"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, January 15, 2018

Powerful words that I have used as a parent

were from the I have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. (source)

Who can argue with this quote?  Bill and I have worked hard to raise our children with morals, values and standards that cause them to raise the bar in each setting.  Our now adult children are normal and were not perfect, but we taught them to reach up, look up and be their best.

Our family motto which then became our homeschool motto, was Honest and true in all that you do.

Our four little children 22 years ago. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bill and I were asked to be

reviewers (judges) at the NM Jr. FLL (First Lego League).  Bill and I were paired with two princesses from Miss Alamogordo/ Miss Otero County.
I didn't take many photos of the projects as we were judging, but here are some photos of the day.  The award ceremony was fun as the teams were so excited!  

Here Bill is with the princesses and the MC for the event! 

Team Antelope was a homeschool team and they were quite impressive. Their project involved several field trips to remote areas in the county to study windmills and ranch water conservation. 

Team Mustang from High Rolls, NM had three mascots and when the award ceremony took place the mascots were sad not to receive medals.  Bill and I spoke with the representative for the event as the mascots for Team Mustang were more than support.  They shared the information when we reviewed the team, and clearly were hands on participants. Bill and I asked for three ribbons to award to the mascots of this team and here is a photo of one of the young mascots receiving the ribbon! 

Here is Team Monsterz. They were a fun group who while sharing this years project were discussing plans for next year!  

Team Super Lego Workers were the most technologically savvy. The boy touching the project shared what moving parts they were to choose from and then he shared how his team modified the moving part as they wanted it to work independent of the Lego board. We were all impressed! 
Team Dolphins were the most innovative with their project. We also loved the shirts. Each child drew a part of the shirt making it a group project as well.  
And finally, us. I am so thankful for every moment I have with Bill. He takes my breath away and I still feel like a newlywed...29 years later. 

Special thanks to Deb Martinez for asking us to be reviewers as it was quite a memorable day seeing the next generation build such great things. 

And what to my wondering eyes should appear?

A payphone!
Location: Dell City, Texas.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Otero County New Mexico

The Double Nickel is in Otero County New Mexico.  We live out in the sticks about twenty minutes from the largest city in the county-Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Otero County is 6,628 square miles. I must say I knew that the county was large but until last Sunday, I hadn't really conceptualized how large. Sunday we drove out to Cienega, New Mexico.

When we attended a candidate meeting we were given the voter information for the entire county.  We read that Cienega has three voters.  They no longer have a precinct there and must mail in their votes.  Bill said, lets go and meet with the voters as if there was only one voter it would be worth driving out and meeting with them.

We drove over through the mountains and over the Mesa on our way to Cienega for nearly three hours.  We passed a RV in the first fifteen minutes then did not see anyone the rest of the drive. 

There was no cell service.  
For trivia sake we passed three blown out tires and one piece of metal on the road, in three hours. No other debris on the roads. 
We did see cattle out and about. We passed cattle guards between each of the ranches.

The drive was long with a few tumbleweeds blowing about.   Although the drive was long it was filled with great conversation and laughter because Bill and I consider time together as date time. On the drive we needed to use a roadside rest stop. In this neck of the desert this means we parked in the road and took care of business in daylight and the restroom had no walls! 

We didn't have a game plan for the visit aside from stopping at the houses and introducing ourselves and sharing that Bill was running for Sheriff.  What shocked us was the severe drought that clearly had impacted the area now for several years.  House or trailer after trailer was vacant. 

We stopped at the Cienega cemetery and saw realized that this community was settled by a several families in the 1880s. 
We then saw the Cienega school and stopped to take a few photos but it was marked with many no trespassing signs so we took the photos zooming the camera. 

Finally after several vacant houses we saw a house tucked in near the mountains on a winding dusty road and we headed that way.  As we stopped in front of the house we noted several trucks in the drive and the distinct smell of food cooking!  We went to the door and were greeted by none other than Nora Lea Lewis, the name of the woman on the fence of the cemetery.

Mrs. Lewis has a gathering each week at her home, mostly of relatives that still live in Cienega.  We had stumbled in to this gathering and we learned that there are 24 voters in Cienega and we met most of them on this trip!  Being a politician, at least in Bill's eyes, is being one that is elected by the people and it is the people that he will serve.  Getting to know the county, even the most remote spots of the county is critical for a county Sheriff. This meet and greet was not just so the people of Cienega could meet Bill, it was also so Bill could meet them and learn about the area and where people live. Considering that there are no addresses in Cienega this is a good thing to know if the Sheriff's Office is needed.

To me, the most profound part of the trip was about halfway through, and I realized that these ranchers live where they live for us.  They live in remote regions because cattle need space.  They live far from services and I was humbled thinking that these people are the backbone of our nation. They live and ranch where they do so that they can raise the most for us.  I am so thankful that we had this opportunity to meet these families and I look forward to visiting them again soon.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Simple Life

A friend gave me this tea cup last night and I was deeply humbled at the gift.  She told me that she had bought several antique tea cups and was giving them out to young women as she mentors them.  The tea cup was a simple gesture to remind the women that it is okay to slow down and take a break or moment for themselves.  

She told me that my name kept coming to her thoughts and that she should give me this simple reminder as well.

Well it was a lovely gift and given at the perfect time for me to reflect upon life and rest.  

Thank you my friend, it has made all the difference.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Alamo Rocks

A local group in my community paints and hides rocks about for other members to find and then post on Facebook.  As I love to paint, I joined the group but I also recognize a market of voters that can see the name each and every week.

I paint about 10-15 per style of rocks and then post that
I am hiding the rocks around the community.  

We live in a large county that is widespread throughout a variety
of elevations and terrains. 

There are over 3500 members of this group so I try to create unique rocks.  On 
the postings, many comment on how they wish they could have one of the rocks.

By the way, check your local areas.  It seems like this rock painting/hiding is in many places and it is quite relaxing to participate.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 in Review

Although I began 2017 with gusto, the campaign took over as well as a few other things and my blogging slowed down dramatically.  Many of my blogity friends found Bill and I on Facebook so they have been able to keep up a tad bit more, but I will review the year for farm memories.

January: The year began with Bill and I working towards his plan of running for Sheriff of Otero County. The primary is in June of 2018 but it is always a tightly contested race and so we jumped in early with plans.

February: I began making memes this year and this was the meme I made for February. Fourth and I made hearts using wax paper, crayons and simply ironing them...and what a lovely backdrop for this meme.

March: Things turned in the family and Bill and I began a journey of helping to raise one of the grands.  The house turned from just Bill and I to three with a toddler!

April: Third decided it was time to stand and enlisted.  We are so proud of this young man. He worked for five years in the local ER and then decided it was time. He and his young family could have been stationed anywhere in the world~and ended up at Fort Bliss (just a hop skip and jump from the farm!).

May: We had a swarm at the farm!  Many people on Facebook offered to take the hive but we opted for the hive to do what it would as we enjoy growing things and need the bees!!  We also went to listen to KrisAnne Hall speak in Weed NM.

June: I turned 50.  Here is the post I shared about this milestone! Bill officially announced his candidacy.

July:  We participated in the Independence Day parade and handed out thousands of water bottles. It was a great success with many volunteers assisting in the campaign.

August: We participated in the Otero County Fair Parade and we had a booth in the Fair.

The theme of the Fair Parade was Tales of the West. We made the theme tie in to our modern tale and how it is still being written. 

As you can see the Garza for Sheriff float followed immediately our modern tale...

Here is the booth from the Otero County Fair!

Immediately following the Fair, Bill and I headed to Nevada as Bill's mom took a turn for the worse. Silvina ended up passing away on our 29th Wedding Anniversary.  As I spoke to her that last time, I reminded her of the very first time I met her. I met my mother-in-law 29 years earlier on my wedding day. I am so thankful for Bill's mom, she has been a tremendous influence in our lives.
Silvina: mother of 7, grandmother of 21, great grandmother of 16. Forever in our hearts. 

September: Grandbaby # 3 arrived! Third grandson. Family elated! We also were able to take a day off and celebrate our 29th anniversary. We had a simple picnic in the mountains.

October: A month filled with preparations for Grand #4 and a bit of time for Bill and I to work on campaign.

November: Grandbaby #4 arrived~40 days after her cousin. Oh and it is our first granddaughter and she is named after her late great-grandmother.

December: The entire goof troop in all their homes as well as Bill and I ended up with the flu.  It has been one of those knock-down drag you to the abyss kind of months.  Most of us are in the final stages of a lingering but waning cough. We brought the New Year in around 9pm and all went to bed! PS...Bill turned 50 on the 25th!

As to 2018 we are as excited about what this year will bring as what 2017 brought. May we cherish 2017 and never forget the year it was.

Happy 2018 to all those that are Double Nickel Farm visitors we appreciate your visits, your emails, and for those of you that have found us on Facebook, your friendship there!

Take care,