"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, November 6, 2013

Sequence of events since the snake bite

as requested~in reverse.  
Here's Samson.   He weighs over 150 lbs.  I had no idea how large 
he really was until I drove with him in the front seat of our SUV.
His nose is still quite swollen from the rattlesnake bite on Sunday.

I share in reverse so you have the good news before you see the
rattlesnake.  

Bill and I were filling the truck with wood and the dogs were
with us.  As usual, they were digging under the pallets of seasoned
wood.  We cleared the pallet and believe me, were aware of our 
environment~but heard no rattles and so thought nothing of it.

As we tossed the last of the wood into the truck we heard the rattling 
of the snake.  This noise of a rattle is one of the scariest sounds 
I have ever heard.    I immediately headed towards the house with the 
dogs, to get them away from the snake. 

Bill took care of the snake.
The snake was 39 inches long and had nine rattles.

When I got to the porch, I called for Fourth and then 
glanced at Samson and saw his nose and the blood.

Once I saw the blood, I knew it was too late and Sam
had been bitten by the rattlesnake and I called for Bill. 

This was moments after Samson was bitten
and Bill was getting the truck and I was calling the vet.

The swelling nearly tripled in size by the time Bill
made it to town~a bit of a trip as we are in the sticks.

I stayed home and remembered that the head needed to
be secured.  Ugh.

And that is the end of the sequence of events in reverse.

Samson is doing great.  He is on some meds for a few 
more days, but will make a complete recovery.  

The snake
won't, and for this farmer's wife~that is great news.

 Bonus:  The Double Nickel School Science Museum 
secured another item for its desert dwelling exhibit.


Farm? Only a Vision~at First

I originally posted this on November 30, 2008.  I have been looking over the farm since we arrived here and I am absolutely giddy with how far we have come, considering we ventured into the unknown.  It seems like times are going to be tough for some years to come for many Americans, if we stay on the course we are on.  I am reposting this, to share with those that now are looking to simplify their lives, and reduce the expenses of the normal American life...that it can be done~as we are the proof. 

Growing up in Ohio tainted my interpretation of what a farm was. I envisioned red barns, white fences and well~ green grass, trees, and a ditch or two. That is not the case here in New Mexico. Nearly every operation out here is referred to as a ranch. I was determined to be unique and therefore decided that we would live on a farm. But the truth of the matter was that this humble piece of property that we have was never a farm, and most certainly only scrub desert. We saw beyond the thorns, cactus, sand, rocks and envisioned a FARM!

We are only one year into the operation, and it has left permanent scars on our arms, as the mesquite is not forgiving as you try to remove it, trim it, or work around it. Yet we continue. Our time line is at year 4 to look like the farm we envisioned. When our agent showed us the property we could not walk through and see much as it was overgrown. It took three weeks to realize that the back had a fenced in area for the yard!

So here are the lemons we have(you know-when life gives you lemons- make lemonade)


Clearing mesquite...click on the photo to see the thorns...I saw the beans growing on the trees(bush) and began to harvest them, and we dried them for the animals. Boy they love dried mesquite beans.


When the monsoon season flooded parts of the property and the native grasses grew...we harvested the grasses with homemade sickles...and had Jen sized bales for the animals!

We still have much of the property that is nearly impassible. Oh and shoes do not stop the thorns...one thing we have purchased excess of was tweezers and peroxide!!


Here is a photo near the front of the property with one of my sons wandering. We have clearings here and there that more dry, desolate things will grow in...
So although one may believe that we found a great deal on a fixer upper (former) farm, that is not the case. We just knew that often to make what you desire takes much more mental ability then actually things that are real.

Don't ever believe that you can't achieve something, as we here on the Double Nickel Farm know that with God-all things are possible.

November 6, 2013~We have leaned more on God than I ever knew one could, and I can say with absolute certainty that our strength has come from Him.  Our goals evolved over the years, and we are working for a more sustainable property that provides a large portion of our needs.  We are older, three of the kids are on their own and yet, we still look back upon Bill's accident as the point that has radically changed us for the better.  

Thanks for visiting,
Jennifer

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Snake Bite Update

Samson is home.  He was given a vaccinated horse plasma and meds
and aside from a bit of swelling he is doing better.   His head got pretty 
swollen.  It was so funny driving home with him.  He would not sit
in the back so I felt cramped with him in the cab.   Keep in mind
our vehicles are not small vehicles, yet Samson filled the passenger
seat and a bit of the center consul.   Once I got to the gate and he saw 
Fourth he really perked up~he and Fourth are best of buds!

About the snake...Bill opted to give the chickens the remains, minus
the head.   The chickens won't go near it.   They love snake and this one
is too much for them.   When I walked by the pen, knowing it was there I 
jumped as it is so big.   Ugh.  I so dislike snakes.  

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Realities of Farm Life in New Mexico Part 1

Bill and I have been on a learning journey for the past several years.   Not that the years prior to farm life weren't filled with learning, but the farm learning curve is unlike no other.  I have been thinking about this post for several days and did not realize that the first part of the post would be about Samson our Great Pyrenees. 

Now if you have read my blog for any amount of time you know, I am pretty afraid of rattlesnakes.  I need to be very clear, although I am afraid, I am also very appreciative of what I need to do in any situation, whether it is to avoid, to alert the snake I am in the area(so it will leave), or to kill the snake.   We have encountered many rattlers while living here and until today...had no bites.
Samson's nose beginning to swell as Bill was bringing the truck around



Samson was bit by a rattlesnake this morning.  He is at the vet's being treated as I type.  The anti-venom is $900.00 and therefore was not something we could afford.  The second course of treatment is a plasma, fluid treatment that will be less.   Through payments, I think we will be okay.  I am a crier...and tear up as I type.  The vet seemed pretty confident because of Sam's size that he could pull through, but we will not know for a few days.   

Sam is a pet but in truth he is an important tool on the farm.  He is the protector of the livestock and keeps the bobcats,  javelinas, mountain lions, and coyotes at bay.   He also is the best buddy of Fourth.   He is always happy, and is our tree climber.  

Yet, life is hard.   I am one that considers myself a prepper too.  I do not see myself as a prepper because I am afraid of the world, anymore than how I live now with my fear of rattlesnakes.  I appreciate that in life things happen.   I understand the need to have skills, storage, and abilities for living.   Being afraid is not a bad thing.   It is wonderful to have a healthy understanding or fear, as long as the fear is not crippling. 

I prep because I understand that bad weather happens.  I prep because I understand that jobs are lost.  I prep because I understand that prices are steadily going up and if something goes on sale I need to put some away in storage. 
the snake was a Western Rattlesnake about 39 inches long

As one that appreciates the realities of farm life in New Mexico, I can see the realities of the world.  I must say now that anyone that believes that the Obamacare website downfall was because the Left are idiots, are missing the rattle that is rattling.  The goal of this administration has always been to fundamentally transform the United States of America.  

In the times we live in appreciating the reality of what is going on we need to know that bad things happen. Yet we can live life enjoying the good times preparing for the not so good times.  For us, with Samson and his bite, we will adjust our budget for several months due to this.  We pray he will survive as he is more than a pet, but a valuable protector.  We never forget that rattlesnakes are a very real threat to our life.  This does not stop us from living the simple life in the desert far from the
cities. 
the head after Bill terminated it

I will be writing several post in this series so stay tuned. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

And the week begins

Ten photos from the Double Nickel farm files.   They are in no particular order but I wanted to begin my week smiling.  
The kids with Bill's dad nearly 14 years ago.


The kids about 9 years ago.


I love this photo!

My handsome sons a few years ago.


The kids a couple years ago.

Love this photo too and am going to use this one as a before and
after!


My sons...love this photo too.

Waiting to pick up First from airport...can you guess where
he was stationed?


Almost time for the annual photo and this one was taken in 2006

Bill's mom in red,  aunt in yellow and the kids a few years ago.

About this time every year I begin thinking about the annual photo
and reflect upon the previous year.  This year the annual photo will
be so different from every other photo we have taken~and I for one
cannot wait.


*correction on title I had weeks instead of week!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Update Post

to this post~Little Did I know.  

One of the two that got engaged this year is Third!   Here are two photos from the past few weeks of Third and his sweetie.


The cuties!
The big day is just around the corner and we are
all very excited for them.

 
  
This photo has a story I love.  Last week the couple went to southern 
California with her parents. While walking alone on the shore 
they wanted a photo and began checking out who they thought 
could take one for them.   Finally Third saw a young man that 
he thought could and they asked him.  It was so funny, because 
the man ended up taking about 30 photos of them, telling them 
how to pose, what  to do...and finally capturing this lovely photo. 
They do not know who he was~so this photo is credited to the 
kindness of a stranger!


For smiles~Bill is going to be the one that marries them!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Five


 I found a board outside from our rough cut lumber
and decided to paint a sign.  In case you have forgotten,

Almost finished photo of my daughter's birthday 
present.  You have seen the squares before here.


As one that loves onions, I pickled a good deal of onions this year.
Pickled onions are absolutely amazing!
 
  
Yesterday I canned beets, and needed two more jars
to fill the pressure canner, so I prepped and canned two
jars of carrots as well.  What to do with the peelings?

If you have read my blog for any amount of time,
you know I work very hard to use every thing and 
times they go in the slop bucket for the chickidoodles,
and today...
 
I am going to make carrot cookies.   I do use butter
instead of margarine, and I do not have shortening
so I will be using butter for that too.

That's it for Friday Five.

Have a lovely weekend and remember that a day of rest was given to us by God, so rest in Him and regroup so you can work refreshed again.

Six days thou shalt labor and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, an all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:9-11

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath Mark 2:27