"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

Sunday, August 16, 2015

County Fair 2015 # 3 Zebra Vase

Second's wife was my inspiration for the Zebra vase as she has so many zebra print items, and I wanted to make something for her.  I have never worked with ceramics before but I took a 3D class that had one section on ceramics and I ended up making three vases~One for Fourth, one for Second's wife, and one for Third's wife. 
The Zebra vase received a first place ribbon and Reserve 
Grand Champion.  The vase was hard to see while at
the fair as the ribbons kind of blocked the zebra.

I thought I would share the vase here.  I made the vase first
then slowly added the zebra having it wrap around completely.

I made his mane stick out off the vase!

I made his body completely. 

I had a great time making the vase for 
Second's Sweetie pie and gave it to her
today.  I am thankful that my daughter-in-law
really liked this vase,  as I wanted it to be
perfect, but~ I am so imperfect that it is hard to make
things perfect.  Instead I cherish the quirkiness that 
has become my style!


Friday, August 14, 2015

Remember the

Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Exodus 20:8

The sabbath day is the seventh day of the week.  I did not decide this, but our Father in Heaven did.  No matter how long I live, I will still be embarrassed with myself that I agreed with man and allowed a person to tell me God changed the sabbath day. 

It is the only day He actually named.
It is the only commandment that tells us to remember.  Seems like God knew what man would do.
It is one of the few things that those that protested the Catholic Church and her teaching kept even though the Catholic Church acknowledges that the day was changed by her and NOT God.

Below are a few clip art images I have about the Sabbath.  I am in no measure trying to upset anyone or make anyone think I know better.  I am posting these because I believe that the Bible is a complete book that will guide us in Truth.  Man on the other hand works hard to change the truth and one example is of the sabbath.  It is crazy especially when you see the Ten Commandments all around and Protestant faiths defending the right for them to be everywhere, yet, these very same groups put Sunday up as the new day of rest.  I confess I did so as well, until I tossed out my Bible with notes and bought a Strong's Concordance and studied for myself.  When a word study is done about the Sabbath you will be amazed.  I mean if Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath BUT Christian churches have taken the sabbath away and replaced it, then has Christ been replaced as well?

Now I realize we are to find our rest in the Lord, but the actual sabbath still exist and we are to work six days and rest on the sabbath, just as Jesus did.  We are to walk as he walked
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:6

Jesus kept the sabbath.  Not as the Jews kept it(such as the Pharisees and Sadducee's) but as our Father instructed us to keep it. 
On to the images.
Now if you are Catholic, this may not concern you, but it should.
Continue on as to why it should concern you.

In the New Testament we learn that Paul kept the sabbath.

Malachi 3:6 reveals that God does not change.
The sabbath was changed by Constantine.  It will only 
take you a few clicks to research this for yourself.

Over the years Catholic leaders have shared the power and ability that
they have on how the sabbath was changed.
Tradition has been established and to suggest anything other to most
professing Christians always results in me being told that I am bordering on
or actually am a legalist. 

I am going to say that I am a Bible believer.  I am not Jewish yet I am grafted into Israel based on Romans 11, and of course Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 

The Messiah came for the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and once we call upon his name we become his and belong to the house of Israel.  We are not what I was taught as a new believer, grafted in to the body of believers.  He tells us in Matthew 15:24 who we are, and because of the grafting explained in Romans 11 as in several other places are of the house of Israel.  

This is a powerful amazing thing and I am thankful.  

Now to those that are Catholics or any others that may disagree with me, please let me know using the Bible.  Where are we told to disregard the sabbath for the first day? Where are we told in the Bible that some things can be changed by man and that will be okay as we can find a spiritual rest in our Saviour?  I ask these things in sincerity as the Old Testament is filled with the Chosen people (the children of the 12 tribes and the stranger among them-you know Jacob's children oh and Jacob's name was changed to Israel), that disobeyed and were punished by God.  

The Blood of the Lamb is not to allow us to sin.  
The Blood of the Lamb is to cover us so we can tabernacle with Him in spite of our nature.
As a parent I expect my children to respect my rules and I certainly did not allow for them to break the rules because I was the adult.  I punished the children so that they would understand and learn.

We are needing to get back in His word and study to show ourselves approved.

 Just a thought to close the post. 

Happy Sabbath to you all and may you rest and strengthen yourself for the following week.

2015 County Fair Part 2

I entered several items in the baked goods division. Each year I try and enter things I have never made before or I will use a completely different recipe.  I do this as  a personal challenge to keep me on my toes!

My granola recipe~thanks Alton Brown (with a tweak or two), 
received a first place and a Grand Champion ribbon in that category. 

Also in the above photo, top left, I entered a nut sampler of
peppered pecans, curry almonds, and sweet peanuts which I filled in cone
shaped paper and put in a tin.   For this, I received a second place ribbon.
Bill loved the curry almonds and I will be sharing a recipe. 

In addition, the bucket on the right of the granola is my
decorated not tasted entry.  I made a red white and blue popcorn 
tin, decorated with Americana fabric, woven fabric, and an American 
flag.  For the record, the popcorn tasted delish.  I made it with sugar
like a popcorn ball and added the food coloring to make the tri colored corn.
I received a first place ribbon in this category. 

It seems like many of my entries this year are blocked by
the name tag and ribbon~the above photo is my candy entry.
I entered citrus peeled candy.  I had never had citrus peeled candy 
but I will be making this often.  I prefer the orange and grapefruit
peels the best, but the lemons and limes were wonderful as well.
I suppose the boiling three times before boiling with water was helpful
then adding sugar to the water and rolling the peels in powdered sugar
helped.  I guess I am a new found sugar junkie~well kind of!

I also entered herbed peasant rolls.  I modified a recipe I found 
online to add onions!  I received a second place ribbon for these.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It's County Fair Time!

I love the County Fair. The world is moving so fast that something slow paced is a welcomed reprieve.  I discovered the County Fair since we moved to New Mexico.  Now I have been to fairs to include even state fairs, but I never entered anything I had made.  After moving to New Mexico and adapting to an entirely different lifestyle, I was pleased to have found a place that I could submit items that I had learned to make while transitioning to a farm family in the desert.  I also love sharing items that I have made for the home.

This year I entered a good number of items and have a few photos to share.
The multi colored oil pastel is mine.  Although I enjoyed drawing her, 
I did not receive any ribbons for her.  When I enter, I confess I do love
the ribbons, but I also love that I can share new skills I have learned over
the previous year. 

I made the menorah in this photo.  It is somewhat hard 
to see.  It has a rock base and wire to hold the candles.
I received a second place ribbon on this. 
I entered the hand coiled vase on left side middle.
It is hard to see, but it has a zebra on it, that I made stick out 
from vase and its entire body is on the vase.  I made the mane
stand straight up!  I received a first place ribbon on this as 
well as Reserve Grand Champion!

As a housewife of nearly 27 years, I have made items that decorate my home.  I love putting my touch throughout the home.  For the past 8 years I have had the opportunity to share things I make outside of the home.  It is a mini cheering place for me and I enjoy that even as anonymous as I am that my creations are seen. 

This year I focused a good deal on canning and baking and will share in another post about these items as well as a recipe or two. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Serious Post About the Desert

I am taking the time to write a post about the desert southwest because of a recent tragedy and then what happened to Bill and I in El Paso, Texas yesterday.

In case you have missed the news, a French family was traveling the United States and having what seems was a great vacation until the visited the White Sands National Monument.  The family decided to take a hike midday last week.  Temperatures were near triple digits or even just above.

The mother ended up feeling ill and left the father and son to head back to her car.  She ended up dying before reaching her car.  The father passed out further down the hike and the 9 year old boy stayed with him because he did not know what to do.  The park rangers discovered the woman and upon looking at her camera realized she was with the man and child searched until they found them.  Both parents died.  The boy lived based upon his own testimony because his parents gave him most of the water~as a parent I understand. The water they had was far below the amount required in the heat of the desert.

This is a serious tragedy.  It breaks my heart to realize that on something that should have been so amazing that a horrible event occurred.  On to my trip with Bill to El Paso.  We live just a hop, skip, and jump from El Paso, even though we are in New Mexico.  After spending time in the city, Bill, Fourth and I headed home.  About 1/2 of a mile from the last gas/convenient store, a vehicle was on the side of the road with a woman attempting to change a tire.  On the shoulder of the road was a small child and an elderly woman.  It was triple digits mid afternoon.  We stopped and realized right away a few things.  First, the tire was more serious, and had broken lugnuts.  Second, they only had about one small water bottle between them.  At the time we stopped, they had been alongside the road for at least an hour.

They had cell phones but no one had responded and the woman did not know what to do.  They lived in NM just over the border with Texas in the community of Chaparral.  The owner of the vehicle did not wish to leave her car.  We gave several bottles of water and finally convinced the elderly woman that we would take her and the child to their home, and Bill would contact the towing company.  Now believe me, I understand how risky this is to trust strangers in the world we live in, but seriously the elderly woman looked like she was getting faint.  The driver looked bad too and after taking the elderly woman and child to their home (20 mile round trip), we went back to check on the other woman.  It was then that she told me that she was three months pregnant.  I had her get in the truck with us and Bill said we would wait until the tow company showed up.  It turned out that the towing company is one that Bill is familiar with and they towed the woman across state line to her home.

BUT this could have ended way worse.  It was a busy Sunday afternoon in Texas.  These women were alongside a very busy road that many many cars drove on.  No one stopped until we did.  Obviously no one called their situation in to law enforcement, otherwise in the two plus hours they were waiting a police vehicle would have stopped.

The temperatures in the desert are NOT to be toyed with. Hydration is a must.  You can never take for granted how quick you can go from feeling fine to near death or even death.  Even the women from yesterday, that live in the desert were ill prepared.

I am one that is over prepared.  I take an abundant amount of water, have blankets in the vehicle, matches, and even carry the understanding that the desert is lethal if not given respect.

Do not hike midday.  It drives me crazy to see the people in town walking their dogs midday. INSANE as their paws will burn.  But for people, midday is why in old times the siesta took root.  It is only common sense~not some quaint south of the border activity that is not for Americans. 

Water is key.  If you are traveling through the southwest you are often on barren roads even if they are highways.  Be prepared if you break down to wait awhile, meaning, having water on hand, an umbrella to cover you, light white clothing, and a blanket to sit on.  Road snacks are of course obvious as well.  Second, if your car breaks down~ STAY with the vehicle.  I remember a situation when Bill was a deputy where a man broke down, and by evening the family contacted the police as they had not heard from him.  Since they knew were he was traveling(I'll come back to this point), they began searching with this information.  The problem was that the man left his car, which they found only an hour into the search.  He was not found for another week, then he had died, as he ventured across the desert.  Because the southwest does not look like the TV image of a desert, I suppose travelers forget its severity. It is a rough place to visit, even harder to live in, unless you begin to respect your surroundings.

Now to another point~ALWAYS give someone your itinerary.  Then others will know when to begin searching, etc.   When traveling at state or national parks, there is always a Welcome Center of sorts.  They have sign in sheets and more importantly information flyers to give you a window to the place you are.

Also~observe the locals.  At the White Sands, we never venture beyond the line of sight of the vehicle.  The park is over 275 sq. miles.  I always take at least one five gallon water cooler, and most times take two.  We rarely go to the White Sands in the summer and if we do, we go after 6 pm. 

When we travel to El Paso, even for a simple grocery run, we have water in the vehicle.  EVERY single time.  Warm water is better than no water.

I am deeply saddened that the price of ill preparedness is so high and I pray that those that read this post take an extra moment to prepare themselves for the situations that they are putting themselves in.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

We are to be a peculiar people

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1 Peter 2:9

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 2 Corinthians 6:17

If we are to be a peculiar people, holy, and separate from the world, why is it so hard to recognize those that profess to be believers?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A post of this and that and photos that begin crying and end smiling...

It is the countdown until our local county fair and I am once again excited.

Local schools begin soon as does the local twig of the university.

Grandbaby # 2 is still growing in the womb and his momma looks as lovely as ever.

ANOTHER RATTLESNAKE was in the backyard.  It did not survive the lawnmower...

Grandbaby # 1 is 1.5 months old and makes me smile just by thinking about him.  He is over 10 lbs.

The rains have been incredible this year.  It doesn't even look like the desert on the farm. 

We have about 30 quail that have taken up residence on the farm. 

I went to a BBQ at oldest son's house last week.  It was so amazing to see how the kids gather and
with this I will add some photos to brighten an otherwise random afternoon.
My three sons plus adorable crying grand.

Two sons, one daughter-in-law,
one grandbaby growing,
and one daughter.

Two sons, one daughter and 
one amazing young woman :)

One adorable precious family.

Oh and one smiling, styling, grandson
all dressed and ready to go to his uncle and new
auntie's wedding (on his momma's side).