Monday, April 27, 2009

Rainy Days and Mondays...

We were blessed with another rainy day today. Lord willing, we are forecast to have another one tomorrow. Rainy days are a blessing for the land and bless us with a somewhat slower day. Not much outside work is done and we enjoy the cooler temperatures during the warmer seasons. Inside though much of the normal work still goes on. Today I finished canning Boss Hog and started to render all the fat we got off of him. Michael cut some pretty nice pork chops from the meat before we cut up the rest. We also saved the ribs to smoke and Michael is curing the 20lb ham.

Here is another reading selection by Rev. William Jay from his book "Morning Exercises for Everyday in the Year" p. 148-149:

We judge prematurely. He that believeth maketh not haste. It is good for a man not only to hope, but quietly wait for the salvation of God; and one reason is, because it will prevent a wrong conclusion. "Therefore," says the apostle, "judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come." You would not judge the abilities of the limner from the unfinished sketch, but you would wait till the canvas had received the last touches of his masterly pencil. You would not judge of the perfection of a building from the digging of the foundation, and the coarse materials lying in a kind of disorder all around, especially if you had never seen the plan or the model; but you would stay till the parts were all put together in their places, and the top stone brought forward with shouting. Let us stay till God has done. "What I do," says he, "thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter." Then everything will speak for itself. Then shall we walk, not by faith, but by sight. Then we shall see what we now believe, and for ever acknowledge, "He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are judgement: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He."

As I write the family is working on their first batch of sauerkraut. I have never tried sauerkraut before so I guess I won't be prejudiced about the taste of our homemade batch. Here is a picture of Michael supervising Jennifer cutting up cabbage:

And here is Tracy cutting up cabbage too. Funny thing that she is unsupervised since she is the one that cut the tendon in her finger while she was sharpening a filet knife. Nothing that a "little" surgery won't fix though!

Reforming Daily,
"Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." Mark 10:15


At April 28, 2009 at 4:42 AM , OpenID debylin said...

Praise God for the rain. I am not a big sauerkraut fan, but do like cooked cabbage in a stew. My taste buds are definitely going to have to adapt to a different style of cooking for sure. Do you think it will be to late to plant a garden when we get there? Was hoping to put one in right away! It will be the beginning of June by the time we get there.

At April 28, 2009 at 7:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Danielle,

Thanks for sharing the processes and pictures again. Lot's of work, but great provisions! Hope your kraut is tasty to you. Need to try that "process", yet. We use lots of kraut, so I need to learn to make it. Plan to grow more cabbage than usual this year to give it a try. Thanks for sharing the reading also. Wonderful to hear you've had much needed rain. It's rained the last 3 days here too, so things are really popping out of the ground finally! Plan to can Rhubarb for the first time alone and of course strawberry/rhubarb jam, etc.. Should get a good crop of Raspberries, Lord willing, this year too.

God bless your efforts!


At April 28, 2009 at 12:12 PM , Anonymous alc said...

Glad you have gotten some rain. Danielle you don't know what you've been missing by not ever having sauerkraut before. Make sure you put some good mustard on it and have it with sausage. Especially the homemade kind will really be good.


At April 28, 2009 at 2:19 PM , Blogger Ginny said...

I hope your sauerkraut turns out wunderbar! I shudder to think of eating all that pork without at least SOME sauerkraut! LOL!


At April 28, 2009 at 3:12 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

When you get here it may be too hot to plant anything right away. But the months before you plant some plants that grow better in the cooler months it will give you time to "work" the soil where you will have your garden. Like tilling it up, adding some compost or manure, maybe double digging the ground. Michael will have lots of helpful tips on getting a garden started. You will want some time to get a fence put up too. The soil here is most likely very different than the Canadian soil you are used to working. Can't wait to see you!!


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