"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, November 8, 2008

Saturday on the Farm

Saturdays on the farm are busy with the chores first and foremost. We muck out the pens, and assess the needs for the following week. I also fine tune clean any and all areas that may have been overlooked on the daily house and kitchen chores. The men in the family have been working on our tire gardens. We are using the tires in a dual purpose mode. I have mentioned that I love dual purpose items. We are going to make a tire wall staggered/raised gardens. We learned last year that garden beds on the ground was a code for EVERY rabbit in the southern part of New Mexico to come with their bibs on as dinner was served. So we researched several styles of gardening, and then decided to go with one that is cost effective and result effective. We have found many many bloggers that have had successful tire gardens, plus the one we saw in Las Cruces, New Mexico.(oh and the tires are F*R*E*E)

I also try and get laundry caught up. As the weather has changed and the days are much shorter laundry has become a well planned event to get the load up on the clothesline and off in the eve before the chill of the night makes them damp again. Today I was able to get two loads up and down and the third and final load will hang until midday tomorrow.(kind of hum drum to those who have working appliances for these simple needs...)

Which takes me to my thoughts for this post. When I began this life, everything was new, and difficult. Now I notice how I process things as I go to find the most logical common sense approach. As I was hanging clothes on the line, listening to the chickens clucking around me, I thought about the incredible peace that this life has brought me. I was able to think of each member of the family as I hung up an article of clothing that belonged to them. When I put the cloth napkins up, I realized that this was the first thing I made to prepare me for this journey. Funny I set a table up in the back yard for this work, and the chickens find me and my activities as the high point of their day!!

Perhaps all the gizmo's that have been made to make our lives better~ really are to remove energy that keeps us physically and mentally fit, so that we can fill the time with activities that dull the mind, such as TV, computers, games and the likes. Make no mistake I am grateful for technology, and without the advances in medicine, I would have died delivering my first child. But often gadgets and gizmo's open up time for things that aren't really best for us.

As I close my thoughts for the day, I will share what I made for our dessert...apple pie(from the apples we picked and canned). I love apple pie in a bowl with milk and sugar on it. Anyone out there eat apple pie this way? I wonder if this is something from my mother's family( and they were German). I am the only one in my house that will eat it this way. The rest of the gang choose to eat their pie with ice cream.


Memories for a Lifetime said...

What a peaceful post, Jen!!

Hubby likes cream on his pie (if we have no vanilla ice cream)!!!

Know you are lovin the chickens round you as you do your chores outside!!

MightyMom said...

nope, it's gotta be warm with icecream for me!!

retha said...

We do not really eat apple pie in our country. And me, I do not like to eat cooked fruit.

That is what I enjoy in going to out into the country. Sometimes to even post a letter one has to drive 50km to get to the post office. Here when you did not get something from the store you either stay without or make a plan.

Hope the tyres work as planned with lots of harvest.

ellie k said...

I like most warm fruit pies with milk on them. Peach is my favorite.

Pam said...

I haven't tried apple pie that way! I'm with mighty mom on this one.

I can just see you hanging your laundry, enjoying nature around you. You shared a great word picture here.

I remember when you shared photos on your blog, of the new napkins you had sewn!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jen,
My Papa was a German and he loved his pie this way. As for pie, yes, we appreciate pie...any kind of fruit. If it's custard you're talking about, then make it dark chocolate. Yumm-O. We like it with meringue as well as fresh freshly whipped cream.
Your blog is a breath of fresh air. Thanks so much!
Happy Thanksgiving,