"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

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year on the Farm

Well hotdog! Leap year on the farm has been exciting! Nellie, the LaMancha has given birth to twins! Remember~this is a farm blog...so critter birth photos are uncut and showing how life is.

Nellie with her twins. I love how the little's are wobbly legged when they are born. So cute. If you remember Norm-the papa, was black...so it was neat to have a white one and a black one. Norm is no more as he loved my gardens as much as I do, so we sold him to a butcher. On the farm we now call our flooring Norm or even Mr. Ham(the ram) or Mrs. Ham(the ewe) as they financed the overhaul. Fortunately, Norm provided nicely in the kidding!
On all fours at last!! Yes, that is afterbirth. I am fairly certain the black one is a female. Waiting to see on the white one.

Nellie is doing a good job so far!

High Fives from Delilah to Fourth! Yay

And because I can~ I am adding a cuteness photo. Lizzie and Laura enjoying dinner time with the big girls!


Happy Leap Year from the Double Nickel

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Simple Life

As those that are regulars to my blog know, I am striving to live a more simple life on less. Less in no way means cheap or poor.

Much of my journey has involved learning how to make many things so I could still have the things I enjoyed in my former life(before the farm). In the process, I have discovered how many products are loaded down with things that are not healthy for us. I believe this journey has been a blessing for my family as we have homemade items filled with natural/organic ingredients that are far better than store bought products.

My newest skill I have learned is how to make lip balm. In my previous post I shared how windy it is today in New Mexico. With the dry winds come dry and chapped lips. So I decided today was the day to make lip balm.


Here is the close-up of the finished product! 18 tubes of lip balm and 2 tins


The ingredients...I forgot to show the locally harvested honey!! Well imagine it is next to the extra virgin olive oil and the beeswax~

The work station. I had talked to Bill about making me something that would hold the tubes up when I poured the ingredients into them, but needed something today. Fortunately, we do have an abundance of egg cartons, so I improvised.


After filling the containers I realized one important thing. They are small and one must pour slowly! As a thrifty person, I could not let the spilled product go to waste~

~and I did waste a good deal...or so I thought. I waited until it hardened, scraped it up and


put it in the double boiler, melted it again and filled...

Six more tubes!! Wow!
Neat isn't it? By the way, the missing tube? Fourth has it! We had to have a product tester-and she willingly volunteered.


In case you were wondering, I made the 18 tubes and 2 tins for less than the price of two Burt's Bees Lip Balm products(what I usually use for dry/chapped lips). I love my simple life!

A Blustery Day

New Mexico weather report for today:
Don't bother styling your hair day
Don't wear a skirt day
Don't wear a toupee day
Tie the children down if they play outside day
Anchor yourself if you are underweight day
Property clean up day...I clean up the junk from my neighbor that blew here, and he cleans up mine day


With weather like this, I thought I would share some photos of things less windy!
I love that with my silly camera and zero photography skills(which you may have noted by now), the crisp blue sky makes this photo pop! God's handiwork is marvelous, isn't it?

My laundry room...it has become the local hangout. Perhaps the critters think I am the weak link when it comes to goodies being passed out, and for the record I am the weak link!

Photo of hand salve in the making. I will share the recipe when it is ready(about 2 weeks).

I planned on making Queso Fresca yesterday, but my plans went awry. Being a secret agent(or something like that) has its down sides too! Maybe later today I will be able to get to this...or conquer the world~we'll see as the day progresses!

And finally, my lazy dinner. Well maybe not lazy in the preps but lazy in the need in reducing dirty dishes while living in a construction zone. Introducing a spaghetti sandwich~Bill's idea, my implementation! The results are~super delicious! This will be a regular on the farm from now on. Funny, I have heard many times that many inventions are the results of lazy people looking for an easier way to do something. The longer I live the more I know that this is true!


Winnie the Pooh never had a day like today. I sure hope we don't see Eeyore fly overhead!!

Jennifer

We Interupt this post

with farm humor. When you visit a zoo you are asked not to feed the animals. Here on the farm we ask that you do not graze while visiting the pens.
Graze? Why whatever do you mean?
Hmm, at the ChickieDoodle Coffee Club hens are clucking, why, Jen?

Well~ we ask that you don't graze on any raisins on the ground! Now look at the photos once again. Sometimes the raisins look a bit more like the famous breakfast cereal...and the roosters Cock~a~doodle doo for Cocoa Plops, but don't be tempted.


Now back to regular posting!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Insane

A four year old drew a picture of her dad using holding a gun. She described the drawing this way
"...the man holding the gun in the picture was her dad and “he uses it to shoot bad guys and monsters,”
Dad was arrested.

Hollywood creates movies with men/women/ and children holding and using guns to kill bad guys, monsters, dinosaurs, and aliens, to name a few, and they make it to the Top Grossing PG-13 movies of All Time, as well as the Top 50 Family Movies.

Will the witch hunt begin in earnest for all those in the chain of evil that allowed a little girl to draw her daddy as a hero saving her from bad guys and monsters?

By the way, I think every little girl should have a daddy that will take care of her. A daddy should be a little girl's first hero.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Marriage

Marriage is not a fifty-fifty relationship.
Marriage is not a relationship that is selfish.
Marriage is not about man cave or crafting room.
Marriage is not a union that is about the right person to enhance the other's career.
Marriage is not a place that one builds up material wealth.
Marriage is not about separate finances.
Marriage is not a union of brothers/sisters/and parents. It becomes a place of extended family and a totally new family.
Marriage secrets, business, as well as intimate relations are not to be shared around the office cooler, Facebook, or at the local club with your buddies.

Marriage is about two people becoming best friends, and best friends in everything and anything.
Marriage is about two people facing the world, and as two they become a mighty one in strength.
Marriage is about two that close their eyes with the other as their last image for the day.
Marriage is about two that open their eyes with the other as their first image of the new day.
Marriage is about two that can conquer the world because the best person they know in the world is their partner.
Marriage is about being thankful for the in-laws, as they allowed your love to become who they were to be-when you decided they were the ONE for you.
Marriage is about two that decide that the world is the perfect place for babies-as the two can become three and four and more, with a strong desire to share the love you have to the next generation.

Marriage is hard work.
Marriage is not about divorce.
Marriage is about two that should give of themselves in body, spirit, and mind...and accept the same from the other.

But we must overcome the selfishness we have in order for marriage to be the marriage it was designed to be.

Signed,
A flawed wife that decided her marriage could be the very best, if she put herself second.
Post proofed by a flawed husband that decided his marriage could be the very best if he put himself second.

Our Weekend~

Our weekend has been busy! From the moment Bill came home on Friday night
I had gate duty~ and took this time to share our mountains as Bill drove through the gates! I know the name of these mountains but between you and me~ I call them my mountains and sometimes forget the other name!


Two of our ewes. Ruth is on the left and Esther on the right! Ruthie is the momma of Laura and Lizzie, the lambs born this past week! Esther has a bit to go before she delivers.


We made German pancakes several times this past week as well as for the weekend , as it is easy to make. The recipe is simple. 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk, 6 eggs, 1 tsp salt mixed together- Butter a 9x13 inch pan and bake at 400 F for about 20 minutes. Pour your homemade syrup on and enjoy!

Oh~and we finished tiling and then applying the grout in the dining room. We have enjoyed this part of the job. Rebuilding and firming up the subfloors-well that was hard~ I can't wait until we are finished!

The outdoor cats had a bit of a fight. They are actually about 6 feet up, but the dogs kind of get involved in any fights on the ground, so this one was battled out in the rafters. Grey-the grey cat(yes we are awesome animal namers) lost. BB, the black kitty has reigned supreme as top Tom on the farm. His name was Butterball, when we thought he was a female. Kind of changed his name after seeing him grow into such a giant Tom! Grey rarely comes close to the house anymore, since BB has gotten so big, and now I know why!

Oh I had to run some errands. I thought I would share how the drive to my house from the south looks. Near the arrow is the farm-of course about 30 or so miles from where this photo was taken.

My Fourth and the pups. Aren't they tiny? I am hoping they decide to grow as what will we do with such itty bitty work dogs?! They are both almost 1. Sampson in the beginning of March and Delilah at the end of March. And yes, that is BB strolling through the photo!

By the way, this is how the pups looked last May note the cat on the right as well as the hens! Eating mango's seems to be key in puppy growth!

And here the pups are with Fourth on May 5 of 2011. Time flies on the farm!!

And as the sunset in town at the local Lowe's. I do love sunsets!


Have a great Sunday,
Jennifer

Saturday, February 25, 2012

And they have names~

The newest Double Nickel Farm residents have names! They are both females, so no lamb for the freezer for them(huge sigh from both I am sure)!

This year the names are going to be special names. Both Bill and I have several sisters, so we thought we would see if we have enough lambs to use all the sister's names.

Introducing Laura and Lizzie!

I hope our sisters understand that this is in love, and that they enjoy their little lambs on the Double Nickel! And we do have five more ewes to lamb, so yay!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

My Life


Sometimes when I am tired and think of the million projects that need to be done, I glance to the east and smile. I am able to see the beauty that surrounds me and rest in the knowledge that all is well. By the way this is how my mountain looks early in the morning, and it makes me think of Ireland, although I have never been there.



This is how the mountain looks all the time. We do live in the desert and so it is more grays, browns, and tans. But oh in the morning, I feel as though I am taken away. In the afternoon, boy oh boy, I marvel at the beauty in front of me. Oftentimes we are overwhelmed by things in our lives and miss out on the comforting hand of the Creator. His handiwork is all about us and is waiting to offer us Comfort just as He is.

I am having a cookbook giveaway and have had a tremendous response. I was wondering if anyone would like to have a free copy of the Bible. No contest to enter, no hopes of being the one picked. We will send you a Bible wherever you are, just for the asking. Click here to request one today.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jennifer

Candidate Responds to Questions

I wrote Questions on Tuesday and promised I would give an answer to my questions. Since I am responding, I thought I would respond as if the candidate.

My answers will be in red.

I have a few questions I would ask if I was able to host a debate with the political candidates.
  1. Do you believe that your behavior in your private life should be reflective of your public life? Yes I do. I believe that my private actions are absolutely my actions and behavior in my public life. If I were doing drugs at home I would crave them while at work and it would spill over, if I believed I was stealth enough to get away with it. We have seen this time and time again with politicians sleeping around, having affairs, and thinking no one would catch them. If I am dishonest with those in my closest circle, I promise you, I will be dishonest with you. There is no separation of my public and private lives. If my entire character is based on lies, you can expect I will lie in any situation. By the way, I do not wish to suggest that I live a perfect life, but one where my private life would be representative of my public life. I am who I am.
  2. Do you believe that women should have the right to choice? I believe that a woman has the same rights to choice as a man.
    You see everyone in the United States has certain unalienable rights. Please read this here, as personal security counts for EVERY American. Redefining what a baby is-in the womb does not change that it is a baby, and therefore the nonsense about fetus, viable, etc means little. If this still makes people angry, then I will concede in one area. Roughly half of all pregnancies are females-so if only the males are aborted will I agree. As the Court would have to concede that a woman comes in all ages, and the women in the womb would choose LIFE...so the Court must hold the voice of the woman's right to choose to carry over to the womb...see how asinine this argument is? If the woman is granted more rights than the man simply based on her gender-these rights must be from the moment a woman is formed to the moment a woman dies. By the way, let's all be honest about this. The womb carries life and the fetus is a baby, no more mincing words.
  3. If you answered yes to question #2, then do you agree that parent's have the right to choice, in the school their child attends, even if this includes vouchers? By the way, I agree to this. If we cannot hold teachers accountable to teaching our children to read because of Unions then we should allow children the opportunity to chose where they wish to be educated. Our schools hold the nation hostage as without much in checks and balances, we give them money to educate our children. Even when scores continue to drop, the monies keep being dumped into the schools. Letting the dollars go to where schools are more effective would create competition and schools vying to educate America's children.
  4. Do you think Americans pay enough in taxes? I have two lines of thought on this-first, over half of Americans pay no income tax. How is this fair? We always hear of everyone having a little skin in the game yet in truth this means very little. So first off-the simple answer is two part-no some Americans do not pay enough in taxes, and others pay far too much. Now to the truth of the matter. I think we are all paying far too much in taxes. I think when the government can fund a study to see why gay men in bars engage in risky behavior-in Buenos Aires, we are paying too much in taxes...please check out this link and see what other projects use your tax dollars.
  5. Do you think you pay enough in taxes? I think most politicians should pay more first, then decide whether the rich, should pay more. I think Americans are taxed to death. Before I am asked how programs will be funded, let me remind you of the link on #4. Oh and show me ANY government project and I am certain that even I can find the waste.
  6. Do you think that the Tax Code is clear for Americans? (it contains approximately 3,400,000 million words) No it is not. It is this way because our politicians want it this way. If they wanted it easy it would be. I am certain EVERY single American is guilty of tax fraud based on the sheer size of the Tax Code.
  7. Do you think the word marriage has a set definition? Yes, I do. Read the definition here. Because we wish it to mean something else does not negate the primary reasons. By the way, the President Obama apologized yesterday to the Muslims in Afghanistan about the Korans being burned. The Bible-which predates the Koran, has this precious truth in it about marriage. So some religious rights usurp others? Oh and when the military burned Bibles sent to Afghanistan-did Christians receive an apology from the President?(the answer is NO). To recap, yes, marriage has a set definition. Liberals have tried to rewrite the definition but that does not change the truth.
  8. Do you believe in Civil Unions? Yes, I do. I believe that my faith does not define others, and do not expect others to live the way I do, unless they choose, based on their convictions. A civil union should be the requirement for all Americans. After they are civilly united, then those that wish to be married(see #7) can be. I believe that this is not only fair but shows a good deal of respect. When a person works, their benefits should be for them to disperse and not for the company to define who and how the benefits should go. Civil unions can use rings, have elaborate ceremonies etc.
  9. Do you believe that the Ten Commandments should be removed from public buildings? No, because our public buildings-and more importantly our Constitution is based on and respecting his Word. First with the Magna Carta being the cornerstone to the US Constitution, and then taking the forgotten(or revisionist image) of the Magna Carta...that through the grace of God
    First, that we have granted to God, and by this present charter have confirmed for us and our heirs in perpetuity, that the English Church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished, and its liberties unimpaired.(source)
  10. If you believe #9 then when will you begin the project to remove the Ten Commandments from here? Never, in fact, I would require the Ten Commandments to be placed back in our schools. If we are truly about culture and tolerance, then learning the commands that share about Judea-Christian's could be diverse and enlightening. And heck, the kids would learn some basic laws that could keep them out of our prison system.
  11. Do you believe the Constitution to be a living document? No. I believe it was crystal clear, and with any changes our nation can amend it. It was not perfect, but granted a legal way to clarify some things. Words did not change meanings...such as the loophole for abortion.
  12. Do you believe the United States should submit to the authority of the UN? Absolutely not. We are a sovereign nation.
  13. Do you believe that the governors of the United States understand how to govern their own states? Yes!
  14. Do you believe that the United States has a right to protect her borders, even if it means securing them? Yes. This is the right of a sovereign nation. If we want to be secure as citizens, this must include being secure from danger coming across our borders.
  15. Do you believe that every American is entitled to go to college? No I do not. I think that college is like everything else, and it should be something one earns. Like our housing bubble collapse, we are also in the midst of an education bubble collapse, because far too many Americans took out loans to get their college degrees and are now unable to pay it back because universities are promoting degrees in subjects that have no marketability.
  16. Do you believe that as president, you are entitled to tell me that I should have some skin in the game? If so, will you live as if you believe you have some skin in the game too? First off, I have no business telling you that you have to have skin in the game, if my family and I are vacationing every other month. Secondly, if I golf more times than the last 7 presidents, I have nothing to say to any American. But my story has been very well shared on this blog. Times got tough for my family and we opted to change the situation-as President Obama would say, by having some skin in the game. We chose to make things better with first some struggles as we had no idea how to begin raising animals, growing the volume of food we need, or even any construction, yet we rolled up our sleeves. We stopped buying new clothes, limited our travels, bought dry beans, made our own breads, and learned skills to keep ourselves afloat. We did not put our hand out but instead looked to see how those before managed. We learned how little it takes to actually feed a family of then six. We adapted as we are Americans and have had many fine examples of pioneers that had little and created a great nation. I have shared stay-cations, frugal tips, transforming trash to treasure, recycling, and budgeting to share that I do indeed have some skin in the game.
  17. Do you believe that the earth is in dire danger because of first world nations spewing vile gases into the environment? No, and am feeling drained on this lie, and refer you to this link. For the record, I do believe in being a good steward of what I have but this does not mean I will drive a car that plugs in, when it is not cost effective, nor will I give up my truck, which is critical to the smooth operation of the farm. I will not use cloth toilet paper unless times become critical and I cannot afford toilet paper. I will continue to raise livestock even if they burp all the time.
  18. If you do believe #17, what do you think should be done? Oh and will you comply first to set the example? I do not believe #17. I do believe we should drill in ANWR, as well as anywhere and everywhere. When foreign nations are drilling right off shore but we are not, there is a serious problem.
  19. Do you believe our troops are paid fairly? No. I do not believe we could ever pay those that are willing to die for us, enough. I think we owe a good deal to our armed forces-what can we do? I would like to thank our troops right now-thank you very much from my family to yours.
  20. Do you believe that America can get back on her feet? I am not sure. I pray we do-but have we divided too much? Have we become so politically correct that we cannot see the importance of our nation? I worry as I am sure many Americans do, about the economic burden placed upon us because of out of control spending. This is not just the politicians, but each American too, as so many Americans are overwhelmed by debt. If we do not work to be debt free and get rid of our entitlement nation-we will never recover-and that makes me so very sad.

So these are my answers. I am praying that things change for our nation. It is far more than voting in the primaries that will bring about change. We must work to remove the notion that we all deserve everything. We must stop the occupy mentality. We must stop this idea that I deserve to have a house like my neighbor. Oh and with respecting faith we will once again see that charity does begin at home.

Jennifer

Well my questions have little consequence, although I wish that we would at least challenge our elected officials to be men and women of noble character.

Oh and finally, if I could, I would ask that our elected officials at least try to live as though they are working for me, because of course, they truly are.


Signed,

Humble American

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Are We Witnessing the End of a Nation?

Maybe-

Time Magazine: Catholic Bishops should go to jail for protesting Obamacare Mandates.

Gas prices are climbing. President Obama is going to explain why today.

It is the economy, Mr. President.

The Occupy Movement is threatening to use their Second Amendment rights if things don't change.

Chicken nuggets are healthy? They are according to federal lunch police.
Let's review the chicken nugget process...


Go on over here and check out the chart: It is impossible to believe that those earning $60,000 are making less than those on entitlements...but in our nanny state times, this is not only possible, but happening.

Have you ever noticed the quote on the top of my page by Dr. Adrian Rogers? Here it is so you don't have to scroll up:

"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. "

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Few Notes

Blogger changed the commenting* ~with the prove you are not a robot-thing. I removed that(I think). If it is still there please let me know.

Secondly, you can comment once a day on the cookbook contest. Forgive me if this was not clear. Go here to enter the Cookbook Giveaway #1 on the Double Nickel Farm.

Hope this helps!

Jennifer

*Thank you Gayle for letting me know!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Questions

I have a few questions I would ask if I was able to host a debate with the political candidates.
  1. Do you believe that your behavior in your private life should be reflective of your public life?
  2. Do you believe that women should have the right to choice?
  3. If you answered yes to question #2, then do you agree that parent's have the right to choice, in the school their child attends, even if this includes vouchers?
  4. Do you think Americans pay enough in taxes?
  5. Do you think you pay enough in taxes?
  6. Do you think that the Tax Code is clear for Americans? (it contains approximately 3,400,000 million words)
  7. Do you think the word marriage has a set definition?
  8. Do you believe in Civil Unions?
  9. Do you believe that the Ten Commandments should be removed from public buildings?
  10. If you believe #9 then when will you begin the project to remove the Ten Commandments from here?
  11. Do you believe the Constitution to be a living document?
  12. Do you believe the United States should submit to the authority of the UN?
  13. Do you believe that the governors of the United States understand how to govern their own states?
  14. Do you believe that the United States has a right to protect her borders, even if it means securing them?
  15. Do you believe that every American is entitled to go to college?
  16. Do you believe that as president, you are entitled to tell me that I should have some skin in the game? If so, will you live as if you believe you have some skin in the game too?
  17. Do you believe that the earth is in dire danger because of first world nations spewing vile gases into the environment?
  18. If you do believe #17, what do you think should be done? Oh and will you comply first to set the example?
  19. Do you believe our troops are paid fairly?
  20. Do you believe that America can get back on her feet?


Well my questions have little consequence, although I wish that we would at least challenge our elected officials to be men and women of noble character.

Oh and finally, if I could, I would ask that our elected officials at least try to live as though they are working for me, because of course, they truly are.


Signed,

Humble American

Cookbook Giveaways: Updated

 February 1st Cookbook Giveaway Amish Cookbook. Closed. Winner Announced 3-2-12
March 2nd Cookbook Giveaway Treasury Of Campbell's Recipes. Closed.Winner will be announced on 3-16-12
April :3rd Cookbook Giveaway New Mexico Cookbook. Closed.Winner will be announced on 4-1-12

Click on the link for this month and enter today!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cookbook Giveaway #1~CLOSED SEE SIDE BAR TO ENTER OTHER GIVEAWAYS

Contest 1 is closed. Please check the sidebar to enter other giveaways!
Time to share some of my cookbooks. I am going to be giving away 12 cookbooks this year so stay tuned. The first cookbook in the giveaway is Amish Cooking. It is a hardback cookbook with 160 pages. Recipes include: Buttermilk Oven-Fried Chicken, Pork and Cabbage Soup, Cheddar Apple Bread, Pumpkin Carrot Cake, and Berry Cobbler.

Entry dates are from today~ February 20, 2012 through March 1, 2012. You may enter once a day~but here's the catch-You need to tell me something about you each comment*. I will ship anywhere in the world so missionaries, military, or folks outside the United States are all welcome to enter...sorry to any that may be in the manned space centers-you will have to just watch from afar and hope the winner shares some recipes ;)!

Feel free to share about the contest as well as the upcoming cookbook contest throughout the year. Giveaway cookbook # 2 will be announced on March 2 as well as the winner of the Amish Cookbook!

*Don't forget let me get to know you through your comments...

Here is something about me...
Update~ I wrote the above line then did not include what I said? I thought I posted that Bill is 15 inches taller than me. Sorry to have left that off, I meant to post it!

Also-I will not respond to each comment as I usually do-but I am reading them and enjoying getting to know about you. Please remember you can comment once a day!

Jennifer

Miles of Tiles


Okay~so not miles of tiles, but it has felt like it. We have been a bit busy on the farm and this is one of the reasons why.

Oh that's okay, we have lambs!

The morning has been exciting with the beginning of lambing season~Here is Second feeding Ruthie~and one of her new lambs!

Ruthie has such adorable lambs! This one has two black spots on its hindquarters.

Ruthie and her little lambs!


Cuatro, one of our rams, was intently watching the activity in the sheep pen!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Weekend Photos

Here's a bit of what happened over the weekend.

We have been under a bit of a construction project~this is a before an after mini- project of our February makeover, lots more ahead.

We had all the kiddos together at one place!! So we went to IHOP. We took the young momma(next to Fourth and Bill) and her three babies with us, because her sweetie was working. We have known this lovely young woman since we moved to New Mexico.

Bill with the littles~aren't they cute?


This is how the weather has been~


and although I always hope for happiness and joy in everything we have 2 kitties that absolutely dislike each~other, or so I thought.

The other day, I could not believe my eyes. The fakers. So now I know~they do like each other. I love how each one has an eye squinting at me because of the photo, and yep, bff's.

Have a lovely day.




Monday, February 13, 2012

Ten things to do when in love

  1. Tell your spouse you love them~daily.
  2. Walk your spouse to the door when he/she leaves and be sure to give a hug and kiss goodbye.
  3. When they arrive home, welcome them with a hug and kiss.
  4. When you are mad at your spouse think upon your wedding and the dreams you had.
  5. Never tell anyone anything negative about your spouse. You get to see them 24/7 and so you see them at their best, their worst, and everything in between. Imagine if everything you did wrong was shouted from the rooftops.
  6. Write notes to your spouse. A simple note expressing your love is always a welcome thing.
  7. When you go somewhere hold your spouses hand.
  8. Show your appreciation by doing small things that are important to your spouse.
  9. Use kind words when speaking with your spouse. Say thank-you, please, you're welcome, as kindness does begin at home.
  10. Support your spouse in things they enjoy-who knows, you may find something new that you like.

Love is a many splendor thing.

To my Bill~ thank you so much for the best year years of my life.

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996,1997,1998, 1999,2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012~and beyond!



Sunday, February 12, 2012

Well How About That? UPDATED AT LAST!

For the first time since 1989, something amazing has happened.
Any guesses as to what has happened?

UPDATE!!!
SJ in Vancouver was correct! We had no children in the house over night!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Six

I thought I would share some charts, graphs, and photos. Click on the photos to make sure you can see them. Please note that these records are not comforting.

I wonder who will stop the American(Democrat/Republican) War on children? Please note, the bait and switch in this ad. It ignores the real issue and turns not being allowed to have an abortion as an act of discrimination. I could take this ad apart line by line as it is vomit. I choose not to today.

Our elected officials really never wish to change things...remember this.

Please check out this link and be sure to play the interactive chart mid way down the page. I am not going to say anything about the chart or the link today. Believe me, they are related...although many will shout NAY. True hunger exists in the world. But in America this is a very rare situation.

Sure seems like a news magazine is in bed with a politician or maybe has an agenda? Signed...Simple Minded Me.

After five~drive me crazy, feel like all is lost~ items, I feel as though I should close this post with something lovely.

Here is my Fourth, making sure the newest baby in church is warm. Precious! By the way, the wee one is three months old, and yes, his hair is red! He has two big sisters and a wonderful momma and poppa.