"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, July 19, 2010

Monday Morning

Well today begins week two of jury trial.

I thought I would offer a bit of trivia:
No where in the Constitution does it say a jury of ones peers.


Something to think about when I sit on a jury that has 12 women and 3 men(including alternatives)...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Weekend

  1. Dinner out with family on Friday night as I am not home much this past week. Food was wonderful family-amazing.
  2. Slept much of Saturday, after doing some cleaning, and laundry. Woke up, showered, dressed went to Wedding of family friends. Cried like a baby when friend walked his little girl down the aisle, and even more when he hugged her one last time...sob. Went to reception for a few minutes loved the Gerber baby:) and headed home. Teens went to organized dance. Chatted online for a bit, and slept in chair then went to be early.
  3. Sunday---Church, home, sleep, sleep, sleep...I understand why I am tired as the trial with going to base every night makes for a tired person.
It all begins tomorrow, again.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In the Neighborhood

I met someone who lives out near me the other day, that I had never met before. We were discussing how much we enjoy the remote feeling we have and other shared thoughts, when she broke out in laughter.

I asked her why, and she asked me if I knew of the house with the lights on 24-7. I said yes, in fact, one night their lights were off and I missed the turnoff to my road as I use that as location marker. We both laughed and she said they do the same thing. What is really Seinfeld like, is that I have nicknamed that house the Beacon house, as it blinds me as I drive by, and if I look in that direction when it is dark.

Neighbors. Simple quirks that unite us all.


I am still on jury duty so have a great day as I need to head off to the big city(pray for parking spot that needs no parallel parking skills;)

Jennifer

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Farewell July

My summer has been crazy and not typical in any measure. As of Friday the month of July has been scrubbed from the planning books, as I will be sitting on a jury that may take three weeks to try.

In addition to the trial, I have been taking a few night classes on base so I will miss you July. Well probably not as much as I will miss my sweetie or the teens, but I will miss the late night gazing at the stars, swimming, barbecues in the middle of the week for no reason, quick trips to the park, the zoo, or even watching a movie.

Farewell July!
August I look forward to you!
Jennifer

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Knight in Shining Armor

I confess my life is a wonderful life. It is not perfect and of course I have experienced hardships, but truth be told, I love my life.

Today I had to go into the city (well for a country bumpkin like me it is a city) as I was in a jury pool. I thought I left early enough so that parking would not be an issue, but I was wrong. Our courthouse has limited parking, and the only parking spot I found required me, Jen, to parallel park.

Now before I go any further, let me share that I have driven all over Europe, northern Mexico, the Continental United States for many years, towed a vehicle, behind my truck, driven a RV and 5th Wheel...but, I will drive around the block over and over instead of parallel parking. Time was limited this morning and I knew that if I did not take this spot, I would not find another.

So what to do?
I called my Knight in Shining Armor! My Bill Knight, left an early meeting and came over and parallel parked for me! No questions asked, no laughter, just an incredible smile, and a hug to last until we sit for dinner!

I cannot imagine living a life any other than the one I have as the people in my life make all the difference to me. Oh and Bill I am not sure what I did to deserve such a man, but whatever it was, I am glad as you are, well, everything to me.
Love ya always
Jennifer

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Spanish Translators for Jurors in NM

No kidding. I am on this cycle for petit juror in my county for the next three months. I could not believe what I learned while I attended the seminar explaining how wonderful it was to be a juror and practice my civic duty as an American. Several people were provided with headphones and were part of the new program recently launched in New Mexico, that provides interpreters for members of juries.

These folks are Spanish speakers and NM has decided that it is only fair that the jury can hear the trial in their native language. New Mexico is very careful to make sure that even the jury is politically correct, as they now are:
Providing key juror documents in Spanish and English, including the New
Mexico Jury Orientation Video


In New Mexico, you can not be asked for identification when you register to vote.
Jurors in New Mexico are pooled from voter registration, DMV, and tax records.

Do you think that perhaps, just perhaps, some of these wires were crossed and that some who may not be citizens are emboldened enough to sit on juries?

I have news for you, I find it impossible to believe that in the United States of America the jury is now able to hear a trial in a language other than English.

Arizona is a state we all need to stand with and support...as this is crazy. Oh and I have not been selected yet to sit on a jury...and if I do, I wonder can I really focus on the case with my fellow jurors not able to carry on a conversation in English?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Seriously? Media Blackout in the Gulf?

I have read over the past several days how the media is struggling to gather information in the Gulf, as BP officials and the US government are not allowing access.

Anderson Cooper of CNN:


A reporter was detained as Gateway Pundit shares, and to me this part was very important:

Rosenfield was released after officials looked through the pictures he had taken and took down his date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information, the photographer said.


Why is this so important? Well it provides the clues on how we can get the story out to the people.

  1. Living on the border of Mexico and the volatile racist state of Arizona gave me my best idea on how to get information to the people. We need to send illegal immigrants to the Gulf, because if one cannot ask for personal information in Arizona, then they cannot in the Gulf...in fact the government would be afraid to ask for this information as they are not racist...only Arizona is, as well as conservatives, Republicans, and every white man in the nation except liberal white men.
  2. I need to remind my readers that whenever the story is detrimental to a conservative, nothing would hold the reporter from digging down and reporting every bit of data...so MSM rethink how you are trying to report the story. Forget that the president is Midas, and remember how much the Gulf states and this spill will impact the nation for years to come. Remember that you are as connected to this crisis as you were when Katrina hit. I recall watching a correspondent that was in New Orleans so quick that he was able to do an interview with a body in the background. Yet, we are not allowed to see the marine life? Come on.Seriously what is the problem?

The paparazzi could give the MSM some ideas on how to garner information in a stealth fashion.

Oh and if 5000 reporters headed to the Gulf and all did a full court press (so to speak) the folks at BP or Homeland Security may be able to detain one or two of them, but not 5000!


By the way- if anyone wishes to fund my travels to the Gulf, I will promise to be as I am in everything else- efficient, direct, and of course sweet as a humble housewife can be!

Jennifer

ps folks I think that one of my favorite photos should be added to this post as it is so well~ wonderful.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Oldest Son Update

My oldest son just called from Afghanistan moments ago! All is well and we were able to hear the rest of the story about stitches he needed. Here is my blurb from Facebook which explains everything...

The Rest of the Story as with Paul Harvey...I spoke with oldest son and his episode with the medic and stitches. All is well, except a bungie cord and his lip that had a sudden moment where they connected. Bungie cord fine, son- extra opening near mouth-ugh...but all is well, he sounds great and makes his parents proud every day!


Stay safe sweetie...and we are happy to be able to smile about a tale where you share that you were bleeding all over in Afghanistan and that everything is ok.

Hugs from Dad, Mom and the gang
We Love You!

Farm Life Reflections

The transformation is complete. We truly are a farm family in action, in thought, and in deed. I know when we bought the property and named this corner of the world Double Nickel Farm we were certainly painting a mural of something we thought was far in the future. After digging out one mesquite bush, I knew that we may never grow or raise anything but mesquite in this dry arid land, but couldn't quit trying.

Our first farm critter, Colonel Sanders was a rooster we picked up from a couple who listed him in the local paper, as "free to good home, friend and rooster." The kids and I drove up the mountain and spent time with the older couple who were parting with a dear friend. We were certain we could raise this guy, and on the drive down to the canyon where we live I thought to myself, yep, I am a farmer's wife now!

Since Colonel Sanders (who is still thriving with all the harems we have provided), we have built up quite a population for a desert farm. We raise Lamancha goats, Navajo Churro sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys, and a passel of cats that look like the craziest mix you would ever believe. Somewhere along the way in the past three or so years we have become what we only imagined. We came into this farm with little money, lots of ambition, and a tremendous amount of faith in the Lord. We still have little money, even more ambition and a solid unwavering faith so all has been well.

Last summer we realized that folks began seeing us as the ones to ask farm questions to. We trim all the hooves for the animals, have sheered the sheep together as a family, and when we butcher it is an assembly line process that is quick and efficient.

Yet with our experience growing, I would never have believed that this simple life could be so fulfilling. Last night we ran into a pastor that works as a counselor for a half-way recovery house for men who have been incarcerated. He needed a goat for his recovery house- he said to keep the weeds down. Amos our year old buck was perfect so off Amos went from farm to city dwelling goat. Amos became more that a goat for the men staying at the recovery house. Amos became hope for men that may have never had any real hope before. He was patient with them, and loved attention which seemed to be overflowing. The men built Amos an incredible barn, far better than he had ever lived in while on the Double Nickel. Amos became more than a goat for the men. He became their friend, their confidant, and the reason for going forward.
Amos

With Amos we on the Double Nickel have realized something so incredible! This farm isn't just a place to raise animals or produce...no, it is a place to raise animals that build up others in a way that I could never have imagined. I am so thankful to be part of a world that really offers change in troubled times.

As Amos continues his mission, so shall we on the farm.

*I did not list Deep Freeze among the critters we raise as my daughter and I remain distant to her- as her whole purpose is to fill the freezer (in the next week or two).

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Las Cruces Tea Party Part 3

Happy Birthday America!
Tea Party New Mexico style...every inch of shade had someone standing or sitting in it. Beautiful green lawn remains beautiful as we New Mexicans appreciate coolness a bit more than greenery!

Tea Party Contest for best costume! These folks did fantastic! I love the enthusiasm that we saw today in Las Cruces!

More folks that turned out for the picnic, great speeches, fantastic music and visiting with like minded Americans.

Jim Hoft giving a fantastic speech! Now is the time we stand against those who have waged war on America from the inside (those who have increased our national debt to unsustainable levels, those who have lied all the way to and from DC all ignoring the voice of the people) Our voices can be united, county to county, city to city, and state to state. We are Americans...not Short- Americans, Tall- Americans or any other hyphenated people again...we must all become Americans again= hard working, honest folks that believe in the documents that our Founders wrote~


Would You Sign This Today?

We traveled to the Tea Party in Las Cruces New Mexico today. It was wonderful and the American Spirit is still alive and well. For the poster contest, I made this poster...as I have wondered who would sign the Constitution(as is) if it were written today.
After sharing the front of the poster, I then flipped it around and asked the Tea Party friends if they would sign the Constitution, if it were written today.

I love America as we still do have many that will stand tall. I am proud to be an American and cannot wait to have this filled to send overseas to the oldest son, as he and those that have worn the uniform understand the very price that may be required to stand for this country.

The turnout for a boiling, blazing typical July day was amazing, as we folks in New Mexico usually hang inside until late evening, as these temperatures are usually only fit for the oven!

More photos soon!

btw- not only would I sign this today, but I will stand for America and say NO MORE to those who have waged war on the America. Now is the time, and everyone of us needs to stand as our forefathers did so many years before.


~thank you Las Cruces Tea Party for hosting this event, and sponsoring the incredible DVD collection that I won for this poster!

Perfect Day for Tea

Party that is...

The Double Nickel Farm family headed to Las Cruces, NM to attend a Tea Party and celebrate this wonderful land we live in. The day could not have been more beautiful with slight breezes cooling us off while we sat in the shade and listened to the guest speakers and enjoyed a picnic of sandwiches, potato salad, fruit, and chips with tea to drink(of course!)

As we have satellite and are in monsoon season I am having some difficulty in posting some photos so for now this is just a quick post to share what we did today.

Jennifer

ps~ Son we missed you lots today but you were in our thoughts and prayers! Photos soon!