"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

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Difference

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both,
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as long as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Thou as for the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
But knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost


Thursday, April 29, 2010

And the Dinner Pack Winner is...

Well first, here's who helped pick the winner... One of our new Canardly chicks...
All the comments side by side waiting for the Canardly's decision...

44 came from New Mexico Prepper's

And 74 from Double Nickel Farm

Kelly in PA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are the winner, hope you don't feel too grossed out, we are on a farm here...don'tcha know!
Kelly please email at penofjen(at) yahoo(dot)com with your name and address!! Thank you all for participating!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Refresh Your Page UJ!

Otherwise titled Saturday Snapshots!!

Note the chicks in the pen...can you see how misshapen the cage is and how the feed is all over?

Reason #1...

Reason #2
Enough Said!

By the way for those who are concerned about the chicks, here is what happens when everyone grows up! Jericho(the cat) is dining with Tim(the rooster) and a few of Tim's wives.

This is Deep Freeze, as you can see we have a pretty big task ahead of us to get her out of shape for the freezer! Deep Freeze has better horns than Beef Stew did, and I cannot wait to, well~ tan her hide!

Third's birthday was held at north of our house in an amazing rolling~hills area. This is Third in his paintball garb.

If some one was out of paint balls or had been shot, they raised their arm to let everyone know that they were out!

The area that we paintball is remote and has collected debris over time! No problem for the teams, as this old pallet has become a great blockade!

Every *kid* loves a wagon!

Ireland, I am coming home!(or goat haven on Double Nickel, NM)

How do you like the murals on the Double Nickel?

Breathtaking aren't they?

My mountain...amazing and explains why I live where I do...doesn't it?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Solomon Wherefore Art Thou?

Wisdom is defined as the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.

In 2006, a doctor in Florida aborted the wrong twin. A woman was pregnant with twins and one was shown to have birth defects and the other was not. Fortunately, in the United States, we have a procedure that is called selective reduction. Selective reduction involves aborting one or more [babies*] in a woman who is carrying more than one baby(source)

Both twins were eventually aborted, as the doctor "accidentally" aborted the healthy twin first. The mother then opted to abort the unhealthy twin. The article closes with a sober sentence

"The mother should have been referred out to a major institution where these are done daily."

This situation is not unique. I wish it were but it is not. In Italy this has happened and the police investigated the accident. I do not know the findings of their investigation, but most likely the doctor as with the doctor in Florida lost his right to practice.

The mother of the accidental abortion in Florida, received a settlement:
Kachinas said in the interview yesterday that there was a financial settlement with K.M. State records show a $250,000 liability settlement for an incident on the day of her selective termination.(source)

Returning to wisdom, I will add the rest of what we usually hear with wisdom: The wisdom of Solomon. Solomon was a king, and the son of David in the Old Testament of the Bible. In 1 Kings 3:16-28 Solomon uses his wisdom, in which (the people) feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment. The verses tell of two women, one who had a baby, and the other who was the baby's actual mother. They were brought before Solomon, who judged that the baby should be cut in half so both women could have it. One woman says, "no, she can have the baby," and the other woman says, 'Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it."

Solomon then knew who the real mother was, as she opted to give her child away then to have it split in half. Where is Solomon today? Where are the wise to use their discernment with our children? Education is prized in the United States, and we have come close to having an incredibly educated citizenry, yet wisdom and education do not go hand in hand. The baby is a fetus when it is aborted, but a baby to gain a monetary settlement as the woman in Florida received. The judge was no Solomon in that case, as the mother opted to have one child killed(that is what is happening) because it was impaired by today's understanding. I use that wording, because legally a baby with a cleft lip can be considered as impaired.

What has happened to our society? I know abortions have been performed for thousands of years, but we as a nation decided that one group of citizens had more rights than others. We also decided that our most dependent citizens are vomit...to be scrubbed up with a bleach solution if they are not "CHOSEN."

How dare the Court say I have more rights than an infant! My body carries a child, but that is not my choice, as many woman have sex many times and the womb remains empty. Other women may end up pregnant when they haven't even completely undressed. Healthy women give birth to unhealthy babies, and unhealthy women give birth to healthy babies. Some women plead night after night to have a baby fill their wombs, others condemn the life kicking inside as I type. But keep this in mind, no one woman can guarantee that she alone can put a life inside her. Even when medicine intervenes life is not always the result. Therefore how dare women be granted the sole power to condemn another American to death. How dare we walk and talk about how our children need the best, and that teachers are underpaid? How dare we imply that we are concerned with what is best for the children, when in truth, we should be treating those in the classrooms as survivors, as they just survived the most dangerous place on the planet for someone so small. They survived the womb, and the decision of their mothers to keep them alive.

Mind you I grieve for the women who have had abortions as much as those babies that have been aborted. We have raised our education of our citizens to the point where hook, line, and sinker the people believe that abortion is a choice, and that it should be. I grieve for the women as they were told that it was not viable, didn't have a heartbeat yet, or was too disabled to survive. I grieve for them because it all sounds so scientific and is legal, why would our politicians do something that would be harmful to their constituents? Why would the Court, composed of judges like Solomon, be deceptive and determine that a baby is not a person?

I grieve for those who have had an abortion, as in the case of the woman in Florida, not only did she see abortion as a means to resolve an imperfect life, but then was compensated for the failure of the doctor to kill the right child. Imagine if the children were 2 years old. Imagine this story then.

I pray that we return to wisdom.
Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed in the United States each year.(source)

Did you know that? Take that bit of data and combine it with the fact that half of the population can never have this procedure this is shocking.

I pray that those who have had an abortion understand that I am not angry at them. I am angry at a nation that has turned abortion into a choice instead of what it is- murder.

* I edited the word in brackets. This word was fetuses in the sentence, but I believe we should stick with the same word, especially in the same sentence. Using the word fetus, seems to make aborting it a procedure similar to one such as a tonsillectomy.

If you wish to have someone to talk to please contact mcbenningministries(at) yahoo(dot)com.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Food Storage Giveaway! Enter today~

Augason Farms is a family owned business that began in 1972. This company offers dehydrated and freeze dried foods for your storage convenience. Double Nickel Farm is hosting not one but two separate giveaways! One is for the Breakfast Pack~ the other is for the Dinner Pack.

For this giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment. You may comment once a day on Double Nickel Farm and once a day on New Mexico Preppers for seven days...the winner of the Dinner Pack will be announced next Thursday!

I have written often about preparing for times ahead. Augason Farms offers products that will enable you to do so, with products that are delicious, nutritious and prepared for a long shelf life. Properly stored these products can last from 20- 30 years!
Vegetable Stew Blend

Sweet Corn

Creamy Potato Soup

Vegetarian Beef

Honey White Bread and Roll Mix

Potato Gems

Don't forget the contest ends Wednesday April 28 at 11:59 pm.

Please remember that poor financial management by a government can and will impact its citizens. Now is the time to prepare for the worst and expect the best.

ps...the winner will need to forward me their email address and home address!

Have a Great Week!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Food Find

Third went up to the mountains yesterday to work at the apple orchard we worked at last year. While up there his boss told him that the asparagus grows wild and that Third should take home some for the family!
I am very excited as I found a recipe here to try. Third goes back up the mountain tomorrow and I am hoping he will be able to bring home some more asparagus for me to can! I shared before a recipe using asparagus with ham here. Asparagus is a wonderful food to use and quite tasty too.

Make something delicious with asparagus today!

Other food link today:
Using your food storage: Lentils

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dear Mom, Letters from Afghanistan

Dear Mom,

To answer some of the questions you asked, here goes: yes Nick* and I are in the same tent, as are a few others that both you and dad met when you visited NY. Pretty much everyone in the tent is "high speed" so all is great!

About the box...LOVED IT! Everyone did in fact! The limon packets were good so definitely send more of those please. Oh and the flavor things that you sent to add to a water bottle- super as all we have to drink is water in the bottles. Hi- C was the best:) What would I like in a box? pens a few, razors, and let's see....a pillow!!! repeat....a pillow!

I love Tom Clancy and anything that will keep my mind busy...but we have limited space so slow and steady as I can read what you send then pass it on.


We call the Afghanistan people local nationals. Their housing is basic. From what I have seen they build their houses out of whatever materials they can find, clay, sheet metal, leftover plywood, and I even saw old ruins that some were living in. To me it looks like old time from the movies...even hundreds of years old time.

I see many Afghan men when they work at our camp working jobs that are supervised... but have not seen one Afghan woman, yet that is to be expected. It is a way different culture in regards to women here. There are lots of kids around the gates and they are like the children we saw every time we crossed the border(in the border towns of Mexico) as they are asking for handouts. "Misser, misser, let me get you a botta of wata," they call to us. If we give eye contact then the only word said is "Candy!" These kids try and trade anything and everything. Pretty ambitious even though it is a bit frustrating. By the way they are all little boys, no little girls.

later again--

I was able to met a German general on base the other day. Pretty amazing is all I can say, and will share more later.

I have not tried any local foods yet, but I am going to try some soon at the local bazaar. Our mess hall(Defac) is open 24 hours so that is a plus(I guess) but the foods are the same old same old, so thanks for the misc fun snacks you sent.

I love you all and can't wait for you know the PILLOW:0)

On Bill's Facebook wall April 8 2010:
SOOOOOO........not even two weeks and I'm dark and amazingly sexy, even more sexy then before. I call it Mr Bill 2.0

Dear Bill,

First off, love the Facebook wall note! I am so grateful that you maintain a positive outlook on life! We are so glad that you do!

Thank you for answering all the questions and filling us in on what is going on. Love to hear that all is well and that you have a wonderful group of bunk mates.

We are all doing well here, missing the Bill 2.0 version to no end but know that every time we write a note we are one week closer to your return home. For Blogland I am going to share something about you that many may not know:

Bill began taking part time jobs since he was 12 years old. First he bagged ice for a local grocery store, then he took a job as a busboy and moved up from there. His mom and dad kind of helped him save his money and allowed him to spend 10% and give 10% to church. He was able to buy his first car in 2007, just around the time he turned 18 years old.
Here is Bill, pleased as can be with his Sunfire. Kind of a sporty cool looking first car isn't it? Bill is and always been a hard working young man that makes his dad and I very proud. As his mom, I wanted to share with you that behind the uniform our troops have real stories, real lives. That is why I really wanted to begin this feature on my blog to share Bill with blog world. He is not too far removed from being a teenager but stands tall for our nation.

Thank you all for stopping by dear readers, and my dear sweetie William the Great, we love you!
Dad, Mom Second Third and Fourth

ps pillow should be there as I type.
pps...since I now have your old cell phone number and forgot to change the ring tone, Grammie Dee wants me to tell you thank you for allowing her" to please enjoy the music why your party is reached(the song is a hip hop song-lol)

And the Winner of the Breakfast Pack Combo is...

Peggy comment on April 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Thank you, my sweet daughter for letting me wake you up so early to pull the winning name out of the bucket!

Peggy, I left you a comment on your blog, but if you stop here first please email me at penofjen(@)yahoo(dot) com.

Don't forget that the Dinner Pack combo giveaway will begin later this week, so come on back!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Final Kid Finally Arrives!!

Woohoo...Our last doe gave birth yesterday afternoon! Farmer has decided his name is Nevada. I would never have guessed that an all white goat would be so adorable, but he is!

For the record this is a link to the photo of what the dad looks like.

Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to enter to win the Breakfast Pack Giveaway- I am hoping for 100 comments!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Farm Update

It has been a while since I have updated what is happening on the farm, so here goes:

Population of farm
1 farmer
1 farmer's wife
3 amazing teens
1(handsome soldier)

6 Black Spanish Turkeys
1 Midget white turkey

hundreds of thousands of chickens
6 cutie pie Heinz 57 chicks residing in the family room
4 ducks
2 geese

10 Navajo Churro Sheep
11 La Mancha mix goats

oh and Bill bought me a new deep freeze...well kind of. I named it Deep Freeze as we have our cow that we are fattening up!

80 million black and white cats that skulk around the edges of the perimeter of the property. When farmer and gang are sneaky enough Cat Roundup occurs and population is reduced. Bob Barker would have had his head spin and fall off here, as spay and neuter pets not an option for the previous and current residents of the canyon I live in!

The garden is coming into focus with the lovely perimeter fence nearly complete. Tire garden containers taking on some festive colors and actually is going to have space to set up a few chairs and the picnic table in for the family to rest and enjoy the beauty of the mountains.

The majority of sheep and goats have new *digs* and I am almost finished painting the pallet fences. I know I said I probably would not paint the fences, but someone either didn't like the color of paint made for them at Walmart, or the color was a blooper-but either way the color inspired me...and so fence painting I am!

Back porch nearly complete. Incredible design by farmer and his vision is so great. Dual purpose for sure as it reduces the amount of heat inside.

Front porch nearly complete. This project was a bit my idea, and Second has been bringing it into focus.

The year of the Tree is well under way...we have five trees on the property! We planted so far 2 McIntosh Apple trees, 2 apricot trees, and 1 willow tree. This means that we have 6 trees on the farm(and zillions of Mesquite trees). Amazing what an emotional boost a few trees do to the family, and the green vibrant leaves are a cheerful site in the desert tones of the property!

Update complete as much as I can remember...projects are always underway here as older fixer upper translates into steady work for years to come. I must thank Craigs*list and the local on line yard sales as we have been able to supply project needs so easily!

Have a fantastic weekend and don't forget to enter the Breakfast Pack Giveaway!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April 14 in History

Today is both my mom and my mother-in-law's birthday. It is very neat for them both to have the same 'official' birthday. I say 'official' birthday because it's not my mother-in-law's actual birthday. My mother-in-law, was born in Mexico, and as I understand the story, it took several days for someone to go and have the birth recorded. She was born on the 1st of April, but I enjoy the fact that both mom's share an official birthday.

My mom was the youngest of eight children, and loved every moment. As a child, I loved holidays because many of my aunts and uncles lived nearby and they had lots of kids. My mom's family instilled a huge sense of family in me. The older I get the more I reflect on the time her brothers or sisters came to visit.

I remember game day's and movie nights.(we would watch Quincy ME) Mom made everything seem so exciting. As a mom, I realize that she worked in overdrive to compensate for dad not being there. I have popcorn parties just like mom did, of course we watch Monk instead of Quincy!
My mom and dad on their wedding day(my mother's parents too)

Today is a bittersweet day for my mom though. Forty-three years ago today was when she was told that dad had been killed in Vietnam. Unlike today, where information is rather quick, it took six days for my mom to be told. She describes the six days, saying she felt something was wrong. She used to write dad a letter every day, and on the eighth she said she couldn't put words to paper. So when she saw the two military soldiers, walking up the sidewalk to give her the bad news, she knew. To me it is devastating to think that she had to go through that, as she was pregnant with me when dad was killed.

When I was pregnant with Third, a c-section was set up for the 8th of April, and I broke down in tears. I didn't want to have such joy with such sadness. So I was permitted to have him on the 7th.

My mother-in-law is just as amazing. She had 7 children and worked side by side with my father-in-law building a business in the United States. They immigrated from Mexico in 1967, so my husband was the first born in the U.S. By 2004, my father-in-law sold his business and realized the American dream! My mother-in-law raised strong hard,working sons and daughters. Each of my husbands siblings have gone off to school and become productive members of society. I see in my in-laws something that some Americans seem to take for granted. My mother in law impressed upon the kids the value of education, and all the kids worked hard to acquire an education. Some worked several jobs while going to school.
My in-laws just around the time they married

My mother-in-law is an amazing woman, and although I don't believe in the gift of second sight, she always knew when I was pregnant before I even told anyone, and once before I had told my husband. She called us in Germany(middle of night for us) five months after we had Second saying that she kept dreaming of a baby boy. We said yes, Second, not wanting to share the news about Third, because he was so close, and the pregnancy was rough. But she kept insisting. Well, of course she was right!

My mother-in-law really impressed upon me her love of her son. She truly loves her children, and what a role model for me. For the last several years she has worked two jobs to make her retirement 'comfy'.

I love my mom and mother-in-law very much. Through their strength and perseverance I am here with my husband. Through their examples we are who we are, and have a solid foundation. I am so grateful that I am the daughter of Dee and the daughter-in-law of Silvina.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Food Storage Giveaway! Comments closed April 19

Augason Farms is a family owned business that began in 1972. This company offers dehydrated and freeze dried foods for your storage convenience. Double Nickel Farm is hosting not one but two separate giveaways! One is for the Breakfast Pack~ the other is for the Dinner Pack.

For this giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment. You may comment once a day for seven days...the winner of the Breakfast Pack will be announced next Monday!

I have written often about preparing for times ahead. Augason Farms offers products that will enable you to do so, with products that are delicious, nutritious and prepared for a long shelf life. Properly stored these products can last from 20- 30 years!

The Breakfast pack contains six number 10 cans.

Creamy wheat cereal

Pancake Mix

Scrambled Egg Mix

Potato Shreds

Bacon Bits

Freeze Dried Whole Strawberries

The Breakfast Pack is a $78.28 value. Don't forget the contest ends Sunday April 18 at 11:59 pm.

Please remember that poor financial management by a government can and will impact its citizens. Now is the time to prepare for the worst and expect the best.

ps...the winner will need to forward me their email address and home address!



Saturday, April 10, 2010

Drive with Me

The other day I had to go to Las Cruces, New Mexico. It is 70 or so miles from home. I love the drive as it is so beautiful and relaxing. I pass many unique sites that I thought I would share here. Don't forget that I have written many times about "stay-cations." Stay-cations are vacations in your neck of the woods. Remember people travel from all over to vacation where you live, so why not take some time out and plan several outings locally. You will be amazed at what is literally in your back yard!

Please join me on my drive,

White Sands National Park from the road

Pretty amazing! Driving to Las Cruces is a lovely drive...

Beautiful mountain views...

Lyndon Johnson space museum water tank...

Water tanks need not take away from the backdrop. Every water tank in Las Cruces NM is painted

Beautiful mountain peaks

The west is vast...and driving provides lots of time to think, solve world problems, and of course sing where you are appreciated!

To go west or south from my home means a stop at the Border Patrol checkpoint upon my return. Slowing down for the checkpoint.

All traffic must pull over to the Border Patrol Checkpoint

Here is what I see while driving up to the checkpoint.

Yep, it is dry and dusty here.

This time it took a bit longer to go through, because the semi with the cars on it, was being checked- and each car was checked. When I pull forward, I must stop at the agent- who ask if I am an American citizen. The rogue person in me wishes sometimes to say, "no."

After the Border Patrol checkpoint, I pass Holloman Air Force Base.

Once I pass the base I am nearly home. Thanks for going on the drive for me, next time don't be shy and sing out when I sing Proud to be an American, by Lee Greenwood!