Monthly Archives: June 2015

Working in the rain!

After the last week of above normal temperatures here we received nice cool afternoon showers.  


Ron and Judy are so helpful.  We will be ready to pour the slab next week. 

 

  We ran to the hardware store and look who was hiding in the back of the truck.  

 

Billy heard that UFO’s landed here and made this huge hole in the ground. He walked slowly to the edge to take a quick peek. 

Billy is unsure about steps so using the ramp was the best option.  

 We took our hard working friends to lunch. When we reached the restaurant Billy was anxious to check out the cowboy!  

 If you look hard you can see that Billy is truly a boy. Wink wink!

Since the weather has just been gorgeous here in the evening we have been using our outdoor shower. Billy had to check it out! 

Martin downloaded the pictures off the game cameras and look what it saw. I died laughing! 

Till next time…….

Joyce 

 

Fun weekend!

The children arrived late Friday afternoon.  It was a fun filled non stop kind of weekend.  Quad riding, Gabby the Gator riding, and riding the “Da Beep!” AKA “the jeep”

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Next stop The Gettin Place.  Kids needed some real cowboy and cowgirl hats to go with their lassos.

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There is always room for pie.  Next stop Pie-O-Neer for some yummy home made pie.

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Kathy invited the kids in the kitchen to see how the pies were made!IMG_8560

Well how can you practice being a roping cowboy without a bull to rope? So Papa created Billy the bull.  The kids had a ball roping him and few other things they could find.

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No the kids didn’t rope that mouse, Jamie went on a mission to find the stinky smell in our moho and she found this dead stinking little varmint in one of my drawers.  We will be owning some cats when we get the house complete.

Next adventure, Target shooting!

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What could be more fun then riding in Gabby or riding in the front bucket of the tractor?

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Or climbing the mountains of dirt?

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With all this fun we did get a little bit of work done…..

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When the children left Sunday morning, I couldn’t hold back the tears.  Such cute kids!  Marty and Shawna are moving to Texas for her work.  And my baby girl Mikaila starts High School in the fall.  It amazing how life changes so fast.

Monday we started early as the afternoon heat this year has been pretty warm. And today, Tuesday was an early one.  But look how far we’ve come since Sunday.  Couple more days of rebar work and we will be ready to pour the slab!!!!!

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Gotta love life………………….

Till next time………………

Joyce

New toy!!

We spent the weekend at home. Yard work, shopping for groceries, family fun swimming at Marty and Shawna’s. We had to hit up 3 Home Depot stores to get enough rigid insulation but we at least we found enough.

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The count was verified by the supervisor!

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Traveled back to the property Sunday morning. We were welcomed with nice thunder storms.

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Monday morning we picked up Ron and his flat bed trailer. We were on a mission to pick up our new toy!

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There she was waiting with her accessories loaded in her big sturdy bed. She was excited to meet us but not as excited as we were!

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I got to drive her around the parking lot before we loaded her onto the trailer. She was grinning from headlight to headlight anxious to go to work. Hauling water, gathering rocks, getting the mail and much much more. She now has a purpose in her young life.

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This is Gabby the “Gator”. She awaits the grand kids this Friday as they are all coming up with Jamie for a visit. Gabby will be giggling along with the kids I can hear it now!

Tuesday we have more thunder showers that keep interrupting our progress. We applied the base plates on the side walls then layed out where the plumbing needs to be roughed in. Next step more frickin’ diggin’.

Today is Thursday and actually had tears in my eyes as seeing the progress is heart felt.

 

Till next time…….

Joyce

Exciting day……….

We were finally able to lay down some of  the base plate wood.  

  
We cleaned all the dug up dirt off the pad!  

 Preparing for a trip home we had to haul our tools back to the cargo container up the hill. So this is how we rolled. Martin holding the wheel barrow sitting in the tractor bucket, me on the tractor pushing him with a load of trash on the engine cover. And of course the supervisor leading the way  


Thirsty little Kubota!  

 The day has come to a end and we are ready for a shower and dinner! 

Off to home for the weekend tomorrow morning. 

Till next time…….

Joyce  

A day of diggin’ in the rain……

Today we are welcomed with overcast skies and nice cool weather. 

So it’s a good diggin’ time.  

     
 
According to the supervisor it’s boring work and her attention is not needed  

 

These spots in the pad are for the support posts that are load bearing that will hold up the roof 

 
They kind of look like graves!

This long trench is for added support for our block wall in the back of the house. I think the back hoe guy had a little too much coffee. Diggin’ straight was not an option for him. So it is what it is!  A curvy trench!   

  Rain graciously sprinkles us for time to time and it feels so good. Goal is to get the diggin’ done today so see how long our backs hold out. I must say we are both getting stronger every day and with all the squats we are getting buns of steel!  

Till next time …….

Joyce 

Concrete arrives…….

Today we are ready for the second round of concrete. 

  
This pour was a little harder to work with. We have determined that concrete is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get!

Since we can not work on the house site till the concrete sets, I decided to resand my Picnic bench and outdoor cooking bench to get it ready for a new deal.  

  
Delivery day!  Our first load of building materials arrived today. Next step is to prepare for pouring of the slab.  Of course the supervisor must approve the off load! 

  

  

  

 After a hard morning of physical labor and mental labor, Martin found a few minutes to take a rest.  

 We are only here three days this week as we will be traveling home for the weekend. Marty had a birthday, Trey is having a birthday, lawn needs to be mowed, parts need to be delivered to Martins employees  and I have a few things to do for a client. So real life calls! 

Till next time……

Joyce 

Forgive me friends as it has been 4 days since my last blog…….

After our long days it feels so good to take a hot shower and rest clean. This is how Martin rolls. Best looking cowboy!

  
Here is our home away from home. 

  
It feels stranger going back in time doing laundry on the line. 

  
As a little girl we only had a washing machine and all laundry ended up on the line. At least my Moho has a combo washer dryer unit in it and I’m not washing  in a tub with a wash board. 
I found this beautiful lovely lonely flower all by itself. It’s amazing it survived all the tractor work that has been done around here. 

  
We received a pile of rocks from this cute old dump truck. Some will be used for landscaping and some will be used for walls. It will take some sorting. 

   
 
After the dirt work was done and more frickin’ diggin’ we started forming out the front foundation.

   

These next two pictures are the area that were filled with downed trees all mangled together. Now look at it. Ron our neighbor so graciously cut, chipped, burned, raked and sweated for 8 days cleaning it up. So very thankful. Words can not express. 

   
 
Our supervisor was injured NOT on the job but on her own time chasing bunnies. Just wore a sore spot in her pad. I bandaged her up for a couple of days then she of course took it off herself. 

   
 
Today is Sunday and we finished the last of the forming today. The concrete truck arrives tomorrow at 9. So excited for the next pour. 

   
 
I thank the clouds everyday for giving us shade to work under. Even though it only gets to maybe 80 when the sun shines and your working hard it wears on you. 

    The community is so small that the local high school had 11 graduating seniors and the next community over had only 5 girl graduates. WOW right? 

I still can’t believe that we are finally creating this dream of 8 years. So thankful! 

Till next time………

Joyce

Yesterday was a long day…..

The day started out with Summer arriving at 8 for more frickin’ diggin on the foundation  

     

Every job needs a supervisor. Today was my turn as our daily supervisor was no where to be found. 

 
Crazy Ron wore the fireman hat. This is how you handle a ton of brush up here. Dig a big hole, call the Sherriff dept to let them know of the control burn, throw your stuff in, light it on fire and have a wonderful neighbor to tend it.  

 

  After Summer left we had to remove the stakes holding the forms. Since banging them in was hard, this turned out to be hard to.  

 

We had use the tractor, a chain and a piece of unistrut to pull those boogers out. There was one stake we worked on for about an hour. We called it the little F-ER but we finally dominated!

  
After 10 hours of non stop working we checked the burn pit. It’s fire was out 

 
And so was ours!  
Till next time……

Joyce   

Wahoo….finally concrete arrives 

This was greeted with nerves of the unknown.  


The concrete truck arrived on time. Ron and Martin were shaking in their boots. 

  

  

Ron ran the shovel. Martin ran the shoot and the truck. I used the 2×4 to smooth off the excess.  It went smoother than we expected. 

  Next came pulling the wood holding the bolts 

  

  

So TA DA. We have a foundation!

Till next time…..

Joyce