"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

Friday, October 3, 2008

200th Post

Wow, this is my 200th post on this blog! I wasn't going to post about that but I noticed this as pulled up the create post...so woo who!!!

I have not posted much as of course we have our usual prep going on, and cutting wood and such. But I had something neat happen and thought I would share this with you. For 10 years or so I have had the luxury of having extra padding, around the midsection...you know the story, life is good and I had the ease and sadly the convenience of buying whatever foods I wished. I did not read nor truly care what I ate, as if it tasted good, then I was fine.

But on my path to simplicity I have really investigated the foods that we ate, and what preservatives have been put in them. What an eye opener! Boy the junk that is put in foods is awful for us. In fact the growth hormones given to cattle is frightening, especially when you see the obesity rates of children. I mean do the math if it makes a cow grow faster and put on bulk, then wouldn't it make sense that those that drink it would be affected by the hormones?

I cannot express to you the importance of reading your labels, and be cautious when you eat. In my research I discovered that the food we eat should be as close to it's original form as possible. For example eat a potato that you mash if you wish for mashed potatoes, instead of buying mashed potatoes. Now I must also say that the potato is not the best food you can eat. But you get the idea.

Now to my eye opener: on this path to simplicity I have worked a great deal with my 5'0" frame. I have hoed, raked, weeded, lifted rocks, fed animals, chased and caught a goose, chickens, ducks...and mucked out pens, painted the house in and out, ripped out carpets, and baked from scratch...and I have lost inches in the mid section! I cannot keep things pulled up and things are loose!!Yay.

The lifestyle has kept me in the sunshine and I have added natural vitamins from the environment...vitamin D...for one.

Now to the interesting thing...in our previous life(before simplicity) Bill worked 50-60 hours a week so that we could buy neat things and expensive foods, and eat out and travel, and he worked holidays and overtime so that I could buy exercise equipment and gym memberships, all for naught. Now he works 40 hours and uses all leave or sick time promptly(unlike in old life where he NEVER took any time off). We have in front off us visible rewards to our efforts. The boys are so much more tone that when they worked out with the Nordic Gym that they have, or when they jog and lift weights. Funny huh? God tells us in Genesis that after the Fall that the in the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat thou bread...and we sweat and are the healthiest(aside from injuries as a result of accident) that all of have ever been.

You see this world was made by Him and He did provide ample ways for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He did not make it easy, but the regime has been a blessing!

Now to my newest workout method! Are you ready? It did cost some money. I paid $3.43 cents for one item and $1.00 for the other item...and I have the rest...

What is this??? you might innocently say a plunger!

How about this?? Again you might innocently say a broiler pan
And these?? 5 gallon buckets...RIGHT?

Nope...in order you see an agitator, a washboard, and the wash basin and rinse basin of the Double Nickel Farm. I realized after much research that the average washing machine uses 60 gallons of water per load! We have a well in the desert, and I want it to last and be hearty...so I pondered what I could do.

Wash clothes... by the hand method. (I will use around 15 gallons per load or less). I will still use the washer for the bedding and the jeans of the guys, but the rest will be in our handy dandy laundry center. I have researched this a good deal, and realize that much of what I have washed was clean, one time usage and I have been conditioned to wash and sterilize EVERYTHING...

No we are not going around dirty...and secretly I love the idea of another work out that is more than a mundane activity that I HAVE TO DO TO BE SKINNY. By doing physical labor that benefits me!!!

I do believe friends that our financial situation in the US is not going to get better because the politicians believe that the solution is to BAIL out BUY out, GIVE FOOD stamps, Welfare FIRST...for everyone. We do have those that need help, but I believe that we should help ourselves FIRST...BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. On the airplane we are guided if we have small children to first put on our Oxygen mask, then the child, as if we pass out from lack of Oxygen then we cannot help them. Same premise for us as a nation. Take it to your family level. Pull your bootstraps up and get smart with the money you make. Be frugal with the effort you make to bring home a paycheck.

Be cautious and wise with your money! And for you women that want a toning up exercise, begin making your bread...IT WORKS:)

Oh and as this is my 200th post here I am going to offer two crocheted dish cloths that I made. Leave a comment and I will draw next week...The dish cloths look like these but may be a different yarn print(whatever I have on hand!!) I use one like these to do dishes every day!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on all the lost inches, now that is what I call doing it the RIGHT way!!! =)

Good for you, hand washing the clothes, too!! I went through a phase of washing clothes in the bathtub (right after the separation and moving out of the house) and I did not have any money for the laundromat. Boy, I wish I had thought to use the broiler pan, ingenious!! =)

The crocheted dish towels are so cute, too.

By the way, when "someone" came to town yesterday, I found out they were also heading your way, so I sent a little something along for you, and I hope you like it!! =)

Robyn said...

The broiler pan washboard is BRILLIANT! I've been wanting a washboard, but haven't taken the time or $$ to order one, so thank you for posting this. I just happen to have a broiler pan and will use it Monday for laundry. Yay! :-)

Sage WhiteOwl said...

Congrats on your 200th Post and the slimmer you!
Since I lost my job back in June, I also got back to the basics of cooking from scratch etc. I thought I was living the simple life, and in some cases I was...but now I can say I am. Losing my job has turned out to be the best thing for me.
For I have learned in whatsoever state I am in, therewith be content!

Sharmista said...

The broiler pan for a washboard is ingenious!

Mobunny said...

What a wonderful thing that has happened to you!
Doesn't it just make you want to JUMP(er) around!
I very much enjoyed reading your 200th post.
Some people wouldn't know what to do with a 5 gallon bucket!

Ace said...

Hi, thanks for leaving a post at my blog. I figured I would come by and "visit". I love your new "workout", I am trying to do the same but my weight has stalled. And this is while NURSING!
Anyway, I agree with the whole milk hormones thing. Stopped drinking it in 8th grade becaue I got brochitis like three times a year. I have not had it since, except for one time when I had ice cream two years ago and I ended up in the hospital. I have never understood why we drink a cow's BREAST MILK, I mean do we want to look like Cows?

You have inspired me to post on this...
Many Blessings :)

Pam said...

I know how good it feels to lose inches. I've recently had to buy some new clothing due to all my stuff falling down around my legs! etc. Sorry for the mental picture! They were pretty worn so weren't worth a trip to the tailors. I know Jen, I can hear you now! "Pam you could have taken them in yourself!" Here is my answer, "No Jen, I couldn't have!" Nuff said! lol

You mentioned childhood obesity in this post. I had someone leave a hurtful remark about my son today at my blog and it included the words - childhood obesity! Its like I don't know it already! Geeze! The moving around and simply DOING more does work to get off unwanted fat. After some healing and recuping more mobility, I've lost 25 lbs. simply by doing more housework, errands, and I do try to walk an hour each day. Shane is playing soccer or basketball nearly everyday and has lost some of his midsection. We will continue to work on it as you continue your chores there on the farm.

Love the broiler pan idea for a washboard. My mother in law in Mexico has a cemetn board built into the cement sink on her back pation. Most houses in that region are built with one! I've used it on several occassions and it didn't leave my knuckles very pretty! But leave it to you to come up with a plan! Or should I say "A PAN"!

Bethany said...

Congratulations on you 200th post! :)


Jungle Mom said...

This post excites me as I have done this before. I don't know if you have experienced it yet, but if you leave your clothes to soak overnight in the laundry soap, they wash out even faster and easier.
And the soap water can often be used for other things after, like on certain plants.

Jungle Mom said...

Also, have you ever looked at the Amish Catalog of ns. They have some wonderful products. Not that you have to buy any of them, but they do get you thinking of alternatives.

Joanne said...

I agree about eating food as close to natural as possible ... I think God knew what He was doing when he put man in the middle of a garden :)

Also, God says, "cursed is the ground for thy sake" ... Until recently, I always saw this verse in a negative way. Now however I wonder if it has something to do with how working the ground is good exercise?! It's cursed for our own good (??) Well, I'm sure there's a better way I could have worded that but I'm tired :)

So glad you are finding happiness as you live a more simple life.

In Christ,

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the 200th post.
Someone said before that we (humans) are the only mammals that still drink milk after we are weaned.
There is truth to this.
Don't get me started on the cloned animals that we might be ingesting.
I don't like milk anyways.

Anonymous said...

what novel ideas you have!! I am always intrigued.
your little crocheted dish cloths are very very nice. I have only ever used bought ones. I didn't know anyone made theirs! See I am learning all the time. Never too old to learn.
hugs Sandra nz

Anonymous said...

Oh I forgot - congratulations on your 200th post. Well done. I do love visiting your blog. It's like a box of chocolates - never know what we gonna get ;-)
hugs Sandra nz

motherofmany said...

I'm linking to this post- hope that's OK!