"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 26, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?UPDATED

Not much to read here folks. This is more of a record for the farm.  I still have a good deal of plants in sunroom awaiting planting and of course I will be sowing a good deal of seeds directly into the soil.  I have been planting for the past few days and made every plant dated for today  to keep it easy.

~Rainbows End  4.26.12
~Brandywine Red 4.26.12
~ Australian Giant Oxheart 4.26.12
~Black Krim 4.26.12
~Heidi 4.26.12
~Jelly Bean  4.26.12
~Gardener's Delight 4.26.12
~Cherry 4.26.12

Tomatillos 4.26.12
Green Beans 4.26.12
Potatoes 4.26.12

Mesclun Sweet Salad Mix 4.26.12
Buttercrunch Lettuce 4.26.12
Red Russian Kale 4.26.12
Cabbage 4.26.12
Cabbage Red Acre 4.26.12
Endive Green Curled 4.26.12
Arugula Rocket Salad 4.26.12
Bak Choi Bonsai 4.26.12
Spinach Teton 4.26.12

Mammoth Dill 4.26.12
German Chamomile 4.26.12
Parsley Common 4.26.12
Oregano 4.26. 12
Cinnamon Basil 4.26.12
Cilantro 4.26.12
Common Thyme  4.26.12

English Daisy 4.26.12
Bells of Ireland 4. 26.12
Pansy Sweet Giants 4.26.12
Common Evening Primrose 4.26.12
Sweet William Catchfly 4.26.12
Marigold Petite Mix   4.26.12
Aster Giant 4.26.12
Wild flower Mix 4.26.12
Hummingbird flower mix 4.26.12

I am excited about my flowers and have a good deal more to plant and thanks to sites like Pinterest, I have a ton of neat ways to create planters.  I am looking forward to the season and love that New Mexico has such a wonderful growing season!


I did not update when I planted more items in the garden. Sometimes it does get busy about the farm and although it is a simple life, my days are filled!

Here are some photos of things growing or harvested 2012~
One Two Three and More (Eggplant, lemon cucumbers, sugar pumpkins, and gourds)
Final Wrap Up of County Fair (harvest displayed, dried cilantro, dried parsley, dried cinnamon basil, dried peppermint, dried squash, dried zucchini)
The Year of the Flower and Ribbons (Small Zinnias, Large Zinnias, Aster, Allysum, Verbena)
Friday (a view into my garden looking to the mountains in the east)
Simple Life (my purple Aster's)
Pizza Perfection (Making pizza with zucchini, pattypan squash, cocozelle squash)
University Field Training (Sunflower, tomato plant with uggggg tomato bug!)
The Possibilities of the Letter P (Petuninas's, purple Zinnia's, parsley, peeking sunflower, peppers, pimply gourd,pleasing tea of German Chamomile,plentiful harvest~Red Hopi Dye amaranth, zucchini, squash)
Friday Five (gourd from 2011 cut up, gourd growing in tomatoes)
A Dozen Things (zucchini, yellow and white pattypan, kale, parsley, cilantro, Great Lakes lettuce, spinach,arugula, mystery squash)
Before and After (Kale, chard, spinach, mustard greens, cinnamon basil, pattypan squash, zucchini)
Saturday Six (zucchini)
Way Out Yonder (our garden transformation in the desert)
The Garden(is still producing)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I Love Flowers

 I thought I would share my flowery day!
When we moved to the farm we had a Peace Rose.  The winter of 2011 killed my Peace Rose bush, but as a little gift this rose bush began to grow.  
Note the arrow-this is one of our Peace Roses in the fair 2008! As you can see the roses are clearly different. I love that I my new roses are brightening my farm~and although I miss my yellow roses- I am content!

Last flowery photo...my sweetie brought me a bouquet of flowers that grow in the desert.  To many, I am sure they would be considered weeds, but for me,  I love how simple and beautiful they are! Thank you my Bill, I love them.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Don't forget to enter!

Don't forget to enter the April Cookbook giveaway! Not many have entered~ so chances are far better than the lottery and no lottery curse included!!
Hurry and enter daily~ here!
Recipes include:
Sopa de Albondigas
Ensalada Mexicana
Chile Verde
Pinon Nut Muffins
Chile Rellenos
Cafe Ole
Fajitas with Salsa Fresca

and many more!!

What's New Puttycat, whoa~whoa~whoa!

Well for me, life. I have been dealing with a lingering illness. Seems so petty to share this with what is going on with so many in the world.  I will try and update life in the next few posts. I will also be rejoining the blog world. I have been reading some blogs, but my energy to even comment has been very sorry. I hope my blogity friends understand.

For now, I thought I would share my Fourth and her project on how every woman should have a sundress in her wardrobe thanks to the versatility it offers with a few accessory changes.
In higher learning~
Anywhere in the southwest~
To the beach~
On the farm~
featuring McClintock
And of course, while cleaning goat pebbles!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

White Sands Recap

First and Fourth

 First sand surfing!

Steak and squash on the grill.

Kiddos shadows~just as cute.
 Bill and the goof troop...
 Beautiful White Sands
 Badminton tourney...Team 1/3 chest bumps as they score!

 Yes if you really look you can see the birdie!

 Badminton tourney Team 2/4 back bumps as they score!

A photo of birthday boy and his dad...wait an extra foot?

Photo bomb for the grand finale of the birthday.
Heading home-the weather conditions were well normal. It looks like snow, but is not, and the wind causes drifts etc, but all is well.

So this was the end of Third's birthday out at White Sands.  We had cake and presents first-see previous post, then came to the White Sands for fun. Oh and the badminton tourney was hilarious. I cannot express how much fun it was to watch my goofs play and enjoy being together as a family.

Third's 19th Birthday!

To play catch up~Here is Third's 19th birthday cake. Why yes, the candles are rather large. Seems like at the last minute, I could not find the pack of candles. For the record, the white candles are Hanukkah candles and the red one is from the candle drawer-not really for birthday cakes~until this April 7th!
Second and Third
And yes that is a gumball machine!  Who doesn't need a gumball machine?
Not sure about the look, but we gave Third a waffle maker, syrup, pancake mix, as well as a bunch of micro meals. Single life and critical foods make for an edible birthday! 

And for the record I did find the candles~even before I cleaned up from the party!

Monday, April 16, 2012

April Cookbook Contest

Please excuse the delay in posting the photo of April's cookbook giveaway.  I have been pretty sick and have been delayed in much of what I have been doing!

To the contest~ I thought I would give away a cookbook sharing recipes of New Mexico. Included are 175 recipes from the Land of Enchantment to include New Mexico Trout in Marinade,  Green Chile Jelly, and Spinach Noodles with Green Chile Sauce. I confess that I actually bought this last month for this giveaway, as I wished to share some of New Mexico with my readers.

Rules for April's giveaway~You may enter one time a day.(just leave a comment)
If you are a follower of this blog-say so and you will get five additional entry's.
Or you can begin following this blog(upper left corner) and you will receive five additional entry's.
Share this contest on your blog and you will receive 10 additional entry's.

At the end of each day I will be sure to tally the comments and the contest will close on April 30 and the winner will be announced on May 1.

By the way, one of the daily comments could be how you found this blog as I always wonder!

Take care and stay healthy!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


We went to White Sands last weekend to celebrate Third's 19th birthday and I ended up taking a ton of photos! To the family that was watching us during our photo shoot~thanks for the idea, as I love this photo and your idea of having the kids jump was wonderful!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Birthday

19 years ago in a small village in Germany I had my third son. He is my blessing. Time has flown by and I cannot believe that my cutie has grown up to such a nice young man. Here are some photos of Third(as he is known in blogland) that have popped up on the blog over the years...

yes~that is a javelina.

A paintball heart. Oh I love this goof!
Oh my snuggle~buggle, I know you are grown up, but many times I see you as my little one.

Happy Birthday Third
We love you,
Dad Mom
First, Second, and Fourth

Monday, April 2, 2012

On the Playground

This is the little ram playing on top of the sheep barn.  The lambs love skipping and jumping off of this, as we have a ramp to the top.

 Laura the lamb playing in the trough! Note the ramp behind her...as the lambs use this to climb.

Here a lamb is on the top...
And here he is sliding down the ramp!
 I would never have believed that the lambs would do this, but they run up and then slide down many times a day, as well as skipping and jumping off the top!
The newest kids on the playground jump from the stumps to the tires, then loop and run through the tires! 

Life on the farm for the wee critters is simple~play hard, sleep, eat, then repeat. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

No Fooling

These folks lined up for a lottery ticket.  Look how neat and orderly the line is.  Not many people can imagine having a half billion dollars(or whatever the payout will be minus taxes), but many rushed out to try to win.

Ace of Spades
Many people bought tickets~hoping that they would win.  Many believed that a winning ticket-could be the ticket that would change their lives.  I thought I would like to share something that requires no money, yet comes with many promises that far surpass a half billion dollars. What is this promise filled gift? A Bible.
If you would like a Bible please click here.

By the way, we have no lines, no hassle, and of course know that through His Holy Word you can enrich your life in ways that can give you hope in times where little hope exist.