"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, October 31, 2014

The Random Life of a Housewife

These photos are a window to the randomness of my life...
Went to El Paso with half of the kiddos.  No room for the others as we
went to Costco.  Now that between the kids and Bill and I there are now 
4 homes, Costco is a great place to shop.  We can buy in bulk and cram 
pack the car!  In the rear~First, then Third and his sweetie pie.

Note to non-cat owners: leaving yarn or crochet projects out
are a no-no.  The yarn wrapped around the table leg, a chair,
and then across the school room, and ended up by the hallway near the
bathroom.  The guilty parties waited all night then when we began to 
clean up the yarn, proceeded to think it was time to play once again.

Yep, I have rocks in the sink.  I am an unashamed rock hound
and after a quick mountain get away I had to wash the recent
finds.  Each of these rocks has a fossil in it as I love fossils.
Sigh...poor Bill.  When we moved to the farm, there wasn't any
rocks, aside from a partially graveled lane.  Now~there are hundreds
and hundreds of rocks here.  Thanks to my cuties for helping me,
especially when I needed hard to uncover rocks dug out, and heavy ones
lifted by super muscular young men!
Several times a year one of the greatest hunters
(who incidentally doesn't like to hunt), showcases her skill: 
as the world's greatest spider catcher .  There is an understanding
that if a cup is turned upside down anywhere in the house~not to
lift it unless one has a shoe to end the freaky, scary critters life.
Fourth (the hunter) is not a fan of spiders.  But we have found
spiders, scorpions, vinegaroons, walking sticks, beetles, and such 
that would make for an incredible Biology bug collection.  Oh Fourth
you make me smile.

While up in the mountains a rafter of turkeys ran then flew out in front
of us.  This was a quick snap of the moment.
By the way, I had to look up what a group of turkeys was called.  Each day
is a chance to learn something new!

That's it for the random sneak peak into my life.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I am completely salsafied.
When drawing ice cream cones, all I could think of having
was salsa.  It finally happened.  After 26 years,  I am able
to admit I am salsafied.

Upon returning home yesterday,  I gave in and made salsa.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Almost thirteen months

I have been retired.  That is pretty amazing.  I am certain you are wondering, especially if you have been reading the blog for a while, what I retired from, considering I have shared that I have been a homemaker/stay home mom/ homeschool teacher for a quarter of a century.    That is what I have retired from,  well the stay home mom,  homeschool teacher are what I am retired from.  I spent 25 years in that role and now I am retired.  My youngest turned 18 last October and my retirement began.

This does not mean that I am not still mom, available for advice, help, food, recipes, and there for anything that young adults may need, but I am no longer the one that makes the decisions as the children are grown!

Retirement has been incredible.  Of course, unlike paid employees, I am without a retirement in a financial way and instead am retiring a position with no exchange of monies!  My time is free and if you haven't noticed, I posted less this past year.  I am going to get back to blogging, but I confess that the first year of my retirement was BUSY.  To recap~we had two weddings.  Yes, only two although we had at first anticipated three.  Life is normal here on the farm and one of the couples decided that they were not best suited for each other.  This is so important and we are happy that they made this decision now, before they had married, instead of thinking that they could change things. 

Bill and I are dating again~each other.  We have more time for each other and have been taking small trips and such with the focus on us.  This is something that we haven't done since 10 months after we married and our first baby arrived.  The house does not seem empty, as Fourth is still living at home, but she is clearly enjoying her schedule, friends, school, and a new job in the city.  The house has a few changes with a craft room for me and I am no longer hauling my sewing, drawings, creations off the table for dinner each evening.  Nope, I instead leave the project on the craft table until I complete it, and this is wonderful.

Another room that was a bedroom and is temporarily a storage room will be re-purposed as a guest room.  Most likely this will not happen for a year or two more, but that is the goal.  The school room is still called the school room but has my treadmill in it now and I am certain that we will always call it the school room even though the students have all graduated. 

Something that has been on the back burner, more so since Bill's accident and finances changed is now slowly getting taken care of.  Like all mom's, I would not change that I delayed things for me, to have things for the kids~but it is nice now to take care of a few things I have needed.

Bill and I are still awaiting for the pitter patter of Little's to call our grands but until this happens (no pressure kiddos), we have been also working on the back yard.  We now have a larger yard that now 17 months old has doubled in size thanks to Bill's determination.  For me it is a bit of back east, as I love walking barefoot in the grass.  Oh and along the side of the backyard, we have a swingset, thanks to a neighbor that moved away.  Yep, I am willing to admit that I do look forward to Little's!

Oh and I renewed my drivers license...that means we have been in New Mexico 8 years and quickly closing in on nine years.  I renew my license in 2022.  That is crazy-typing 2022 and when I renew it then I will be in my mid 50's! Wow, time marches on, doesn't it?

With that, I am thankful that I was able to be a stay home wife and mom.  The key for us was to never live with an income I brought in, and therefore we adapted and stretched the money from the get go. This was how we were able to overcome when Bill had his accident, and this is how I am able to retire now.  In my retirement I will continue to be my sweetie's best friend and will be the primary caretaker of the home and all that this entails.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Spanish Flu Pandemic

Nearly 100 years ago the the Spanish Flu Pandemic killed from 50-100 million people.  Roughly 3-5% of the world's population at that time.

Just thought I'd let that sink in as we see Ebola not only breaching our soil, but seriously being mishandled by our Government.


I am.

A few quick questions for any that may stop by and visit.
1.  The mortality rate is not reassuring about Ebola and it may mutate and become more/less aggressive.  While we await proper protection and prevention by the government, are you prepared?  Well how can I be prepared, I hear you ask yourself?  Well are you prepared, just in case, you get Ebola?

2.  Are you doing anything currently to ensure less exposure to large groups of people?

3. Do you have preparations at home that could maintain you and your family for several weeks, including pet care, medications, and such?

I ask these questions because none of us know when we will die.  None of us are as prepared as we think for any crises, yet we are embarking on something that could be world changing...as the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic was. 

By the way, 3-5% of 7 billion is 210 to 350 MILLION people.  The United States population is about 317 million people. 

I am concerned.  I worry about my loved ones as well, but I find comfort in God.

Bill and I will send you a Bible today if you would like to read more about God. If you wish for a free Bible, click here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Fourth

Once a mom, always a mom...as I am sharing my precious baby, that is no longer a baby. She is 19 today. I cannot believe this sometimes as we weren't given the most optimistic outlook for her survival. 

I tear up thinking upon that.

In no particular order I will share my Fourth.
She is an animal lover

Her smile has stolen my heart.

She is a goof with friends here, there, and everywhere...requiring
skype to keep up with some. 

She loves her brothers and visits or connects with them
practically every day.

She was a blondie for many years, with Shirley Temple curls.

She is very creative.  

She has been in two weddings in the past several weeks,
one for a new sister (in law), and the other a bestie friend.

She loves music and went to a bridal shower at a country concert.
She was born 73 days early. I will type that again. 73 days early

Fourth has three wonderful brothers.

And oh she looks so cute in red!

And in braids...

And in snow!
She dressed up when her big brother came home while in the Army.
No matter what she does, she soars in her efforts~
Oh she makes me smile~her brothers do too!

Each day has been a gift with her.

The farm has been a place to see her interact with animals.
She as a way with the furry, wooly, feathery friends!

I  will always see my daughter as amazing.
She can do anything that she sets her mind upon.

Oh and is she a smarty.  I love talking to her and hearing
her thoughts as I am at times astounded at her thoughts.

My baby is a lovely young woman now.

Who always makes me smile.

Oh dear Fourth Happy Happy Birthday~


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Holy Days of the Bible

We are in the middle of the three fall Feasts: 
Stay tuned for a post about the Feasts in the Bible...

If you are wondering about the Feasts, feel free to read Leviticus 23, 
1 Corinthians 5:8, and Colossians 2:16-17. 

The Feasts are to be kept for ever.
They are not the Feasts of the Jew
but are Feasts of the LORD.