Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Birthday to our dear friend W!!!!

Happy Birthday W!!! you asked that jambaloney raise a glass to you! how about a Deception Bay IPA beer?

they are a famous brewery from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. jambaloney loves this delicious brew! i like to take a drink from his can every now and again, but i prefer wine.

anyway - we toasted to W and both had a sip and then jambaloney tooled around on drunk-tractordura - now named W-tractordura in honour of our friend. we thank our friend W for all of the advice that he has provided, excellent advice because he was born in europe, lived in canada and smuggled digby scallops in his suitcase, and now lives in a secret compound somewhere in the US. he's been everywhere, he's done everything and somehow through our dumb little blog we made his acquaintance and he has never let us down!

he's a man with a lot of talents and lived to tell the tale. i'll get his life story out of him one of these days! he's not only an intelligent  and funny "been there - done that - got a t-shirt and a gun" kind of guy - he's actually really sweet and a very good friend of ours!

if you are so inclined you can raise a drink, 2 or 5 - bahahah! (he would love 5!!!) to our friend W this evening!!!!

we love you W!!! Happy Birthday buddy! xoxo

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bill Garza for Otero County Sheriff!

no we don't live in the united states of america...and we certainly don't live about 12 kajillion miles away in otero county, new mexico!!!

but if we did - we would want Bill Garza as our county sheriff! ask? because this is a true and proper family man, a man who raised 4 incredible children - but do not discount his amazing wife in all of this! he is former military and an LEO...and a pastor! and none of those things can be taken lightly! why am i posting this on our blog? because we have known these crazy new mexicans for over 10 yrs...they were always there for us - we learned just about everything we know about homesteading because of them - and they have always been great friends!

so, to all of our american readers - if you "want to make america great again" - it has to start at the grass-roots level! i am going to ask you to donate to Bill's campaign by going here:

$20 bucks will do a world of good! apparently canadians can't vote??? who knew???

as for Bill and his want to run for Sheriff, no one can do a better job of describing him then his wife of 29 years, my dear friend who jumped right in when i was a brand new - noobie - blogger trying to run the canadian preppers network without much support - ya, she is the one who can describe him the best - and i have her permission to copy this here:

"Bill Garza
Candidate for Sheriff Otero County New Mexico

Bill is a first generation American and was the first in his family to be born in the US.  He grew up in Nevada with six other siblings.

I met Bill and he quickly proposed to me (two days later) and we married weeks later in 1988.  Bill was instilled early on that America was a place that had given his family opportunities that they could never have had and that he should always be grateful.  He joined the Army to show America that he was invested in her.  As my dad was killed in Vietnam he asked me if it was okay as he was worried that I may not want him to join.  I was so thankful that he was willing to serve as I believe that we all should stand for this great country.

We have four children in six years and then homeschooled them all. We were living a very comfortable life in southern Nevada (after getting out of the Army) and Bill was a deputy sheriff.  While on duty as a deputy sheriff our lives changed as Bill had a major auto accident and nearly died.  Because of the accident we moved to New Mexico as it was the most affordable place we could find as we needed to regroup emotionally, spiritually and of course for Bill, physically.

We bought a teeny tiny corner of the desert and decided to call our humble place The Double Nickel Farm. In name only- until we put a good deal of sweat and tears in it, but it is a farm for us.  We still have sheep and chickens and raise a few veggies of course with the campaign everything is on slow motion.  I must say that EVERY thing we have is because we became verbs and acted.  It is not to say that we deserve anything we have, but it is to say in our situation hard hard hard work has been the key to achieving not only the basics but more.
While carving out a farm, Bill also was working on his recovery with simple measures to build up for surgery which he had several years ago, In addition to recovering, Bill, who was raised that a man works every single day of his life, worked two jobs, volunteered at a Men’s Recovery Home, and finished his Bachelor’s degree online (thanks to the GI BILL).  

Bill also was ordained as a Pastor.  He discovered that his physical health seemed less of a struggle if he was busy serving others. All the while, he was working his goal was to get back to the Sheriff’s Office, which he did in 2009 working as administration with the Narcotics unit, then he moved to the main office and he is over grants, the fleet, training, and is the chaplain.  He immediately organized the chaplaincy program when he was hired as the sheriff’s office did not have a chaplain. He serves as the chaplain on a completely voluntary role and has since the beginning.

Bill and I have been married 29 years-on August 27th. It doesn’t feel like we have been married that long as we are still as newlywed’s in that corny mushy gushy love.  I often feel as though I am living in a fairy tale.  Bill is a gentleman in every sense of the word.  I cannot express enough that Bill is sincerely a good man. 

We have four children that are now all adults and are busy in their own lives-yet all live in the same county with us (although our third son will be stationed outside the county in August). Our oldest also Bill, is a veteran of the Army and served a tour in Afghanistan. He will become a dad in September giving my Bill and I our third grandson. Bill is a deputy sheriff in Otero county.  If my Bill is elected there is already in place a checks and balance system to ensure no specialty treatment will exist.  I smile at this, because Bill and I expect our children to raise the standard instead of being granted special treatment. 

Ruben, our second oldest, is still a volunteer fireman, and works as a Corrections Officer at the County Jail.  He gave us our first grandson and that wee one turned 2 in June.  
Our third son, Trey, is at Basic Training in Fort Benning, Georgia (where I was born). He worked at the ER as a technician for 5 years before he could convince his wife that he wanted to wear the uniform.  She agreed and as soon as possible he was sworn in and headed off.  They have our second grandson who turns 2 in October. (The exciting news about Trey’s duty station, is that he will be stationed at Fort Bliss which is just down the road from us in Texas!!)
Our baby is almost 22 and works at the District Attorney’s Office as a Prosecution Assistant. She is going to give us our fourth grandbaby due in November…and this will be our first granddaughter!

Bill and I have raised our children to be in service in the community, and although it may not be obvious…the fields are all ones that if served honorably, protect the citizens’ rights. 
We live a life that is open and represents exactly who we are.  Bill is the same in person as he is at home, with friends, or even when he was 20 years old.

If I were to be candid, even though I am Bill’s wife, I would say that no more honorable man could be found than Bill. He would give you the shirt off his back and then work alongside you to help you if you ever had a need.  He is a man with a brilliant sense of humor…in a slightly 1950s quirky way that keeps me laughing each day. Bill is a family man. No matter the day nor hour, he will do whatever it takes to help the kids or me.  We also claim all the kid’s in-laws and claim them as family and so each gathering gets larger and larger.  Bill is a godly man.  I hesitate to share this, because we have the mega church pastors that live lifestyles in grand homes, with a fleet of cars. Bill is a godly man as the Bible commands, he lives by treating his neighbor as he treats himself, and loves God with his heart, mind and soul.  I cannot go anywhere, and I mean anywhere, without having to stop and visit with people that know Bill and want me to know how he has been a part of their lives. Often, I do not know exactly who Bill is helping or working with until I meet them in the community as he works quietly and quickly for anyone and everyone that has a need.  Most recently, it was with a family that only spoke Spanish. Their 19-year-old son fell off a Cliffside and was killed…it took nearly 24 hours to recover the body as the terrain was so dangerous.  Bill responded to the scene with the sheriff’s office, but immediately realized that he needed to take the family off the mountain as they were distraught thinking about their son. Bill still takes calls from this family and most likely will for some time to come as they work through their grief. 

Bill decided long ago he wanted to be Sheriff.  We had a detour with the accident, but he has never lost focus, in fact, the accident allowed us to refocus and prioritize and in the end, we have more than we ever had before, even though none of what we have is in material goods. 
I have said many times that I thank God for January 1, 2005 because we became the family we were to become, all because Bill nearly died.

Bill is running for sheriff in the only conservative county in New Mexico and there are several other republicans on the ticket.  We need help making it through the primary with donations as a saturation of Bill Garza will make all the difference.  Our county is wide spread with the southern community 77 miles away from Alamogordo, and then we have the Mescalero Apache reservation in the north another 55 miles, with Cloudcroft to the east in the mountains 20 miles from Alamogordo.  In between are many small communities with populations of 10-400.  We are predominately a Hispanic community with, believe it or not, a German Air Force base, so there Germans living here. It makes for an incredible county!  We have ranching, orchards in the mountains, and even pecan/pistachio groves, with a few vineyards. 

Our county needs strong honest leadership…and this then needs to ripple out to the state, then to the government. We need to stop electing people that we do not know, that make promises and then do not hold true to the promises because they never intended to. If we want to see American become great again, it begins at home, one elected person at a time, and in our situation, one sheriff at a time.

i love these people and you can go to the above website to donate and learn more about Bill. you can also really learn about who they are from their website Double Nickel Farm.

i don't know about any of you - but if i lived in the states and wanted to put my my money where my mouth was - making america great again - i'd be donating to Bill's campaign. he's a true american, with a true american wife and a true american family!!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

garden, july 2017 - hits and misses. and a bunch of kimchi!!!

the days are getting hotter and true summer has arrived.

soon we'll be celebrating daily river days - we can't wait! jambaloney even started clearing us a path to the river!

he's up to eyeballs in garden work, weed-whacking, mowing and his contract every day - so for this year we will just use the path. but the poor guy still hasn't had the time, or proper weather, to start grading our driveway. and that is going to be no small feat! if he can get the driveway done by october (bahahaah!) - then he'll start working on our river road with the tractor. no worries - we're fine with just a walkable path until then.

allrighty garden hits and misses! every year - there are always hits and misses! we'll start with a hit: 2 beds full of garlic sending out scapes!

we eat a lot of garlic and i think this will keep us in garlic for the year!

how about some misses??? 16 rows of carrots planted, all of the seedlings came up but when they were just tiny - we had a hard frost. at least that's what we think - we woke up one morning and they were all gone! we have since replanted all 16 rows. note to self - plant the carrots out a little later next year.

another hit? the peas are growing like mad and because we planted them using the biomulch and they took to it - we thought we'd use the biomulch for everything!

and that would be another miss! no beets, no radish and ony 2 turnips!!! so we will re-start beets and radishes and brassicas in the next week or so - we have a bunch of other stuff that we need to do.

another hit? overwintered peppers full of flowers and we already have little peppers growing - woohoo!

these are peppers planted from seed this year and they are flowering too!

volunteer tomatoes that jambaloney finds in the compost and in our raised beds - he meticulously gathers them all and transplants them!

and here's a bunch more!

all kinds of herbs here!

all doing well except for the sweet basil and the queen thai basil which will be replanted tomorrow. but the dill is going to seed, green onions going to seed, parsley going to seed - we have more pots of them outside but will be planting more - we love fresh herbs!

all of the 32 tomatoes in greenhouse#2 are thriving!

lots of little flowers!

and baby tomatoes - woohoo!

sorry for this really blurry pic of our 4 tires with melons, zucchini, cucumber and our 8 corns.

we are just test-trying with the corn this year to see if it will grow - so far - so good! i'd love to be able to grow, freeze and can our own corn.

the winner every year is our potatoes

that's 200 potatoe plants growing us enough potatoes for the year! jambaloney has given away a bunch of our seed potatoes to colleagues at work. but we still have another 40 seed potatoes and we will plant them wherever we can find a spot.

check out this sage, lemon balm and bee balm!

and rosemary, mint and chives!

it's herb-drying week for sure!

pretty calendula flowers and i have no idea what the pink flower at the top right is!

transplanted chammomile is a little burned looking - too much sun!

a great breakfast? beautiful perch fillets that jambaloney caught, some bean sprouts and local cherries and strawberries!

making jambaloney's hot sauce from some left-over peppers that i froze last harvest.

he had his home-made hot sauce all year with the peppers we harvested last year. this year it looks like we'll get even more and start canning the sauce.

he loves it very hot and vinegary!

we had vermicelli with green onions, shrimp, carrot, avocado and bean sprouts with my infamous kymberz-sorta-vietnamese sauce which will help clean you out in a hurry - that sauce is to die for!

and then today while jambaloney was weed-whacking i made up 7 jars of kimchi! yummeh!

there a jar and a half of regular, spicy korean kimchi, 2 jars of daikon radish, carrot and beansprout kimchi, one jar of sweetish bean sprout kimchi and one jar of spicy as-oh-heck bean sprout kimchi. we love to have these on hand - not only for a side condiment to our meals but some days when we are out working and don't want to stop - we just come in and get a big forkful each - deelish! we also always like to have freshmade salsa and hummus in the fridge for the same reason.

oh and last but not least - our Scoby, Flower325b just produced 4 and a half more jars of kombucha! we drink that stuff like mad!

sending love to you all and will catch up on your blogs soon!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

july 11 update

jambaloney got the yard weedwhacked - no matter though - the grass and stuff will be up to our knees again tomorrow!!!

put a basket down for 5 seconds and a cat will get in it.

we've been on a bit of a meat-kick this week - it's because jambaloney spent the week working on his contract and building the greenhouse. here's some chicken thighs with a grilled mushroom, some radish kimchi, and 3 different sauces for dipping. the honey-mustard sauce turned out really well!

jambaloney weedwhacked the side yard too - we can now finally see Ted's bench!

a roasted tomatoe stuffed with quinoa, spinach and broccoli. with broccoli heart salsa on the side.

yum. bulgogi. left to marinate in the fridge for 3 days. then you thicken and cook the marinade sauce.

with snowpeas and mushrooms and kimchi - deevine!

even on a foggy morning it's beautiful out there!

here's what's happening in greenhouse#2 so far -

we transplanted corn, cucumbers, zucchinis and melons and put cages on them. that trough-looking thing to the left is where we are going to put all of the pots of tomatoes. it's looking like it's going to be a bumper year on a pile of things!

this year our rosebush is covered in roses! i need to make some sharab ward soon. you can learn more about lebanese rose water here. sooo delicious!

and then there's Monky and the Rat out hanging around.

and 2 very slanty-looking greenhouses??? we don't care - they work - and will give us a ton of room to grow things that don't like wind. one thing for sure is that we always have wind. we got the atlantic ocean on all sides of us!

which means the air is always salty and fresh. you can't ask for more than that!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

world - meet greenhouse#2

jambaloney has finished building the greenhouse - WAHOOEY! and the yard is showing that he has been spending his time building the greenhouse and working on his contract!!!!

it's a bit overgrown but soo green and lush - we don't care! no one can see us up on our hill...but they are pretty crazy about lawn maintenance out here! crazy, eh?

and here she be in all her glory - we have named her greenhouse#2 (yes, we know that we are pretty original thinkers!). every single window gotten out of other people's garbage for the last 6yrs!!!!

there's some finessing to be done, to be sure, but it was hot as hades in there this afternoon when he finished it! and it's got a lovely door that our big bro G and our big sis Cgave us!!!

i have been trying to feed the man some good protein/carb/veg/fruit/legume meals every day...he's out there by himself building this monster of a 20 X 8 ft greenhouse!!!! here's some mushroom fried rice cooked in sesame oil with a ton of garlic and a bit of soya.

because he's been working so hard on the greenhouse AND his contract - he needs some heavy food even though summer has just started. here's kymberz "hmmm...what else can i throw into this soup?" soup.

i couldn't begin to tell you what's in that soup. it just starts with 2 pints of homemade bone broth, 1 pint of homemade veg broth, canned tomatoes, pasta, kale, 5 kinds of beans, hamburger and 10 million spices. this soup could knock down an elephant. i made a ton and froze some for jambaloney's lunches at work and some for us to have a quick dinner or supper.

after he's been working a few hours, i make him stop and come in and have a little bit of something cool - like freshmade salsa, guacamole, hummus or chilled soups. like this chilled cantaloupe soup.

i made a kimchi-ish/pickled daikon radish, carrot and bean sprouts kimchi.

we eat these regularly and various other fermented/pickled/probiotic foods. the kimchi above is to go with this:

here's a beautiful rib-cap-off that jambaloney got at half price. it's to make kymberz version of korean bulgogi. after 3 days of sitting in that marinade in the fridge, regularly being rubbed, it will be so tender it will be very difficult to get that thing on the grill. persevere kids - persevere!

here's edgar (aka the rat), sleeping on a shelf on the porch.

right on top of Frankie Blue Eyes (aka monky-manoonch) who is sleeping in the shoe rack.

cats eh? can't live with them, can't live without them! something else we can't live without?

our pollinators!!! because we need pollinators for these!

this is the earliest we have had tomatoe flowers - woohoo! xox

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Budweiser Stuns Nation: Releases 4th of July Ad that has Conservatives in Awe - Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to all of our American friends!

and in celebration of this July4th, Budweiser and Folds of Honor created this heart-warming commercial starring Adam Driver.

i can't seem to embed the video - so go to this link which has the commercial and some background about it.

Budweiser Stuns Nation: Releases 4th of July Ad that has Conservatives in Awe.

we hope you enjoy the video and story! sending love to you all!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Canadian, Please! Happy 150 Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day! it's not just Canada's birthday's our 150th birthday!

this song that i have embedded kills me everytime i hear it! here is the lyrics first, for friends from other countries that might not be able to make out the accents!

Canadian Please, by Julia Bentley and Gunnarolla:


Yeah, I know that you wanna be Canadian, please
Even if in the winter things tend to freeze
We've got the world Monopoly on trees
And our country's bordered by three different seas

Yeah I know that you wanna be Canadian, please
We invented the zipper, we've got expertise
We made insulin to combat disease
Yeah I know that you wanna be Canadian, please

Brits have got the monarchy
The U.S. has the money
But I know that you wanna be Canadian
The French have got the wine and cheese
Koalas chill with the Aussies
But I know that you wanna be Canadian

Et si ce n'était pas assez
On a duex langues officielles
L'anglais et le français
Ooh la la

[Julia Bentley]
Yeah, I know that you wanna be Canadian, please
Where else do you find mounted police
Or go to the hospital and not pay fees?
Yeah, I know that you wanna be Canadian, please

And when freshwater is in high demand
We've got the world's largest supply on hand
So you know that we could make a pretty good friend
But it's even better if you can be

Brits have got the monarchy
The U.S. has the money
But I know that you wanna be Canadian
The French have got the wine and cheese
Koalas chill with the Aussies
But I know that you wanna be Canadian

[Julia Bentley]
So you're thinking to yourself
"How do I live in this beautiful country?"
Well, I've got some steps for you to follow

Step 1: Lose the gun
Step 2: Buy a canoe
Step 3: Live multiculturally
Step 4: You're ready, there is no more!
We got beavers, caribou, and moose
We got buffalos, bears, and Canadian goose
And we're sorry about Celine Dion
But she did do that good song for James Cameron

Brits have got the monarchy
The U.S. has the money
But I know that you wanna be Canadian
The French have got the wine and cheese
Koalas chill with the Aussies
But I know that you wanna be Canadian
The Greeks chilled out with Socrates
Can't build a wall like the Chinese
But I know that you wanna be Canadian
In Kenya they have safaris
We've missed lots of other countries
But I know that you wanna be Canadian

just for fun - watch the video! they are crazy and both very canadian! and funny!

it was nice the other day - today it is grey and rainy!

july 1st is when we know that we need to get the blue cups out - thanks to our friend on the mainland of nova scotia at the eager gridless beaver blog.

you can watch a video of our prime minister eating chips from a chip truck or you can just look at ours!

we had canada day que paso chips...totally organic! with fresh-made salsa!

and stir fries with local veg - we love the mainland as they start producing veg before us and we know the veg is local!

here's Flower 325b, our Scoby's latest creation:

look at all of that fermented fizz! Flower 325b makes us 4 and a half jars of delicious kombucha every 10-11 days - and that's exactly how much we drink - we love the stuff!

fresh-made hummus and more que pasa organic chips.

kids we don't advertise on our blogs but those chips are sooooo delicious!

the maniac has been working on his contract and building a greenhouse at the same time!

this is what he has finished on canada day!

Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian friends! and here is a great review of the friendship between Canada and the US explained by Tom Brokaw.

sending love to all! xoxo