"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, June 28, 2016

A bit after 6 this morning

and here is a snippet of what I saw.

 The sun as it was slowly peeking out with an overcast sky.

The mesquite beans are looking great.
Can't wait to begin collecting to dry for snacks for the 
critters, for coffee, and jelly. 

Another look back to the morning as the clouds break away.
 
Some of the henny penny's enjoy a snack.
 
The brooder.  Some time this week this mini flock will
be introduced to the coop as this will be taken over by the
next group of chickies.
Do you like our simple perch?  We came up with that 
in a blink as we were trying to come up with one.
This morning as we walked out the chickies were 
perching wonderfully!
 
Duck duck-Goose run! 
The geese are growing fast and we needed them in a 
place protected so under the back is perfect.   Their
domain will be the back yard and keeping the bugs down.

The girls.  
 
And finally some of the plants I am growing on the front porch. 

That was my wee bit post of things before 7.  
I forgot to take a photo of my pardner while out and about
but my Pard was tall and made me smile and laugh the entire
time!

Monday, June 27, 2016

I would like to

write about the Bible.  

I did not own my own Bible until I was about 22.  I had never read the Bible completely through until I was about 28-29.  I did not understand how the Old and New Testaments worked or why they were in the Bible together until about 8-9 years ago (so ages 40-41). 

I did not really begin to read, study, and pray about the Truth in the Bible until a person that is not a believer challenged me on something I was absolutely certain was truth and was in the Bible.

Then my life changed.

For those that have not read the Bible but may have watched or read say something by Tim LaHaye in the Left Behind circuit, I challenge you to read your Bible.

For those of you that claim to be part of the Christian world that is called Protestant, I challenge you to read your Bible and history and see why Protestants were called Protestants.  Then I challenge you to see if your church is separate or removed from the church that was protested or are you still complying with doctrine established by that church.  I will update exactly who these churches are in a future post to be less vague. 

If you read your Bible, do you read it separately?  Meaning the Old Testament is for a people that are no longer part of the Father's plan and that the New Testament is new about grace and not the old laws which no one could keep.

If you read your Bible are you praying as you read the news?  Are you seeing scripture unfold before your eyes?

If you have responses to any or all of this post, please leave a comment.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me

It is my birthday.  I usually only have a vague mention of my birthday with a reference to my cake of choice which is not a cake but a pumpkin pie.  I am not a fan of boisterous celebrations and most certainly do not like me being the spotlight.  This is not new, I have always been this way.  I do not like the feeling when everyone is looking at me singing etc.  As a  parent I was in control and thereby made the kids birthdays a family dinner event and then allowed for mine to pass with just pie.  Usually the pie is mine for the week to eat because the goof troop and Bill are not pumpkin pie fans.  I always wonder about my choice of pie was it mine or my Mom's?  She had 8 kids and my younger sister's birthday is two days before mine.  Perhaps cake in two days wasn't something that sounded good so she gave me pie instead.  No matter, as I love it.

Although I do not like being in the public eye in the real world, I do share a window to me here, so today in honor of my last year of my 40s I will share 49 things about me.  I will try and come up with some things never shared before~so here goes:
  1.  I do not like to have the traditional American breakfast for breakfast.  Every couple of months I will have a breakfast for dinner meal of a pancake, scrambled eggs, and potatoes and onions. 
  2.  I have had to change one flat tire in my entire life.  When I was dating Bill (for those few days before we married),  we had a flat tire, and he told me that I needed to change it.  He walked me through it, but he wanted me to understand how to do it in case I ever was in the middle of nowhere (pretty much often in the west), and I had a flat.  Since then, Bill has taken care of every auto issue I ever have. 
  3.  I love random bits of information.  Seriously.  I study things that have no connection all the time, because I am so interested in pretty much everything.
  4.  I never had Brussels Sprouts until this past year.  I have been making up for lost time since!
  5.  I have never tried asparagus either but I bought one yesterday to begin the year right!
  6.  I prefer mismatched instead of matched in how I arrange my house to the setting of the table.  
  7.  I do like NOT* alcohol.  I do not like seeing alcohol as so spotlighted in everything.  This is what I wrote about alcohol and a twelve year old me.* I left out the word not. This is an update.
  8.  I was born in a southern state, raised in the Midwest, married in the west, lived in Germany and settled in the southwest. 
  9.  I actually wrote in a memory book while I was in high school I would NEVER marry a Bill, Joe, Jim, or Bob, as those were the most common of names of boys when I was a girl.  My Bill now is nicknamed Billyjoejimbob because even though he is of Mexican ancestry, and the first of his family born in the US, he has two of the names I vowed that I would never marry.  
  10.   I try to NEVER say never anymore.
  11.   I raised my kids in a fascinated state as each developmental stage was so incredible for me.  Even now watching them (or as I say~observing them) still impresses me.  We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made
  12.  I have three brothers, Bill is of three brothers, I have three sons, my father was of three brothers and my mother had three brothers. Hmm.
  13.  I never painted on a canvas until I was 47 years old.  Now I have a good amount of paintings on canvas.  Someday perhaps I will be bold enough to share them beyond my blogity world. 
  14.  I have six encyclopedia sets.  They are of differing topics and two are for young adults.  I bought all of them at thrift stores AND I love reading and re-reading them.  
  15.   I began collecting Pyrex as the result of a wedding present of nesting bowls.  I love Pyrex and still collect pieces but they must be under a few dollars for me to buy it.  
  16.  I have a scar on my left leg thanks to my brother Pete, our friend Tim, and firecrackers.  It is 5 inches long.  
  17.   I am double-jointed in my left thumb.  
  18.  I used to run track and was very fast.  I ran the 100, 200, 200 hurdles and the 440 relay.  When I began it was yards and then midway changed to meters.  I have old newspaper clippings as well as medals and ribbons.  
  19.   I take my shopping cart to the cart caddy or to the inside of the store nearly 100% of the time.  If I don't it is because one of the kids is with me and they do.
  20.   I am not a vegetarian but I really do not eat meat.  Hmm.
  21.   I am currently reading along with the Bible, 7 books.  They are all nonfiction books.
  22.   I no longer read fiction.  
  23.  I am in my pajamas even though I have been up since 5:20ish.  
  24.   I am certain I will still be in pajamas until 9 or so. 
  25.   I went outside and fed the animals in my pajamas and probably will tomorrow as well. 
  26.  Too much information isn't it?
  27.   I made the present for Grandson #1 b-day.  I planned it months ago and will be making something similar for Grandson #2 in four months. 
  28.   I love love.  Seriously.  I love a sappy love story where both the husband and wife genuinely love each other and work each day to be in love. 
  29.   I love Bill.  
  30.   He told me before I even opened my eyes this morning that he is IN love with me.  Pretty wonderful words to hear when one is a year older!
  31.  I am tucking this one in here because by this point I believe most that stopped to visit may have quit reading.  I love to swim.  I miss swimming and it is the one thing I truly wish I could do every day.  
  32.   I love children.  
  33.   I love seeing young families.
  34.   I love seeing older couples.
  35.   I broke my ankle my senior year in high school.  See #7 to understand the cause.
  36.   I painted my cast purple.  In 1985.  Even then I was creating, crafting, and defining my space, my way.
  37.   I also wore a crocheted Christmas stocking on my foot to keep my toes warm, as I broke it in the winter and had to walk in the icy snow on crutches.  My fault!!
  38.   We do not celebrate Christmas now.  It has been about 10 years in coming.  We are not of some fringe church, but studied the roots of Christmas(easy to discover on line) and took to heart that we are not to learn the way of the heathen.  
  39.  I do not judge those that do celebrate, but wish for any and all to click on the link on the top right of my blog.  I have begun sharing the Bible holy days that the Creator established for man, and then using information available on line share how man changed the holydays to holidays that are not Biblical.
  40.   I ask any that think I am crazy for #'s 38 and 39 to share with me any Biblical verses that tell us we should celebrate Christmas.  It is a study I am willing to continue if one can show me using the Bible. 
  41.  These next ones are doozies~in a trivia mindset.   My sibling group is like this: Girl, Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy,  Boy, Girl, Girl.   Bill's is like this: Girl, Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy, Boy, Girl.  (the same minus the last girl)  
  42.  The oldest two girls on both sides have names that begin with the letter C.  The next girl on both sides has a name that begins with the letter L.  The oldest son is named after the father.  
  43.   Bill and my mom shared the same birthday.  Crazy for those of us that think in a strange weird way. 
  44.  When I began my life in 1988 crossing the country into some unknown place I was reading a book where the main character was named Billy (and our last name).  I had never heard that last name before, and after I met Bill I stopped reading that book and put it in a Ziploc baggie and put it a memory box.  I mean seriously how does this happen?
  45.  I am getting a ton of texts and calls right now.  My Bill is so sweet and I know he reminded all the kids.  The goof.  I love him more than he can ever know,  and I pray I can show him each and every day.
  46.   I love New Mexico.  Seriously.  This is my view.  I am not famous, nor am I rich.  I am simply a person that is living with a beautiful mountain in front of my house and it is mine free each and every day to enjoy. 
  47.   I am drinking unsweetened tea in my Rio Grande Zoo mug.  I shared about our zoo visit here
  48.   I make tons of notes every day.  See #3 and #14.  I cannot believe how amazing the world is and how many interesting things occur.  I also study history~you know the quote by Edmund Burke don't you?
  49.  Hmm.  That's 49.  I am wordy aren't I?  I love being 49(well so far at least), and would never say I am 29 or 39.  I embrace this age as many people aren't fortunate enough to make it to 49.  I look forward to many new things this year and pray that I stay focused on my Creator, loving my Bill, watching my kids(and loving them) as they continue on, loving the grandkids, enjoying the farm, and taking each day for the gift that it is.  May any and all of you that stuck it through to the end~ Hip hip hurray!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today

in history:  One year ago today Bill and I became grandparents for the first time.

In farm news:
Quail have the most lonesome of calls to each other.  It makes me reflective when I hear a quail calling out.  This quail was perched high in the sheep pen.

I do love flowers brightening up the desert. This is in the bucket with our pepper plant.  Why yes, that is a stump that the bucket is on!


Dehydrating some onions this week.  I love to snack on dried onions~sorry Bill :)!

Some thoughts as I close this post:
Last Sunday we had two visits, one in the morning and these visitors helped Bill with the new barn and then we feed them lunch.  We had a nice time and they loved all the things we have ongoing on the farm.  It seems like life here will be a constant project as there is so much to do and so little time in each day.  They made me smile, because they were genuinely interested in the framing of the windows, the woodstove rockwork, the art work I have made, the back yard, the porch and the critters.  Then we had a visit in the evening with a group that had BBQ with us.  This group humbled me a bit.  You see, all the things that were positives in the morning were unfinished things by evening.  The handcrafted items were seen in conjunction with the ability to purchase anything needed and therefore homespun was quirky not frugal or thoughtful.  

Now to be clear, both visits were wonderful.  It is always important to have a reminder that a person is deeply influenced by their circumstances and that sweatequity may not be understood by those that do not have to work the same way we do for the things we have.  For me~I was reminded of the glass of water.  Some will see it half full and others half empty.  Bill and I will see that it has water!!!

Happy Birthday dear Grand #1 
Love Papa and Gigi



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Learning is fun

if you take every moment as a learning opportunity.  I went out to feed the sheep today and found a lovely surprise on the gate.
Now to be clear it is the regurgitated items of some bird.  I can identify a young bird and skeleton of another thing.   

I see the big crows and hawks perched on the front gate all the time and I know they are eating there as I find rabbit remains and such on the ground below.  This was a new one for me, and I suppose some chick full of nests are a bit hungry right now. 

If I take this for an opportunity to ponder the situation, I am not so grossed out.  See~it is a safety mechanism for me~the person who is grossed out so easily!

Feel free to click on the images and help to really dive in and identify what we are looking at!

Reasons for Power Outages in New Mexico~Photo

Photo credit: Weston Fralie
In case you were wondering where this happened~it was within close proximity of the farm.
For scale each side of the pole is about 3 1/2 feet.