"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

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Double Nickel pups

teethe on elk hooves.


It shouldn't surprise me anymore to find the hooves along with rabbits, rodents, and pigeons, but sometimes it does.  Today was one of those days.  This was in my stepping zone and well, I did a bit of a jump.  Thanks Zephaniah!

I'm still in my pajamas

and it is 9:30ish in the morning.  Chances are great that I will not change until closer to 4 pm.  I am that way!

Lots of things going on here on the farm but it is time to recap a few things before the new year rolls in~this is part 1!!!

 First of all, both grandsons turned 1.  It is crazy how time keeps marching on.
I love this photo that Fourth took of Grand #2 

Here is Grand #1
This is exactly his personality!!

Let's see.  Bill went and visited his parents in Las Vegas as both are having health issues. 
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Bill with his dad.

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Bill with his mom.
Then Bill's brother visited with his wife and their mom...

I was able to gather the family in one place~yay!

I did a four part seminar at a local church, TWICE.
Here are some of the boards from the seminars.

We finally finished the front porch!
I'll be doggoned if I don't have a finished photo with the new door.
Too lazy right now to walk about 20 feet to the door. That will be a new year's post!

We had a hail storm in May.
 
Bill and I teamed up and entered a horseshoe tournament.
It was a fundraiser and it was FUN! ps I am the one on the left
with the grayyyyy hair.
We added some geese to the farm.

and some more chickiedoodles.

I entered items once again in the county fair.

This preemie turned 21.  We weren't even sure she would survive 
the first day~thank God she is still with us and doing amazing.

We had rattlesnake giants...

a lot on the farm this summer.

and boy they wig me out...

We also had bull snakes...we even had to rescue one.
I had to touch it~me, I had to in order to cut that black 
plastic off of it.  I did not want to harm it even though 
it scared the living daylights out of me.  Bill held it so it
would not bite me, it may not have been poisonous but
it wanted to bite me.  UUGH!!!

Bill has a hammock and was able to spend time with 
Grands in it.

I finally made one of Bill's patch boards.

I made these shirts.

Which my daughters-in-law, daughter, son and grands wore.

I shared once again about my dad, who was killed
two months before I was born-in Vietnam.

I found this in the gravel.  It is worked with a tool, and I 
would guess was from a native person from the Tularosa basin.
I never received any response to emails I sent to local universities,
sharing this find.

Among many things, I painted this too, and it most
likely will end up in Germany, as I gave it to a new friend I made.

I drove this road many times as it is the road to the farm.

 We made a new trough for the sheep, out of a salvaged bench.
I love it...look closely!

My sister and her husband visited in August. 
Oh this guy made it to the farm fencing and freaked the dogs out.

 speaking of dogs~this pup was a new addition. His name
is Zephaniah and he is now the size of a horse~well almost!

Oh and we added a new person to the family:
Yay! Once again, Bill officiated!


And sadly we lost close friends
Clint Corvinus EOW September 2, 2016
Ryan Thomas EOW December 6, 2016.

It has been a good year and a sad year.  
Part 2 coming soon.




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bill

I wanted to say Happy Birthday on the blog for you.  I have written tons of words but deleted them all as nothing seems to say how much you mean to me, how much I love you, and how thankful I am that you were born. 


 
Because I seem to be at a lack of words for what I want to say, I will post a photo of you instead.  I love you soooo much.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rainy~ Dreary Thursday

Time for a post with random photos that really have nothing in common-well the last two do, but otherwise a bit of randomness as that seems to be a theme for the past few days!
Another doodle.  
 
Magnet on the fridge.
 
On the shelf a pickled situation with the onions and peppers.

From the files.  We went to St. George Utah
one year to see the traveling Vietnam War Memorial.
First is pointing at my Dad's name

From the files once again.  My cutie pies about 19 years ago.

As the title says, it is raining here.  It has rained all night and I cannot see the mountains 
from my porch~ugh.  Overcast and dreary is a eye boggler for me.
Thank you Bill for continuing to feed the critters in the morning, but especially this morning as I really do not want to go out in this weather.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What title would fit for a post

that is about nothing? 

No ideas?  No ID?  Nope so here goes a post without a title.

I recently watched a vlog where the vlogger apologized because she and her husband were going to sing and it was bad.  I paused for a moment and thought, Wow.  We really have only one measure in this social media world and that is for that seemingly perfect measure and everything else must go.

After I listened to them sing I thought, not bad, and the couple's two young sons were happy and dancing.  This made me think about things that I have done over the years and what I see on social media.   What I was thinking I backspaced and removed as my own issues with how I measure or don't measure up came to the surface.  Hmm.  You would think the older you get the less you would care.  Not true.

Anyhow my post about nothing shall take a twist to another topic.  Do you have food storage and prep in your home~in case something happens?  We are in the winter season here in the United States and everyone should have a few weeks minimum of food, water and medical supplies to get them through a crisis.

Twisting once again.  What is up with people zip tying a shopping cart to a vehicle that didn't park correctly?  Have you ever stopped to consider that it is an elderly person that drove that car?  Or a young driver that just got their license?  Maybe it was someone that got bad news about a loved one....what on earth is up with people being so rude and careless~then giddy to share a meme about it?!

Okay I think I am lost for anymore nothings so I will close with a cuteness photo of the kids in a pic from about 20 years ago.

Yes, the time stamp is recent~I snapped a photo of the photo. That's a thing, isn't it?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday Monday

and some photos from about the house and farm.
Bill's clothes.  They hang above mine and as we catered this house
for the tall and not so tall~One size did not fit all so we have the tall
bar for Bill's clothes and the very short bar for my clothes.

This is part of a plaque my Bill received in 2000.  
I always find my Bill outstanding, but it has been nice over
the years to see that he has been recognized by his peers as well.
 


On the bookshelf.  I have done some serious editing of pretty 
much EVERYTHING we have.  The thrift store has been getting
a good amount from the farm in the past month.  I hope to finish 
by the end of the year...but I have been recovering from some
things and my time is depending on how I feel. 
 

Which is why I have been drawing doodling, as the work 
really takes my mind off of recovery and well pain.  From 
last post to this one, you can see I am still plugging away on 
this butterfly.  It is on 18x24 inch paper. 


Thought I would show you some fancy feet on the farm.  Two of
these feet loveeeeee Elk hooves and well one of these feet is  the hoof.
A member of the extended family shot an elk recently and shared 
not only the meat but the hooves with us.  It is pretty creepy to walk 
around the farm and see a hoof nibbled on or with the hair depending
on which hoof it is.  The snake dog loves to bury things so she
spends her days burying the hooves, while the other doggie-doos
spend their days digging, retrieving and gnawing on the hooves.

Well that is it for today.  It has been chilly here at night, and I know
for some readers you have been downright coooold.  Stay warm my friends.
Jen