Monthly Archives: February 2016

Save a horse ride a Cowboy….

  
Lazy lazy lazy Kansas. She loves camping. 

Forgot to share this picture the other day Save a horse ride a cowboy.  

 

Yep all mine!

Saturday we finished laying all the metal roofing the only thing left was the ridge cap. To pooped to complete that because we screwed and screwed.  

  That’s me screwing on the edge 14 feet in the air. 1,650 screws!

  
Billy the Bull enjoys it when we come home. He is the best guard bull. 

Well today is Sunday and it has been a great week in New Mexico. The weather was warm and a little breezy but cold at night.

We loaded all the garbage leftover from laying the membrane on the roof.  

    
 Then it was time to set the ridge cap. One last piece. We were so tired but we buckled down and got it done.  

   
This has been another milestone in the building of a new home. Exciting but exhausting. 

Once again can’t thank Ron (aka DAD) enough for his help. He comes everyday just for something to do.  

 This little girl hates to leave. You can see it in her eyes when I told we had to go bye bye.  PS Martin and I feel the same way 

Till next time…..

Joyce. 

Sad day……

This morning started with only a few hours of work. Ron arrived sharply at 8am. We loaded up some of the doors we had stored in the trailer. Off to the house site we go. In a few hours whalaa the beginning of our window wall! 

 Then a quick change of clothes then off to the Cowboy Church.

 The casket was just beautiful. Gorgeous wood. All the community ladies made a pot luck lunch with all kinds of food and desserts. Once everyone was fed Jo was carried out to the back of her husbands truck. The local sheriffs led the way to the ranch. Blocking traffic so all the cars could stay together. I believe only 3 cars had to wait. 

We arrived to Tom and Jo’s 2,000 acres ranch. Jo had a beautiful garden with planted trees, sculptures, real old farming equipment, bird houses and large metal flowers. You could see and feel her touches of life everywhere. 

With the Angus cows moo-ing in the back ground, the ceremony was concluded and Jo was lowered into the ground.  I was touched by all the love showered upon Tom and the rest of the family. I have never attended such a personal country funeral. And as everyone stood around visiting 4 Cowboys shoveled dirt over Jo then  to see a cowboy in a nice shirt and tie jump into the bobcat to finish filling the deep hole. You just don’t see that every day.  Pretty flowers were planted on top of her. Touching. 

Experiences like this really make you appreciate life. Love your family as life really is short and these bodies are just a vessel to the next stage whatever it might be. 

Till next time…….

Joyce 

Windy day….

Some little girl did not want to get up this morning.  All through breakfast to snored away. I guess her little vest kept her cozy. 

 We have been blessed with beautiful warm weather but windy at times. This morning we had to install the fasia board across the front. This meant moving the temporary solar panels.  

 With Ron on the ground handing up the wood Martin and I tag teamed screwing them up.  

 Next step installing the eve trim for the roof.  

 Nothing sexier than a hard working man. Especially when he’s all mine.  

 Since by the time this stage was completed the winds kicked up so installing the 6 foot roof panels was just too dangerous. So more screwing. I’m up to 1,000 now. Ron’s over 700 and Martin’s up to 800. As you do that many your hands hurt. Your forearms burns. Your back kills you. I finally placed my right foot next to my gun so as it torqued it pressed against my leg relieving some pressure. 

After all the work was completed for the day we sat to chat in the house. The supervisor approved of some rest time so she decided to take a saw dust bath.  

 What? What’s wrong? Dirty? Not me! 

 Another good day. 

Tomorrow will be a sad day as the couple we bought our land from the wife passed away last week. So sad. She was a cute little old lady. Spunky!  She saw me at the hardware store this summer. Me dressed in a skirt, t-shirt, cowboy boots, braids and my cowboy hat. She comes up to me, squeezed my arm and said, ” you’re just so cute!”  The  service will be held at the Cowboy Church. Didn’t know of such a church. 

Till next time….

Joyce 

Screw screw screw

Today is Wednesday and bright and early at 9 am. Haha we started the second row of panels. Steve and Martin on the ground lifting the monster panels up to me and Ron on the roof. In no time we had all panels in place because we are professionals now.  

 Dear Steve had to leave for home so lunch break was in need. Martin did a little work a little nap then off to the roof. So far I have screwed in over 600 screws and the other worker bees I have no idea but it’s a lot.  

   

  

 Finally the wind picked up as our backs gave out.  So we are calling it a day. Feeling tired thankful and more of all so lucky to have such good friends that took their time out of their day to help. 
Till next time…..

Joyce 

 

Tuesday…..

Tuesday brings the installation….

With the help from Steve and our forever friend Ron we were able to get first row of roofing up. You know going 92 feet just being off a tiny bit you can end up off 5″ on the other end. Proudly we were only off 1/2″. We are not professionals but I’d say that was pretty darn good.  

 These panels were 3 feet wide by 20 feet long. So thankful for the help, cause handling these monsters wasn’t easy. 

 I was up screwing down the metal and this beautiful bug landed right next to me. The photo doesn’t do it just cause it looked like porcelain. 

Till next time…….

Joyce 

Monday brought much help….

Monday our dear neighbors came by offering help. Frank jumped on the tractor with Lizanne’s help. And the snow was removed I no time.  

 Now we get to watch it melt and using the ladder behind the house is safe. Can’t thank good friends enough.  

   
 With it being a little nippy in the morning  Jamie and Mikaila sent Kansas a new little snow vest.  

 Because my make shift snow jacket just wasn’t working. Her hood kept falling down and she couldn’t see. Step by step she would bump her way back to the Moho. Funniest thing.  

 Dear Steve Evers arrived also on Monday. We showed him around. Walking the property.  

     Steve was fascinated by how the ground looks after the snow melts.  
 After the snow the ground reveals the colorful rocks that will be soon on my rock wall. They look like Easter Eggs!

  
 Till next time……

Joyce 

Roof, Roof!!!

Valentine’s Day we headed off to New Mexico. Our weeks mission is to install the metal roofing. Upon arrival we first went down to the house. Yep it still stands. We found a ton of snow still  behind the house.  

 Thought we could just shovel it away. Hecka no frozen ice against the house. So the we began to battle. Us against it!   

 Of course the supervisor approved and the work began.  

 Proper working attire?  

  

Fur coat is a better option. Kansas loves the snow. It’s funny how she learned to eat the snow when she was thirsty. 

Till next time ……

Joyce