"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, September 19, 2014

It has rained a good deal lately

and it is evident all about the farm.
Our wagon shows how much rain we have had in the past
2 days.

Oh the noxious weeds are rampant. 

With all the heavy rains in the past few weeks, we have a large
amount of surprise plants, here, there, and everywhere.
I thank the chickens!

Now this was a pumpkin I had tossed to the chicks.

The edge of our yard has a surprise gourd plant~I think it is a gourd plant.

Marigolds and such...outside the rock garden.

 and another.
Like a few years ago, the mesquite have become
trellises for the plants about the property!

I just walked through that puddle myself a few minutes ago.
It was like the bottom of a pond or lake.  Squishy~ as I was 

This is the tire garden and it is usually tires with plants and the 
ground it plain old New Mexico dirt.

Our pomegranate trees are overflowing.

As is everything else, even if a few need to be tossed.

Another pomegranate, looking nice.

The tire garden. 

Another view. Those yellow flowers are weeds.  I really wish
they weren't as they are so lovely.  Instead they are so horrible 
and with the rains, they are everywhere.

I think that the rains are over for a bit, and with
Athena photo-bombing this picture, I think I can close 
my post with 

For the Kitchen

I'm making some artwork for the kitchen.  Since Bill made the rustic log frame for the menorah I made, I have been thinking of making something for the kitchen.   My idea is a collection of tea pots that are about 8 x 11.  If I want to change the collection, I'll draw something else!
I am taking my first drawing class and I am loving it!
When we lived in Germany, I had a small tea pot collection,
but it took up too much space and I did not have room for it.

With drawings, I can take them down and replace them and it does
not take up space!

Thank you Bill for committing to making rustic log frames...
even though you don't know you are going to make them yet!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Did I mention

Second was married last weekend?
Yep.  His dad officiated. 
His best man was Third~
One of his groomsmen was First~
And Fourth was a bridesmaid~

I was the designated person to cry.
I succeeded!

The third groomsman is a direct relative of George Coe...
you know: Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid,Lincoln County Regulators,
and he allowed Second to have his wedding on the Coe family ranch.
It is known by another name as well.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 County Fair

Another Fair is now on the memory books.  Since we moved to the farm, the county fair has become the place to share our learned skills and projects.  The transition hasn't been easy to become true country folk not only in address but in spirit as well.

When we moved to the farm, I considered home baked bread frozen loaves from Schwan's. Over the years, I have really come to understand the process of bread making and love it.  What first seemed a hardship has turned into an amazing adventure. 

For those of you that have never been to a county fair or entered any items, I confess I hadn't either until 2008.  I was embarrassed that I was so pleased with the awards and over the years, I am still somewhat embarrassed but I do appreciate that things I make are seen beyond my humble home.

As to the county fair...it is a lovely thing.  I enjoy so many parts of the fair but say that the food makes me long for the next fair.  Oh fair food is greasy and full of terrible calories but dang is it ever delicious. 
A must for me every year is ribbon fries. 

I love the Ferris wheel to and snapped this photo from under the
porch of one of the buildings as it began to rain.

Not the best of photos, but here is part of the Home Ec barn.
If you click on the image you can see the felt/bead menorah
in the glass display case on the left side.

I love the rodeo as well.  It rained a good deal yesterday and we ended
up looking for parking as some of the riders were walking their horses
to the arena.


Here are the ribbons for the farm for 2014.
I am super excited that I received a Grand Champion ribbon
in baked goods, but I must be completely honest and share
that entries overall were down a good deal. 

To Otero County Fair 2015
I can't wait to see ya!

Friday, August 15, 2014