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Closing Comments

Just letting any real visitors to my old blog know that I have closed comments on this blog, as it has been getting a lot of spam.

This entire blog, along with new material, can be found at my new blog’s site:  Sithrah Farm.  I apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for stopping by, and please visit me at my new site!

My New Blog is Up!

Thank you for your patience, as I struggled to figure out the mountain of settings I was faced with!

I knew I would have a lot of options available, but it was even more than I expected.  A lot depends on the theme you choose, and I picked one that is particularly customizable — which can be good and bad.

Most of the delay sprang from the fact that I wanted split sidebars (a sidebar on the left and another on the right), and, in spite of the fact that I had set the theme to have this option, it refused to display this way.  Both sidebars kept appearing at the right side.

I was reluctant to put anything into the left sidebar, which was empty, until the problem was fixed.  It turned out, though, that as soon as I put something in it, it moved over to where it was supposed to be!  All that time and frustration, and all I had to do was stick something in it.

So now it is up, but by no means am I finished tinkering with it.  I have lots of things to add, and I’m not sure I’ve finalized the colors or fonts, my background doesn’t display quite the way I want it to, and so on.

But please, visit my new blog, and leave me a comment!  Tell me what you think!

Here’s the link:  Sithrah Farm.

Soon, a redirect will be in place, so that you will be taken there automatically if come here.

New blog almost ready!

I apologize for taking so long in getting my new blog set up!

In my defense, I set up Shay’s new blog first, because I knew it would be simpler.  Still, I didn’t expect it to be so difficult to find a theme I liked that wouldn’t take a LOT of tweaking to be the way I wanted it.  I finally found one, though.

Just a couple of things to iron out, and it will be ready to go live.  :)

When it does, I’ll post the new address here.  Shortly after, there will be a redirect in place, so when you visit here, you will be taken there automatically.

I initially thought I’d continue posting here until I had the new one ready, but then I realized that all my new content would not be at the new blog.

Thank you so much for your patience!

Blog move coming soon!

Part of the reason it’s been a bit since I posted is that I have been doing some research.  Research on blog moving options.

As part of a forum, the RabbitTalk blogs are very much in a security lockdown.  They present a vulnerability to the forum that doesn’t exist with a regular blog hosted elsewhere, and linked in your forum signature.

When I started this blog, I strained against the restrictions placed on it.  Once I understood why they were there, I settled down.  Our amazing webmaster told me that if I ever outgrew the setup, he’d be happy to help me move it.

Outgrow?  Move?  Nah, this is safe.  I’ll stay here.

Well, okay, I’ve outgrown it.  I want to stretch my wings.  I want to fly.  I want a live updating blogroll that’s easier to deal with.  I want an editable theme.  I want… lots of things!

So I’m going to be moving soon.  When it happens, I will post my new address.  Don’t worry, MidnightCoder has offered me a redirect, so you can still come here, and you’ll be taken there.  :)

Please bear with me!

In celebration of a life well lived.

I met Nick Kalivoda in 1989.

I was in the midst of a very tumultuous time of my life.  I was a 19-year-old college computer programming student.  Nick was a 67-year-old Bible teacher.

The meeting had been arranged by my family, in an attempt to get through to me.  But I was too intimidated to be reached.   Not that he was intimidating, but that didn’t stop me from being afraid of him for no reason.

Years later, after coming to my senses, I learned what an absolute jewel he was.  This was after I let go of all the bitterness I had harbored over all the things my family had tried during that time, trying to reach me.  Nothing bad, but I was bitter anyway.  I finally got over myself, and forced myself to look at it all through more objective eyes.  I was royally messing up, and they were trying to keep me from royally messing up for life.

But this post is not about me.  It’s about Nick.  Nick, who is now in the arms of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ.

Nick grew up in a Catholic family, was born again as a teenager, and later especially enjoyed teaching about God’s grace.  He taught the Bible for decades, tirelessly.  He recorded his lessons so those in his classes could review them.  Then those in his classes began buying copies for others.

He taught some topical studies, but many of his teachings were verse-by-verse through entire books of the Bible.  He believed, as we do, that the Bible is the very Word of God, and he treated it accordingly.  He used proper methods of study, especially stressing context, since the Bible can be made to say anything, if you take a bit of it out of context.

A memorial service was held for him, and I obtained a copy of the program:

In celebration of a life well lived. That could not have been better put.

He will be very much missed.

All those years later, and he still fit his uniform!

He already had a good bit of grey when I met him, so this is obviously from well before that.

Some 20 years ago, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  He fought it and taught for all this time.  As he got older, his stamina diminished, and he taught less often.  But he had already raised up and taught other men, so they could teach as faithfully to the scriptures as he.

He was the quintessential contradiction to the slick and showy tactics of the innumerable hucksters currently shepherding and deceiving the church.  His quiet speech belied his genuinely authoritative presence… authoritative because he was so thoroughly steeped in God’s Word, yet so humble and loving a man.  Technology passed him by.  To the last lesson he taught, he continued to use the overhead projector that we who are old enough will remember from our classrooms at school.  His overheads were just as flashy — typed Bible verses, with the occasional typed quote from another source, and the exceedingly rare simple diagram.

He did finally make his lessons available on CD, as well as cassette.

Also in contrast to the aforementioned hucksters, he never took a dime from the ministry (not that paying a pastor is wrong; that’s another subject).  Prices of recordings covered the cost of replacement materials.  Donations helped rent space for the study, as attendance was frequently well over 80, and also helped air the lessons on several radio stations.  Any extra went not to him, but to missions.

Thanks to his foresight, the study continues with the men he trained, as do the radio broadcasts, and the missions support.

The two booklets he wrote, “Grace” and “Heaven’s Password”, can be downloaded for free at his ministry’s website I have had linked in my right sidebar from the beginning:  Radio Bible Courses.

Nick's favorite subject: the grace of God.

A study on what it means to "believe".

There are also many study materials available for order, each of which is available on MP3 CD, in addition to cassettes, which Nick never abandoned, in spite of the fact that they cost a lot more.  I don’t even have a cassette player any more!  But I guess enough people do.

There is also a full DVD hermeneutics course taught by Dr. Earl Radmacher.  Hermeneutics is Bible interpretation… so this course teaches how to “rightly divide” or correctly interpret the Bible.  As I mentioned before, the Bible can be made to say anything, when pulled out of context and edited with enough ellipsis points.  This course teaches how to study it so you do not misinterpret it.  This is a Bible college – level course, on 27 DVDs, with a workbook on CD.

It seems pricey, but it’s a lot cheaper than Bible college.  I plan to have my children take this course, in addition to as many of Nick’s classes on CD as possible.

*sigh*  I didn’t really mean to go into all that… I guess it’s just my excitement about the teaching.  It’s just excellent!  And the tremendous effect he has had on my family.  He will be so very missed by so very many, but we who trust Jesus as our Savior will see him again one day, and it will be wonderful to see him well.

The full and truly amazing life of Nick Kalivoda is summarized in his obituary.

Hey, I got in!

I’m not quite sure why, but I’ve been unable to log into my blog recently.

I finally managed to get in, but I do have an error message I have reported to my webmaster.  Why I hadn’t contacted him before, I don’t know.

Ah, well.  I’m back now.  Time to post!  :D

Change to comment period

Just wanted to let you know that I have closed comments on posts that are over 90 days old.  When a post hits that mark, comments on that post will automatically be closed.

I had left them open because I did not want to exclude the comments of those who might come across a post they like long after it has been posted.

I am closing them because my experience has been similar to that of a friend who had a blog.  The only people who comment on posts that old are spammers.  That didn’t bother me for a while, as I’d have only one or two spam comments to moderate every once in a while (there are thousands that I never see — I see only those that made it past the automatic filter).  Lately, it hasn’t been unusual for me to need to moderate 10 of them an evening.

I don’t need to be doing that.  The time is short, and I don’t need to be wasting it on moderating fake comments.

I love getting comments.  If you really want to comment on an older post, send me an email through the contact page, and I’ll reopen it temporarily for you.  :)

Thank you all for coming here and reading.  I apologize for not posting as much as I thought I could around this time.  I had forgotten that I needed to work on the family calendar when I said that!  I’ll be posting plenty in a few weeks.

This is a heartwarming video about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome (like my own ILoveBunnies and Bunny-Wan Kenobi).  He saved up for two years for a LEGO kit he really wanted, only to find at that point that the kit was discontinued:

That will bring a smile to your face.  :)

Please pardon my infrequent posting, it will continue for a few more weeks, as at this time every year I create our family calendar.  I create and print them myself, and we give them out to friends and family every year.  I get emails asking when they are coming if I am late!

Once the calendars are in the mail, I will be back.  :)

And so we continue.

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
(Dan 4:17)

That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
(Dan 4:25)

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
(Col 1:16-17)

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
(Pro 21:1)

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
(1Ti 2:1-4)

I cannot say that I believe our country made a wise decision a week ago.

Many people would conclude that I am, therefore, a racist.  They would be wrong.

My votes never have anything to do with the color of anyone’s skin, or any other aspect of ethnicity.  I have voted for Alan Keyes several times.  I moved from Florida shortly before I would have had the pleasure of voting for Marco Rubio.  I have voted for whites, blacks, and Latinos, and I have voted for men and women.

When I do my election research, I look for history, votes, quotes, comments from supporters, comments from opponents, issue positions, articles… anything I can find that will tell me about the person’s true character and beliefs.  What is this person’s view of life?  Of the role of government?  Of the Constitution?  Of rich people?  Of taxes?  Of spending?  Of Israel?  Who endorses him?  Who opposes him?  Etc., etc., etc.

I mark the person who, as far as I can tell, comes as close as possible to a reverent regard for our Constitution, which was penned by men much wiser than they are given credit for today, as they are widely viewed with contempt.  They saw these days of trouble coming from afar off, days in which we struggled to remember our foundations, and wondered what would be the outcome of it.  I believe it was Thomas Jefferson and John Adams who corresponded about it.  They thought that we would ultimately make the right decision.  We shall see.

(By the way, I voted third-party for President this election, as has become my custom, as neither Democrats nor Republicans seem interested in the Constitution beyond giving it lip service, for the most part.)

There are plenty of people who believe that socialism is the right decision.  It isn’t, if you are interested in keeping our Constitution.  There are plenty of socialist countries.  I share the opinion of many others:  if you think it’s such a good idea, go move to a country that already has it.  It has already been tried here, repeatedly.  It doesn’t work any better here than anywhere else in the world.

I have always found it ironic and amusing that so many of Hollywood glow about the governments of socialist and communist countries.  These same people will trash America.  Now, why would they choose to stay here, since this country is so horrible, and these others are so wonderful?  Because they know what side their bread is buttered on.  It’s this country that has allowed them the freedom to become what they are.  In a socialist country, they’d be figuratively squashed like bugs (which would not make many of us unhappy, by the way).

What was the purpose of this country?  To provide a place where everyone could be assured of an equal, fair outcome?  No.  It was to provide an environment in which anyone, especially with persistence and hard work, could have a chance at happiness and prosperity.  To provide an environment of liberty even in faith, in which the government could not set up one faith and outlaw others.  To provide a place where government itself was suspect and bound, severely limiting its ability to restrict the freedoms of the people.  To provide a place where one need not fear the government.

People complain about stalemates in Washington, but our government has frequent stalemates by design.  It slows the ability of the government to take actions that would hurt us.  Possibly the worst thing that happened in our government was the installation of air conditioning at the Capitol.  This allowed our House and Senate to stay in session much more, giving them more opportunity to erode our freedoms.

Our Founding Fathers knew well the dangers of government.  They restrained it as much as possible.  Unfortunately, it has broken many of its bonds, and has been feeding itself handsomely on the backs of its citizens ever since.

The answer is not more of this, it is less of it.  It’s not government assuring you of a fair outcome, it’s people individually taking responsibility for their own risks, their own decisions, their own care and feeding, their own preparation for the future, etc.

Was life hard before big government and socialist redistribution?  Sure it was.  But people had more interest in making a way for themselves, because nobody else was going to do it for them.  You could decide what sort of food to eat, and you were responsible for the consequences if those choices were not wise.  Today, we are allowed to make few decisions, and we are rarely allowed to fail when we do make decisions.  The result is laziness, an inability to think for oneself, penalty for success, and a lack of freedom.

*sigh*

Ultimately, though, I know that God was not caught by surprise at the result of the election last week.  The Word of God is filled with examples of Him bringing one nation to conquer another, as punishment for wickedness, and for other reasons.

If He can turn the heart of a king like a river, He can direct this President to His will.  Not that His will will be pleasant at this point.  This country has strayed far.  But I know that whatever comes, He will carry us through.  Unlike me, God can see the big picture, and somehow, this all fits into it.  I just have to trust and obey.

I’m back!!! The move is done!

I certainly intended at first to continue posting all while we were improving the land, setting the home on it, building outbuildings, moving in, and all that.  Within reason, of course, since there was a period of time during which we had no internet access.

As it turned out, the craziness increased exponentially the closer we got to moving.  We were hardly ever home (at my uncle’s house).  When we were, we were either packing like mad, or exhausted.

We moved on September 6th.  Like I said, we had no internet access for a while.  Even once we got it a few weeks ago, I did not have much time to devote to posting.

Now that I’m back, I want to bring you through the rest of the process we have been through.  My next post will be a response to a post over at a blog I love, and, after that, I will pick up where I left off… after the bushhogging, the delivery of the container, the delivery of the home to the dealer, and all that.  I don’t want to skip all the adventures and misadventures we’ve had along the way.

I will be working to post frequently, so I can pull you up to present-day happenings as quickly as possible.  :)