The 5th of November

English Folk Verse (c.1870)

The Fifth of November

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

very interesting history lesson especially if you are an USA Citizen…… we tend to change History for our own benefit and the 5th of November is a key day to remind myself of this perspective.  I am Thankful to be able to research and learn History outside of the USA curriculum.


November and a Blessing a day

Another Day to be Thankful for 😀 PIGS !! I don’t have any here on my farm…but OMG they are YUMMY !! I mean who is not Thankful for BACON and even if you are a vegan you can at the least be thankful that there is Bacon out there to distract us meat loving carnivores.. keeps us from doing more harm. 2 pieces of Bacon is nearly as good as half a chicken….. so it tempers our meat eating greed. Pig is a very versatile meat and I just love making sausage. Today I am roasting Pork Carnitas for Enchiladas and burritos and Tacos ect for lunches. I mean YUM Pork !!

If you would like to try the recipe I use

Carnitas Recipe

Day 3

Today I am Grateful for waking up… and again for so many reasons… LOL. I am lucky I get to wake on my own schedule with nothing to rush off to do, I get to call my BF then talk with my husband about the plans for the day, Check my Blood sugars Take my meds and make some breakfast all on my own schedule. I wake up and get to look forward to what I will be doing today.. today it is working on bears and then more crocheting.. believe me sometimes I dread it but most of the time I can convince myself to just keep moving forward through the mess. I wake up in a lot of pain of late but I have slept in a clean comfortable bed under a roof that protects me from the weather that I can call my own. I am Grateful that I have woken at all and for some reason I am still called to be here. I believe we have a purpose and we only leave when either the loss of us is a lesson others need more than what we can offer or that we no longer have anything to offer. I am VERY Grateful that I have something to offer to the world around me 🙂

November is a time for counting our blessings

It is day two of November and I actually really enjoy the practice of finding something to be Grateful for every day  So yesterday I was SUPER Grateful for being able to purchase Food…….. there are so many reasons included in that statement.. I am grateful there is food to purchase, that we have such an incredible diversity of options to chose from, that we have competitive stores to chose to spend our money with, That we have the transportation capabilites to get Mangos in Oregon or just out of season items…. I am Grateful for the social services that pay for some of my food…… for the workers who day in and day out deal with super tough situations to help all that they can .. for the lobbiest and political system that made the services I use available for those that need it and fight to keep it available… I am grateful for the electricity that makes it so I can store my food and the Propane to be able to cook it. I am Grateful for acess to the internet to be able to find recipes and learn to cook new things broadening my knowledge and awareness of other cultures……… I am Grateful for the Farmers and Ranchers who devote their lives to producing the Food I am able to purchase and the workers they support…….. Food is good…

If you feel like joining in please feel free to comment 😀

Time for another Blog post

Ok.. in all freaking honest I DON’T WANT TO WRITE A BLOG POST !! I want to YELL AND SCREAM, CURSE and HAVE A TODDLER FIT !! most likely it isn’t a good idea to write anything when I am this pissy, but who freaking cares…. not like anyone is reading this but myself anyways.

The hardest part about all of this being self managing, self employed, homesteading individuals ?? IT SUCKS SOMETIMES !! Sales are not picking up yet.. so money is super tight.. there is not enough to make ends meet. I mean I have the change in my glove box, no propane to cook with and bills that I have no idea how will get paid broke. Not I can’t afford a starbucks it is wondering if I will have electricity to keep the machines running poor.

In all that ?? I AM SUPPOSE TO BE SELF PROMOTING !! Happy successful every one should want to do what I am doing joy of an artisans life !! Buy from me because we are so special and elite everyone wants what we have. When all I want to say is PLEASE BUY SOMETHING… I WANT to have electricity so I can escape into Binge watching NCIS on netflixs.

Meanwhile I take on Huge Crocheting commision jobs and way below minimum wage to even pray it will be all ok.

I KNOW IT WILL BE OK !! It always is but I am a real person and I MELT DOWN !! I yell I scream I curse and I don’t have the heart and mind of a Saint… I have learned to count my blessings.. to just take a deep breath and say a simple Thank you for life.

Oh and by the way HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!!!

Onward and Upward
Debandf wood guitar pick set of 4

Who we are at debandf and what we want to give to our customers,

This was the next idea to touch upon for a blog post.

Who we are here at debandf ?

Well… we are the Sickler Family, Cynthia myself, Greg Hubby, Frederick and Anna. I should probably spend sometime touching on each individuals job descriptions at this point in time but in all honesty ? I am still in a outlining kind of stage.

Cynthia owner, marketer, Seo ect. she who goes nuts trying to understand it all

Greg woodworker, artist, guitarist

Frederick moral support, guitarist

Anna shipping and maker of sandwhiches

Now to address what we want to give to our customers. I think to start I should say what we do give to our customers.

A selection of different types of small wooden brass hinged boxs with magnetic closure and felt lining specifically designed with the shape of a guitar pick to insert said guitar picks.

Engraving on above mentioned boxs

a selection of handmade wood guitar picks

Some guitar pick jewelery

Well packaged in a plastic bag that we then ship in a bubble wrap envelope all over the world.

Our customer service is reasonable and polite with keeping all involved parties happy in a reasonably timely manner.

Now what we WANT to give our customers………. The WORLD anything and everything… puppies and kittens, unicorns and rainbows… a box that when opened world peace pours out… something that brings such joy that all they want to do is share it with every soul they have ever met and the money pours in till we have enough to keep it spilling over into everyones need bag…… ok maybe I am not allowed to blog anymore today..



In all Honesty ??

In all honesty I have no idea what to write about. All the social networking gurus say you must have a blog, you must have a website. Debandf must be branded… I will honestly say I do not know what the hell that means…… Peak your markets interest. Seriously?? My market ?? Ok who is my market………. my market is mostly women purchasing gifts for their sons, husbands, boyfriends who shop on Etsy, or are at least willing to set up an account on Etsy if they see my item and like it.

Ok there is my market

women purchasing gifts for their sons, husbands, boyfriends who shop on Etsy

How to Brand toward this market ?? What are these gift givers wanting when they give this gift ?? of course to please the recipients, perhaps to keep the recipients from losing their guitar picks ??? They want a nice product that they can be proud of giving, a Reasonable price but willing to pay for quality, Maybe the want to let the recipient know they support their music. Often they are commemorating a special event so we offer engraving. Often they have purchased a personalized guitar pick and like the idea of having a special guitar pick case to put their pick in it.  They are also looking for a timely delivery on their Handmade item.

What does this mean towards branding ?? What kind of images are going to get and keep their interest. What kind of blog posts are going to interest them and make it so they want to follow. In all honesty people who are the recipients are not our purchasers……. it is the women or men supporting their musicians who I want to speak to, to connect with.


I am going to now write a little outline for this blog and yep I am going to put it right here……

Today I explored Debandfs market and how to brand to them

other subjects to touch on

Who we are at debandf and what we want to give to our customers,

how to offer support to the people who support musicians, Exploring the creative mind and how to encourage creativity

always pulling back to who we are as a family of artists… which means there will be spattering of random acts of art, gardening, homesteading

the fire, love and determination it takes to live the artist’s life

😀 There I now have a basic idea of where I am going…… any input would be great. I am sure you all have ideas of what you would like to read about. Perhaps you have a new Guitarist in your life you would like to encourage, or an old dog of a guitarist who you would like to pick that guitar up once again 😀 or maybe you are involved in a music program on a weekly basis and would just like to encourage others to join in ??

Music is soul.. it is a means to find yourself, to share with others.. to just relax.. we need that in this much to busy world.



Here comes the rain

Hi all.. lol. What about 6 of you who may read my blog at this time 😀 I know at some point in time I am going to have to write an outline for my blog posts, not this it is Monday what random thought do I have ?

What have we been up to here at Debandf this Week ? A Whole lot of prepping for the upcoming winter. Crops are getting put up… here we have Basil for pesto and a little broccoli for dinner… cherry tomatos ? We eat them like candy.. but then who doesn’t ?


Of course Guitar pick boxes are still being made at all times so feel free to order off of Etsy. GREAT TIME there is no backlog 😀


On Hold with the IRS

On hold with the IRS for the last 30 minutes and don’t know if I will ever get through. I have no clue how to use this smart phone I am on… how to put it on speaker so at least I could put it down instead of getting a crimp in my neck. I have tried this call over and over for months. That is when I remember to call. Somehow we are part of the HUGE IRS hack and our tax return is in limbo. I personally don’t care, the return itself will be going to the IRS to pay back taxes, and I know it has not been resolved because I have not received a statement saying they are withholding it. THE ISSUE is becasue we have mucked up our taxes we need to keep them up to date. To keep them from penalizing us. Not like we will EVER get out of this debt… We have paid off the original tax debt so many times now it is ridiculous but interest accrues FAST and a LOT !!

Not New info for us we screwed up 18 years ago. Dug our selves in to deep of debt trying to live the American dream. Not some crazy big thing just about 13 grand that we had not expected to pay and could not come up with, then it accrued.

UGH SYSTEM JUST BUMPED ME TO A PERSON WHO THEN SENT ME BACK TO THE AUTOMATED SYSTEM !! 40 minutes now and I am on the bottom of the calls order received !!

This Tax issue was the beginning of the life we now lead. This is a GOOD THING 😀 At first we tried to fix it… then we tried to just ignore it, but yeah the IRS doesn’t just go away :/ It was not a quick realzation to get to that we had to change our lives, our life style, everything about us. It was VERY hard for my husband… he had expectations and really based his personal value on the money he earned and things he could buy. Me ?? it was tough to embrace the hard work, learn to cook.. I prefer to eat out in nice restaurants. Travel monthly and stay in nice hotels, drive brand new cars that I don’t have to worry if they will break down. Not have to tell my kids no to the things they want and same thing for myself and my husband. Things have changed I have changed…..

YAY a person ! I will conclude this post another day 😀 end result ??? I was told I did not need to call them ? BUT was able to verify they did recieve my return and the payment 😀 Conclussion ? months of dreading the phone call, many hours on hold to not get a hold of a person and a whole lot of stress for NO REASON :/




More of our story, and the learning curve of life

New Blog, ugh what a learning curve. Trying to learn how to work wordpress, how to add a shopping cart, how to then use Amazon payment is just making my head hurt. Every day I get a little closer, some days it is leaps and bounds other days ? I quiet honestly have to make myself do it. Trying hard not to use emoticons.. is that what they are called? Cause you know the internet has all these different terms and if you don’t even know there is such a thing as a payment gateway how are you suppose to find it let alone dig what you want out of the tons of options on just google.

When we first moved here there was a monster learning curve. SO much to be done on the house and we had no way to pay anyone else so I was reading code books and learning how to hang drywall. We have had to learn how to spend less which meant learning how to cook. I DID NOT really cook.. I do now but it took a lot of time and tears.. and quiet a few meals that everyone chose to make a PBJ instead.

Anna our youngest was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes with Hashimotos when she was 9 and then had to have her gallbladder out at 10. MAJOR learning curve !! but it had to be done and truth is I am a Diabetic too and I was not taking care of myself appropriately. After a few years we learned that public schools were just not what was right for her health and started home schooling and WHOLE nother group of learning curves.

No real conclusion to my post today… I am feeling really frazzled and raw. I did promise my friend I would at least run posts through a spell check.. my spelling and grammar are appalling :/ and she is SO right !! lol… see I learned something today…. apauling is actually spelled appalling 😀