"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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Farm Life

Farm life is about teaching the next generation skills.

Farm life is about food. Delicious, comforting, homemade foods.

Oh and farm life is about enjoying the moments. 
Thank you Snake Dog for granting me this opportunity to snap this photo. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Friday Eight!

From the files of the Double Nickel and in no particular order or connection!
Fancy tp holders can be found on the Double Nickel!

The old M*A*S*H like sign. We took it down but soon I will be putting it 
up again!  Thanks to the draw down in the 90s we have a good many places to put
on the pole!

This is a shadow of Pepe.  He was a stinker of a Billy in many ways.

And yes, the shadow is of him on top the mini van.  We no longer
have the van or Pepe.

This is how the Goof Troop welcomes one to the family. Third's now
wife, is sitting second from the left. Oh and this photo? It was taken
the first time she came to the house and met all of us. I am pretty thankful 
she didn't run!  L-R Third, his wife, First, Fourth, and Second!

The brain of Jen in one photo.
I could not toss the gourd tops after I made bowls from
the bottoms. This was the result of a year of thinking of what to do with the 
tops. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Double Nickel. 

This is Blue. She is in a what was a nice blue suede purse.
Blue decided to hang out in the back of the truck one day.
I went to NMSU-A library and noticed her walking behind the truck and
said holy-smokes that is Blue! I called Bill and we caught her and gave her
a much better drive home inside the cab inside my purse.  All the contents of the purse
went to the floorboard and I put her in a Wal-mart bag inside the purse. 
She traveled 26 miles that day~and most likely told a tale to the rest of
the chickidoodles!

This is Red. 
Not the dog-that is Sampson.
Red and Sampson were besties. Seriously.
Red would follow Sampson everywhere and they 
would nap together. 


As the post title reflects, I am wandering today and not sure where this post will end up.  Hop on and we all can see together!

I joined Toastmasters the other day.  I attended twice and loved it.  I gave a speech last night about who inspired me.  If you are a regular, I am certain you can guess who I spoke about. For the visitors to the Farm, I will share.  Bill inspires me. Yep.  I met him when he was 20 years old and he did not receive a paycheck. He was the jack-of-all-trades for his family's business. I knew then, the moment I met him, that he was someone that was truly special.  I can look back and honestly say, I knew then the man he was to be. He was so honorable and respectful at 20 and now well he has come into his own.  He is the same at home as he is in public and the most kind, generous, loving person I have ever met.  He has inspired me to be the same. I am so thankful that I met Bill~all because a mechanic put the wrong belts on my car in Colorado.  ps Bill check out the label of this post as I am certain it will be to you and about you!

Well this is a blast from the past.  This is the back of the house in 2012.  We just finished the roof and were working on the back yard.  Oh and yes those are turkeys and chickens in the back yard.  Oh and now the back is truly a back yard. It is lovely Ohio green in the summer!

I did not mention anywhere about February 19.  It has been seven years since my mom died.  I cannot believe how fresh my thoughts are about that day.  In less than 48 hours after my mom died, I picked up two of the goofs from the airport (I was in Indiana) and we drove to Fort Drum, NY to welcome First home from Afghanistan.  My grieving was put on hold for a good long while so I could welcome home my Bubboo...and I was so thankful he was home safe.  I stayed in Indiana for nearly 3 months and although it was hard knowing what the outcome would be, I would not trade that time for anything. I do miss you mom. I have tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart as I have four grands now that I would love to share with you.

As I wander, my thoughts are on my grands as the youngest is watching me type.  She is so cute and a joy to be around!
My Fourth with our youngest grand~

My wanderings are wandering as I type. Imagine that! I made Bill lunch and I am going to deliver it, although it will be more like an afternoon meal.  Life happens and things on the farm needed attention that delayed my leaving. Oh and I am wandering here while I wait for my cuties to get ready as they are going to town with me. 

Oh and as I wander on the roads, I have a new to me vehicle.  As this is a campaign house, we both needed vehicles that are specific to our individuals campaign.  My truck is a blue Ford and perfect as I have never had a blue vehicle before.  This new truck is 15 years old and needs a few tweaks on the inside: a seat cover for the inside and some more airing out and fresh spraying as the previous owner smoked. It is not too bad but a mild fix. On the most awesome side, this truck is perfect for my short legs as the seat is more bench like and not a bucket style. With bucket style seats, my leg gets lifted too much and I must sit closer to reach the gas.  I will be posting photos of the truck with my campaign signs as they are like most things from the farm...homemade.  

My wanderings are coming full circle, as I am thinking about the end but not sure how it will end.  I am amazed at how much more I love and appreciate my community since Bill then I announced our intentions to run for office. We have met so many people and discovered needs that do not require an elected official to stand up and help fix. I will come back to this topic down the road a bit.

I think I am nearing the end of the post is near, and I believe I will close with a photo of me.
Gray haired, eye glass needing, short, sleepy me. I think perhaps running a campaign is like having  newborn triplets!

*I wrote this post Wednesday but did not post it Wednesday so I tweaked the title from Wednesday Wanderings to Wanderings! And Bill~read the label, I am thinking of what I am going to write there as I am finishing this post.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Five Plus One!

Or Friday six!!
Some Hanukkah Art and the artist needed to add one more thing!

Bill with the oldest and youngest grandchildren. 11/17
btw- the other two grands are between these two age wise, !
Oldest grand 2 1/2, next 2, third 5 months, and the wee one 3 months! 

Bill and I went to Santa Fe yesterday.  It was snowing there!

The skies of NM do allow for the days to be amazing from
morning to eve!

Bill and I had date night and saw Three Rivers perform at Patron's Hall.
ps...Five stars!

My Bill. 
We have been all over Otero county these past months and have seen some
amazing sights and met wonderful people!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Year of Driving

This past year Bill and I have spent a good deal of time driving here and there and everywhere.
I end up taking photos while driving.  I said to Bill in this photo
Hey Bill,
I love you!

And his smile makes my heart melt!

This photo was on a very cold day and I was freezing!

We were heading to Crime-Stoppers Banquet!
Hmm, we have been driving for a long time!

The next two photos are with this conversation:
Bill? (as he was looking away),
I bet I can make you smile!
Then he looked at the photo~
He not only smiled, but laughed!!!

Lots of thoughts on this last photo. 
I'd like to credit Bill, as he always ask if I can see 
his halo!

I guess he wasn't kidding!

The Year of Driving has been crazy fun and allowed for all these photos.
Oh and Bill?
I love you!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Originally Posted January 2008 titled: I Love Being a Mom

2018 Thoughts: I was looking through some older posts the other day and stumbled across this one~hope you have a smile by the end of the post!

I Love Being a Mom
As I have written we are still slowly in the middle of the move. It has been days of repairing the well, replacing the water heater, cleaning, cleaning, weeding, and taking 2 loads of stuff in the van, each day.

Today was too cold, so we are cleaning the rental. I asked my second son to clean out the fridge. Now I am at a moment where I love...love...love being a mom. Maybe some readers can relate, my son found an onion deep in the back reaches of the neverworld of the land we call the Fridge. This onion was in a bag growing.

Here is what it looked like:
Last year was the year we read only biographies and autobiographies for school. So learning does pay off...because Second laughed and said that this is Einstein!

A few minutes ago Bill and I went in the kitchen and we broke into tons of laughter! Scroll down to see why we laughed

Things like this happen daily at our home. It really is such joy to be a mom to these kids!!! Next time you have onions think of Albert Onion Einstein!