"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 30, 2013

About this past week~ Part 1

I need to go back in time to explain this past week.  I was raised by a non-practicing Catholic.  We celebrated Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, and St. Valentine's Day, although I believed we celebrated the holidays much like a secular person would and focused much on self and gifts, fun and enjoyment.

Bill was raised by non-practicing Catholics too.  He was exposed to the Mormon church while young, but in all seriousness holidays weren't religious in his home either.

When we married we began celebrating our anniversaries.  I never knew how important I thought this day was until the year Bill was gone without having military orders that took him away.  He was a police officer and on a fairly simple call (he thought), he and many other officers uncovered a large narcotics operation.   This took him from the evening of the 26th to the evening of the 28th.  He called late on the 26th but did not call at all on our anniversary.  First I was a bit mad.  Then I was furious.  Then I was hurt.  Funny, a simple housewife in the middle of nowhere placing such importance on such a day.  By the way, as a cop's wife, situations happen all the time that change what most families consider a normal schedule.  I was not unappreciative of the importance of his job, or how important he treated me EVERY other day of the year.  Instead, I realized that I valued the day that Bill and I became one, and now all these many years after that missed anniversary, I can truly say, that because of our marriage, we will celebrate marriages of our children and someday down the road, or maybe even soon, we will celebrate the births of our grandchildren.  Our anniversary should be recognized each year as it speaks volumes. 

Back a bit to my meandering to get to my point.   Bill and I became Christians a while after we were married.  We did not begin our family devoting our children to the Lord, but we did try and instill good morals.  Our homeschool motto (yes we had a motto, mascot, school colors and name) was 'Honest and true in all that you do.'  I really believed that then and more so now.  Of course, none of us are perfect and kids are kids, if you know what I mean, but that was our goal or standard we set.    We celebrated Christmas and I did try and tell the children that it was a holiday about baby Jesus and I even told them that Santa was a servant of God's.  Now before you rush to the comments, I was not a Christian.  I embraced tradition and thought little of that special secret about Santa.  I was taught about Santa, and therefore I taught my children about Santa. I never questioned this, and until about 2005 when my older sister told me she hated that she was lied to about Santa and decided she would not lie to her kids, so she never told them a lie about him.  2005 was a pretty arduous year for our family, actually all the way until 2007.  We were dealing with Bill's recovery and limitations after his accident and as a stay home wife, I was trying very hard to be supportive and not revealing how much this spun my world out of kilter too.  This is not to be hard but a reality blog, with my flaws to be shared as well as my good points. I am certain the path to going completely gray began on January 1, 2005.  I am getting sidetracked here and there and may make this a two or three part series, I hope you don't mind, as I have a point that needs a good foundation.

When we moved to New Mexico, I confess I fell in love with the beauty, the people, and the small town feel.  We purposely selected a place near a military installation, with at least a college or university branch, a mall, and a grocery as our previous home had NONE of these!  Our first Christmas we took the family to the Christmas parade and I confess I was choked up to hear so many people on the floats saying "Merry Christmas" as well as so many in the crowd responding in like.  I felt like we made a good fit in this community that was around 35,000 people but still maintained small town America.

At some point, in 2005 or 2006 one of my other sister's told me something that completely rocked my foundation and actually changed the direction and focus of my life. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

From the Files

I stumbled across this photo of my cuties.  
L-R Second, Fourth, First, Third
April 7, 2012

Stay tuned...

Friday, March 15, 2013

Double Nickel Diner

Spring Delight menu selection begins with making potato fries.

Potato fries
4 medium potatoes washed cut lengthwise into thin slices
3 TBSP olive oil
4 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt

Mix all the ingredients except potatoes
then add potatoes and make sure that the slices are covered completely
place on cookie sheet in single layer and bake at 425F

Don't forget to save the parts cut off the potatoes to give to the
chickidoodles or for your compost pile.  There need not be any waste.

turkey sandwich NM style
3 slices turkey
romaine lettuce
cheddar cheese cut from block
avocado(pressed into a spread)
salt and pepper

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Day Trip

We went to El Paso, Texas yesterday and I thought I would share a bit of the city. The photos are a random compiling and of course by me...El Paso is the safest large city for the third year now.  We go to El Paso every month for Bill's appointments as well as seeing First, as he is stationed at Fort Bliss.  El Paso is just a hop, skip and jump from the farm.
 Although on Elm Street it was not a nightmare.

 Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

I love the name Hondo Pass.  Makes me think of John Wayne in the movie Hondo.

 Our truck's shadow. I wonder if the truck revs to the tune of me and my shadow?

 El Paso is lovely at dusk.
My handsome driver on my day trip.

 We dined with this cutie~Mexican food, of course.

A view of an older neighborhood in El Paso.

 I snapped this photo and realized we were in our very own parade
on the official parade route!

I don't miss television at all.  Commercial after commercial littered between a 
talk show or something with Katie Couric.  I am ever so glad I could not hear
it.   I snapped this photo while waiting with Bill at an appointment.

 I love this street.  The rock walls keep climbing at the end. 

I was trying to get a photo of the X in the center. It is a large X of some
building.  While trying to capture that I realized I snapped a photo of the 
billboard.  Legalize Marinara?!?  It is a sign for the restaurant Carino's. 

El Paso sidewalks are not for the faint of heart.  I saw this and 
wonder how many folks have tripped on this?  Does the arrow point to
the hospital?

And that concludes a peek into our Wacky Wednesday in El Paso, Texas.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Do you have

 certain snacks you pick up for road trips?   We like to have saladitos and limon packs in the truck when we travel.

Nearly 25 years ago Bill introduced me to saladitos and limon packs.

I am not sure how readily available these items are the further north you go, but here along the border these are items are pretty much in every gas station and store. 

Father of the Year Winner

The winner of the Father of the Year Award for the Double Nickel Farm is Derek K.

Derek K. is the father of  Canyon 11, Trenten 7, Asher & Leland 3, and Zachery 18 months.

Derek's wife Jennifer submitted the essay below. She shared Derek's traits and how they lined up with God's Holy Word.  Please take the time to read this as God does set a template for men to follow to be the best father's they can be. 

A Good Father
submitted by Jennifer K.

A good father knows the Lord, fears the Lord and serves the Lord. The Lord and his word are the center of his home and the basis upon which he raises his family

Proverbs 14:26   In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

Joshua 24:15   And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Ephesians 6:4   And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

A good father knows that he is teaching his children in all that he does. He takes his steps cautiously because ultimately he knows his children will follow his lead.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9   And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Proverbs 20:7   The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him

Proverbs 22:6   Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

A good father recognizes that his children are a blessing not a curse. He rejoices in their lives.

Psalms 127:3-5  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.


A good father will value his marriage. He knows that marriage is not a piece of paper or contract, but a covenant with the Lord and his wife.

Genesis 2:24   Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Matthew 19:6   Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder

Jennifer K.

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Country Mouse

endures to the frigid end.  Well that is the story I imagined this morning as I fed the critters.  The temperature was 25F so I had to break a thin layer of ice off the water troughs and oh what a chore this morning!  In the ram's trough I found a country mouse in the icy water.  I am a sorry lot as I did feel for the poor guy for a moment. 

If only he was a city mouse.   Perhaps he would have thrived in some restaurant basement sampling delightful morsels of the daily fare.  Poor country bumpkin!  He had to live off of grain, hay, and the droppings of the critters.  He had desert cactus to snack upon, as well as any slops that were not discovered by the chickidoodles.  

Oh the life and times of a country mouse...may his family move to the city in grief.  

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Yeppers All is Well on the Farm

I am amazed at how much time has passed since I last posted.  I did not plan on taking a blog break but a blog break is what I took.  In truth, I have been off the computer a good deal and it has been pretty wonderful.

I am embarrassed to have missed my own date to announce the father of the year contest and will do so in the next post so stay tuned!!

Here are several photos to share what has been going on here on the farm/southern New Mexico.

The great news is that we had to process what this was.   We have had so little rain I almost didn't recognize it.  Last night I paused and had to process what noise I was hearing.  Rain...on the roof! 

I even had a chance to not only see a rainbow, but snap a quick photo of it!   Perhaps you remember the building on the right?   I have written two posts that spotlight this business one titled This and That (mostly that), and Remember This Building?

 We had a serious issue on the farm and required some investigative measures to resolve.  We would unload the hay and then the next morning would discover a haymess.  Fortunately, being married to a former police officer has allowed me to hone in on some deductive skills...and within a few hours I had closed the case of the Haymess on the Double Nickel.

No charges have been filed but a mental note to all those that feed on the farm must secure the gate to the hay.  Athena the granddog discovered that one of the hens had been nesting here and was digging through the hay~just in case~another egg was here.  I am not sure how much I love this no good, pain in the fanny, hairless, speedy Gonzalez, barking, licking, jumping on the bed-couch, chewing everything in sight pup...but I continue on.   She does work hard outside chasing grasshopers, flies, Millie, Samson and the cats!  As to the case being closed...hmph desert cases are a tad bit easier than city crimes~and have far less paperwork, so I suppose I will allow myself to work any other cases that come up.

 I found this photo and realized I must have accidentally snapped a photo when I was turning off the camera.  It works for me as it shares my styling NM slip on shoes and a childhood saying.  Cracks and breaking backs...sigh.  Since my mom is gone, I suppose if I had stepped on the crack, my back would be in question.  

I met up with these three men at the local supercenter and they had fun reminding me how I shopped with them when they were small.  I made them line up youngest behind me to the oldest as we shopped.   I would assign each one with a task of grabbing an item needed, but then they would return to the line.   I may have been a drill sergeant of sorts with the kids~okay I was...but it seems to have afforded conversation for them as they grow older!

Here is another blast from the past photos with the kids meeting former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt (for the second time). 

I thought I would share my stained glass window as the sun began to rise. I decided (temporarily) to make a curtain of a quilt top I picked up at an antique store.  I really do enjoy the colors in the morning.  That item on the bottom is my exercise machine folded clothes shelf.  This is the post where I shared about the quilt tops:  A Peek into My Day.

This shelf is in a bathroom to a gas station in the middle of nowhere. For remote out of the way bathrooms, it was one of the cleanest public bathrooms I have seen.  I snapped the photo, as I have decided that this is what I am going to make for my bathroom sink/counter. I ponder a good long time on projects but when I find out what I want...I know.  Since we will pick up our wood from a local lumberyard and use the discards-the cost of our new counter will be low low cost as a truckload of lumber is $10.00. 

A new fast food restaurant opened in our local community.  A Carl's Jr.  I am not a fan of eating out, but I did dine with my handsome sons the other day.  I took a photo of the paper tray liner as WOW, that is a mouth full!  My critique of the newly opened Carl's Jr. is thumbs up!  There is plenty of parking, the restaurant is very clean, and the staff was very friendly and nice.  Twice while we were dining, one of the crew of Carl's Jr. came over to make sure everything was okay.  I do appreciate that.  ps...I only had a soda so no food review from me.  One son had a taco~he said it was delicious and the other two ate something like in the photo and raved about it~so from the guys it was good!

For a even more local dining experience the girls say baa~yum.  For me, I say the END.

~Thanks for stopping by,