Wooden Duck Boat
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This week I finished the inside joints by sanding them down so that they can be glued. I also sanded down the bow and stern so the sharp edges are rounded. The next step was to glue in the supporting ribs. This will of course strengthen the boat and help it keep its shape. They will also be used to connect the doors for the layout blind cover. The ribs were cut so that they are flush with the foam I will use for flotation. I glued these pieces of foam in place. This week I’ll cut out and glue into place the false floor that covers and protects the flotation foam. I’ll also work on the connectors that will hold the layout blind doors in place.

Fathers
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Since its father’s day I figured I’d post the fathers on my father’s side. This list is the best we have been able to figure in all our research over the years. I’m sure there are inaccuracies and some of this might change in the future but none the less it is always pretty cool to see where we come from. Jenkins Life span Location occupation Historical event Thomas Jenkins 1545-1613 Kent England Henry VIII William Jenkins Nicholas Jenkins 1580-1631 Purleigh, England Shakespeare Elizabethan England Nicholas Jenkins 1624-1673 Purleigh, England To Virginia 1657 Indentured servant Jamestown John Jenkins 1658-1717 Westmoreland Co, VA Sailing master Jamestown Ezekiel Jenkins 1695-1750 Westmoreland Co, VA Fairfax Co, VA Farmer Ezekiel Jenkins 1728-1812 Westmoreland Co, VA Woodford Co, KY Farmer French and Indian War Revolutionary War William Jenkins 1754-1830 Westmoreland Co, VA Harrison Co, KY Farmer Served as a  guard in US army during Revolutionary War Elisha Jenkins 1806-1854 Fayette Co, KY Farmer Nathaniel Jenkins 1833-1902 Lexington KY labor Served in Civil War USA 6th KY Cav Newton Jenkins 1866-1958 Lexington, KY sawmill Nathaniel 1901-1978 Lexington, KY carpenter Russell L. Jenkins Rushville, IN Factory worker Russell S. Jenkins Rushville, IN Electric worker Aaron Jenkins Rushville, IN Catholic priest

Pascal Candle 2016
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We are just about two weeks away from Easter and as in years past I worked to create the Pascal Candle for my parish this year. For those who don’t know the Pascal Candle is normally a large candle used throughout the year in various liturgical celebrations. Its biggest role is at the Easter Vigil which begins around a fire and the Pascal Candle is used to bring that light, which symbolizes the light of Christ, into the Church. Also at the mass it is used to bless the holy water font and its light is passed around as we renew our baptismal promises that evening. The Pascal candle is placed by the ambo where we read scripture for entire Easter season. After that it is placed by the baptismal font and when we have a funeral it is placed by the casket. It’s my first Easter at St. Michael so an angel theme seemed appropriate. I tried a different technique this year to help create the art work on the candle. It’s my most detailed design and so to transfer the design onto the candle I needed to use an old trick I learned in art school. I first drew and organized the design on paper. Once I was happy with the design I made a photo copy of it. Next I sprayed the candle down with flat clear coat, (Testor’s Dull Coat to be exact). I then wrapped the copy face against the candle as tight as possible. […]

GenCon 2015
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I attended GenCon again this year. Its 4 days of gaming which I figured out this year I’ve been doing for over 20 years and if you count Axis and Allies it might be beyond 25 years. I doubt when my father introduced me and a friend to Axis and Allies all those years ago, as a way to keep us occupied and out of the adults hair, he imagined it would be a lifelong hobby. One of the good things about being closer to Indy is that I am again able to connect with the 19&one gaming club in Indianapolis. A few of these guys I have known since college and I think we put on a pretty good set of games for GenCon attendees. This year we offered 10 games of the 3D Game of Thrones game which is pretty impressive if you consider that those games ran 4 hours each and had 6 players. That’s a lot of hours gaming. We had a great placement in the gaming hall this year so we had a ton of traffic and it seemed like a picture was being taken of the game every 5 minutes or so. A fellow priest from Iowa came in and he ran the bulk of them. One bonus for him was that the guys who run Boardgame Geek stopped by and he got to talk with them about the game. I also ran a couple of American Civil War games using my simple rules. […]

Moving
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This weekend I am announcing that the Archbishop has asked me to become the pastor of St. Michael in Greenfield as well as the chaplain coordinator at Scecina High School. I have accepted and so will be leaving St. Teresa, my home for the last four years. I am sad to be leaving St. Teresa and excited to be moving to St. Michael’s. I ask for your prayers for both communities and myself during this transition. My last day at St. Teresa will be Sunday, June 14th and we will have a pitch-in dinner that afternoon from 2-5pm in the PCC. On June 15th I will leave for a previously planned trip to Ireland will return just before I take over at St. Michael’s at noon on July 1st. Thank you for your prayers. St. Teresa and St. Michael pray for us

Spring
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Spring seems to be here finally. I’ve been out and about enjoying the season. Mushrooms are popping up and I have found two batches, enough for dinner each night. Turkeys are gobbling but that season opens up mid next week and I thankfully have a week of vacation to enjoy it. I’ve also been transplanting a bunch of trees at the woods to create a screen and increase some habitat. its a lot of work but very satisfying. I was able to get some fishing in these last two days. First showing a friend how to fly cast and in the process caught a couple of small Blue Gills. Today I tromped through a river with a friend and caught nothing but still enjoyed the time out. While in the river we heard a tremendous crash of a rotten tree. When finished and drove back to the spot where I had left my truck we came across the tree. It was completely blocking the road. Lucky for us it was rotten so pretty light. Our only trouble was a couple of dazed squirrels who refused to leave their now destroyed house. My Bees are out and moving. I had two hives going into the winter and one survived and it is going pretty strong so hopefully I’ll be able to get a little bit of honey off of them. But it depends on the weather and spring honey flow.

Short List for Coolest Uncle
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I’m terrible at Christmas. It’s the busiest season of the year for most of the priests I know with everything we do during Lent crammed into 4 weeks instead of 6. So normally gifts consists of gifts cards or leaving it to my sister to pick stuff up for me. This year I had the idea to actually make my nieces and nephew their gifts. It started with the toy soldiers for my nephew. I have seen some sets out there were the soldiers were made from a cloths pin and then customized with look the part. I decided to make the American Revolution; British Grenadiers and American Continentals, not that a three year old would know the difference. The cannons were made from PVC pipe and wood and they fire a 1 ½” cannon ball. They turned out pretty good and of course it took him all of three seconds to find the weak spot and break the firing mechanism on the cannon but that was an easy fix. He needs a little more coordination before he will be killing his foe. I also made him a tent because I’m a bad uncle and did not have it ready for his birthday the month before. His sisters got a tent as well so he will need someplace to call his own. It’s a simple A frame tent made with small trees cut down and lashed together to form a frame. It came out well but its pretty dark in […]

Gen Con 2014 in review
Half of the gaming hall. Our tables were at the other end by the AEG sign.

My annual trip to Gen Con was a great one this year. The geek fest for RPGs, board games, miniatures, and fans of fantasy and SciFi stuff attracted about 50K people from around the world and certainly the most of the United States. The club I belong to puts on games during the event and I put on about 11 games in 4 days so while fun it is exhausting. My games went very well and I only had a couple folks who tested everyone’s nerves during play. The 3D Game of Thrones board went over great. Lots of folks gawking and taking pictures. I also put on a couple of 10mm American Civil war games as well as a couple of made up game of 2nd American Civil War with the scenario concerning a communist attack on docks in Chicago. Lots of fun and lots of hours at the game table (about 45 hours playing games in a 96 hour period) The gaming hall was huge this year and I strained my voice while running games with 10K people around me playing games as well. The dealer hall was packed every day at all hours and they had some stuff there that is hard to find at any other time. I am always amused at the coverage that Gen Con gets in the news. They always seem to focus on the Cosplay folks (people wearing costumes) but this year felt like to me there were fewer of these but […]

Paschal Candle
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During the Easter Vigil one of the first things we do is bless and candle that represents the light of Christ. Normally parishes buy them already made but a few years ago I learned how to paint them. It’s very easy. Get blank candle, sand it with very fine sandpaper so that it has a matte finish. Then paint it to your liking. There are a few elements required for its use. A Cross in the center, an Alpha and Omega at the top and bottom of the cross, the year placed in the quadrants of the cross, and the night of the vigil 5 nails are placed in the candle to represent the 5 wounds of Christ. Everything else is fluff but it does go a long way to make it more beautiful. During the Easter season the candle remains at the ambo where the reading are proclaimed and during the rest of the year it is placed by the baptismal font and it used during the baptism and funerals. This year’s candle is pretty simple but more colorful than my past candles. 

Sailing
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I’ve always been fascinated by sailing and after going up to Lake Michigan for a couple of years I interested in learning how to sail. Lucky for me a couple at the parish had an old Sunfish sailboat sitting in their garage. The one problem was that the fiberglass body had a big hole in it so they have lent it to me to use as long as I patch the hole. Well the hole has been patched and I have gone sailing the last two Mondays. There has not been much wind these days but today was little better than last Monday. It’s fun to go out for a couple of hours and learn the ropes and learn how little wind can push me and a small boat around the lake.