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

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 3, 2008

200th Post

Wow, this is my 200th post on this blog! I wasn't going to post about that but I noticed this as pulled up the create post...so woo who!!!

I have not posted much as of course we have our usual prep going on, and cutting wood and such. But I had something neat happen and thought I would share this with you. For 10 years or so I have had the luxury of having extra padding, around the midsection...you know the story, life is good and I had the ease and sadly the convenience of buying whatever foods I wished. I did not read nor truly care what I ate, as if it tasted good, then I was fine.

But on my path to simplicity I have really investigated the foods that we ate, and what preservatives have been put in them. What an eye opener! Boy the junk that is put in foods is awful for us. In fact the growth hormones given to cattle is frightening, especially when you see the obesity rates of children. I mean do the math if it makes a cow grow faster and put on bulk, then wouldn't it make sense that those that drink it would be affected by the hormones?

I cannot express to you the importance of reading your labels, and be cautious when you eat. In my research I discovered that the food we eat should be as close to it's original form as possible. For example eat a potato that you mash if you wish for mashed potatoes, instead of buying mashed potatoes. Now I must also say that the potato is not the best food you can eat. But you get the idea.

Now to my eye opener: on this path to simplicity I have worked a great deal with my 5'0" frame. I have hoed, raked, weeded, lifted rocks, fed animals, chased and caught a goose, chickens, ducks...and mucked out pens, painted the house in and out, ripped out carpets, and baked from scratch...and I have lost inches in the mid section! I cannot keep things pulled up and things are loose!!Yay.

The lifestyle has kept me in the sunshine and I have added natural vitamins from the environment...vitamin D...for one.

Now to the interesting thing...in our previous life(before simplicity) Bill worked 50-60 hours a week so that we could buy neat things and expensive foods, and eat out and travel, and he worked holidays and overtime so that I could buy exercise equipment and gym memberships, all for naught. Now he works 40 hours and uses all leave or sick time promptly(unlike in old life where he NEVER took any time off). We have in front off us visible rewards to our efforts. The boys are so much more tone that when they worked out with the Nordic Gym that they have, or when they jog and lift weights. Funny huh? God tells us in Genesis that after the Fall that the in the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat thou bread...and we sweat and are the healthiest(aside from injuries as a result of accident) that all of have ever been.

You see this world was made by Him and He did provide ample ways for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He did not make it easy, but the regime has been a blessing!

Now to my newest workout method! Are you ready? It did cost some money. I paid $3.43 cents for one item and $1.00 for the other item...and I have the rest...

What is this??? you might innocently say a plunger!

How about this?? Again you might innocently say a broiler pan
And these?? 5 gallon buckets...RIGHT?

Nope...in order you see an agitator, a washboard, and the wash basin and rinse basin of the Double Nickel Farm. I realized after much research that the average washing machine uses 60 gallons of water per load! We have a well in the desert, and I want it to last and be hearty...so I pondered what I could do.

Wash clothes... by the hand method. (I will use around 15 gallons per load or less). I will still use the washer for the bedding and the jeans of the guys, but the rest will be in our handy dandy laundry center. I have researched this a good deal, and realize that much of what I have washed was clean, one time usage and I have been conditioned to wash and sterilize EVERYTHING...

No we are not going around dirty...and secretly I love the idea of another work out that is more than a mundane activity that I HAVE TO DO TO BE SKINNY. By doing physical labor that benefits me!!!

I do believe friends that our financial situation in the US is not going to get better because the politicians believe that the solution is to BAIL out BUY out, GIVE FOOD stamps, Welfare FIRST...for everyone. We do have those that need help, but I believe that we should help ourselves FIRST...BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. On the airplane we are guided if we have small children to first put on our Oxygen mask, then the child, as if we pass out from lack of Oxygen then we cannot help them. Same premise for us as a nation. Take it to your family level. Pull your bootstraps up and get smart with the money you make. Be frugal with the effort you make to bring home a paycheck.

Be cautious and wise with your money! And for you women that want a toning up exercise, begin making your bread...IT WORKS:)

Oh and as this is my 200th post here I am going to offer two crocheted dish cloths that I made. Leave a comment and I will draw next week...The dish cloths look like these but may be a different yarn print(whatever I have on hand!!) I use one like these to do dishes every day!