"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

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

This~That~and the Other

Yep, it's time for a this, that, and the other post. I haven't been blogging much lately. The weather has been pretty lovely, I am busy with indoor planting trays, I am studying, and I am enjoying life.

This past week reminded me of my parents.  My mom died three years ago on the 19th of February.  My dad's birthday was the 20th of February.


 Mom loved the cream horns you can buy from the grocery store deli. 
 
photo credit Walmart
I bought some cream horns the other day as I was thinking of her and how she would buy a pack when she would get groceries.  When we would unload the groceries she would say something like, "someone sold me an open pack,"  as one was always missing! 

My dad would have turned 75 if things were different.  Instead he was killed in Vietnam when he was 28. 


That brings me to my next photo.  Dad was killed before I was born.  I had little understanding of what a dad could be like, until I began having children.
Bill has been a wonderful dad to our cutie pies.   The above photo is from Friday night at the Emergency Room.  That seems to be the new almost family reunion place, as 6 of our now 8 members of the family met up.   

Now on to the Other.   Other as in Face*book photos folks have posted.

Seriously.
 
Says the granddog Athena.
Athena
 

Seriously.
 Life is filled with this, that, and the other.  I pray you all have this day to love others that are around you.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

And the Garden of 2014

is officially started.  I have refrained from sharing our temperatures as a good number of Americans are still battling winter but I cannot hold back anymore.  We have been in the high 70's for several days.   It is 73F (22. 78 C) now, and the doors are open and the sprinkler is busy.

  
This is from my garden a few years ago.
This year I am planning on expanding once again.  Bill and I walk around the property and the gardens and we plan often.   Here is a partial list of what we are going to grow this year:
Flowers: 
Allysum~Carpet Snow and Royal Carpet
Bells of Ireland
Cosmos~Bright Lights mix and Purity White
Forget-Me-Not
Malva(Hollyhock)~Zebrina
Dahlia~Unwin's Mixed Colors
Verbena~Mixed Colors
Zinnia~ Peppermint Stick, Persian Carpet, Scarlet Red, Giant Violet Queen

Edibles:
Sweet Pepper
Pepperoncini
Spanish Padron
Cabbage~Ferry's Round Dutch
Cucumbers~Homemade Pickles
Cherry Tomatoes
Melon~ Piel de Sapo, Top Mark,
Pumpkins~Casper, Giant

Misc:
Luffa

Now this list is in the early stages as all that I am posting are what I have in pots thus far.  My indoor growing is late this season as the end of 2013 was quite busy for the Farm family!  Updates to this will be often as I use the garden posts to follow our progress and improvement each year.

Our raised beds are tires and the color theme for the tires is from this interesting peacock creation that
Bill and I saw on our trip to Mesa, Arizona.  Clearly I am revealing something about the inner workings of my brain~so enjoy pondering that for a few minutes and let me know what your diagnosis of me is!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

How to make your sweetie smile

You leave love notes by his next project.
Which then allows him to respond in kind
Which makes your heart burst and you must send him another message
Which then makes your sweetie send another note

Isn't love grand?
 

End of Week Review

As the week comes to a close I have a few thoughts about the past week. 

We did our taxes the other day.  Oh boy...we were asked if we have medical insurance.  I sat there and smiled and thought about a few things.  Every single person that has ever been has something in common with me.  They have or will die, as will I.  Death has no requirements aside from the fact that you must be alive first.  Most Americans die in their 70's to 80's.  Some die as a brand new model and others are so wrinkled, so worn, so old and haggard that you wonder what they haven't done while here.  With or without insurance, I am going to die.  If I smoke, drink, and live a rough life,  I am not guaranteed an early death or a sickly life, any more than if I eat write, abstain from cigarettes and alcohol means that I will live a long and healthy life. 

I have one place that I rest in.  I have one place that my confidence is placed in, and that is God.   When the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) rolled off the tongues of our elected officials, promises were made about insuring the 15 million or so that did not have health care by making it affordable to all.  Now many Americans seemed to like this promise not realizing that making this affordable to some is impossible without increasing prices to the rest.   But that was even incorrect.  Now we have seen at least 5+ million Americans that have lost their current insurance (remember the if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance promise), and still many of those that were uninsured before Obamacare are still uninsured.  I have shared before that America owes me nothing yet I owe America the promise that I accept that I have the right to pursue happiness

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. 

I take this very serious.  I live a life that many worldwide would love to have.  Now I am not bragging or suggesting that I am all that.  In fact, if you have read this blog for very long, you know that I am far from having room to brag too much, and heck, I am a middle aged woman living in the scrub desert of New Mexico and I am just goofy enough to be convinced that I live on a farm.

I pray we will be able to return to some common sense in this nation and STOP this crazy notion that those that are not in the 1% bracket are in some way cheated.  Enough already.  America is an incredible nation and many of us that have been born here have no idea how great she truly is.  I promise you that my in-laws understood what a grand beacon she was.   As to forcing Americans to pay for another...take a moment and read what is under my header photo.  We will always have the poor, and taking from another to give to the poor seems to create a dependent mentality instead of a mentality of striving to improve one's life.  (Please remember I am not against charitable giving, caring for the elderly, the widows or the orphans AND my farm family lives in a bracket that is on the low end of financial wealth-although we have not seen ourselves as poor).

~Now on to something different!  I love a verse in Proverbs that I thought I would share. 
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6
As my children continue to grow(funny to say as they are all adults), this verse truly is powerful.  The above verse doesn't suggest that your children will be perfect.  At times, one may wonder as a parent if the prayers, the training, and faith placed in God, the family, and parenting, are for naught.  I am  most certainly one of those parents.  But I never have given up.  I pray for my children daily, and sometimes many times a day.  I have prayed for my children's spouses, long before we knew who they are, and I have never stopped training them.  Now though it is much easier.  My life has been the first example.  I show through example that I am not perfect, yet work daily to live a life for God.

As this day is coming to an end, I can say that every single week, Bill and I spend time with all of our children.  It is now like a date with each of them as they are grown and have full time jobs, go to college, and for two of them have significant others that are now significant to Bill and I.   Today, we had time with our oldest and his sweetie pie.  I am still smiling at how I am seeing Proverbs 22:6 is correct and for that I am thankful.  It is never too late to be the example to your children.  It is never too late to share Truths in their lives, and even more important it is never too late for you to discover Truth.  If you would like a Bible sent to you from the Double Nickel Farm as a gift from us, to be able to find the precious truth of the Word, please leave a comment here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

For Bill

(This is from 2013...and I liked it so much I thought I would repost it with a few updates)

My Handsome Bill, 
I know you will stop by the blog today so I thought I would write you a note. Yep~for the world to see.  As I have pondered the years we have had together, I wonder how it could be 25 years, as it seems like yesterday when we met.

I knew the moment I saw you that I was going to be your wife.
I never considered any other possibility.
I am stubborn that way.

I cannot imagine a day without you~even if we are busy doing separate projects, I must know you are near.
I never realized before I was married how incomplete I was,
Until I met you.

We never set out to be anything more than us.
Yet, in that simplicity, we became more.
And because of that we will live beyond our years.

All because...two people...fell...in love.

My heart races minutes before you arrive home.
My vanity requires a check in the mirror.
All because I only care how I look...for you.

We have traveled near and far.
And set up life in places I could have never dreamed of.
All because~whither thou goest.

Oft times words aren't needed.
A look says a thousand words.
All because.

You have made my life complete...if I can borrow from a Kenny Rogers song.
They shall be one...if I can borrow from Genesis.
All because.

All because...two people...fell...in love.

To my sweetest Bill, thank you for the best years of my life 1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013 2014*

ps~I love you forever and a day