Monthly Archives: September 2017

Two weeks of fun……happy retirement Martin

There hasn’t been any progress here because Martin has been fulfilling his dream of attending the Reno Air Races and then going to Balls.

He flew into Sacramento then drove down to visit his parents. Every moment he gets to see them he treasures.

Then he drove up to Reno. He met his brother Jerry there. They enjoyed the races and most of all bro time. Then Jerry left to go help his wife and his other brother joined in on the fun. They spent two days of racing and lots of much needed bro time.

He had lots of fun in the sun and was ready to get home. He arrived Monday night for Rome much needed wife time. Heeheee. Then we got up early Tuesday morning and drove to AZ. I had a fitting with my new client the AZ Cardinal Cheerleaders. Martin is the official scribe and many fellas have offered to take his spot!!!

Then Wednesday he headed out bright and early with a friend Scott. 16-1/2 hour drive to the middle of nowhere. This event is called Balls. I’m guessing because you gotta have big balls to play with these big ass rockets.

Good thing Martin brought his heavy coat cause it was freezing in the middle of nowhere.

While I was in AZ I took Kansas to get all pretty.

As you can see she was a furry dirty girl.

Our beautiful grand daughter Mikaila has her first boyfriend. Logan.

Honor student and football player. Marcus already scared the shit out of him so he should respect her and treat her right.

I got to spend time with the boys. Always a hoot

Trey is in third grade

And a Tanner is in first.

Man how time flies when you get old.

The sunrises are breathtaking

Today is Saturday and my first weekend off in awhile. I was able to unpack some boxes. Now the kitties have no more playground inside.

They just crack me up.

Hey but they are earning their keep. Killed a bird and a mouse.

I also grouted more on the bedroom wall. Only about 1/4 more to go. Exhausted from climbing up and down, up and down. I need a shower but it has been gusty windy all day so this could be interesting. Wish me luck. I might have to run around in the shower to get wet. Lol.

Till next time……

Joyce.

My busy bee 🐝…

Martin rolls and rolls and rolls. First the sealer.

Then the polish.

With every step we fall more in love with the counter tops. The natural beauty of just concrete fits our home perfectly.

Pie Festival was a blast. The crew at the Pie-O-Neer served 194 pies to pie hungry people. I arrived early and helped Stan mix and bake the cream pies.

As people arrived. Slice by slice whole pies were cut into some what equal pies. Slice by slice they were eaten by the hungry pie wanting people. From 10:00 am till 3:00 pm hungry pie people came in the front door and left full happy pie people. I really love the history of this place.

Kathy the owner is what makes the Pie-O-Neer. Her enthusiasm and love for pie is infectious.

Last years pie princess passed her crown onto another special lady of the community. Had to catch this picture with her bling bling on.

Only a few slices left. Hurry take on or you might not get one.

After my job was done I walked down to the Cafe. This is where Martin helped out.

I got to watch his cute little ass take ordered from hungry people. Lori said he was just amazing. Well I knew that!!

I’ve leaned since being up here now for almost 3 months is that time flies so fast. We as people are just busy living. Stop during your day and just look around you. For us today we woke up to an elk in our front yard. And as I walked down the path from the out house I noticed the beautiful 4 O’Clocks are dying.

But just down the path the late bloomers struggle to hang onto life.

This little late bloomer is now going to seed so it will live again next year.

Life continues no matter what happens. No matter who leaves this planet. People, plants, bugs or animals. Only the strong survive to live another year. I hope Martin and I have many more years to enjoy watching life cycles come and go.

Till next time…..

Joyce

Can you say loudly…..TILE!!!

After the cement cured, Martin striped the forms to reveal the perfect imperfect counter tops.

Sanding revealed some grit and character with personality.

Tile was next on the honey do list.

He cut, leveled, stuck, pressed, adjusted and spaced for three days.

Every peek around the corner of my sewing room more tiles stretched higher and higher towards the ceiling.

We were so anxious to see what the kitchen could hopefully look like, we test fit the hood.

Just like we planned. LOVE IT!!!!

So as easy as it went up it came down just as easy. With pouty lips, I watched the progress go backwards. You just can’t grout with that in place!

Higher and higher the tiles go till they can go no more.

He has done it!!!! My man!!!

Tonight we attended the fund raiser for new play ground equipment. Ladies of the community made spaghetti, salad and French bread.

I offered to make my famous English toffee. After 39 years of making it, it bombed! Tried a second batch in a different pan. Bomb!!! Oh crap that’s right altitude! Thought it was because of cooking it on a camping stove. I was so disappointed I couldn’t contribute to the community. So what do I do? That’s right, sit down and ordered 4 high altitude cookbooks on Amazon. With those and a stove installed soon I’ll be able to contribute.

We met some new and interesting people. Jewel Star is an author and her books can be found on Amazon. Patty Pannell and Austin Ladd were on tour singing when they traveled through Pie Town many years ago and decided to make it their home.

They sing beautifully together. They can be found tomorrow at 11:30 playing at the Pie Town Festival.

Tomorrow is festival day and also our beautiful daughter Jamie’s 37th birthday. So Happy Birthday Jamie! Even though we are 5 hours apart Dad and I will be thinking of you. It will also be our 39th wedding Anniversary. Baby we’ve come so far since that first date roller skating. Now looks at us!! Enjoying life in Pie Town. I love you more everyday.

Tomorrow I will be helping Kathy at the Pie-O-Neer and Martin will be helping Lori at the Cafe. Once the visiting Peeps have eaten and/or bought all the pies made Martin and I will finally be together. Maybe dancing! Or dead in bed from pie-mania.

Loving life!

Till next time…..

Joyce

Fire time….

Sunday night we hung out by the fire.

S’mores were on the menu.

Tanner had to warm his belly.

Then every one took turns holding the moon

Then it was silly story telling time and going on a stick hunt!!!! Boys loved feeding the fire.

After biscuits and gravy for breakfast Monday morning, the kids were out playing as mom and dad packed up their stuff

Just something about how beautiful the mornings are.

Can’t thank the Treat Family for their help this weekend. And we can’t wait to be able to take the forms off the concrete to reveal the masterpiece.

Here the counter top sets drying and waiting to be stripped naked.

To be continued.

Till next time…..

Joyce

Happy Holiday….

Martin spent the week preparing for the Labor Day weekend

He worked in the pantry.

Ron stopped by to provide some added muscle. Then we spent a Friday night out at Frank and Lizanne’s partying with our neighbors.

Saturday the help arrived. We enjoyed lunch at the cafe then stopped in at the Pie-O-Neer for pie. This table we are sitting at I donated to the pie shop. It was very hard to give it up but it just didn’t fit in the new house.

Had to take the kids to see the Toaster House. They thought it was really cool. While we were at the Pie Shop we met a couple who are from Texas. They own the old adobe school house here in Pie Town. They converted it into a get away place. They turned the classrooms into bedrooms and a kitchen/ living room. The old hardwood floors creaked with every step. Chalk boards still hung on the walls. Water fountains still provide accent decorations in the hall way. Here the grand children are allowed to scooter in every room except the kitchen/ living room. The bathrooms still proudly display the boys and girls lettering on the doors. Boys on one side of the hall girls on the other. In talking with this couple they bought the old school house in 1972. They furnished it with old findings out of dump or items given to them. A mix of old and older. Just adorable. Even on one wall you can see the markings of all their children and grand children as they grew over the years. Precious moments have been made there.

We came back to our house and after showing the kids our progress the boys got busy doing boy things.

Bang bang bang. The BB guns were busy bouncing off the tin cans.

Then the bigger guns came out. Trey shot his first real gun. 22 pistol. Marty and Martin shot my dads old Ruger 22.

Sunday morning brought CONCRETE!!!!

While breakfast was being made.

The children were slowly waking up.

The floors and cupboards were prepped.

Then the mixing began.

And the pouring

And the leveling

Since the boys were busy working on the counter tops. The girls and the children started spreading the mud on the wall.

Everyone was busy spreading something somewhere.

Then it was time for some more shooting. This time the target was an old bowling ball.

Rifles and pistols equals fun.

Us girls started spreading grout on the mosaic wall

This process will take some time so it will have to be broken up into little bites out of the elephant.

Trey shot his first 9mm pistol. He is growing so big.

Till next time…

Joyce