"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, March 31, 2017

Three for now

I have shared this photo before, but I am sharing this again as it is so my current situation as well. Before it was Second and Third that made my heart sink if I went to the bathroom and discovered something like this.  Now, well let's just say their children take after them!
I'm getting ready to paint the porch and thought about revamping the Welcome sign. In case I do, here is a before photo!

My mountains. 
I am so thankful that each and every day I can look upon them as they are so beautiful and majestic that they calm me ever so much.  I love knowing that my Creator's handiwork is my favorite mural. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Life has changed a bit on the

farm.  Things don't always go as planned and I work hard to remember
Romans 8:28 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.

Sleep Tincture Recipe

 I found this remedy on wellnessmama.com and really think it is a good one to share.  I am in no measure against medical treatment or medications.  For some things though, a herbal remedy does the trick and there is no need to use a store bought medication.  For a simple night's rest here is a sleep tincture recipe.

Here are the ingredients:
#1 hops flowers, mint leaves, chamomile flowers, and oatstraw

#2 yarrow flowers, stevia leaf, catnip and 80 proof vodka.

How to make the sleep tincture~

Materials and amounts of ingredients needed:
2 TBSP each yarrow, catnip, oatstraw and chamomile
1 TBSP each mint hops and stevia
Boiling water
2 cups vodka
quart size canning jar

Put all the herbs in the jar.
Pour boiling water to just cover the herbs and mix well.
Fill the jar the rest of the way with the vodka.
Cap with airtight lid and leave in cool dark place for at least 2 and up to 8 weeks shaking daily.
After the time (btw I left mine for 12 weeks), strain the herbs and store in tincture bottles and use as needed.

I made two jars and then have the remainder in a half pint jar. 
I label each item with what it is and the date.  In my books of recipes etc for herbal remedies I have the exact ingredient list and can refer to it as needed. 

Normal dose for adults two to three sprays in the throat.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Archaeological dig on the Double Nickel

Well that's what I call going through the fridge so I don't waste food.
I found lentils, half an onion and some sweet peppers.

I decided to make veggie sloppy Jen's.  I sauteed the onions and peppers in olive oil.  When they were ready I drained the lentils and added them to the peppers and onion.  I added a few tablespoons of ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar (each 2 tbsp), and a tsp of NM chili powder..


The Life of a Laundry Basket

The life of a laundry basket on the Double Nickel has many cycles and many purposes. Today the laundry basket was reminded of days long ago when wee ones played in it.
The basket has duct tape covered with duct tape on a few corners but it still works and therefore lives on another day.  

Thank you lunapic.com for a neat editing tool of cartoon image.
By the way, I love the little toy goat in the foreground.  The grands have a farm animal set they play with when they visit and the goat did not make it to the laundry basket with the other critters! 

Before Post # 32,917

This is a before post of a learning activity I am making for the grands.  Thanks to a coupon and a sale I bought two boxes of  cereal.  Aside from Chex mixes(for Chex treats), I rarely buy cereal.  Since we have the cereal and I have had those that visit munch on it, I now have one empty box.
Post isn't giving me anything for this advertising plug ;). 
Here is the first empty box.  

I took out the plastic bag for the cereal and then cut the box so it was one flat piece.
I used the front of the box as the board, and the back piece I have cut out the basic shapes. 
I am going to cover the backside of all pieces in some paper then I will cover all in clear shelf liner. 
This is the basic level as you can see.  After the boys get the concept I will add several more pieces of each shape so they can stack the pieces.  Once they master circle and square then I will make other boards with a new shape every few weeks.  The extra shapes of circles and squares, as well as all new shapes I will make in the basic colors so we can add learning the colors to this system.  

For the record a very young Jen, way back when taught my oldest shapes so he could work the VCR player.  I cut stickers in a circle and square shape and I had him push the circle to rewind the VCR and push the square to play.  It worked amazing and from that point forward I really enjoyed seeing how much I could teach such wee ones!

Monday, March 27, 2017

A window to life

on the Double Nickel.
Let's begin with a window~Bill finished framing in another window!

Washing the truck with G1.
Pizza prep for Sunday meal of pizza and soup.

Pizza's taking shapes...no after photos~we ate them too fast!

Family grand room! 

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Have a restful


To be fair

I love the County Fair!  Since we moved to the Double Nickel I have entered items into the county fair as a way of encouragement for me.  I was learning on the ground and it was nice to submit crafts or items I had baked or canned to the Fair.

Today I was relocating the ribbons I have earned over the years.  I am changing the art room back into a room with a need so time to bring the ribbons to a new room.
Thank goodness I have a fairly good footstool ladder thing.  I am exhausted though as putting up years 2008-2013 required a full extension of my arms. I guess I should have waited until Bill was home!

2014-2016 were much easier.  Of course the roof is sloped so it did make this part easier.  I will perhaps do a complete photo of the room when I am finished.

For my fun after climbing up and down the beast climber ladder thingie, I worked a bit on this painting:
It is in the early stages and will be part of a farm grouping I am working on. 
I know I am painting a lamb and most likely a henny penny. From there who knows?!

After Acts

Moody Publishers
I found myself drawn to the book After Acts as the first sentence on the back of the book is what I have often wondered.  
 If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the biblical characters after Acts-from the well-known Matthew to lesser-known Bartholomew-then this book is for you. (Litfin, 2015)

I have thought about this a good deal.  I know that there are many church legends and such about differing apostles.  What I have wondered is if any of the legends have any truth in them or not.  The book After Acts is the book that helped filter out what is legend, lore and what has a ring of truth in it. 

Bryan Litfin, the author of After Acts, takes the reader through apostle after apostle and researches the legends and sifts through them to see if there is any truth in the stories.  He uses a basic report card after each chapter to rate whether the stories and legends line up with probability or not.  

I enjoyed how Liftin uses the Bible as the source as he begins the tracing of each person.  For example, here is what he wrote about Luke:
Only a few facts can be deduced from Scripture about the life of Luke, since he is mentioned by name in a mere three verses. (Litfin, 2015, p. 56)

The book design is very nice, and the chapters are easy to follow.  I was surprised by the quantity of information about each person, and how Liftin pulls the facts out of the legend if there are any. 

I have found the book After Acts to be an amazing book and recommend this to everyone and anyone. I especially look forward to reading Liftin’s other books Getting to know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction and
Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations.

Litfin, B. (2015). After Acts. Chicago: Moody Publishers.

Disclaimer:  I got a copy of this book for free from Moody Press Newsroom program.  The review and opinions here are my own and were not influenced by that fact.

Well the wind has died down and

I can see my mountain again.  I thought I would share the memes from face*book from many fellow New Mexicans after a crazy windy yesterday!
Often the March madness means that my garbage cans blow away and in return I get the garbage from the people several acres away.  


I have watched things blow by the window that made me head away from windows. One time a very nice looking piece of plywood flew by.  Once it passed I told my boys to head out and see if they could find it as plywood and farm projects, well it is a win! ps they never found it and who knows who lost it!


And a bonus one that has nothing to do with the wind but has a tad bit of truth to it~
well kinda  truthful ;) for us on the Double Nickel

because we do have license plates on the wall
~but our vehicles have license plates on them so~