"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

Friday, May 31, 2013


I have hope.

I see an imperfect world that is possible to live in because  I have hope.
When the day to day grind seems overwhelming
I think upon why the dishes piled up and I have hope.  Bill and I made dinner for the family and we 
had special guests as each of the sons brought their special love~and I hope for a future for each of them...as Bill and I have had.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  Psalm 16:9

 When the world moves at a pace that is impossible to keep up with
I have hope as I have a family that I can gather with and slow down. 

 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:24

When kitty does her job and I still squirm because of the critter at her feet,
I have hope...
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Romans 12:12

When perfection is seen in augmented bodies and sterile homes
I have hope and make the small things big.

 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: Hebrews 6:11

I can laugh in a world that seems hopeless

For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Colossians 1:5

I have hope when life is imperfect and things are turned upside down

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  Romans 5:2-5

I hope my readers know by now that I live in a world of hope.  I live in a world where things may not be perfect, but I hope through my faith.  

I have the greatest of Hope of all through Jesus Christ...as in 1 Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

 In an imperfect world  despair, pain, grief, bitterness, hatred, murdering, strife, and vileness seem to take center stage.  I say in spite of the world seek to live a life knowing Hope exists.  I do.  If you wish for a free Bible please leave a comment here and we will send you one.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Haunted Life of the farm...

well maybe not so dramatic but life could be haunted on the farm.  Check out this Mesquite Root I found.
Doesn't it look a bit spooky~like a monster root?


Then if you could imagine the Mesquite Monster making this sound?!?!

ScArY tImEs indeed!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Going to the Chapel

Well one of the sons has made it official.   He proposed last night to his sweetie.  No date yet.  Now for the guessing.  Which Double Nickel Farm son is engaged?

Is it Third?  Second?  Or First?

And yes, I had to use this photo.  I cannot believe how time flies.

Can you guess?
Is it me?

B-4 you wonder about today's Wednesday Window

It is about a bit of things that begin with the letter B~well 4 things to be precise.
This basin is in El Paso, Texas.  I would love 4 it to b in my home.

This Board was filled with a Bible Study on the Churches in Revelation.

Boxing with Bill and the Bull. 
 Let me say for the record that the Bull said something about me and Bill
was defending my honor.  The brazen manner of that Bull!

Bygone era...the lot had a building that burned down the first year we lived here.
It sat in the crumbled ruins for a few years until the case was closed.
Now we are left with the memories...
orange you glad that this photo is the end of the B-4 post?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My least favorite words

while outside in New Mexico are "there is a snake."  Bill said that yesterday when we were watering the front garden.

Ugh.  Can I say now I am not a snake person.   I totally understand the need for snakes~rodent removal, other snake removal, and to give me an image for a creepy dream.  I get it.  But I do not like to see them or be near them.

I am always watching out for snakes.  

Rightly so, as we live in rattlesnake country.  Back to the snake Bill said he saw.  Bill saw the snake in one of the tires we have for our raised beds. Once he saw the snake he knew he would have to find it to comfort me that it was not a rattlesnake.   Bill was certain it was  a bull snake,  after 25 years he knew that anything about snake makes me a tad crazed, so he worked to prove to me what kind of snake he saw.

Yep, perfectly filled and ready to plant tires were emptied...

just to reassure me.   Now let me be clear, I did not want to touch this snake.
 I did get my camera for informative purposes only.


I did take these photos but squirmed a lot while doing so.

Bill thank you for not making me jump~this time.

Bill let this creeper go.


*small but important note~there is a snake is something that freaks me out no matter where I am.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's Friday!

Whenever things get you down...don't forget to look up.
 This was a recent up view from the Double Nickel.

This is a housewife version of the school game Stacking Cups!

I picked this you*tube link because the boy was pretty amazing
even though he was learning how!

We went to one of our favorite restaurants El Taco Tote the other day.
I have written about a previous visit here.
This is what I call a before diving in photo. 

We had First, Fourth and two guests with Bill and I.

Now to be fair...the food is absolutely this good and it merits 
what the next photo reveals.

the after photo.

I am not sure why I have this photo and wonder if I accidentally snapped 
a photo while closing the camera...

Recently I did take progress photos over the sink.

What is nice about this photo is in 25 years it rarely has looked so empty~
I wonder if the dishes miss hanging out at the sink?
On our trip to El Paso I had to go to my new favorite store.

El Paso Saddleblanket is simply amazing.  Be sure if you go to allow
for plenty of time as they have two very large buildings.

Don't forget the Sabbath~and take time to rest as everyone benefits from a bit of down time~

A day of rest was given to us by God, so rest in Him and regroup so you can work refreshed again.

Six days thou shalt labor and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, an all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:9-11

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath Mark 2:27 
Please have a safe weekend.   As we remember those that paid the ultimate price we need to be careful.  This weekend claims far too many lives.  Instead I pray we all take the time to appreciate the preciousness of our lives and that we live in a nation where some still don the uniform fully knowing what could be expected of them.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


I get the feeling I may take a few too many photos of the family.
The subjects comply but somehow or another the photo seems a bit off.

In case you can't identify the subjects~
my Bill is on the left and Second is on the right.

We stopped in to visit Second at work the other night~
I loved the sunset and snapped a photo...
and then took a few other photos
 profile please

 Bill with Second...

Monday, May 20, 2013

These are the best of days

~yep, I believe this.   You see, in spite of the criminals politicians that feel the need to use the IRS for their own gain...AND then position the same IRS to oversee about 47 points of Obamacare, life is in fact good.

I am deeply troubled by what will happen to even me, a peon in the system of Obamacare.   I am one of those Americans that has not only attended Tea Parties, but I have even spoken at one.  In addition, I am a bit of a sassy person and at the local county fair, when the Tea Party had a petition that needed signatures, I signed as John Hancock did all those years ago.   I signed my name as bold as John Hancock and will do so any time I see a petition that calls for less government and more personal responsibility.

I am NOT afraid.   I am not ashamed to cherish values that require my own effort to pursue happiness.

Before healthcare that President Obama implemented we on the farm had our awakening.  We began to address the simple but effective ways we could better our health.  We changed our diets a good deal.   We added exercise.  We add daily doses of vitamin D...oh and a seriously important thing we add gratitude to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for all that we have. 

That is why I can share this short clip.   I watched the birds for a while, then grabbed my camera.  I do appreciate that I can stop and watch the simple things.  Life is not to be hurried.  Life is a gift from our Creator.  We all will lose the battle with death.  We are all dying now, even though some of us may be on the fast track and others a bit slower, we will all die.

Why not pause and smell the roses, or like I did, watch the antics of a few birds on the farm?

May your week be lovely.  
I am going to close with a foodie photo as I can't help myself!
I made Bill a roast beef/turkey pastrami sandwich with onions and bell pepper.  
To eat you fold it to make it like a traditional sandwich.

Side of romaine, spinach, and cabbage salad with carrots, cranberries, and sunflower seeds,
and half an orange~I had the other with my own salad.

I think I need to mention that the peace and comfort I feel are not of my own doing but through God and His Son.  I spend time each day in the Bible and have taken from my time the peace to live life the way I do.  If you wish to have your own Bible to see what it says and why I have the comfort I do~please request your own free Bible here. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

All Because

As I was watering the outside plants I had a pretty amazing thought.  My sons, all now in their twenties are on their own.  Aside from advice on this or that and an occasional home cooked meal, they handle all of their needs and then offer to assist Bill and I when we need pure muscle.  The men have pretty much done everything on the farm as we moved to a place that had a base shell and needed lots of creativity.

I cannot minimize Fourth's role in the improving of the farm and home.  She too, has been a critical part in bringing our home to where it is today.

As each one moves on in their lives and perhaps creates their own families, they will all have a tremendous sense of ownership and satisfaction in how the farm looks.  I can almost hear the conversations that will occur down the road on how hard it was to dig out hundreds and hundreds of mesquite...with a pick ax and muscle.  I imagine how each of the children will share their part in ripping up horrible floors, insulation and what not, and then replacing it with the tile and wood flooring we have today.  As with every project lots of laughter filled the house~with the floor projects we had topics that dealt with the finding a crime scene to the entire made up back story.  The farm's previous owner was an eccentric woman that had a good deal of pets in the home...

The clothesline was put in pretty early in our farm journey.  For the kids, it has been a stop station for pull-ups as they go about their outdoor activities. 

No one likes how sheep make you smell.  That is a universal gross out.   Everyone can make the turkey gobble with their own sound trigger.  All of us enjoy the dogs and cats.  Shearing sheep manually was a bridge we crossed and so all can say they partook...

The rights of passage for the kids include fairly extensive animal care training.  We have assisted in birthing lambs, kids, cats, and pups.  We have cared for sick critters,  maintained hoof health, and have set the limb of a billy goat to name a few of the things we have done.

Each of us has a ram story.  Mine was typical of anyone in any setting.  I forgot that the ram has horns because of their docile nature and with my lack of memory I had an elevating experience.  I was rammed a good 8 feet. 

All of us can reflect upon the butchering.  In times where many don't know where their food comes from, here the kids all can look back and appreciate the life they gave the animal...and with that life we all knew the end game.   It did not make us callous as we do not butcher every day.  It made us appreciate that each has a place.   We name practically everything and while here each is absolutely free ranging organic eating critter.  None of us wanted to butcher.  None of us likes the smell of a butchered hen.

Walking out the door to gather dinner has been something that may seem simple but has been tremendous for me as a parent.  I have taken the kids to a level that I never considered when we first began homeschooling.  We allowed each one to see that with hard work...nothing can become something.  With a smidgen of dreaming, a heck of a lot of sweat, and the unity we have as a family nothing was impossible.  Well to be sure to anyone that is a new visitor...we begin all of our thanks to God...as He can do all things.  He can transform anyone, anywhere, anyhow.  And with that we as parents of four have worked hard to teach our children this.

Back to my sons.   Each one is on their own.  And each one is in a special relationship.   The times of teen years and training our children up is nearing an end and we are now uplifting them instead.  Our roles are changing, and we as parents now see that although we were not perfect while raising them, we were consistent and worked hard if we did falter, to bring the family together and refocus.  I have a feeling...that 2013 will be the beginning of new families that branch off on their own.  I have never sought fame, fortune, or even tried to be all that...but I have worked daily, if not hourly, to be the mom that leads each of her children to the next level.   Did I ever expect to reach this point? Nope...but as I see the branching begin, I am overjoyed and must once again say all of this...everything is because of God bringing a small town girl from the Midwest to a small town boy in Nevada together~

May each of my children seek God first and allow life to happen in spite of everything.  I believe with all my heart Romans 8:28 as I have our lives as a witness. 

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.

*photo credit Wall Art From the Heart

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Over and Under the Table

for the dining critters~see below.

Not much going on here on the farm as Washington DC has the corner on activity.  Back to the critters that have been tabled in~

On the table is the t-shirt rug as it continues to grow

The greening of the farm has brought together
strange dining buddies.

Can you see what is on the top right?  
The bottom left is Crazy Hen.  Someday I should share why
we call her Crazy. 

This was on the table yesterday as I made another batch of lip balm
In addition to the regular batch,
I made 6 with beet root powder to give a hint of pink or rose colored balm.

Now to Washington DC...I do believe maybe some in the media are 
seeing that the Emperor isn't wearing any clothes~I wonder if they will
do anything?


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Would You Like to Help~Updated

Bill and I fill a Bible request?   We have a request that is a bit more than one for the standard Bible that we give away on the farm. 

The request is for 12 Super Giant Print King James Bibles~even used ones.  This is for an overseas church requested by a pastor.   I have found the Bibles here...new. 

In addition this pastor would like a King James study Bible preferably a Dake or Thompson Chain Reference Bible.

If you would like to help in this order...we would send you the address and have you mail it directly to the pastor.

Let me know via an email or a comment here penofjen (at)yahoo(dot) com.

By the way, if you would like a free Bible mailed to you that is a standard Bible, please leave a comment here and we will mail one off to you. 

Oops I forgot and then added that this...is Post # 10 of Tuesday Ten!!

UPDATE~We need 11 super giant print KJ Bibles.  Thank you Patti!!!

Creative is as Creative does

to kind of borrow from Forrest Gump
On our trip last November to Mesa Arizona, we went to a side of the way place in the middle of nowhere.  The place was loaded with the most unique of creations.  All that I kept thinking as I walked around the place was~ no matter what if one is creative they will find a way to express themselves.

For the record~this rooster was taller than me.

Tuesday Ten post #9

Homemade Cleaner

I use this cleaner in place of a single use and toss wipe cleaner.  It is very easy to make with ingredients that are not harmful to you or your home.

I saved the old bleach wipes containers.
2 cups distilled water
1 tbsp Castile soap
5-8 drops of peppermint essential oil (or oil of your choice)
cut up old t-shirt as your wipes (that you wash and reuse)

Mix together the first three ingredients.  Do not put the t-shirt wipes in the container 
but dampen in solution when you are cleaning.  Wring it out before using. I never dip in the water solution with the same cloth twice as to keep the solution clean of any germs/bacteria etc.  

This is an excellent cleaner for every room.

If you use this cleaning process to clean the bathroom use pre-marked wipes (that you label B-for bathroom).  This way you never use the wipe in the kitchen. Never double dip the wipes.  Don't forget!

Tuesday Ten Post #8

Double Nickel Desert Dessert

tonight was quick and easy cheesecake.
 First step: crush 1 sleeve of graham crackers
add about 1 tbsp sugar

Second Step: Melt 1/4 cup butter
Pour on crushed graham cracker crumbs and sugar
Mix well

Remember my Tortilla Bites?   Since I used the pan earlier, I thought
why not use it to make the dessert?
Third Step: press about 1.5 tbsp of graham cracker mixture in each cup.
I greased each cup on the sides so the mini's wouldn't stick.

Fourth Step:  Blend together
1 cheesecake pack 
1 tub of cool whip and 
1 tbsp lemon juice
Add equal servings to the graham cracker mixture
Chill for about 30 minutes.

Step Five: remember to take photo before you serve
Watch Bill eat two before they make it to the above plate.
Watch Bill take cupcake pan to table.

Tuesday Ten post #7

Double Nickel Dinner

was leftovers...sigh~lol.
We had enchiladas on Mother's Day made by Fourth...  
Yesterday I made Bill dinner using the chicken enchilada leftovers.  Today I took the leftover beef enchiladas cut them up into bite size pieces.  Then I sauteed diced onions and roasted chiles.  When the onions and chiles were ready, I added the diced up beef enchilada mix (for the record the enchiladas were made with corn tortillas).  I let the enchilada leftovers cook for about ten minutes and filled a flour tortilla with the mix.  Lastly, heated the tortilla on the comal until each side was crunchy toasted. 

I served the remix with the leftover rice and beans.  
Cabbage and Salsa round out the plate.
Tuesday Ten post # 6

Late Lunch

When a quesadilla won't cut it~I make tortilla bites.

If you can ignore my not so Martha Stewart cupcake pan I will share the recipe
What you need...
* take 1 1/3 flour tortillas~cut the tortilla into three strips, then cut the strips in thirds.
grease the cupcake pan...
* have a mixed sauce on hand~I used plain old tomato sauce which in the US is not ketchup
* I then added a bit of mozzarella cheese
* and my favorite ingredient~ diced onions

aside from the temperature I don't think I need to give assembly instructions~
Bake at 350F until the tortilla edges lightly brown.

I served the bites with a dipping bowl of salsa!

 Post # 5 of Tuesday Ten

Ten Things

that may not be common in your home...that are common in my home.  Whenever someone says diversity, I worry.   I get the impression that in these times when diversity is said it means anything besides white and any religion besides Christianity.  I am against the forced diversity that the Left pushes upon us.  I am for diversity like this post shares.

With that...here are ten photos taken a few minutes ago that may reveal how similar or different you may be to those of us on the farm!

These items are used every day and the ketchup is used once in a while.
Tapatio, Valentina, Salsa

Corn and flour tortillas. 
 We use far more tortillas than bread~
and we warm them on a comal (look under the jars in the first photo).

We defrost roasted chiles weekly 

We buy our New Mexico chile powder in bags like this
With the abundance of chiles, some are pickled.
 This jar has jalapeno's, Serranos,  habeneros, and Anaheim chile's 
with some garlic.

This is a common pasta in our home.  We eat fideo often.

These three items are used in many of the foods we eat daily.

Peel it, slice it and top with the items in the previous photo! Yum!

The top item is a pepper and we do not eat as many peppers
as we eat chiles.  The bottom items are serranos.

Though our nation is made up of many diverse peoples
we are unified because we are Americans.

In case you were counting I only have nine photos so far.
Number ten is something I received several years ago for Mother's Day 
from Fourth.
I confess the soda ring made me smile when she gave it
to me.  This heart button gift my inspiration when I made my centerpiece for
the table~see here.

Post # 4 of Tuesday Ten