"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

Friday, March 14, 2014

From the Photo Vault of This, That, and Blurry!

If you have read this blog at all, you may appreciate that my life is a simple life. Simple does not mean that life is easy. Simple means that it is filled with less hustle and bustle of the world, and more of God, family, and home.

This post is a bit of photos from my daily life that have not made it to the blog.  Yes, some are blurry. I know that with cameras today,  many are instant photographers,but~ I am not!  

This is a project I am working on.  I need to build a rustic wooden frame 
to complete it.  For Bill as he may be reading~when I say I need to build,
we both know  what this means :)! I have been scouring the wood
piles and such about the property for the perfect pieces and hope to
complete this soon.

Here on the farm we try and live a life where we are constantly learning new things.
That being said, I picked up this book to learn some old school preservation methods.

Third and his bride from the annual family photo shoot in November.
They weren't posing as I was taking other photos and yet when I quickly saw them
I tried to hurry and snap this photo.  Blurry is the result...but it is still a precious photo.

My road.  Yep.  This is the road the farm is off of.
Since we have moved here~not one county vehicle has ever done
any work on the road.  We moved here in 2007.  Bill hauls a bit 
of gravel every now and then to fill the holes...and that is how one
has a lovely but remote life!

My mountains a few months ago capped in snow.  This is a rare
image as we only have about 1 day a year that the mountains east of
the farm look this way.

We did not have a cold winter.  This wagon load of wood was
one of the last loads of wood brought to the woodpile by the house
as we did not use the woodstove much at all this year.
That is a worry for us this spring and summer as we have far too
many mice, rabbits, and bugs already.
My head gets blurry thinking about how many rattlesnakes are 
here as a result of the crazy mouse population~shudder!

My dates one lovely day~ Bill and Bill2. 
Proud of Bill to the Second~absolutely!

This was one of my volunteer plants of 2013.
I already have several volunteer plants of 2014 and that is pretty neat.
By the way, this is a gourd plant that produced a few items that

This is an old photo of the mesquite tree Bill has been braiding.
We hope that it grows to be about 6 feet this year.

This weekend is Purim for those that celebrate.  
For those with a Bible and wish to know why Purim is celebrated
take a few minutes and read the Book of Esther. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Why Not?

I mean most of us now travel with a laptop...
so why not take the computer chair with you as well?!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

No one! 
In all of my life I have never had a cookie jar!

Then a bloggity friend gave me one.  

Now...the day I received this~I had told my Bill that I wanted to incorporate 
orange into my kitchen color scheme...which is navy blue/white.

How cool is that?

When the kiddos were small, I always thought about buying a
cookie jar and never did.

I am quite content to have a cookie jar now.

As I can see down the road, grandkiddos little hands reaching up~
for a cookie from their Gramie/Oma/Lita!!

Thank you MM!

The past few days in photos

as so many things going on that blogging has been light!

As I study the Bible more and more I have been learning about festivals and feasts that are holidays for either all those that read the Bible, or the Jew or both.   Purim is an interesting celebration that was established by Mordecai (Esther's uncle), after a serious threat of destroying all the Jews during the reign of Ahasuerus.  The kingdom of Ahasuerus was large, with over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia.  If you take the time to read the Book of Esther, you will learn that the Jews foiled the plan of Haman to exterminate the Jewish people in the kingdom, including Queen Esther. 

It is worthwhile to read about the Nuremberg trials as "Purim Fest 1946" was shouted during the execution of ten of the Nazi hierarchy of Germany.  Even how the press was chosen to document the account of the hangings of the war criminals was chosen by lot.  This was key also in the Book of Esther when selecting which day should the Jewish people be exterminated.  The day was selected by Pur(or by choosing lots).

The posterboard that I am making will explain briefly the Book of Esther and its message of Deliverance by God.

Photo of another day...Bill, Fourth, and I went to El Paso, TX, for odds and ends.
Fourth needed a new pair of boots and I wandered around the boot store and discovered 
these boots.  Oh I love them.  I am certain that the G stands for some sports team,
but for me...I claim it for other reasons.  

Unfortunately, wearing boots requires socks.  I am NOT a sock person.

Bill and I went a bit north of Ruidoso, NM for a wedding the other day.
The snow capped Mount Blanca explains her name, don't you think?

Bill kind of needed to be at the wedding.
The couple was very sweet and the wedding theme was 
western.  Oh I love New Mexico.

I have been finding trucks and cars here and there 
around the house.  Oh how I love to find the cars about.

It takes me back to when my goof troop was small.


The Mystic Mud family visited on their way home to Tennessee.
We made a brief stop to the White Sands once again, so David,
could see the Sands.  This photo is of two of the boys waxing the 
sleds...which ensures that one can speed down the sand.

I picked this photo as I love Bill's shadow in the photo. 
Imagine the headlines~Giant seen at White Sands!

Fourth took a great deal of photos.  I am going to send Michele of Mystic a copy
as the photos are hers to cherish.  Bill, Fourth and I loved visiting once again with the

The Mystic Mud family was under the weather as I am sure I have been, as I sat under 
the picnic shelter with a jacket on for most of the time.  I was slightly chilly the entire time I was 
out there, even though it was in the mid to high 70's F yesterday. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Flat Cat Tires

I was talking to Bill the other day about how our indoor plants look rough and wondered what I was doing wrong.  I discovered that I need not worry anymore...
hmm...kitty sleeping in the wild?!

The garden is beginning to green up!  Mint sneaking through a lower level of tire and the chives.

One more photo of kitty ever so tired from sleeping all day!


And finally I am continuing my efforts of painting the tires~
maybe I will finish next year!  If only people messed up paint orders more
often at Lowe's, Walmart, or Home Depot~then I could buy marked down paint!!

Monday, March 3, 2014