"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

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Apparently We Have Moved

to the far north. It is frigid this morning and everything is covered in white.This is not Second's fire vehicle with emergency lights. This is the 1963 F100.

Woolly girls are not too worried about the snow.

Projects waiting to be complete will wait a bit longer.

The house from far using zoom. The camera was so very cold in my hands. Yes, it is foggy here. I cannot recall if I have ever seen this kind of fog here.

Trail in the snow for the chickies to get to one of the water's. They are all pretty much staying in coops aside from one hen that cannot seem to take in what has happened!

Woolly rams are fine too. They have been out and about checking things out without a care in the world.
Front of property towards east as sun is seen through hazy fog.
Oh and I kind of forgot to mention the actual temps. It was 10F. Now we are a bit warmer at 12F.

I am thinking we are in a different weather cycle. Winters are going to be more authentic to their name and we are going to adapt. Such is life on the farm-time to think about wintering somewhere warm-maybe Montana?

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Glimpse in the Farm Pantry

Our snowstorm has reminded me to share once again about the importance of having a few weeks(or more) of food storage in case a storm shuts you off from the world-or a crises of any nature arises. I have a lovely pantry that my cuties have slowly built with salvaged items. I find the adventure of repurposing an item pretty interesting but that is for another day!

I have a few photos to give you an idea of the farm pantry. We live in times where job stability and the economy seem as worrisome as a crises brought on by weather. It is important to have items that your family eats. No sense stocking up on something no one eats on any given day, as it will not be appreciated during stressful times either.These two photos are actually connected and on the west side of the pantry. The left side has teas, fruits, canned meats, canned veggies, tomato sauce, apples, onions, vinegar, and three buckets with grains, sugar, or beans. The right side has soups, stock, beans, pickles, veggies, pumpkins, potatoes, onions, squash, tomatoes in gallon cans as well as in small cans.

August 1988 changed the world for a couple of someday farmers that decided to marry. Farmer's wife made the wedding invitations and this was how she felt so this was incorporated in the invitation. It looks just fine in the pantry as it is painted on one of the shelves.

You can see where the mushy~lovey stuff is...on these photos. Sometimes I wonder how so many years could have passed-then I look in the mirror! I do love my Bill!This is a close up of the right side. My life became because a crazy 20 year old woman believed this.
So back to the pantry. I have a good deal of buckets with beans of several kinds, rice, flour, sugar, pasta's, baking soda(use this in so many ways on farm), and powdered milk. Much in the buckets requires a bit of planning ahead, but can be eaten by a simple soak and cook on an open fire or woodstove(in worst case scenario). Please note that I do have drink mixes that can be added like koolaid(but I have mostly Mexican style), jello, pudding, cake mixes and some candy. Sweets and treats are not on hand for simple snacking, but part of mental health, as in a crises, simple snacks are mood lifters. I also have popcorn to make and cocoa for the chocolate fix.

This is not a complete view of my pantry but a window. The economy in the US is being held up by nothing in my opinion, and I recommend that those that can should have some stockpile of foods to help them through tough times that seem to be here for some, and on the horizon for many.

What I also have are seeds for next years garden, sheep, goats, chickens, and turkeys. This covers meat, eggs, dairy, and wool and food to put up next year. 2011 was a slow year in the garden with me being back east in the early stages of planting, but I was able to freeze a good deal and dehydrate a good deal more. My farm pantry is far larger than a converted closet, but the entire farm when we take in to consideration the animals.

My early days on the farm were of hurried shopping for the pantry. As I live more this lifestyle I am weaning my ways of foods that I thought were must haves. I buy tomatoes and unsalted tomato sauce to make the sauces I need. I make snacks from the base items of flour, sugar, yeast, oil, and salt and add a few different items to make a variety of things, instead of needing cookies etc. I am thankful for the time I have had to learn skills such as canning, dehydrating, baking, and cooking more than I ever realized. I am thankful that I know how to sheer a sheep, butcher, and build many things with a budget of zero. I am thankful that when a crises arises I have spent several years researching as much as possible about herbal medicines, washing clothing the old fashioned way, using homemade toiletries and homemade cleaners.

All I hope to share, as I close this glimpse into the farm pantry, that you consider having a wee bit of a food storage if you do not have one.

By the way here is a photo of our snow...and it was 19 F a few minutes ago.
All the animals are snug in their houses as the farmer and his wife are toasty warm with the woodstove warming the home. All is well!

Well guess what my son brought from New York?


He lived on the northern border of the United States and struggled acclimatizing to the frigid temperatures and of course several foot of snow...but I guess he missed it a wee bit. Because~it has been snowing for a few hours and the snow is actually beginning to stick to the ground! This photo is of one of the trees in the farm's small orchard.

Today is officially the first day of Hot Cocoa season!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Did You Ever Realize

what another thinks of you, and what they think is wrong/right, and yet it really is shocking? I have been pondering some things since going back east that made me realize how very different I am, and how little some folks seem to think of me.

Why should I write about it? I mean life is exactly this, some will like us, others won't and so we go on and not sweat about opinions. But I have been thinking about the topic so here goes.

Here I am in a nutshell:
I believe in a Creator that created all things in six literal days and then rested on the seventh day.
I believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son and through Him we can have eternal life.

I believe that marriage is an institution established by God. I believe that every effort possible should be made to ensure its survival. I believe that the relationship between a husband and wife should be so close that without the other life may seem bland. I also believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman as the way God established it. As to the rights of a person and what and to whom he/she grants insurance coverage, medical coverage, benefits etc, should not be established by anyone but the person earning those benefits. I do not have any problem with recognizing a civil union and have stated that here on this blog, as well as on other blogs of mine.

I believe that children are a blessing. I am against the wholesale slaughter of our next generation (especially minorities) in a blind eye of "choice." I grieve for those that never took a breath and for their mother's who chose something, whether out of fear, finances, shame, rape, or the government telling us that the baby( fetus) is not viable...folks neither is the entire ward of babes wanted in the nursery at the local hospital, unless someone provides care for them.

I believe that men and women are uniquely made and quite different.
I do not believe that the earth is suffering from anything other than natural, normal periods of cold and warm cycles. I am saddened for those that have bought into this nonsense and the dollars that they have wasted to buy green, to have a smaller carbon footprint, and so that they can save the planet-As I am not surprised by the money-hungry folks that are more than happy to provide clothing to the emperors(in this case the climate change folks).

I also believe that there are peoples and nations that do not like Americans. I believe that some folks are evil and wish nothing but harm for Americans. I refuse to molly-coddle the we are the world mantra...and believe that like a Texas Long Horn, we should have some defensive measures to let others know that "hey, we want to live and let live, but these horns are to make sure you leave us alone" as the Long Horn eats grass alone...yet is armed to the hilt.

I believe that my kindness or my living the way I do has been and most likely will be seen as an idiot subjugated by a religiosity and for that I have failed. I need to not worry how I am viewed, but that His light shines through me. I need not worry but instead pray for those that I know and those I don't as time is dwindling, such as in Japan, none of us, know the hour or moment that we will pass on. (italics/bold added December 2011)

I wrote this post in March 2011. I need to remind myself of things to keep myself in check. Have a lovely Sunday.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday on the Farm

Snow surrounds the farm~at least high in elevation. For the farm we had rain and around 11pm a bit of big fluffy flakes. After last year I no longer will say we do not get snow here, but I will say we rarely have much snow. This is looking northeast of the front gates of farm(note the two poles not power poles).

This is Sierra Blanca~which means white mountains(white mountain range)~makes sense doesn't it? We are surrounded on three sides with snow on the mountains as to the west the mountains between us and Las Cruces, New Mexico also have a dusting. Perhaps more snow angels will pop up on the farm!?!

In other farm news: seems like more and more dumping of critters in my county. I am not sure how it is in other places, but we have tons of horses for sale which would be expected with rising costs, but now even goats, chickens, ducks etc. Someone gave away 20 or so chickens and pygmy goats the other day. I missed out on that one, although would have only taken the birds to assess whether they would be ok for eggs or butchering. Times are getting harder I think.

We ended up buying(for almost nothing) a few LaMancha goats a few days ago. The doe is pregnant and the buck clearly was raised as a pet and is pretty shook up that he is far from his home. The owners slashed the price as we originally only wanted the doe, but feeding cost were too high and they wanted us to take them both. So I revise my earlier statement...I do not think times are getting hard for people, I know it. I am thankful that we have been on this simple path for several years now and are more stable with less.This is the buck(dehorned). I am thinking of calling him Norm-because it was so normal for him to come up on the porches and look in bleating like he is part of the family. He cried a good long time last night. Today he is getting a new home as the boys are shoring up the buck pen, which he jumped with ease as the most athletic high jumper would. Scroll back up to the photo on the top of the blog and you will see how goats usually are: that is Comet and Cupid some of the first goats we ever had, and they lived on top of anything far more than on solid ground. I am sure the shoring will only benefit long term aesthetics of the farm instead of keeping Norm from coming to the house. I smile and think well why not? Here on the farm every critter learns very quickly that I am a softie-I talk to each one of them and eventually they know that I save prize treats for each one. The animals are also for food, but Bill and I agreed when we began this venture to see how we could be farmers using gentle training instead of whips etc. Bill actually has a rule that all animals must come to his call, and believe me, within days of acquiring any animal~ the animal does follow him.

Have a Wonderful Saturday!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Non Poisonous Snakes

still give the farm wife the weebie-jeebies. But they are needed. In fact, they have been needed around the farm since we moved in, but everything has a season and this is the season I deal with the non poisonous bean snake...Isn't he frightening? Notice the pattern, on the bean snake. This is how one can differentiate between the poisonous rattlesnake which has the diamondback pattern.

This is the diamond back pattern that one must be aware of...sigh. Yes, this snake is missing something vital(its head) as rattlesnakes on the farm are a no-go. We are always cautious as we live in the hotbed zone called rattlesnake central(in my mind for sure) and actually in truth, as we live in the desert southwest. I appreciate the need for rattlesnakes, no~ guess I really don't. Anyway, the bean snake is needed on the farm far more than the rattlesnake, so back to the important snake.

Bean snakes are necessary to an older, poorly insulated farmhouse. In New Mexico, they will be as effective in the heat of the year as they will be in the winter as they are to stop cold or hot air from seeping into the home!!
On the work table you can see that kitty refuses to allow bean snakes to scare me!! She wrestled them the entire time I was sewing, she is such a cutie.

Step one is compile the materials needed. Thanks to thrifting, polyester fabric is the fabric of choice as I bought about 50 yards of various patterns of polyester fabric for 80 cents!! Step two is to wash the fabric and then cut into strips to sew. Sew three sides leaving one narrow end open. I am not that serious about perfection for any snakes so I did not sew them inside out so we would not see the stitching. I also used the thread I had in abundance as bean snakes do not care too much about thread color.

Once you have the snakes sewn on three sides you need to fill them with beans. I used a handy dandy funnel to do this, but if you do not have a funnel you can roll up a piece of paper and make a funnel quite easily. Oh and please use dried beans and not

refried beans or the bean snake as well as the purpose will be completely lost~

One more photo of some of the completed bean snakes, not because I want you to see my very worn work/kitchen/school table, but because of the sneaky little paw on the top of the photo. Yes, the kitty could not help herself and played and played with the bean snakes! Her antics are tolerated because her valiant work on the farm ensures that I have no Mickey's(as in mouse) in my house!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Frugal Tin Foil Hat Person~Perhaps?! UPDATED

I am not surprised about the news on Black Friday about stores tracking consumers through their cell phones. I have noted if I look at something on the local yard sale website, ads on newsblogs I read are for that item. If I write about something on this blog, the ads after I post but still on my dashboard are relative to the post. Big Brother can't help himself.

And we use cell phones. It made connecting with friends and family all over affordable as using the same carrier allowed us to connect for free. But I do like to have a bit of control over who is watching or tracking me.

I had experimented with pretty cell phone bags in the past but I was not able to add all of the bling I desired, until now. I found these chips the other day and realized that the color was perfect for my cell phone. So I washed the bag out and cut it open.

I then measured my phone-eyeballing it, as this is a bling bag in a former chip bag and not the Sistine Chapel! I cut, sewed the edges and made a fold over.See my cell phone nestled nicely in the bag? All that I need to add is a velcro close. Velcro can be picked up for less than a few dollars at the mega centers. Oh and you will want velcro to close it.

Here's the back side. I decided to have a cell phone bag that was an instrument to maintain my health and remind me of all the nasty ingredients in chips!

Now in all seriousness, this bag seems to make it like your phone is disabled. No calls coming in, and you cannot call out-I tried holding the phone inside the bag. But to stop incoming calls or even a record of the call it must be closed. I just bet, in my frugalness to have a handy-dandy cell phone bag, so I won't loose it in my purse, that I have a way for my personal shopping to be kept between me and the cash I have on hand. No store can store data about what I buy so they can cater ads to me or the likes.

And~using this in a vehicle also maintains a bit of privacy too. The phone has always been a convenience of the user. We can choose to screen calls and never respond to others. Why on earth should we allow our convenience to be distorted?

I found this and thought it is a must see

Be aware of this...