"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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Around the Farm

Free range desert birds.
Wooly Mesquite
A hybrid Mesquite that is a cross between a sheep and a Mesquite!

 Tools of the farm include wheelbarrows.

Fences must come with a pass through.

And a canardly Rooster is named Tim Jr. He shares his name with Tim, an older model, and was named after the neighbor that gave us Tim, the older model. 

Any guesses as to what a canardly is?

Friday, March 30, 2012

In all things

Well it has been interesting trying to figure out how to post with the new changes with the blog host.  As I have been trying to maneuver around the new publishing style I smiled and realized something. The change most likely will make posting easier, yet I miss the old format.  I was comfortable with it and whether it was easier or not, it is what I wish for as I am posting.  Isn't that how life is?  We get comfortable with something and are reluctant to change, even if the change may be for the better. 

My daughter has been faithfully eating olives~so I can begin another project. Do you have any guesses as to what I am going to make?

 To all those asking for a more complete view of the makeover in the kitchen...I will be sharing soon.  Our construction crew~although super adorable~have never rebuilt a kitchen-but are ready to take on the challenge!  Oh and the above photo~makes me smile, as my cardboard cupboards(well they are super thin wood~cheapola) are almost all removed. And heck, I won't miss them, because I had to use a stool to reach everything that was housed in these cupboards!
Ethel Cushing
Made in Edgar, Nebraska
Circa 1930
85" x 71"
Nebraska State Historical Society, Source: Donald & Doris Cushing, Lincoln Ethel Cushing made this quilt featuring ribbons she and her husband Loren won at the Adams, Nuckolls, Clay, and Garfield county fairs and the Nebraska State Fair from 1924 to 1931. Prizes were for needlework, canning, poultry, and livestock. (source)
 This photo is a photo I found on the Nebraska History site. I was reading about something that took me to the Nebraska site, and I spent some time reading about the quilts made by the citizens of Nebraska. This quilt was made in 1930 using fair ribbons!! Pretty exciting~don't you think? This quilt inspires me to perhaps do something different with the way I display ribbons currently.

This is how the ribbons are displayed today.  Maybe I will quilt something down the road!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Simple Life

One of my son's needed a touch of the simple life for an outing he was planning. He requested a picnic basket, a small cooler and the red checkered tablecloth that we have had for years.

Here is the picnic basket. Isn't it lovely?

Here is what I filled the basket with...the wooden piece on the top is actually a small table-very clever indeed!

The breakdown- a rustic candlestick to go with the red candle. White cloth napkins with simple throwaway utensils that match the color theme. Our checkered tablecloth~makes a simple meal spectacular, and of course the mini cooler that fit perfectly and will hold the luncheon items. It is far more special to do something not expected yet simple on an outing. Anyone can go to dinner and the movies...

On to my simple kitchen. Slowly but surely it is coming into the focus. No longer do we have two separate rooms, but instead have one great room with the table part of the kitchen.

My china hutch houses my Pyrex dishes as well as several platters I have collected over the years.

Here is the other side of the area near the table. Still playing around with how it will be when done. I love that anything goes when doing makeover and not applying any traditional expectations to the project. The hooks for this and the other photo were fashioned out of baling wire~as the farm provides pretty much anything I need!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dear America

I have three sons. I pray that they set as their mentors men of honorable character, with morals and values that raise the bar. I understand that they will be normal young men at times, as we were all young at one point.
I pray that the actions they choose will lead them on the path of goodness and righteousness. I understand that being 22 is not so easy. I pray that they lean on those that stand for truth and follow truth's path.

I pray that when times are heated, that they are noble and live in a way that leads them to stay firmly footed. I understand that being 19 is not easy. I pray that the men they set as their examples are of good report.
I pray that in crises my sons stand on the side of truth, allowing compassion, hope, and generosity to shine. I understand that being 18 is not easy. I pray that my sons stand firm in His Truth in all times and set the moral compass on what God has provided.

I pray that if these young men make mistakes that they learn from the mistakes and go on to be the men of great potential that they are. I pray that if these young men make mistakes that Bill and I do not glorify the failures, but instead support them on the path back to truth.

Dear America, I share my sons, as they are really more part of the national fiber than mine anymore. I share my sons as they are becoming tall men in our nation, choosing to be, all because anything is possible.

I share my sons because Martin Luther King said
I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

My little children are men~ and I pray that we raise the bar for all of our sons, so that they can become.

a mother of part of the tapestry that makes our nation great.
photo one-my oldest son
photo two-my middle son
photo three-my third son

If I had a son

he would look like Trayvon Martin.
President Barack Obama March 2012

I have three sons. I cannot imagine losing any one of them. I would NEVER stand up and raise the color of their skin in such an ugly way. I am saddened by the death of this teen. His life was wasted and his death is being turned into a race baiting show. How dare we allow his death to be spun into anything more than it was.

The story will come out. Thanks to the media's assumption that this was a white on black crime we can expect riots.

I rarely have heard of a Hispanic referred to as anything other than a Hispanic, but in this case, the shooter has been labeled...White Hispanic.

The address of the above White Hispanic was tweeted by Spike Lee.

There are calls for the shooter to be brought in...some dead or alive.

Hoodies are now being worn as an emblem of pride and solidarity.

It appears as if Trayvon Martin was not the perfect student-many aren't.

It appears as if Trayvon Martin is being turned into a hero for dying and will champion the race division for years.

Yet, my little old brain cries foul. I hear the president's comment and my brain screams. If I had a son- I would expect him to live above the standards set for him. I would say zero tolerance for behavior that was below the bar of what I expected. I would provide an abundance of books for him to read. I would take him to the library, on walks, and have meals with him. His schedule would be something he would know. He would be called my cutie petootie. I would snuggle him, and buggle him, and love him to pieces. I would tell him he could become anything he wanted, even the president of the United States. I would tell him he could be anything he wanted...as long as he gave his 100%, whether he chose something where he served another, or worked for himself or something in the middle. I would expect him to open doors for women, help his father in jobs around the farm, and to allow for silly family photos for his momma. If Trayvon was my son I would love how tall he had grown and would have told him that with such great height comes great responsibility.

Yet, the main stream media is stirring the fire on this race war.

All the while, hundreds of thousands of boys, just like Trayvon, need parents to look upon them and say something like this: "If I had a son like Trayvon, I would be the best father or mother I could be and would expect my son to be the best he could be."

By the way if anyone wanted to see who was waging war on blacks-you could go to this website. Where is the outcry for these wee one's???
For every 1,000 African-American babies born, 1,448 were aborted.
This has not made the news has it? Why aren't the race baiters screaming from the rooftops?

Welcome Gateway Pundit Readers!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Little Time on Your Hands?

Well then enjoy learning how to eat healthy. Kind of ironic considering what you are doing. Perhaps the full circle of the concept will be effective on one making changes...In every woman's restroom that I checked, at the VA Hospital in El Paso, Texas, this sign was on the inside of the stall door.
Here's the closeup.
To share what a home school mom did over the years of homeschooling~ was exactly this. When you have someones undivided attention, the message will eventually be read. Kind of a powerful place to have a message board.

'a homeschool mom'

Bond(ing) Moments

It's shaken, not stirred...in case you are wondering.

Signed McLintock (007 remix)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Project 52

I kind of am a self taught crocheter. I had help(many years ago) with stitching the initial rows then looping it to the second row, but nothing else. I do not know how to read patterns and create new things so I crochet by default. But I wanted to make something-well that was something that others knew! So I watched a tutorial on making granny squares and plugged away until I had enough squares...and made this. I did a simple stitch in back, thanks to another tutorial. I do love technology!

I finished around the entire quilt with the simple granny stitch-so what do you know? I do know a stitch now! This is my first attempt at anything that isn't a straight line back and forth. I am pretty content with the results and have decided to do another, as with practice I can only get better at this. By the way-I am putting this up until the County Fair. The Fair, for me, is a place that I can share new skills I have learned, in addition to things I do on a day to day basis on the farm.

Reality Blogging!

We are a bit over halfway through our kitchen makeover and I thought I would share how it is going. We tiled the dining room and kitchen so far and we all now understand how to cut out the subfloor, sand it, discover how much in flawed work is covered up by builders, laid hardy-backer board, put down redi-mix, buttered the tile with mix, laid the tile, cleaned up the tile, let it dry, grouted the tile,cleaned up the tile, sealed the tile and~discovered that knees on people in their 40's are quite sensitive to constant work-even with knee pads...

Here is the sink area. This is the sink with a bit of Jennifer cleaning up!

In truth~the sink area looked like this~before I took the first photo.
How's that for reality blogging? One thing I need to do on this cabinet is paint the inside as well as the base. Steady pace...

This is how the cabinet* looked, when we picked it up. Once we realized we needed to replace the floors in the kitchen, we temporarily did the kitchen knowing, that the floor would be tiled. Now that the floor is tiled, it is time to build a Jen's Dream kitchen! Keep in mind that the low cost-no cost method is still in place, and that everything is going to be custom built for someone of my perfect height( translation=I will be able to finally reach things in my own kitchen-without using footstool).

*Craigslist find~free for picking up. Porcelain top included. I found one on Ebay so you can see it in its somewhat former glory.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bible Giveaway Update

The Double Nickel Farm gives Bibles away. Click here if you would like a free Bible sent to you. We have received several donations for Bibles, as well as a few donations in a loved one's name. With these donations a note is slipped inside the Bible before we mail it. Bill and I would like to thank all of you that made donations specifically for us to purchase Bibles.

We will continue to give Bibles away through the blog and in our daily lives indefinitely as His Holy Word can do far more than we can in any and all things that we may say or do. Please feel free to link to the page we have for the Bible Giveaway on your blog.

If you would like to order a Bible on your own, we have found that AV Publications has pretty nice Bibles.

Bill and Jennifer


Yep, in case anyone is wondering, we are getting snow right now. It is not sticking because the ground is too warm, but it is snowing...and my mountain has snow on the upper rim. For the record, I live on the border of the US. Not the border with Canada, but the border with Mexico!*!*!*!*!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Overheard this morning

Fourth: "I am not impressed when someone tells me their dog can fetch."

Bill: "Why?"

Fourth: "Well, their dog can fetch, but my dog can climb trees."

Proof of our tree climber. He has decided this is a place he like to hang out! Part Great Pyrenees, part monkey...

Esther Had a Little Lamb

It's fleece was brown, black, and tan.

Everywhere that Esther went,

The lamb was sure to follow.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Eternal Life

10He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1John 10-15

Would you like to have God's Holy Word sent to you today? The Double Nickel Farm gives Bibles away to any and all that ask for one. Leave a comment on this post: Farm Giveaway.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Simple Life

The White Sands

A simple life should include visiting places near your home.
Snowy Saturday
Uses for sled in desert
Birthday at White Sands
White Sands and Wildfire

May you spend some time with the ones you love today!

Prayers and More Needed

I believe in the power of prayer.

I also know that hardship, disease, trials, and tribulations are part of life.

I recently found a new blogity friend. She is smart, loves the Lord, and loves her husband ever so much. My blogity friend and her husband are in need of prayers. You see her husband has been told he has colon cancer.

He started a blog to let his precious wife know how much he loves her.

I have been blogging for a while, and truly try to use my blog to lift up, to encourage, and to share my faith. I am not perfect and fail often, but today, I am here~ using this blog to share with everyone about DebbieLynne and John. I pray you take the time to swing over to both their blogs. You will be encouraged in your visit, and strengthened by the strength they both share.

I ask that if you are a praying person that you pray for God's will to be done. I pray that if you have it in your heart, and are financially able, that you would consider assisting these people on this journey they are on.

Please visit them, get to know them, share with them that you, where ever you are, have heard about their story, their trials, and are with them in thought, prayer, and in kindness. In all I have done, I confess I try not to ask for anything, but in this post I ask that you take the time and visit them. I ask that maybe, if you can, you would consider sharing their story on your blog. Like I said, I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in this new world where we can connect, form friendships, and lasting relationships...all based on the Internet.

And John and DebbieLynne, thank you. Thank you for your posts as I always leave a better person after I have visited. I am praying for you...

Your New Mexico Friend,


No Kidding!

I won a contest. Not just any contest, but a blog contest. Oh and the contest was guessing when a doe would deliver her kid or kids.

Let's Have A Contest!

And the Winner is...... Me! I won!

Part of my prize was I was given the honor of naming the kids. Nina, the doe, had twins-females. Naming critters on the Double Nickel is something we enjoy and think a bit about~well most times*, so I took some time today and really tried to come up with some names that will work for the Frippery Farm.

In case you are wondering, I named the wee ones Irish names that began with the letter N(as per instructions)... Nora and Neala.

*Now as to names for the Double Nickel~we have had Colonel Sanders, Mr. Ham the ram, his wife Mrs. Ham, Blindie the limited vision rooster, Esther, her daughter Mini(as in mini me she is Esther's lookalike), Tiny(the smallest ewe we have), Boaz and Ruth their son Obed, BB that we thought was a female cat-is actually a Tom, so Butterball changed to BB. Norm the buck-that thought it was 'norm'al to come in the house, Cuatro-the four horned ram-cuatro in Spanish is 4, Ms. Scarlet the hen, Blue the hen(that we bought and she had a blue tag on her wing), Freckles the duck(she had freckles), George the goose(named after GW Bush-yep I named him after GW). Well tons more, but you get the idea. Naming is something that we do on the farm...and even though some are for our freezer-we still name them-Like Desi, Deep Freeze. Anyway~

Thank you Gwenn of Frippery Farm for having your contest and allowing me the privilege of naming your kids!

Friday, March 16, 2012

And the Winner of the 2nd Cookbook Giveaway is

The first person to comment~which was

Gayle! Woohoo! Swing on over to her blog The White House and congratulate her.
Thank you all for participating!

Next month's contest will be on April 1(no fooling)...
so be sure to come back to enter.

Gayle~please leave me your information so I can mail you the cookbook and pamphlet in the comments. I will not publish this!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Photo Frenzy

We have been somewhat busy on the farm with the projects we have undertaken. I am sure anyone that has done their own construction/makeovers will agree with me when I say it is not so easy to do everything, all the while running the farm, having Bill at work, and running the home. Let's just pretend that everything is easy smeashy!

Our roof is finished. Smile Second! Second was gathering a few things remaining on the roof. We did hire a crew to put the roof on and I am thankful that they came out from town every day. I made them lunch each day as fast food is not on every corner out here in the sticks.(sorry the photo was at dusk)

As I was out walking from pen to pen, I saw Teegar sitting upon this pole. She was nervously checking out the dogs on the ground!

Sunset from the ewe's views!!

Sunset from my eye! At the Visitor's Center at White Sands!

Nellie feeding the kids on the goat playground. Newest addition to the playground were several stumps! The kids love running over, under, and through the tires-then jump on the tree stumps!

Lovely Delilah resting while the henny's lunch!

Daylight Donuts. Kind of small/definitely humble, yet very delicious donuts!

Oh and in case you are wondering...that is a ewe peeking out of the rooster coop! I am not sure why she feels the need to go inside~but she does almost every day. Thanks for asking, that is a speaker on top of the coop. Fourth and I were mucking out the sheep pen today and she brought along some Garth for our sunshiney~ hot~ poo~ removal~ job!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Resolved~ Praise God!

I heard some news that made me cry. Believe it or not, this is not the first time I have used that as a first line of a post. I wrote about someone very special to Bill and I on this post. The first time I shared how that I cried~ it was in sadness. My friend Glenn, well Bill and I consider him our NY brother, had cancer.

Today I am crying with news of joy. Glenn has shared that he is cancer free!! Praise God.

Glenn~we are so happy to hear of the wonderful news! To all my blogity friends that joined in prayer for Glenn~thank you!

All the best~
from your friend Jen

Go Army!

Oldest Son attended an Army Ball last week and sent us a few photos!

Here is First with his friend 'H'

Seems like years of taking photos has rubbed off on First~as we always take the serious photo and then allow for a goofy shot~
Makes me smile to see the tradition lives on!

Go Army!

Unplanned Blog Break

I have returned from an unplanned blog break. Much has happened and kept the farm family quite busy. I am jumping back in and hope to catch up with all my blogity friends.

Please do not forget to enter the 2nd Cookbook Giveaway...here.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

The Double Nickel Farm gives Bibles to anyone that would like one. If you would like the Word to light your way feel free to click here.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

! Holy Mole !

Double Nickel Farm Mole.1. Tomatoes(I used a 15 oz can of tomatoes)
2. 1/2 a cinnamon stick
3. 2 dried jalapenos
4. 3 dried cayenne peppers
5. 1 fresh jalapeno
6. 1/4 tsp Mexican oregano
7. about 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds(pepita) thinly sliced
8. 1/4 tsp dried anise
9. 11 cloves garlic chopped
10. 1/2 onion diced
11. 2-3 cups turkey stock
12. **added 2 TBSP NM chili powder for more spice as it did not have enough heat

Here are the ingredients with 2 squares of Mexican chocolate~ grated.

I like to cook the Mole on low for at least three hours.
Add 2 cups of shredded turkey.

Mole Dinner:
Turkey mole with Spanish rice, beans, shredded cabbage, salsa, lime and corn tortillas.

Toilet Talk

Well maybe not so much bad words as actual talk about the toilet paper holder~With toilet talk, I thought I would share my toilet paper holder I made for one of our bathrooms on the farm. It is fashioned out of baling wire(we have an abundance of this as we have hay for the critters) a lovely piece of wood perfectly broken and a screw to hold it up.

Here is a side view of the toilet paper holder. It is in the bathroom that I have been slowly turning into All things New Mexico. The walls are decoupaged with pages from the New Mexico magazine and the bench under the paper holder is a salvaged bench.

One more view. I have a few pictures I have drawn of local birds framed and on the wall, and slowly and working other NM ideas into this room. Life on the farm is one of steady~ paced projects. And we really do live by the low-cost, no-cost method!

And that is my toilet talk for the day~almost as for the record, I was born in the south, and do live almost in the mountains~so if it is hillbilly~ish I suppose it is a result of my roots!

Signed JennySueLottieMae
Wife of Billy Joe Jim Bob

Saturday on the farm

begins in earnest after a lovely breakfast is cooked for the family. Potatoes slowly cooked with onions and garlic fill the house with incredible smells. Bill ends up sneaking a potato slice or two while it cooks.

While breakfast is cooking, the laundry is started, and the day is plotted out. The animals have been let out of their houses and fed a few hours earlier and are now making the free ranging circuit near the front of the house.

On the inside Saturday cleaning is standard...and then I am going to can some green chili and pickled garlic. Turkey Lurkey is in the oven~and will be for the weekend meals as well as for turkey stock, turkey vegetable soup, and turkey to can.

On the outside Saturday chores are planned as well. Hooves are inspected, pens are looked over for anything that may need attention, and the fence line is looked over. I know that we will need to pick up a good deal of wind blown items as we have had a very windy week.
I took this photo from a friend's Facebook page. I added the half circle so you could see exactly how the winds have been. This is White Sands National Monument, and you can see how it looks from a satellite image. Kind of surprised me to see how large and swirling it looks from satellite.

I had a pause in this post, to hang the clothes, start a new load and complete the breakfast dishes. It is very cold here and WiNdY once again. My pillowcases are horizontal on the line with no lag. I wore gloves for the first time ever while hanging this load of clothes. And for my friend Kymber, I wish to remind her that I wore my Crocs~no socks~in case she wondered if someone was impersonating her southern friend, and yes, my toes are cooooold(after checking the online weather I know why, it is 37F with a real feel 26F).

I will be swinging by my blogity friends throughout the weekend and can't wait to catch up!