"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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I forgot

to share that Fourth took me out last weekend.
She took me to see The StepCrew.  Now this marquee says that they are from Ireland, but the are not.  They are from Canada!  Here is their website: The StepCrew.

photo credit: London Free Press
We both agreed that the fiddle player was amazing.  His name is Shane Cook and here is his website: Shane Cook.

My review of the night is this:
Company (Fourth):  superb!
Location: superb!
StepCrew:superb...the musicians made the dancing even more incredible.
Spotlight: Shane Cook.  
The evening was priceless as is I spent time with my lovely daughter!
Thank you my sweet Fourth!

*On the table

 are index cards from a recent Bible study.
  
 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 1 Timothy 2:15

Sadly, this command is overlooked a good deal.

When Paul wrote this letter,  the word of Truth was not what we understand as the New Testament.  The New Testament would not be compiled until later.  Paul was telling new believers, followers of the Messiah, and as well as to those his epistles were directed, that one needs to be active.

One needs to test what is being presented using the word, which
was at that time the Old Testament(and whatever being taught can not conflict or contradict).

The Bereans understood this concept.   In the Book of Acts we learn:  the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.  Acts 17: 10-11

The Bereans were noble and they heard what the apostles taught, and then they searched the scriptures to make sure that the teachings lined up with what God already said.  They studied the Old Testament which was the scriptures.  You see, God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  

 John tells us to search the scriptures as well, in John 5: 39, Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:and they are they which testify of me.

The New Testament cannot contradict the Old Testament.
Does this make sense?

Many today  make a huge division between the Jew and the Christian and in my studies I am wondering why?  Many believe that the Christian is removed from the Jew, not connected, and what was originally for Jew, is now for the Christian.

BUT

Jeremiah 31:31 says, Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.  (so this will be with both Judah~the Jew~and also with the house of Israel...the question is this~who is Israel?)

In Jeremiah 31:32 we learn that the new covenant is building off the old covenant which was given at Sinai~which was the ten commandments. 

In Jeremiah 31:33 we see how this will be the same covenant but with the bar raised.  Now the law(the commandments) will be written in our inward parts and in our hearts.  

To recap-this will be for the houses of both Judah(the southern kingdom), and of Israel (which is the ten tribes of the northern kingdom).

With study one must ponder, who then is Israel?
This is a big one, as Christ himself tells us who he came for in Matthew 15:24~I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 
 Christ came to unite both houses under the same new covenant.

Seriously.

Like with twelve tribes that were followed by Pharaoh into the wilderness, the stranger was among them.  The stranger was to do all that was expected of by God, just like the twelve tribes. (this is found in Exodus, as well as in Leviticus and many other places)
This is how we learn about who Israel is. You see, one can be grafted in.  The Book of Romans shares this.  The ones that call upon the name of the Lord, will be grafted in and will be like the strangers of the exile.  They will become part of the body.
Studying to show thyself approved is pretty important.  Accepting man's understanding for God's truth is never what is what one is told to do in the Word.
Therefore, the new covenant, is the old but inside us. And with that, I will share that the sabbath which we are told to remember and to keep holy, is still true.  Yes, Christ is our rest, but the new covenant does not say that we negate one of the commands when it is written on our inward parts.
The sabbath was the only day that was given a name.
We are to rest upon the sabbath.  
We also have rest in our Saviour.  Both are true.
When we study, we realize that man may change things, but God is the same.
He added a reminder to this commandment, almost as if He knew, that some day the importance of the Sabbath would be changed.
 
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days thou shalt labor, 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 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


By the way,  I must be very clear here:   I am saying that God never changed which day is the Sabbath.  In addition, we are told that Jesus is Lord of the sabbath, which not only informs us that the day is still noteworthy, but quite specifically that Christ is Lord over this day.  (Matthew 12:8,  Mark 2:28,  and Luke 6:5)

*I originally posted this on January 31, 2014. 

I want to add a few more verses to reveal who Israel is:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  Ephesians 2:8-13 
When were are/were without Christ we are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel...with Christ we are Israel.

We are NOT the country Israel.  This causes much confusion.  We are with Christ and are the lost sheep of the House of Israel.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Meme

I think that this will be a regular on the Double Nickel.  I think that memes are a great way to get a point across quickly. 

What I like about this verse is that it is a great warning to those that read a meme and share it immediately without verifying the information. 

Please remember that we live in a fallen world and the goal, unfortunately seems to be one of inciting hatred and confusion.  Therefore, please verify what you read, and pause before you speak.  Actually, just read the above verse, as the Bible says it far better than I can.

When a grand comes to visit

the dog is content.

Bill sat here with Grand #2 and they shared a plate of beans, rice and chicken.
Grand #2 had two little spoons and took this to mean he could wave his spoon all
over the plate equally spreading the food around the dining area!
Bill smiled and let him.  You see what we see as chaos is seriously just
a baby learning how to manipulate a spoon so he can feed himself.
It takes practice and years to perfect~

Meanwhile snake dog takes on her other role vacuum dog!

How Bill begins his day

is all dependent upon what he wants for breakfast. If he has to be to work early, breakfast is wrapped in a burrito.
This is an older photo, but you get the idea, even if it isn't the best of images.
I sometimes write a corny note on the foil and wrap a burrito up.  It can be made with eggs, potatoes, salsa, tomatoes,beans, shredded beef or a combination of a few of the previous ingredients.  The content depends on what is in the fridge, although I promise you egg is in every breakfast burrito! I send juice of some sort, and if he has his coffee mug, I will fill that as well. 

If Bill eats breakfast at home, he has the luxury of asking for this or that.

This morning he asked for an omelette with pancakes.   Easy peasy.  I did not snap the photo with the pancakes because they always turn out perfect.  The omelette on the other hand... well this one turned out nice.  I used peppers, onions, tomatoes, cheese and eggs. Yum. 

Over the weekend I made huevos rancheros with a side of potatoes.
The potatoes have jalapenos, onions along with red and gold potatoes.
Once again~yum. 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...well it is at least, for sure, in the top three and I hope that the meal starts Bill's day out right so he can do what he needs to do.   

By the way an alternate title could be: How I begin my day.  The rest of the post would then say: I visit with Bill while he eats, as I kind of like eating after the sun is up.  My breakfast is also to order and dependent upon what is on hand, but usually it has either beans or Brussels Sprouts as the main part and onions definitely on the side.  After Bill leaves for work, I read the Bible, read the news online and plan out the events for the day.  

So there you have it the life and times of people that probably seem quaint and/or boring!  For Bill and I it is simply life! 

Oh No!

I ran out of laundry soap!
Yep.  My laundry bottle is an old glass jar.  It is empty.
What should I do?

Refill it. 
From my homemade batch of laundry soap.
I put a recipe up here...a while ago.  
It needs to be stirred before I can refill the laundry bottle.

Thanks to my dowel rod everything kitchen tool*, I stirred the soap 
and 

was able to refill my jar.  I used to just take the soap
out of the bucket~but I had some apple cider that was 
bottled in this jar~and there you go.

Store bought laundry soap is expensive. Store bought organic laundry soap is expensive.  This laundry soap is low cost.  You will need to invest in a bucket, which you can get free from a restaurant or buy one from a hardware store. (this is a bought bucket:$2.99, but in the past I had farm buckets re-purposed). The ingredients:  bar of soap, washing soda, and borax will cost about $10.00.  How long will it last?  I use one jar for two-three months because it is just Bill and I and the bucket last for almost 12-14 months).  I have not bought borax, washing soda, or even the organic soap (I used to use Fels Naphta but now I use Dr. Bronners) in a long time.  Like three or four years.  A little goes a long way.  SERIOUSLY.

 For a fabric softener I use vinegar. 
Sometimes I will use tea tree essential oil on old socks and toss it in the dryer.  If I am using the solar dryer, vinegar works and keeps everything soft and cuddly!  The price of vinegar is about$1.50- 2.00 depending on where I buy it, and I use vinegar in a lot of my cleaners so I buy one bottle a month. 

If you are on a budget you should consider trying making your laundry soap as you will save a good amount and the results will show in your second if not first grocery trip.  

*Now about my everything kitchen tool~the dowel.  I use it as a hammer, a stirrer, a rolling pin, a wedge as well as other things.  No housewife should be without!! ;)

Friday, January 27, 2017

What can I say?

Bill and I never really had an office space in the home.  We have carved out areas for a desk and one time even made a fold up desk that sat in the dead space behind a couch.  Since it is just Bill and I at home, we decided to dedicate one room in the home as an office. It is still in the setting up stage and I have shared a few photos in different posts sharing the transition.  It is in no means done. 

Why? Well for one silly little thing.  We never put any of Bill's diplomas, awards or citations up.  Never. Therefore as I was assembling items and trying to figure out what should adorn the walls, I realized that wow, Bill has received a tremendous amount of training and recognition.  I must say I am so thankful that this is the case.  I've run out of frames.  I am running out of wall space and I still have things to add. I am reassessing what and how I am going to display the items and while I do, I have come up with a temporary way it will look. 
I have a flag, items that need shadow boxes, as well as a place to put his badges but this is a start.  I tried to put the 28 plus years up from right to left: military to civilian career with his college diploma bridging the gap.   I pray that this does not seem like a brag post.  As I ponder the next frame collection (nearly 30 more), I paused as I looked at this wall.  On the right side is the recognition that the world gave my Bill for being in the National Guard and then the Army.  It is a snippet of what I have.  But this wall does not only represent Bill's efforts in those years he was in the Army.  You see, when Bill went to Basic Training, I spent those months with my newborn baby, First.  Bill and I knew that this time would be hard but we sacrificed as this time gave Bill the training to be what he desired to be.   I see a few of the many awards he received and think about what the family did to ensure that Bill was able to perform his best.  Now to be clear, this does not mean that without me, Bill would not have achieved these awards. I think Bill is pretty amazing and may have even achieved more!  I am kind of dancing around what I am thinking.  In a world where women march to obtain an identity because they feel suppressed, I stood behind and encouraged, uplifted and challenged my husband to be, so that we, as a family could be taken care of. 

Every single book Bill read for his degree, I read.  I was his tutor at times but really I was his study partner.  When he went to the Police Academy I was alone with four children one hundred plus miles away.  We decided that if he came home for weekends he would not be able to study so for the most part he stayed at the academy and doubled down.  This diploma reminds me of the time our dog was hit by a car in front of our house.  For the only time I ever I left the three boys home alone, as I took the dog to the vet with the baby.  I did not wish for the boys to see her die (as she was in the throws of death) so I left them at home, and rushed to the vet.  A successful marriage and family can be accomplished with each partner seeking their own paths or they can unite like Bill and I and have just as successful of a marriage.  In no measure do I feel like I need an award to remind me of how much I have done to be there for my Bill.  This is because Bill is there for me as much if not more. 

With this wall and the things I have to set up our office, I am reminded of our many years together and how in all that we have done we have done it with this as our compiled goal: to remain strong in our relationship, strong in Bill's work, and strong as a family.  About 18 years ago our path changed a bit and we placed God first then the other things.  I am thankful that until we sought God, He patiently waited for us as the relationship we have now is so much more solid because of our faith.

As I come to a close in this post, I looked up to the title once again, and I realized, What can I say is a lot.  It is funny how setting up an office has made me deeply reflective and tremendously thankful for the life I have lived so far.   And a quick humbling factor...this wall of awards is to the south in our office, but this is our view if we sit at the desk and look east:
There is nothing we can earn, nothing we can make that compares the handiwork of the Creator!

Dehydrating Strawberries

Strawberries were on sale for $1.00 per pound the other day so I bought two pounds~as that was the limit!
I love strawberries as a dried snack.

I used my handy dandy tool to pull off the leaves and then sliced them very 
thin. 
I tried to find the name of this, but I couldn't even find an image of this online. I have
had since we married and it is what my mom used.  Any ideas what this is called? Is it even
to be used for what I use it for??

Until I figure out what it is called...well probably it won't matter~I will continue to call it my handy dandy strawberry tool!

Anyhow I dehydrated the strawberries at 135F for about 4 hours.


 And this is the result:
One pound of fresh strawberries equals about one third of a quart dehydrated strawberries! 
I am dehydrating the other pound today, because yesterday after I dehydrated the strawberries, I dehydrated cilantro leaves~yum!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

PLEASE READ THIS POST: Real Women

overcome.  Real women do not need to wear a vagina mask or cap to have others see her for a woman.  My mom was one of those women.  I have shared how she lost not only my dad when she was pregnant with me (and I have 5 older siblings), but she remarried and my step-dad died 8 years into that marriage, and we added a step-sister and another little baby to the family.  Mom raised us.  It was definitely not something she planned on doing, nor would she have chose to have children without fathers, but life dealt her a very sad hand.

A few minutes ago one of my sister's called and told me she had found something that she had never seen before, and she knew I had not seen it.  She sent it to me and wow.  I understand why my sister said her eyes filled with tears when she saw it.

My sister found in some things that were my mom's my birth announcement card from the hospital.

Keep in mind that my dad was killed before I was born, so this card was given to my mom after my birth.  I have never seen this until this moment, and my heart broke thinking of what my mom thought when she saw my little footprints and Congratulations Dad

While so many are acting so selfish and to be honest shameful (the march, the protests) I am sharing the birth card that was placed on my baby bed when I was born.
I edited a few things out but this is the card. 

Here is the back of the card.  
Tears.
How hard must this have been for my mom? 

Like a trooper, mom brought me home, and with my siblings she raised us.  She did not crumble this card in grief...something that I wonder perhaps I might have done.  No, she kept it.  

Real women do not have time to cry and moan. 
Real women recognize that they are made different from men as a compliment.
Not because men can do things that women can't but because in an ideal situation the two halves brought together become complete.  My mother most certainly proved that she could be both strong and caring.  

Mom was an amazing woman.
I am disgusted by those that claim that they are speaking for women when they dress up so crudely and then speak so vulgar. Imagine for a moment a woman that was 29 years old...alone with six babies 5 and under.  
Now let me tell you what she did for me...she gave me hope, she taught me to love learning.  She opened my eyes up to the outdoors and nature.  She encouraged my rock craze.  She supported me when I told her I was marrying a man I just met.  

If I could share what a real woman is, I pray it is through the example I was taught, and the lifestyle I lead.  I pray I am a woman that honors the very blessing I have been given, in having the ability to reproduce.  Only half the planet is granted this opportunity, and many struggle that have the correct parts.  I pray I am strong when I need to be, soft when I need to be, and down right reflective of the diversity that makes up women.  I cannot and will not condone the actions of those that marched.  I stand for women, I stand for men, I stand for babies.  I stand for Truth in the fact that I was created specifically by my Creator to be a woman in this very time.  I pray that we all remember that we all have purpose.  For the record to imply that this march was comparable to the women's right to vote is tragic.

If I could go back in time, I would hug my mom one more time, and thank her ever so much for not weeping, complaining or living in despair for the life she was granted as a woman.  I am thankful that she was my example. 

Powerful Sermon!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday Three

I have a good number of thoughts I am putting together about the events of the past weekend.  I am trying to figure out a way to write it without coming off as vulgar, crude, pornographic and out and out hateful.  By now you must have figured out that I am planning on writing about the Women's March upon Washington DC.  Some days I feel like I am a foreigner in my own country as this march was so unbelievable that it is hard to think it could be for anything sincere.  While I continue to put that post together, I thought I would share three photos:

 
I was ironing last night after 5.  Usually I finish the day to day housework before Bill comes home, but yesterday I was really behind the power curve.  

Last night I sat at the computer and realized that I did not close the curtain all the way.  We have rearranged the room we have newly called the office so that when one is at the desk they can view the incredible mountain views.  The plant shelf does not detract from the amazing views. 
The homespun hat I made for the previous post is on the front right side of the plant shelf.

 
Finally, I am so thankful that we have our woodstove.  
It really makes the home cozy and warm. Thank you Bill for leaving me a nice toasty fire this morning.  It has made all the difference.

Stay tuned, I am going to post about the election, the march and some other things.
Until then, I will continue posting this and that from the simple life of 
Bill and I on the Double Nickel Farm. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Some photos from the past several days

Second, Third, Bill and I went to Fourth's to help move a couch~and she 
has a magnetic dart board.  We ended up playing for a while.  See the dart 
shadow?  For the record-only one person beat every single other person...
and that person is quite short!

I participated in an activity recently and wore this sign,
that was coupled with a homespun hat.

We had fog the other day. 
Fog.
It is not a common occurrence out here in the desert.


Oh and here is a photo of me as passenger on a trip
with an amazing man.  Yep, I am working hard on this including
me in the blog.  If you are desiring those movie star sunglasses
feel free to go to the Dollar Tree...

eat beautiful


Food. 

Every single day everyone on the planet will eat.  

I not only eat every day, but I am afforded a variety in food so that I can provide my body with the proper nutrients that I need.  

The choices I make about food have several factors but for the past few years (for the most part), Bill and I have been working to live a healthier life so we can live long and see hopefully many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Therefore, I am fascinated by cookbooks or books that teach healthy tips and have recipes.  Recently I read eat beautiful by Wendy Rowe. 


Now for the past two years I have really been using fresh parsley in many dishes that I make.  After reading the section titled: Parsley The Wonder Herb, I understand why.  The author even said something along this thought of “our body craves what it needs to help it.”  What I did not know about parsley was “[parsley] lightens the shadows under the eyes and reduces puffiness for a more sparkly, bright-eyed look.”

Wendy Rowe divided the book into seasons and suggest that we should eat what is in season and provided recipes and sections based on each season.   In the winter recipe section is a recipe titled Rosemary Tea and since I have a rosemary plant this is something I am going to make this week and will provide a review so stay tuned!

Since I had not heard of Wendy Rowe I decided to find out a bit about her.  She is a professional makeup artist that decided that what you put inside you is as important to how your skin looks as what you put on your skin.  If you would like to read more about Wendy you can click here and read her full bio and what she has accomplished over her career. 

Eat beautiful is a dual purpose book as it is filled with nutritional information and then gives recipes so it is more than a cookbook.  This book gives great ideas on how to eat seasonal and is divided in a manner that is easy to follow.  There are also health and beauty tips that allow for a skin regime using foods around the home.  I believe this is a good addition to a book collection for anyone wishing to keep their skin healthy inside and out.

You can purchase eat beautiful here as well as many other places on the Internet.

Disclaimer:  I got a copy of this book for free through the Blogging for Books program.  The review and opinions here are my own and were not influenced by that fact.

Friday, January 20, 2017