"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Monday, October 28, 2013

And the week begins

Ten photos from the Double Nickel farm files.   They are in no particular order but I wanted to begin my week smiling.  
The kids with Bill's dad nearly 14 years ago.


The kids about 9 years ago.


I love this photo!

My handsome sons a few years ago.


The kids a couple years ago.

Love this photo too and am going to use this one as a before and
after!


My sons...love this photo too.

Waiting to pick up First from airport...can you guess where
he was stationed?


Almost time for the annual photo and this one was taken in 2006

Bill's mom in red,  aunt in yellow and the kids a few years ago.

About this time every year I begin thinking about the annual photo
and reflect upon the previous year.  This year the annual photo will
be so different from every other photo we have taken~and I for one
cannot wait.


*correction on title I had weeks instead of week!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Update Post

to this post~Little Did I know.  

One of the two that got engaged this year is Third!   Here are two photos from the past few weeks of Third and his sweetie.


The cuties!
The big day is just around the corner and we are
all very excited for them.

 
  
This photo has a story I love.  Last week the couple went to southern 
California with her parents. While walking alone on the shore 
they wanted a photo and began checking out who they thought 
could take one for them.   Finally Third saw a young man that 
he thought could and they asked him.  It was so funny, because 
the man ended up taking about 30 photos of them, telling them 
how to pose, what  to do...and finally capturing this lovely photo. 
They do not know who he was~so this photo is credited to the 
kindness of a stranger!


For smiles~Bill is going to be the one that marries them!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Five


 I found a board outside from our rough cut lumber
and decided to paint a sign.  In case you have forgotten,

Almost finished photo of my daughter's birthday 
present.  You have seen the squares before here.


As one that loves onions, I pickled a good deal of onions this year.
Pickled onions are absolutely amazing!
 
  
Yesterday I canned beets, and needed two more jars
to fill the pressure canner, so I prepped and canned two
jars of carrots as well.  What to do with the peelings?

If you have read my blog for any amount of time,
you know I work very hard to use every thing and 
times they go in the slop bucket for the chickidoodles,
and today...
 
I am going to make carrot cookies.   I do use butter
instead of margarine, and I do not have shortening
so I will be using butter for that too.

That's it for Friday Five.

Have a lovely weekend and remember that 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

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blast From the Past Part 831

And random as can be so enjoy!
First garden at our rental before we moved to the farm.
Note the gallon jugs as mini green houses!
2007
Here's the same plot a bit later. We grew so many things
all from seed.  It was just enough to build our confidence
to moving to the farm!

Blast from the oldie Bill files.
 l-r Bill, his mom, and brother A.

During our homeschool years.  We had Where in the world
dinners.  We would study the area and have an attempt to try
something from that place.
I did offer forks~in case!

From a few years ago file.
l-r First, Third, Second holding Fourth, Bill's dad, Bill.

Oh and I know I have shared this one before, but I do love it.
From 1996.  Fourth was still on oxygen. 
My wee ones may not be so small anymore, but oh how
they have my heart.

Sometimes the past is a scary place for folks to be, because of hardships or sad memories.  Oftentimes we forget that today~will be a day that we will borrow upon at some point in the future.  Knowing that sometimes is enough to help me make the day the best it can be~even if I am still in my flannel pjs. 


On the Stovetop

I have been pressed to have more ready to eat meals in my pantry so I have been canning some very simple soups. 

This is a ground beef, potato, and corn soup.  I make the soup with cooked ground beef seasoned with cumin, Mexican oregano, garlic, onion, and New Mexican chili powder.  I add a can of tomato sauce for every cup of corn, potatoes, and beef.  I add four cups of water.   Simple right?

I am going to label these and then put in the pantry.  

Oh to serve~we like to heat it until it thickens and serve with corn tortillas!  Yum.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This, That, and The Other

I haven't done a This, That, and The Other post in a while, so enjoy!

 This is how most of my photos look. 
I take a zillion photos to get one that turns out.
I know that my photography skills are not the best~
BUT in truth it is because of the antics of the subjects, 
that requires so many.

By the way, THIS is why I love being a mom so much!

That was on the table a few weeks ago.  Now it is complete
and resting upon Fourth's bed as it was her birthday present from 
me.  That was the annual gift this year to each of the kids:
a granny square quilt.

And the other~the wood is ready.  The weather is ready
and the time is nearly right to light a fire in the woodstove.
As the other bit of information is that the farmhouse is
heated solely on wood heat. 

I actually am a tad chilly this morn and I am ever so fashionable in 
flannel pj's and a heavy sweatshirt as I type!
Colder temps seem to have arrived and it is time
to pull out the quilts for the beds,
 the shirtjacks for the farm crew,
and the snuggly slippers for me!
 

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Brother

finished his movie and it is ready for the world to watch. 
 


 To watch the movie click on Curtis & Dave are Dead


About my brother John.  My brother John has been known as UJ for my kids from the beginning.  The kids took Uncle John and shortened it from day one and UJ became UJ forever more.


My first memories of John resemble the photo below.  Wherever he was, I knew I could have fun.  Every family compartmentalizes each person and John has been the one I call the smart one in the family.  I think his reading the encyclopedia's triggered me to do the same.  I sure hope I did not offend any of the other siblings...because ps, they are all pretty darn smart. 
Funny I say that because Dorkese is a language John and I are fluent in and I pity the NSA vault recordings of our conversations.  Correction~ maybe someone will think we are speaking in code because who is that dorky?  
 
When I was a teen I realized that John wanted to write and direct movies.  When he has down time from that he paints.  I also consider him the artist of the family~and heck the rest of the group are pretty artistic too. It almost seems like I am running for office with my pandering to the siblings!

Anyhow, I wanted to share about UJ to my readers.  The movie is PG-13 and is a perfect movie for this month.  Not to get too cheesy, but I love my brother.  I probably don't say that enough to him as we get so sidetracked asking each other what be happening and the likes, so I will take the time now to do so.  I love you John.   I have known you all my life and you have been pretty much there for every great memory I have.  Heck...I even gave you the bestest present ever because you are you!


ABOUT CURTIS & DAVE ARE DEAD

"I had been mulling a story involving these three memorable characters, and I gave them the same stock names I always use when plotting a story: Jake, Sam, and Sarah. They eventually evolved into Curtis, Dave, and Beja well into the process," says John C. Gibson, the writer and director of CURTIS & DAVE ARE DEAD.
In late 2009, I was online, don't remember the website, when I saw a link titled something like, 'Man Dressed As Turkey Attacked by Coyote in Parking Lot!' I had no choice but to click, and there I discovered the fascinating world of the Shaytards," says Gibson. "The Shaytards is a Youtube channel detailing the lives of a young family. When I saw the coyote attack video the family was Shaycarl, Mommytard, Sontard, Princesstard, Babytard, a black Great Dane named Malachi, and their extended families. Great family, great channel," says Gibson. "The family's grown since then and they are still a pleasure to watch. Definitely check them out."
Shortly after Gibson's Shaytards discovery, Paranormal Activity was released on DVD. "I was impressed with what Oren Peli had accomplished with Paranormal Activity," says Gibson, "all on a budget of $15,000, I believe. Many of these found footage movies seem to me to have unsympathetic characters, with a lot of dead space in between the major plot points, but Peli's was the opposite. Katie and Micah were eminently likable, and it was enjoyable watching their interplay as the terror unfolded."
"Remember, this was late 2009, and the economy was still in tatters from the meltdown in the fall of 2008," says Gibson, "and the situation was the same for the fictional characters, Curtis, Dave, and Beja living in my head. Like a lot of young Americans they were unemployed and unable to find work, so they decided to emulate the Shaytards and make their own. They started a Youtube channel and called their fictional world within a fictional world, 'The Kingdom of Cobbville.' Their plan was to make money from ads and selling merchandise, like T-shirts and hats. Of course, soon things started to go terribly wrong."
"It was the combination of these two shows, the Shaytards and Paranormal Activity, and the terrible economy, which laid the structural foundations of CURTIS & DAVE ARE DEAD," says Gibson, "the Shaytards, with the genuinely nice family who interact with their fans, speak directly into the camera and break the fourth wall. Paranormal Activity, a found footage movie that isn't just a series of terror plot points separated by vast plains of nothingness. And the economy and lack of employment, which led to the creation of Curtis, Dave, and Beja's Youtube channel, which naturally explains why there are multiple cameras present to record the sometimes funny and ultimately tragic events that follow. Now I just had to write the damned screenplay."
- See more at: http://curtisanddavearedead.com/html/presskit.html#sthash.NSab0nsq.dpuf

ABOUT CURTIS & DAVE ARE DEAD

"I had been mulling a story involving these three memorable characters, and I gave them the same stock names I always use when plotting a story: Jake, Sam, and Sarah. They eventually evolved into Curtis, Dave, and Beja well into the process," says John C. Gibson, the writer and director of CURTIS & DAVE ARE DEAD.
In late 2009, I was online, don't remember the website, when I saw a link titled something like, 'Man Dressed As Turkey Attacked by Coyote in Parking Lot!' I had no choice but to click, and there I discovered the fascinating world of the Shaytards," says Gibson. "The Shaytards is a Youtube channel detailing the lives of a young family. When I saw the coyote attack video the family was Shaycarl, Mommytard, Sontard, Princesstard, Babytard, a black Great Dane named Malachi, and their extended families. Great family, great channel," says Gibson. "The family's grown since then and they are still a pleasure to watch. Definitely check them out."
Shortly after Gibson's Shaytards discovery, Paranormal Activity was released on DVD. "I was impressed with what Oren Peli had accomplished with Paranormal Activity," says Gibson, "all on a budget of $15,000, I believe. Many of these found footage movies seem to me to have unsympathetic characters, with a lot of dead space in between the major plot points, but Peli's was the opposite. Katie and Micah were eminently likable, and it was enjoyable watching their interplay as the terror unfolded."
"Remember, this was late 2009, and the economy was still in tatters from the meltdown in the fall of 2008," says Gibson, "and the situation was the same for the fictional characters, Curtis, Dave, and Beja living in my head. Like a lot of young Americans they were unemployed and unable to find work, so they decided to emulate the Shaytards and make their own. They started a Youtube channel and called their fictional world within a fictional world, 'The Kingdom of Cobbville.' Their plan was to make money from ads and selling merchandise, like T-shirts and hats. Of course, soon things started to go terribly wrong."
"It was the combination of these two shows, the Shaytards and Paranormal Activity, and the terrible economy, which laid the structural foundations of CURTIS & DAVE ARE DEAD," says Gibson, "the Shaytards, with the genuinely nice family who interact with their fans, speak directly into the camera and break the fourth wall. Paranormal Activity, a found footage movie that isn't just a series of terror plot points separated by vast plains of nothingness. And the economy and lack of employment, which led to the creation of Curtis, Dave, and Beja's Youtube channel, which naturally explains why there are multiple cameras present to record the sometimes funny and ultimately tragic events that follow. Now I just had to write the damned screenplay."
- See more at: http://curtisanddavearedead.com/html/presskit.html#sthash.NSab0nsq.dpuf
CBrickner

Here is UJ doing what he loves to do. 

The worms

crawled in~the worms crawled out. 
I gathered a good deal of the green tomatoes to make a 
chutney and found myself singing a childhood song in
the process!

Yum~for the worm.
Yum~for the chickens.
Not so much for the peeps.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Life

isn't perfect.  I mean the World's Biggest Chili is miles from the Double Nickel, yet I never saw it until a weekend ago.   How did I miss this?

Fortunately, my driver~also known as Bill~ turned around so I could
snap a photo or two.

Yep...a photo or two, because a place that claims the world's biggest 
chili...MUST have an awesome vehicle!

  
I hear it runs on Scoville units!

Friday, October 11, 2013

My daughter began her day on 18th street

searching for something in the cubby between the seats.

As the sight in her rear view mirror was this~



and she was pulled over for the first time in her short driving career. 

Sigh.
  
She was with her brother and a friend looking brave...


On the passenger side of the truck...

And on the driver's side of the truck.

All that looking for license and registration, and what? 
Surprise!


She was handed something.

The sign says "Remember, it isn't always as bad as it seems!
Thus begins your birthday scavenger hunt.
Have fun, be safe!
18 is only the beginning."
ps...smile for the photo.
flip over for next clue
 What's black and white and read all over?
The Alamogordo Daily News!

The card said
Your story is yet to be written...
and as your story unfolds, it can change daily.
(this card also had a three columns about Fourth in
newspaper style)


As with the first, the clue for the next place was on the back of the card.
"Blues Clues---Hope you have your handy dandy notebook,
the place you are going rhymes with
True Plenty Fun!"

Rue 21!
The card is a gift card for a future visit at a shop she likes.
On the back of the card was the clue:
"Your silly brother had his first job in NM at this location."

Well hotdog, this coupon is a coupon for a monthly lunchdate
with Dad. What will you order?  A Windy City?  A Caliche Dog?
No matter, no mind, 
as this is special time
with Dad and his little girl.

The clue on the back was
"Super easy to find~its your business!"
(Fourth, since the time we moved to NM, called 
this business her business~so she knew!)


Back of the card for the next clue:
"Brother where art thou?  It's not an emergency and don't call
911.  But for goofs and giggles track down Dad's look alike son!"


 Rub a dub dub
3 brothers in a tub
and who do you think they be?
An ER tech
a Fireman
and of course a Deputy!

Clue on back:
"Boy oh boy another clue,
How shall I tell you 
what shall you do?
Well head on over to S's*  
new workplace...
steady pace."

* a special person S works here

Going in a bit undercover!

Reading her card...
JC Penney gift card coupon
for an amazing daughter!
You have brightened our days 
widened our smiles
and captured our hearts!

Clue on back of card:
"We need you to drive 
near where the animals thrive.
Then head next door where the green grass grows
and the cottonwoods are tall
and where many go to picnic.

Look around far and wide...
check high and low, 
for your family that loves you so!"


(One of the community parks is near the zoo)


I didn't take many photos at the park.
We had a picnic as she wanted Mexican food for her special day.
I made green chili, beef and potato burritos, salad, chips, salsa, 
watermelon, and of course a cake.  It was an avalanche cake.
Have you ever had one?  An avalanche cake is a cake that sits in
the vehicle and the top slips off the bottom as it was warm in the car!  

My daughter wanted something different this year for her birthday.

I think she had a different birthday for sure, and golly why not?
I mean you only turn 18 once!