"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, October 31, 2016

Childhood MUST

have puddles to walk through.  Even to one so young, a puddle
has an incredible draw.  

Then with a giggle and a quick twist to stomp about the 
awareness is made complete!! Puddles are FUN!

Childhood is a time for exploring new things, playing in the mud,
jumping in the puddles and living life with exuberance and excitement. 

Oh and for the record that puddle does not check I.D.s~feel free
to take a leap and walk through your very own puddle.  I promise you
nothing and yet, you may gain something so simple: a smile!

Friday, October 28, 2016

From the Files

From the file titled Things to do Around the House:
 I love this so much.  I do not have a dresser to make this from.  Instead, I have a collection of old suitcases that I want to create a space  to store photos and memorabilia that I want to keep but I do not need to access daily.

This is another easy peasy idea.  I actually have a few chairs that are rough around the edges that could make a great front hall bench.  I even like the turquoise/teal color.   

From the File Childhood:
 This is an aerial photo of my high school.  I edited out the street names but this is where I went to school.  The meme's about going to school in the middle of a cornfield were true for me.

From the File Mom's:
I really don't need to say much about this one, do I?
From the File Art/To Paint-Draw or Whatnot:
I have taken a ton of photos of the water tank, and want to paint it from all the different views. 

This is a pastel drawing that I was working on. In my head I see this on canvas and it will be a four part canvas display.  More thinking to do and therefore it rests in the File for now.

And that concludes the From the Files post.  I try and save things that will either give me an idea on making something we already have better, or something that I will actually create.  It keeps me sane doing this.  I do have a pinterest page but I really don't like to go there because it is too easy to bog down and save a zillion things.  Life isn't about overwhelming us before we even begin.  Life is to be lived within the skill set we have doing the best we can.  We are not to create perfection but peace for our homes, lives, and family.

***I must confess that without my Bill some of the projects wouldn't be.  I am more of an idea person when it comes to using the power tools as I am chicken when even thinking of using them.  So, Bill thank you for helping things from my brain come to fruition!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday Window

Yep it's that time once again!
Here is my Henry, he is so sweet.  I don't understand 
why I like geese, but I do.  Crazy, silly critters
that make me smile. 

Autumn is beginning to truly greet us.
Quite chilly here in the mornings. 
Of course by afternoon it's sweltering!
I loooooooove New Mexico!

Late blooming pomegranates. I don't think they will 
ripen before the first frost.  The puppy loves them
as is, so I guess all is well.

Something New
On to the newest category I have added to the farm blog: I am sharing something new that I have learned.  The booklet below was one of the books I used as I homeschooled the children.  It was printed in 1950 and was from a series of books titled Real People and then the name of the person. 

I quickly read the book again, then I spent some time on line reading about Zebulon Pike and smiled thinking, when I first read the booklet, we did not live in New Mexico. 
Anyhow something I discovered that is fascinating is that although Zeb Pike did not have any male heirs about 20% of all people with the last name Pike can trace their line to the same male like as Zebulon Pike (Source Wikipedia).
If you want to learn something about Zebulon Pike below are some links:
Here is a website that has some of the works by Pike.
Read about him here on the History website.

If you aren't interested in Zebulon Pike, take some time to learn something new today.  It isn't for anyone else but you and your brain is a valuable thing and you should challenge it and use it every day...all day long!

Photo at the wedding and wedding

photos of the Double Nickel Farm family as I am that kind of sentimental.

Second, Grand #1, First, Third, Grand #2, Fourth and hiding
almost too hard to see, Bill way back in the back...;)

They all gained their last names because first:
I took Bill's last name for my own.

 Then Third married his precious love and she took
 his last name as her own.

Then Second married his precious love and she took
his last name as her own.

Then First married his precious love and she took

his last name as her own.

Twenty-eight years later and I am still mushy and get teary eyed, thinking
All because two people fell in love~we have all these amazing people in our lives.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Instead of Milk

Yep, I have found something instead of milk to meet my simple needs of having milk every few months or having a bowl of cereal.  I have never been a fan of milk.

I was reading here and there the other day and stumbled across a recipe that uses oats to make an alternative to milk. Let me say Yay!

Ingredients needed:
1 cup oats
3 cups filtered water
1 tsp.vanilla (optional-I used)

The directions were to blend the ingredients well and I did.

Then run the mixture through a strainer.

I did.  
Then pour into a jar.
Shake before each use.

This is so delicious.
I would only change one thing~I would soak
the oats with the water then drain, and squeeze the oats.
This way I would have more than the mashed oats.  I could
then use the oats in either a bread, cookies, or give to the chickens~
as I am a frugal one and love to make use of everything. 

I found the recipe for the oat milk at The Conscientious Eater.  
Nutritional Benefits of Oat Milk? Check out here at Livestrong.com.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The weekend was incredible

as Bill and I gained a new daughter!
Bill was blessed to be able to unite them in

I love love!
To my son and his lovely wife,
thank you so much for the beautiful day,
dad and I love you so much.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A bit of photo catchup

as I haven't posted a good deal of the happenings lately.  In no particular order are some photos from the past weeks.  
This guy escaped from his home and arrived outside the gate.  He 
scared the dogs so much, that I was worried about what was outside.
The dogs were barking and then would turn and kind of run in fear.
As I got to the gate, I had called Bill, as I was thinking perhaps a
big cat (mountain lion) was injured and still outside the gate.

I confess I was relieved and shocked to see this little guy, as 
he was not so little.
 An officer was a few minutes away and came out while the owners
were contacted as this one and another had escaped.  This one weighed
80 lbs!  I was a tad nervous, but the deputy touched him, so I bravely-
well chickenly touched him as well.  The owners arrived and shared
that this guy is from Africa and they rescued him. 
Crazy what shows up in the desert in the middle of nowhere!

I dehydrated some diced onions as I am a fool for onions.  Yep,
a fool.  I always ask Bill if I have onion breath and he tells me
no, your breath is sweet.  I think he is immune to me, and for that
I am happy!

This kitty loves to find places to sleep and usually she does not
sleep in the same place two days in a row.  Sometimes I cannot
find her as she finds such good hidey nappy places!

Bought some chips and thought of Neil Armstrong.
Still think Neil Armstrong is pretty cool even though
he is no longer alive.  The chips are the store 
brand from Albertons. 

Go Sheriff's Office!  They won the law enforcement appreciation
day hosted by a local realtor and this day is to become an annual 
event.  The young men in the photo were part of a tug a war team
of five-two aren't pictured-that competed against the city police 
department and the city fire department.  It was pretty amazing to 
watch as the sheriff's office team was not as large or with as noticable
of muscles.  I think it is because the sheriff's department team had a
rancher on the end, and even though he is skinny, working on a ranch, 
and bucking horses and such makes for a far stronger person than just 
weight lifting.  This is my opinion but I see it in my own family working
our simple little farm.  By the way, the police chief, sheriff, and fire chief 
also participated in a dance off.  The sheriff took second!

I made several trays of pumpkin pie leather as well. Oh boy is
it delish and it tastes like pumpkin pie!

Granddads are the best.  This photo is from Grand #2s first birthday.
Grand #2 is being held by his other granddad while Bill is holding 
Grand#1.  I only took a few photos of this day and hope that my daughters
and Bill forward me the rest of the photos:) wink, wink!

Here is Team_______.  Bill wore Not the Short One and I wore
Not the Tall One shirts. On the back of the shirt it says Team and 
our last name.  Yep, this is a photo of me as I am tossing a horseshoe.
We lost but Bill and I both were surprised at how many ringers we
tossed and how many points that we actually scored! Go Team ______!!

This is were the horseshoe tournament was held.  I'm putting 
this photo up because I am pretty certain that the team on the left
practicing were the team that won! Woohoo!
That's is for a teeny tiny photo catch-up. Like most people, I have a ton more photos but this is a good sneak into things around the farm and from our lives. Have a great day!