"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Dr. Adrian Rogers , 1931 - 2005

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

No need for a time machine

as I can see tomorrow~today because of two cuties:
It takes but 
one look.  One deep intense thoughtful look
in the eyes of a four month old~

or even a pondering glance beyond by a nearly 
one month old~and I see the future
and it is wonderful.

Pole (Bob)Cat

On the far south side of the property near an old pen~
the dogs had a bobcat up on a fence post.

This is the first one we have seen in the daylight in a while.
Usually we see them near the front gates high up on the gate post
as the dogs are pretty good at their jobs.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cleaning the air one

hawk at a time.  While I was driving the other day, I saw
a hawk in a puddle.  
At first I was concerned that it was injured because
I drove up quite close.

Then I realized that the hawk was enjoying a bit of
a bath and thereby ensuring that the pollution caused
by hawks would be reduced~ shwew.

The hawk wasn't ready to finish

and only flew a bit ahead, perhaps hoping I would allow
for him to finish.

We had a sort of stand off. 

I really did want him to win, but I had to continue on.
(I hope he pulled the plug on the puddle)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Snake Dog

Thena has proven to be quite the snake dog.  It's funny
how she will find one and then raise the alarm.  She has a 
very specific bark and I end up with chills down my spine.

We have had many snakes breach the yard this year.  Two under the porch,
several in the grass, and one by the house under the trash can.

I had arrived home and walked to the trash can to toss a water
bottle out.  Thena was crazy doing her snake bark and Millie would not let
me go near the can.

I called my knight.  Yep.  I call him for all 
of my snake issues.  I confess I have taken care
of snakes, when I needed to, but I prefer not being
the one to handle them as they scare me ever so much.
My Bill can make it to the farm in warp speed when I call.
The above picture is the snake as he was ready to strike when
Bill took care of it.

A silly thing about discovering a snake is that I cannot
leave sight of the snake until it is removed.  It is a horrible ten to
fifteen minutes but I am more creeped out about where the snake
may go...so Bill thanks for your timely arrival!

This was the thickest snake we have seen on the farm 
and tied for the longest.

It had the largest rattle of any that have made it to
the Double Nickel Farm science museum.


Now to Thena, I am thankful that we listen to the warning 
that she gives us.  She is an incredible desert dog and loves
the farm life. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Now I know

why Bill and I are together.  I mean, I am a cornball~sappy, romantic, believer that love can happen at first sight and on and on.  I never really considered Bill to be corny like me.

Today I discovered the truth.  I was driving to town and a Marty Robbins song came on the radio.  I have never listened to Marty Robbins by choice. I do not know many of his songs (or any?), but I thought, hey I'll listen for Bill as Marty Robbins is one of Bill's favorite's.

Bill is every bit as sappy and corny as me.  After listening to My Woman, My Woman, My Wife today, I know why we are together. 

We believe in the best in spite of the world.
We hope in the best in spite of the world.

To my bestest most amazing friend, handsomest husband, sweetest goof, and most charming of talkers...I am ever so happy to know that you are a corny goof just like me.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Art Class

As I feel like a kid again, I will share some things I have been doing in art class.  It has been a great opportunity to learn techniques that I never knew and I am definitely enjoying the time I spend there.
pencil drawing
One class I am taking grants me the choice on what I wish to learn.
I then try and create several items in that technique.
pencil drawing
I enjoy the simplicity of using a #2 pencil and often find myself drawing  
pretty much anywhere.
tissue paper, marker, chalk pastel, decoupage
I used to read to my children the books by Eric Carle so
I wanted to try and create images like he did.
This is a kitty that I have since finished. 

pencil and kitty
This kitty is in the way of a drawing I was trying to finish.

This was a drawing for another class that works in 2D.
I really love the detail.
oil pastel
Here are some fish I made.  I wanted
to create something very simple.

chalk pastel
For this project, I wanted to create a Lewis and Clark
style journal spotlighting various plants, animals, and such that
are specific to New Mexico.  I ended up creating nine pieces for this project.

tissue, pencil chalk pastel, water, decoupage
Here is another Eric Carle type image.  This one was almost finished when I snapped 
this photo.  I really love that I can create things that I have thought about for a long time.

Now I have always crafted, but the time I am taking to learn new methods has allowed
for me to really create many things and I am pretty content.

I even made Bill in the Eric Carle style.  I will share that another day.