"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 30, 2015

Snake Dog

Thena has proven to be quite the snake dog.  It's funny
how she will find one and then raise the alarm.  She has a 
very specific bark and I end up with chills down my spine.

We have had many snakes breach the yard this year.  Two under the porch,
several in the grass, and one by the house under the trash can.

I had arrived home and walked to the trash can to toss a water
bottle out.  Thena was crazy doing her snake bark and Millie would not let
me go near the can.

I called my knight.  Yep.  I call him for all 
of my snake issues.  I confess I have taken care
of snakes, when I needed to, but I prefer not being
the one to handle them as they scare me ever so much.
My Bill can make it to the farm in warp speed when I call.
The above picture is the snake as he was ready to strike when
Bill took care of it.

A silly thing about discovering a snake is that I cannot
leave sight of the snake until it is removed.  It is a horrible ten to
fifteen minutes but I am more creeped out about where the snake
may go...so Bill thanks for your timely arrival!



This was the thickest snake we have seen on the farm 
and tied for the longest.


It had the largest rattle of any that have made it to
the Double Nickel Farm science museum.

Ugh.

Now to Thena, I am thankful that we listen to the warning 
that she gives us.  She is an incredible desert dog and loves
the farm life. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Now I know

why Bill and I are together.  I mean, I am a cornball~sappy, romantic, believer that love can happen at first sight and on and on.  I never really considered Bill to be corny like me.

Today I discovered the truth.  I was driving to town and a Marty Robbins song came on the radio.  I have never listened to Marty Robbins by choice. I do not know many of his songs (or any?), but I thought, hey I'll listen for Bill as Marty Robbins is one of Bill's favorite's.

Bill is every bit as sappy and corny as me.  After listening to My Woman, My Woman, My Wife today, I know why we are together. 

We believe in the best in spite of the world.
We hope in the best in spite of the world.

To my bestest most amazing friend, handsomest husband, sweetest goof, and most charming of talkers...I am ever so happy to know that you are a corny goof just like me.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Art Class

As I feel like a kid again, I will share some things I have been doing in art class.  It has been a great opportunity to learn techniques that I never knew and I am definitely enjoying the time I spend there.
pencil drawing
One class I am taking grants me the choice on what I wish to learn.
I then try and create several items in that technique.
pencil drawing
I enjoy the simplicity of using a #2 pencil and often find myself drawing  
pretty much anywhere.
tissue paper, marker, chalk pastel, decoupage
I used to read to my children the books by Eric Carle so
I wanted to try and create images like he did.
This is a kitty that I have since finished. 

pencil and kitty
This kitty is in the way of a drawing I was trying to finish.

pencil
This was a drawing for another class that works in 2D.
I really love the detail.
oil pastel
Here are some fish I made.  I wanted
to create something very simple.


chalk pastel
For this project, I wanted to create a Lewis and Clark
style journal spotlighting various plants, animals, and such that
are specific to New Mexico.  I ended up creating nine pieces for this project.


tissue, pencil chalk pastel, water, decoupage
Here is another Eric Carle type image.  This one was almost finished when I snapped 
this photo.  I really love that I can create things that I have thought about for a long time.

Now I have always crafted, but the time I am taking to learn new methods has allowed
for me to really create many things and I am pretty content.

I even made Bill in the Eric Carle style.  I will share that another day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween

My thoughts on Halloween have changed over the years.  I never did much as a child for Halloween as we lived in the country.

I allowed my kids to dress up a few years and we did hand out Christian tracts as I thought if I have people coming to my door I can give them the Truth.

I have come to the conclusion after my time in the Bible to avoid the very appearance of evil.
Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

Halloween is not a day of goodness or honor.  In fact, it really is a day celebrating the dead and if you study the history of Halloween it is astounding how it ever became something that the Christian church would embrace. 

This post isn't a post shaming those that celebrate Halloween.  Instead it is a post about how I have grown in my study of the Word.
Below are some posters that share the reasons as to why Halloween does not line up with the Bible.










These posters are brutally honest and may be offensive to some.
I pray that those that visit the blog understand I am no longer trying to 
be a follower of my Creator the way modern man has said I should.
Instead I am trying to be a follower by reading His Holy Word and living 
accordingly.
 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Things to Ponder

I have some posters this post to share.
Something to think about.  In the English Torah is often 
translated into law.  

Amen!

This one always gets me.  Forever is forever.
Oh and Torah=Law.

 
If the Sabbath is done away with, is the LORD of the Sabbath
done away with as well?
 
This posters are not to make anyone angry.
They are not to make one feel as though I am attacking.

Someone had a post similar to this that made me transform and 
REALLY SEARCH for Truth. I stopped reading all the nicities
that different churches put out.  I stopped reading what Christian author
said, and quick thinking about my purpose driven life and OPENED
the Bible. 

I read, made notes, and read some more.  I prayed, read, made notes, 
and talked with Bill.  I could not believe that many of the things that I have been
exposed to as a Christian aren't Biblical. 

Oh and this began a major change in Bill's and my life.

We are NOT Jewish.
We are not part of a Messianic Movement.
We are simply readers of His Holy Word with NO filters placed 
upon our understanding.

Instead of being combative we trusted the fact that those that 
read and believe will NOT be mainstream.  
 

Friday, October 23, 2015

The hardest thing about

having all the children moved out on their own isn't what I expected.  I have discovered that I am not wallowing in sadness that I have no more wee ones, nor am I aching for their presence 24-7.  I have decided that the hardest thing about having the children moved out is allowing me to spend time doing things I enjoy without feeling guilty.  I don't mean that I am consumed by guilt but for most of my adult life I have placed the needs of pretty much everyone else before the needs I have.  Please don't misunderstand. I am a mother.  It seems that I couldn't live any other way.  I am certain mom's 'round the world understand this.

I have been taking only art courses.  I do not have an end game aside from the pleasure of learning and enjoying what I create.  I actually have had to work through the notion that I am not wasting fuel when I go to town for class.  Crazy isn't it?  I have to put in check feelings that I should be accomplishing something for the family, and take a deep breath and embrace this new path I am on.

I have to remind myself it is okay to buy myself something without wondering who needs this or that first.  I also have to remind myself that in this new place I can say no without guilt.  I am not mom full time but mom from the side line and I need to allow each of my goofs to walk through life and learn as one becomes not because of the ease of life, but  of the things that test one. 

I love my children and yes, even as adults I will always think of them as my bubboos, cutie pies, sweeties, and snuggle bunnies, but I am confident in what Bill and I did as parents that they will be fine in life.  Oh and fine does not mean perfect without hardships, but fine in they have a foundation and from there can build and rebuild when they need to.

I guess as I conclude this post that while I am learning to be an empty nest parent, I am not alone and my partner in crime reassures me all the time that I am first and should be.  For that I am content as I embark upon this new path in earnest.
This photo is from Gila Cliff Dwellings photo credit Double Nickel Farm

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Day in the Life

I haven't done this for a while so it is time for another Day in the Life.  As it is just Bill and I at home now things have changed a bit.

Here is a typical day in the life of me, a housewife living in the middle of nowhere in southern New Mexico:

I slowly wake up~then I get out the ingredients to make one handsome husband breakfast.
Today I am making~hash brown potato/egg burrito
I pack Bill's breakfast as he is leaving early and will eat at work.  I also pack his lunch.
Breakfast is two burritos with orange juice.
I try and write something on his burritos just in case he forgets how
much I love him!
 
Lunch is albondigas soup and cheese slices. 
I hug Bill

 This is my view,

then I tell him I love him and he is off to work.
I read from the Bible.  This morning it was from
the Book of Romans.


I then make the bed, clean up,
This was actually my second attempt at a
photo...
that darn cat! :)
 
Breakfast dishes done.  I had orange juice
and bean/rice soup. 
 
And then I read some news,
I started with Drudge as I can go all over the world with his
links. 

I then read Weasel Zippers.
then Ace of Spades


 and I save my favorite for last Gateway Pundit.


I then head off to art class.
I close the gate,

take a deep breath and smile at the views
and thank the Creator for granting me 
the ability to see this each and every day,
and head to town.
Traffic was intense!

The views in town are as beautiful with
the stormy mountains to the east.

I parked the truck and once again took
in the views.

This is what I did in my morning art class today.

I then had lunch-packed.  Tea and applesauce. 
After I ate I then went to the library. These are the books I picked up today.  Oh I did get two DVD's as well.

Then I went to my afternoon art class. 
This is what I did in this art class.  I love Eric Carle and have been working on a few projects that are similar to his style.

After class, I drive home.
I listen to a little music. I do love this station.

I'm greeted by this one even before I finish closing the gate.

I have time before Bill comes home from work, so I do a Bible study. Right now I am studying Colossians.

Soon my handsome Bill comes home and I get a sweet hug.  We visit for a bit then it is time to feed the critters.

After feeding the critters Second and his wife and son came over to visit and stayed for dinner. 
Ended up in a major group text with the kids, their special loves and Bill and I.  It all began with this photo

Second texted the family and said " I got me some cookies!"
The back story to this is the trauma I have inflicted upon the gang of goofs
because when they were small I told them that crackers were cookies.
I confess it was not correct to do, but I do not like sweets so I gave
crackers out as snacks! They were excited~until the point that a friend
let them in on the truth. Boy I was busted!!!!
Anyhow it spiraled out of control last night and I ended up taking this
photo
and said "piping hot cookies fresh out of the oven!"

Poor Third and his wife.  As new parents to this adorable little guy
Third humbled the rest of us with this 
" I turned on my phone and had to sit here 
and listen to 112 freaking dings.  I hope you are all 
happy."

Seriously.  We all kind of chuckled. But the thread ended.
Parents of newborn win!  
The cracker/cookie brainwashing will be tabled for another day.
 


My life is pretty simple.  Some days I visit the kids, some days they visit Bill and I but this is a window of my life. 

I haven't brokered deals, done more than the average person before 6 am, or even negotiated any peace agreements.  I can't remember when I last wore high heels (Bill is so tall I realized it was futile), and to be honest know that I haven't owned nylons in two decades, yet to my goof troop, their loves, my precious grandsons and my ever so handsome husband I have the perfect life.

I am certain if you take a moment and break down your day, you may discover the same thing!