"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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

This post is an

 update to the post titled: Woohoooooooooooooo, which was an updated post to the post titled: This Week.  I promised to post photos of the sunflowers and the awards that the men's recovery home received, and here they are!
I knew that the flowers were beautiful every time I saw them and I 
am so happy that I was allowed to share them with all those that 
went to the fair.
The house received the blue ribbon~1st place, the Grand Champion 
ribbon and...

this trophy!  I had no idea that they earned this trophy.

My eyes filled with tears when Bill and I went to 
pick up the awards and such.  I had no idea that the house
earned this as well.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Good Snake Bad Skunk

A window to a 24 hour period on the farm~last weekend.  For those that have visited the blog before, I feel as though I only post the horrible images of some of the rattlesnakes we encounter on the farm.  This post will give another side to the snake population in New Mexico. 

My sister visited from Wednesday to Sunday.  On Friday she asked me to take her outside to see all the scary things I have shared with her~you know, rattlesnakes, scorpions, javelinas, tarantulas, bobcats, mountain lions and such.  I looked at her and said You're Crazy.  I don't seek the critters, they are here and we pray we don't encounter them often. Funny thing though, on Thursday night we had a BBQ with the kids and my sister and her husband and both Bill and I saw a tarantula in different places.  I did not know she wanted to see one! 

Okay now to the photos.  The first photo and the second photo are images of a bull snake that was on the farm Saturday around 5pm.  In fact, I hope he is still on the farm.  Shocked you didn't I?  I understand that bull snakes are good snakes and they keep the rodent population down.  I CANNOT STAND SNAKES~but I do appreciate the need to utilize the assistance of a good snake when necessary to keep the rodents in check.

Bill came in the house quickly on Saturday evening and said Jen come quick. I did.  My snake dog was not barking like she does for rattlesnakes so I knew it wasn't a rattlesnake even though I couldn't completely get calm as this snake was huge~nearly 5 feet!!  Anyhow this one was caught up in the mesh left over from the chicken coop.  

It was caught so badly that we knew one of us had to hold the snake while the other had to cut it free with a pocket knife.  Well I can't touch a snake~correction, I can't hold even a good snake, so I chose the cutting of the mesh.  Ugh.  I had to touch the snake while cutting so that I would not harm it.  UGHHHHHH.  I really believe that the snake knew we were helping because it calmed down~aside from my few moments throughout where I was wigged out.  Once freed, Bill set it loose and I ran inside.  I was wigged out!

My stomach was in knots, my legs were like Jello, and I needed a few hours to calm down.  Ugh, I touched a snake.  Anyhow, I wanted to share this story, because I forget that in my need to share a dead rattlesnake...I exclude the reality of the farm and what we do with the good snakes. 

On to Sunday afternoon.  Bill was gathering some tin roofing we have left from various projects we have done on the farm.  The snake dog is always with whoever is outside.  When Bill lifted a sheet of tin up, the dog jumped between Bill's legs and grabbed a skunk.  Bill said he practically fell over himself in efforts to get away as skunk is not a great idea anytime.  As Bill is running back, the dog, with the skunk in her mouth is following.  Bill came in the house from back door to front~maybe a four second run, to grab his gloves and BAM~I was gagging.  Bill had skunk spray on him and he brought it in the house-for 4 seconds.  It was horrible.

I made Bill strip in the backyard.  I opened the can of tomato sauce and put it in the shower.  He showered while I wore a hospital mask and boiled half a cup of cinnamon.  It worked removing the pungent smell in the house.

Then Fourth came out and helped bathe the dog.  Oh poor puppy, she was SO stinky she was gagging too. 

This is a window to life in an unbroken land and the events that unfold often.  I share as much as I can because it is not something everyone experiences, but I also share because it is strange how much we live through and how much we accept life as it is!

To refresh new readers~this is not Bill's first time getting sprayed.  Yep, he went in his shed a few years ago and a skunk sprayed then as well.  New Mexico and her mountains and lovely views require a bit of blood, sweat, and tears...and we will gladly continue to give as the beauty has captivated us.  Oh and we will ALWAYS have tomato sauce on hand as it does clean off the skunk smell wonderfully. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Wrap Up of the County Fair

Here are some photos of things I entered this year.
The dino mobile.
Two gourd bowls~one painted Talavera style the other brown.\

Last year's citrus wreath repurposed turquoise.

The bead wire art menorah, and the NM hand thrown relief.
I have shared sneak peaks to these, they are recycled Pringles cans
made into a chess set for when the Grands get a bit older.

Canned and dried foods.  I won the grand champion ribbon~top
center for my Pumpkin Pie fruit leather.
I have three items in this photo, the flowers, the sheep, and the trio of animals
drawn and attached to a turquoise stick.
I entered my painting in the Fine Arts division and received a 5th place
My potted plants, the coleus, the spider plant and the thyme in the 
pot with the black pattern on it.
My petunias that survived the hail storm earned a first place ribbon.
All the herbs aside from the jar on the far right are mine.
Here are the ribbons~

I love the county fair and how things I make, grow, or cook are things I can share.  I am already thinking about next year!!!

Conversation the other day

with one of the daughters-in-law. 

Daughter-in-law says to me-Do you know that there is a toy in the fridge?


Daughter-in-law with a puzzled look.

Me- Grand #1 was with me as I was taking things out of the fridge and he was holding that toy.  When he saw the carrots he made an even exchange~toy for carrot.  

Daughter-in-law-Hmm, why is the toy still in the fridge?

Me-Because it is a delightful reminder of that moment!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Before and After

Before: Materials list: leftover piece of thin wood, a variety of beads, wire, acrylic paints.

After:  A first place ribbon.  

Thursday, August 25, 2016


the sunflowers that the men's recovery home grew took judges choice award!!  They earned a grand prize ribbon and a first place ribbon for the sunflowers!

In addition, they received I believe three more first place ribbons and three second place ribbons!

I am very happy for them, and I was trying to find the newspaper article to share but it is not posted yet.  I put Bill's number as the point of contact~and when the flower show judge called Bill~immediately Bill called the head of the recovery home!  Let's just say that this was a boost for the entire recovery house.

I will add photos soon!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This week

will end with my sister and her husband visiting!  I am very excited as this is our anniversary weekend and my sister and her husband celebrated their 32nd anniversary on the 3rd of August, so it is an anniversary month for us all!  Between us, on Saturday we will have 60 years of marriage.  I am humbled by typing that and thankful as well.

Along with my sister visiting, the goof troop are all coming to brunch on Friday.  Then the fair.  Oh the county fair is this week.  If you are new here you may not know it, but I love the county fair.  I love the simple life and the gathering of the community each year for a rodeo as well as the showing of livestock, 4H projects, garden products, the flower show, as well as the home ec exhibits.  I've entered items like I always do and I am ever so nervous.  Crazy, as I love to create things and share them~well among the family.  The fair is something that has taken an enormous amount of effort on my part and a great support by my Bill.  I love creating things and learning new skills and I am grateful to have a forum to share my skills but it is nerve wracking as well.

This year, I stopped by one of the men's recovery homes and gathered some items that the men have been growing as they have a garden and have many lovely flowers and veggies.  I know that this is a therapeutic venture allowing the men to have a garden, and I thought it would be neat to see if they receive any recognition for their flowers.  If I were to guess, I would think that their sunflowers would receive high praise and I sure hope they do.  I often think about how one goes about transforming who they are and I am thankful that Bill and I have been able to, and think perhaps those that made poor choices could also transform.  Years ago we gave a goat to the recovery home as the men may have had bad memories of dogs and such but not many people raise goats.  The goat, which was named Amos, was quite the listener and many a man would sit and talk to Amos about life and what they were thinking.  This is what the flowers and gardening seems to be doing as well.  I am not naive for those that may think I am a softie, but I do believe that one can change.  Many may not but if even one changes his path how worth it would be for him and those around him.  Well enough about that aside from I am sure hoping that they receive a ribbon or two.

Now I am off as I am cleaning and getting ready for my weekend!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We don't always dress up on the farm but

when we do, we rock the fashion industry.  Well the fashion industry on the farm is made up of sheep, chickidoodles, geese, dogs, and cats.  It is a tough crowd to impress but I promise you, Bill and I impress them!

I do have my Bill's permission to flash you his legs because we both about fell down laughing when he got ready to work outside.  We had been having triple digits in heat and high humidity and Bill said I am wearing shorts while working.  Now if you scroll through the previous posts you know we have snake issues here and boots are necessary for that BUT boots are also necessary for the mesquite thorns.

I confess that I found Bill absolutely adorable with his socks, boots and shorts.  It took Bill 17 years to even wear shorts so crossing to this level is indeed something crazy cute! Now days away from our 28th anniversary this is a new milestone!

Now to my dear readers, please understand we live in the middle of nowhere and aside from the critters no one has any viewing of our work attire and I promise no animal was harmed by the fashion sense Bill displayed!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

In my previous post, I shared a scary day because of my

precious grandson choking on a plastic lid. I am so thankful that he is doing well.  But that day was already EVER so scary for me.  I was watering the garden in the back when our snake dog alerted me, she would not stop barking.  I knew it was a snake because of her warning AND something that has never happened before.  I could hear the rattle over the barking! It was the loudest rattlesnake rattle I have ever heard.

The snake was caught in the chicken wire we have wrapped around the back yard fence.
I called Bill and he came home VERY quickly and took care of the situation.  I cannot leave the situation and I keep my eyes on the snake~from a VERY safe distance~until Bill comes home. The worry that the snake will harm an animal on the farm~or a human is something I take very serious.
If you can click on the photo you can see the chicken wire wrapped around this snake. The snake was 44" long.   I am pretty wigged out as I type this as rattlesnakes do that to me. 

Anyhow~two snakes in three days has not been comforting.  The good news is that we are having a cold spell in the 70's with rain so I am hoping winter is around the corner.  Maybe it is made up good news but this is what I am telling myself.  While we were disposing of the snake was when Third called Bill about grand# 2 and the scariest day I have ever had really began.  Funny how perspective makes the snake story not the scariest of the day.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Yesterday was one of the scariest days of my

life.  I will share more in another post, but Bill was home and he received a call from Third.  I did not know anything else as Bill began running and took off as fast as he could.  I only knew the call was from Third. 

I began to pray and waited.  Bill called and said Third is not answering but Second is off and he sent Second over to Third's house.

I prayed more.

I began getting ready to head to town.  I felt I needed to be there.  I still had no idea.   Then Bill called.  Our Grand #2 was choking and had turned blue. This is all I knew.  I left the house slowly and methodically.  I wanted to be there in a blink of an eye.  I would call my Bill every few minutes. No answer.  Finally just outside the hospital Bill texted me this photo.

Grand #2 was shaken a bit raspy but all was fine.  He had been choking on a water bottle plastic lid. When I arrived in the ER it took everything I had not to cry.  My daughter-in-law was visibly shaken and doing better as she was holding precious grand #2.  My son was shaken and relived the sequence of events.  Since he works in the ER nights, he was watching the baby.  Baby came to him when he began to choke...for that I am thankful.  Third did a finger sweep and could feel the object but could not get it.  He turned him over and thumped the back twice and did the finger sweep again and he was able to retrieve the lid.  Because baby was gasping a bit and there was a bit of blood Third took him to ER with Second. 

I am so thankful that my son knew what to do and even though it was his own son responded to save his life.  I am thankful that my other son did not ask questions when Bill called him, but went directly to his brother's house.  I am so grateful for my wee little grand and his momma and daddy and I am thankful that yesterday ended well. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Jose Chavez may you rest in peace

photo credit: Dona Ana Sheriffs' Department 

  It is so hard to see what times we are living in and to have those that stand for the American citizen 24 hours a day 7 days a week be attacked, is heartbreaking. We on the farm stand with law enforcement and will continue to do so.  May the Chavez family find peace and comfort during these hard days. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Greeting us at the gate last night

was a rattlesnake.  It was about 8:45 pm and Bill was opening the gate.  He was speaking on the cell phone with Second when quickly he raced back to the truck.  A rattlesnake was waiting inside the gate and Bill nearly stepped on him. 


This is  a reminder that we must never forget that we live in rattlesnake country.  When it is dark and we are coming home and opening a gate is NO EXCUSE. 

Why snake, why?  The little table is where we have any deliveries dropped off to the farm and now we have our greeter~minus his head~on the table.  I am kind of hoping a hawk or black bird comes by and thinks we have left them takeout because I do not like anything about these creatures.

Once again, I am aware that the option of letting this sweet critter scurry away is something that a reader may think, but we cannot afford to pay for treatment if bitten.  The cost of treatment for a snake bite on one of the dogs nearly broke us.  In addition I do not wish for any long term side effects from a snake bite.

ALL non-venomous snakes are free to visit and even kill rattlesnakes on the farm.  We do not bother the non-venomous ones~even though ALL snakes wig me out.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sneak peak

to some things for the County Fair.  It has been something I anticipate every year since we have moved to the farm.  This journey has not been an easy one.  To roll up our sleeves and live a completely different lifestyle than we were familiar with was incredibly hard and an emotional roller coaster.  The County Fair has been a place for me to share skills that I have learned over the year.  I am thankful that in a life that has transformed us, that I am able to share the ups I have had.

Since the children are on their own, I have had even more time to create more than needed foods and homespun crafts and have been able to create pieces to decorate the home.

Here is a sneak peak into some of the items I am going to enter this year.
Fruit Leather...it is a delightful leather and I love this flavor.
A bit of New Mexico in this one.
A bag to carry books.
Something to keep my hands cool near hot hot hot.
An old window brings the mountain home.

Road Runner run Wiley Coyote is on his way.

Dino dino dinos every so cute!

This is something recycled from last year.  Once was
bright orange, yellow, and green has taken on a new color.
This is another recycled project someone needed to
drink a wee bit of cervesa and I needed to drink a wee
bit of bottled soda.

I was inspired by marigolds for this piece.

My mountains on canvas this time.
Chalk pastel flowers with a frame made from old lattice.
Baaaaaa I have some wool.
This may be granola but it has a sneaky yum ingredient~pumpkin!
Pickled peppers with some dried strawberries.

Gourds painted like bowls. 

One more week to go before turning in the items for the fair~and I can't wait.  I know that I would not have been as creative or artistic had we not moved to the farm.  Both Bill and I were challenged to dig deep and make many things from nothing.  We learned how to look at things differently.  That is why the County Fair means so much to be.  I can share a bit of the journey and although most will never know the back story I know it.  

Thanks for visiting and having a sneak peek with me!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The real story might

actually be found in the label.  This post is all about the labels I have used since I began this blog.  I am going to use the alphabet and use a label that begins with each letter.

ABC Label Post:
A:  A day in the life of a not so tall not so young not so perfect farm wife in southern New Mexico.

B: Basil do you have the Thyme?

C: Can't believe I almost forgot a label okay here goes Bill you make my heart beat faster and my love grow more and more.

D: Did not edit this post as snakes freak me out.

E: Even though I am an adult I will always be a little girl who never knew her dad.

F: family family family family family family family family is wonderful.

G: God's Holydays or man's holidays that is the question.

H: Hardest most fulfilling sometimes difficult crazy amazing tremendously great mundane enlightening job ever is spelled with three letters M O M.

I: I am so thankful that I finally tried Brussels sprouts.

J: June 24 began the great pumpkin shortage in the summer which has confused growers for years and NOW you all know the rest of the story as to why the pumpkins disappear in June.

K: Keep the change ya filthy animal~ a lovely cheese pizza just for me.

L: Labels another place for me to be me and write something completely unrelated to the post Bill you are the tallest most handsome man EVER.

M: My what we have learned as we continue on this journey of homesteading.

N:  Now is the time now is the season He is calling and drawing you near Are you listening?

O: One of the best things about my mountain is that I get to see her with my very best friend and the person I love ever so much--My Billllllllllll.

P:  ps BILL I love you and you were so incredible that you didn't even need one freckle to steal my heart-that is how doggone good looking you are.

Q: Quit laughing Bill I really did try to power across seriously quit laughing I almost did it remember I took three steps 3 BEFORE I freaked lol.

R:  Raise your standards to His.

S:  Snow snow snow snow I would have worn a pair of socks just for you and we all know that socks and me well that is something THAT IS AS RARE AS THE LOCH NESS MONSTER.

T:  The pressure of a good label is consuming me perhaps you the reader can give me a few suggestions ps I do love saying ps in labels so feel free to launch from there.

U: Ugh why did she have to step on a rattlesnake why couldn't have been a rope or a worm oh my mind is freaking out I am so so so NOT  a snake fan.

V: Vertically challenged disease.

W:  Way back when I met a young man I saw his potential and knew that between the two of us we would have great possibilities and so far we have.

X:  No x beginning on labels-I will be sure to correct that.  For now a label with an x in it:
So peroxide to tend to cuts from the thorns will be important~ps the porch says DUCKKKK!

Y:  Yep it is ten thirty in the morning and I am still in my pajamas slow day on the Double Nickel.

and finally,

Z: Zephaniah loves coming in this coop with us and he lays down like he is one of the flock soo cute~well not as cute as Bill but cute!

Bonus~photo of me: 
Me-seeing the world upside down since 1976. Yep. 
I'd like to thank my crew, my homies, my sibs, my fam 
l-r Lizard, Caroline, UJ Peter Piper, OH NO I'm the CAT LADY
me, and the baby Anna Banana. Brother Dave must have been off
somewhere while photo was taken.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Before and After

 Before:  Pumpkin Pie fruit leather before drying in dehydrator.

After:  Pumpkin Pie fruit leather.  Oh my it is sooooo delicious.

Does God Change?

I ask this question to any and all readers but wish for those that are professing Christians, if they could to please pipe in.

Did God change the Sabbath day? Meaning that since Christ's resurrection that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath day.

This is not a trick question and I will give some scriptures to allow you to: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 
 2 Timothy 2:15

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.  Genesis 2:3

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, 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, nor 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, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:8-11

Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. Exodus 31:15-17

Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. Leviticus 23:3

Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Isaiah 56:2

Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Isaiah 56:6 

And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 66:23

For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Matthew 12:8

 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: Matthew 24:20
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. Luke 23:56

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. Mark 16:1

The entire chapter of Hebrews 4 click here. 

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6

Okay these are a few scriptures to help out.  Also look for scriptures in the New Testament that perhaps are used as anchor scriptures for the change. I have a few that have been used but I will not reveal them in case they are from only certain denominations as I do not want to bias anyone sincerely helping me understand the change of the 4th commandment to Sunday.
Thank you in advance for your help.

Monday, August 8, 2016

A window to

my world.
It rained yesterday.  Bill and I were attaching wire to the chicken 
coop.  The rain was sooooo cold beating down on us.
The puddle is something very rare on the Double Nickel.
The smell of rain is something I really cherish.  Growing up
back east, I never really thought about rain.  Now it is something
that I think about whenever I see a dark cloud.  Mostly the dark 
cloud wanders away for another day~for the facts-the average annual
rainfall in my area is 6".1
Chicks breaking bread. The more they eat together the less
bullying the bigger hens and rooster do to the smaller ones. 

Looking up from the food court of the hen pen. 
Some of the foods we have been eating this week.

The rosemary plant is doing great.  I have dried a good amount 
but it is so wonderful fresh!
 A bit more of the foods we have been eating.  I love onions and have 
shared that little trivia fact many times.  I have been drying 
onions and enjoying them as a chip style snack. 
As for the watermelon?  It is such a wonderful refreshing snack
after being outside any amount of time.

I made chicken stock the other day.  I save the peelings, ends
and otherwise wasted items of veggies and freeze them until I have
enough to make a batch of stock.  This time I had the carcass
of a whole chicken so I made chicken stock.
This is a very before photo of a recent project.  I will do 
a before and after post on this soon.

I am closing with this photo.  I am not giving up because I 
broke down and placed a potholder in the vehicle.  I feel like
I get second degree burns on my hands from the steering wheel.
Therefore 2016, I decided that if I use the potholder for the 
steering wheel that I should use it for the gate and not be so 
tough.  Yep, you are reading it here first~I am not so tough.

I offered the potholder to Bill the other day...I wish the 
world could have seen his expression.  Bill is and always 
will be tough~and that makes my heart smile!
1 Alamogordo, NM. usacitiesonline.com. Web. August 8, 2016