"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

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pumpkins in the Mesquite

This is my third post today between two of my blogs. I realized that although I have visited very few blogs over the past few days, I have come to get a break and blog. We have been quite busy, and although we went to see the Hot Air Balloon Festival...we also went to an apple orchard up in the mountains and bought nearly 70 lbs of apples at a tremendous price! The orchard foreman also gave us about 50lbs of apples that were ground apples to give to the animals. What a blessing!!

He also offered a job to Second and Third to help with the harvest next season...for cherries, apples, peaches, plums, and apricots. What an incredible find, one for the boys to each make 3600.00 in 6 weeks, and two the orchard will provide local food that I then can put up for the pantry.(and we reduce preservatives in the foods)

{Click on the photo to see the pumpkin}
The pumpkin is over five feet high in the Mesquite bush! The Mesquite is a tough desert tree and the varmints cannot get through the thorns and barbs. Guess what we are doing next year? We are going to plant around the Mesquite-pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupe, zucchini, cucumbers, and perhaps some other items. I would have NEVER believed that in the desert this could happen!

See the pumpkin?

An actual ground pumpkin!

This one was tucked way in the Mesquite and I had to have Second clear a trail.

This is the pumpkin over the goose's shelter.

What else have we accomplished this weekend?
~The kids and I harvested about a bushel of Mesquite beans to dry for feed. This is a tedious time consuming task as the Mesquite are POKEY...and we all have pokes, scratches, cuts, and stickers all over us. The thorns get through denim, and so we have figured out ways to lessen the ouchies!!
~The Dominique's are finally laying eggs!! Yahooooooo
~Bill had the boys take out the furnace and are building a pantry in it's place, as propane delivered here was too pricey, so we invested in a wood stove and use wood heat.
~tremendous amounts of family bible study, it is nice that the kids are old enough to lead
~we cleared another truckload of debris from property(2 water heaters for example)...we bought a place that was in need of cleanup and love
~was given a wonderful large trough for the sheep!!!(fantastic find)
~salvaged a load of wood to cut and put in wood pile(another great find)
~made one quick batch of applesauce!

I am sure that we have done more...but I am getting tired:)


blackberrycottage said...

Hi Jennifer,
Wow that's wonderful news about your boys having these jobs coming up...........and all the fruit???
God is so good.
Do the pumpkins turn orange at all?? We have mainly greeny shaded pumpkins here. I love pumpkin soup, and I love it roasted. I also love pumpkins seeds (roasted with tamari is wonderful)
hugs Sandra nz

Penless Thoughts said...

The Lord is blessing you, and your hard work, and love of Him, abundantly. All great news!!! Especially the jobs for the boys. "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:25

Just one of the many promises we find in His precious, holy word. I'd love to see the pumpkin!!!!

Kitty said...

You all got so much accomplished!! I bet that feels really good. And the news about the jobs for the boys, wonderful!!!!!