Helping hands….

Our neighbors Allen and Sue are trick horse trainers. Allen asked if I could fix this hoodie for their horse Ellie.

It was so holy there was no way so instead I traced off the pattern and made a brand new one. Heavier weighted fabric and doubled layer where it counted.

With finally receiving approval for the Cardinals Junior Cheerleader uniforms Martin got work creating the logo.

The Duck will be laying down the stones! With 225+ uniforms she will be quaking for awhile.

With the jacket fillins complete we were ready for the weekend.

Kansas met Pepe the donkey. He is old and slow but loves to be petted.

Kansas Met Gidget the horse and after being chased by Gidget Kansas wouldn’t even get close to her again.

Martin puts together the wind turbine pole while I dug a somewhat straight trench.

We were watched by the peanut gallery.

Martin and Mesonika put the turbine on the pole.

Then Martin drilled in these crazy anchors.

Next onto wiring and installing her devices.

Mesonika pushed while Martin pulled.

He spent the afternoon on his knees wiring up everything.

He was one tired puppy after we were done.

Next it will be time to raise the pole with the turbine. This will need the tractor and an extra pair of hands.

It is such a pleasure and brings so much joy to be able to help a neighbor.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Happy Mother’s Day weekend….

Late Friday night Martin’s brother Jerry and sister-in-law Marianne arrived. Camping at Pie Town RV Park they settled in.

Saturday morning we picked them up and we set out for a full Pie Town experience. First stop the PO. Then we walked up to the toaster house. Touring the hostile is always an adventure cause you never known who you are going to meet. Then breakfast at the Gatherin Place.

With our belly’s full it was time for them to see the house. It is always nice to see someone’s face as they experience this creation we have built.

After the tour we had to have pie at the Pie-O-Neer. Yum yum.

Then it was fund raiser night for some dear neighbors. Tony is fighting cancer as always our little community comes together.

Sunday morning we had a break in the crazy weather so we packed up the razor and went for a ride.

John and Victoria joined in on the fun.

Marianne and I were cozy in the back seat.

While the boys were the R-Uber drivers.

We drove back on 6A about 22 miles and we found old abandoned house.

So sad that this home now only provides a home for critters that shit everywhere.

This old truck sets rotting in the sun. We would love to get our hands on this beauty.

I tried it on for size and loved it.

The scenery is just so beautiful.

John and Victoria are always a hoot to play with.

Can’t let Martin lead as with his racing experience he has a tendency to drive fast. Slipping and sliding in the mud was so much fun.

A few critters found us interesting!

Us girls love to play.

We stopped for a burger at Pie Town Cafe

Then it was off to see the array.

It was pretty amazing to watch this huge dish move and articulate.

Finally back home the guys went to build a ramp to help load our rat rod on the trailer.

Us girls started making a bottle tree.

Marianne put everything she had into drilling the holes. It started to rain so we had to stop playing.

After a short break for the rain the boys brought out more toys.

It’s always sad to say goodbye but it was then time to take them back to the RV park.

It was a great Mother’s Day to be able to share it with family.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

And the season begins……

With the kids heading home it was time for me to get back to work.

What!!!! Yes Cardinals Cheerleaders boots. One stop shop.

64 pairs of boots. That’s 128 logos that needed to be embroidered. And 20 pairs needed to be taken in in the back before they could be sewn. With draft pick happening it was a quick turnaround.

I always love special projects.

Martin bought me an off the grid pencil sharpener. Girl power no solar power.

Martin built these awesome foot lights for the Quemado School Play.

The Masked Canary.

I had the pleasure of costuming some of the students.

This play was a hoot. We can’t wait to see what they do next.

You know this little girl is no longer little. We can’t believe she is graduating from high school. Jamie created this invitation and we just love it. So unique!

We have been so busy trying to get these planter beds in. Martin had to figure out the height of the plumbing. We dropped in the liners. Then loads and loads of large to medium rocks. We loaded them into the tractor. Transferred them to the wheel barrow. Then unloaded them into the planter bed.

Then the small rock was added on top to a specific depth.

Then a layer of sand to another certain depth.

And the last step is dirt.

And plants!!! I’ve had my little seedlings waiting to spread their roots in fresh dirt.

Martin and I had to go to Show Low to fix my tire that got a screw in it. Well it couldn’t be fixed so I see new shoes in the future. In anticipation of completion of the flower beds we filled the back seat with new plants.

The last two flower beds are each 21 feet long.

This one is so close. The cut over, sand, dirt and plants.

This one needs a little bit more work. Big rock, lots of small rock, sand, dirt, the cut over and plants.

And poor Martin will have to finish them himself as I’m back to work.

After a weekend of work like this we moan and groan as we stand up. So close yet so far.

Till next time….

Joyce

Oh my where do I start…..

Easter weekend the whole family came up to visit.

Luckily we just finished the green house walkway.

We ate a lot.

We played a lot.

The boys were caught watching TV so Grammie told them to get outside and find a tree to build a swing in.

Martin and Marty helped with the task and Ta-Da.

Yes little Tanner knows how to drive the gator. And Mikaila got to test her skills in the Razor.

So then we were off for pie.

It is always nice to sit at my table at the Pie-O-Neer. The best place in town.

With Aunt J driving the gator, Tanner got to ride in our make shift 4 seater.

With Easter you gotta have a scavenger hunt. Heck we’ve got 33 acres to have fun with.

Clues were hidden along with treasures.

In the end I’m not sure who had more fun, the adults who planned it or the kids who played it.

It’s always a thing to do here. Shoot guns. Kids and adults.

One thing is for sure that family is special. And time spent is priceless.

Till next time….

Joyce

Wait, wait, wait…..

Monday morning we headed back to Gilbert. Kansas was so happy to see us. We had a great dinner with great friends, Devin and John.

Tuesday we just enjoyed the warm weather. Did a little shopping and a little work. Measuring the new Cardinals Cheerleaders.

Wednesday was family time. Dinner with the Treat family.

And of course Frost! Then it was baseball time.

Little Tanner is Grammies favorite youngest grandson.

Thursday was full of doctors appointments and driving. Kansas was so excited to know she will be sleeping her own bed. We got home very late so it was not an early start to our day.

As I wrote this blog I just got boomed!!!!

Marcus sent me a picture of the new sign just posted at volleyball facility.

And then BOOM, another one.

Do you think if I shaved Kansas legs and dressed her up in a dress and a hat she would pass?

Till next time…..

Joyce

Wait, wait, wait…..

Monday morning we headed back to Gilbert. Kansas was so happy to see us. We had a great dinner with great friends, Devin and John.

Tuesday we just enjoyed the warm weather. Did a little shopping and a little work. Measuring the new Cardinals Cheerleaders.

Wednesday was family time. Dinner with the Treat family.

And of course Frost! Then it was baseball time.

Little Tanner is Grammies favorite youngest grandson.

Thursday was full of doctors appointments and driving. Kansas was so excited to know she will be sleeping her own bed. We got home very late so it was not an early start to our day.

As I wrote this blog I just got boomed!!!!

Marcus sent me a picture of the new sign just posted at volleyball facility.

And then BOOM, another one.

Do you think if I shaved Kansas legs and dressed her up in a dress and a hat she would pass?

Till next time…..

Joyce

Final day of racing…..

Race day brought a special treat of being down on the start line for some interviews.

The announcer was a hoot.

The mascot was one hot dude.

Greg Anderson …..

Steve Torrence….

A little sticky track walk.

Martin and I had a blast all weekend.

Met interesting people.

We made it all the way to the finish line and back with our shoes still on!

These were my picks for the weekend which landed me on top again for the second week in a row in our fantasy league. What a way to end the weekend. Being a winner! And beating the boys.

Martin finish 3rd!!!!

Till next time…..

Joyce

A little bit of Vegas……

Saturday was more rumble racing.

But first stop Pawn Stars. We love this show.

The store looked the same in person as it does on TV.

We even ran into Rick there. He didn’t have much to say.

We still had little time before we wanted to be at the track so we did a little antiquing.

After an afternoon of racing we headed out to Fremont Street.

You talk about weird people well you can find them here.

Yum yum time. Martin wasn’t impressed but I enjoyed my little bites.

As the sun went down. The lights came on.

So it was time to get horizontal. Just like when we were younger. When the street lights came on it was time to go home. Aka hotel!

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Drag Day…..

No we are not dressing up in drag! We are attending NHRA drag racing 4 wide in Las Vegas baby!

But first stop Welderup.

We took a behind the scenes tour

Some of the most amazing rat rods.

The cancer car created for Steve’s friends child. Such detail.

Loved the character in the Joker car.

So much to take in in one visit.

The bus!!!

This is only a small portion of the pictures I took. And I wish I could download the videos of the cars running cause they were amazing.

We got to chat with Steve and Justin afterwards. Very down to earth people.

Then off to the drags!!!!!!

The rumbling you felt as the 4 cars went by was off the charts. Everything and I mean everything vibrated.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Two weeks off……

Due to fabric delays on a special project for the Suns, Martin and I left early to deliver the special project. 

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The Suns Dancers were superhero’s!!!!!

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This gave us the opportunity to spend time with the family.

Jamie, Mika and I went junkin’ while the boys went to baseball practice.

Monday we had eye appointments. And Tuesday meant for me bowling with Shawna. While the boys had baseball practice again.
My dear friend Marie was there so I surprised her.
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Nothing like sneaking up behind someone and laying a bunch of kisses on her cheek. It’s been 4 years since I’ve seen her.


Wednesday was time for shopping then volleyball with Mika. 

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This little girl caused Marcus’ blood pressure to raise.

No dogs allowed on school property.
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Oops ya old people didn’t know the rules. Oh yea no rules posted so #motherinlawswins. Guess a sign will be posted next time we go. Lol.


Thursday we headed west for Vegas. Beautiful weather. First stop Gordon Ramsey’s Steak.


On this day 4-4 Martin asked me to go steady 44 years ago. Our reservation was at 4:45pm. We didn’t plan it. It just happened.

We sat up stairs with this view.

We ordered the tasting menu paired with wine.

First up champagne!



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Scotch egg.
So good. Quail egg soft boiled crusted in a sausage crumb crust.



Tuna on a bed of greens. Yummy.


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Scallops on a bed of mushroom risotto. Super yummy.
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Beef Wellington with butter basted lobster tail. Delicious!

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Then to finish it all sticky toffee pudding with brown butter ice cream.


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At this point we were sooooooo full! Roll us out of there.
Martin said the next day would be the most expensive shit ever. It deserved a throne and not a port a potty!
He was right. Expensive but worth every bite. You only live once so while we can we will.
Till next time……Joyce.