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

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!

Friday, July 25, 2008

This and That

Friday's post topic is usually a home school tip, but for this post, I have a few things to write about.

In my previous post, I wrote about going through the freezer to make a meal, to rotate items and use what is on hand. I used two drumsticks for the meal. I boiled them earlier and then pulled the meat off the bones. The pot of water was perfect to then add a few items and bring it to a simmer to make some chicken broth. For the meal I peeled a carrot and used some celery, so the peelings and the ends of the celery went in the pot. I also threw back in the bones and the skin of the chicken. I then added salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and Italian seasoning.

Instead of canning this small amount of broth, I decided that I was going to freeze the broth. My simple freezer jars? I buy frozen juice in reusable plastic containers, so that I can freeze other things.
Here are the containers:




Here are the veggies and chicken bones that I used. I am straining them.



Here is the broth.


Cooled and ready to be frozen!


And the scraps of food?



These will be tossed to the chickens! So full circle, everything will be used to the fullest capacity!


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Now to the tip:
Years ago we bought the net and paddles for ping pong. My table is not standard ping pong table size but it is perfect for us. We have championships and challenges that are so fun. As a society, we seem to believe that entertainment and fun require money and outings. This is not the case. Children are only in our care a small period of time. We should maximize our time with them, without placing them on a pedestal but raising them the way God lays out for us.

Just for fun while playing- play with the opposite hand...or with two paddles...or with the cat sitting by the net! Last weekend the playoff match(believe it or not)was between Bill and I!!!


~~you can pick up a net and paddles at the local supercenter...in case you are wondering~~

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Slowing Down


{Carl Larson print}

On my journey to simplicity I have truly slowed down and had many a reflective day. I love this print because I see a woman who enjoys her home, her life and the simple beauty that exists around her.

Notice the lovely display of flowers decorating the table. Friends, it is time to slow down and make our homes beautiful without spending money. I love my quiet time and see me in this print, although my writings take place on a laptop.

Don't forget to embrace something simple today. Put your feet up and remember the world will not stop because you have taken a rest.
Jennifer