"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

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Not Again

Snow.
Woke up to snow again.
It had all melted and now this.
I am heading east ...in snow.

Dear Winter
I need a bit of summer.
I am breaking down and buying some real socks for my journey east.
And winter gloves.
But I need a bit of a break, my blood is not as mighty as those used to snow.

Snow.
I pray in July when temps are over 115 F that I remember how I felt today and this week.

Dear Mom

I am heading east tomorrow-praying for safe travels and that I am able to say I love you once more. For all you have done for me, there are not enough words. I love that my love of reading and of writing comes from you. I love that I am so creative as I learned that from you as well. I see you when I look upon my hands as they seem to be your hands (minus the freckles).

I love your freckles and select all things with freckles to surround me~even farm animals.

I love remembering how you would read to us when we were kids.

I love you for your children who have made my life a goofy, fun filled life as they are as you are~ and as I am. Thanks to them all and the ones that were of the yours mine and ours that became a part of us all...Caroline, Cathy, David, Liz, John, Pete, and Anna...

Thank you for giving your all~even when you had to do so alone as Dad died so young.

I love you forever...
I love you always.

Jenny

Thank you so much for life, as I have had an incredible one because of you. My next words of thanks are from Bill and the children who, because of you have life and have me in their lives. Oh I love you and pray you have a chance at least to hear these words. All is well and home is not here but with Him, and He is waiting for His faithful servants.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I am going to the "Big City" today...

well the big city for me, considering I live in the sticks!

I am going to cross (the) Delaware!

I also am going to take in some historic sights, such as this incredible home that needs someone (like me) to give it a bit of TLC.

I would love to hit this place, as I love 'antiquing' and I have discovered that antiques are often less expensive than buying new, and they last longer (hence being antiques)!

I may pass the "bee~hive" it may be called something else, but I call it this. Since I have been here it mostly has been vacant, although someone tried to make a go of a coffeehouse. Truth be told, I would love this as a house if it were in the country!

I won't need to take the train for my trip, although I will cross the same line of tracks in two places on my trip.

I will pass Fire Station No. 1~cool isn't it?

I can look south, although I will not see my home as I live too far away.

I will go here~Lowe's Grocery Store. Here in town we say Lowe's the grocery store as we have the other Lowe's too!

Will I have lunch? Maybe, as the Brown Bag makes tasty vittles.

There will be times that the mountains will be on my left, as well as on my right. Neat to get a view as I drive, isn't it? The mountains always take my breath away.

I will take time for a bit of culture and check out the local artist and their sculptures!

I will be heading this direction...although not to the Space Center. See the vegetation? That is typical New Mexico vegetation without water!


While out and about, I may go to the Other Place...

Or I may go to Western Auto and ponder if folks back East have an Eastern Auto?

Thanks for going with me on my trip into town. I love living in the southwest. I always am amazed when one is hateful or negative about my community as I wonder~ don't they see the incredible beauty? Can't they see the charm? Can't they see it as the blessing it is? Sometimes I believe people see their homes and their lives based on the expectations that they have learned because of television and never stop to really smell the roses.

Hasta luego!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Is the grass greener?


I labeled this photo "even chickens use the paths"
When we bought the farm it was not anything but an old house engulfed in Mesquite and desert vegetation. We had no idea that it had a fenced back yard behind the house until we began to remove the Mesquite...and this is a chore. All of the work on the farm is done manually, because we have manual labor and no machines to facilitate the work. So my teens have become fit in times where fit is something hard to maintain.

I have a dream for this farm. Many people have laughed at the notion of a farm in New Mexico because this is Ranch country and heaven forbid someone would rock the boat. But it is a farm I wanted. Simple, with a few animals, a garden and some trees. Eventually I would like it to be a place people come to learn skills of old that have been forgotten as we advance further into the 21st century.

I think often about this plan and its simple implementation. The rocks lining that path were each picked up by the teens and I. We have made many trips to gather rocks, because here on the farm sand, white sand from White Sands, dirt, and more dirt seem to be the only other thing besides the Mesquite, so to fancy things up, it requires sweat~equity. I laugh when I reflect on how quick I thought I could have the farm done to my satisfaction...as it was naive to think it could be done in 18 months.

This farm that we have called home now for 3 years is more than a farm or a ranch for that matter. It is a dream. Plain and simple it is a dream to take something that someone saw no value in, and make it my perfect home. I am fairly certain I am close, and confess that there is no place, no home, no country that the grass is greener than this farm, and for that I am ever so grateful.


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Well here you go...snow in southern southern southern New Mexico

I went to town today. I confess that I have not driven in snow in a long time and was shocked to see the snow last more than 24 hours, and second this much snow! Now to all of you who deal with snow every year, this may not seem like too much of a deal to you, but to give you some perspective, we usually start planting outdoors in a few weeks. My best garden ever~ with the zillions of sunflowers~was planted February 8th~no kidding!

I have snowburn! I got my snowburn while out making hay paths for our birds, as they do not know what to make of this storm. We have not lost any animals as of yet, although the combs of some roosters and hens looked pretty bad.

On to my sharing of the Great Blizzard of 2011:

Mountains east of Alamogordo New Mexico!!


Just off my dirt road on to pavement(well snowment) this early afternoon.


A town shot of the mountain chain.

Because I think she is such a sweet lamb~

I have looked at this fence every time I drive home...and I never really noticed how neat it looks with the few slats missing.
Poor cactus is wondering what is going on!
One of the turns heading home
This is someones house on New York Street, almost seems like it should be in New York!

By the way, it is not the snow that has been the worst part of the storm. We actually had temps very cold for us...-4 is what I think, but it may have been colder. Feels like minus 300 as my toes are no longer used to or able to adapt to the Arctic air!

ps...I am thinking that very soon we will have our soldier back in the states, and that is news that warms my heart!