"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

Monday, November 29, 2010

Few More Photos

We saw many trail~heads the other day, but none as sorry or scary as this one!

Perhaps my teens have figured out that I snap a zillion photos while trying to be stealth. Hmm

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Views From New Mexico

We drove to the other side of the mountain that the farm faces and here are some of the views we enjoyed!

The camera does not even capture the wow that we kept saying!

The white in the photo is the White Sands of New Mexico.

ps I love the mountains and the breathtaking views that I enjoy each and every day.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Fun

We are busy prepping for our usual Black Friday activities: family time. We are going to the mountains to see if we can find the perfect Double Nickel Farm Tree. This year Fourth and I are going to make all the decorations and not use anything from our holiday ornaments. We have many creative ornaments so far and plan to recycle old items to memorable decorations. We will also have some traditional homespun decorations like popcorn strings and cinnamon apple slices-oh well when it is up and decorated I will post some photos.

For some Photo Fun

Fourth snapped this photo...can you think of the barnyard discussion after this? "Hey, the farmer is not as good as you think, I saw things, things that have changed me. I don't think Tom went on vacation, I think he is dead!!"

Farm wife black Friday Humor!!

Black Friday appropriately brings Black Surprise

We knew we had an early pregnant ewe, because we left her a while five months ago with a male while building a pen...and so we have a black lamb...can you say "Awww"
Martha and her new lamb!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Afghanistan Thanksgiving

All of these photos are from the 10th Mountain Division on Facebook. I go through this site often looking for a glimpse of my son...and today I was so happy to see him at a table clearly having Thanksgiving Day meal!

Bill is on top right with his hand up. His buddy Nick Cates is across from him~also with his hand up. Nick's wife had their first baby 4 months ago!

I wrote about the cooks that prepare our soldiers meals on Tuesday and one can clearly see that it was important to make Thanksgiving "feel" festive and homey. Thanks once again to those that prepared such a wonderful feast!

Well how cool!!

When we gather and enjoy our family Thanksgiving, please keep these folks in your prayers. They line up often. They got in a line to become a soldier, they line up each and every day to eat, and they do so willingly~which is humbling to me. I am so thankful that I was able to catch a glimpse of my son today...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

From our house to yours

Happy Thanksgiving
May your food be delicious
And the pumpkin pie never run out!

On the Farm

Yesterday we had a lovely young momma and her baby visit us on the farm! Jovahnni is almost a year(two weeks from today) and is adorable! He could not hold back his excitement over seeing all the critters on the farm.
Jovahnni looking at the lambs!

Jovahnni and Obed the ram and Tim the rooster (Fourth and Devina are also in photo)

Jovahnni was hooing...he kept saying HOOO over and over! I think that hoo means AWESOME! I had to tell Bill(who was not home) that I saw the farm anew today. I was able to see the farm in a toddler's eyes~fresh and lovely and wonderful! I cannot relay how totally invigorating it was to share and witness this little one experiencing a farm for the first time!!

Mini Thankful list for the day
Simple life
Doris Day movies
Ping pong on the kitchen table
holding hands with my cutie
homemade bread

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Forget TSA Call your Airlines

Dear Friends,

Forget the TSA and their literal raping of innocent Americans going to and fro. It is time to call each and every airline...tie up their phone lines, email them like crazy, send faxes- and tell them NO WAY I am flying on your airline. If my constitutional rights are tossed out the window because I desire to fly somewhere, then to heck with flying. Excuse my language, but enough already...let our voices be heard to those that rely on our $$.

Oh and while we are calling our airlines...flood the Congress phones. NO MORE.

Signed a person who wonders if she crossed the border into another nation...as I do not recognize my country anymore.

Tuesday Thoughts

Photo Credit Air Assault 92G

As I busy myself with the happenings of this week, I am left alone in my thoughts often. Of course I have a menu planned for the dinner on Thursday which includes new recipes, as I try something new every year, but this year I am thinking of the cooks overseas. I am thinking that they are my secret heroes...as they are taking my job over and I am certain that they will do a magnificent job of putting together a delicious Turkey dinner! These soldiers must create a traditional Thanksgiving for soldiers from all over the nation. We have some mainstays, but the sides are often regional, and I know that this is where training will come in to play! I thank all of the chefs/cooks in the armed forces for taking on the role that we wives and mothers have done for so long. Thank you for all that you do.

While I wonder exactly what my son will enjoy on Thursday I will share what we on the farm are going to do:

The menu for Double Nickel Farm:
Secret family stuffing recipe(my mom's)
Mashed Potatoes
Deviled Eggs
Homemade rolls
Lime cilantro rice
Cabbage Spinach salad with oranges

Daily Dippings
Cheese ball and crackers
Veggie Tray
Chips and Salsa

Cranberry Bars
Pumpkin Pie

Activities planned for the day
Ping Pong Tournament
Mancala playoffs
Movie Marathon
*Its A Wonderful Life

Please keep our troops in prayer during the holidays. Most are only a few years shy of their teen years if not still teens. While you are at this remember to pray for the mom and dads of these soldiers as we know they are adults but they are still our wee babes too.

We love you son...
Dad Mom
Second Third and Fourth!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dear TSA,

While you are almost comically usurping Americans constitutional rights...I wonder what the other hand is doing?

Does anyone else wonder? Is something else being slipped by Americans while our attention is drawn away by these radical searches that are happening at our nations airports? Children being patted down. Our seniors being patted down...the disabled being stripped of limbs to prove they are without some terrorists weapon. It is so incredulous that I believe something else is going on...

Dear TSA,

You are idiots. Tact goes a long way, but you are being goaded into this vile behavior by outraged Americans and who?

In my heart, I wish it was just some kindly government agency making sure we Americans were protected, but- remember who this administration considers a treat? Not those who have a track record- but us...us pesky Americans.

ps...please read the Constitution and hone in on the Fourth Amendment.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Fun

I read most likely far too much on line, and confess that sometimes I go as Left as possible to see what is on the fire pit for the day. Sometimes my Internet wanderings are less political and more humor filled! Thanks Huffington Post as today you made my day. After my lunch today of chicken noodle soup, I should have what I need to give you a call and thank you...

photo credit Huffington Post
What is it about tin can telephone that always makes me smile?
If you click on the link you will see the funniest roller coaster snapshots!

Happy Friday All!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Yes, it has come to this...

Read this link here, I am without words.

Thursday Thanks

Here is another list of things I am thankful for:

I am thankful for hot soaking baths.

I am thankful for the sunrise each and every morning. Living with a mountain to the east of me, makes a sunrise that is indescribable and jump starts my day in awe!

I am thankful for a friend that owns an orchard. We are able to have organic fruit that is wonderful, canned, fresh or in delightful desserts!

I am thankful for farm fresh eggs.

I am thankful for farm fresh beef.

I am thankful for farm fresh pork.

I am thankful for farm fresh poultry.

I am thankful that I see things as potential...as a farm with limited funding may never get going without creative vision! I am thankful that my best friend sees things this way too.

I am thankful when I break a dish, as I am tiling my window ledges with broken dishes, and what an incredibly beautiful look the window ledges have!

I am thankful for the turkeys on the farm...silly critters chirp with me each day.

I am thankful for the woman who owned our home before us, as her angst in her pottery crafting, has left a zillion pottery shards and intact pottery here there and everywhere. It is almost like having our very own archaeological dig, and often new pieces come to the surface.

I am thankful for old tires, as they have been great for the goats as a mini playground, and as my garden in the desert needs some uniqueness. ps- the tires look pretty neat painted in eclectic colors, and marked down paints at the hardware determine the color groupings. Some day I will have all the garden tires painted.

I am thankful that some things confuse me, as I am receiving spam from my own email account.

I am thankful my son has one less day in Afghanistan. Each day that passes is one day closer to his return to the states. I am thankful that the camp near him just opened a PX(post exchange). The photos show that it is in the back of a semi truck, but it looks well stocked!

I am thankful to be a wife and a mother...I could imagine nothing else that would have made my life any more amazing.

That is my long list of thankful thoughts. Often I do not voice my appreciation for what I have and I am taking some time to do so, here on the blog.

ps...I am thankful for your visit to the farm!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crazy Conversation

On Facebook...conversation to my oldest son Bill who is in Afghanistan from his sweetheart:

Bill's cutie pie-Hey sugar :) i need an update on life from you :)

Response not from Bill but his brother Second...

Here's an update! He's most likely not on. You're now up to speed!

Bill...he must be busy and has not been able to get online. Dear sweetheart of Bill please forgive us as we on the farm~ are just a tad sarcastic at times.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday in November

Bill is middle front row.
Thanksgiving is around the corner and I have been pondering what Thanksgiving will be like this year. I have a tremendous list of things I am thankful for and know I never express enough gratitude throughout the year...

I thought I would start today sharing what I am thankful for, so maybe just maybe, I will not forget something!

I am thankful for my husband. I am thankful that he loves me even though I am far from perfect.

I am thankful for my oldest son Bill, because he showed me the ropes on how to be a mom. He has been my silly billy for many years. Now I am thankful that he wears the uniform with such honor. I am thankful that he is my son.

I am thankful for my son Second. He showed me that everything was amazing, and his energy and inquisitiveness has been incredible to watch. Now I am thankful that he serves our community with such honor. I am thankful that he is my son.

I am thankful for my son Third. He showed me that life is wonderful and that his humor and joy has been a delight to be around. Now I am thankful that he is opening doors to his future and realizes that so much awaits him. I am thankful that he is my son.

I am thankful for my daughter Fourth. She showed me that life not only can survive ten weeks premature, but thrive. Now I am thankful for those years of tears, fears, and never giving up hope, because it has all been worth it. I am thankful that she is my daughter.

I am thankful for my life.
I am thankful for my home.

For today this is my simple thanks.

Photo explanation: I lifted Bill's photo from his facebook page:) Sometimes we mom's are notorious for things like this.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Light of Life

John 8:12 Jesus says, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have light of life.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dear Son,

We love you and miss you so much! Can't wait until you are home soon
to you and your buddies
Dad Mom
and the gang

Farm Update

Life on the farm continues even though I have been neglectful of any updates. We had our first freeze over night and so it is time to be sure that every animal has warm snug shelters. Second saw two coyotes by the tool shed yesterday afternoon, and now we are on heightened alert for the farm. We have had some missing hens and now we know the source. It hasn't been as cold as last year, so I was surprised to have the coyotes so early. We will be sure to keep a look out for those rascally coyotes, as they have been a thorn in our farm. I believe we will eventually have to get a Great Pyrenees as we have researched a great deal about how they are animal friendly as well as perfect protectors. Below are some photos from this morn

Ruth's lamb a ram wearing a nice wool coat.

Paint with the kids, brown one- Roey, Black one Petra, and white one Nevada!

George lives on as we had one goose hatch this year. This is Ganzo.

Yes, Colonel Sanders is still with us. He has been granted a stay and will live his days out chasing hens, scratching the ground and enjoying the simple life on the Double Nickel.

November treat...

We had a late broodie hen hatch two chicks which is concerning as winter seems to have slowly arrived. Winter, even in the desert is not the best for the youngest of the farm critters, but we will do what we need to, to make sure the chicks survive.
Here are the late chickies with Little Red Hen in the brooder.

Life on the Double Nickel is peaceful and full of projects! We have plans for a larger barn, more trees, and double the garden. Indoor projects continue as well, the biggest being the kitchen. For new readers I need to share that we began this farm with the goal of creating a home and farm that is low cost~or no cost. By this I mean that we are utilizing salvaged items or restored items in all of our projects and minimize our waste by implementing it elsewhere. This includes the animals as our initial start of animals was from bartering.

We are not part of any popular movements crying climate anything , instead are a family that wishes to realize the American dream without the cost of time away from the family to achieve it. We prioritize our faith and salvation in Jesus Christ first and foremost, then our family.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day Trip

Yesterday Fourth and I enjoyed a day trip in Otero county New Mexico. We drove all the way to the northern part of the county and then went up to Cloudcroft, New Mexico in the afternoon.

We stopped at places that usually only tourist stop at, and really looked at our home from a visitor's eyes. We were very pleased with what we saw! This photo was taken on the west side of the tunnel to Cloudcroft looking west. See the White Sands in the background?

Here is one of the streets in Cloudcroft. It is a town that relies on tourism, but maintains the simple ways. The people are friendly and the community is lovely. Fourth and I limited ourselves to three stores this trip, as one could go crazy buying so much!

The photos are a bit out of order but enjoy the sights we saw. This is the Cloud Climbing rail line. It is on the state historical site.

Where do you buy groceries? For me the charm of this grocery is delightful!

Of course some homes up in the mountain seem to be built over air! We have tried for several years to take some good photos of these homes, but the road has no shoulder and is over a steep edge. So imagine these homes!! Fourth said to me, I don' t think that they are kid-friendly homes! If I remember correctly these homes have views of New Mexico, Texas and Mexico! So the perks of living in the clouds is pretty awesome!

This is a building in Tularosa, New Mexico. It is built with adobe brick, and you can see the new on the right side and the old on the left!

This is St. Joseph's Apache Mission in Mescalero, New Mexico. It was under repairs but we were able to appreciate this incredible mission in the mountains.

Along highway 70 on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation are beautiful murals painted by the Mescalero's that connect the past with the present and beyond.

Here is Tularosa shopping central!

As the photos jump around, here is the Cloudcroft tunnel!

Fourth is overlooking the Tularosa Basin...no photo can capture the incredible expanse that one feels while up in the mountains!

My day trip with Fourth was a super time for mom and daughter to create lasting memories and we were able to really appreciate our neck of the woods. Many times we desire to travel far and away, or go on a cruise to vacation-and we forget that the peace and tranquility that we seek is only a drive away. Look around your neighborhood and see what makes tourists visit...and become a tourist for a day, I promise you will be glad that you did!