Okay, now more:

by John McNichol on April 6, 2017

Thursday, 4/6/2017

Hey, all.
Okay, let me write-up that ‘more’ I promised a while back:

On March 17th:
Big St . Patrick’s Day!
1) Made Potato pancakes with a fried egg and chives on top, ranch+dill dipping sauce for brunch!

Spent the early afternoon going bowling (reduced rate! Whoo hoo!). Next day, on the 18th, we had, St.Paddy’s day stuff in Ft. Worth after we spend the morning getting shots for the dog and a friend moved. Busy day!
Latre, Making dinner, while the Irish Rovers play in the background on youtube! Yum! Jeanna made beer-battered fish while I made beer-cheese dip, and a tumbler of Guinness for kid that wanted it, dyed green, of course.

Both lent and St. Paddy’s day mixed well! And green mint milkshakes for dessert.
Heh….kids get a little tumbler of Guinness, dyed green.

…I’d wanted to hit an Irish pub, but instead…. Best of all, Jeanna broke into a dance- an Irish Jig! – at the Drunken Sailor song!
Jeanna and Claire were Irish dancing to the Irish Rovers on Youtube while I clapped time.
Better than any pub, for me, I’ll say.


Getting ready for Easter now; prom is coming up for the older kids, trying to get Jamesey to look presentable for school in the morning, Trying to get Chrisopherd to balance his schoolwork and sports, and…
We got a visit from the Dog Whisprerer!
We’ve been having trouble curbing the dog’s agression. A local person wwe met on the ICON network graciously and generously donated her time to show us how to train PIper to see us as alpha dogs, rather than sheep she wants to herd. Preferred method with the Australian Shepherd: Poke it in the gut, like its mom does.

Next day: “SHe’s like a normal dog!”
ANswer: “Yeah, and it only took 3-400 gut punches to get her there…..”

Not bad as it seems….still… :)
Good dog. Good house, Good kids. Great wife, Awesome job!
Thank you GOd, for all you do for me and my family, especially the things I don’t notice. :)


St Pat’s, and Crazy Dogs….

by John McNichol on April 2, 2017


Hey, All!
St Patrick’s day is a fave in my home. For breakfast on the Saturday after, I made Potato Pancakes with eggs over-hard yolk, and sourcream on the side. Turned out well! Even the fussiest eaters ate when I told them it was a giant french fry. :)

We had Irish Rovers music playing through the house all day, and then visited the Stockyards in Fort Worth, watched the Longhorn cattle drive, and teh Cowtown Goes Green parade! Lunch on yummy burgers, and dinner had even the little kids getting a tumbler full of guinness with green food dye. Green milkshakes for dessert, and watched the movie Patrick (the one with Malcom McDowell as the mean bishop) courtesy of Youtube. :)

Since then: OUr Dog, piper, has been a bit of a challenge. We had some new & wonderful friends give us some tips, which helped. But the local “Dog Whisperer” we met on the ICON network gave us some even better points, and so far we just might be able to keep little Piper the dog! :D

Moving towards the Easter season. I have been hit & miss (mostly miss….) when it comes to my lenten resolution. Yipes!
More details later!


It’s Lent!

by John McNichol on March 5, 2017




Lent…..cap during lent...


…yeah, it’s like that. I’m restricting my food intake. Seeing I just can’t get over the weight-loss hump of a certain point, plus teaching Dante’s Inferno to my amazing students and seeing what Dante had in store for the Gluttons in the 3rd circle of Hell….well, yeah. I’m going to curtail my food intake this Lent. And by the 3rd day, I’m like Cap above.


catholic meme batman ash wednesdayI always know when I’m around a non-Catholic on Ash Wednesday. :)
A number of good things lately:

-We have a trampoline

-we have a puppy! An Australian Shepherd Mini (?), about a month old. The name we settled on was Piper, but Jamesy keeps calling it ‘Pooper.’ :)

-I got some 2nd hand tickets to take Chris to his 1st B-Ball game. Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers. Mans won! And Chris loved it. Not as much culture among the Mav fans as the Stars fans, but we still had a BLAST! Event tickets here are way cheaper than they were in Portland, thanks to this neat resale site I found that’s based here in Dallas. Whoo hoo!

-Susie’s buddy gal BFF (whatever the slang is today for best friend) will come by next week. Yay!
-Took Jeanna to see Stomp for Valentine’s day- did I mention that? The whole 7th row was empty….away we went! :)
-Susie’s soccer team didn’t make the playoffs…by one point…which was scored in a 10-shot PK series after both teams went into double overtime, scoreless…a heartbreaker, but…now she’s in track!
-Chris is IN basketball for his middle school team, and may be going to Indianna and Chicago with the LoC priests on the Conquest trip. Conquest is kind’ve like Catholic boy scouts, but without the goofy politicized junk and with explicitly Catholic teachings mixed in with the amazing sports, speaker sand other events.

-We have also found an amazing local artist, whose business is performed un Akathist Art here in Dallas area. We met Mrs. N_ when Susie began babysitting the N_ kids, and (as has happened with so many other wonderful folks out here) struck up a friendship! She’ll now be using her considerable art skills to make a McNichol family crest we’ll hang in our living room. :)

-I’ve started my courses at UD. A tad spendy, but I get a little discount for being a teacher. Yay!
God thank you for the good things you’ve given me. Thank you for Lent, and for the crosses you’ve given me. Amen.



Hey! Wanna hear me speak?

by John McNichol on February 21, 2017

…..I’m with CMG Booking. Check me out as a Catholic speaker!

Thanks, all!


New times! Great times!

by John McNichol February 11, 2017

2/11/17 Hey, all! Well, mid February, and I can be outside at a lit fountain at a lovely outdoor mall in Dallas (“Southlake”), 77 degrees with a full moon, a clear starry sky and a soft breeze blowing through my hair. I have a wonderful job, my wife is healthy, my kids go to a […]

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Happy New Year! And Travel and parties, and….

by John McNichol January 16, 2017

1/16/17 Hey, all! Jeanna and I had a wonderful new years! Some new friends of ours, the H——-s, invited us over spontaneously for a NYE visit, along with some other folks from their parish, Mater Dei in Irving, TX. Jeanna had a wonderful time, especially! It was great to see her chatting with the ladies. […]

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At the Zoo…and…puppies?

by John McNichol December 30, 2016

Fri Dec 30/2016 Hey, all! Trying to find activities for a visiting college student and the rest of the family can be a challenging experience. “Well, KatieKat, you chose the Library the other day, what else would you like to do?” “Hmmm….the zoo?” Sounds good. Jeanna and I got up, made a nice breakfast for […]

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Christmas! Post Christmas! And other Stuff!

by John McNichol December 28, 2016

12/28/2016 Hey, all! Merry Christmas! Oldest and KatieKat flew out here for Christmas, and we had a good time.  Short? Yeah, but there’s often too much at these things to either do them justice or put them in the proper context. Oldest flew back on the 26th, KAtieKAt is here for about 2 more weeks. […]

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Date Night, and Merry Christmas!

by John McNichol December 19, 2016

December 19/2016 Hey, all! Lot happening the last little while: 1) Eaxms. My students finished them a few days ago, and I am still wading through finishing them (hope this is the day!) while doing the life-thing right before Christmas. While I was at work on Friday & the kids were done, I looked around […]

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Happy Birthday…Happy Advent, too!

by John McNichol December 13, 2016

12/13/16 Hey, all! lot in the last few weeks: 1) Jeanna’s birthday was a few days back! Great time- we managed to get everything on her list, and had a lovely little celebration for her in the dining room! Thanks to some of the good folks at the Irving Catholic Online Network (ICON for short), […]

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