Keeping busy!

Monday morning Martin’s new shop arrived. Frank and John arrived to give a helping hand.

Thank god for friends with big machinery.

And friends with little machinery.

After all was unloaded. Men do what men do.

This week was a busy one for me. I finished the Suns project and they loved them.

They fit the girls perfectly.

Thank god I have Martin. He is my computer master!

Wednesday we had our first real snow of the winter.

Kansas was in heaven.

Her paw print looks like a mountain lion.

We couldn’t wait to go for a walk and enjoy this beautiful gift from Mother Nature.

Every where was just picture perfect.

My yard art looked so pretty with it’s little dusting of snow.

With the 3 inches of snow we received it equaled out to approximately 600 gallons of water collected in our tanks. Gotta love Mother Nature.

Martin spent the rest of the week working on my embroidery station.

He could be found just about everywhere.

Betty Bobbin has her new work space and she is ready to do work!

Henrietta heat press has a special place too. It’s starting to take shape.

It’s the middle of January and we are still showering outside. Seems unreal right? Well here is proof. It really is warm and the view amazing.

Next month I should be done with my deadlines and then I will have time to help Martin with the shower. Progress, progress, progress!

Till next time……..

Joyce

Let it Snow!!!!! Not very much.

This morning at 2:00 am we woke up to rain. Finally we got some moisture.

By the time we got up a little snow had fallen just to dust the ground a very little.

As I made breakfast you could see a few snow flurries here and there.

Martin’s weather station recorded .09 inches of rain. Doesn’t sound like much but it really is with our big ass roof. We collected 200 gallons of water in our tanks. With the light snow on the roof as it melts that’s water in the tanks.

Martin spent the day putting some finishing touches to the embroidery station.

If you ever watched Project Runway you’ve heard Tim Gunn say, ” Make it work!” Well that’s exactly what we are doing here. Using what material we could find, Martin is gettin’ er done.

Tomorrow Martin’s shop building arrives. All hands on deck! Luckily we have great neighbors with equipment to give a helping hand.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Awe…..so cute…..and functional!!!

Martin was a busy boy. He mixed and poured the mortar bed for the shower.

Now we wait! 28 days to make sure it is dry so we can paint the red guard on then tile.

With the Martin’s sink working he can be found shaving. On occasion!!!! Lol.

He needed a soap dish for his sink area and so I unpacked our silver champagne glasses. What a perfect solution.

You know Squirt cracks us up. She has so much personality.

And then there is Kansas. Always with her blanket in tow. She always comes over to my side of the bed for her morning scratches.

We spent New Years Day evening on top of the knoll.

This mountain is the Sawtooth. It just lights up at sunset.

The sunset of 2018 did not disappoint!!!! Beautiful.

The super moon rose slowly.

Martin flew his drone and got some amazing shots.

Lol….. yep me taking a picture of it.

Kansas is always ready to pose.

Ruffff……rufffff!!!!!

Today first thing Martin hung the light over the embroidery station area. Part of a chicken feeder with a metal basket turned upside down.

Then he started in on the station.

I have waited 6 months for this area to be built out and I’m so excited.

Happy New Year dear friends and family. We can’t believe we have been living totally off grid for 6 months now. Martin’s solar system design has been working perfectly. It has been a real dry winter so far with no measurable rain for two months. With our water storage we can go 180 days from now if we had absolutely no rain. With possible snow next week we are looking forward to our first white morning.

Till next time……

Joyce.

Wahaaaaa…..fricken’……whoooooo!!!!!!

Since Christmas holiday Martin has been a busy little beaver working for me. We were asked if we could recreate the Suns 92-93 jerseys for the girls. With only 19 days to do it in.

Luckily last July I bought a vinyl cutter to help me with the endless butterflies I had to do for a dance. So with all the information gathered Martin began learning how to do graphics. Normally I would send these graphics onto one of my favorite persons but this turn around time is so quick. So we jump in with all we have.

With the 92-93 team roster and numbers, he created these. And the heat transfer order was placed.

During our vacation we had lots of visitors.

And when we were busy with graphics they came back to visit.

Three mommys and four babies.

With the graphics complete Martin finally had time to work on the bathroom. He put the floor in the shower and built the step

He also wanted to be able to shave so he put in the sink.

Running water……wahooooo!!!!

Now to alter the drawer. The plumbing is important so banging a drawer into it is a no no.

Will it fit? Will it work?

Hell yes it will. He’s my man!!!!

This cabinet is an old dresser we found at an antique store years ago. It has been in the cargo cabin but now it sets happy in its new beautiful home.

Till next time……

Joyce

Merry Christmas to all!!!

It was a fun and busy holiday for us. Marty and Shawna were going on a cruise for their anniversary so we were called upon to be there to help with the boys.

The morning we left it was freezing cold. As you can see by the ice crystals on the roof of my car.

As I blew up the photo the beautiful shapes started to reveal themselves.

Mother Nature never stops to amaze me.

We arrived in the valley and first thing, get business done. Down to the arena we go. Rattlers fitting and Suns delivery. Check! Now it is all fun from now on.

Marty and Shawna left early and we were in charge.

On the way to school, Tanner discovered he could make skid marks with his bike.

After school we headed to Top Golf.

Too much fun and too much food. At dinner time we were still full so candy canes and chips were on the menu. Lol.

The next school day we rescued the boys out early and caught a bite to eat at Johnny Rockets before the Star Wars movie.

Friday was an all day fun day. Mik-Uber picked us up we had breakfast then shopping, shopping, shopping. Then more food at Famous Dave’s. Next stop Xtreme air.

We laughed so hard watching these kids jump, flip and playing tag. Sweaty and stinky we headed home to wrap the gifts ready for Sunday’s Christmas Eve. We are not done yet. Happy birthday dinner for Mikaila.

She turned 16 and now has her license. Benihana is one of our favorite places to celebrate.

Sunday morning we played foot golf. What a hoot.

Ummmm like mother like daughter.

Martin was voted best style.

Christmas Eve was a fun night. Playing games, eating and presents. Perfect evening.

The Treat JR Family were the only ones who got the memo from Santa to wear jammies.

Home now we are relaxing by the fire. All the groceries put away. Kitty lays on my lap.

Till next time……

Joyce.

The throne has a home…..

Yesterday we finally were able to install the shitter!!!

It was so nice not to have to walk up the hill to do business. Since the turds are officially frozen in the out house. With 9 degree weather in the weeeee hours of the morning it has been cold. Even the outdoor shower has been a challenge. Water left in the hose froze plugging it up. We had to break it up then flush it out. With that experience Martin’s solution was installing a Y at the faucet so he can drain the hose. Problem solved.

The bathroom is moving along. Ship lap on the walls complete the cabin look and feel.

We completed this one wall to the height we wanted to hang our towel holders.

We pressed the pause button cause we couldn’t wait to hang them. We bought these about 6 years ago at an antique flea market.

Just a touch of royalty!

Till next time….

Joyce

Bathroom soon….

Bathroom what bathroom!!!! Who needs a bathroom I just go outside. No big deal.

Martin has been busy tiling and his favorite thing grouting.

As the ship lap goes up board by board it starts to look like a special place.

We used our old tile leftover from the Mandarin house and added a new tile for the border.

My cabinet is now useable. Martin’s cabinet still needs a facelift before we can install it along with the sink.

I found a sweet lady who use to teach massage therapy. Martin drove me out to the southern wilderness to her home. On our way back we encountered slow walking cattle. Do they care we are there? Nope.

I think this one was the herd leader. You can just read her/his mind. Like, “What you lookin’ at? Huh? Mooooooove on!”

We headed off to a Show Low to pick up a freezer we ordered. We had the best sunset to watch as we traveled down the road.

It changed with breathtaking colors.

Then on the way home the super moon lit our way. Rising higher with every mile.

Today is Tuesday. The turkey we picked up on the way home from a Thanksgiving weekend is finally defrosted so today was our first Thanksgiving dinner in our new home.

Made pies!

And of course the TURKEY 🦃!!!!!!

We even decorated our Christmas tree out front. This tree survived when we broke ground. This tree survived almost being burned down by the burn barrel. And this tree Martin said 10 years ago when it was a weeeeee little tree that it would be our Christmas tree. So here it is! All pretty with the ornaments that our children and grandchildren made at Thanksgiving.

It is very cold here today. The Low is going to be 15 degrees tonight and the high tomorrow will be 44 degrees. Still we don’t have all the insulation up and the door/window wall still has open spaces. So trying to stay warm is a challenge on cloudy days. Sunny days Mother Nature takes care us. Martin is focused on getting the bathroom done so till then we bundle up and hang by the fire.

Yep even Squirt hangs by the fire.

Kansas can be found snuggling in a blanket on the sofa. Lol.

Living our dream. Now if it would just snow.

Till next time…..

Joyce

Thanksgiving week…

We started out for Arizona on Tuesday morning. First stop Riggs Elementary School. We finally had the opportunity to surprise the front office ladies at Jamies school with Pie Town pies.

Which one should we choose? New Mexico Apple, blueberry butterscotch, ginger peach, dark chocolate cherry, apple and one more that slips my old brains memory banks.

Jamie could be found in her office enjoying her pie.

Then we delivered costumes to Hamilton High. Now we are ready for cooler clothes. When we left it was 27 degrees and by noon in AZ it was in the 80’s. To hot for sweat pants and UGG boots.

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Charlie, Dean and newly married Devon and John. Always lots of laughter.

Wednesday brought lots of cooking. I made pies for thanksgiving.

And lots of English toffee.

We enjoyed watching the boys at karate and then off to dinner for Shawna’s birthday.

We spent turkey day with Marcus’s side of his family. Beautiful table set for 24 people. Lots of food and yummy deserts. And celebrated Marcus’s birthday. Just birthdays everywhere. Even our dear friend Paula had a birthday over the weekend.

Friday was a day of family. Played ball in the park and had a picnic. At home the children and everyone pitched in to make ornaments for our tree just outside the front of the house.

Mikaila, Trey and Tanner let their creative juices flow.

Papa, Marty and Shawna join in on the fun.

Jamie and Suzanne work their magic.

Saturday was game day. Mik-Uber was hired to drive the old people to the game so we could PARTY!!!

Mikaila kicked Papas butt in ping pong and then Papa kicked my butt.

ASU vs U of A. Go Sundevils !!!! ASU wins!!!!

Sunday Martin and I were invited to the Cardinals game.

Cardinals won in an exciting game.

Monday was a day of travel and shopping.

Hope all our friends and families had a fun holiday weekend.

Till next time ……..

Joyce

Life is good….

As I stand here in the kitchen waiting for the hot water to boil so I can make coffee in the French press the morning begins.

We let in the kitty from her nightly hunt. She is still on high alert. I try to pick her up to give her a good morning hug, she is not ready for love yet. She scurries over to the water drain pipe waiting for the water to secretly flow out. This intrigues her!!

Kansas makes her usual rrrrrrr noise to catch my attention. This is what she wants.

To receive one she has to give me her paw 10 times right then left right then left etc. Sometimes she get confused right left left right. I correct her and remind her things worth doing are worth doing good.

This is her after an afternoon playing in the weeds. I know people usually hide their weed in their pockets but she wears her weed well.

As the tea pot whistle blows, the sun rises waking the world.

Last night Martin received notice of activity on the game camera. Mama deer and two babies come to drink and eat.

As the coffee brews, Martin has started the wood burning stoves to keep me warm. The smell of the wood burning is a comforting smell. The flames blaze with warmth.

The kitty and the dog go outside to play. They crack us up playing catch me if you can.

This morning is a bowl of cereal before we start our day. Martin will be working in the bathroom and I will be making toy soldier pants to go with this jacket.

Yep life is good……

Till next time……

Joyce

Forgive me readers for I️ have sinned….. it’s been way too long since my last post

I must apologize as I have been wrapped up in my work and haven’t realized how much time has gone by.

Martin and John were able to place the washer/dryer combo unit into its place.

You know what that means. NO MORE laundry mat!!!! This unit is amazing! Ventless and washes and drys all in one. Uses little water too!

We took a few minutes to put up the ship lap in the living room.

It’s amazing how so little makes a huge difference.

We decided to put tile on this block wall instead of rocks as tile will be quick. Rock is a long process. So off to Lowes we go.

With the tile on order off to another project. We bought this metal wood stand years ago but our wood is too small for the span of the rails. Solution, pallet wood!!!!

All it takes is an idea and a handsome husband to make it so.

Here it sits until the green house gets cleaned out then we can move the stock out there.

The bathroom progress continues.

We are using a composting toilet. No water needed. But you need a drain for excess liquid. So it needs to be elevated. We used leftover 6 x 6’s. Screwed them together then sealed. Perfect.

With Martin taking his rest period. Aka nap, I decided to start the next mosaic wall in the living room.

This next wall will be pretty big so it will be a process. All and any help appreciated!!!

Martin built a solar stand for a few panels so it could power and new camera to catch the animals that come to drink at night.

Our letters arrived!!! Gotta love Amazon. You can buy anything online.

Just a little touch of whimsy.

We started tiling the bathroom. Leftover tile from the Mandarin house is being used.

So excited. We can hardly wait to get these rooms functional. Luckily we are having a warmer winter so showering outside is still enjoyable. And our turds in the composting toilet are not frozen so life is good!

Tomorrow is Monday and all the parts are in so that means our two wood burning stoves will be installed. Wahooooooo. And the last of the insulation will be delivered. Double Wahoooooo.

Looking forward to spending the Thanksgiving holiday with our children and grand children.

Till next time…..

Joyce