Happy Spring…

With the weather front that has come through, the concrete pouring has come to a halt.

So we used this time to fill some orders.

Betty Bobbin even got back to work.

Martin and I are donating our time and talents to help Quemado School with their play. So I started making 1880’s style dresses. And since we’ve had snow all day it was time for a walk.

I’d say that was 3″.

Kansas says, “Bring it on!”

This snow is a wet one. Great for making snow balls and snow men.

The tree limbs are heavy with the wet stuff.

Bundled up and ready to roll.

Our driveway looks like a pretty post card.

Like the sign says, “Welcome”. You all are always welcome to come play in the snow anytime.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Home Sweet Home….

With many miles traveled this little girl did not want to get up the next morning.

We had to push her out of bed.

And look at the beautiful sunrise that awaited us.

It changed with every mile and every minute.

Finally home we unloaded our treasures.

Johnny Boy is home.

And that means back to work. We moved into the green house many wheel barrows of sandy dirt to level it out in preparation for the new walkway.

We got the lay out done.

And poured our first stepping stones for our walkway. This is so exciting to get this part started.

Since Martin used Franks trailer he wanted to fix his fender so he used Johnny Boy to move his trailer up to the shop.

He welded it up in no time.

The next day we were just beasts and poured 16 squares of stepping stones. Bammmm that’s how we work. We wanted to do flagstone but the only stone supplier that had it within two hours didn’t have enough so we decided to use this method. $5,000.00 verses $500.00. It’s just labor intensive but rewarding.

Only about 100 or so more to do. Yes we’re crazy!

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Bang bang…..

With finally a no rainy day we headed out to the shooting range.

Fun filled day of sporting clays.

To start us off I gave em hell.

Everyone else followed.

Tina showing off her great form.

Then Miss Paula with her beautiful style.

Robert won the best dressed award.

The blind ole bat showed us that he can still shoot guns.

He still makes my heart throb.

Kevin showed us who was boss.

Fun times. Great friends.

Guess we left some of these clay pigeons for the next slick shooters to come by.

With the fun times always comes the sad times when we have to say goodbye.

Kevin and Martin have been friends for 55 years or like forever. With hugs given and many thanks for all our fun we hit the road again. 16 hours of driving in our future.

With another hotel stay Kansas said she could get use to this traveling thing.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Time to load…

With the rainy weather we had a break the next morning so I sweetly suggested to the boys it’s time to load treasure number 2.

But first Johnny Boy needed to be unloaded. Time for a photo shoot.

Now time to do work.

May as well use it to load the trailer.

Then the rain started again. So may as well go wine tasting.

Mettler vineyards treated us to a special cheese board thanks to Miss Paula. Of course I joined the wine club and brought home a case.

Then it was time for dinner at Bobbie and Carrie’s house.

Shrimp and Filet minion. Fabulous dinner! And fun friends. Life is good.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Ps finally my WordPress app is working. Yes!

Treasure number 2…..

Martin’s Grandpa’s trailer. Love the patina. It was built in 1953.

This trailer helped my family when we’re building a doughboy swimming pool in 1976.

But before we load this bad boy it was poker night.

Ante up!

As the chips shifted from one side of the table to the other the winners were called.

Tina and Robert took home the green.

Always lots of shits and giggles with our best buddies.

Till next time….

Joyce

Hello John Deere!!!!

With many hours of driving it was time to load my new treasure. Uncle Phil wanted to sell it so I offered to buy it.

Johnny Boy purrs like kitten.

Martin at the age of almost 62 still learns from his Uncle.

Uncle Phil and Aunt Rita have and always will be special to us.

The Christmas tree was a weeeee little tree long long time ago but has grown to stout strong tree.

Now we travel to pick up another treasure.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

On the road again….

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The roads this morning were very icy and snowy. It made the drive breathtaking!

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This back seat driver is too cute for words. However she loves to stand up and hahaha in your ear. Well 16 hours is a long time on your paws. So we finally found the cure.

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It took two little squirts and she was trained.

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She would loose her manners here and there and all it took was to show her the can and poof!!!!! ……..she laid down. It made the trip such a pleasure.

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Traveling through Holbrook we stopped for gas and then turned on this street. Nice to know I have a street!!!!

Pulling into Mojave, CA at night was beautiful. Blinking red lights everywhere. We were ready for a break. And so was Kansas.

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Big bed for a big girl. Her first hotel stay and she did great.

Till next time….
Joyce

A little step here a little step there…….2-20-2019

Laying block is hard work. Step by step we unloaded each block and walked them into the green house.
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Then once the first layer is set you had to push the repeat button. 150 full blocks and 32 half blocks.

Then the concrete. Oh boy the concrete. It gets heavier with every step. 60 bags of 50 pounds each.

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With half complete it was rest time.

The next dat we woke up to 2” of snow.

The block looked like Chex mix cereal piece.

Brush it off and start hauling. Piece by piece. Step by step. With all the blocks set and poured we then formed up the first of three steps.

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The next morning more snow. But 22 degrees doesn’t stop us from pouring concrete. 9 more bags.

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One step check!

By the afternoon the quickset concrete was set enough to pull the forms and dig out the next step.

Thank god for the hammer drill with a chisel bit. Some of this dirt is so hard. Another step formed.

We are moving dirt around in preparation to lay the sidewalks

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Martin was able to get his air Jose piping in and I was finally able to get the bottle bricks up that Shawna and I prepared at thanksgiving.

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Tomorrow we are suppose to have sunshine before the big storm hits Thursday afternoon. So far this year we receiver 15” of snow and this storm is to bring 14”. So we will hunker down. Well the storm only left us 6”. So hooked up our trailer and loaded the back seat driver and hit the road.

Finally I was able to catch up my blogging. It made the trip to California fly by.

Till next time…..
Joyce.

Happy Valentines Day….2-14-2019

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Weeere busy this week laying the forms for the last two flower beds.

And then pouring concrete.

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When you order 8,000 pounds of supplies who do you call? Your neighbor Frank. Martin Martin met in Quemado and in one trip and two trailers picked up our special order at the local hardware store.

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Since we had to wait for the concrete to dry we decided to put up the tin at the bottom of the door/window wall. A9903225-7334-4AC8-A09B-420459641E3F
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Since the tin was why not junk it up! Oh boy I can’t wait to collect my treasures and start putting some personality on the wall.

With working so much we had to spot and split wood.

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Martin also pulled the card on the game camera.

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Look who visited us! That’s a good size bull.

Since we put in the our planter bed our plants are thriving.

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The clementine tree has tons of blossoms. Can’t wait to get the rest done.

When you’re hungry for pastry up here you just have to make them yourself.

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Blueberry scones with lemon creamcheese drizzle! Delicious!

Since we finished our tin on the wall and it was raining we decided to spend the rest of the day in bed. Electric blankets on and movie watching. Lunch in bed too! Haven’t been able to do that since the moon was blue. Tonight is dinners with friends in Datil. We will be missing John and Victoria since John just had knee surgery.

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Yep that’s one ugly knee. But let’s all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Our crazy Pie Town peeps.

Till next time….
Joyce.