"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

Monday, August 29, 2016

Conversation the other day

with one of the daughters-in-law. 

Daughter-in-law says to me-Do you know that there is a toy in the fridge?

Me-Yes.  

Daughter-in-law with a puzzled look.

Me- Grand #1 was with me as I was taking things out of the fridge and he was holding that toy.  When he saw the carrots he made an even exchange~toy for carrot.  

Daughter-in-law-Hmm, why is the toy still in the fridge?

Me-Because it is a delightful reminder of that moment!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Before and After

Before: Materials list: leftover piece of thin wood, a variety of beads, wire, acrylic paints.
 

After:  A first place ribbon.  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Woohooooooooooooo

the sunflowers that the men's recovery home grew took judges choice award!!  They earned a grand prize ribbon and a first place ribbon for the sunflowers!

In addition, they received I believe three more first place ribbons and three second place ribbons!

I am very happy for them, and I was trying to find the newspaper article to share but it is not posted yet.  I put Bill's number as the point of contact~and when the flower show judge called Bill~immediately Bill called the head of the recovery home!  Let's just say that this was a boost for the entire recovery house.

I will add photos soon!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This week

will end with my sister and her husband visiting!  I am very excited as this is our anniversary weekend and my sister and her husband celebrated their 32nd anniversary on the 3rd of August, so it is an anniversary month for us all!  Between us, on Saturday we will have 60 years of marriage.  I am humbled by typing that and thankful as well.

Along with my sister visiting, the goof troop are all coming to brunch on Friday.  Then the fair.  Oh the county fair is this week.  If you are new here you may not know it, but I love the county fair.  I love the simple life and the gathering of the community each year for a rodeo as well as the showing of livestock, 4H projects, garden products, the flower show, as well as the home ec exhibits.  I've entered items like I always do and I am ever so nervous.  Crazy, as I love to create things and share them~well among the family.  The fair is something that has taken an enormous amount of effort on my part and a great support by my Bill.  I love creating things and learning new skills and I am grateful to have a forum to share my skills but it is nerve wracking as well.

This year, I stopped by one of the men's recovery homes and gathered some items that the men have been growing as they have a garden and have many lovely flowers and veggies.  I know that this is a therapeutic venture allowing the men to have a garden, and I thought it would be neat to see if they receive any recognition for their flowers.  If I were to guess, I would think that their sunflowers would receive high praise and I sure hope they do.  I often think about how one goes about transforming who they are and I am thankful that Bill and I have been able to, and think perhaps those that made poor choices could also transform.  Years ago we gave a goat to the recovery home as the men may have had bad memories of dogs and such but not many people raise goats.  The goat, which was named Amos, was quite the listener and many a man would sit and talk to Amos about life and what they were thinking.  This is what the flowers and gardening seems to be doing as well.  I am not naive for those that may think I am a softie, but I do believe that one can change.  Many may not but if even one changes his path how worth it would be for him and those around him.  Well enough about that aside from I am sure hoping that they receive a ribbon or two.

Now I am off as I am cleaning and getting ready for my weekend!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We don't always dress up on the farm but

when we do, we rock the fashion industry.  Well the fashion industry on the farm is made up of sheep, chickidoodles, geese, dogs, and cats.  It is a tough crowd to impress but I promise you, Bill and I impress them!

I do have my Bill's permission to flash you his legs because we both about fell down laughing when he got ready to work outside.  We had been having triple digits in heat and high humidity and Bill said I am wearing shorts while working.  Now if you scroll through the previous posts you know we have snake issues here and boots are necessary for that BUT boots are also necessary for the mesquite thorns.

I confess that I found Bill absolutely adorable with his socks, boots and shorts.  It took Bill 17 years to even wear shorts so crossing to this level is indeed something crazy cute! Now days away from our 28th anniversary this is a new milestone!

Now to my dear readers, please understand we live in the middle of nowhere and aside from the critters no one has any viewing of our work attire and I promise no animal was harmed by the fashion sense Bill displayed!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

In my previous post, I shared a scary day because of my

precious grandson choking on a plastic lid. I am so thankful that he is doing well.  But that day was already EVER so scary for me.  I was watering the garden in the back when our snake dog alerted me, she would not stop barking.  I knew it was a snake because of her warning AND something that has never happened before.  I could hear the rattle over the barking! It was the loudest rattlesnake rattle I have ever heard.

The snake was caught in the chicken wire we have wrapped around the back yard fence.
I called Bill and he came home VERY quickly and took care of the situation.  I cannot leave the situation and I keep my eyes on the snake~from a VERY safe distance~until Bill comes home. The worry that the snake will harm an animal on the farm~or a human is something I take very serious.
 
If you can click on the photo you can see the chicken wire wrapped around this snake. The snake was 44" long.   I am pretty wigged out as I type this as rattlesnakes do that to me. 

Anyhow~two snakes in three days has not been comforting.  The good news is that we are having a cold spell in the 70's with rain so I am hoping winter is around the corner.  Maybe it is made up good news but this is what I am telling myself.  While we were disposing of the snake was when Third called Bill about grand# 2 and the scariest day I have ever had really began.  Funny how perspective makes the snake story not the scariest of the day.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Yesterday was one of the scariest days of my

life.  I will share more in another post, but Bill was home and he received a call from Third.  I did not know anything else as Bill began running and took off as fast as he could.  I only knew the call was from Third. 

I began to pray and waited.  Bill called and said Third is not answering but Second is off and he sent Second over to Third's house.

I prayed more.

I began getting ready to head to town.  I felt I needed to be there.  I still had no idea.   Then Bill called.  Our Grand #2 was choking and had turned blue. This is all I knew.  I left the house slowly and methodically.  I wanted to be there in a blink of an eye.  I would call my Bill every few minutes. No answer.  Finally just outside the hospital Bill texted me this photo.

Grand #2 was shaken a bit raspy but all was fine.  He had been choking on a water bottle plastic lid. When I arrived in the ER it took everything I had not to cry.  My daughter-in-law was visibly shaken and doing better as she was holding precious grand #2.  My son was shaken and relived the sequence of events.  Since he works in the ER nights, he was watching the baby.  Baby came to him when he began to choke...for that I am thankful.  Third did a finger sweep and could feel the object but could not get it.  He turned him over and thumped the back twice and did the finger sweep again and he was able to retrieve the lid.  Because baby was gasping a bit and there was a bit of blood Third took him to ER with Second. 

I am so thankful that my son knew what to do and even though it was his own son responded to save his life.  I am thankful that my other son did not ask questions when Bill called him, but went directly to his brother's house.  I am so grateful for my wee little grand and his momma and daddy and I am thankful that yesterday ended well.