"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

Sunday, April 7, 2013

I Met This Guy

well I met this man awhile ago. It was a pretty strange meeting, but we were in a different country, so I wasn't too shocked about the meeting. 

 A person that had come to know a good deal about me introduced me to this fellow. One of the main things I distinctly remember about the meeting was thinking that he had reddish hair and was wearing all red. I mean who does that? 

 I couldn't hold in my surprise and smiled and laughed out loud upon seeing him. Our common friend was German. She was most certainly one of the kindest people I have met. 


Both myself and the guy cried a good deal in our meeting, and she did nothing to comfort us. In fact, she seemed to enjoy our tears. Our German friend took time away from her schedule to introduce this guy to Bill too. I can't say for sure if he cried when he met this fellow, but I can say this with absolute certainty, inside, he was humbled. 


 You see, 20 years ago, this guy we were introduced to by my Doctor...was our precious third son. Oh what an incredible day that was, and fast forward 20 years, I can honestly say that I shed some tears today. 
 All because.  
You see being this man's mother has been a great privilege that I take very seriously.


We had a simple gathering to reminisce about times of old and how our third son has left his teens behind him!


Third had cupcakes
and a family BBQ made by Bill and I.

I am thankful that our goofs are never too old to have us sing to them.


Now I am off to ponder a shocking bit of trivia...all of my sons are in their 20's, yep I am getting old!!

In Spite of the Times

We on the farm have continued on in our efforts to transform our corner of the world.  I haven't said much of late on what is happening in the world.  It is not because I am ignoring what is going on.  I have shared for several years about the importance of preparing for times of crises.  Never have I pushed for anyone to do anything more than we on the farm have done.

We had our own personal crisis that turned our lives upside down.  I am very thankful for that as we are more aware of how everything can change in an instant.  This is true for anyone.  Each of us is but one natural disaster away from a crisis.

Then what?  Could you and your family make due?  Could you and your family find shelter, food, clothing, and/or any medical needs or supplies?  Could you and your family start again with little to nothing?


Could you leave your home in less than an hour~for ever?  

Then what?  Have you implemented even the most basic of preparatory plans?  You know, an emergency kit for the vehicle, and a grab bag in case you must flee due to any circumstance?  

Like I shared above, my family has learned because of a personal crisis.  The times we live in may create a national crisis.   Then what?  Things are very sketchy worldwide because of gross misspending of governments as well as the citizens.  Every day the news is filled with political leaders pushing further and further against rights most of us have taken granted for far too long.

It is never too late to prepare.  I have written a good deal about things to do to anticipate pretty much anything.   With all of this, I will share things Bill and the kids and I have learned which in the files of restarting life have been proven critical:
1. raising livestock~caring for, butchering, etc.
2. raising poultry~caring for, butchering, etc.
3. growing foods in the harsh, arid, dry desert.
4. preserving foods by canning, pickling, drying
5. baking from scratch~including grinding flours from wheat and beans.
6. creating natural medicines using herbs
7. creating cleaning supplies using natural products
8. sewing
9. building simple sheds, coops, furniture
10.  living off a very finite amount of funding utilizing bartering, and work in trade.

I am certain we have done more, but you get the idea.  I have shared many times before that the government is not the quickest when it comes to response time for anything, so an understanding that you and your family need to act anticipating your response may be the only response for a while.

I pray that anyone that reads this appreciates that it is better to prepare before a crisis, instead of trying to plan during a crisis.

Oh and for the record, life can be amazing in spite of the times~and we on the farm have gone green...












Yep...for this former Midwest gal, I have dreamed a long time about having a yard to walk barefoot and not step on...
thorns that have literally crippled me at times!  Oh Happy Day!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Attention Soap Makers

I am looking for a homemade soap that is pretty simple.   If you sell your soaps could you please contact me with your link, pricing,  and the ingredients in the soap.

Thank you!

Jennifer

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Random Morning Photos

 More beginnings
Campanula
Rosemary

 If the ground could talk...oh the stories it would tell.

The rather rough looking paw prints intermingled with the turkey prints
are the brave Athena's prints.
stumped as to what to caption this photo

 Millie awaits the side pocket treat.  She knows me too well.

 Athena working diligently to erase her tracks.  Little did she realize
I already read the sign.

 Without one tennis court in the canyon many a tennis ball turns up
~I suppose it is another mystery that needs solved. Maybe it is the same
culprit!

 Have you driven a Ford lately?  Yes, as a matter of fact, I have.
I am still content with our truck.  We bought it used in 2006 and it 
is nearly 13 years old and is our *newest* vehicle.

And here is a bit of over the bumper view awaiting the sun to peek over
my mountains. 

The photos are as a random as life on the Double Nickel.
Today I will water my garden (still all in the greenhouse),  sew a bit,
work on the finishing of the walls in the kitchen, plan my grocery list,
gather eggs, take out slops, read the news around the world,  read the Bible, 
transplant a lemon tree, make my bed, sweep and mop all the floors, make shampoo, 
and send a few texts.  

Life is not to be seen through bitterness and hatred, but through  
the eyes of one that anticipates the sunrise~even though one has seen hundreds, if not thousands before.

Life is not about how perfect things are, but how things are perfect for you~in spite of flaws.

Life is to be lived.
Today will end in a matter of hours, then what?

Make the time to see things new and wonderful because you have the ability to do the tasks.
Make time to ponder your existence as you have worth beyond measure and therefore each breath you take is a miracle that need be appreciated.

Go about your day and think upon your randomness~and smile, knowing that life is a gift, 
and that today, for many around the globe, it will end.

May you decide today to take me up on the free offer that we on the farm have.  
Ask today for this for free...as we will send it to you at no charge.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Moses and Aaron

Last years rams...
Moses is looking to the camera

Not much to see aside from wool, lovely wool.


And for my Bill

You see Bill, even before I knew you, I knew what kind of a man I wanted...and to quote Meg Ryan "I wanted it to be you," long before. 

In the foyer we stash the most elegant of things


Broken in and comfy, kind of aging around the edges and comfy, or out of the box and comfy...we stash prized items in our foyer. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

From the Files...

I have been going through old photo files wondering what hasn't made it to the blog~ and thought I would share some.  

This is one of about 10 photos in this series. 
I found them on my camera a few years ago.
 
Will I ever know the entire story behind the murder by farmyard eggs?
Most likely not. 
Did I crack up when I saw the photos?  Absolutely!
I do know why kitty's coat is so shiny and plush!

I will say that my kids make me smile.

Here is Third.
I did not take this photo either, but discovered about 30 photos 
that Fourth and Third had taken with one on the ground
and the other on the roof.
 
Pretty neat.


 
This is my daughter and one of her friends.
I love the White Sands of New Mexico.

When we first got this kitty she would sleep in crazy places
and we would search and search for her.

We found her this time on top of  a freezer in a crock pot.

My mountains.
I thought I would share a photo of them in white as this winter
we did not really have a deep, cold winter and I missed this.



And here are my mountains being overtaken by a dust storm. 
Yes it was that massive.

I can't believe how time passes so quickly.  I am slow to post the garden plans, the spring cleaning projects, my sewing projects, as well as this, that and the other.  

As this is the year of gratitude on the farm, I would like to share that I have been spending a good deal of time in thought, prayer, and appreciation for those around me~especially my handsome Bill.