"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, October 8, 2009

The Struggle to Stay Afloat Mocked

For the past several years we on the Double Nickel have struggled to stay afloat. This is far from being a bad thing. In fact, through our struggles we have learned so many incredible things. It is much different than my before life where I bought what I wanted when I wanted it. Now I think about everything and preserve anything.

The incredible thing about this path is that I have studied the preservatives in foods, chemicals in household products, and how the economy is held together only by credit. I have discovered that the old ways of growing your foods and eating foods in season are much healthier. I have enjoyed serving foods made by me, in fact I have created healthier versions of the home made foods that I first learned to bake. Another home school mother shared with me the chemicals in our day to day cleaners and at first I looked at her like she was a kook. You know, some sort of hippy that is paranoid about everything. Then I started researching the chemicals and was appalled. In 21st America we dabble in chemical cocktails by just cleaning the kitchen. And we clean our kitchens after each meal(so three times a day of harmful chemicals for just one room in the house). What does this tell us about our health or increased obesity or cancers in the United States?

On the farm we changed our cleaners to lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and for the laundry Zote soap. We have bleach because we do deal with animals etc, and I wish sometimes to spray a bleach spray on our shoes if we were in the coops etc. It is amazing now, because when I get around someone who uses Downy, I almost gag, as the smell is so powerful. It is like a woman with too much perfume. Before I never noticed any smells. Believe me when I go out I smell the deodorants, the hair gels, the hair sprays, the cologne and perfumes, the laundry soaps- it is so pungent. I never realized how much we pile on. Every study shows that we absorb toxins through our skin, and yet we continue each day to pile on creams lotions, body washes, shampoos, deodorants*, gels, and on and on. Take a moment and look up each and every ingredient that is in one item you use, and ask yourself, do I really want to put this in my body?

Back to my original purpose of the post;)- Every coin that jingles has a purpose and use in this home. Every food item is planned to reduce waste. Every new item purchase only occurs after an in depth effort to find the same thing used is exhausted...and then it may not be bought anyway.

Yet our lovely government is giving away money in Detroit. There are some requirements...but we all know that dead people vote when the government programs(Acorn) help the public. We see how the public schools have become international failures in all the core subjects(yet dump away money)...and we all know how giving money to the auto companies is turning out...

If FDR and his programs were so wonderful then lets bus the heads of the house out to real work. Oh that is right we already removed the heads of the house in the sixties and seventies so the poor could qualify for welfare and food stamps. Common sense is gone...

Giving money with no predetermined way to have it spent is- tossing money into Walmart- the bars- the liquor stores, and most likely drug dealers pockets. Do not think you can tell me that I am judgmental...the poor need not be mocked.

Poor people can work. Poor people can grow foods. Poor people can do things besides putting their hands out. We as a society have done a grave injustice by tossing coins to the poor and never thinking this through.

I wonder are the handouts to the Detroit citizens going to require receipts on what the money was used for? Will the recipients have their fingerprints taken? Will they have a criminal check done? Will a urinalysis be done? Will we check to see if they are American citizens? NO NO NO NO and NO.

I have tremendous pity on those who think that they are doing a good deed by handing out the stimulus cash to poor folks. I have tremendous pity for our nation because we have removed the pioneer spirit in our people. We have removed the training and fortitude that would enable poor to do things for themselves. The poor have become slaves to handouts. And the wealthy have stood proud with puffed up chests feeling so good about their good deeds. The truth is that those who are truly the working poor are mocked.

Just my thoughts on this cloudy day in New Mexico.

* This is a snopes reference that leaves you wondering. I find it plausible enough to change my deodorant. Here is a link to make a deodorant.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

E-Mail and Cell Phone Pictures

E-mail: Love this picture so much! My sister made this farmer's market. It is a miniature! She is very talented and I hope she doesn't mind that I am sharing her creation with blogland:)

Cell phone picture: Title- Waiting in the van for the teens...bored.

Cell Phone Picture: Title -Autumn Tarantula migration temporarily halted for a bucket and photo.

Cell Phone Picture: Title-Second loading apple crates with an owner of the orchard.

Cell Phone Picture: Title- Lovely sunset on the drive home.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Simple Family Getaway

We went to Mesilla Valley Maize Maze a few weekends ago...and I was awful because I took tons of pics of the kids. I loved the simple farm converted in to a family picnic park.

Chilling under a tree!
Wonderful food barns...
Wagons around the property for people to haul their toddlers around. My kids missed the toddler part!!!
A neat game where you try and toss the string(with a ring on it) to the pole with a hook. Only Fourth and I hooked the ring! Tire tier gardening

One of a series of three slides!

Tire peddle cart maze-pink pig of tires, super picnic table tractor

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Can You Believe I Went on a Safari?

Life has been wonderful these past few months. I had the opportunity to travel to NY to see my oldest son, to Ireland, and just a weekend ago to Africa for a nature safari...

Well not really, but I have lived in New Mexico for nearly four years and I never knew about the Oryx. They were brought here in the 1960's and 1970's. We were driving home and saw the Oryx and had to loop around and stop and take some pictures. Funny so many vehicles were passing and no one else took note. Maybe they already know about the Oryx! For me, I am once again reminded how much my neck of the woods is such a paradise. It has so many unique things for me to witness and experience that I most likely will never be able to share everything I have seen.

Life is busy but I have been documenting what we have been doing and slowly but surely I will catch up with blogland!

By the way if you wish to hunt the Oryx here is one link(I have no information except the link)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Warning: Butchered Cow

How now brown cow
Time for elocution studies...oops someone thought execution studies...
Sometimes a bit of humor is needed when living on the farm!
How now brown cow
The Double Nickel Farm will soon have a full freezer.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Apples~Apples ~Apples

It has been a month almost since I have posted! Well I have been a bit busy, seeing RED- and yellow too, as the kids and I have been working at a local orchard boxing apples. Yes the box is a banana box, as the orchard is a small family run business that salvages produce boxes to box up the apples.

This has been hard, physical labor yet it has been strangely rewarding. Many of us never consider the amount of manual labor that goes into the items we have in our homes. I have had my eyes opened to what paid by the work means, and how hard and fast you will work when you need to!

The below pictures are of my sons and one of their friends~ Fourth and I went and worked just as hard- I just snapped pics of the men!
JS back left, Second back right, Third with his back to us!!

Third and JS finishing this box

Lovely yummy apples!

Second hauling a load that we boxed to a fridge area.

I could not post and not include Fourth- here she is in the back of the van in her 3-D glasses that she got when she went to a movie a few weeks ago!!

While enjoying your apples this autumn season, pause a moment and smile, as just perhaps one of the Double Nickel Gang sorted and sent it on its way to you!!

Thank you all for such kind messages and emails! I love that I have such wonderful friends all over the globe!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Small trip to Ireland

I have been so blessed to have been able to travel so much this year. Here is my favorite picture of my quick trip to a country I have always wanted to see.

Don't you love the green? As a desert dweller I was in awe!

Okay I am kidding! This is my mountain that I have the pleasure of looking at each and every day! The monsoon season and the perfect haze over the mountain turned my view into something that I often think about: Ireland! My home is an oasis in the desert and offers me breathtaking views! I once again am thankful for a Creator that made this lovely place! Oh and without boarding an airplane I had a brief getaway to a place that I have only dreamed about- isn't New Mexico grand? If you travel to southern New Mexico, perhaps you can swing by and warp to Ireland with me!
Have a wonderful September!