"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, July 29, 2016

What is

all this debris doing on the gravel?
There is a old cloth, a scraper, a scrub brush, sticks, bones, a watermelon chunk, an old pomegranate,  blue strands from a broom, and a bark piece on the drive. 

It is an odd collection and it is a foretelling of the future~
you can see, although it was a moving object, the suspect that is responsible.  Puppy and his teething.  The scraper, scrub brush and rag were neatly near faucets to be used for scrubbing out water containers for the farm. 

Pup is going to be leaving Bill and I rabbits and other varmints in the future~for sure~ugh!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

One month ago

The rocks were around the black water bowl as they could not climb in 
without them.

Here they are today.  For the record, one month ago they could 
walk right through this fence.
Crazy isn't it?  If you were raising birds for meat, I will say that
geese grow quite quickly and you could fill your freezer.
  I am going to raise these two as bug eaters. 
I am hoping that they will hatch two little ones next spring.
If not, no worries.

I am glad that Bill finally can see geese for what I have seen 
them as all the time.  I love geese.  They have such a nature
that is like a dog.  They bond with people and these two have
bonded with Bill and I.  

My geesey goosey's are really a good addition to the farm and I
am glad that we have geese once again!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How sitting in the average chair

feels to me.
I wish I had a link to where this image came from.  It is clearly a bar image but it is so imaginative and neat.  I sit and my legs dangle and often think, I am swinging without the swing.  Well with chairs like these I could have the dangling feeling and kind of be swinging! I like it.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Every day I am taken captive by my

mountains. Every once in a while, we drive up to the mountains for a day trip.  This usually means we are gathering wood.

This was the view in the small clearing where we went today.

I walked all around this area.  It was so wonderful!

I gathered some things for the house!

I wore the most appropriate footwear possible~well they matched my shirt! 

We were off this road to 223 E.

I saw a time traveler had left their marking...2019! Okay it may be
2014 but it is not so clear- AND if you are going to carve on a tree~
well be exact! ;)

The area was lovely and I saw many pretty flowers here and there.

After we picnicked I walked about with Fourth and someone took a relaxing nap!
Thank you Fourth for your help~we could not have done this without you!

*I love rocks and the links reveal this quirk in more detail.

Friday, July 22, 2016

I Believe

That one can re-purpose old curtains into a braided rug.
I believe that clothes dried on a clothesline smell amazing.
I believe that a woman that does not know how to sew can make
her own skirts.

I believe teaching children to work alongside you should be done
from the time they are small.
I believe that love should be shared every single day.

I believe that work doesn't always have to be tedious.
I believe that the simple life and feeding animals is priceless.
I believe that a family should work together as the wood brought home 
warms everyone.
I believe that cooking food for your loved ones isn't a job but 
something to take pleasure in.
I believe that teaching children to work while working with
them at an apple farm creates habits that will last a lifetime.
I believe that learning that all life has value and respecting it 
all the while providing for the family is important.
I believe that when an opportunity to rest is offered that one should
take it.  Hard work earns one rest.

 I believe sometimes things happen. 
 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, 
to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 
I believe. 

I believe that one need not have the newest gadgets or even the 
exact ping pong table to enjoy a game of ping pong.  I believe
necessity is indeed the mother of invention.
I believe that traditions of the annual photo aren't easy to maintain
but are precious memories to look back upon and see the changes 
of all.  I believe the photo triggers memories as well thinking
upon all the outtakes each year required to get the final photo!
I believe that little girls should remain little girls as long as possible.
Innocence and childhood are not hand and hand in this world. I 
believe that we should do everything possible to ensure that our children
and their childhood innocence is protected-and a good way is by turning
off the television, game systems, cell phones and such.
I believe that young men should stand and serve.  I believe
that character, honor, integrity and patriotism are traits that 
we need to grant to those that will be fathers to the next generation.

 Although this is not the first image I know it is the most important. 
I believe that the Bible is the word of the Creator,
and that life is because of Him.  I believe that the 
basic instructions before leaving earth are indeed in the 
Bible and that I should study to show myself approved.
2 Timothy 2:15

I believe that a gift from a child can never be given
a monetary value.  I believe that this gift is 
priceless in so many ways. 

I believe that making a child and their childhood is through
simple things most often not requiring anything but your 
time, love and willingness.
I believe that nearly 28 years later I feel as newly married as I did
in 1988.  I believe that I do feel as in love or more in love now and
I am ever so thankful for getting the wrong belts put on the car.
I believe that this young couple had faith even before they understood it
and that all because of this they are the parents of four seven(with all the daughters-in-law)
and grandparents of two.  All~ Because.
I believe in happily ever after.  I believe in this not because it is a mushy love story every day. No.  I believe in happily ever after because with Bill, we rolled up our sleeves and united to walk through everything life has given us.  I believe that joy is a choice.  I believe that we can choose to be miserable or choose to be happy.  I believe that after working at it for several weeks it becomes a habit and then joy is.  

I believe.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My day so far

I woke up and Bill and I talked as we always do. We fed the critters then came in and as I was making Bill breakfast I found a lovely present from one of the kitties. Hmm a dead mouse. I know that a dead mouse is better than one running around but ugh! Anyhow I am not going to work outside and no it is not because of the near death attack with the mesquite ninja, but because I have to go to town.

Now this will be a great trip because I will see someone very tall. 

As I wrap up things in the house before I head to town, I am going to share a midway image of one of the projects I am working on.  It seems like I have about 3.7 million different projects going on at all times.  Maybe I am exaggerating maybe I am not...I have notebooks and such of all my ideas and I wake up at times with more. 

Here is the midway image:

I still am painting these and I was inspired by the painting style of Danita.
Here are the cans and I actually shared about these cans in this post here.

I have another random thing to mention.  I have four hanging plants on our porch.  The birds believed that the plant holder base -that weave grass thing-was for their nest, so they stripped the planters bare.  My flowers have all died.  Oh and we brushed Millie the other day and now two of the planters have Millie hair as well as other items being woven into nests.  Housing isn't always what is stereotypical and the birds are proving this.  We do have one large tree, four medium trees, and two small trees and four trees in pots almost ready to go in the ground, so its not like there isn't hospitality available.  If I factor in the mesquite trees they have literally thousands of places to nest.  Therefore I have decided that the birds like me and aspire to be my BFF, or even a lesser status of buddy.  I am certain photos will be coming in a future post.  For now, I suppose I better be off to get my day in full gear!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The world

in a suitcase.  Bill returned from a week long training up north on Friday and as I emptied the suitcase I smiled and had some great thoughts.

You see this suitcase (the makeup bag, carry on, and dress suit carrier are inside), has been with Bill and I from the beginning.  They aren't the best of suitcases to look at, and they have frays and stains and such, but they share our story.  We didn't have much money then much like today, and this set of luggage was the best we could afford.

This set of luggage has traveled around the world and from state to state.  When we had wee ones the large one was filled with diapers and the children's clothing.  We have used separate pieces when we travel for less time.  A few of the kids have used a piece or two on their own travels.

I have seen babies curl up in them, toddlers toss out clothing from them, and teens hide in them to scare a sibling.  I have seen kitties sleep on them in the storage room.  I traveled with these suitcases in 2011 during that terrible cold blizzard and spent several weeks with my mother~until she decided she could fight no more and died.  I then took these cases two days later with me as I traveled further east and met my son who just returned from Afghanistan. 

They are beat up and yet in my eyes are so beautiful. They have carted around everything that I needed for every duty station, every home, every trip that the farm family has made, and they will be with us until we are no more as they have gone the world and back with us.  I must be crazy because to me I see each of the memories I have had with these bags~with a simple closing of my eyes.

Well How About That?

I began my morning outside.  Ignore the time stamp on the camera, I cannot
disable it.  I was outside for about 40 minutes doing this and that.  My final 
project was working at the wood cutting area.  I am cleaning up the bark etc.
and hauling it to the area we use for our annual burn (after the rains).

When I came inside I was a bit shocked when I looked at the mirror...

as I saw what I first thought was a bug~and ugh that was a scary second.
 Then I realized in my work of shoveling, I ended up launching a mesquite 
branch into my hair.  Please ignore the frizzy a.m. hair as it is kind of stuffy 
outside and oh well.  Can you see the thorns? The good great news is 
that NO thorn poked me all  were pointed outward and enough to tangle my hair! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Trash to Treasure

This old window frame with some sanding, a bit of paint and photos of the goof troop growing up became a lovely memory window.  I think I will change out the photos every now and then.  I remember how many photos we took one year for the annual photo and NONE turned out
 how I thought they should be.  We ended up with 72 photos and decided to take the least worst one~how silly am I?  So what if in every single photo at least one of the kids was crying, picking their nose, looking away,or  what ever!  In the middle left are three photos of this attempt.  NONE of these three made it to the grandparents. Now I look at those photos and tears well up in my eyes as I remember my wee ones when they were truly wee ones. 
This old window frame is midway through its transformation.  I am still
working on the painting, then I will sand the frame some more and put 
a simple clear coat of stain on it.  I hope to finish this project soon but 
it is a bigger painting and I am being more careful.  I decided last night
to paint the reverse side as well and when I want a change in the house
I will flip it around.

Final cost of my Trash to Treasure?
Bill got the windows for free and cleaned them up for me.
Photos: already had.
Paints: already had. 
Therefore the items in my trash to treasure post were free.

I sit at my computer

reading the news of the day and pretty much must take a deep breath and walk away.  I am not ignoring the news, nor am I dismissing the emotion that I feel with back to back to back tragedies.  Instead I must step back and be thankful that I have another day with my loved ones.  I must take a moment and appreciate that while I am still here am I embracing the moments I have been granted? 
In addition, I must deeply appreciate my faith and the comfort I have knowing the seasons. 

With that I will share my newest farm buddy. 
This cute little hummingbird hangs out on the feeder a good amount of the day.  I wash the dishes and she watches me and I talk to her.  This may sound silly, but I find such comfort in the most simple of things. 

By the way we give Bibles away so if you would like a free Bible sent to you please click here and Bill and I will send you one

Sunday, July 17, 2016

What the wind

blows in~
I have been finding a child's schoolwork all about the property.  Some are stuck in the mesquite, others just on the ground.  We are a windy region but I have never had schoolwork land on the farm.  We have had plywood, sheet metal (yea scary), and all kinds of garbage either blow to the farm or by the farm.  I have never found something that I put on the fridge to enjoy!  It is a boy's schoolwork based on the name, and he is or was in the primary grades in school. 

For me, it is another thing that makes me smile (and in these times that is needed), while living on the farm.  Thank you for the nice color work little wind boy~it is a nice addition to my fridge!
image credit: behindthebadgeoc.com

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dear France

I cannot put in words how I feel right now.  I am so heartbroken.  Over and over and over again my head tries to process what happened.  The world is under attack.  This is clear.  Your nation has had a tremendous loss but we all mourn.

I wish I had more to say~something eloquent and flowery but I don't.  All I can say is that you are not alone.

We are praying for you.  
photo credit wikipedia