"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, August 31, 2011

My Cousin Vicki

This is a photo of my cousin Vicki and her precious family.
She fought a horrific battle with cancer and lost...it has been a decade since she died.
I miss her. Especially now seeing her girls growing up.
Especially when I read about Noah in the Bible. Vicki and I were Noah's Ark collectors.
I have stopped collecting them and the last one I bought was a month after she died.
She lived with us when I was a senior in high school and she was attending the local college and she and I became quite close.

Cancer sucks.
I am sorry to say it so bluntly or crudely. Please forgive me.
I was reading one of my favorite bloggers and he wrote a post titled Cancer Sucks.
Yep, he is right.
And he said something that made me smile as I am a fighter by nature.
He said that the cancer of cancer is life.

May we all live knowing that others have cancer.
May we take each day as a gift.
May we cherish those around us as if today is our last day.


On the Table

I am a self taught crocheter. I can make tons of straight lined crochet items that look lovely and work well for my home. As of late, I have been playing around with new ways to crochet. So on my table is what I have been working on. I have figured out some things that I will do different next time, but I will continue with this to give to one of my children.

This is usually how I do things. I learn something, make 4 for my children and so the fourth one gets a pretty perfect item! Good thing for my cuties is that I rotate who gets what first!

As we continue on through the week I wonder...what's on your table?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ten

things I would want people to know about me:
  1. I am a Christian.
  2. I am married and as in love with my husband as I could ever be.
  3. I am a mother and I love my children.
  4. I love simple things.
  5. I love to read.
  6. I love to create things.
  7. I love mountains.
  8. That I am as basic and simple as I seem.
  9. I am barefoot far more than I should be.
  10. I pretend I am far stronger emotionally than I am. It is easier for me to hold my emotions in then to release them.
places I would like to go:
  1. Ireland, I cannot describe why I have this feeling because I don't know.
  2. Israel. I would love to see the lands I have read so much about.
  3. Alaska-I think I love solitude, and wonder if I could live in Alaska.
  4. A quiet beach with few people and many shells for me to gather!
  5. Dinosaur National Park.
  6. Virginia, Maryland, Utah, Kansas, Ohio, Louisiana, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado and California.
  7. New York-Fort Drum
  8. barefoot on my property without pain from thorns.
  9. anywhere with my Bill
  10. In and Out- if you have eaten at an In and Out you may understand. For me, this is the only fast food restaurant I like!
things I would like to do before the year is out
  1. complete the front porch.
  2. Redo the kids floor in the bathroom
  3. The project my mom asked me to do on her deathbed. I am a bit emotional on this and it has been a struggle.
  4. finish the curtains in my bedroom.
  5. have the wood cut, stacked and ready to go.
  6. My quilts complete for the kids.
  7. My study on the Feasts in the Bible Finished.
  8. Go and see the Los Lunas Decalogue Stone.
  9. Make 5 different breads that I have never made.
  10. Have Bill's recovery from his surgery be swift and turn back time on some of his issues.
collections of books or books I could read again and again:
  1. The Bible
  2. The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain (my copy is this version*)
  3. The Children Who Stayed Alone Bonnie Bess Warner
  4. Pilgrims Progress John Bunyan
  5. The Complete Little House on the Prairie Series Laura Ingalls Wilder
  6. The Complete Great Brain Series John D. Fitzgerald
  7. The Sackets series Louis Lamour
  8. Swiss Family Robinson Johann Wyss
  9. Poetry of Robert Frost
  10. My 1963 Betty Crocker Cookbook (yardsale find!)

Housing on the Farm

Here is the newest coop for the farm. A ventilation screen and a fence around the base is all that needs to be done to complete the coop.

The coop has a full side(not shown) that lifts for simple cleaning and has three perches and three nesting boxes. It is for our 2011 chicks. They will live with the ewes as this coop is inside the main sheep pen.

Everything from the pen is salvage. After living in the desert and having a few years experience under our belts, my gang built this pen as a raised pen-about 2 feet off the ground as flash flooding is rare but possible in the desert.

One project [almost] finished...one zillion to go!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tire Garden on the Farm

On the farm we utilize raised beds for our gardening. Because we work on a low-cost, no-cost agenda we made our raised beds out of old tires. A local tire shop gave us all of our tires. The first year we planted in one tire high planters. It was pretty nice as the tire contains the water which makes water rationing in the desert easy. This year we stacked the tires three high. No need to bend so low and it makes for easy weeding, harvesting and maintaining. Slowly but surely I have been painting the tires, adding a bit of color to the desert. A few years ago we went to farm in Las Cruces which became my inspiration.


We have a smaller garden than we have had in years past but here are a few photos of the garden over the season.


Gourd for making bird feeders, dippers etc.


Chard


First pumpkin


Six yellow squash from one vine!

Left yellow squash next tire tomatoes pumpkin on ground


Zucchini


Yellow Squash on left watermelon on right.

I seem to like simple decor in my garden. Bill brought me this heart log down from the mountains a few months ago. I love it! Of course it matches the theme of the heart shape he made for my garden gate. Maybe the garden is developing a theme!


Small as my garden is~it still is a wonderful and peaceful place!
Have a lovely week!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I wonder

if the terrorists succeeded on 9-11?

What I mean is this: America is not united on the upcoming memorial of 9/11. A mosque is acceptable to show our tolerance but any other faith is unacceptable. We call American's terrorist but ignore real terrorist.

Maybe, just maybe the intent of the terrorists attacks of 9-11 was more delayed than any of us realized?

We permit members of Congress to damn a grass roots movement to hell.

All of our politicians flip flop to get our votes.

and what I wrote in 2009 is even more real today. So on my 23rd anniversary I am reposting this, because in the days before 9-11 memorial , I am more threatening to my nation than someone that did real harm to the nation.


Domestic Terrorist
  1. I am a Christian
  2. I am a stay home wife
  3. I am the mother of 4 children and we would continue to have children if we were so blessed.
  4. I have home schooled the children all of their lives
  5. I bake cookies, cakes, pies, make my own bread, tortillas, and homemade cheeses.
  6. I grow much of our foods and then preserve it for our use.
  7. I am a farm wife and we raise animals and poultry to feed us.
  8. I make many of the items we use in the home, such as clothing, aprons, towels, curtains, rugs.
  9. I study the Bible with the family each morning, and we pray as a family before meals, and whenever we need to.
  10. I am a conservator in all items in my home, not because they are expensive or that I am in the *green crowd*, but because I appreciate the money that was spent to acquire the item.
  11. I am pro military. As the wife, mother, sister and daughter of one that has and is wearing the uniform, I understand that a strong military protects our way of life.
  12. I am against abortion in all cases. The life is a life. When we began to trade one's rights for another we began to slide on a slope that cannot ever be climbed again.
  13. I am for being personally responsible for my actions. If I break the law, hold me accountable.
  14. I am against making another pay for me or me pay for another.
  15. I am for being charitable. Life on my farm has permitted us to have an excess in items that we are able to give to several families that are on restricted incomes. I am for helping the sick, the elderly, the widowed. This is my choice. I do not want to have my money diverted to the chosen needy(as this is subjective and most often abused.)
  16. I am against same sex marriage. If two people wish to have a gay relationship my stand is NOT stopping them. I am not against a civil union between the two. It is a legal contract the gay couples wish for to cover each other in life insurance and custody which the law should cover-they are not man and wife as one party would physically be missing. In a civil union they can be man and man or vise versa.
  17. I am against the discrimination held by the Left. As a minority household we are not recognized by the Left because we do not act as victims or hold our hand up. We are the silent Condi Rice's(she was attacked often for not taking the preconceived idea of what a black woman should hold as her ideology -by the Left...even being called a house nigg*r) This is the most obvious of racists views that is never picked up by the MSM. We are all unique and do not think or vote in blocks like the Left so wishes. Remove the bribes and see how quickly you will lose those who blindly check D in every election. You are not for the equality of races, but believe that without you they would be completely dysfunctional. Welfare, food stamps, quotas and the likes do nothing but hamper the people that you then say you are helping.
  18. I am against this lie of global cooling, then global warming, and now climate change. Didn't any of you listen in science? If the belief that the earth is billions of years old, then the past 15,000 years of scientific data on cooling and warming trends is not enough to make any correlation to any climate change. There is just too little information on hand. How pompous to believe in both the age of the earth and then the impending destruction based on such minuscule of data. Quit buying in to this Al Gore junk. He is lining his pockets on your blind faith. Be wise and reflect long and hard on what I wrote. The data that the climate change crowd is like you basing your viability on the very first microsecond of your life. How can you make a scientific observation off of this first spliced piece of data? You can't just like with the data we have now.
  19. I am against groups like PETA. This group can only thrive in a wealthy narcissistic society. I think that those in the group should move to an impoverished region of the world where around every corner isn't an eco friendly organic grocer and food is for sustenance and not times in the day where one breaks. Animals provide food and clothing and labor all around the globe. Your group is a double standard.
  20. I am against groups like NOW as they really are a bi*t*ching group instead of a group seeking real rights for women. If you were for the rights of women you would embrace the design of a woman and its ability to produce another living being. If you were for the rights of women you would press our leaders to cease the abuse against fellow sisters around the globe...and combat female circumcision, honor killings, child brides to men in their fifties and killing women for not covering or killing a woman for speaking to a man.
  21. I am against dumping more money in public schools. I am for the immediate change in the system and have the schools held accountable. I am for vouchers and the option of the parent and student making the decision as to where they choose to be educated. If a school is not producing students who can read, then the school should be held accountable immediately.
  22. I am against the weak stand on border security.
  23. I am for limiting our elected to two terms for any in Congress...we have created a Political Class and they are unwilling to relinquish their position in society. We can and should give control back to the people. We did this to the office of the president and we should do this for all other elected persons.
  24. I am for drilling in ANWR. For those who are for the environment or the animals please reread #'s 18 and 19. I also think that we need to build nuclear power plants all over. If France, with the spineless image we have of them, utilizes nuclear power plants then what is our problem?
  25. And finally I am against calling terrorism anything other than terrorism. Call a spade a spade. No more mamsy pansy pc junk suggesting that 9-11 was a man made disaster. A man made disaster is the boo*b job. Women look like freaks with the augmentations that occur to them. Terrorism is 9-11, as the population was terrorized by the actions of terrorists who had but one intent- to wreak havoc. Once again a man made disaster does not bring me to my knees with grief for the loss, the fear and the pain felt...
And because of this list...I am a Domestic Terrorist. Me, the woman who missed out on having a dad her entire childhood, because he wore the uniform of this nation. Me, who stands and really sounds a voice for one who has few champions while they reside in the womb. Me, who wishes to solve my own problems before asking the government to step up. Me, who prays to a Divine Creator and lives my life in such a way. Me, who believes that our nation is an incredible place in the world. Me, who believes that charity begins at home. Me, who loves the institution of marriage and places my spouse and family to a level of importance. Me, who thinks that the color of ones skin should not make a difference and has taught my children to view others by their works and not their color. Me, who believes that there are people who do wish to cause our nation genuine harm and stands against them...

is a domestic terrorist.

May we all understand that the times we live in are unlike no other time, and America is at the crossroad. What happens next is uncertain. But I can say with absolute certainty that if I am the threat it may be too late.
Jennifer

H/T SISU

Today in history

A young woman married a young man.