"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

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Truth in TV?

In New Mexico we have many roadrunners. I used to watch the Roadrunner on Saturday mornings and always thought that the roadrunner was made to be too clever and too tricky. But yesterday I realized that everything in the cartoon was depicted as close to reality as possible.

Roadrunners rock!

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Morning After

The waters have receded this morning but a storm appears to be coming in from the south. Here are several pictures of what we found. Bill and I went to bed around 2 a.m. waiting until the waters stopped rising.

This is the pile of debris by the turkey pen. The propane tanks were under an area we store the grill etc. The window frames were from my dream green house, awaiting to be built. I envision an eclectic type building with collected old windows...and will not stop thinking and planning.

My freshly laundered clothes...please refrain from looking at Second's shirt!

The fence line of the rams pen...

These are 10 foot long logs that we had stacked near the house as we are building a log covered porch. Third in a moment of fun, was sitting on one last night floating around the barnyard. I had no idea what he was on, and seeing them this morning I am humbled. In the back right of the photo is a trough that floated to its current destination.!! Oh and yes, the formerly wet kitties are dry and exploring this morning!

Stall for the sheep...this morning. It is that bogged down with muck.

Last night the sheep in the stall next to the above stall picture.

That is it for this morning. I am so grateful for our neighbor who had to be at work at 3 a.m. loaning us his horse trailer, as we had no dry ground to put the sheep on.
Nine of the goats spent the night in the back of the truck in our homemade rack. Because we have the baby goats we did not want to mix the goats with the rams. Here Bill is backing the trailer up to put the animals back into soggy pens.

Oh and for the record the desert ducks were in heaven! I cannot seem to load the picture but imagine a large pool of water and the ducks swimming and figuring out what non desert ducks enjoy every day!


The farm is flooded due to a storm that hit this afternoon. At 12:35 a.m.(and we are just coming inside) we have about 16" in the back and in some parts 18". All pens and corrals underwater...

The sheep and goats are in a borrowed horse trailer parked on the road down from us, as it is not flooded. In fact we parked our truck and car there too...

My farmhouse is muddy and ugh...

Rescued all wet kitties and are inside...wet kitties smell...

The new chicks are in a coop that has water to the floor and all are on perches...(50 birds)

The turkeys are on the perches in their pen and the pen is under water...(6 birds)

The other two flocks are in their pens and on perches...wet feathers...(50 birds)

Farmer, sons, daughter and wife soaked to the bone after four hours of finagling and securing our livelihood...

Garden, due to raised bed tire method is perfect and plants enjoyed the nourishing rain...

The good news to all readers is this...the property has been washed from one end to the other and all the debris has floated to the neighbor down the way. It was stacks of possibility materials that were waiting for some unknown job...

Oh and the neighbors north of us, just sent us their debris which I am certain we can salvage...you know one mans trash is another's treasure...

I am in awe each day as we continue to stay on message that WE the Double Nickel Farm family are not in control and therefore must always rely on Him.

Praying that the rains that are forecasted for the rest of the week are not flood worthy.

I thought of one more bit of good news- my laundry that is still on the clothesline has been washed once more- and we all know that laundry soap that has a fresh rain scent costs just a wee bit more!!!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Itty Bitty Surprise!

We had a surprise this morning with our kitties. When my daughter went outside she noticed an extra kitten suckling on our momma cat. I had seen some kittens and a momma cat out by our well, but not in the past month and assumed that coyotes or cars did them in. It is hard to see the total, but three are suckling, and three are off to the side.

Oh and I am sure you can't miss the chicken in the picture. She seems to have connected with our momma cat and her kittens and follows them everywhere.(She is a Dominique and is molting at the moment.)

Every day on the farm is an incredible day.

Where Does Your Food Come From

Just a few photos to make you think about the health and disease that may be in the foods you eat. The government has a few bills going through Congress now implying that the little guy is where the problem arises in unsafe foods.

So here is photo #1A commercial chicken plant.

Photo #2Double Nickel Farm

Any thoughts?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I missed it

I missed(well chose not to watch) the infomercial that President Obama had last night on ABC. The moment I heard that ABC would not allow paid commercial from the opposing side, I decided enough is enough.

Health care will never be what it should be in the US when our elected officials opt out and have their own private care. With all the revamping that Obama plans Congress will still be out. So much for doing the people's business. Our elected officials are in this for themselves and have become a political ruling class.

As to ABC and Charlie Gibson you have once again disgraced yourself. I find it distasteful and disrespectful to pretend that you are anything other than a democratic outlet. Your logo should be ABC-D.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Incredible Quote Updated

"While this loss is raw and extraordinarily painful, we also know this: Those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history." Barack Obama

Then we know that history will stand with President Bush.

History will also reflect that during a rally for freedom by the Iranian people, the American government had Irans leaders come to Fourth of July BBQ's...and will show that President Obama stood for the oppressor.

Update: it appears as if the BBQ invite has been rescinded.

Our Week So Far

Monsoon season is upon us, so when a wind storm began I thought we were most certainly going to have heavy rain. Instead we had white out conditions and a gate torn off the turkey pen(and little rain).

I couldn't believe how fast the winds came down to the farm. Job project this week: repair gate to Turkey pen.

Tuesday: 99 degrees and humid as the Everglades(which is rare for NM)...what to do?

Fill the coolers and chill!Cooler Races!
Fourth won!!

Btw- humidity is a killer for desert dwellers!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pinto Bean Bread

Here is the Pinto Bean Bread recipe that I promised to post.

2 packets yeast(1 packet yeast =2 1/4 tsp.)
1/2 lukewarm water
1/2 cup evap.milk(I often use goat milk or powdered milk)
1 tbsp. salt
6- 7 cups flour
1 1/4 cup water(bean juice:) from making pinto beans
1 cup mashed beans
2 tbsp. shortening
2 tbsp. sugar

Soften yeast in lukewarm water. Warm bean juice on low heat take off heat- add milk, oil, salt, sugar, mashed beans and 2-3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add yeast and more flour until dough is easily handled. Knead until smooth(5-10 minutes). Place in greased bowls and let rise until double in bulk. Punch down and let rise again. Shape and place in 2 greased bread pans. Let rise again.

Bake 40-45 min. at 375 F.

Pinto Bean Bread

Rootbeer Bread- I am putting this picture up so you can see(well not the best picture:) that I make bread in round pans too. I like the different shapes and how it changes the feel of a meal!

* I am adding my farm name to all photos so if you saw the photos before that is what I am doing!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Domestic Terrorist

  1. I am a Christian
  2. I am a stay home wife
  3. I am the mother of 4 children and we would continue to have children if we were so blessed.
  4. I have home schooled the children all of their lives
  5. I bake cookies, cakes, pies, make my own bread, tortillas, and homemade cheeses.
  6. I grow much of our foods and then preserve it for our use.
  7. I am a farm wife and we raise animals and poultry to feed us.
  8. I make many of the items we use in the home, such as clothing, aprons, towels, curtains, rugs.
  9. I study the Bible with the family each morning, and we pray as a family before meals, and whenever we need to.
  10. I am a conservator in all items in my home, not because they are expensive or that I am in the *green crowd*, but because I appreciate the money that was spent to acquire the item.
  11. I am pro military. As the wife, mother, sister and daughter of one that has and is wearing the uniform, I understand that a strong military protects our way of life.
  12. I am against abortion in all cases. The life is a life. When we began to trade one's rights for another we began to slide on a slope that cannot ever be climbed again.
  13. I am for being personally responsible for my actions. If I break the law, hold me accountable.
  14. I am against making another pay for me or me pay for another.
  15. I am for being charitable. Life on my farm has permitted us to have an excess in items that we are able to give to several families that are on restricted incomes. I am for helping the sick, the elderly, the widowed. This is my choice. I do not want to have my money diverted to the chosen needy(as this is subjective and most often abused.)
  16. I am against same sex marriage. If two people wish to have a gay relationship my stand is NOT stopping them. I am not against a civil union between the two. It is a legal contract the gay couples wish for to cover each other in life insurance and custody which the law should cover-they are not man and wife as one party would physically be missing. In a civil union they can be man and man or vise versa.
  17. I am against the discrimination held by the Left. As a minority household we are not recognized by the Left because we do not act as victims or hold our hand up. We are the silent Condi Rice's(she was attacked often for not taking the preconceived idea of what a black woman should hold as her ideology -by the Left...even being called a house nigg*r) This is the most obvious of racists views that is never picked up by the MSM. We are all unique and do not think or vote in blocks like the Left so wishes. Remove the bribes and see how quickly you will lose those who blindly check D in every election. You are not for the equality of races, but believe that without you they would be completely dysfunctional. Welfare, food stamps, quotas and the likes do nothing but hamper the people that you then say you are helping.
  18. I am against this lie of global cooling, then global warming, and now climate change. Didn't any of you listen in science? If the belief that the earth is billions of years old, then the past 15,000 years of scientific data on cooling and warming trends is not enough to make any correlation to any climate change. There is just too little information on hand. How pompous to believe in both the age of the earth and then the impending destruction based on such minuscule of data. Quit buying in to this Al Gore junk. He is lining his pockets on your blind faith. Be wise and reflect long and hard on what I wrote. The data that the climate change crowd is like you basing your viability on the very first microsecond of your life. How can you make a scientific observation off of this first spliced piece of data? You can't just like with the data we have now.
  19. I am against groups like PETA. This group can only thrive in a wealthy narcissistic society. I think that those in the group should move to an impoverished region of the world where around every corner isn't an eco friendly organic grocer and food is for sustenance and not times in the day where one breaks. Animals provide food and clothing and labor all around the globe. Your group is a double standard.
  20. I am against groups like NOW as they really are a bi*t*ching group instead of a group seeking real rights for women. If you were for the rights of women you would embrace the design of a woman and its ability to produce another living being. If you were for the rights of women you would press our leaders to cease the abuse against fellow sisters around the globe...and combat female circumcision, honor killings, child brides to men in their fifties and killing women for not covering or killing a woman for speaking to a man.
  21. I am against dumping more money in public schools. I am for the immediate change in the system and have the schools held accountable. I am for vouchers and the option of the parent and student making the decision as to where they choose to be educated. If a school is not producing students who can read, then the school should be held accountable immediately.
  22. I am against the weak stand on border security.
  23. I am for limiting our elected to two terms for any in Congress...we have created a Political Class and they are unwilling to relinquish their position in society. We can and should give control back to the people. We did this to the office of the president and we should do this for all other elected persons.
  24. I am for drilling in ANWR. For those who are for the environment or the animals please reread #'s 18 and 19. I also think that we need to build nuclear power plants all over. If France, with the spineless image we have of them, utilizes nuclear power plants then what is our problem?
  25. And finally I am against calling terrorism anything other than terrorism. Call a spade a spade. No more mamsy pansy pc junk suggesting that 9-11 was a man made disaster. A man made disaster is the boo*b job. Women look like freaks with the augmentations that occur to them. Terrorism is 9-11, as the population was terrorized by the actions of terrorists who had but one intent- to wreak havoc. Once again a man made disaster does not bring me to my knees with grief for the loss, the fear and the pain felt...
And because of this list...I am a Domestic Terrorist. Me, the woman who missed out on having a dad her entire childhood, because he wore the uniform of this nation. Me, who stands and really sounds a voice for one who has few champions while they reside in the womb. Me, who wishes to solve my own problems before asking the government to step up. Me, who prays to a Divine Creator and lives my life in such a way. Me, who believes that our nation is an incredible place in the world. Me, who believes that charity begins at home. Me, who loves the institution of marriage and places my spouse and family to a level of importance. Me, who thinks that the color of ones skin should not make a difference and has taught my children to view others by their works and not their color. Me, who believes that there are people who do wish to cause our nation genuine harm and stands against them...

is a domestic terrorist.

May we all understand that the times we live in are unlike no other time, and America is at the crossroad. What happens next is uncertain. But I can say with absolute certainty that if I am the threat it may be too late.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my sweet, handsome son Second!
We love you so much and are so proud of you and all that you do!
Love Dad+Mom
First, Third, and Fourth!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I Love June

June is an incredible month for me. I have probably shared bits and pieces of why I enjoy June so much but not the whole story. My story begins a lifetime ago when I was a little girl growing up in Ohio. I was a typical girl with 6 older siblings and one younger sibling, meaning I had a variety of interest depending on which sibling I was hanging out with. I know I became the "jenny" of all trades in my childhood, as I adapted and learned to enjoy many things.

With my brothers I came to love sports and outdoor activities of every kind. We explored the woods, the neighborhood, and even further beyond to places several miles away. I am a rockhound to this day because everywhere we went I seemed to be drawn to the ground and the amazing rocks I put in my pockets.

With my oldest sister I learned to craft and create anything from everything. She always made such wonderful presents for Christmas and birthdays. I am not sure if she even knows that I have many of the gifts she made for me over the years, and she has been my inspiration in all my crafting today.

The sister closest to me in age was my Dr. Doolittle sister. I recall so many memories of times we were out and some animal was part of the day. She *found* puppies that we hauled home, we brought two so that for sure Mom would agree to one, which she did! We played farm critters with the plastic toys that are still sold today. She was the one who convinced me that you could ride a cow, so I did immediately following her. My farm and all the animals remind me of her nearly every day, although she may not believe that. I became the farmer's wife all thanks to her.

My little sister opened up a world that I considered often but with her being born, was clarified. I was 8 when she was born and she showed me that playing dolls(which I did all the time) was much more wonderful when the dolly was a living breathing little one. My deep desire to become a mother was reinforced the year she was born.

All of my siblings made the build up to why I love June a step closer to reality- oh and my mother made June even more perfect for me, by delivering me in June...but why I find June so incredible, is for a very special reason.

In 1988 I met my husband in June. In fact I met him in mid June, and he proposed 2 days later. Yes, two days later! We married six weeks later and have been together since. Thanks to my childhood, I was able to meet a fantastic man, who's wife is a bit of a tomboy that loves the outdoors, is very creative/crafty, connects with animals and loves children beyond belief. From my mother, I too gave birth in June- twice!

But the one that gave me the world and made June all that it is today, is that young man who saw in me so much.

I love you Bill, and I thank you for allowing me to be the woman I was destined to be .My Bill

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Simple Life


Hey Candace, could you please email me again, but at this email: penofjen(at)gmail(dot)com I am having a hard time sending emails from the other email for some reason!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Fourth the Photographer

My daughter took the picture of the sunflower that is my new header photo. I am greeted each day by this sunflower as I enter my garden. My sweetie Fourth captured it for me to share. I love the dual purpose of sunflowers, as they are both beautiful and useful for so many things!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Trip to the Mountains

We went to the other side of Cloudcroft, NM to get a load of wood for the farm. We packed a lunch and had a fantastic time with the family. Here are a few pictures of the trip. I will confess that I love going to the mountains as it is so cool and green.

Double Nickel Farm is approximately 4335 feet above sea level and where we went is around 8650 feet!

The load of wood. We loaded ten -twelve foot poles and wood as we will cut it stove length at home. We will also use the poles for pens and needed post around the farm. Third is on the siderail and Fourth is on the top of the truck. Second is behind the wheel.

Fourth~ Third~ Second, yes Second has a crutch. He pulled a few ligaments in his foot(not the tech term!) Oh and it was a bit cooler than down here in the desert so we were glad to have a few sweatshirts on hand!

I was putting some things in the truck and look what peeked in at me!

I gathered some wild flowers to dry in the house. I love to have pretty things around the house!

It was a long day and Fourth was resting as we were almost done. Second must always be behind the wheel!!!

This clearing was so neat, and it was like a pathway to heaven!

Some aspens in a lovely grove.

Looking down to the White Sands- it was a windy day so the haze is actually the White Sands blowing.

I collected some dandelion leaves and flowers to dry for shampoo and teas. In the bag we also collected some leaves etc, as we are putting together a leaf collection display for the school.

In these cups are specimens for our bug collection. Third caught a butterfly that landed on him, and Fourth found a beetle that we had never seen before. I love that every moment can and should be used as a learning opportunity, for everyone.

That is the end of our trip- even though I actually took 159 photos! I hope that you all take the time to get out and explore the world around you. Amusement parks and theaters are wonderful, but taking in the Creation is peaceful and relaxing.
(c) Double Nickel Farm

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Defining Generosity: UPDATED

George Tiller was remembered for his generosity.

In Mr. Tiller's own words, he stated that he aborted upwards of 60,000 babies, is that generous?

How generous can one be? For the record in a few weeks I will have lived 15,330 days. Everyday of my entire life he would have to aborted 3.9 babies. Now that is generosity.

He gave so many women the control over their own bodies. Now that is generosity.

We are afraid to admit the truth of what is going on... so here are the stats: only five abortion doctors have been killed since Roe v. Wade. Here is a repeat: since Roe v Wade only five people who perform abortions have been murdered.

Now the truth... 49 million babies have been aborted. So all those who are disgusted by bible thumping Christians that are PRO LIFE... and suggest that the faith makes them crazy and go off their rocker and KILL those who terminate life is ridiculous as the numbers speak for themselves- 49 million to 5.

As to the reasoning of the abortions: are they an act of generosity to the next generations?

As I reflect upon those wee ones that never were permitted to live because of CHOICE, I almost never think of those who perform the atrocious life sucking, dismembering act of extermination. How appropriate(although sadly so) that today June 6. June 6, 1944 was a turning point and most likely an act of salvation for thousands who were hanging on in camps built specifically for extermination.

In the United States we do not have camps but clinics, and I pray some day in the future we look back upon this clinics the same way we do the concentration camps. I pray that in the future we make all Americans walk through abortion clinics and see the atrocities that were performed daily. I pray that men, women, and children are taken through like the US soldiers had the German citizens walk through the camps.

We must never forget the generosity of Dr. Tiller just as we have never forgotten the generosity of Hitler and what he did to his fellow man.

UPDATED: I forgot to link to the 60,000 babies aborted link. Here is the link and if you wish you can go directly to the Washington Post.

I was reminded by an anonymous comment...that this would be seemingly impossible. Yet it is true. And for the stats I thought I would crunch some numbers.

Tiller worked for 35 years as an abortion doctor. Let's simplify this and say he worked 20 days a month for 12 months a year-that is 240 days, multiply that by 35(for years he worked)=8400. Divide 8400 from 60,000=7.1 abortions per day. Now that is not an impossible number, but he has been quoted as working Saturdays for low income mothers to rid their bodies of babies. So the weekly number would be sometimes spread out over six days a week.

I also wish to address the "terrorized" for 20 years statement. Please see the stats: 49 million aborted babies- five dead abortion doctors...I wonder which side received the brunt of the acts of terror(cessation of life)? The 49 million or the five?

I will point out one more thing from the comment(I am not picking on this commenter, but it was left anonymous so I can use the comment and not embarrass someone). The commenter suggested that most of the abortions performed were due to severe unsurvivable conditions or the life or health of the mother was at risk. This is completely false. The majority of abortions performed are as birth control and if you search deep enough and far enough in Planned Parenthood literature and read all about Margret Sanger you will discover that this was the intended goal. To eradicate the contents of the womb, especially black babies nestled in the safety of their mothers center. (here is another Margret Sanger article about the Negro Project)

Let me share something. My fourth pregnancy was *high risk* and I was not only advised but told I would die if I continued the pregnancy. My OBGYN was the one who, based on my health issues planned to perform the abortion in his offices. I believe that many OBGYN's have this same scenario. Woman who head to clinics like Dr. Tiller had went for one reason: Because the government has given them the legal right to tidy up a little problem that they have growing in their wombs.

And for troubling side effects of having an abortion?
Suicide rate for women following a live birth: 5.9 per 100,000.
Suicide rate for women following an abortion: 34.7 per 100,000.
Increased risk: 488%
Increased risk of breast cancer in women who abort a first pregnancy: 100%.
Increased risk of breast cancer in women with 2 or more abortions: 300%.
Increased risk of breast cancer in women under 18 who abort: 150%
Increased risk of breast cancer in women under 18
with a family history of breast cancer who abort: 1000%

Here is some things to ponder about blacks and abortion

Abortion and the Black Community

"Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los, Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black."

--Erma Clardy Craven (deceased)
Social Worker and Civil Rights Leader

Happy Birthday

Countdown to Extinction

Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions.

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion

On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.

This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 16 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated "Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 36 million, the missing 16 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America's Black community would now number 52 million persons. It would be 36 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member."

A highly significant 1993 Howard University study showed that African American women over age 50 were 4.7 times more likely to get breast cancer if they had had any abortions compared to women who had not had any abortions.

(c)Double Nickel Farm



I wonder what today is? Oh that's right! It is my oldest son's birthday! Happy Birthday son! If you were here we would have a goofy day, eating all your favorite foods-salsa would be made and hotdogs on the grill with mac and cheese and rice! We are thinking of you and of course have already made a flurry of calls and texts! Take care and we love you so very much.

The above photo is of First's 18th birthday...but I love the picture so much as Fourth made some fun birthday wear for him!

This was the kids first Christmas together and First wanted to hold "his" baby. He is and always has been such an incredible big brother!

Here is First with his first car!

I love this cutie and Pray that he has a wonderful birthday. I am so grateful that I am his mom.

We all love you son!
Dad Mom

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Two Pair and (a) Third

Pair of Black Spanish Turkeys- the first turkeys hatched on the farm

Pair of kids-born on the farm(not first born goats on farm as we had triplet goats born in February), and Third born in Germany!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My Home Town

Every town has its own unique flair. I love my hometown and to be honest, I could not imagine living anywhere else. I had to go in town today and thought I would give my readers a peek of things that I enjoy.

Caliche's is a business that is pretty much only in Arizona and New Mexico, and the frozen custard is a huge hit with my family. This is a throwback to a more simple era, as it only has a walk-up window, and you eat in your car or outside on the benches.

I love the charm of the building. Do you see the benches?

As we hear more and more about bad times, we must remember that simple outings can make all the difference for everyone. First you support local businesses, and second your family can spend little and take in a lovely ambiance. Memories are more than flash. Memories are about family spending time together and cherishing the time we are given.

So think about your home town and think about reinventing what is important! Plan fun outings that cost little or nothing for the children and yourself. I shared awhile ago about stay-cations. Consider your hometown a place to have a stay-cation. Perhaps a fun summer challenge would be to try a different ice cream shop each week and critique each business!

I am going to share more about my hometown in the upcoming months, as I hope to inspire you to look for wonderful things in your hometown!By the way, how you view your hometown, may be totally influenced by the company you keep. The above photo is most certainly why I love life and my hometown so much!