"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
Showing posts with label White Sands. Show all posts
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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Trip to the Mountains

We went to the other side of Cloudcroft, NM to get a load of wood for the farm. We packed a lunch and had a fantastic time with the family. Here are a few pictures of the trip. I will confess that I love going to the mountains as it is so cool and green.

Double Nickel Farm is approximately 4335 feet above sea level and where we went is around 8650 feet!

The load of wood. We loaded ten -twelve foot poles and wood as we will cut it stove length at home. We will also use the poles for pens and needed post around the farm. Third is on the siderail and Fourth is on the top of the truck. Second is behind the wheel.

Fourth~ Third~ Second, yes Second has a crutch. He pulled a few ligaments in his foot(not the tech term!) Oh and it was a bit cooler than down here in the desert so we were glad to have a few sweatshirts on hand!

I was putting some things in the truck and look what peeked in at me!

I gathered some wild flowers to dry in the house. I love to have pretty things around the house!

It was a long day and Fourth was resting as we were almost done. Second must always be behind the wheel!!!

This clearing was so neat, and it was like a pathway to heaven!

Some aspens in a lovely grove.

Looking down to the White Sands- it was a windy day so the haze is actually the White Sands blowing.

I collected some dandelion leaves and flowers to dry for shampoo and teas. In the bag we also collected some leaves etc, as we are putting together a leaf collection display for the school.

In these cups are specimens for our bug collection. Third caught a butterfly that landed on him, and Fourth found a beetle that we had never seen before. I love that every moment can and should be used as a learning opportunity, for everyone.

That is the end of our trip- even though I actually took 159 photos! I hope that you all take the time to get out and explore the world around you. Amusement parks and theaters are wonderful, but taking in the Creation is peaceful and relaxing.
(c) Double Nickel Farm

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Snowy Saturday

Well not really. This is the season that this former Ohio girl misses snow. Living in the desert southwest is a daily vacation filled with views that still take my breath away, but once in awhile I do miss the snowstorms of my childhood.

When I first moved west in the summer of '88, I remember thinking that the desert has much more color than I believed. Now I know that is true. I often hum in the evening as the sun sets behind the mountains and they appear purple(purple mountains majesty), and laugh when I see the types of bugs.

But as quick as my longing for childhood memories arrive they disappear, as I know that we all bring our past with us. We all take a bit of every experience that has made us who we are to the present. My mother's family is part German and I see that in my cooking. As we put the Christmas tree up, I see snow drifts, and sleds, and ice skates, and really remember the Blizzard of '78...and all the gear that went with it-hats, mittens, boots, scarves, rosy cheeks, and near frozen toes.

As my longing comes and goes, I realize that the first photo is like having snow, without the hazards of driving that comes with it. I wonder what the first settlers must have thought when they moved to this region of New Mexico? They must have rubbed their eyes in shock seeing what appeared to be snow in the desert, and combined their memories of snow, to this new environment! Instead of lacking, the snow and sand melded...at least for those who may never really experience snow. Perhaps one wonders what I mean? It is the desert, the children must sit inside longing for a cool day to go out and play(not).

As you can see the children of the desert suffer immensely, and miss out on the true purpose of sleds. Oh and instead of having to come inside to warm up and have hot cocoa, the kids have to come under a sunshade and drink water-sunblock is a necessity!

Here is one of my sons(Third) trying out a new move...

So as I momentarily longed for something of my childhood, I quickly came back to the present. My memories are lovely to visit, and helped build the character that I have, but my children will have memories of this life. Fortunately the past and the present blur when White Sands National Monument is at your back door!

For all of you enjoying *real* snow this weekend, I pray that you take the time to really enjoy it, and in return I will take my sandals off and wiggle my toes in the sand[of the warm beaches that you are thinking of].

{the photos were all taken at the White Sands National Monument}

Monday, September 15, 2008


We went on a drive last night...

It wasn't too slippery.

It was so crisp and the moon was full that I had Bill stop so I could get a photo.

And then I got a photo of my Goofs. Now you may wonder why they are wearing shorts in such cool weather...because it is White Sands...now they have jackets on because the desert retains no heat at night, so it does get cool!

Here is what we usually do at White Sands...this is an activity with our Home School Group.
Fun..we take candles to wax the bottom of the sleds. If you are visiting you can rent a sled at the entrance for a few dollars(and get most back when you return the sled). We do not worry about frost bite here, but heat exhaustion! A must is water, WATER, and more water!
Here is another photo from a home school activity. The kids get on the top of the dunes and do what kids all over do at the beaches. I have seen a young boy carve steps up the hill so he could climb up with ease to then slide down.

And yes, I do miss snow. My kids have never really lived where they have had snow every year, but the exchange is not too bad! What do you think??