"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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 County Fair

Another Fair is now on the memory books.  Since we moved to the farm, the county fair has become the place to share our learned skills and projects.  The transition hasn't been easy to become true country folk not only in address but in spirit as well.

When we moved to the farm, I considered home baked bread frozen loaves from Schwan's. Over the years, I have really come to understand the process of bread making and love it.  What first seemed a hardship has turned into an amazing adventure. 

For those of you that have never been to a county fair or entered any items, I confess I hadn't either until 2008.  I was embarrassed that I was so pleased with the awards and over the years, I am still somewhat embarrassed but I do appreciate that things I make are seen beyond my humble home.

As to the county fair...it is a lovely thing.  I enjoy so many parts of the fair but say that the food makes me long for the next fair.  Oh fair food is greasy and full of terrible calories but dang is it ever delicious. 
A must for me every year is ribbon fries. 

I love the Ferris wheel to and snapped this photo from under the
porch of one of the buildings as it began to rain.

Not the best of photos, but here is part of the Home Ec barn.
If you click on the image you can see the felt/bead menorah
in the glass display case on the left side.

I love the rodeo as well.  It rained a good deal yesterday and we ended
up looking for parking as some of the riders were walking their horses
to the arena.

 

Here are the ribbons for the farm for 2014.
I am super excited that I received a Grand Champion ribbon
in baked goods, but I must be completely honest and share
that entries overall were down a good deal. 
Blue-first
Red-second
White-third

To Otero County Fair 2015
I can't wait to see ya!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Heya Kymber

Someone or somebot is almost impersonating you...

I have a comment from you about weed, signed you're friend Kimber.

Yep. You're AND Kimber...

NO ONE ever could be the one, the only, Kymber, the most awesome of Canadian bloggers.  

The comment will remain unpublished as I wonder if it has something attached to it.

To be fair,

I haven't mentioned anything about the County Fair this year.  Wow.  Most likely with the computer issues I forgot to share fair news.

It's County Fair time in our area and hotdiggity dog I love the Fair!

 Although our garden is far smaller than in years past we did enter
cocozelle, pattypan, rosemary, and chives in the farm division.

For the flower division we entered Hollyhock, Marigold, and Vinca's.

In the baked goods division, I entered round rye bread, biscuits, spice cake, 
trail mix, peanut brittle, and carrot cookies.


In the canned goods division, I entered watermelon pickles,  pickled onions, dill
and cucumber relish, carrots, dried carrots, dried mushrooms, elk jerky, cilantro,
rosemary, spearmint, lavender, yellow yarrow leaves, yellow yarrow flowers, 
mesquite bean jelly, apricot cranberry jam, and peach butter.

In the sewing division I entered cloth napkins, potholders, and an Americana
wallet.  


In the crochet division I entered a crocheted hat.

In the handcraft division I entered a gourd hot air balloon, a gourd goose


For the record...no rain on the first night of the fair although it thundered and threatened to rain.  I am going to share more about the fair in an upcoming post. 

 I did not get the best of photos of the items in the fair last night.  More about the fair soon!

Below the fold I have a neat surprise...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

With the rain

comes a promise.

I have to admit that the promise makes MY mountains
SPECTACULAR!

Friday, August 8, 2014

While offline

I had to allow this goodsnake* passage into the tire garden.

Temps were a bit cooler...
 
We had some flooding on the farm due to heavy rains.

Our garden is not really doing well. 
Thankfully we have found a wonderful market in El Paso
that has great prices and local foods.
 

The skies have been overcast but always with hope.
 
I have spent time here reading a ton and enjoying the company
of one sweetie.
 
And sadly, our closest neighbor to the east passed away.  It has been
hard most on his widow of 38 years.  


Rest in Peace David.
 
*goodsnake-click on word and scroll down.

Finally

back to the world wide web.