"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, October 31, 2012

In Case

I have written many times about preparing for a crisis.  I have shared tips that may help one as well as how my family has been able to thrive when we were thrust into our very own crisis.  One need not have the devastation that Sandy has scattered to be in a crisis.

For those of us not dealing with the aftermath of Sandy, now is the time to act.  First and foremost in the measure of assisting our fellow man.  Can you donate to an organization that is helping those on the east coast?  Perhaps your area is putting together a food and clothing drive-and you can donate locally for them.   Can you donate to your local church food pantry or community kitchen?   We have such a national emergency at our front that we may overlook those at home.  Can you donate blood?  Blood is always needed. 

Why begin writing about preparation with the suggestion of donating to help others?  It is by sheer happenstance that the storm, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, flash flood did not impact me, but I could be next.  This is not the time to harp about politics, but the time to act.  Give...

As to preparing, prepare.  Not for the ridiculous zombie apocalypse~but for real situations that will spiral your lives out of control if you are not prepared.  Of course the very nature of a crisis may cause confusion, chaos, and crazy emotions but preparation will help you endure.

I strongly suggest that you prepare your family in case things happen in your neck of the woods.  I suggest you have a plan on where to go if you need to flee with an emergency kit in the car and also at the bare minimum one months worth of food storage.  This post (Prudent Storage) has a list at the bottom to give you an idea of foods to have on hand.  Please have storage of medications that you need, toiletries that include any feminine products needed, as well as enough supplies if you have a baby or small child. It is crazy to think that help can arrive quickly in situations such as Sandy-so prepare to adapt while waiting.  It isn't a crisis if you have enough food, water, and your shelter is intact.

Here are so posts I have written on preparation.
Part 1 Preparation
Part 2 Understanding the Times
Part 3 Food Shelter Clothing
Often Overlooked

Oh and one more thing~if you would like to have a Bible that will give you something to read during a crisis, please click here and one will be sent to you.


Woodstove season is almost here.  There are distinct signs marking the arrival of this season...
One sign is finding extra quilts on the beds!
What the quilt lacks in beauty, it makes up for in warmth~

Other signs~
Slippers by the bed
Hot cocoa on the shelf
and shirtjacks hanging once again by the back door.

Monday, October 29, 2012


Praying, praying, praying for those on the east coast. 

Blast from the Past

In our old lives we were a civilian law enforcement family.  This was graduation day from the police academy for Bill.  He had spent many weeks away from us and when the ceremony was over, I wanted to snap a photo and  Bill wanted to head home, poor Bill!
 The kids ages in the photo: Fourth 3 1/2, Third 5, Second 5 (almost 6), First 8 (almost 9).

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Six

Our temperature must have dipped a bit below freezing last night and my summer garden has come to an end.  I am going to harvest all the green tomatoes today and tomorrow I am going to make a salsa with the green tomatoes.

I am looking forward to this time next month.  I have come to the conclusion that spending nearly two billion dollars to elect a president is absolutely embarrassing.  I should add that the campaigning is shameful too.

Conversation at the table while plucking off the tomato tops, "That cackling is Tim the rooster, he cackles every time the hen clucks.  The hen is saying, Call the Cluck-B-I, I have laid so many eggs and no chicks. It's a chick napping, Major Case Squad for sure!"

 These are called Pumpkin Pie bites!  What a winning recipe that I found here(photo from this site too)*.  Have I ever mentioned that I love all things pumpkin, well maybe I have here, here and here.  I love my Hallmark Mr. Deeds poem on the last link,
Happy Thanksgiving
May your food be delicious
And the pumpkin pie never run out!

My internet provider is from Mexico.  Not sure when this happened aside from noticing it last week. So instead of Clovis, NM, Deming, NM, or even sometimes Alamogordo, NM, I am reading your blogs from Mexico, well your provider is recording that I am from Mexico (give or take an hour or so in distance and I am practically in Mexico-so I guess it is close enough).

And number six~it is about a 95% likelihood of someone taking a nap today on the farm...yAwN!

*edited to add that the photo came from the same site as the recipe~ Bakerella.com