"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

Monday, October 31, 2016

Childhood MUST

have puddles to walk through.  Even to one so young, a puddle
has an incredible draw.  

Then with a giggle and a quick twist to stomp about the 
awareness is made complete!! Puddles are FUN!
 

Childhood is a time for exploring new things, playing in the mud,
jumping in the puddles and living life with exuberance and excitement. 

Oh and for the record that puddle does not check I.D.s~feel free
to take a leap and walk through your very own puddle.  I promise you
nothing and yet, you may gain something so simple: a smile!

Friday, October 28, 2016

From the Files

From the file titled Things to do Around the House:
 I love this so much.  I do not have a dresser to make this from.  Instead, I have a collection of old suitcases that I want to create a space  to store photos and memorabilia that I want to keep but I do not need to access daily.

This is another easy peasy idea.  I actually have a few chairs that are rough around the edges that could make a great front hall bench.  I even like the turquoise/teal color.   

From the File Childhood:
 This is an aerial photo of my high school.  I edited out the street names but this is where I went to school.  The meme's about going to school in the middle of a cornfield were true for me.

From the File Mom's:
I really don't need to say much about this one, do I?
 
From the File Art/To Paint-Draw or Whatnot:
I have taken a ton of photos of the water tank, and want to paint it from all the different views. 

This is a pastel drawing that I was working on. In my head I see this on canvas and it will be a four part canvas display.  More thinking to do and therefore it rests in the File for now.





And that concludes the From the Files post.  I try and save things that will either give me an idea on making something we already have better, or something that I will actually create.  It keeps me sane doing this.  I do have a pinterest page but I really don't like to go there because it is too easy to bog down and save a zillion things.  Life isn't about overwhelming us before we even begin.  Life is to be lived within the skill set we have doing the best we can.  We are not to create perfection but peace for our homes, lives, and family.


***I must confess that without my Bill some of the projects wouldn't be.  I am more of an idea person when it comes to using the power tools as I am chicken when even thinking of using them.  So, Bill thank you for helping things from my brain come to fruition!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday Window

Yep it's that time once again!
Here is my Henry, he is so sweet.  I don't understand 
why I like geese, but I do.  Crazy, silly critters
that make me smile. 

Autumn is beginning to truly greet us.
Quite chilly here in the mornings. 
Of course by afternoon it's sweltering!
I loooooooove New Mexico!

Late blooming pomegranates. I don't think they will 
ripen before the first frost.  The puppy loves them
as is, so I guess all is well.

Something New
On to the newest category I have added to the farm blog: I am sharing something new that I have learned.  The booklet below was one of the books I used as I homeschooled the children.  It was printed in 1950 and was from a series of books titled Real People and then the name of the person. 

I quickly read the book again, then I spent some time on line reading about Zebulon Pike and smiled thinking, when I first read the booklet, we did not live in New Mexico. 
Anyhow something I discovered that is fascinating is that although Zeb Pike did not have any male heirs about 20% of all people with the last name Pike can trace their line to the same male like as Zebulon Pike (Source Wikipedia).
If you want to learn something about Zebulon Pike below are some links:
Here is a website that has some of the works by Pike.
Read about him here on the History website.

If you aren't interested in Zebulon Pike, take some time to learn something new today.  It isn't for anyone else but you and your brain is a valuable thing and you should challenge it and use it every day...all day long!

Photo at the wedding and wedding

photos of the Double Nickel Farm family as I am that kind of sentimental.

Second, Grand #1, First, Third, Grand #2, Fourth and hiding
almost too hard to see, Bill way back in the back...;)


They all gained their last names because first:
I took Bill's last name for my own.

 Then Third married his precious love and she took
 his last name as her own.

Then Second married his precious love and she took
his last name as her own.


Then First married his precious love and she took

his last name as her own.

Twenty-eight years later and I am still mushy and get teary eyed, thinking
All because two people fell in love~we have all these amazing people in our lives.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Instead of Milk

Yep, I have found something instead of milk to meet my simple needs of having milk every few months or having a bowl of cereal.  I have never been a fan of milk.

I was reading here and there the other day and stumbled across a recipe that uses oats to make an alternative to milk. Let me say Yay!

Ingredients needed:
1 cup oats
3 cups filtered water
1 tsp.vanilla (optional-I used)

The directions were to blend the ingredients well and I did.

Then run the mixture through a strainer.

I did.  
Then pour into a jar.
Shake before each use.

This is so delicious.
I would only change one thing~I would soak
the oats with the water then drain, and squeeze the oats.
This way I would have more than the mashed oats.  I could
then use the oats in either a bread, cookies, or give to the chickens~
as I am a frugal one and love to make use of everything. 

I found the recipe for the oat milk at The Conscientious Eater.  
Nutritional Benefits of Oat Milk? Check out here at Livestrong.com.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The weekend was incredible

as Bill and I gained a new daughter!
Bill was blessed to be able to unite them in
marriage!

 
I love love!
To my son and his lovely wife,
thank you so much for the beautiful day,
dad and I love you so much.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A bit of photo catchup

as I haven't posted a good deal of the happenings lately.  In no particular order are some photos from the past weeks.  
This guy escaped from his home and arrived outside the gate.  He 
scared the dogs so much, that I was worried about what was outside.
The dogs were barking and then would turn and kind of run in fear.
As I got to the gate, I had called Bill, as I was thinking perhaps a
big cat (mountain lion) was injured and still outside the gate.

I confess I was relieved and shocked to see this little guy, as 
he was not so little.
 An officer was a few minutes away and came out while the owners
were contacted as this one and another had escaped.  This one weighed
80 lbs!  I was a tad nervous, but the deputy touched him, so I bravely-
well chickenly touched him as well.  The owners arrived and shared
that this guy is from Africa and they rescued him. 
Crazy what shows up in the desert in the middle of nowhere!
 

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I dehydrated some diced onions as I am a fool for onions.  Yep,
a fool.  I always ask Bill if I have onion breath and he tells me
no, your breath is sweet.  I think he is immune to me, and for that
I am happy!

This kitty loves to find places to sleep and usually she does not
sleep in the same place two days in a row.  Sometimes I cannot
find her as she finds such good hidey nappy places!

Bought some chips and thought of Neil Armstrong.
Still think Neil Armstrong is pretty cool even though
he is no longer alive.  The chips are the store 
brand from Albertons. 

Go Sheriff's Office!  They won the law enforcement appreciation
day hosted by a local realtor and this day is to become an annual 
event.  The young men in the photo were part of a tug a war team
of five-two aren't pictured-that competed against the city police 
department and the city fire department.  It was pretty amazing to 
watch as the sheriff's office team was not as large or with as noticable
of muscles.  I think it is because the sheriff's department team had a
rancher on the end, and even though he is skinny, working on a ranch, 
and bucking horses and such makes for a far stronger person than just 
weight lifting.  This is my opinion but I see it in my own family working
our simple little farm.  By the way, the police chief, sheriff, and fire chief 
also participated in a dance off.  The sheriff took second!

I made several trays of pumpkin pie leather as well. Oh boy is
it delish and it tastes like pumpkin pie!

Granddads are the best.  This photo is from Grand #2s first birthday.
Grand #2 is being held by his other granddad while Bill is holding 
Grand#1.  I only took a few photos of this day and hope that my daughters
and Bill forward me the rest of the photos:) wink, wink!

Here is Team_______.  Bill wore Not the Short One and I wore
Not the Tall One shirts. On the back of the shirt it says Team and 
our last name.  Yep, this is a photo of me as I am tossing a horseshoe.
We lost but Bill and I both were surprised at how many ringers we
tossed and how many points that we actually scored! Go Team ______!!

This is were the horseshoe tournament was held.  I'm putting 
this photo up because I am pretty certain that the team on the left
practicing were the team that won! Woohoo!
That's is for a teeny tiny photo catch-up. Like most people, I have a ton more photos but this is a good sneak into things around the farm and from our lives. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Catchy Title to Draw Readers

I was reading an article online and one of the ads was about garnering more readership for bloggers.  I ended up stopping in and reading that article.  I am using one of the techniques with my title.  Well kind of.  You see, I am the kind of person that likes a place to share what I think~you know a place where my thoughts are heard, but I do not need a billion or so people to read what I think.  I like my simple life and with blogging this way, I am afforded a way to share my life and thoughts and still remain anonymous enough to enjoy life.

I suppose that the blog is my online journal.  In a personal journal I cannot add links to things I have read online and I cannot add photos, but here I can do both.  I enjoy placing photos with my posts as it shares in real time the way things are.  I do not have to ponder how I had the kitchen or whatever ten years ago, as I can review my blogs and I can see what was where.  I enjoy that I post imperfect images that perhaps lack photo quality or show life as is and not made beautiful for the viewing public.

I appreciate that I can see my growth in life and also see where I have changed completely on something I truly believed and now see differently.  For example, when Bill and I had the life changing event that brought us to the farm, I was in a nervous frenzy.  You see, I knew nothing about the life we began to live.  I had never baked a loaf of bread from scratch.  I had no idea how to live on so little money and was frightened that we would fail on our endeavors, all the while, we rolled up our sleeves and moved forward.  I confess that I was worried about the country failing as the build up in 2007-2008 was so worrisome that I could not imagine Bill and I having something else pile up upon our backs.  I shared a good deal about prepping or preparing oneself for the what ifs because Bill and I were living a what if.  I wrote about the economy and how it cannot continue to sustain itself this way-yet it is.  I wrote about learning skills that would allow for the reader to understand that the skill can take one through a crisis.

My blog therefore has become an evolution of a family that lived pretty much like most Americans and then one day life changed.  In this change, we learned how to live and learned about the things we had in our home and that opened our eyes even more. 

My blog all the while shared snippets of my goof troop, family, love, marriage, the Bible, my relationship with the Creator, animals, farm life, New Mexico, and well anything my little old brain thinks of in the moment.  In the art world, I feel like my blog would be like a Jackson Pollock painting, with things thrown in and about here and there. In the blog world, my blog is this:

A collage of my life and everything that is included.  I am thankful for all those that stop by and visit.  I am thankful for my kiddos that read the blog.  I am thankful that my love still stops by to see what I have written.  Sometimes I will start at the beginning and read the blog~just because.

I do not think my blog will ever be a blog that makes history in any sense of the word.  What I believe is that I am the blogger that writes a title that is half finished in most of my posts because the title is actually the first sentence of the post.  I am the blogger that uses the label to write more things, often to my handsome Bill, but not always.  If you haven't read the labels some are pretty corny because that is who I am.  I am the blogger that loves the mountains.  I am the blogger that loves America and is not ashamed to admit it.  I am the blogger that cannot imagine more than the wonderful life I have here in the middle of nowhere~on a little farm called The Double Nickel.
Jennifer

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Two Recipes for Household Cleaning Products

Here are two of the household cleaning products that I make at home. The benefits are both financial and health-wise as I save a tremendous amount of money making my own cleaning products, but I also reduce chemicals in my home that may cause long-lasting health conditions.

Glass Cleaner:
2 cups filtered or distilled water (this is best so you don't have streaks)
2 TBSP vinegar
10 drops of essential oil I use lemon.
I added the ingredients directly to my spray bottle.
Shake the bottle.
Your glass cleaner is ready!
The total price is pennies and a one time expense of a spray bottle.

All Purpose Cleaner
2 cups warm water. I used distilled water again and just heated it up for this recipe.
Put in spray bottle then add the remaining ingredients.
1 TBSP Borax 
1/2 tsp washing soda
1 tsp liquid castille soap
essential oils of choice-I used 5 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender, 10 drops of orange essential oil.
Shake and it is ready to use.
Cost pennies to make and it is an amazing cleaner!
 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Simple Life

It is time for a Simple Life post once again.

I must say that Bill and I had no idea when we bought our teeny little corner of the world that we were actually putting our lives in an entirely new category that we had never considered before.  Well that is not completely true, as I used to dream of living in a cabin, remote, with spectacular views.  I love pioneer books, shows, and western movies.  I have read each Louis Lamour book so many times that I can recite much of the content.  But even by having these dreams I never imagined that the Double Nickel would become my Simple Life and that life surpassed all the dreams I had. 

You see, we lowered the bar on what we wanted and in turn ended up with far more than we could have imagined.  We did not buy the house but the views and of course this place was the least expensive rural place we could find.  We did not buy a place with established barns, pens, fences, or even grass.  In fact the property had only one tree. 
For some reason I do not think I have ever taken just a photo of this lonely tree, so here it is in the reflection of the window from last March from this post.  

Boy the views.  I won't go on and on about the views here, but let me just say that sometimes I just get caught up in looking  at the sunrise or sunset and forget everything else.

The previous owner was so impressed with the kitchen and he wanted to know my thoughts on the kitchen.  I told him that I had not paid attention to the kitchen because I could not stop looking to the mountains to the east.  The kitchen was a standard manufactured home kitchen that had particle board cupboards.

Although it was okay, in my simple mind, I decided that I wanted the large open farmhouse kitchen dining room not divided by a counter bar (far left) or island.  One day I had my middle two help me tear everything out!  We found a 1950s sink and that was the direction the kitchen went.
It is metal and I painted it blue and that inspired me to paint the entire kitchen/dining room~now a farm house kitchen blue. 
And here you go, the simple life and the simple farm house kitchen happened.  I added a metal look with the decor and put chicken brooder lights up over the stove and tin roofing on the area on the ceiling. I have pipe for curtain rods.  What I discovered on this path of simple living was that I did not need Martha Stewart or some country living magazine to define life.  I created things with what I saw and was inspired by~all the while living on the mentality of low cost no cost. Simple living means that for Bill and I. 

On this journey of simple living and learning how to make things that I wanted, I wound up on a path that opened my eyes.  I wanted to get back to basics and learned how to make cleaners, toiletries, and even simple homeopathic remedies that work for us. 

When we wanted to fix something, we had to think outside the box and that allowed for a unique home that is still in progress. 
Bill has been creating window trim that is stunning.  When I would imagine my remote cabin it would have windows like this. 
And framed closet doors like this.  

When I think about my simple life and how things are, I am humbled.  You see, I used to want more.  I used to want the perfect life with manicured lawns, lovely decorations in my home, and this and that.  Once we had no choice and decided to roll up our sleeves and embrace this life we had been cast into, life became and is amazing.  I most certainly am not minimizing things people find important on their wish lists.  I am pointing out that my wish list if I was granted it, would have never had the most important thing I have discovered on this simple life I lead now.  If I was granted my wish, neither Bill nor I would have learned that we could make do, with anything, and that we could be happier with less than with more. I know we would have missed out on the moments we have had as parents if we weren't on this journey we are on.  When I began I said that we lowered the bar on what we wanted and because we did so,  we ended up raising the potential on what we have.  

The simple life is what you define it.  For me, I would never have been able to define it ten years ago, but now I know exactly what the simple life is.  It is home.  It is my life and it is perfect in all its imperfections!
Jennifer

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Some photos

as I am going through the files.
Grandson #2 Look at how long his hair is! 
He turns 1 on Saturday~yay.
 
It's tarantula season on the farm.
 
Feel free to shudder.
 
Grandson #2, Second, and Grandson #1

Grandson #2 Fourth, Bill, and Grandson #1!

These cutie pies love each other.  Look at their feet, they ran to 
each other.  Grand#2 is a bit heavier and knocked Grand #1 down,
but they kissed and were ever so cute.

That ends the going through the files post.  Remember that even though the national political scene is so volatile, on the local level we are neighbors, friends, and family with ones that may not agree with everything we believe or how we are going to vote.  Please keep in mind that it is okay to not always see eye to eye with our friends.  This does not mean war has been declared.  Be the person we truly want to elect.  Be kind, considerate, caring, compassionate and friendly to everyone.  We are not and should not be a nation that becomes so divided and hateful every election.

Okay now I am finished with my going through the files post. I didn't realize I would step up on my high horse for a moment, but all is well now, I have spoke my thoughts.