"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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On the shelf

was the original title, but I ended up adding other photos so the new title is:
 Fossils~Fossils~and more Fossils.

These fossils are on the shelf above my desk. I love fossils and each of these rocks has a fossil(s) in/on them. I kind of wonder if the one in the back right has skin of a reptile fossilized.  I guess I better go snap a better photo for you to see~

Nope, the more I look at it, the more it looks like mesh. Perhaps it is some sort of a plant?

I have fossils all around the farm.  Pretty much all rocks on the farm minus the gravel have a fossil on them somewhere.

What's in the sink? Fossils being washed~yep, that's me!

  Every where you walk on the farm you will see fossils. 

 I began this interest of rocks when I was a child and have never lost my interest. 

This is the fossil in the first photo on the front left.  I found this when I was a little girl and every where I have lived it has been with me! I am smiling because of all the things that people find worth in and take with them...I find it in rocks! Poor Bill!

Monday, February 15, 2016


We have been in the farm house since the end of 2007.   When we moved in it was a major undertaking as it needed a lot of work. 
Floor in dining room
The carpets were horrible so the kids and I tore out EVERY single one of them. What was underneath was gruesome.  In some places the damage was through the floor.  We did not have much money, so for the first several years we had a sub-floor that I painted. 

dining room 2008
This is what the dining room looked like for the longest time. Kitty-Mr. Magoo, was a blind kitty we rescued and he had a good but short life.  He was named by a contest held on the blog...and a missionary wife in South America picked the name that we ended up selecting as the winning name!

dining room 2016
 Here is what the dining room looks like today.  
full view dining room 2016
I added the first photo so to match the before with a kitty in the photo(look on the chairs in the first photo)!  We still have a bit more to do so these photos are at some point going to be a before photo down the road.  Something I have learned on this path that Bill and I are on is a great deal of patience.  For example the light is not in a place that one can center the table.  At some point we are going to move it and make a frame around it like we did above the stove (below image).

 For us, each step is not something perfect but something each of our hands has been a part of.  The floors were done by all the kids, the trim(still working on) by Bill. The windows Bill with his ever so amazing short assistant.  We have changed the open floor plan to a more defined space in other areas of the house.  It is a big picture project instead of everything done at once plan!

view from dining room to kitchen
Here is a view of the kitchen looking southward.  The cabinets were all thin particle board creations that were a mess. They sagged inside, holes were in the walls and all and all they were ineffective. The island was poorly placed and messed up the movement in the kitchen.   The flooring was linoleum  that had lost the shiny surface...it was dingy and grayish. 
view today 2016

In spite of the date in the corner, I took this photo today.  As you can see it is quite different.  The sink is one that we picked up for free off Craigs*list.  
This is a before photo as well, because we moved the refrigerator since this photo.

The table in the before images is now in the back room and will be updated soon.   Below is a photo of the tabletop and

as you can see it is missing the additions to the family...two daughters-in-law, and two grandsons need to be added~so far!

I have been thinking about this for a while~sharing the progress from 2007 until now as things are drastically different in so many ways.  I would have never guess that in 9 years we would have been able to accomplish so much considering the whys to how we ended up in New Mexico and on this little corner of the world that we call the Double Nickel Farm.  I think over the following few months I will try and document the changes as seeing the before images really remind me of how hard we as a family worked together to transform things. 

Full disclosure for any new readers~our home is a double-wide trailer.  Well it was. It became a place for Bill and I to creatively transform a space into something beautiful (for us), that is low cost no cost~as that is how things are!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I laughed

at these images and thought I would share. 



This one is for those of the goof troop with fingertoes...DON'T ever do this, although in my mind I have imagined it and could not catch my breath from laughter. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

What Hasn't Made it to the Blog? Part 37,502

Photo  Daily Mail

I had this photo in a post titled: What is going on here? 
This post is about the reality of men and women in service.  No matter how hard we press the agenda of how exactly the same men and women are, other nations will sort~oh and cover. 

~most likely will never finish.


 I had this photo in a post titled: It's Woodstove Season.

3. I have a post in the works titled: My Fellow Americans-which is about the political season we are in.

4. I have a post in the works titled: Understanding the Times-this is a post about the birth of our Saviour. 

5. I have a post in the works titled: Is There Something More?  

Reality check. 
Most of us will never invent something.
Most of us will never become a renowned author.
Most of us will not become Hollywood famous.
Most of us will not become super wealthy.
Most of us are not super model beautiful.
Most of us are not the perfect body size.
Most of us will hit our 40s-50s and aside from the little pond we live in, will not even be recognized, and this causes

~still in the works.

6.  I have a post titled:  I am a Woman
I do not hate men. 
I do not believe I am competing with men or women for that matter.  I am only trying to be the best I can be and allow that to be acceptable for me.
I resent special privileges that are granted to me as a person of this gender.
You know...the choice.

~pretty much always on my mind whenever people begin to talk about the rights of a woman. Choice etc~most likely will add on soon.

7.  And I will close with the post titled: I went to a small high school in Ohio
and the school mascot was an Indian American Indian Native American.

I have wanted to pipe in on the insanity of offensive things that bother folks in our nation.  I grew up in an area that many tribes resided and pretty much most of our rivals had mascots like my school.  Now I don't really care what Harry Reid says about how offensive one thing is or another. But I do care about this radical cry of racism and hate mongering where nothing exists.

The area I grew up in is filled with a rich history that I learned.  I studied about the indigenous people and was fascinated.  I found arrowheads on our property and knew all about the incredible things each group brought forward.

The mascot was not given the name in a derogatory name but in one of honor.  To dismiss the very people that did so much for the area is sad, and to suggest that the mascot being named a Native American name is racist is BALONEY.

I am offended.  But I will come back to this.

Recent events have revealed that things will be changed nationally and a quickie erasing of the past will be attempted, much like those nuts that tried to rewrite Bruce Jenner's Olympic wins being achieved by a woman.
At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, she won the gold medal in the decathlon, setting a world record of 8,616 points, beating her own world record set at the Olympic Trials"(1)

Sad, yet this is the rewriting that spins with those that have no solid foundation.

Names of mascots will change for the politically correct crowd.  Names of battles and military campaigns that have already happened will be  changed and NO ONE will be able to decipher what happened, when it happened, or who anything happened to.  Many military machines are named after Native Americans.  Many military campaigns are also named after Native American tribes etc. Our nation has this as a legacy, and most of us recognize that America is the nation she is because of ALL the people that have been here.  We are not perfect.  We have improvement that can be made. BUT we are a nation where naming a mascot after a group or animal is a great thing. We are a sporting nation and this is a high honor.  The same goes for a military campaign.

Yet, history is being rewritten.

 I went to a high school with a powerful symbol as its mascot.  My school was in the heart of many powerful schools.  I never looked as this symbol as negative but instead something that shared our school wished to be represented by a noble symbol.

Yet, history is being rewritten.

To date my school is not changing its mascot BUT I know with the liberal push in this nation things that are offensive to the Left will be changed.  After coming across the webpage I link below, I realize that it is just a matter of time before my high school mascot will be changed.  I am thinking a good mascot name change could perhaps be the We are the World-All Gendered Inclusive-Colorless-Anti-White Privileged High School: Also known as the we are all equal no one is better, smarter, richer, or worldly WatWAGICAWP High!
Of course this is all fictional because the resulting capitalistic boom made from logo companies cannot happen in this scenario  that is the New America.  

ps...I love baseball. I always have and most likely always will and I promise that the revisionist will be looking to the Cleveland Indians, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Atlanta Braves soon.  The masses will be stirred up and the teams will be protested...all the while those that have their hands on the nations pursestrings will be busy as we the people have once again been duped into looking away while they radically change our country.

One more post script~if you click on the link below for school in Ohio using Native American mascots it is important to note that some of the communities that the high schools are located are also named after specific tribes.  Do we change the names of communities/counties/ and such also? In fact the name Ohio is from the Seneca Indians that resided there.(3)  Insanity for sure!

1 Moyer, Justin, Wm., Nick Kirkpatrick. "How Caitlyn Jenner won Bruce Jenner's Olympic Medals." 2 June 2015. The Washington Post. Web. 27 July 2015
2. Schools Using Native American Racial Mascots in Ohio
3. Native American State Names

Thursday, February 4, 2016

When I Study

I often have study buddies.  This post is going to be a window into how I study the Bible.
This kitty loves to sit on anything I am reading, and I 
end up taking a break and giving her the needed attention,
then I can continue.

I used to use Bible commentaries when I studied the Bible.
It was nice to have someone teach me in their thoughts.
Then I realized that I can learn from the Father, using 
the Bible.  If I find a difficult passage, I search Strong's
Concordance for others with the same words and root 
out the meaning. Sometimes I need a word defined
that may not be as common anymore.  The 1828 dictionary 
works wonderful for this. 

Words take on different meanings~we all know this
is true.  Think of the word "gay."  Now most would
suggest that it means something about a preference
rather than happy.  
My Bible's are all rough around the edges and falling apart.
Almost every time I have gotten a new Bible, I end up
giving it to someone.  Even if I have begun making my
notes in it, a person that I meet will ask for it.

I confess that once at IHOP I gave away a very used
and studied Bible.  The person said that this was better
because he knew that if I had read it this much, it must
be worth reading.

I have seen the Bible journaling and confess I find it
beautiful.  I am far to impatient to do journaling/drawing.
I will read and mark it, then my mind races to another verse
and I flip to that once I have spotlighted a verse 
with a colored pencil/pen/highlighter/ or whatnot.

Sometimes I write the verse as it impacts me twice.

My entire Bible study is using the Bible with the 
concordance and dictionary.
 I have a notebook that keeps my weekly readings
marked. Once I read the section, I color it with
the pencils.
If a verse stands out in that week, I try and mark it in
the reading section. 

I have a notebook that I use only for Psalms and Proverbs.
I read a chapter in each and write the verses that stick out
to me. I cross reference any with verses from the concordance
if I find something that takes me deeper. 

I have a notebook that I am studying the Feasts
of the Bible. They are in Leviticus 23(and elsewhere).

The most amazing thing about the Feasts is this:
Our Savior in His first coming did so on the 
actual feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread
and Firstfruits.  He was the Passover Lamb and 
His blood became our covering.  His sinless body was 
put in the grave on Unleavened Bread (leaven =sin), and 
he rose on Firstfruits (as in the Firstfruit of the harvest).

The fourth feast-Pentecost in the Greek was also fulfilled
on the exact day(50 days later). 

The remaining three feasts are Trumpets, Atonement
and Tabernacles, and someday He will come with the sound of
a trump and every knee will bow, and we will tabernacle with him~
and these will occur on the actually days that these feasts are...just as in
His first coming was exactly on the feasts that his coming

Whenever I want to really clarify a verse, I define
the words in a notebook under the verse. Perhaps I may
even know the terms but in the context like to define the words
with the verse. This allows for me to really think about
the verse, instead of getting my daily readings done so
I can do other things.
I am doing my Bible study as my most important of things 
in my day.

I have a notebook that is taking the word LAW through
out the Bible. 

I have another for the words For ever.

I have a notebook for the parables

I make notes upon my notebooks as well.
A while ago I studied what our Creator's name really
was and was surprised. Especially when I read
 Jeremiah 23:27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by
 their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, 
as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. 

 Yep. People have forgotten his name
for Baal, and we call our Creator Lord. 

 It's funny because in the 
Bible where we change His name, He tells us we will.
Now I have studied the concept of the whys and I believe
that maybe good men put a hedge around His name to protect
the people from sinning. Then when the King James crew 
translated they continued the process not understanding
the reasons why.
Even now, you will find many that write God do so
like G-d to be respectful, but that is not his name 
and means nothing.

What does this mean to me? Well the verse, I come in my
Father's name means a good deal thinking about as His name has the root
from YHVH. Crazy neat to understand it that way. 
For the record, Satan's name is translated as it is. No shield to protect
it is as it is. 

Here is the name decoder. You can research this yourself and
I have found that several different Bible versions
do share this in the intro of the Bible.  

One of my notebooks on the back is covered with Paul and how he lived.
In Philippians 3:17 he tells we should walk as he did as he is an example to
us...I was humbled when I finished these verses. 

The reason I have shared this post on how I study the Bible is to let people know that if I can do this, anyone can.  The notebooks were all $0.17 at the local supercenter.  The concordance is on line for free Blue Letter Bible and it has many versions.  The 1828 dictionary is also on line for free use  HERE. 

My studies are in earnest because I had lingering questions.  I will close with the below two.
In NO measure are these the only questions that really made me delve into the Word. 

Why will we celebrate a feast in the Millennium if it is done away with?
Zech 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Matthew 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 

if this is about his second coming, WHY would he mention the sabbath day, if it is no more. I mean if we do not keep the sabbath why should we pray that our flight not be on the sabbath?
Why pray for something that we no longer observe and for many have even exchanged for another and actually call it sabbath (Sunday). 

Please study to shew yourselves approved.  If you would like a Bible please ask and Bill and I will send you one.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Past Remembered

I had several boxes of items from my childhood. No surprise to my family is the fact that most of these shoe boxes are filled with rocks.  When we moved into the farmhouse, I put much of the remaining of the items into a cookie tin.
 A plain old cookie tin. I actually bought it at a thrift 
store for a dime. 
Here is how it looked when it is filled and waiting 
for Jen O'Ben to take a stroll down memory lane.

Here are several of the items to share a window of me...I love baseball. As a child I was hooked.
The Phillies were my favorite team, with Mike Schmidt and Tug McGraw and the Cincinnati Reds came in a close second.  The Gibson tag came from an old fridge. I am a former Gibson Girl.   
The horse picture is something my brother Pete made for me when I was in the first grade. He was in the third grade. (Mom made us make each other gifts for holidays and birthdays)

Below the Gibson is a penny that in an art class (the  penny was already shaped) and we filled it with paint. I am a koala bear (and giraffe) person. Why? Not sure on the koala bear, but the giraffe was because being so tall(something I longed to be) it also had a weakness. For my so tall, I suppose~I am his weakness.  

There is a student council pin, a charm from a necklace, a bell, a locket from a diary~I tried to be witty and write in a diary and then ripped it up and burned it.  The trophy plaque is from the shuttle hurdle relay: First place. The label has come unattached but it still made me smile.

For now the tin will go on the top shelf once again and perhaps be long forgotten until those down the road will wonder about the strange gathering of items collected and stored in a tin. No I don't think so, because the goof troop knows I am a bit eccentric and they will probably just nod in understanding~it's Mom!

Monday, February 1, 2016

From the Mixed Up Files

Socks.  Yep, today's post is about socks. Once Bill and I had kids, I lost control of maintaining socks.  I would never have matches after washing the clothes, and had no idea what was happening.  It progressed from trying to match socks to having a laundry basket kept on the dryer filled with the lonely socks and allowing the kids to match the socks however they saw fit.

I would try and buy the same style socks so it wouldn't matter too much.  I would even toss Fourth's little girl socks in the basket of mismatched boy socks.  Then no see 'um socks came along and everyone wore the same style again.

The situation then became who made the socks stretchy, who stained them worse and on and on. Socks were holey, stained, stretched, and lonely and the kids feet were covered by a pair of random sockies!

Fast forward to the house with only Bill and I, and one of us does not like socks and doesn't wear socks most of the time (364ish days of the year 0 sock wearing).  The socks are happy and have a mate every single time I wash clothes!

It's a sock miracle.  I don't say that snarky or disrespectfully, as socks pretty much defeated me~well, they tried!  After nearly 28 years of the sock battle losses, I have won the war on socks. I suppose that's something, right?