You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Look closely...do you see me?
Hey, I told you I was vertically challenged! Have a safe end to the year, and I will be back next year!(sorry Bill, it looks a bit like a mugshot photo...)
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I make my own toothpaste, hairspray, shampoo (not sold on its ease so still working on) hair gel, facial cleanser, soap, and as of today deodorant! Yes, I made my own deodorant today. I will confess that not wishing to smell has been the reason I have delayed making deodorant. I ran out of deodorant the other day, so I decided to get over my worries and just make it-pass or fail.
Wow, making deodorant has to be one of the easiest items I have ever made. The process took around 8 minutes, and 4 minutes was spent washing out my old deodorant container.
Empty deodorant container
1/4cup corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda
1-2 TBSP coconut oil
Mix the dry ingredients first and slowly add the coconut oil mixing with your hands. The coconut oil is the bonding agent and you do not need too much to make the deodorant the same consistency as store bought. Then fill the empty deodorant container.
Here is the finished product! It has no smell and works wonderfully.
The total cost to make this:
coconut oil= around 10 cents
baking soda= around 5 cents
corn starch= around 10 cents
empty deodorant container=free
total= 25 cents! Amazing
And for the record the baking soda is the odor fighter, the corn starch keeping dry, coconut oil bonding agent-3 ingredients safe and simple.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Make a list of things that you do very well every day. Perhaps you make the bed before 7am every day...write this on the top of the paper. Continue on the list until you have nothing else to write. Now take a moment and reflect on how you turned the items on the list into habits that you are pleased with.
Now on the flip side of the paper write down 12 things that you would like to accomplish for 2009. Do not write DIET. Here is something I wish to accomplish...drink 6- 8 glasses of water per day. I am very neglectful on staying hydrated, and I live in a climate that requires that I maintain hydration. See this one accomplishment will complement my day, and will be easy to track using a dry erase marker on the fridge. I can make a tick mark for each glass. So this will be one that I know by February can become a good habit.
I am not going to feel deflated or disappointed if some days I miss my target goal. This is not something that will define me as a failure...
Instead of condemning behaviors that I may have picked up over the years, I try to learn a few new things over the New Year. Last year I challenged myself to bake bread from scratch. I mastered this and do not use a recipe card when I bake now! Oh and I have been experimenting with varieties of breads from the one base. Since I added a behavior that is beneficial to the family, another behavior must have gone to the back burner. One thing off the top of my mind is idleness. I have less time to sit and wander on the computer or watching TV.
Now back to the resolution list. If you must make a list, place the habits that you already do on the top, as you can begin on a mental success note.
My year is open to whatever the Lord puts before me. If I am in the Word He does press on me what I need to do.
So now you know my plans: be in the Word and~water. Yes it is easy to live a simple life.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
My thoughts for today are simple and make all the difference in my home, and perhaps can also in yours. We take time as a family to relax together. This afternoon we played Risk(click here to see Wiki link about game).
Even before we had the children Bill and I devoted time together at home, no money spent, just playing or relaxing. As each child was born we continued. Sometimes it was just a Lego building activity, or concentration with cards, and other times just playing in forts in the living room. The simple time together has been amazing and will travel many years in the future when the children have their own families. The way our children look to becoming parents has been impacted by simple time that they have had with Bill and I.
The way TV or the world presents family is negative, and often something that one wishes to ditch. I am saddened so much by this image as the family is a blessing. I have often heard that we seem corny or boring in the same conversation that I am told that my children are so nice, so kind, and well different. I promise you that the notion of teens and angst do not have to be synonymous.
So as you close your day, I challenge you to risk being corny and schedule an activity at home with your family. It has been worth it and never been boring, and as much as the kids will look back and smile, I will look back and wipe a tear of joy, as I never knew that it could be this way.
* the above photo of Risk Bill won!
* On another post I will share how the morning begins- as a family in His Word, as we know that all things are possible because of the Lord.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
Once again I think of these verses as I am planning my garden. The tree is down, the ornaments dusted and put in their proper boxes, and the house seems a bit empty. As quickly as the feeling arrives it passes as the windows to the east and the west will have fold-up tables soon laden with growing herbs and vegetables.
To be honest I cheated a bit, and have ten 5 gallon buckets with potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, onions, and jalapenos planted. The garlic outside is going crazy brightening the dull winter colors with the splashes of green in the raised bed.
This growing season is big for us, as last year we had more downs than ups. Yesterday(before the big blizzard**-which melted:( my sons prepped the garden. It is completely fenced to keep out the rabbits and critters, and the soil was turned with compost and manure that we have an abundance of. We plan to plant an herb garden in addition to the standard fare, along with mesquite gardening(about 20 mesquite bushes will be the planters for acorn squash, pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, watermelons, crookneck squash, cantaloupe, and probably others as I am thinking as I type).
We will be canning much of what we produce and if we have any extra the animals will have some perks for serving us so well. To be honest I am envisioning an oasis in the desert, yet preparing for another year like the one past. I know that we have the ability to grow a garden, we have the space and we have the seeds. The rest is up to God, as I cannot control the weather. I am so grateful for the past three years of training of growing in the desert and know I am as prepared as I can be.
**photos from 2007 garden while living in the middle of the city.
** big blizzard was not anything but several flurries, as we rarely ever have snow. I know in Canada that you know what a blizzard really is!
(c) Double Nickel Farm
Snow-here on the farm!
Farmer and his wife looked out the window at 10:20 pm and realized it was SNOWING, here in southern New Mexico! Farmer and wife go outside to check on animals...brr, Farmer's wife donned her normal desert wear work shoes(Crocs)and headed out.
Feet cold, toes cold, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese all fine. Will check once again before morning chores(4:30 am).
Did I mention it is SNOWING! Every now and then I long for building snow forts, snowmen, and snowdrifts. Truth is that the snow most likely will be gone soon(an hour or so) and the kids will have missed out.
I am debating on waking up a few so they can say that they saw the snow! But I am too snuggled in my blankets to move so they will have to read about their loss here!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Bill and I were brought to tears by the amazing gifts that the kids made for us for Christmas. Around 3:45 am yesterday we heard the front door open and close and the telltale signs of the two middle sons "being quiet"(going outside to bring in the gifts they made). Time to wake up for Christmas, but we tried to eek out another five minutes. By 3:55 am the carolers arrived in our room to sing We wish you a Merry Christmas!
These gifts in the photo were made by the children for Bill and I. The month has been one of crafting and busy-ness here and there and whenever time could be found. As I closed the day I once again thought of how wonderful the year has been and how much living on the farm has been a blessing to us all.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Just for fun 2007
The building materials are mostly anything heavily laden with sugar...with some odds and ends. This year we decided to have blog land become judges. We have a few categories:
Category one- best looking
Category two- mason award(ironically a mason is in construction) but for us this is the most unbelievable of feats in construction) it is usually a building that appears to nearly fall over.
Category three-uses as many building materials as possible.
Category four-laugh out loud(or slightly chuckle at first glance)
Category five-we don't have this, so this is the one left over.
So please help judge these Graham Cracker Houses:
Sunday, December 21, 2008
This year the annual ornament reflects our new life on the farm. We began with chickens so the annual ornament is a chicken. Our first year on the farm has been wonderful and I am so happy that we have begun this journey.
Introducing our 2008 ornament Little Red Hen to remind us of this first year! Yes the tail feather is real!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Funny how visiting a like minded family is so uplifting for ones spirits! Neat day, and exciting new critters!
5 African geese nicely penned in a dog kennel for transport.
Spanish turkey not so comfy but handled the 15 mile drive just fine.
Geese in their new home! They are quite people friendly and I believe will be a wonderful addition to the Double Nickel.
I love how amazing turkeys are! In the background you can compare him to one of our Dominique roosters...BIG!
I mailed 5 packages out last Saturday from Alamogordo, New Mexico.
This morning I went online to find out the status of the packages.
~The one for Coweta, OK(which according to mapquest I could drive in 11 hours and 20 minutes- is in LA California-12 hours 24 minutes drive the OTHER direction) LA in one week.
~ The one for Freeport, TX(drive time 12 hours 46 minutes) STILL in Albuquerque, NM one week later.
~ The one for Florida...STILL in Albuquerque, NM.
~ The one for near Dallas, TX...STILL in Albuquerque, NM.
Only one of the five is almost delivered. It is in Federal Way, Washington, just a few miles down the road from Puyallup...almost there.
It is no wonder...why. my. sentences. seem. choppy.
I pray that ALL are nearly delivered and that the Post Office is just slow at documenting their parcels.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I will reveal in the next few days the finished project that I asked for you to guess what we are building. If you wish to take a guess at what it could be feel free to take a stab at it, perhaps we will offer a Double Nickel Prize!! Who knows, but if you have been a reader for awhile, you will know that we have sent neat things out, once to South Africa, once to New Zealand, and once to England!(and several here stateside!)click here if you wish to guess.
I have been asked to RSS feed...I am a bit lost, as on my other blog I have it, and here nothing. Perhaps someone could step by step walk me through this, and I will gladly comply!!
On my other blog I also host a caption contest every Tuesday, so feel free to swing by here. I have more than the caption contest...you are welcome anytime.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Remember my post on how the pumpkins grew in the Mesquite?(click here) These are the last of the pumpkins. I am so happy to share this photo, and I am thankful for some very special people as they afforded me this opportunity. If you recall we did not plant pumpkins this year. In a series of events of feeding the goats and chickens slops and Hurricane Dolly causing flooding here in the desert, we learned that pumpkins can grow without any assistance(do not forget we live in an area that averages less than 9"of rain a year).
Pumpkins grew here and there and everywhere. We had nearly 40 pumpkins in the final count!! We did nothing for these to grow yet were abundantly blessed thanks to God. Such is my ability to share photos again. I did nothing, deserve nothing, yet the Lord provided us with once again a camera.
As the year closes on the farm, I am humbled to realize that the Lord has been steadfast with us. He has been with us in hardship and loss (the greenhouse and the mice episode), the time I was emotional as to the amount of effort required, and even in our simple desire to have camera. I am forever grateful to serve Him. I am forever thankful for how I see others as servants of Him too, and love them as I love my own children and spouse.
This opportunity to share this journey has been a roller-coaster of emotions, as I am often battling pride. I see some things as pretty humble and blush with embarrassment, yet I continue taking you the reader along for the ride. I have shared how a middle aged woman and three teens CAN become farmers with no experience all because Bill is advising us so well. I have watched the
When we went to the hills for wood, quite nervously (I will admit) I watched my sons use the chainsaw and so far supply us with 3 cords of wood...and they have split it and stacked it.
My daughter and I have used the sewing machine for more than fun craft projects...we have sewn curtains, potholders, aprons, and skirts(have I mentioned that she just turned 13!)
We have learned so much on this journey and no longer consider ourselves to be greenhorns so to speak. I thank you all for leaving comments and being a part of this. As funny as this sounds, often it has been easier to do something, because I knew that I was going to share what we have accomplished. For this I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Bill and Jennifer
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Currently this project is rough around the edges. This is definitely a before photo, and a post leaving you to wonder what we are going to build. Some things to factor in to your guesses- some of these are nearly 8 feet long. We will be using a handsaw and wire for this project.
Next week I will show the completed project...so feel free to take a guess at what we are going to build.
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is a side view of the pregnant goat Helga. She is one of the new goats we received in trade for wood. I tried to take a picture of her face to share the blue eyes~but no luck. She is a La Mancha mix.
Here are the twins, Comet and Cupid. The mother of these two(Paint)refused to allow me to take her picture. They are a mix of pygmy goat and La Mancha.
Awhile ago, I shared that we found ducks for sale($1.00) each. Here is a photo of Freckles(the only duck I have named).
Some of the rest of the ducks, playing in their pool! Ducks will climb in any water dish and create a muddy mess in moments. So the pool duty refill is a daily process. I guess it doesn't help that the ground is only dirt!
My town is the home of the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
Here is the Museum during the night.
And here is how the lighting looks during the day! Pretty neat!
This is the window display of a local bike shop. We didn't take pictures at night for this one, but the snowman looks wonderful!
Friday, December 12, 2008
So much for quality is job one, ram tough, and the heartbeat of
More importantly how did we get to this point?
The news of impending economic depression is overhead if we do not provide a bailout to the Big Three. Perhaps that is what we need. Who can feel pity when employees are afforded a position in a job bank, which is really being paid and not working.
As I am on the countdown of my oldest son coming home for the holidays from
Introducing my son Bill.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I wanted a photo of the kids on the rise of a sand dune at White Sands National Park. This is their walk to the top.