"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, August 31, 2017

Thursday Two

I haven't been taking many photos lately but I do have a few.
Here's G1 as King for a Day!
 
Here is the only chickie that survived 2017 season.  As you can tell momma is a bantam(well she is adopted momma), and the other is a Brahma . We had struggles because the other chickens dug under the brooder and when a chick would fall in the hole they had a snack.  Sorry, it is a window to the reality of farm life.  But this little goober is doing great and growing bigger each day. I think I will name the wee one Solo. 

That's it for Thursday Two.
Bill and I are heading to the funeral this weekend and will be out for a few days. 
Thanks for visiting the Farm today.
Jen

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Before the Goof Troop...

were the Garza Seven.
Here are the seven with their dad. 
Back row-Ruben, Bill, Alex
Middle row-Cris, Laura
Front row-Clara, Ruben, Linda

They are a darn good looking bunch if I say so myself!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Rest in Peace

Bill's mom passed away on the 27th of August. I met Silvina 29 years ago on the 27th of August when she came in when I was putting my wedding dress on.  Rest in peace Silvina...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Surprise for Bill

Third graduated from Basic/AIT the other day.  Bill believed he would arrive home on Saturday. We surprised Bill and he came home on Friday!

Not going to lie...it is shaky because I was crying.

Yep...

With the G2...and bad photo means Jen was still crying!

Can't always surprise Bill but this was a good one! 

And he said, Let me tell you a secret about a father's love,
A secret that my daddy said was just between us.
He said, Daddies don't just love their children every now and then.
It's a love without end, amen, it's a love without end, amen.
George Strait Love Without End Amen

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hmm...here's a few photos to play catch up!

We have been a wee bit busy off the farm lately!
We entered a float in the Otero County Fair and Rodeo Parade~as well as the campaign truck.  Our float was part of the theme which this year was Tales of the West.  The above photo has Team Garza that helped with this parade...plus many that helped behind the scenes!
Here are the trucks in the parade! 

The campaign truck. We handed out a thousand water bottles with Vote Bill Garza on the label!
In New Mexico~I am sure that water is a plus no matter the label :)!

Then here is what I made for the float. It told our story. Tales of the West...Present Day.
A young woman headed west-Ohio---West
Met a young man-Hitched 1988
They had 4 children
Then headed to New Mexico
And their tale is still being written~and we had an arrow that pointed to the campaign truck.
It was great fun!

By the way~that is little G, a friend of the family riding his mini four wheeler. His family walked with all of us and handed out Otter Pops for any and all that wanted them.

Here is the Republican Booth at the Otero County Fair.
Photo credit: A. Barela


Here is part of the Garza for Sheriff booth.  It is a reflection of how we life.  No need to spend donations on a booth for four days. We instead used parts of the farm here. The sign on the planks is from an old chicken coop~yep! The shelf is a shoe shelf and the table is our rose table on the front porch.  These lovely young women are the daughters of Bill's choice for undersheriff.

Because I think life is more than pushing politics we had an impromptu, completely unscientific poll each day of the fair.  The questions were: Smothered or dry(as burritos),  corn or flour (tortillas), green or red (chile) and the final one was cheesecake or pumpkin pie(representing Bill's and my fav desserts!). The winners were: smothered, flour, green, and cheesecake!  I owe Bill cheesecake as he won! We had over a thousand votes cast and it was so fun to hear people responding and what conditions they added!!

One side of the booth...with homespun barbed wire!

The other side of the booth. Both Bill and his undersheriff Geraldine Martinez are veterans.

Closeup of the sign.  I did buy the letters at Hobby Lobby~on 50% price a few months ago!

Just a few pics of people at the Fair.
We had signs that people could hold and many(over 300) had their
photos taken with Bill!

Some of the volunteers that make up the fire department/ems in Otero County.

Bill also visited with many others at their booths and participated with them.

Bill talked with many citizens of the county and several people from Germany and Mexico.

Each and every person was greeted by Bill and he met them at their levels! Bill gave this wee one a wristband and she then took off her red wristband and gave it to Bill. She was so sweet. (Bill gave her momma the red wristband back-but oh how sweet)!

And here is Bill Garza candidate for Sheriff and Geraldine Martinez his Undersheriff.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's All Perspective!

I had the great opportunity to speak with a blogity friend from Canada last night.  Oh my, I was so happy to finally hear her voice and to be honest listen for the infamous Canadian accent.  I was not disappointed and must tell you that my northern BFF and her honey wanted to hear my accent!  Crazy that I forgot that perhaps I may have an accent. Hmm...I'm a fast talker so maybe my accent was missed~but no. I was told I have some sort of an accent, but it mostly has to do with me being short (Kidding!)

To those that wonder, I really have no idea what my accent is aside from a whole lot of mixed up, as I was born in the south, raised in the mid-west, lived on the west coast, and now live in the southwest!

Perspective is important though, as we all were anticipating accents and none of us was disappointed!

Now for the much awaited almost always added random photo or two that connect nothing with the post nor the other photos~please enjoy as this is my brain on blogger!

My Bill. 
My everything.

Above my stove.  
Yes, those are brooder lights from the chicken coop, 
well one was new and one I super scrubbed.
Thank you Bill for letting me do things that 
aren't always conventional but always are penny pinching.

And an oldie but a goodie. These were our Navajo Churro sheep.
We now have sheep that have no wool.  Crazy but true. 
And the current flock are named pretty girlie names as we do not 
have a ram anymore.  Bill doesn't care as he calls them the girls.

Photo bombing by Snake dog and henny penny!