"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, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Farm Guest List: 
His Wife
Handsome First
Handsome Second
Handsome Third
Lovely Fourth

Brave soldiers far from home joining First and our Farm Family.

Farm Menu: 
Pumpkin Pie
I know there are other foods but for some reason 
all I can think of is the pie...
Love Pumpkin Pie!

May we keep in our prayers those who are recovering
rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy.

To those men and women around the globe
that are wearing the uniform

May you know you are in our thoughts and prayers...
We had times we were separated from our soldier
and know how sometimes you must be apart.

But you are never far from our thoughts~

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Is is bad to be

thankful for things that at the time seemed horrible, tragic, or destructive?  I say no.  So I will share my thankful list for things that at first, seemed like things I could never be thankful for.

  1. I am thankful for the mechanic in Colorado for putting on the wrong belts for my car in 1988.  I would need to have a mechanic fix my car and that led me to my Bill.  Seems like it was a perfect error that cost me money that has rewarded me in ways that I cannot place a monetary value on.
  2. I am thankful for my childhood.  First-my dad was killed before I was born.  Second-mom remarrying-seems like they both needed help with raising a child or children.  This was not the best for several of us children but all of us gained a sister that united both families...and today 42 years after they married I can say that my step dad brought to the family another big sister.  I do not refer to my oldest sister as a step sister.  She is completely and totally my sister. Step parents not so great, step children struggled, but siblings united and for that-today I am blessed.
  3. I am thankful for the time I had with Mom before she died.  I think about those days often and cannot believe how much she shared in those moments. She knew she was dying and she made every moment count.
  4. I am thankful for my in laws. They raised my husband and allowed the man he is today to develop.  They instilled a strong work ethic in my Bill. The loving home he was raised in ensured that the home our children have been raised in existed. I am thankful that in spite of the hardships they endured that they always were strong parents and raised not only one amazing child but 7.  They came to the United States with very little and I am thankful that they appreciated that in America anyone can become anything. I thank them for instilling in their children this...that anything is indeed possible.
  5. I am thankful for my preemie.  My daughter was born ten weeks early and we were only told that she would not survive. This tragic news changed me as a mother.  I decided then in my tears to never have my sons have a memory of their sister as horrible, or that she was always sickly, and such. I decided that if my precious baby was going to die we were not going to live anticipating it. We were going to live as if each day was the best day, so my sons would have a memory to cherish of their sister.  Now I look back and realize that this effort to ensure my sons memory of their sister, made us all a better family, as we look to each day as the very best, IN SPITE, of the situation we are enduring.
  6. I am thankful for teenagers.  I can look back to my mom and appreciate that she had 7 teens at one time, and I only had 4. I can look to how I was, and see where I am today, knowing where mine may be or have been, where they will end up.  I am thankful ever so much that the time we all had as teens was given us, as we need to break free(so to speak), to establish our own identity and unit. I now have two teens although very soon I will be down to only one teen. I am ever so thankful that I am seeing the time pass and that my babies are becoming the adults that they are becoming.
  7. I am thankful to have not known the Lord.  Because I did not grow up in a family that attended church, nor read the Bible, I am able to see how life with and without Him has been.  I see what my life was without Him and where I was headed, and I know now what my eternal life is because of Him.  Funny many of the problems or things I used to perceive as hard or bad times have all worked out for good.
and with this I will share Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

If you would like a free Bible mailed to you please leave a comment here with your address(we will not publish this information), as life with Christ makes all the difference in how one views everything from the mundane to the grand.

Have a lovely day of travel or preps for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Local Readers

If you know of a family that is in need or you yourself may need help this Thanksgiving please leave a comment or call us if you have the number.

Bill and Jen

Monday, November 19, 2012

Now is the time

This week  I would like to take a moment and ask that we keep in prayer those on the east coast dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  I cannot imagine why things are still crazy with our government saying they are doing everything they can.

Perhaps like I have shared repeatedly, we must learn not to rely on the government first.  Perhaps we should take note of a prepper plan in case of an emergency, natural disaster, or crisis.

We should also be mindful of our neighbors, especially those that are older, those that have several children, or those with special needs, as we may be the very reason they might survive a crisis such as Hurricane Sandy.

Please take time today and put together at least a list to strive for of prepping items.  Include enough for at least one month.  Anticipate not having electric so stuff a hand crank can-opener. Have calorie dense foods also, even if this means buying some MRE's(meals ready to eat).

~Have medicines, toiletries, and care for feminine hygiene and infants if you so need.

~Have a place to go to in case you must flee.

~Have a plan that each family member understands in case they must flee from high school, work etc.

I am touching briefly on this, BUT, three weeks after Hurricane Sandy and some Americans are STILL without electricity, and are relying on the kindness of strangers, and hoping the government steps up.

By the way in times of crises, many call out to God and ask for comfort and peace.  If you would like to add a Bible to the list of items you have in your home to help you prepare, PLEASE click here...and we will send you one free of charge.

Now is the Time to Prep
Preparation in All things
A Day in the Life-making own toiletries
Food Storage Posts (compiled list of posts about prepping, how to prep, what to anticipate, and such)

Friday, November 16, 2012


 It's Friday once again! At dusk tonight begins the day God set aside for rest.  In Genesis 2:3 we read-And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that day he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

This is the view from my front porch

In Mark 2:27 we read: And he said unto them, the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath. 
I find great comfort in the fact that God set apart a day and sanctified it...for  all mankind.

In the world today, many use the 7th day as a day of fun, shopping, hanging out, going to sports events or whatnot.  The older I get the more thankful I am that I live in a nation that has an established work week that has set the 7th day off and then allows for the first day to be off too. I wonder~with 2 days off , how much time do any of us set aside time to rest in our Creator, let alone time for us to rest?
I think it is time to slow down a bit. Have the family spend time at home. Stop running to and fro.  Open your Bible and read it. The world will not cease if you rest.  You might actually decide to do this weekly,  as God set for man to do once you begin in earnest!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Besh Ba Gowah

Last Friday Bill and I came home through Globe, Arizona because we wanted to stop at the Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park.  

The Besh Ba Gowah lived in the Globe area around 1225 to 1400. The Archaeological Park has the ruins and a museum with a movie and items found or collected from the site.  We took the walking tour and here are some of the photos.  Entrance to the Besh Ba Gowah was $5 a person, so it was an inexpensive, but informative side stop for our trip.

As you can see those that lived here did not create living and 
storage structures of natives that were nomadic.

There were storage rooms, community rooms, and individual family quarters.
Much like a modern gated community.

The cooking pits were pretty neat

Most of the doorways were on the roof through thatched entrances with
a ladder they climbed, then pulled up when they were inside.
The doorways built like this one were added in the 20th century, 
only the short doorways under two feet were original and 
these were in storage rooms not living quarters.

Some of the area is reconstructed, but it is important to keep in mind
that in the southwest ruins survive a long time due to the arid climate.
I love seeing that perceptions most often do not fit reality.
The people that lived here were in no means unskilled.  They lived a life
that showed they interacted with the Mogollon people in New Mexico. 
What is amazing about this is that it took us 7 hours to get home in a vehicle.
Although we have many modern conveniences previous cultures were
not without.

The foods that grow in this region are the same that grow on the farm.

I was inspired by what the Besh Ba Gowah people accomplished and 
on the farm 600 plus years later, I plan on implementing things I learned from our visit here.

The final stop on the Besh Ba Gowah tour was a garden.
At the end of the garden tour there was 
an interactive
project to allow visitors to see how easy
it was to grind corn
using a mortar and pestle to grind corn...here is the corn

And here it is ground.

The amount of edible plants in the southwest takes my breath away! I am thinking of the theme of 2013 and what it will be the year of on the farm...and I have some pretty good ideas thanks to Besh Ba Gowah.

I need to mention that so much was at this site that perhaps another post is upcoming.
~I mean who knew that yucca fibers could be woven into sandals?  

So more later on Besh Ba Gowah and stay tuned as we are closer to 2013 on what the theme will be. 2012 has been the year of the flower...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Farm Table

On the table a centerpiece I am crocheting for Hanukkah 

Sitting next to the table~is our precious special K!
She calls me gramma and Bill papa.  She came out to the farm 
on Sunday afternoon with Bill and I so we took her out to see the animals and help with chores.
She loved collecting the eggs and searched each coop ever so diligently!
For the record-I think that there can never be too many people to love a child. 
So we may not be this little cutie's blood grandparents but in her mind we are her
gramma and papa. I am quite honored to be a part of little K's life and
take my roll of adopted gramma very serious. 
By the way, K took home the first egg she collected!!

*as to the photos, they are from my cell phone. I am certain I am not doing something correct because some turn out good and others~well like these. Well give me time~

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day 2012

I am thankful to those that have served or are serving in our armed forces.  You have my deepest gratitude.

Here on the farm we appreciate that in every generation we must have those that don the uniform.

I am  what the military most likely refers to as the support network as I have been or am the wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, sister-in-law, aunt, and cousin of those that have worn or are proudly wearing the uniform of our armed services.  I am ever so humble for their service and cannot put into words my thoughts.

My oldest

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Schnepf Farm in Arizona

Bill and I visited Schnepf Farm in Arizona.  This was a visit to help us to see how we could grow the farm into something all the while maintaining our simple life.

I enjoyed the open air dining that Schnepf Farm had...

Schnepf Farms You Pick...
even in November

Here is the basket of kale, turnips, radishes, sugar pumpkins, lettuce, spinach, 
and black eyed peas, that we picked. 
(they charge by the pound!)

I loved this grove of trees with the hay bales lining its path
as it offered the perfect place to rest for a moment.

Oh the sidewalks were so clever!  

Simple and interesting for an outdoor farm walkway
A path like this is absolutely possible as many give away remnants of 
projects...and our visit to Schnepf farm gave me so many ideas.

We have always had a back burner idea of having a you-pick farm with a variety of things going on...and recently we feel we are closing in on this goal.

Funny how the farm began as a place so we could survive due to a crisis, and now it is becoming so much more!

Corny Conversation

We are home.  We were a tad tired last night, so I began playing 20 questions with Bill.  As I have a new(free upgrade) phone, I am trying to learn the gadgets, and recorded the conversation as we were driving.

By the way, for not recording too many things over the years, I suppose I could say I am fluent in Hollywoodspeak...as I closed with a rather cliche response.

What am I?

Any guess as to what these items are?

ps... we are home and there is no place like home!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


are pretty neat.  We were walking downtown in Mesa, Arizona, when we came across Maggie Dewar and R.E. Wall painting a melting building!

 Pretty neat isn't it?

And the real dog is on the pavement!!

Thank you Maggie and R.E
We enjoyed watching you work and appreciate your talent!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The President

will remain for a second term.

What does this mean?  What will this mean for America?  What does this mean for the world?  
Well I will not answer these questions aside from this: God is in control.

Now on to the training/belated anniversary trip:

 Bill has training for two days, so while in training, I have the days to myself.  I confess that this time has been used wisely!!  I turned all the lights off...and slept for a while.  I watched television for a while, and the commercials seem to be even more annoying and louder, so I turned off the television.  I brought things to read so I have been reading.
Here is one of the things I am reading.  I have been studying the Holy Days in the Bible.

 This is where I am right now.  Ignore the laptop from almost six years ago and 
look beyond.  Yep, I brought my own bedding.  Bill removed all the hotel bedding, we then Lysoled like crazy, and I made the bed with my own bedding.  I figure that I can share my angst of staying in hotels if I share how I deal with it. We also Lysol the floors well and everything else in the room.
I blame thank Oprah for my issues and an expose show she did many years ago!

 I loved the mural just outside Deming, New Mexico. 

 Walk about break on our drive.  Love the desert southwest!!

 Standard hotel photo.  Palm trees are the bonus!

 A bit of our drive through this canyon

And the only fast food restaurant I like.
The first night we came to Mesa we ate a late dinner here. 
After six years, it was every bit as good as we remembered!

Last night we had rice and beans in the hotel room.  Even far from the farm, we 
are on a budget and cautious of every penny we have.  


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I Wish I Was in the Land Of Cotton

Here is a cotton field in Arizona ready to be harvested.
and a rogue cotton plant on the other side of the irrigation ditch

Cotton was everywhere~instead of Wal*mart bags littering the roads, fence lines and such
cotton was the wayside item.

Even in the fields harvested cotton remained quite abundantly.

In the politically correct times we live in I shall give a disclaimer.  I do not long for Old times they are not forgotten, and I would never wish for slavery.  Please keep that in mind when I share the lines of the Dixie song.  As we grew some cotton on the farm, I was deeply interested in the large scale operation of a cotton business.   Bill and I were pretty impressed with the bales of cotton and the sheer number of cotton fields~and consider every outing a possible moment to learn something new!


We are in Arizona.  Bill has training near Phoenix and so we combined the trip as a training/anniversary trip even though it is a few months belated.  So Happy Belated 24th Anniversary Bill!  I am sharing one photo so far,  kind of to mimic our honeymoon trip.  In 1988, on our honeymoon we stopped at each state line  and took a photo for the wedding scrapbook.  Fast forward to 2012 and here is our Arizona state line photo.  I love the windmill off to the right.

I will post more about this very photo as it began something that totally shocked me...and I have a video to share soon. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

In my world

 This is food

I pass by Texas, Georgia, and New York while heading to the sheep pen

I can find a dessert in the desert

 This kitty is a brave and daring hunter

 These fly over often

 The fridge looks like this

Aisle 11 of my grocery store looks like this

 These items hang upon one of the walls

And that is a peek in to my world today!

Friday, November 2, 2012


the Jew or the Christian, God created the day of rest. 

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made;  and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which God had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it:   because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.  Genesis 2: 2-3

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20: 8
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,  and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  Exodus 20:11

Now is the time to prep

in case you need to flee your home.


Here are some ideas to help you to begin  preparing in case a crisis hits your neck of the woods.  Now keep in mind flight is always number one in prepping if the situation is too dangerous.  So if flight is your number one concern in the possibility of  a natural disaster or the likes are you ready to leave at the drop of a hat? 

Could you?
What should you do in case you have to flee?  Do you have pets? Animals? 

Well first and foremost you should have what preppers refer to as a Go Bag.  This is a bag that contains clothing, meds, foods, water, and cash(not credit or debit cards) to get you by for a few days(goal should be  week) Water can be kept in the truck of the vehicles in addition to at least one water bottle per bag.   Keep in mind that you should have one for each person in your home.

A listing of your bills as well as a photo diary of your home(for insurance) should be a must. Bills are still due even during a crisis, so have contact numbers for all your financial obligations so you can make arrangements while in the crisis. This will not happen the first few days, but if you are displaced for a while, you will need to have this.

You should also have a copy of eye prescriptions and medical prescriptions for each person.

MREs are meals ready to eat and you can store a good amount in a Go Bag.  They are fairly inexpensive and you can pick them up at Emergency Essentials or stores like that.

Feminine supplies are critical.  In times of a crisis one does not wish to have to track down hygiene care.

The same applies if you have a baby or small child...diapers, rash cream, wipes, etc.

A flashlight, pocket knife, matches, simple can opener, gum, some hard candy, playing cards, also can go in the Go Bag.

If you have pets-this is important: Have a cage that you can take them in.  Take food, water and bowl.  This is best in a bag too...a 2 liter water bottle with at least 4-5 cups of dog food in a bag with bowl, will make the pet comfortable while under stress.  Also have copy of shot records- You may have to leave your pets behind.  If so, provide for the pet with extra water for several days, as well as food out. Please have a photo or two of your pet-so you can identify it easily if the pet is rescued or gets lost in the crisis.

Oh I need to mention this-be sure to have a change of underwear and socks.  You can rinse these out each night and wear the other pair...

And most important-your phone/address book. If you lose power and cannot charge your phone then you may lose contact with everyone, unless you have a written copy.

A gathering place at least 200- 300 miles away from your home is important. Be sure each bag has the address, phone number, and name of contact of this person. In case you are separated, this person then is the gatherer of information to pass on to the others, they also have a place to regroup. Do not assume you can move in with those you have slotted as your gathering place groupies!  Be sure to establish ahead of time that you would like to use them as your point of gathering and they then can use you.

By the way, you may have to flee when the family is already separated due to school, work, or miscellaneous reasons.  Be prepared by having each person memorize the contact number.  This will be how you reconnect while separated.  Remain calm and wait until you can locate each family member.  Your contact person can gather information. Be sure you understand that you may not have cell service and that this may take several hours or even days. In Japan this was disheartening to see families searching for loved ones.  Minimize this by having an outside contact.  Then if your contact has one that has not checked in-you can begin a search.  If all have checked in then all each person has to do is wait until they can reconnect, knowing that their loved ones are fine in a safe place.

I will write another part to this to share ideas of what to have on hand for an emergency.  Please take the time to ensure you and your family will survive an emergency.  If you were not in the path of Hurricane Sandy, I think you should be capable of prepping your family.  Be aware that those that were not prepared are in serious trouble right now~and some are Dumpster diving, waiting hours upon hours for fuel, and living without electricity and more storms are headed their direction. No one wishes this upon anyone else.

Please prepare.

Around and About

Socks hanging around
Millie with some hens about
From the Blast from the Past files
The kids around former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt
newspaper clipping

Nice to have around
Photo of my parents on their wedding day. 

The surprise watermelon did not survive~ we had temps below freezing this week...
but I did love the possibility of a rogue watermelon about the property!

I had a bit of a laundry traffic jam today.  I had to take one load down and fold it 
as the next load waited around the bend!

Atellite Inn
Formerly known as Satellite Inn! 
Filed in the about my town folder

 From a Face*book friend

On her wall with the note saying she is not sure where this came from.
I love it.  I wish I knew who to credit for this photo. 
May we all remember that simple acts can make all the difference.
I say it is time for a round of applause for the kindness of strangers.