"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

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Just a pause in the evening to share...




The White Sands were blowing all day, so our sunset was INCREDIBLE!

This is Not Why I have been busy...

But I thought that you would like to see the newest additions to the farm.

Fourth and I were busy this morning with Teegar giving birth. She had six kittens and four were breech, so my new hat is midwife.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Moment to Post


Hi Friends! I have a moment to write a quick post. Spring has brought many projects here on the farm and I have been busy from before sunrise until late. All is well and I will post your comments and respond soon. I thank you for visiting and I will be back in full swing by late in the week. See you all then!
Jennifer

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Clucks, Gaggles. Quacks and More

I have been busy planting gardens and preparing for the upcoming summer so I have been a bit scarce in blogland, friends. I thought that on my break I would share some of the critters that supply us with so much.


It is quite hot here so the Dominiques are in the shade cooling off.


You have to look really close-can you see the eggs? There are four goose eggs and we are praying that they hatch!


Here is my George. He has a new pen with his mate who is sitting on the eggs. He still only allows me to pet him. He is a terror to the others...but I once again confess, I like how this creature has connected with me.


This turkey we "pardoned" on Thanksgiving and we are so grateful that we did. She has become a broody hen, so to speak. She is setting on four chicken eggs, and 5 Spanish Turkey eggs. The Spanish Turkey's lay the eggs and then do nothing, so once we realized that 'Turk' was going to set on the eggs, we added a few more:) I was not aware of the fact that when they sit, the bird only comes out every few days. My daughter has gone in and given slops and feed to Turk out of compassion, but I believe that this is the nature of setting on eggs.


Here is a female duck- we also have a female duck setting on a nest of about 9 eggs. The ducks will be a mix of Rouen and whatever they are as we have several mix ducks! So our egg production from the ducks and geese and turkeys has slowed as we are praying for goslings, ducklings, and chicks soon!

That is my mini tour of the barnyard. I pray that the beginning of spring is wonderful for you!
Jennifer

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Why I Understand

Often we are so wrapped up in our lives that we forget the harshness of the world that is predominate. For those of us in the United States, life has been so safe and comfy and cozy that we struggle to understand that leaders are not always working for the best of the nation. We forget that some leaders around the world have no care for their own people. We could care less about those that were executed under Saddam. In fact some Americans have compared George W. Bush to Saddam and even Adolph Hitler.

When I was almost 13 years old, I went on my first airplane ride(alone) to New York City to visit my mother's brother. Going from rural northwest Ohio to New York City was a profound experience but it wasn't the skyscrapers, the cement jungle or even the New Yorker accent that remains vivid in my memory today.

No, the most vivid memory of the trip was on the very first day. My uncle lived in the upstairs of a duplex of sorts, and I was a bit tired, completely environmentally shocked, but he was a bit stern in his voice and said "Jenny, you need to come with me and meet the neighbor". I was afraid, because my uncle was a fun, goofy, favorite uncle of the family. He was so serious that I had no idea what to expect. As we walked down the stairs he was so emotional that his voice cracked. He began explaining to me that his neighbor, an older lady survived. Survived what I thought?

Then we were at the front door and my questions stopped because an old woman answered the door.(She was maybe in her late 50's to early 60's) She immediately pulled me into her arms and hugged me. I had no idea who she was, but she was a love, and passionate about everything. She began sharing her story as we sat and she gave me wonderful cookies. She was Jewish, and survived the "Camps". Now I knew what the visit was about. I was a history buff, and the last visit with Uncle Larry I shared my studies of Germany.

My uncle said quickly "show her", and the woman raised her sleeve and the tell-tale tattoo was visible. My heart pounded so fast that I thought that they could hear it. My uncle then said "Touch it Jenny, you must understand". The woman took my hand with hers and she placed my hand over the tattoo. I broke down into tears, and Uncle Larry and the woman did too. The year was 1980 and my life changed. I understood that mankind was an oxymoron. Man was not kind. This woman was a teen during the war, and her only crime? Being Jewish, she believed in the God of Abraham, of Joseph and of Isaac, the same God I believe in.

We now live in a time where people do not believe the holocaust happened. We have rewritten history where the Concentration Camps and the 6 million Jews that were murdered solely because of their faith is hardly mentioned. We live in times where the UN openly supports those that suggest that Israel should be wiped off the map. We live in times where socialism and the common good are thrown around to where it is now accepted as a right.

Friends the government is NOT the solution. The government is a black hole that only gains intensity when more and more people expect the solutions to arrive from it. The more the government takes the bigger it gets and the more rights you lose. Similar to an economic meltdown, where at least half, if not more of our country is looking to the government for the solution, in Germany, the people looked to a charismatic leader to get them out of the rut they were in. We now are looking to a charismatic leader to get us out of the rut we are in. The Jew became the fall guy then, now in the US it is the wealthy.

Are you ready? All of us in the US are the wealthy! Dollar for dollar we are the richest nation in the world. We have the most of everything, the best of everything, and on and on. Government is working to take from the rich to redistribute to the poor. Don't forget Joe the Plumber. We are all the wealthy, so the solution to tax the rich is taxing ALL OF US. Forget the mantra, the word wealthy is the key and it is subjective. It is a slope that will continue to fall well below those that make millions, hundreds of thousands down to those making only thousands of dollars.

I understand why times are seeming to become more and more perilous as the President keeps on the massive spending and removal of our rights. I understand because of a sweet little old lady from my childhood, who gave me a first hand account of how a government can one day decide that some of its citizens are unworthy or unfit to live. I understand: Do You?


Hitler Youth= Mandatory National Service

* The photo is not of the woman, but one I found online. To read about the holocaust here is a place to get you started.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Billy Goats Gruff

The kids will be seven weeks old on Saturday! Time sure passes quickly in the life of a farm animal!

Here is Third with the "boys", and Helga. Funny thing about the triplets, is that we have three sizes, small(the runt-which the kids call Junior Junior) medium-(Monroe) and Large- (Mohawk).



This is Monroe- if you go in the pens for any amount of time they will try and jump up on you. To the kids we are mini mountains! Wow, even me! By the way Monroe will most likely be the one we keep as the coloring and behavior is what we want to breed with our does.



Shawn and Gus:pretty much what they do 24-7. They follow us everywhere and then end up wrestling! Hard to take many photos without most looking like this!



Third squaring off with Mohawk. He has great coloring too, oh and can you see Monroe on Third's back?



Boaz and Quatro wondering what is going on, and do you have anything for us to eat?

I know Who Is In Control


My previous post was to share that times are changing at such rapid speeds that we need to be prepared. I was brought to tears because I can honestly say I never could have anticipated how fast, one who wants HOPE AND CHANGE, would act.

With that I confess, my personal emotions come in to play. I do love this country. My father died for this country, but I know no matter what, who is in control. Do you?

If you would like a free bible, the Double Nickel Farm would love to send you one, anywhere in the world. Click on the link on the sidebar and we will get one out to you.
Jennifer

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Farm Wife Brought to Tears

Read this link. I am sorry that it is not a heart wrenching, make you cry, feel good. Nope, folks I strongly suggest that you batten down and prepare as times are changing.

Living the Simple Life Tips

Tip 1: Low Cost Recipe

German Cabbage on St. Patrick's Day!!!
Small head of cabbage cut into small pieces
2 tbsp butter
2 cups water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar(white or brown)

*melt the butter in a frying pan over medium to high heat, add the cabbage and salt lightly then brown for two minutes.
*add water, vinegar, and sugar then reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes.

Cabbage is a wonderful food for you and has tremendous health benefits. Go to this link and learn what cabbage can do for you.

Oh and this simple recipe is extremely low cost, especially in March when cabbage is on sale!

Tip 2: Home Remedy for sore throats

This has been passed down on my husband's side of the family for long awhile.
Canela is cinnamon in Spanish. We take cinnamon sticks boil them with water and drink it as a tea whenever one of us has a sore throat. We add a bit of honey to sweeten it, and it is so soothing.(the cinnamon may leave little pieces and if you wish you can strain it before you drink it, but in 21 years, I have never strained the tea.)

Tip 3: Food waste Challenge
This is a challenge: I challenge you to save your food waste in a bucket or container with a lid for one week. Be honest and then at the end of the week, see how much you waste. Clean your fridge first, because the final addition to your bucket will be the leftovers that have begun to grow.

Over and over again surveys have shown that the average American family waste nearly 1/4 to 1/2 of all food that they buy. So perhaps in times that shout conserve and save money, all you will need to do is buy(1/4 to 1/2)less.

* I will confess now to save you any stress that I am so good at not wasting that you will not share your discoveries. A few weeks ago, while I was sick, Bill and the boys bought some meat. They know that I like to sort, and freeze it in more meal friendly ways so they put it on the bottom of the fridge, still in its grocery bag(you know the white plastic things). I found the meat a few days ago, because I began to really feel good and I could breathe and smell again. FOOD WASTE-regardless of the situation it is still waste!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday Photo Shoot


Lamb on day 2- can you see how he has stolen my *heart*...yes it looks like a little heart on his side doesn't it?


His legs are black, his back is brown with the heart, and the head is multi-colored...


Ruth is the new lamb's mother(on right) and on the left is Martha nursing on Esther.


Pause in the photo sharing to say "Wow, what a lovely sunset!"


Mary, my little lamb, now a month old, wanting to know what I am doing.


Daisy also curious...the camera is interesting.


Paint desperately needs to see what I am doing. She is a wonderful goat, that Fourth has been milking. Paint's milk has been a blessing as we weaned her kids, and use the milk to supplement the triplet billy goats, and even Mary.

That's it for my Saturday Photo Shoot!
Jennifer

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ram Tough Part II


Well squeaky ram tough, as Ruth had her lamb around seven this morning. This little guy has some issues and we are praying for the best. He has beautiful coloring and the wool will be lovely!(the pictures are just after birth so ignore the blood, and that he is not totally cleaned off!)

As for the family pool to guess when she would deliver, how many she would deliver, and the colors--Third and Fourth picked today...but Fourth guessed a single while Third guessed twins. So Fourth wins the naming rights. We pray that this little one charges up and does well, as he is important to the farm even though so small.
Jennifer

Maybe the Portion Sizes Are Too Big?

Obesity is a *growing* problem in the United States and most of the Western world. Since I married in 1988, I have seen portion sizes grow larger and larger. I found a picture that made me come to my senses. Perhaps we are taking in too many calories per day...














What do you think? By the way, perhaps the real reason we need SUV's is to cart our drinks around!!

A Picnik For Bill

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Picnik Fun


A sweet friend shared how she modifies photos-how have I never heard of this? I went to picnik dot com and had fun with this photo.

Now I am not paranoid, but this hen will not stop staring at me!
Jennifer

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Holy Cow!

I realized that my photo of the night mountain was not too clear and decided to share up close and personal my mountain! Yes, I call the mountain that is to the east of my home, my mountain although it has a lovely name.


This is how very rural we live, as it is open range here! Oh this is on the base of my mountain looking to the west, boy the roads are congested here aren't they?


Holy Cow!


So did I take a better picture?


The storm clouds over my mountain. As I have written before most storms come to the top of the mountain and then pass us by...
Jennifer

Living the Simple Life Tips

Tip 1: Low Cost simple recipe:
Simple Soup
1 can tomato sauce(8 oz)
1 bag fideo(7 0z)
2 cloves garlic
1 onion cut in rings
1 TBS olive oil

Saute the onion and the fideo in the olive oil until each are light brown.
Add the can of tomato sauce and 6 equal cans filled with water.
Add garlic cloves.

Cook on medium high heat for about 20 minutes. Remove garlic cloves.

Serve in soup bowls, and squeeze fresh lime juice in and season with salt and pepper.

This was a popular meal that my mother-in-law made in the cold months. This recipe is extremely cost effective with the noodles costing $.25, the tomato sauce $.20, and the garlic and onion under $.25, totaling less than $.75 a family of five can eat.

As with my mother-in-law, I serve beans of some sort nearly every meal, and in addition we have tortillas to dip in the soup or to roll up with beans.

Tip 2: Home remedy for Dry Hair
Whole Egg Shampoo

Beat two eggs until frothy and massage well into scalp. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off with warm water(hot water will cause the eggs to congeal.) To cut the film left by a real egg shampoo add 2-3 tbsp. vinegar to the rinse water if your hair is dark; if your hair is fair add the juice of half of a lemon.
Cost for eggs: for me free
(Back to Basics Readers Digest)

Tip 3: Cleaners around the house

I have three main cleaners that I use to clean the home.
Baking soda- that I use to sprinkle on the rugs before I vacuum. I use in the fridge and freezer to absorb any odors. I use this as an abrasive mix with vinegar to scrub the tub and shower.
Vinegar- I use this to clean the mirrors and the windows. I add 1/4 cup to every load of clothes that I wash, as it removes static-there is no odor.
Lemon Juice-I use this in the mop water...1/2 a lemon per bucket...With the squeezed lemons I save in a bowl of water to clean the microwave(here is a post I wrote about citrus uses) I use the old lemons to rub the sink out as it gives the sink a shine.
Cost for cleaners:
vinegar $1.97 per gallon(last a long time)
Baking soda $.40 a box(last a long time)
Lemon juice $ 1.49 a bottle or 20 lemons for $1.00


There is no need to spend a lot of money to eat, care for yourself, or clean. I am sharing tips that I personally use so that perhaps you too can save money, while simplifying your life.
Jennifer

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Licensed to Drive


I went to DMV this morning. If you recall I went last week for Third to get his permit. Here is Second waiting for his turn to take the test for his license.



"Dad, I passed!"





Second decided to take Third and Fourth on a drive without Mom, and Fourth with her sense of humor *prepared* for the drive! Gotta love these goofs!
Jennifer

Tuesday Thoughts

Remember during the Bush years when Liberals threatened to leave the US, if he was re-elected/or continued on the path to destruction?

Conservatives are much different. There is no veiled threat to leave our homeland, but a suggestion that to preserve our way of life we will defend this land against tyranny...read this link.

A must read for you is off a site called Gateway Pundit, first: The Obama Disaster---50 Days that Changed the World, and Obama caught on tape defending those um er socialist charges... here are some bits of those posts:


...It's hard to imagine we're only 50 days into the Barack Obama Presidency.

** Obama is on track to spend more money than any person in the history of the planet.
** Obama and Pelosi's stimulus bill was the largest spending bill in the history of the planet.
** Obama and democrats have already saddled America's children and grand children with massive debt. Not that this bothers them.

** He's lost at least 3 administration nominees due to tax fraud.
** He's promoted a tax cheat to run the IRS and Treasury.
** He's insulted America's greatest ally, Great Britain.
** He's reneged on missile agreements with allies Poland and the Czech Republic.
** His administration has already met with the murderous Assad Regime from Syria.


** Obama signed legislation to close Gitmo.
** Obama freed a dirty bomber from Gitmo to Great Britain.
** Obama told US soldiers and marines in Afghanistan, "We're losing"

** Obama's VP told US soldiers and marines that US deaths will rise in Afghanistan.
** Obama has already discussed holding peace talks with the Taliban.

** The Obama stock market had its worst January in 113 years.
** The stock market had its worst February since 1933.
** The Dow has dropped faster under Obama than any other new president in 90 years.
** Obama's budget more than doubles the national debt held by the public, and adds more to the debt than all previous presidents -- from George Washington to George W. Bush -- combined.
** Obama managed to spend more than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

** Obama will quadruple the deficit this year.
** Cap & trade was introduced that will cost America 4 million jobs and cost Americans at least $700 per family per year.

** Team Obama announced easing restrictions with communist Cuba.
** Meanwhile, democrats further restricted free trade with ally Colombia.

** Obama passed legislation to fund foreign abortions.
** Obama passed legislation to fund embryonic stem cell research.

** Democrats already banned offshore drilling.
** Democrats scrapped oil and gas leases in Utah for energy development.
** Obama's party permanently banned drilling in ANWR.


Of course, Obama's defense of his socialist record was weak and dishonest.
Obama said:

"It wasn’t on my watch. And it wasn’t on my watch that we passed a massive new entitlement -– the prescription drug plan -- without a source of funding. And so I think it’s important just to note when you start hearing folks throw these words around that we’ve actually been operating in a way that has been entirely consistent with free-market principles and that some of the same folks who are throwing the word 'socialist' around can’t say the same."

This may be news to Barack Obama but Bush reduced the deficit 4 out of 8 years despite 9-11, Hurricane Katrina, two wars, and a recession he inherited.
Considering Obama has managed to triple the deficit and tank the stock market in his first 40 days in office, it might do him some good to study what Bush did right
.

H/T Gateway Pundit.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Monday Night Mural

Ram Tough


Here is a picture of Quatro before donating his wool to the farm:)


~and here is an after photo! It is often like a bad haircut, and in a few weeks it will not be as shocking to see them wool~less!

Alarming

Please read this link, and deeply consider the fact that the people working in these labs are highly educated , the precautions and standards of operating would be exact with many safety measures yet~oops.

I have some major concerns about this, and wonder what you think. Perhaps you haven't even heard of this because the MSM seems to think that this isn't that big of a deal. Your thoughts?
Jennifer

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Prepare for the Worst~ Expect the Best

My final heirloom seeds arrived today. In light of the fervor and panic fueling the stress levels of many Americans, we on the farm, have battened down the hatches so to speak.

I will confess that hearing the President sound so dismal about the future causes me to wonder, what does he know that he is not sharing with me? Okay well not really, as I know what he is doing. It is time for the Left to use a crisis to their advantage and are making the future for my great grandchildren look bleak indeed.

Now I am sad at the outlook for the great grandkids but, they will be my descendants, so they will have a little spunk, spitfire, and of course a deep love for the land of my fathers. Regardless of the revisionists that are busy making America something it wasn't, my family will stand tall for this nation.

So I have written to my readers about preparing and if you click here you can read my three part series. I am not spreading a screeching cry of no hope and little change in your pocket, but one of simple peace one can have by looking ahead and preparing.

Oh and in case you were wondering, here's the list of heirloom seeds I received today:
Tomatillo
Ground Cherry
Sunshine Corn
Round Zucchini squash
Catskill Brussels sprouts
Salsify
Mustard greens
Golden Globe Turnips
Purple top Turnips
Granny Plum Melon
Blanketflower
North American Wildflower mix
Hummingbird and butterfly mix.

I ordered from Victory Heirloom Seeds Company. The prices were great and each seed pack has an bit of historical information about the plant.

It is always wise to look ahead and prepare. Have a wonderful Sunday
Jennifer

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tired?


We have been working on our garden beds. I wrote about them here, and shared a link here. We found this great tire, which immediately brought out the goofs.


Who says girls can't be dainty while in a tire?


Even Gus was curious. Yes, we get much work done. It is all in the attitude that one takes. The tire shop saw this as garbage that needed hauled off. We see this as the home of a mini garden, and for a few moments a toy for teens.

Life is what you make of it!

Often Overlooked


I have been thinking of those of you who have dealt with power outages this winter. I realized that one thing that is not a good thing to overlook in preparation in an emergency is a good can opener. You know the type...one that is not electric:)

If you don't have one be sure to get one before a crisis or outage occurs.
Jennifer

Something to Try

Take out a few boxes of old photos or scrapbooks that you have stored up on the shelf(or in the attic, or the closet). Place them out on the table with a few pictures spread about in no particular order.

Then enjoy the moments that your family will sit and walk down memory lane throughout the day.

We are in day two of this...and I am certain listening to the "I remember that" is as exciting as it is to browse through the pictures.
Jennifer

Friday, March 6, 2009

I was on a little drive...


I saw this lovely view...


And this lovely view...


I even discovered farmers and ranchers have been green a long time, perhaps way longer than it has been in vogue...


All the while I was in the passenger seat...


As my third son just got his permit...


Notice his hands were steady...

Yes it is true, we have a fifth driver on the farm, although the oldest is off in Maryland. New Mexico allows a 15 year old a permit if within 6 months of his 16th birthday. So this week the 15 year old got his permit, and next week the 16 year old will be taking the driver's test for his provisional license. All and all it is a good day in New Mexico.

Foods You Love or Hate

The day seems to be filled with cleaning and catching up around the house, yet, I am waiting for my traditional breakfast to heat up, so I will write this post.

I found this link about the top foods people either love or hate. It was a list that a picky farm wife decided to share here.

1. White Chocolate...I am sorry to confess this, but I do not like white chocolate.

2. Cilantro...I never even heard of cilantro until I met Bill, but YUMMY. I love cilantro and dry my own to keep up with demand.

3. Eggplant...I have never had eggplant. I guess my horizons need broadened!lol

4. Coconut...I do not like coconut except on German Chocolate cake. The last time we had German chocolate cake...I cannot remember. Maybe a decade ago.

5. Tomato...I did not like tomatoes until I met Bill. It took me two years to try them, and I love them in salsa. I still do not like to eat tomatoes by themselves.

6. Anchovies...I have never had them, but it seems so fishy!lol

7. Black Licorice...What can I say about my love of Black Licorice? Not enough. Sadly the very smell of Black licorice gags some in my home, so this is a treat if I have to go to see my brother. Then I wave it around in the car, and smile and ENJOY!

8. Stinky Cheeses...Gorgonzola, Roquefort. I am not a cheese eater, so I have not tried either.

9. Mayo...I like Miracle Whip, as it complements the deviled eggs so well.

10. Bell Pepper...oh I love love love Bell Peppers! I sometimes eat these like an apple. If Bill shops, he will buy me a bell pepper(Isn't he a romantic cutie?) But the down side is that the same child that gags over Black Licorice gags...GAGS gags over the smell of Bell Pepper...so I have to sneak this snack in before he awakes or after he goes to bed!

So that is my reveal on the foods one loves or hates, and you can see that I am a picky girl...if you are old enough to remember the 80's on the bottom of the link is a list of foods from the 80's!
Jennifer

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Around the House Part II


I am a rockhound! I love collecting rocks and the peace and solitude of walking about looking intently for something to add to my collection. I found this fossil when I was 12 years old in Ohio. Pretty amazing isn't it?


A peek in the pantry! On the top of the jars of applesauce are dried bananas. I use these in granola or in a afternoon snack bowl!


Waiting to be filled with something from this years bounty.


My new mortal(mortar) and pestle. Bill gave this to me on Valentine's Day! Oops I guess I better re-read my post. I am sorry about the spelling error.



Have you been to San Fransisco? We had a wonderful time there in 2006.


I do love my country and fly the flag every day.