"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 30, 2012

University Field Training Available

on the farm. This semester DNU (Double Nickel University) offers courses in
 Arachnology as well as,

Entomology and:

Home Economics:  Preservation of foods I, II, and III
Veterinary Science of Farm Animals: Introduction
Old Testament Bible
Feasts of the Bible I

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Veterinary Science of Farm Animals: Maintaining Farm Animal Health
Desert Eco-system
Native Peoples of the Southwest
New Testament Bible
Feasts of the Bible II

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Friday, July 27, 2012

This~That~ A Recipe~ and Homeschooling Thoughts

This: I am almost finished reading His Name is Yahweh by Neil Snyder.  It is available online to download for free here.

That:  I read The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn. It seems to be a very popular book as I had to wait a few months on the library waiting list. I must confess I read it in a few hours as it is a compelling book. I sat at the computer as I read because I was fact checking the book as I read~ and all I can say is wow! I would say to anyone that this book would be a good one to read. Every bit of information about the speeches made by our politicians builds up to the conclusion, as well as where George Washington went to pray after he was sworn in...well maybe I have revealed too much! Let me know if you have read it or when you finish it. Hat/tip to Susan.

A Recipe: This is my new favorite snack!  The photo makes the Kale look a bit brown. In truth they are the same green color. When I read about Kale chips I thought-ugh, as Kale to me has always been a bit awful to eat. But I tried the recipe. It is Kale washed and the large stem cut out, then cut in chip size slices, mix with a bit of olive oil(this goes a long way so start with about a half teaspoon), and salt. Bake at 275 F for about 15 minutes or until crisp. As a chipaholic these are in comparison to the best of chips. I love Kale chips. Be aware of the fact that one teaspoon of olive oil has about 120 calories.

Homeschooling Thoughts: I was asked recently for homeschooling tips for a friend from elementary school that now lives in Thailand and wishes to homeschool his son. I thought I would share a few of the tips I was compiling for him here. Homeschooling should not be what we have come to understand the word to mean.  I wish that all parents would take hold of homeschooling and take as many moments as possible and make them into moments of learning.  Children are sponges and crave all kinds of new information. We can turn this off by the game systems, movies, and inactivity. We should take each day and see how we can inspire our children to learn how to learn. This sounds silly but this is a good place to start.  We must teach them how to filter through the information to absorb what is important.  We also must teach our children how to find information.  There is a place for memorizing data but the gift you can give your children is how to find things out for themselves. This will carry them throughout their lives. Anyone can read a book assigned and take a test and pass a course. But suppose you wish to rebuild a 1964 F100 truck or find out why the cliff dwellers of New Mexico died out.  These are not subjects that are common for every person but may be something interesting. Where does one begin? Of course, everyone can Goo*gle anything, but a million hits seems to be common when I Goo*gle. We must teach our children to test the information that they have in light of using Goo*gle. We must teach them about finding the source to everything.  

We must show our children we love to learn, to read, and to be in study.  I recall reading that a father that could not read did not wish for his children to be as disadvantaged as he was. He faked reading until the oldest child began school, then with the oldest child's books, had his wife teach him to read. This father understood that before a child understands how to read, they appreciate the value of reading.   Provide opportunities to read all the time. I am always amazed at how much parents will spend on a child to ensure they are in sports from age 5 and up, but have never taken their children to the public library.  The library opens up the world to the child.  Of course the computer does too, but it has many distractions. I suggest not buying a ton of books new, but instead hit the thrift stores and yard sales books sell for a dime or so, even books that do not appear to have been opened.  Oh and read to the kids. I used to read poetry for lunch. I read Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky as well as Frost, Emerson and many others.  I read Shakespeare to them that at first I could not understand. Now I love Shakespeare! Bill would come home for a meal break while on duty and read to the children the classics. He read them Tom Sawyer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Count of Monte Cristo, Aesop's Fables, David Copperfield, Swiss Family Robinson, and Pollyanna to name a few. I used to sit at the table and listen to him reading to the kids using differing voices and smile. Fourth was still in diapers but they all were captivated.

You should begin a museum for your children to place items of interest that have been found. A feather, a shell, a fossil, and types of soil can be collected. Once the museum begins each item is researched. Label the item by identification, date, and where the item was collected. The museum can also be a place where a binder is stored so the children can draw/paint/or color animals, dinosaurs, plants, types of clouds etc to be studied. The items are endless. National Geographic's can be found at thrift stores and the children can map for the museum where differing animals are found. A good thing to also do is the handprint and hair snippet of each child dated. It is incredible to study year to year the growth that has happened!

Newspapers are wonderful items to use to study almost all the subjects. Spelling errors are quite common as well as grammar errors. Have the children circle the errors and then correct them. The weather can be charted and compared with actual weather to create percentages of correct weather forecast. The national and local political news can be studied. By the way, as print is going out of business this will have to be done on the Internet. But imagine how neat it would be to compare and contrast weather for world cities!  Editorials are places for children to study to appreciate that every voice can be heard, all the while teaching how to be respectful of the other viewpoints. Weddings, births, and funerals teach a good deal about life and how precious it is and how fast time passes. Children can study people from their area that have been married 50 years and perhaps set up an interview to see why it worked. This is important to study as the majority will marry, and yet we give little preparation for how to succeed in marriage. The children can also study the obituaries to learn occupations. The world is not limited on what one can do and reading the obituaries not only open up the topic of death, but open up how life was lived, what an incredibly large number of things people can do, and why we should live each day in a moment of hope to the next day instead of succumbing to despair. We can teach our children to be hopeful instead of depressed. It can be taught and everything can be made into a habit~the choice is whether we assist them in making bad habits or good habits. We can read the advertisements to teach budgeting, coveting, meal planning, and how ads work. Children miss out on this one too, as our society has shown with the economic crisis we are in. I mean we expect our politicians to not be spending money they don't have all the while Americans use credit cards EVERY DAY. We must teach our children to save up for what they desire. We must teach children about how newspapers began and how they truly informed the communities. Perhaps the children can make family newspaper mimicking a newspaper. For my family, we created The Tumbleweed Times.

The not so delicate subject of the bathroom should be maximized. We have certain chunks of time we need to take care of business, so why not place a bulletin board or framed board that has information that can be studied while sitting? You can put the multiplication tables up, the periodic table of elements, the spelling list for the week and so much more. You can have a basket filled with books that any other time would not be picked up but, with not much else to do, the books are flipped through. One could have Spanish to English study lists up. The possibilities are endless!

History can be studied creating a timeline made like the paper chains wrapped around Christmas trees. For American history you can put decades up that are connected into a long chain, then add down from say 2010 the events that occur in 2010-2019. You can string the timeline around the ceiling to be taken down when adding something new, and while reviewing topics can point to a decade and ask for what happened during that decade.

Presidents can be studied by making index card flash cards and you can play games with the cards. The same is true for states. Now much of this information is available online and I am not going to knock the computer but I am going to say that it is a time taker...be sure to monitor the time on the computer and utilize hands on learning as much as possible as children learn quite well this way. 

I am not ignoring all the free worksheet sites online, as well as Project Gutenberg. Please keep in mind that the possibilities are truly endless on how much you can share with your children in the guise of fun that are actual moments of learning.  Most of us will never become famous, write a novel, invent anything, act in anything, perform nationally, or travel to the moon, but nearly all of us will become parents. This is the role we should prepare for and anticipate knowing full well that our children will not be any of the above either. Instead we should fill our time and theirs with making life full of everything. Learning  is best done by simply living, learning hands on, and loving.

As I close this post, I strongly suggest using the Bible with your children. Many instances are found with people suggesting we be good for goodness sake or we should pass it on without explaining why.  The Bible gives a foundation on why we should be good, why we should pass things on, and what is the beginning of wisdom. For the record, the Bible explains why none of us can be good all the time, and why we need more...so I close this post with the offer on the sidebar. If you would like a free Bible please click here and we will send you one.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Possibilities of the Letter P

P is for pretty Zinnias~
P is for purple Zinnia's!

P is for parsley~to be dried for the spice shelf.

P is for peeking which is what this sunflower is doing!

P is for peppers~can't wait to make salsa!

P is for pimply things on this gourd...yep~they are supposed to be this way!

P is for the pleasing tea that is made from German Chamomile.

P is for plenty of diverse foods growing in the garden.

P is for pup with muddy paws.

P is for purple Petunia's!

P is for Pyrenees and how Great he is!

P is for project using old pants

P is for the perfect breakfast made to order daily.

Previous posts on letters: The Letter S Looks and Alphabetty Anyone?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Five

Time for Friday Five once again.
 The garden center at Lowe's the Grocery Store(not to be confused with Lowe's the Hardware Store).

The price of diesel last Saturday~let's just say we were happy. Funny a few years ago this would have shocked us~it is time to change things once again in our nation.

Lunchables for big kids...or what I packed for Bill one day. Honey-peanut butter sandwich on oat/wheat bread, with a side of summer squash cooked with butter, salt and pepper, an apple, and not pictured a salad with a spice cake slice! Who says Lunchables have to be bad?!

Gourd project in the early stages. I wrote about what I was going to do with the gourds from last year's garden here.

Looking through the mystery plant(now identified as an ornamental gourd plant replanted thanks to chicks eating seeds and pooing them out elsewhere-or in this case in the tomatoes). This photo makes it look like it is so green...I shall embrace this notion for the morning!

That's all folks...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Dozen Things

or so have kept me away from the computer...
I went to town and smiled at this restaurant's boast~I suppose I need to make some inquiries to see if this is true!
I am busy with sunsets in NM  as they continue to take my breath away.

We have been hiking...

We worked on the floors a bit in the room that houses  the library...and we still need to finish the trim on the shelf and make baseboards.
I have been making salads in mason jars. Oh what a simple idea that keeps the salad fresh! This is such an easy way to pack the lunches for the week~

I was frightened in the garden by this critter. He was buried up to his head and all I saw were his eyes~which I thought were the eyes of an eViL rattler...I may have to confess at this point how VERY afraid I am of rattlesnakes~yep. I can't help it.
We have been eating a bit of squash again this year.  I am almost ready to begin the summer squash challenge. So far we have been enjoying the squash sliced and fried in butter with salt and pepper, but I know we will tire of this-then another year of the squash creative recipes will begin in earnest!
The garden has been keeping me busy...in this photo: endive, kale, parsley, cilantro, patty pan squash, zucchini, Great Lakes lettuce, spinach, and flowering arugula which I am drying as we have decided we are not an arugula family(no worries, the sheep LOVE it).

I am still wondering what our mystery squash plant is. I did not plant this and yet here it is with squash growing on it...the squash is yellow and green...oh and yes the tomato plant on the left is dying. Our tomatoes are failing miserably this year.

My Fourth and I have been playing a bit of games. She is a delight and makes her dad and I happy.

This guy and his minions are out all over...and I am always alert monitoring the ground looking for these slithering things as well as tarantulas~and RATTLESNAKES. In case I have not made mention of my snake issue, I may have a mild snake a phobia. I am not going to look up what the actual phobia is, as I find that too scary!
Oh I must close with what keeps me most busy.  I am really learning to rest in the beauty around me.  I am appreciating the amazing surroundings, thanking God for my family, and enjoying the summer. 

I pray my readers are doing the same.  Stay tuned for the Squash Recipe Challenge of 2012!


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Before and After

Time for a before and after post once again!

a bit of rain in the desert!

a bit of the rewards of the rain~
Mustard Greens
Cinnamon basil
Patty Pan squash

Friday, July 6, 2012


Even in the midst of a threatening storm there is hope.  
Even with the hint of blue skies there is hope for a storm.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Alphabetty Anyone??

A is for the A on the mountain. 
 It made a lovely backdrop as we waited for the fireworks to begin.

B is for the bling I added to my lovely but simple red tee. 
I sewed the strip of fabric on the shirt to have a festive Fourth shirt.
Sewn at 6:30 am
ps ...threads noted untrimmed July 5 as typing this!!

C-is for comfort during the Independence Day activities.
C is also for cute and to me these are a cute set of piggles.

D is for dramatic, as in a dramatic entrance this train made during our picnic.
D is also for delightful as one guest at the Independence Day picnic had NEVER been to a picnic!

E is for explosions. Enough said!

 F is for food.
What one sees as a place to go bareFOOT another sees as delish food after hoofing it in the parade!

G is for Golly Gee what a handsome man.  
G is also for good food delivered to Third because he was at work.

H is for husband, and I am thankful for my Bill.
I is for Independence, and for that I am not only thankful to our Founding Fathers, but also to our men and women around the world that continue to make sure this is still true.
J is for Jennifer...thanks mom for this name.
K is for kindness. Kindness does begin at home. May sound old fashioned but it is true.
L is for Love...and for love I smile.
M is for mom the name I truly do love.
N is for never, may I never lack in K, L, and in being M.
O is for orange as in orange you glad the alphabet isn't 100 letters?
P is for peace and through Him one can have eternal peace.
Q is for Quest which is what I have been on.
R is for Rest and God has given us a day of rest, which He blessed it and made it Holy.
S is for Silly. Sometimes one should be silly regardless of age.
T is for Texting. I think love notes can be texted...what say you My handsome Bill?
U is for USA. I love my country.
V is for Vanity. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
W is for Wise~ Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
X is for eXtol. I will extol thee, O LORD.
Y is for Yesteryear.  We should not yearn for Yesteryear in risking today.
Z is for Zeal. May we do all things with Zeal!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

2012 Independence Day Part 3

The children love a parade!  Thanks to a very kind man walking a pony this Independence Day parade will be a special memory for several local children.

This little girl and her family sat next to us. As this man walked by leading his pony,  Bill asked if he would stop so the girls could pet the pony!

He stopped~ so the girls were able to see the pony and pet him.

Then these two children came up and the little one could not stop looking at the hooves!

Then a few more children came over... note the little girl running across the street!

Then a few more parents were tugged to this kind man and his pony!

And finally a good number of children came over, and although the man was hot and thirsty(and gladly accepted a water bottle from Second), he stopped for the children. 
I do not know who this man is, but I do know this...we all have moments in our lives that can make a special moment for another.  Funny thing is this~it costs almost nothing and yet the enjoyment was incredible!

Thank you Sir.

2012 Independence Day Parade Part 2

Where's Uncle Sam?
As I looked for Uncle Sam I saw Auntie Sam

and Doggie Sam

And Anonymous Sam

And Cowboy Sam

But where is Uncle Sam??? 

Like a Where's Waldo Book, I had to find Uncle Sam...and had several almost Uncle Sams




I found him!!
Thanks Uncle Sam for coming to America's Birthday Parade!