"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, April 14, 2011

A Day in the Life

As I take a late morning break, I thought I would share what I do almost every morning. My day begins around 4:30 in the morning all because of Tim. Who is Tim you may wonder? Tim is one of our roosters that a friend Tim gave us. Name creativity maybe not, but hey, I do still have Colonel Sanders, our first rooster-which is still by far my favorite critter name.
Tim.. He lives in the front coop and comes out and begins crowing early, oh and under my bedroom window. Yep, it is a lovely sound~

As I slowly allow my brain to awaken, I chat with my husband as we plan the day. If I can I jump out of bed first because last one in bed makes the bed. So as usual, I made the bed, then grab clothes that I will iron for Bill as Bill wakes up Second and Third. If you are a child of the 70's and 80's you may remember the Dunkin Donuts commercial "Gotta make the donuts." Bill wakes the boys up by saying "Time to make the donuts." Poor kids-well at least they have a story about how goofy their parents are. Fourth is so fortunate. She is serenaded by Bill. (I know I have shared previously about the singing ability of the Farm!!)

As the kids come out, I iron while Bill makes breakfast for Third and himself as they eat an egg burrito nearly every morning. I iron Bill's clothes and greet the kids as they roll out of their rooms. Second feeds in the morning. So he grabs his gloves and heads out front. Third and Bill eat and shower as both of them need to head out to work. I make Third's lunch and Bill's salad while they shower. Third standard lunch is two sandwiches, a cup of soup, an apple, and a desert. Bill has a plate of the previous nights dinner and salad. After they head out the door, I make my breakfast. I am pretty a-typical on my breakfast choices and have one of three things every single day. I eat lentils and an apple, bean soup( made of rice, beans and the reserved juice from canned tomatoes) or beans with an onion. Today I ate lentils so I thought I would share how easy it is to prepare lentils. Lentils are very nutritious. Check out this link here on the nutritional value of lentils. First I measure out about 1 cup of uncooked lentils, so I can have three to four days of breakfast.
Then I go through the lentils and make sure that there are no bad ones or any rocks or dirt clods.


Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil then eat! It takes about thirty minutes to cook completely. The only flavoring I add is salt as to me they are delightful as is!

My oldest son is here so I boiled some canela with water for him to drink, as it is very soothing for someone adapting to the desert climate. We also drink canela whenever one of us has a sore throat. Canela is the Spanish word for cinnamon and we use the cinnamon sticks not the ground cinnamon. We buy the canela from a Mexican market near us.

After I made the tea Second had to head to his fire department and work on one of the trucks. Yesterday he went to a brush fire near the Border Patrol station. I am so glad it did not take off, as the winds have been very bad here lately.

Fourth went out and changed all the animal waters, while First helped clear some brush as we are fencing the north side of the farm and I made another batch of homemade deodorant.

You need equal parts of corn starch,

and Baking soda,

Then you mix in coconut oil. About 2 tbsp is all that you need. Blend it until it becomes thick. Last time I shared this recipe, I washed out a deodorant container and used that. Way to much energy- instead us a mason jar!

To apply use rub fingers on and apply under the arms. The cornstarch absorbs the wetness, the baking soda removes the odor and the coconut oil is the binding agent. No chemicals, nothing harmful to cause any infections or whatever. This is so inexpensive and so amazing, I still wonder how women stopped making their own and switched to store bought. By the time a woman finishes showering and getting ready for her day she usually has applied or used 100 chemicals, that are in her shampoo, conditioner, haircare products, deodorant, makeup, lotion, toothpaste, bar soap, liquid soap, mouthwash and perfume. Maybe, just maybe, the rise in women's cancers can be directly related to the increased items added to a woman's regime, and the increased synthetic items she is exposed to before she leaves the bathroom...

Yes I did go off on a shocking personal discovery. For me I began this journey to save money while still enjoying the comforts and life I had before. To do so, I learned about the products and how I could make them. That is how I discovered the WOW factor of exactly what we are doing to our bodies, all in the name of cleanliness and beauty.

It is now a bit past noon, so this is a window to my morning. In addition I mopped the dining room, entrance way, and vacuumed two area carpets, and began a load of laundry. I try and rotate my chores so that my activities are not the same and offer a variety each day. By the time 5 pm rolls around I hope to have lasagna dinner going, a bag of wool washed, another load of laundry hanging on the clothesline. Have a wonderful day!


Laineyisat said...

Hi Jennifer! I've been enjoying your posts! I like the homemade deodorant recipe... but you left out the amounts of corn starch and baking soda! 2 TBS of coconut oil... and...
give me a clue! 1/4 cup each??
: )
Thanks for the great info!
p.s. I miss New Mexico!

Humble wife said...

Hi Laineyisat- Lol I am such a goof, as I measure a bit here and a tad there. They need to be equal parts. About 1/4 to 1/3 cup is all!!

NM is a place that carves deeply in ones heart for sure, so I understand how you miss NM!

Karen R. said...

Wow, such a great post!! I have all the ingredients to make the deodorant so I can't wait. My body really changes after a baby and it seems no store bought one works, I hope this does! Also I forget about lentils! Need to buy some. Thanks!

Humble wife said...

Hi Karen-funny how our bodies change after the babies and I recall it taking several months to get back(well some things :) The lentils are so easy, so nutritious, and so inexpensive I think many folks forget about them always!! Here at my local grocery(not Walmart) I can buy 1 lb of lentils for 79 cents!

Thank you for stopping by!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I like goofy! My mom had her goofy moments. Like once when I would not take my bath. No yelling she just went off, ran the bathwater and came out carried me in their and chunked me clothes and all in the tub!

Humble wife said...

Thanks Michelle, seems like Moms need to be this way every now and then...and hey, you remember the story now!! lol

Glenn B said...

You and your family sure do make the best of what you have, I admire you greatly for that.

All the best,

Humble wife said...

Glenn- Your comment means a good deal to me...I am humbled. Thankyou!

Glenn B said...


Your nice compliment means just as much to me!

Stay well and I hope you and yours keep that farm going and make a very happy life of it.


Anonymous said...

Where do you purchase your coconut oil? Do you buy it in small or large amounts? Also, do you keep in in the frig, or just on the shelf?

Humble wife said...

Glenn (((thanks)))

Anonymous- I buy my coconut oil from Walmart. You can buy it from an organic store. In walmart it is keep in the baking aisle near the Crisco/olive oil and lard. The jar I have costs around $6.00 and last forever. I keep it in the fridge until I need to make deodorant, then take it out allow it to come to room temp, and use. Small amounts last long time in fridge and remember you are only using 2 tbsp at a time.