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.
Laying block is hard work. Step by step we unloaded each block and walked them into the green house.
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.
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.
The next morning more snow. But 22 degrees doesn’t stop us from pouring concrete. 9 more bags.
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
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.
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.
Martin and I would like to wish all our family and friends a Happy Valentines Day.
Weeere busy this week laying the forms for the last two flower beds.
And then pouring concrete.
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.
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.
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.
Martin also pulled the card on the game camera.
Look who visited us! That’s a good size bull.
Since we put in the our planter bed our plants are thriving.
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.
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.
Yep that’s one ugly knee. But let’s all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.