"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 farmlife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label farmlife. Show all posts

Friday, June 26, 2009

Itty Bitty Surprise!

We had a surprise this morning with our kitties. When my daughter went outside she noticed an extra kitten suckling on our momma cat. I had seen some kittens and a momma cat out by our well, but not in the past month and assumed that coyotes or cars did them in. It is hard to see the total, but three are suckling, and three are off to the side.

Oh and I am sure you can't miss the chicken in the picture. She seems to have connected with our momma cat and her kittens and follows them everywhere.(She is a Dominique and is molting at the moment.)

Every day on the farm is an incredible day.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturday on the Farm

Saturdays on the farm are busy with the chores first and foremost. We muck out the pens, and assess the needs for the following week. I also fine tune clean any and all areas that may have been overlooked on the daily house and kitchen chores. The men in the family have been working on our tire gardens. We are using the tires in a dual purpose mode. I have mentioned that I love dual purpose items. We are going to make a tire wall staggered/raised gardens. We learned last year that garden beds on the ground was a code for EVERY rabbit in the southern part of New Mexico to come with their bibs on as dinner was served. So we researched several styles of gardening, and then decided to go with one that is cost effective and result effective. We have found many many bloggers that have had successful tire gardens, plus the one we saw in Las Cruces, New Mexico.(oh and the tires are F*R*E*E)

I also try and get laundry caught up. As the weather has changed and the days are much shorter laundry has become a well planned event to get the load up on the clothesline and off in the eve before the chill of the night makes them damp again. Today I was able to get two loads up and down and the third and final load will hang until midday tomorrow.(kind of hum drum to those who have working appliances for these simple needs...)

Which takes me to my thoughts for this post. When I began this life, everything was new, and difficult. Now I notice how I process things as I go to find the most logical common sense approach. As I was hanging clothes on the line, listening to the chickens clucking around me, I thought about the incredible peace that this life has brought me. I was able to think of each member of the family as I hung up an article of clothing that belonged to them. When I put the cloth napkins up, I realized that this was the first thing I made to prepare me for this journey. Funny I set a table up in the back yard for this work, and the chickens find me and my activities as the high point of their day!!

Perhaps all the gizmo's that have been made to make our lives better~ really are to remove energy that keeps us physically and mentally fit, so that we can fill the time with activities that dull the mind, such as TV, computers, games and the likes. Make no mistake I am grateful for technology, and without the advances in medicine, I would have died delivering my first child. But often gadgets and gizmo's open up time for things that aren't really best for us.

As I close my thoughts for the day, I will share what I made for our dessert...apple pie(from the apples we picked and canned). I love apple pie in a bowl with milk and sugar on it. Anyone out there eat apple pie this way? I wonder if this is something from my mother's family( and they were German). I am the only one in my house that will eat it this way. The rest of the gang choose to eat their pie with ice cream.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Simple Morns

If you have read this blog for any amount of time you know that we are on a path of living more simple. How does one accomplish the daily meals when everything mainstream is filled with preservatives and is so wasteful, and so pricey?

So today I will start with our morns, and what we do. With the animals the morning comes early and regardless of how one *feels*. For Bill his day begins after his usual night of trying to catch an hour or two of sleep. He is nearly 4 years out from the day that changed his our lives forever. As a result of the accident he begins his morn early and in His Word. He has turned pain to gain, and has dove into opportunity when he fails to find comfort in sleep. Often I find Bill in the family room reading the bible(at all hours of the night) as he is not in as much pain when he reads the Word.

For me, I wake and iron Bill's clothes for work and we visit. The kids do the morning routine with the feeding of the animals...and the ducks never seem to sleep. Often a morning discussion occurs around the trunk(coffee table) about something one of has read. For example, today we discussed 'avoiding the very appearance of evil' and the scriptures that accompany this.

Breakfast is so different now that we do not eat cereal...it is either a morn of egg sandwiches, arroz con leche, oatmeal, or first come first serve over leftovers(last night we cooked over the fire pit-and there was yummy meat leftover-the boys split it this morn)...each of the dishes is from scratch and so much better and filling then the cereals. As it continues to get colder we add hot cocoa for mornings. Currently the guys drink coffee. We gals are not coffee fans, so water or the likes is our quencher!

We then have a break, and I get on the computer(after Bill leaves) and the kids disappear. Around 9 we begin house chores, and I clean the kitchen. After house chores we have school and it is based on where we are in the lessons. The kids as a group are working on memorizing something, they also have written and drawn up plans to make something on the farm work more efficiently...Second has an idea about salvaging gray water and directing it to a tank. Fourth has a design to access the fenced in areas of the property. Everything on our farm was modge-podge when we moved in and some things are not too high on priority...Fourth and I struggle to open and close the gate, and the dog actually can manipulate it to open...go figure. Third has not revealed his project, but you get the idea. Hands on ideas and solutions offered by the kids...my favorite way to learn(trial and error).

As morn slowly comes to and end around noon, my daughter or I take out the slop bucket to our little friends. It is a scramble to get something/ anything from the bucket. The chickens go goofball to get any morsel. It is fun to watch, and as a parent I realized that this is the life that I am happy that the children have. I am glad that they are seeing farm life/no living farm life, as it is making all the difference to us all.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Incredible Artist

Sun setting at the Double Nickel

I will admit that life on the farm is not easy, but with such beautiful closes to each day, I am strengthened.

In the beginning God created(Genesis 1:1)

and for this lovely creation, I am humbled and grateful.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Rain, Simple Life and ...

Recently I shared that we rarely have rain, and low and behold we had a flooding rain today. The boys and I spent the afternoon treading to the pens to rescue many of our young flock and the goats. My heart was heavy as I thought of those in the Midwest, because my concern was only for the animals as my home and vehicles were fine.

Here is an opportunity for my readers to see just how we have created the houses with salvaged materials for our little farm. The gates and actual houses are made from campaign signs from several friends who have been in office. In the United States we have come to a point where everything that we have is a status for what we have become and who we are. It was hard at first not to rush down to the hardware store and buy all new materials for our projects.

On our path of simplicity we decided NO MORE.

Now I will confess in my home I am not using such humble items. I am just recovering, remaking, refurnishing, or painting what already is there. So my post that began on rain has turned to a window into my life just a bit more.

Ducks are in heaven!!!

Looking to the Dominique pen, the duck pen and what we call the nursery(the teen hens). Yes we have made shade shelters...if you click on the photo you can see more clearly...it is over 100* daily!!(notice the kiddie pool it is 8" high)

Looking down the lane.

As we opened the pens to lock in the hens to their houses the ducks kept following us and played everywhere! Even the goose was totally enjoying himself.

By the way I again have 10 chicks 4 weeks old and the new turkey in my bathroom...their pen flooded as we were gathering them, tossing them into an ice chest and hauling them inside!

I must say we will be changing a few things in the barnyard as soon as it clears up and dries out!!

Oh and total cost for pens and houses...12 2x 4's, nails, and pool for the ducks. All else is salvaged. I used the paint from the house projects.(it is my third color for the inside)

I confess that I have not prayed at all for those in the Midwest...I am fixing that now. Please add those in the flood zone to your prayer list, as their homes have not dried out and many have been in shelters for weeks.