"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, October 29, 2009

Just Wondering

Just a simple thing I have been wondering: "Why is it politically savvy to respect religions outside the US?"







On May 4, Al Jazeera English ran a report suggesting that U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan may have been violating anti-proselytizing rules by distributing Dari-and Pashto-language New Testament Bibles.(source)

This is an interesting quote for one reason, it clearly shows that the US has customs and standards of respect for host countries. Now I know that this is true because when my husband was stationed in Germany- we were constantly reminded(schooled) on the proper etiquette for the host country. By the way, the US denies the above report here.

What I gather from my thinking on this blog is one important thing- "We lack respect for our nation completely and wholeheartedly." Our leaders ignore almost daily, the customs the needs, the wants and the desires of the people. They have ignored for a good long time that our people are for the most part Christians in background. They removed the Ten Commandments, canceled Christmas except for the consumerism, have turned their backs on who we really are. In my humble opinion, our nation led by a bunch of greedy, political elitist, has turned into a hollow shell of what it once was.


What do you say we hold our leaders accountable for the customs and standards that founded this great land? Now is the time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Time to Read The Book


Friends now is the time.
I cannot say that enough.
The signs are all around us.
One world government, global governing.
This has all been foretold.




(Click on the picture for more info on the new recruiting motto of the US Navy)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yep It Is That Time...

Well Bill started a fire this morning. The first of the season, and boy it sure is nice. Last year(I calculated on the high end) that it cost us $80.00 to heat our home for the entire winter season. Now the desert does not retain the heat that it has during the day, so often we will be warm during the day, but very cold at night in the winter. So wood stove heat is lovely!

This week also was the start of Hot Chocolate Season on the farm. This has become an annual tradition that starts in late October and ends in late February. It is nice to have a cup of hot cocoa in the morning sitting next to the wood stove reading. Hot Chocolate season is one of my favorite season's ever!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Prayers For...


My son's barracks at Fort Drum are having some tough times. His roommate has pneumonia, and the soldier across the hall was just diagnosed with H1N1(swine flu)...

Please add these young men to your prayers.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Brr~ It is Cold Here



Well not really, but with global warming being true- you know it may be possible!Until then the White Sands will fill in as my pretend snow for the winter! I hope all of you are warm and cuddly this autumn week. I sure am- as I am in the middle of the desert.

Jen

Monday, October 19, 2009

Common Sense and Our Rights

Do you know that our rights are pretty easy to understand if we remove our baggage and preconceived notions. What do I mean by this? Well, we have the freedom of speech, but it has conditions. You cannot yell "Fire" in a crowded theater for example. I can say, well duh, as panic may ensue. Our first amendment was quite clear when written, and has taken 200 plus years to erode what was meant. For so long liberals went as far as they could pushing buttons and suggesting that freedom of speech meant that one could paint a picture of Jesus Christ and then place feces on it. Too much outcry occurred in the beginning when the limits were pushed so the liberals realized that to change the document that represents freedom to the world, they needed to change the way our children were taught. Hence our schools are no longer places of learning, but buildings filled with agenda packed lessons, and no where can one find honor, love of country, or anything that our founders set down to establish.

We now have filth portrayed as common place or under the guise of freedom of speech, as if the Left grants the Constitution with any reverence. It is ironic because they only use that cherished document when they see fit, not how it is. Just as one cannot yell "Fire" in a theater, one has to understand that using foul language is not making one more American, or for that fact less of one. What this has done has made all of us push as far as we can to the limits, instead of appreciation of the intended meaning of the first amendment. All it takes is common sense. Our youth use language that 15 years ago would have made a sailor squirm. They say in their greetings words that used to be back alley dialogue and it is all under the first amendment. Yet over the weekend our White House went on a full fledged assault against free speech. Where is the ACLU? Where is the NEA? Where are you? This is really sad that our day and age, we are a prude if we choose not to speak crude or with foul words as we just don't understand that it is just a word-lighten up.

The problem is this: Fox is the number one news station in the nation. Yet, the White House is running to and fro trying to tie the hands of the media. I stand and applaud those who dismantled character and being noble in our society as it happened so fast that I blinked(or should I say I spent time at home raising children and it happened). When did one become a sensitive person, or one to make light of because respecting common sense was all they wished for? How on earth did we progress take freedom of speech as a carte blanch to wear a coat with the F*^c% word emblazoned across the back to the Walmart? Freedom of speech was something that brave folks stood for and have died for. They did not die so you could prove you are hip, or in or whatever. Think about this- can one speak freely in Iran? Just think about how the Middle East still cuts peoples tongues out...guess Freedom of Speech is something special.
So if this freedom is special, then why on earth would we disparage it by being crude and foul? Why don't we rise above the goals of the Left to reduce everyone to a link in the evolutionary chain without control of sexual behaviors, language, or impulses. Clearly we as a society have almost given the Left all that they wish.

Our Constitution is not a living Document. It was written as it was meant...and it stood long and clear. Now back to what we should be standing for, Fox- as this is exactly the time. This is the time to be honorable, proud and true to the Constitution, and to get back to basics. Use your freedom of speech to show that you are educated not in the indoctrination centers, but in an American manner, one where men are men, women are women, and we stand for the underdog.

Please please please read your Constitution- apply it to life and understand that what we have is all too close to disappearing because yo yo dog, many cannot get out of the gutter to realize that it is being stolen.

Jennifer

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Footloose and Fancy...Feet?

Fourth loves to take pictures. Many times I post them on my blog as I am in awe of her incredible talent with a simple camera. Sometimes she is whimsical and that takes her mother's breath away...


I downloaded some before pictures of her room and found the below two pictures.
Help a Dog is eating my feet!!


I can just imagine what she is doing! Chilling and perhaps chatting with her friends looking at her toe socks...smiling she grabs the camera! I sure love this cutie!

The difference between boys and girls and what they take pictures of. Often I reveal what I find on the camera when I download pictures and the boys pictures crack me up. Fourth's pictures are more reflective of the moment she is in, the boys- always go for a instant goof...

Update on First(Bill) He is doing well would rather be in a desert ANYWHERE than where it is 32 degrees F in the daytime, all day every day. Ugh the cold weather- he gets that aversion from me!! I will try and add a picture that he sent us soon.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hard Work and Its Perks

Driving home from working at the apple orchard the teens and I were granted a spectacular view. I actually stopped in the middle of the road and had Fourth take some pictures(oh it is a very rural road more cows on it than people).



Wow this takes my breath away! I can't imagine living anywhere else in the world! Like I said hard work does have its perks!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

NO WAY NO HOW

No this is not going to fly ever over my home.I do not recognize what is going on in our nation. This is disgusting. I cannot even comprehend what is being taught in our indoctrination centers public schools for this vomit to pass the muster.
This flag on this pole says one thing: worship.

This is how our dear president feels about the flag and the national anthem.

The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind. (Source)

The flag is a powerful symbol to many. I realize after seeing the above pictures that some have not been taught about those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that Old Glory continues to wave. We are reaping what we have sown in the liberal-fluff- multiculturalism vomit that passes off as education...because the symbols of our nation stand not only for us but for those oppressed worldwide. Like the three colors of the flag, those who paid the ultimate price are of every race, every color, every faith, and every gender- HOW DARE WE SPIT ON THOSE WHO BRAVELY STOOD?

By the way, those who worship a mere man will be sorely disappointed. President Obama is a man who so far, has not finished anything, yet is rewarded every step. Receiving the Nobel Peace prize=????? Have the Jew and the Palestinian united? Is Iraq calm? Is Al Qaida dismantled? Are blacks, browns, whites, reds, and yellows getting along in our inner cities(even the president's hometown??)?? Has the aisle been crossed so that the Left and the Right now are called the middle??? Do the Europeans love us now?? Is North Korea laying down their nukes and allowing those who wish to go south to do so? Is Iran apologizing for the hostage crisis, and laying down the nukes that they have?

Must be because President Obama is President...that is all it takes for the cult of Obama to be pleased.

For me, I desire real actions, real works, a real man who rises above no matter what is tossed his way. You know one who is PROUD of this nation, served honorably in the military, served many years in law enforcement, volunteers instead of organizes anger, loves his children and loves his wife, and his grandmother was not typical no matter that she was not white.It is time we elect real folks, who are honorable, who love this land, and could care a less if they are brown, white, or what ever color.

Just my thoughts.



Canned Bananas?

I had a surplus of bananas and wondered what I could do with them. The bananas were pretty old and I thought we may just end up giving the bananas to the chickens. Fortunately I found a recipe on line that I used to can banana butter. Turns out we really like it!

Ingredients:
16 medium sized bananas-very ripe

very ripe bananas!
1/2 cup pear juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 cups granulated sugar
1 TBSP unsalted butter
1(3oz)pkg of powdered pectin
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1tsp ground cloves

Step 1
Peel bananas and mash them in a large pot. Add pear juice, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, stirring constantly. Simmer 30 minutes.

Step 2
Run the banana mixture through a sieve. Return the banana mixture to the pan. Now you want to add the butter, and seasonings. Stir until blended. Add lemon juice, and sugar. Bring the mixture back to boil, stirring constantly. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the pectin.

Step 3
Continue stirring and reduce the heat. Stirring is important because you don't want to burn or scorch the mixture. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Be sure to skim off any foam that appears. Mixture will begin to thicken, and become creamy.

Step 4
Water Bath Canner
To preserve the butter by canning, spoon warm butter into sterile canning jars and process 15 minutes(boiling water bath). This will make about 7 half pint jars. Any butter you want to keep can be refrigerated for up to 10 days.
banana butter


A few years ago, I would have tossed bananas that looked like what came from these peels! Who knew what I was missing?How sad was I that I wasted so much food? They look pretty sorry, but in the process of canning the banana butter, we on the farm discovered a new breakfast! Instead of doing anything beyond step one, stop and serve up in cereal bowls. This was so yummy!!

Notes :I ended up canning 4 pints and 1-1/2 pint with this recipe. I exchanged lemon juice with lime juice, and I got pear juice from a can of peaches that were canned in pear juice(it was exactly 1/2 cup).

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Some Previews of the Makeover

Wilson??

Smile!

Whoa...Things I find on the camera when I load the pictures! The boys are nuts!

Here is the wall to the west...in the right of the picture is the back of Fourth's vanity.


Here is a picture of the same wall. I need to put the outlet cover on and do a few touch ups.

The Closet before. We took the door down because it was a cheap cheap door.

The closet after...well not totally done, but you can see what we are going for. Third and Bill made the trim from old scrap wood that we salvaged. You can see on the left side of the closet the piece needs to be added.Tonight, I am going to put a curtain up instead of a door- Third is making shelves for the left side of the closet for shoes etc.(the inside of the closet is the same color as the walls-you know how it looks darker in a picture!)

This is it for the preview. We had a few activities for the homeschool group yesterday and so we did not finish the project yet. Today I canned 4 pints of banana butter and am working on Saturday chores...the teens have an activity for tonight too, so I will try and finish tonight(so our days are busy-pretty much normal for us).

By the way, Fourth loves what we have done so far!

Friday, October 9, 2009

14 Years Ago Today

...my heart stopped on the delivery table having my fourth child.

...she was born 10 weeks 1 day early.

...we knew she was coming early and I had been in the naval hospital for a few months already.

...I knew she would be fine because the moment she was born she cried loud and clear.

...she was 13 inches long but a chubby babe and weighed 3lbs 3oz(thanks to the steroids I think- because I was given many to help her)

...she spent many months in the hospital.

...she was on oxygen for a long time.

...she makes me cry with joy even today, with how much she has made my life complete.

...she is a love and compassionate and sweet and kind to all of us.

...she loves The Little House Series, and I love that even in the summer she gets cold when she reads The Long Winter.

...Her favorite foods are pepperoni, pears, celery, and banana cream pie-probably not in that order though!

...she doesn't know it yet, as we are letting her sleep in, but her brothers, her dad and I are going to redo her room. It is the only room I haven't painted since we moved in. Today we are going to paint her room a soft olive green-convert her bed into a day bed couch style, and sew new curtains for the window. Since moving to New Mexico she has crossed from being a little girl to a beautiful young woman. It is time to store away her doll house for her daughter(to be) and give her room to blossom and grow into the woman she shall become. It makes me tear up thinking that my little preemie has come so far, as the first five years of her life all we were told was that she was terminal. Amazingly enough she wasn't and we have all been blessed by her.
...she has a few nicknames one always has been Curliana...it is a spinoff her name and her curly hair that she works to straighten. Her dad calls her ------waylee puddin' and pie, kissed the boys and made them cry. Long nickname and she often tells her dad when she gets married that this is the name she wants him to say when he marries her to her husband.


Fourth with her lovely curly hair!


Water cooler races...Fourth in the lead!

Fourth trying to cross her eyes!


Lovely Fourth

Fourth on the Fourth of July

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOURTH
WE LOVE YOU
DAD MOM FIRST SECOND AND THIRD

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Struggle to Stay Afloat Mocked

For the past several years we on the Double Nickel have struggled to stay afloat. This is far from being a bad thing. In fact, through our struggles we have learned so many incredible things. It is much different than my before life where I bought what I wanted when I wanted it. Now I think about everything and preserve anything.

The incredible thing about this path is that I have studied the preservatives in foods, chemicals in household products, and how the economy is held together only by credit. I have discovered that the old ways of growing your foods and eating foods in season are much healthier. I have enjoyed serving foods made by me, in fact I have created healthier versions of the home made foods that I first learned to bake. Another home school mother shared with me the chemicals in our day to day cleaners and at first I looked at her like she was a kook. You know, some sort of hippy that is paranoid about everything. Then I started researching the chemicals and was appalled. In 21st America we dabble in chemical cocktails by just cleaning the kitchen. And we clean our kitchens after each meal(so three times a day of harmful chemicals for just one room in the house). What does this tell us about our health or increased obesity or cancers in the United States?

On the farm we changed our cleaners to lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and for the laundry Zote soap. We have bleach because we do deal with animals etc, and I wish sometimes to spray a bleach spray on our shoes if we were in the coops etc. It is amazing now, because when I get around someone who uses Downy, I almost gag, as the smell is so powerful. It is like a woman with too much perfume. Before I never noticed any smells. Believe me when I go out I smell the deodorants, the hair gels, the hair sprays, the cologne and perfumes, the laundry soaps- it is so pungent. I never realized how much we pile on. Every study shows that we absorb toxins through our skin, and yet we continue each day to pile on creams lotions, body washes, shampoos, deodorants*, gels, and on and on. Take a moment and look up each and every ingredient that is in one item you use, and ask yourself, do I really want to put this in my body?

Back to my original purpose of the post;)- Every coin that jingles has a purpose and use in this home. Every food item is planned to reduce waste. Every new item purchase only occurs after an in depth effort to find the same thing used is exhausted...and then it may not be bought anyway.

Yet our lovely government is giving away money in Detroit. There are some requirements...but we all know that dead people vote when the government programs(Acorn) help the public. We see how the public schools have become international failures in all the core subjects(yet dump away money)...and we all know how giving money to the auto companies is turning out...

If FDR and his programs were so wonderful then lets bus the heads of the house out to real work. Oh that is right we already removed the heads of the house in the sixties and seventies so the poor could qualify for welfare and food stamps. Common sense is gone...

Giving money with no predetermined way to have it spent is- tossing money into Walmart- the bars- the liquor stores, and most likely drug dealers pockets. Do not think you can tell me that I am judgmental...the poor need not be mocked.

Poor people can work. Poor people can grow foods. Poor people can do things besides putting their hands out. We as a society have done a grave injustice by tossing coins to the poor and never thinking this through.

I wonder are the handouts to the Detroit citizens going to require receipts on what the money was used for? Will the recipients have their fingerprints taken? Will they have a criminal check done? Will a urinalysis be done? Will we check to see if they are American citizens? NO NO NO NO and NO.

I have tremendous pity on those who think that they are doing a good deed by handing out the stimulus cash to poor folks. I have tremendous pity for our nation because we have removed the pioneer spirit in our people. We have removed the training and fortitude that would enable poor to do things for themselves. The poor have become slaves to handouts. And the wealthy have stood proud with puffed up chests feeling so good about their good deeds. The truth is that those who are truly the working poor are mocked.

Just my thoughts on this cloudy day in New Mexico.

* This is a snopes reference that leaves you wondering. I find it plausible enough to change my deodorant. Here is a link to make a deodorant.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

E-Mail and Cell Phone Pictures

E-mail: Love this picture so much! My sister made this farmer's market. It is a miniature! She is very talented and I hope she doesn't mind that I am sharing her creation with blogland:)

Cell phone picture: Title- Waiting in the van for the teens...bored.

Cell Phone Picture: Title -Autumn Tarantula migration temporarily halted for a bucket and photo.

Cell Phone Picture: Title-Second loading apple crates with an owner of the orchard.


Cell Phone Picture: Title- Lovely sunset on the drive home.