, I finished preparing the liver into a pate. We had some for a snack today. It was good. There's another pint in the fridge.

Tomorrow begins my weekend of worship. This is the Third to Last Sunday of the Church Year.

Tomorrow we will also slaughter a lamb for our freezer. And Matt and Louisa are going out to slaughter a deer each, also for food.

Some of our kids are more hungry than others.

We were watching a movie this evening and Donna found a Crayola marker.

Oh, Barb, I went over to your place today, but I couldn't find the horseradish. I'll talk to you later.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Pork Liver, Fish Pickels, Peppers, A Grinder, and Tears

You can see the pickled fish on the left side of the photograph.

Honestly, it is so good tasting that Louisa likes it. And that is saying a great deal.

The peppers are drying. The jalapeños and the cayenne will dry O.K. We know how to take care of them.

I went down to the store room tonight to get the meat grinder.

This is the first time that I've gone to get it since I inherited it from my grandma Abrahamson. I feel weird and kind of awkward admitting this;, but, I couldn't help but cry a bit when I was going through Grandma's stuff.

I've got the pork liver simmering on the stove. I brought up Grandma's grinder. I'll grind the liver tonight and make sausage tomorrow or the next day.

But I'm thinking of my grandma tonight.

I love you, grandma. I look forward to seeing you at the resurrection.

102 FM in Tel Aviv, Israel

I like this station in the evenings, Radio Tel Aviv 102FM.

The Spartan Single Shot

Matthew bought this shotgun a year ago. It's a Spartan 20 gauge single shot, break action.

Last week I picked up the adapters for the shoulder strap, and attached them.

It's hard to find, but this shotgun was made in Russia in a village next to lake Baikal.

What we know is that it is comfortable, reliable, and has withstood bad weather.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Some Monday Stuff

Monday was dentist day for Me, Matt, Louisa, and Clara. It was the dentist's birthday. It was a Monday. So it was a long wait.

We picked up some groceries. I got the kids some personal pizzas a LePiers. I had a nice long talk with Lois while the kids selected their pizzas and pop.

We stopped at Ace to get Louisa her deer hunting license.

On the way home we picked up 1/2 a hog at the locker in Oklee. Thanks, Jaime, let me know how much for the meat.

6 hours later we got home.

My first pound of hard cheese

After several days of drying the rind, I waxed the cheese today.

I didn't cover it with salt.

I forgot.

So I wonder what it will taste like. I'll let it cure in the basement fridge for about a month. We'll probably break it out for Christmas.

For those who are interested try Frankhauser's Cheese Page.

We opened up the pickled fish. The kids gobbled up a quart of pickled fish in short order. So it must taste ok to them.

Mary brought up one of her jars of pickled carrots. They are great!

Friday, October 31, 2008

All Saints' Eve

I mentioned a childhood crush in a previous post. I liked "Land of the Lost" a lot as a kid. And I really hoped that whenever I found crystals that I didn't put the wrong color crystals together and send myself into a helpless coma.

Now, how many of you husbands and wives can talk to each other about the crushes you have or had? Mary knows me very well. And we can trust each other with all this kind of information--which could be embarrassing, but--hey, I'm putting this on my blog. So I'm letting the whole world know.

Yeah. I had a crush on Holly.

Mary liked Holly a lot too. She liked her pig-tails, her independence, and her flannel shirt.

Dave S. sent me an email that linked to a photo of the woman who played Holly. Here she is. Kathy Coleman. The link leads to her IMDB entry. She doesn't have a lot because Adam 12 and Land of the Lost were her only acting jobs. In the real world she had a family.

Somewhere, several years ago, I read that she owned a store selling clothes in Southern California.

Good on ya', Kathy. And God bless.

Apparently there is a new movie of Land of the Lost coming out with Will Ferrell starring as Holly's Father, Park Ranger Rick Marshall (known in the TV series as "Marshal" or "Daddy, do something pleassssss!!!!"). I think I'll go to see that movie in the theater. I'm sure he will put the wrong crystals together, even with Enik's advice.

With all the family mayhem through the day, we made it to bedtime.

Matthew is spending the night at Cameron L.'s place scaring the trick-or-treaters. Louisa went to Oklee to help out in the community festivities.

And I got pulled over tonight by Dale B's son, he's a sheriff department deputy. I was going too fast. No ticket, no written warning. Yes. I'll pay more attention to my speed and less to talk radio and the deer in the ditches. I guess that is some kind of compromise.

Thanks for letting me off so lightly. (Everyone in our locality will know who this is. Sorry. But I'm just glad that we have peace officers who are more concerned about real crime than someone's simple oversight.)

But All Saints' Eve is really about remembering the believers who have gone before us and their testimony to faith in Christ.

Read Hebrews chapter 11. It's in the Bible. Note that many, if not most, of the saints listed there were not necessarily supported by friends, family, community or church. Especially note Isaac. He wasn't even supported by his own works. Contrary to his own wishes, he blessed Jacob rather than Esau. And this, God says, was done by faith, not by works. Now read Ephesians chapter 2 about faith and works.

God bless, Happy All Saints' Day.

Pretty Sunrise: Free verse

Sounds of movement in the other rooms-clock-time-5:30am. Ugh.
Stella's in bed with us.
"Stella, quit putting your finger up my nose."
Squirm, kick.
Out to the kitchen.

Matt made coffee. Thank you.

Voice from the bedroom "Did you leave the camper door open?"
"No." What?

Two new jack-o-lanterns, already carved appear in the hall.
Who did that?
Did the Great Pumpkin visit us?

Getting ready for breakfast: "Who put the cats in the van over night?...You go clean it up."

Milk, cream, juice, the containers wedged into the door compartment.
Matt pulls, the shelf falls.
Cream all over.
Breakfast noise, some mayhem.
Children brokering deals over who does what job for cleanup.
All done.

Donna fills her pants. Her diaper runneth over.
How can such a small child contain so much?
Mary shouts, "Get me the Basic H cleanser mix please."

Little feet running up and down the hall.

"Get out of that room!"
"Pick that up now!"

"Did you get the van clean?
Go sniff the seats.
That's a long time for the cats to be in the van,
maybe they were very good."

Sweep, Mop. Pick-up.

"ub, jeep, wabba, soo, grb," says Donna.

Good morning everyone

"Donna, get out the that closet."

Time for music? "Who broke this?"
"Matt, take the record player out to the burn pile."

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Keeping Tomatoes

Freezing tomatoes depends on electricity, or, if you have it, a gasoline or other fuel powered freezer.

Drying tomatoes requires dry heat. That's ok if they ripen early enough in the season for dry heat to be available. Otherwise one is dependent upon gas or electricity for drying.

Canning tomatoes requires a stove or fire.

One option we've heard of and are trying this year is wrapping tomatoes individually.

The technique suggested to us was that if tomatoes were individually wrapped and kept cool, that they would keep for a fairly long time. When needed, the tomatoes were to be taken out, ripened on the window sill, and used.

We'll see if this works. Our green tomatoes are individually wrapped and in a box in our garage. We'll set off part of the garage under the steps to keep it a bit warmer than the waaaay below freezing temps that we experience. Hopefully we can keep them above freezing and below 40 degrees.


Jaime and Laura's family gave our kids some pumpkins. Louisa made a really, really good pumpkin pie. Matthew carved his for a Jack-o-lantern.

When we were kids, my mom only let us use magic markers. Then she would save the pumpkin meat for food.

I guess that means we are much better off than we were as children. We can afford to use a pumpkin this way. (moral quandary: should we?)

The results were pretty good. I remember in college at U.W.-Madison we had a pumpkin carving contest. I did a Sleestack head. I probably still had a crush on Holly at the time (picture here).

I didn't win. Matt's pumpkin would have beat me.

Nice job, Matthew.

Sunday's festivities

Last Sunday we held Reformation Festival based on St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians 2: 1-10.

We had a joint service at Oak Park for the whole parish. I did have services at Mt. Olive on Sat. with Sat. School. But on Sunday we had one service with the kids singing ELH 72 "Thy Strong Word" and a focus on the power and singular authority of God's Word.

Ragna G.'s daughters donated a stained glass window in memory of their mother. You can find more about her story by clicking this link.

The window her daughters donated was the final window in the sequence of windows at Oak Park.

This trio of windows shows the work of God in Creation and the Law. Another trio shows the work of the Son in Salvation. Another trio shows the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church. At the front of the church the means of Grace: Baptism, the Word, Absolution, and the Lord's Supper are portrayed. The portrayal of the Creed is complete in our windows.

Thank you, ladies, for your wonderful gift.

We also celebrated the complete payment of the mortgage on the parsonage. Pr. Sparley initiated the construction of a parsonage for this parish. This September the parish completed paying the mortgage.

We burned the mortgage in front of the church.

Debt free.

It's really a good thing.