"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 8, 2012

Dear Maytag Repairman,

My dryer broke. While I am waiting for my repairman to arrive, I thought I would send you a fond hello from the farm. Your commercials still resonate with me all these years later, so when my dryer coughed and died, I thought I would tell you thank you. Your commercials were not offensive and reminded me of how some companies stood by their products.


As I write this, I wish to say, if I had a Maytag, I would most certainly call you. But my dryer, when it breaks, requires a footstool and well, a rope. I have opted to use what I call my height equalizer~which is Bill. So my repairman is not here until later this afternoon, but I am not worried, nor will my finances take a hit. Oh and that lovely sunshiney fresh smell that comes with my dryer-has withstood the break!

So dear repairman, I appreciate your loyalty to your products, I pray this post finds you well and I thank you so much for allowing the competition a corner in the market. For that the Double Nickel Solar Dryer Company thanks you as well.

Jennifer-CEO of clothes care, wear and maintenance.

Monday, February 6, 2012

What Hasn't Made it to the Blog?

I had written here,that I was going to share some postings that never made it out of the draft file. So without much fanfare, here are some of my posts that never were published~well until now!

Draft from 2/19/08
Title: Tuesday Thoughts

For many reasons I love the 'Gibson Girl' made famous by the artist Charles Dana Gibson. Here is a Gibson Girl and her Beau. For me this is simple, yet says so much. Often we forget to dress and look our best for the 'beau' in our lives. So for today, take a moment and prepare yourself as you would if you were going out on the town and greet your sweetie in your best.

Reason I never posted this? I suppose I didn't want Bill to laugh out loud when I ended up coming to the door in sweats! No actually, I am not sure why I didn't publish this. I love dating my Bill. I love welcoming him when he arrives home. I love hearing of his day, hugging him, and sharing my day.

I pray I always date my sweetheart.


Draft from 4/03/08
Title: Hot in the Greenhouse
~I do think that the thermometer was off~but I liked the raw look of the photo~
February 6, 2012

As I continue this path of becoming self sufficient I am often deep in thought about the Lord. Funny, how this life as tough, and physically demanding that it is, constantly allows me to reflect on my destination.

The greenhouse is of course warm...I have this thermometer in there to keep track...and as you can see we are maxing out in mid day! This is exciting, and I water 3 times a day, my little seeds soon to be desert gardens. But as I looked at the thermometer I thought of death. Not grim, but that we all will die, and we all will have eternal life: but some will be hot and some will be in worship.

I wish when I wrote hot that it was just uncomfortable, and like I could step out of the heat that those who go to hell could get a reprieve, BUT IT IS NOT THE CASE. Hell is real, and it will be filled with torment, just as we read in the Word. I am deeply troubled with this big push that God is a loving God, so therefore we all are going to heaven. Talk about sad. God is loving, and that is why He sent His Son. That is the ultimate gift. God cannot be around sin, therefore, without Christ washing away our sins, we cannot be in His presence.

God is love and man must not change what this means to fit into his definitions of living.

Reason I never posted this? I am not sure. Sometimes I wonder. We totally accept getting pulled over by the police for speeding. In fact, most of us do not dispute the citation because we acknowledge that we were speeding. I wonder why many that profess to know God, do not understand that He is a loving God. That is why He sent His Son to die for our sins. But He made the rules, and no matter how much we try and rewrite His Holy Word, we cannot. Loving us in no measure means we can or should think that we can do something new that was an abomination in His word. We should know that we can through Christ be strengthened to overcome any sin(Phil 4:13), but we should never justify our sin, suggesting His word did not mean what it meant.

Draft from 1/13/09
Title: Untitled

I was zipping through my drafts this morning and realized that I have 113 unpublished post in draft form. Wow, I have lots of thoughts that just don't make the published status once I finish my thoughts. I began to read some of the drafts and realized that they are too

Reason for not posting ? Could it be I was worried about what anyone would think? I wonder what I realized about them? They were too~what? Too boring? Too long? Too crazy? Darn, we will never know what Jennifer of 2009 thought!

Draft from 1/08/09
Title: Untitled
Why be different? Isn't life easier when we all are the same and blah blah blah. Of cou

Reason for not posting? Well clearly I was on some sort of a rant...kind of wish I would have finished this post!


Draft from 12/16/08
Title: Simple Life

Simple sounds: I love the sound that the flag makes in the wind.




Simple gardening: dirt+ garlic bulbs+ water= green!



Have a wonderful day!
Jennifer

Reason for not posting? I am not sure. Maybe something else came up. Maybe I posted it with more simple thoughts.

Well that is it for the day. For the record, I now have 413 drafts waiting for publishing or deleting. I suppose I will leave them where they are and every now and then bring some to light.

Have a wonderful week!
Jennifer

Sunday, February 5, 2012

What Should We Think About


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Saturday, February 4, 2012

And the Reasons Are:

  1. I slipped on ice and twisted my ankle. Oh and yes, we have ice, up in the mountains. I took Fourth ice skating with her friends in Cloudcroft, NM, when I slipped getting out of the truck. This could possibly happen, but this did not happen!
  2. I had food poisoning~I had a corn dog from Sonic...with green chili. I am not sure I am giving up Sonic but perhaps corn dogs! I am not a fast food restaurant fan so no~this did not happen to me. The first year we were in New Mexico, this did happen to my Bill, poor guy!
  3. I let Rose the Hen take me on a joy ride and we were picked up by the law! Now Rose and I are the farm criminals. She is used to dressing in black and white stripes, I am not. This would have been fun, as she can reach the gas pedals easier than I can, but no, this did not happen.
  4. I misunderstood the mirror when it said objects are closer than they appear. So this one received a clever comment from one of my sisters~she wondered if I was tall enough to see the mirror~ haha!!
  5. A ram let me know why he is called a ram, and am very sore, although pleased I was thrown several feet and for a few moments was impressed, until ground and I joined! Sadly-this is one of the reasons. I let my guard down, forgetting that a ram is a ram because he rams. One must never forget that in life, some things are dangerous. Both my hips hurt as well as getting up and down.
  6. I was flying back east and TSA screeners scared me-my own fault, I am not a fan of flying and I had a wig-out moment, and was escorted out of the El Paso International Airport. Since all of my kids are nearby, I am not likely to fly anywhere. I do not like to fly...and with TSA-and escort would have ended up to the back seat of a patrol car, so this did not happen.
  7. I am 5 months pregnant! I know, with my youngest being 16, we waited a good amount of time to ensure all was going well, before announcing the news. Oh I smiled when I typed this one. Bill and I hoped to have 8 children so this would be exciting, but no, I am not pregnant~but this would have been a neat thing to share!
  8. We are in the midst of a construction project and no matter much I pretend I am okay with such disorder, but truth be told, I am not! I shared the tile a few posts ago. The boys have been staggering when they come home and so we are removing flooring and firming up flooring to lay tile. The kitchen is completely chaotic- and I know the end result will be amazing~but for now~ I am in the midst of construction chaos!
  9. I have a job! Me! The eternal housewife has actually found work outside the home, and I LOVE IT! My life and work is at home. I truly am blessed that I can work at home and take care of my home full time. It has been a blessing, and perhaps someday I may volunteer somewhere, but if Bill and I are blessed to have more years together, I will be the one on the home front, and he will be the one ensure our financial needs are met. So no, this is not the reason.
  10. My oldest eloped and we have been planning a wedding reception as well as time to get to know his wife! I smiled typing this one! I do look forward to weddings and receptions as marriage has been so wonderful for me, but this is not the reason. For the record, I would be tickled to death to hear of this from him~


Gayle guessed spot on, with 5 and 8!!! Woohoo! Yay Gayle!!

Glenn was correct with his guess of 8.

My sister almost had it, then changed it so she ended up with 8 correct.

Sassy was correct part guessing 8!

Musemater was correct with 8 and made me smile with her hedging her guesses!


Thank you all for playing along. Sometimes it is fun to make light of situations that are out of our control. I like to enjoy the best of the day and work through parts that are imperfect.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Making Spanish Rice

This is a recipe from my husband's family secretly handed down for generations. Since I am sharing it with you, I must also say "Welcome to the Family" as the recipe must stay in the family!

First gather the ingredients. Ignore that I forgot to add the bay leaf or olive oil in photo~


For a small batch:

1 can tomato sauce 8 oz.(250 mls) (this is not the condiment put on hamburgers or hotdogs but this)*
1/2 of a mid size onion cut into thin strips.
1-2 bay leaves depending on size(yes I embellished the reality of my photo)
1-2 garlic cloves
1 cup rice (250 mls)
2 cups water(500 mls)
olive oil a tablespoon or so(15 mls)

Put the oil in the pan and add the onions and allow to saute for a minute or two.


Then add the rice. Saute the rice and onions for a few minutes on medium heat. Once a few of the rice grains brown then add the tomato sauce and water. I add the sauce first, then pour the water in the can to make sure I use all of the tomato sauce.


Stir one time after you add the liquid, toss in the bay leaf and the garlic. I put the garlic on a toothpick so I can find it when the Spanish rice is completely cooked.

Now this step is key...put a lid on the rice and do not stir! Keep the rice on medium heat for ten or so minutes then reduce to low for several more minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and garlic and serve.


Dinner is served! Turkey burritos with beans and Spanish rice. Serve with shredded cabbage, limes and salsa.


* in some countries, what Americans refer to as ketchup is called tomato sauce. As the farm has readers from around the globe I thought I would share this.

2012 Books


This is a post that I am placing on the side bar to have a record of books I am reading over the year. This post will be updated often.
  1. Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving Edited by Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine. 2006 L I ended up liking this book so much-that I bought one to have on the farm!
  2. Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two by Beth Hensperger. 2007 L I enjoyed this book and found many easy recipes to double for the family. Excellent!
  3. Jewish Holiday Treats Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family by Joan Zoloth. 2000 L Lots of neat projects for the family as well as some neat recipes!
  4. Celebrating the Jewish New Year The Winter Holidays by Paul Steinberg. 2007 L This was a great book to help understand the Feasts of the Bible.
  5. Celebrating the Jewish Holidays Poems, Stories, Essays Edited by Steven J. Rubin. 2003 L I confess that after a few chapters, I was unable to stay interested. I did not finish this book.
  6. Treasures of the Heart Holiday Stories that Reveal the Soul of Judaism by Diane Wolkstein. 2003 L Sadly, I did not finish this book either. I selected different stories and if they were slow,I would skip. I guess this wasn't so bad, as I could immediately read another.
  7. Flowers in the Kitchen A Bouquet of Tasty Recipes by Susan Belsinger. 1991: * 1 This is an excellent book!! I have reread this twice and know it will become a well used cookbook!
  8. The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel. 1977:*2
  9. Genetically Engineered Food Changing the Nature of Nature by Teitel, Wilson 2001. *3
  10. Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest: Mexican 2012. Magazine*4
  11. DIY Projects for the Self Sufficient Homeowner Creative Publishing International. 2011*5
  12. Utah Blaine Louis Lamour I have read this before, but love the simple ease of a LL book. *6
  13. The Honey Prescription by Nathanial Altman. 2010. L This book had many wonderful ways to use honey in healing ways. I made many notes.
  14. Native American Crafts and Skills. David Montgomery. 2000. L I was looking for some southwest ideas for some projects for the fair. I thought the book was nice, but did not have any ideas that I liked.
  15. Tasha Tudor's Old-Fashioned Gifts. Tasha Tudor and Linda Allen. 1979. L Neat book of fun crafts to make with a daughter or granddaughter. Many simple crafts that can be made for little or no money.
  16. Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies. 2010. L  Common sense book...
  17. Quick and Easy Gourd Crafts. Mickey Basket. 2005. L Thankful I picked this book, as I have never worked with gourds before and have several I grew last summer that need to be crafted into something!
  18. Organic Gardening Without Poisoning. Hamilton Tyler. 1970. L  Lots of information. Nice to reaffirm much of what we have been doing.
  19. The Healing Power of Food. By the Editors of Prevention Magazine. 1991. L Did not really get into this book.
  20. A Brief History of New Mexico. Myra Ellen Jenkins, Albert H. Shroeder. 1974. *7 I love this book!
  21. Banners and Flags Margot Carter Blair, Cathleen Ryan. 1977. L The time era made this book kind of your That 70's Show.
  22. Crocheting for Dummies. editor Karen Manthey. 2004. L This was not as simple as one would expect. I wanted to venture into a few new stitches. I found on line tutorials better.
  23. America's Best Cross Stitch. editor Gerald M. Knox. 1988. L This was a wonderful book, as I am one that loves to get ideas.
  24. The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns. Jimmy Beyer. 2009. LThis was a wonderful book, as I am one that loves to get ideas.
  25. The McCall's Book of America's Favorite Needlework & Crafts. 1976. LThis was a wonderful book, as I am one that loves to get ideas.
  26. Glorious Country. Liz Trigg, Tessa, Evelegh, Stewart and Sally Walton. 1995.L Lots of great ideas, simple and elegant.
  27. The Historian's Toybox. Eugene F. Provenzo Jr., Asterie Baker Provenzo. 1979. L Loved this book and it shared how to make the toys too!
  28. American's Folk Toys. Dick Schnacke. 1974. L  I loved this book too. Bill decided he would like to try and make several of these toys for the grandbabies when they start arriving.
  29. Craft, Cookery, and Country Living. Kim Victoria Abeles. 1976. L Kind of dated, and not a fav.
  30. The Holy Land.Edited by Time Life Books.1992.L Boy, I really enjoyed this book. It was not written in any religious way, in fact more so presuming God was a myth, but the photos and the history for one that has read His Holy word was such a reinforcer!
  31. The Mystery of the Pyramids. Humphrey Evans. 1979.L I thought this would be fun to go through and I was correct. Lots of photos, much speculation about the Pyramids, but all and all interesting.
  32. The Messianic Prophecies of the Bible. Herbert Lockyear. 1973.L I am back and forth on the Lockyear series. I found this one ok.
  33. Daily Life in Ancient Mespotamia. Karen Rhea Nemet-Nejat. 1998.L This was an interesting book, although had some thoughts I do not match the historical details.
  34. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Edward Gibbon 1960.L I would LOVE to own this book!
  35. The Hittites. J.G.MacQueen. 1975.L I began my Biblical journey trying to find historical proof and the Hittites were one of the first groups I studied. Interesting but I honestly did not finish this book.
  36. Life in Year One.Scott Korb.2010.L Unimpressed did not finish.
  37. Ancient Canaan and Israel. Jonathan M. Golden.2004.L Was an interesting read.
  38. Commentary on the Torah. Richard Elliot Friedman. 2003.L  I struggled with this as I read from right to left. Funny how easy it was to convert the world from reading the word the way established by God.
  39. Life in Ancient Rome. Lesley Adkins, Roy Adkins. 1994.L Another good book, very interesting and helpful in my studies.
  40. Better Basics For the Home. Annie Berthold-Bond. 1999. L This is a good book need to check out again.
  41. The Oxford book of Christian Verse. Edited by Lord David Cecil. 1940.L I found this book pretty amazing. I love poetry and this was a compilation of ages ago poetry!
  42. A Different Jesus. The Christ of the Latter Day Saints. Robert Millet. L
  43. Land of My Heart. Tracy Peterson. L I could not really get into this book.
  44.  How to Make Braided Rugs. L. I am so glad I did not see this book before I attempted to make a braided rug, as it would have discouraged me.
  45. Louis Lamour biography. L.  Not impressed as I pretty much knew what was shared and it was basically what was already in his books.
  46. The Encyclopedia of Stitches with 245 stitches illustrated and 24 projects!! L. Wonderful book chock full of information!
  47.  His Name is Yahweh. Neil Snyder. Online download.   I enjoyed this book a good deal.
  48. The Harbinger. Jonathan Cahn. Charisma House Book Group. 2011. L Incredible Book...I suggest to ALL Christians.
  49. Celebrate the Season Used book missing beginning pages with printing information. Gooseberry Patch. I like the recipes in this book.*8
  50. Country Cooking American Cooking. Time Life Books. 1989 * 9 Oh a great book with fun neat recipes!!
  51. Bible History of the Old Testament. Alfred Edersheim. Hendrickson Publishers. Peabody Massachusetts. 1995 *10 I have owned this book for years and am beginning to read it straight through. I have read a bit here or there when studying the Bible but never straight through. So far I am enjoying it and wish I had done this a while ago!
L= Public Library
*=found used either book sale, thrift store, yardsale or online used, with price
1. 2012 $1.00
2. 2010 a book I picked up to read and never read~it begins quite powerful!
3. 2012 $.50 yardsale online
4. 2012 I confess this was an impulse buy. I usually never do this...as it was new~well aside from this and a few things~
5. 2012 I bought this book too. I am not too embarrassed although I prefer bargains, this book has been a wonderful thing to give ideas on new projects.
6. We own almost all of the Louis Lamour collection. I love them and periodically reread them.
7. Bought this at a yard sale  8. From a thrift store.  *9 Bought from a Bookstore years ago. 



Photo Information: The photo is of our rescue kitty Lainey. She looks frustrated as she is so done with the paparazzi. She is on top of a collection of books I have from Random House called Landmark Books. I always bought used and really liked how they were informative yet a easy to read. We have about twenty-five in this series-and almost all of them were printed in the 1950's.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

BRB:Updated at Bottom

Please excuse my absence as I am a bit out of sorts.

Let's see if you can guess why.

  1. I slipped on ice and twisted my ankle. Oh and yes, we have ice, up in the mountains. I took Fourth ice skating with her friends in Cloudcroft, NM, when I slipped getting out of the truck.
  2. I had food poisoning~I had a corn dog from Sonic...with green chili. I am not sure I am giving up Sonic but perhaps corn dogs!
  3. I let Rose the Hen take me on a joy ride and we were picked up by the law! Now Rose and I are the farm criminals. She is used to dressing in black and white stripes, I am not.
  4. I misunderstood the mirror when it said objects are closer than they appear.
  5. A ram let me know why he is called a ram, and am very sore, although pleased I was thrown several feet and for a few moments was impressed, until ground and I joined!
  6. I was flying back east and TSA screeners scared me-my own fault, I am not a fan of flying and I had a wig-out moment, and was escorted out of the El Paso International Airport.
  7. I am 5 months pregnant! I know, with my youngest being 16, we waited a good amount of time to ensure all was going well, before announcing the news.
  8. We are in the midst of a construction project and no matter much I pretend I am okay with such disorder, but truth be told, I am not!
  9. I have a job! Me! The eternal housewife has actually found work outside the home, and I LOVE IT!
  10. My oldest eloped and we have been planning a wedding reception as well as time to get to know his wife!

Now~have fun guessing which two are correct! I am going to be reading and catching up with all my blogity friends soon. I hope to have a few posts up...


So stay tuned~for a post on SNAP(foodstamps), God not being politically correct, life before the farm, making Spanish Rice, A listing of books from readers, as well as my more detailed listing of books I love, and posts in my draft file~407 to be exact!

Have a great day!

Jennifer


Updated: I am not responding to the posted comments, as I usually do, until Saturday night or Sunday Morning...no need to respond and give the two away!