Tuesday, November 3, 2015

67 year old Westing House stove- A small fire and repair

Michael Davis is amazing, our 67-year-old Westing House stove is working again. I am so grateful for old tech and a wise husband.

This was a small part of the problem as you can see by the wire in the photo, there is more and it all looks like this. The boss replaced the wires on both of the right side burners with wire from our newer stove. MIke"s Menards!

The arch was so intense it burned the hoop right of the pin in the photos that help the wires off the metal, Mike fashioned another.

Not what we had planned to do today, but I am grateful it died during use and not while we were sleeping.

When you save and reuse you old stuff it is like making money. Today a new stove of lesser quality would cost between $600-$1000. It would not be as good as what we currently have. It would be some cheap made in China junk and nobody wants that!

However, fixing this artifact did bring up another important point to both of us. There are no service manuals available for these stoves and even less parts. So we will be making one to help others like us create a future from the past.

We would also like to thank our dear friends Judy A. Martin and her husband Eddy for answering their phone today. We could not figure out how to get the top part of the stove to open, it slides than lifts up, trial and error. Most stoves of today have clips that you pop and it opens, so now we know. Eddy and Judy are two of the wisest people we know and I must admit it is a bit intimidating to go where they have not gone. We love you both, thank you for watching over us...

This was our day on the mountain...

Be Blessed

Friday, October 30, 2015

DELL and Alienware

Nice day, had a lot of fun at the feed store and Walmart, I have been a bit concerned about working on the show in the local community, but I feel a bit better about it now​.   I just wish I could get Alienware to get their act together.  I am on hold with them now.  In total, if my journals are correct and I believe them to be, I have spent a total of three weeks talking to them about this computer in the last year and a half.  That is sad and shows their lack of respect in dealing with their customers.  Mike and I have talked about doing a show around the event.  We would call it, “ The Farmer n’ the DELL.”  Their music that they use while you are on hold is haunting and rings in your head for hours.  I swear it is the stuff of nightmares. 

In other news, the other Jews of the community invited us to Hardy, which is fun since a Pagan Group also invited us to that area. However, it is too far for me to drive right now.  I will be taking the kids around a little more local.
I am making a lovely meal for tomorrow when we return...Hamburgers and a dish that is sort of like mashed potatoes with extras.  I wanted turnips, but mine are not ready, and the store wanted to much, so no other root veggies, we all do what we can. Tonight the boys will have pizza, and they are very excited about going.  I Thing I will use the drive time to teach them the solemness of the day and how we should look back and look forward to the next season.  I am not overly thrilled with this modern holiday; I bet no one could tell. 

In my finds today they had yellow squash and zucchini for sale .49 cents pound, so I bought ten pounds, and when I am done on here I am going to turn it into pasta.  I still have a five-gallon bucket of tomatoes that I need to make into salsa and pasta sauce. 

So that is about it, no other fantastic news…

Be Blessed
Shekhinah on the Mountain....

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Good morning from the mountain...

Good morning from the mountain... I am finally up out of bed and moving around.  Since one of my other friends is cleaning carpets, I thought I would as well today.  At least in the boys room. 

Still need to make a ton of phone calls as well.  I hate that I live in a country where disabled people are second class citizens and subject to homeless at the whim of officials without compassion.   It says too much about the poor state of affairs that so many working people, disabled people, and small farms are singled out, while constant law breakers are rewarded with government help for their less than positive behavior.  As it goes without saying that so many people abuse the system, there are many more who do not, who need and rely on it and I guess I will speak for them.

While I am on a roll, I am sick of people messing with gun rights and wanting to ban guns.  No one is forced to leave Christianity because a “ Christian”, killed people.   Yet you too many will defend the act and say that they do not represent the Christian faith as a whole, well kindly tell me what does.
Every day I watch people go without food, not because they are lazy, but because of other events that have brought them to that place.  Many are unable, not unwilling to work, some are even in school full time and unable to get help.  I do not see any campaign to feed the struggling masses, or to find jobs for them, housing, etc.  I sure do see a lot of people wanting to wave flags and denounce others as being intolerant.

I think it is intolerant to spout how much you do without while others eat dirt, many of us are not rich, but then money is not the only way to repair a broken country and world.  You repair it by being Human and using that same strength you use to defend a lion and defend the rights of a child to have a home and food and education and love.  Use the will that you have voiced either for or against gay rights to care or visit an elderly person and protect them from loneliness and harm, make sure they have food and shelter as well.  I have a poem that goes on the back of every mustard pendant I sell, not because I want you to feel sorry for me, not because I want your money, thought it would be nice to have some, but because the message is so clear and precise.

Plant a Seed
By Wendy Bridges
I may not
Be able to
clothe the naked,
but I can lead you my coat.
I may not be rich enough
To feed the starving masses,
but I can make you a sandwich.
I may not be able to stop air pollution,
but I can stop blowing smoke in your face.
I may not be able to clean up the environment of the planet,
but I can help you rake your yard.
I may not be smart enough to end illiteracy,
But I can read you a story and walk you to school.
I may not be able to eliminate war or stop the violence,
but I can be peaceful and kind to you right now.
I may not be able to end world poverty,
but I can share what I have with you.
I may not be able to end pain and suffering,
but I can hold your hand and
lend you a shoulder.
I may not be able to save humanity,
But I can nurture a child.
I may not be able to turn
The world back into
A garden,
but I can
plant a

It is in the doing of these things that we are made human… not by the words in a book, but by the words in our hearts. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

To be punished for working a new american way!

Farmers who do not show a profit are being told by the SNAP people to quit farming.  Any of them receiving Snap are punished for non-compliance and their children are denied crucial food benefits.  So just remember only the government is allowed to fail, all others must quit and succumb to object poverty to satisfy the qazi false G-d of bureaucracy. In their new handbook if you are self-employed they will now go by your last years taxes to determine your benefits now!  What does this mean to many hard working people, it means that much like that farmers they will be subject to using old data to provide for this year.  I have to say I do not understand it at all.  To not use the actual amount of money that someone makes vs the amount they have made in the past...Yet people work for a company are not subject to the rules, I see a clear and dangerous, damning pattern of behaviour from this.  That will take the working poor to the level of indentured slaves to the state and nearly remove from them all possibilities of hope.  I see in this that though the government speaks about being pro-business it is nothing less than half-truths and outright lies.  We must learn to defend ourselves from this sort of ridiculous behavior where one is literally punished not only for the dream but for the result of trying.  In these people eyes, it is better to give up working and be a ward of a system gone amuck, devoid of reason and practical devotion to truth and effort. A society that dams the working class, the working poor, and in the end dams us all!

Be Blessed
Shekhinah from the mountain...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New book release for the farm....please except a free copy

Good morning dear ones, we are very excited to share our new book with you for free...

Great Granola: Mahanaim Farms Guide to Good Food Book One


It is a fun filled recipe book that will have you living better and saving money at the same time.  It has been a great joy to create this book and I know you are going to love it and have I mentioned that just for today it is free!

Please pass the information around to as many people as you can, I need a thousand downloads of this book to get a contract to publish in the real world.  

How could you go wrong, you are getting a free book and doing a good deed what could be better? 

Well now that you mention it, you could leave a little feedback on the Amazon site for me, gosh it would be a big help!  I want you to be happy, but I want you to leave feedback even if you are not!  I want to write the very best books out there and I can do that with your help.  No, you don't have to leave feedback, but you are welcome too and I would be so happy!!!

If you would like to check out my other book you can do that also, not free today, not expensive either.  I want everyone to have a chance to learn from our farm and to share that knowledge with others.

This is the link to our Hydroponics Book...it is an overly simplified guide to making your own Hydroponics system, from stuff you can buy cheaply nearly anywhere.


  A little warning I have a new book coming out later in the week, it is a foraging guide book, one is a series to help you find free food.  Most of the plants grow worldwide, so keep your eyes open for it...

Be Blessed dear ones and know that you are loved and needed...
Shekhinah, Michael, Elijah and Elisha and all the critters here on the Mountain...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Spiritual studies in a dark world...Free Yeshiva?

Have you ever wanted to attend Yeshivah, but you live in the middle of nowhere. Well now you can; Kosher Torah is making it possible in the form of a virtual Yeshivah were everyone is welcome. People from all over the world and from many different backgrounds attend daily. There are also live classes. I could not make it through a week without the one I attend. Our teacher reaches from all traditions to offer the very best in spiritual development for his students.

Very soon the whole format of the site will change allowing classes that once cost money to be free. You can attend at your time, any time of day. Learning Torah has never been more accessible. This is a great time to learn and grow. Please share this link with others...

From Shekinah on the Mountain
Be Blessed dear ones....and know that a little light dispels the darkness!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Complicated useless thoughts about the world!

Today the world is making me feel like a mom who is sick of hearing her children fighting!  I have to wonder while I sit up here on the mountain why do people have to fight all the time. what a primitive group of beings we must be. 

 I had more faith that I could save the life of the little sparrow whose nest was destroyed than I do for my fellow man.  Even in death he will do more than most of us are doing in life.  In his short time with us he brought us joy, he excepted our help without question.  When he first came into my home he was blind, had no feathers to protect me from the cold or heat and was not much of a looker. It chances of staying alive wer not great, but he did his best and so did he.  Each day that I awoke to him crying out to be feed was a blessing.  I still think of the fact that I was the first thing his tiny eyes saw and how amazing it was to know that he knew he was not alone. Each gain he made was as if we had gained as well. Then we noticed he was just a bit off, but it did not stop us from loving him, feeding him, cleaning him, etc.  He was important to us because he existed. This morning he died, his life was very short, but I think happy, he had food, comfort, love, all the things that make living worthwhile.  Best of all, he never cared that his mom was not a bird.  He was just happy to be happy!

I was 12 years old when I can to the realization that race should not matter, at 47 I am wondering what is up with people deciding what race or color another person is. Why is this a big deal? It is a big deal because we live in this world where people must constantly define their place in it.

One can not say to me, I am in the wrong body and then complain about someone feeling the same about race. Maybe if more people studied other people's cultures they would find places where they felt happy or comfortable, I don't know!

I do know that instead of feeding the hungry, caring for the old or the widow, orphan, etc; we are instead filling our days with useless junk as to if someone has the right to call themselves, black, white or other. What if we just defined ourselves as people, then no one who have to say this person thinks they are better than me because of the color of their skin or their cultural beliefs. Maybe we could all grow up and be alright with who we are, instead of finding fault in others we could heal ourselves.

It is not complicated, it is not about religion, it is about doing what is right! Not allowing ourselves to be led astray by such ridiculous behavior that is tearing not only our country apart but the world itself. So just for today, please consider yourself as something bigger than a race or a color, consider yourself human! Instead of bashing each other, go out and do something with each other, that does not involve guns, rocks, sticks, signs etc.

If you must hold a sign, hold one that says love everyone! Be kind and thoughtful! Live like there is no tomorrow, because it can happen that you do not wake up in the morning and what a dreadful way to go with so much misplaced emotions in the way.
The only way life works is if we all live it...