"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, February 24, 2014

This~That~and the Other

Yep, it's time for a this, that, and the other post. I haven't been blogging much lately. The weather has been pretty lovely, I am busy with indoor planting trays, I am studying, and I am enjoying life.

This past week reminded me of my parents.  My mom died three years ago on the 19th of February.  My dad's birthday was the 20th of February.


 Mom loved the cream horns you can buy from the grocery store deli. 
 
photo credit Walmart
I bought some cream horns the other day as I was thinking of her and how she would buy a pack when she would get groceries.  When we would unload the groceries she would say something like, "someone sold me an open pack,"  as one was always missing! 

My dad would have turned 75 if things were different.  Instead he was killed in Vietnam when he was 28. 


That brings me to my next photo.  Dad was killed before I was born.  I had little understanding of what a dad could be like, until I began having children.
Bill has been a wonderful dad to our cutie pies.   The above photo is from Friday night at the Emergency Room.  That seems to be the new almost family reunion place, as 6 of our now 8 members of the family met up.   

Now on to the Other.   Other as in Face*book photos folks have posted.

Seriously.
 
Says the granddog Athena.
Athena
 

Seriously.
 Life is filled with this, that, and the other.  I pray you all have this day to love others that are around you.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

And the Garden of 2014

is officially started.  I have refrained from sharing our temperatures as a good number of Americans are still battling winter but I cannot hold back anymore.  We have been in the high 70's for several days.   It is 73F (22. 78 C) now, and the doors are open and the sprinkler is busy.

  
This is from my garden a few years ago.
This year I am planning on expanding once again.  Bill and I walk around the property and the gardens and we plan often.   Here is a partial list of what we are going to grow this year:
Flowers: 
Allysum~Carpet Snow and Royal Carpet
Bells of Ireland
Cosmos~Bright Lights mix and Purity White
Forget-Me-Not
Malva(Hollyhock)~Zebrina
Dahlia~Unwin's Mixed Colors
Verbena~Mixed Colors
Zinnia~ Peppermint Stick, Persian Carpet, Scarlet Red, Giant Violet Queen

Edibles:
Sweet Pepper
Pepperoncini
Spanish Padron
Cabbage~Ferry's Round Dutch
Cucumbers~Homemade Pickles
Cherry Tomatoes
Melon~ Piel de Sapo, Top Mark,
Pumpkins~Casper, Giant

Misc:
Luffa

Now this list is in the early stages as all that I am posting are what I have in pots thus far.  My indoor growing is late this season as the end of 2013 was quite busy for the Farm family!  Updates to this will be often as I use the garden posts to follow our progress and improvement each year.

Our raised beds are tires and the color theme for the tires is from this interesting peacock creation that
Bill and I saw on our trip to Mesa, Arizona.  Clearly I am revealing something about the inner workings of my brain~so enjoy pondering that for a few minutes and let me know what your diagnosis of me is!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

How to make your sweetie smile

You leave love notes by his next project.
Which then allows him to respond in kind
Which makes your heart burst and you must send him another message
Which then makes your sweetie send another note

Isn't love grand?
 

End of Week Review

As the week comes to a close I have a few thoughts about the past week. 

We did our taxes the other day.  Oh boy...we were asked if we have medical insurance.  I sat there and smiled and thought about a few things.  Every single person that has ever been has something in common with me.  They have or will die, as will I.  Death has no requirements aside from the fact that you must be alive first.  Most Americans die in their 70's to 80's.  Some die as a brand new model and others are so wrinkled, so worn, so old and haggard that you wonder what they haven't done while here.  With or without insurance, I am going to die.  If I smoke, drink, and live a rough life,  I am not guaranteed an early death or a sickly life, any more than if I eat write, abstain from cigarettes and alcohol means that I will live a long and healthy life. 

I have one place that I rest in.  I have one place that my confidence is placed in, and that is God.   When the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) rolled off the tongues of our elected officials, promises were made about insuring the 15 million or so that did not have health care by making it affordable to all.  Now many Americans seemed to like this promise not realizing that making this affordable to some is impossible without increasing prices to the rest.   But that was even incorrect.  Now we have seen at least 5+ million Americans that have lost their current insurance (remember the if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance promise), and still many of those that were uninsured before Obamacare are still uninsured.  I have shared before that America owes me nothing yet I owe America the promise that I accept that I have the right to pursue happiness

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. 

I take this very serious.  I live a life that many worldwide would love to have.  Now I am not bragging or suggesting that I am all that.  In fact, if you have read this blog for very long, you know that I am far from having room to brag too much, and heck, I am a middle aged woman living in the scrub desert of New Mexico and I am just goofy enough to be convinced that I live on a farm.

I pray we will be able to return to some common sense in this nation and STOP this crazy notion that those that are not in the 1% bracket are in some way cheated.  Enough already.  America is an incredible nation and many of us that have been born here have no idea how great she truly is.  I promise you that my in-laws understood what a grand beacon she was.   As to forcing Americans to pay for another...take a moment and read what is under my header photo.  We will always have the poor, and taking from another to give to the poor seems to create a dependent mentality instead of a mentality of striving to improve one's life.  (Please remember I am not against charitable giving, caring for the elderly, the widows or the orphans AND my farm family lives in a bracket that is on the low end of financial wealth-although we have not seen ourselves as poor).

~Now on to something different!  I love a verse in Proverbs that I thought I would share. 
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6
As my children continue to grow(funny to say as they are all adults), this verse truly is powerful.  The above verse doesn't suggest that your children will be perfect.  At times, one may wonder as a parent if the prayers, the training, and faith placed in God, the family, and parenting, are for naught.  I am  most certainly one of those parents.  But I never have given up.  I pray for my children daily, and sometimes many times a day.  I have prayed for my children's spouses, long before we knew who they are, and I have never stopped training them.  Now though it is much easier.  My life has been the first example.  I show through example that I am not perfect, yet work daily to live a life for God.

As this day is coming to an end, I can say that every single week, Bill and I spend time with all of our children.  It is now like a date with each of them as they are grown and have full time jobs, go to college, and for two of them have significant others that are now significant to Bill and I.   Today, we had time with our oldest and his sweetie pie.  I am still smiling at how I am seeing Proverbs 22:6 is correct and for that I am thankful.  It is never too late to be the example to your children.  It is never too late to share Truths in their lives, and even more important it is never too late for you to discover Truth.  If you would like a Bible sent to you from the Double Nickel Farm as a gift from us, to be able to find the precious truth of the Word, please leave a comment here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

For Bill

(This is from 2013...and I liked it so much I thought I would repost it with a few updates)

My Handsome Bill, 
I know you will stop by the blog today so I thought I would write you a note. Yep~for the world to see.  As I have pondered the years we have had together, I wonder how it could be 25 years, as it seems like yesterday when we met.

I knew the moment I saw you that I was going to be your wife.
I never considered any other possibility.
I am stubborn that way.

I cannot imagine a day without you~even if we are busy doing separate projects, I must know you are near.
I never realized before I was married how incomplete I was,
Until I met you.

We never set out to be anything more than us.
Yet, in that simplicity, we became more.
And because of that we will live beyond our years.

All because...two people...fell...in love.

My heart races minutes before you arrive home.
My vanity requires a check in the mirror.
All because I only care how I look...for you.

We have traveled near and far.
And set up life in places I could have never dreamed of.
All because~whither thou goest.

Oft times words aren't needed.
A look says a thousand words.
All because.

You have made my life complete...if I can borrow from a Kenny Rogers song.
They shall be one...if I can borrow from Genesis.
All because.

All because...two people...fell...in love.

To my sweetest Bill, thank you for the best 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  2013 2014*

ps~I love you forever and a day

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sledding Southern New Mexico Style

As I shared before, the Mystic Mud family visited the farm on the way to Arizona. They stayed an extra day so that we could take the family to White Sands, and here are some photos of the day.
I loved this photo because there are 8 of the Mud gang
in it.  The kids all were content in discovering the White Sands
while there so having 8 in one shot was pretty cool.
 
I save plastic food containers for trips to the White Sands!
The boy in front was the castle builder.  All of the kids built 
or created things in the sands, but this little guy saw an
entire historic castle with all the inhabitants...and then proceeded
to create what he saw in his mind.  I was ever so impressed!
 
You can see the sled trail.  It takes a few runs down
the dunes to get a good path.  The problem is always the 
climb back up the hill and stepping in the smooth path!
 
Round two of burying this goof in the sand.  The youngest
kept putting sand in his ears and eyes on the first attempt.  
Note the clever idea of turning his sweatshirt around to protect 
his face!!

The Mystic Mud gang are quite the thinkers.  I really loved
watching them as their minds were in high gear~as they played!
Oldest on left, youngest on right, and wise hooded buried
goof in middle.  Can you see his hands?

The third oldest made this flag...I shared before
how touched I was by this act.  

The flag does brighten this part of the castle~doesn't it?
I still think that the youngest believed that he
was in snow.  Not as cold of snow as he is used to, 
but snow.  He ended up having his own kiddie hill
with my handsome Bill as the ski lift, and downhill push.

 
Can you see how vast this little guy's castle was?
I think from this point forward...this castle is the challenge 
to build upon!
 
The picnic table...and note the mark in the sand.
 This was the marker for the farthest sled down the hill
and on the flats.  The competition was fierce.  
Waxing the bottom of the sleds makes all the difference.
I take candles and the kids really learned how waxing increased
their distance and man oh man, the line for the candle was long!

 
This little cutie pie needed a small break.  I cannot tell
you how many times she climbed the hill to then slide down 
super fast!  I made this makeshift rest station...which she sat
in~pretty much only for the photo and then ran up the hill!
Oh they all had so much energy!

And here the Mystic Mud gang is just before we headed home.

Thanks Mystic Mud for having such an incredible gang of children.
Bill and I enjoyed spending time with you and yours!

*I am going to post separately the video of the sledding so those that have never seen sand sledding
can see one of the Mystic Mud littles sliding down the dune.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Five

It's Friday once again and time for Friday five!  These are from the oldie files and one new one.
Although I used to hang laundry outside in the winter I haven't
for the last two years.  Now I hang laundry inside in the woodstove room!

I am not sure I have ever taken a photo of my inside lines~as yes, I have
three lines inside.  The bonus with indoor lines during the winter is 
added moisture!  


It's parsley...plain old parsley that I dried from the garden.

Simple Hanukkah decor for the window with pipe cleaners and ribbon.


I received this in an email.  Oh boy do I remember those days.
 
  
Photo Credit Alamogordo Daily News
My thanks to the local volunteer firefighters in the community that respond 
anytime of the day or night.   



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mystic Mud Visits Double Nickel Farm Part 2

the five oldest Mud Crew.  In this post I am going to share about the next five. 

6th- He was the first one I really got to know, as he is definitely the front man! He is fast, smart, and he made me laugh so much.  He also is without fear.  After meeting Bill and I for just a few minutes, he had decided to camp out in the room by us.   He is as comfortable in the crowd of older kids as he is with the younger kids.  And you should see him tackle ANYTHING.  I don't think he will ever see anything as an obstacle!  Although I am really not a fan of politicians, I would be if 6th ever decided to run for a political office.  He seems like he would not be afraid to do what is right no matter what the situation.  He is definitely that tactful.  He also is an outdoorsy young man!

7th-was a whirlwind of fresh air!  7th is so lovely and confident in every situation.  She too, opted to camp out in the room by Bill and I.  She allowed Bill to 'make' a sleeping bag for her with a comforter and giggled at how inventive it was.   She is a happy person and makes it hard not too smile when she is around.  Oh and 7th is fearless and a contender for most willing to take on a challenge.  7th did not wish to miss out on anything and embraced every moment as if it was the most important moment of her life!

8th-is the oldest of the second set of twins.  He truly was all boy.  8th reminds me of 3rd in his thinking.  8th is incredibly smart and from the moment I met him felt like I was speaking with someone far older.  He is one that takes in the big picture so he can then focus on the details.   He built a castle in the White Sands that was so detailed that I wanted to visit it.  He had a working farm outside the initial castle walls, and then added a pyramid up the hill a bit.  He saw the people that lived in his castle, he had roads for them, and occupations for them to head to...all the while, I don't think he has lost any of his teeth.  Yep, 8th although young in age is incredibly intelligent!  

9th-youngest of twin set number 2!  He too, is all boy.  The stereotypical boy with his pockets loaded down with rocks, frogs, and matchbox cars fits 9th to a T!  9th also is without fear, and kept me laughing at what he was going to do next.  I have tried to remember if I ever saw him without a smile, and I can only see him with a smiling face.  He gives 100% in everything he does and he is one that looks beyond and sees more in life.  He is super competitive while accepting a loss with ease~and takes a loss as a challenge accepted to improve the next time around.  9th also is one that makes you want to snuggle bug.  He is adorable and sweet.

10th~what can I say about 10th?  I guess I should say what can't I say about tenth? He is 2 and such a goofy, sweet, magnetic little guy.  Oh and boy is he verbal!  He loves trains~well he loves pretty much everything and seeing the world through his eyes has been a real joy.   He was not convinced that the sand at White Sands was sand.  He thought it was snow and when we all piled out and began walking to the sand he broke into song~and not just any song~but a Christmas carol.  He sang Jingle Bells and my heart melted.  Imagine never seeing white sand but knowing what snow is, and what happens while it is snowy!  I love 10th and enjoyed how everyone else loved him too.  He was included in everything and enjoyed everything.  

I confess that at times the world makes one feel down and gloomy...and the reality of life is that it may be, but also the world is filled with folks that are like the Mystic Mud gang and therefore, the world is not a bad place after all.

I am thankful Bill and I were able to meet this family and we look forward to seeing them again in our future!

Mystic Mud Visits Double Nickel Farm Part 1

The MM gang were traveling through New Mexico on their way to their grandpa's house and made a quick but wonderful stop at the farm!

 I have shared about Michele, the blogger behind Mystic Mud, before.   The family moved to the mountains of Tennessee and Michele writes about their life, the family, and how they persevere in times of trials.   The past several months have been very hard for her family.  Michele shared her sweet baby Finn with all of us...and we all grieved when he could battle no more.  

I wished many times I was closer to the family, so that I could do something, anything.

When Michele announced she was traveling to Arizona and was hoping to find places to stop along the way, Bill and I offered our place and Tuesday night the Mystic Mud gang arrived!

Michele has sweet nicknames for each one of these amazing children for her blog, so
I was thrilled to learn their actual names and get to know each one of them!
For the blog world the names of Mud crew will be numbers~at least here on the farm
as I cannot be sure I will put the proper Mystic Mud nickname with each child!



 This gang of goofs stole Bill's and my hearts! We were humbled at how comfortable, kind, generous, and smart these kids were. 

I must share with you something about each one. I am going to use birth order once again...

1st~He is the oldest~18.  He is kindhearted and smart.  He was sweet to the littles and spent a good while talking to my Second.  1st is a natural carpenter.  Oh if we could borrow him for a few days, I would be in heaven as he is so gifted.    He has plans for his future that involve an honest trade, but in truth, he could do anything he wanted~the sky is the limit for him, as he can do anything.  He is a great leader as well as compassionate.

2nd~she is 16.  She is a lover of nature, and I was immediately drawn in to her when she began to share of her love of rocks.  If you remember, I am a major rockhound.  I had a cookbook about cooking  in the wild, and she began reading it.  She is a reader too!  Sweet 2nd is a good listener, kind and has an incredible smile.  I see her future filled in any way as well, although I wouldn't be surprised in she wrote a book about the outdoors and/or worked in a park ranger position someday.  

3rd~let me tell you about 3rd.  The night they arrived it was late.  I tried quite hard to memorize the kids names, and I could not, for the life of me, remember his name.  It kind of kept me up.  I saw his face and could remember Einstein~the nickname for him on Mystic Mud but not his name.  Let me say this~I did not forget him.  3rd is a gentleman.  His heart is bursting with so much.  He is quiet until he is ready to speak and then he is quite animated.  Third is a problem solver as well.  One of the littles needed a flag made for a sandcastle, and 3rd quietly walked away and then in about three minutes came back and gave his little brother a perfect flag!  Oh my heart smiled at how simple this yet incredible this act was.  3rd is ever so noble.  Third will be the one that will invent something or find the cure for something~and probably both!!

4th~is a twin(Set #1). She is the older of the two.  4th-I am not exactly where to begin but I think I will say 4th is ever so loving.  She is tender, caring, compassionate and a momma to everyone in the family, and even was very much trying to make sure I was cared for too.  4th is a very good listener and has such a sweet voice.  I have meet many strong people in my life, you know the kind, able to endure, able to stand firm, able to be who they are in spite of anything, and 4th is one of these people.  She can do anything in the world because she knows who she is, AND with that she will be able to pick and chose her life path.

5th~is a twin to 4th.  He is filled with laughter, joy, and entertainment.  We all were happy to see his activities, but in truth, he loves life and is doing things for him, that as a side note we benefit from!  Very early after meeting 5th, I was not only smiling from ear to ear, but I could see a real future for him.   5th is also like his twin in being tender.  I mean that in a way that the world misses, as men, even when they are boys, should be tender.  5th is perfectly content to work alongside the older children, as well as holding, playing, or caring for the littles.   5th reminds me ever so much of my Third in his bold, fun personality.  5th reminds me of the actors and comedians of yesteryear~ and boy oh boy does his smile pull you in, hook, line, and sinker!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Post Title to be Announced Another Time

Now for some random photos~

Dang...if only I had thought of this.
I do love Pollyanna and I am thinking of getting some
of these for over the kitchen sink!

I transplanted this and am still enjoying the flowers inside!

I love Zinnia's and can't wait to begin planting for 2014!
 
 And finally winter.  I think you are over after the one day of snow you
gave us...sigh.

For the record, I am pretty sure that I am never going to come up with a new post title.