"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

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Know what's Great?

The sound that the flag makes blowing in the wind...

Simple things do make a wonderful life.

My Home Tour: The Kitchen

My kitchen...not much to it, and you can wonder what is in the room beyond, scroll to the last photo!

This is where the cloth napkins go, it is on the end cupboard to the right in the above photo.

Below the cloth napkins, is the trunk with my cold storage(so to speak) with potatoes, onions, garlic and squash(I use an old drawer as the container to store them)

Here is what you see in the background of the photo right...the litter box(sorry it is brutal:(

I do not like cats inside, but we live rural and battled early on with mice...so cats inside and one outside. Cats are messy and refuse to keep their litter and poo neat, so I created the kitty poo on the wall deflector. The newspapers just are un-clipped and thrown away! Cats definitely have the life! We scoop, we feed, we water, we pet, they go ANYWHERE!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What to do with old campaign signs!

Mend the fence in the goat pen(behind the stand)
Make a goat house.

Make an A frame house for the ducks.

Make a partial shelter for goats(this was during the flooding in July as a result of the hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico)

Gates to the pens(flooding in July)
Insides of chicken coops.

Windows of chicken coops.

Inside of the coop.

Shelter for animals.

Ramp to the coop.

I am ever so glad that I am no longer going to be called by Walter or someone from the RNC/DNC telling me to vote as I live in a key state. I really was fed up by the last minute bombardment of calls, and campaign literature that soon will be burned in the woodstove.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

In the Kitchen: Spice Cupboard

Here is my spice cupboard. I added the small shelf, and to have the two tiers I used two pieces of remnant 2x4's. The cupboards in my humble farm house are of the highest lowest quality materials possible, and so I wished to redo them. On my incredibly non-existent budget, I had to think out of the box. I decoupaged the insides of the doors with recipe magazines that I have had for years. Simple but effective.

Left side view...

Right side view...

Farm Cat

This is Lainy, a wonderful cat that we rescued(in the goat pen). The previous owner allowed her collar to nearly kill her, but a wise vet saved the day-and we ended up with her. It took her two months before she would allow me to touch her. She loves the boys and remained hidden in their room for nearly six months, only coming out at night, but recently she decided that I am ok. So she has taken to coming to see me in the morning.

Now I did not get her because I was looking for a sweet lap cat. No I was really looking for a mouser, as the farm had been vacant and needed a dedicated CAT. So Lainy came and has fulfilled her duty to a T. She hunts all the time, and she also has become a sweet kitty for the family.

Simple things do make all the difference. Many seek kittens... as they love the cuddly cuteness. Such is life, we want new and fresh and forget that under the baggage of life could be something pretty incredible. Given time things do seem to work out.

During this Pioneer Week, I decided to reflect upon things that are simple yet wonderful.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Pioneer Life Day 1-update...

Well we began our Pioneer week today and here is how it went:
1) blind cat had bad night and made lots of landmines in laundry room- boys did initial cleanup, I scoured floor and used tons of HOT water to scrub...so failed on conserving water
2) as a result of #1 I scoured all floors as his little paws could have carried poo well anywhere...ugh
3) then I realized that I am dressed to scour...so I scoured out here and there and detailed this and that
4) took blazing HOT shower to scour me=)
5) too tired to cook(although had stew ready to warm up-so called sweetie and he brought home pizza...an extremely rare luxury)
6) still tired and due to long time of not using harsh chemicals....feeling light headed from using bleach to ensure poo germs dead, so I am actually watching a movie.

Pioneer week for me so far is to do the opposite of what we usually do=)

School went well, and we actually mailed a letter to Paraguay-so that is in the Pioneer spirit! Well the button to Pioneer week is listed on the sidebar so if one desires to participate, feel free to jump over and do so...


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Saturday Getaway

Today we went 16 miles up in the mountains to get wood. We have about a cord of wood, but we knew we needed more. So~ wood permit=$20.00, fuel= $50.00, chainsaw oil and 2 more pair of gloves $6.00, Gatorade and munchies not homemade= $10.00, trip to heat home for entire winter and extraordinary views( you can see Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico...) PRICELESS...

How neat is that? We heat our home for $86.00 a winter!!!

Oh and the views, I cannot relate. Living in the basin that we do, we see only scrub trees or mesquite. I forgot how much I love pine. Fourth and I collected several bags of pine cones, and I gathered enough mulch-style soil to plant a few of the seeds we collected. I pray that the trees will take root. It will be another blessing for our slowly becoming not so humble farm!