Monthly Archives: October 2017

The closet is done!!!

We added pipe hooks for our hats.

And added one more set of racks for our never ending clothes.

Yea…..the supervisor is on a break…..really?

Martin worked this last week in the bathroom. Dry fitting the new sink and faucet to the really old dresser we are using as the cabinet.

He built the platform for the washer/dryer and prepped for the framing of the cabinet.

My handsome husband gets up and starts a fire in my office for me.

It’s getting cold here in the mornings now. Can’t wait to get the other two stoves installed. Wink wink Dave!

Building a wood shed is a must. Organizes the wood, keeps it somewhat dry and monitors how much wood you use in a winter. Our wood is cut thanks to Ron Williams who worked for two weeks cleaning up our HUGE pile of trees a few years ago.

Perfect place to put the wood shed is to hide the ugly propane tank.

The magic tool of choice today is the plasma cutter. Cuts like butter!!!

Secured with plenty of screws by one handsome dude.

Now the stacking begins. Bigger ones to the back smaller ones to the front.

Baby beginning wood goes in the small shed.

Now the fun begins. One by one we will move this big pile.

Till next time…..

Joyce

40th class reunion… check!

Martin and I traveled to Phoenix ready to let the good times roll.

First we to stopped over night at The Treat Inn to drop of Kansas. She loves her play time with cousin Molly.

Family time is the best part. Lovely dinner on the patio then card time.

Friday morning we caught an early flight to Sacramento. First thing we had a nice visit and lunch with Martin’s parents. Next stop , booze shopping! Can’t go to a newly built saloon empty handed.

The class reunion committee were hard at work.

Alumni came over to help set up the beautiful saloon.

Giggle giggle giggle!!!!! My cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

Yummy rib dinner was served for the hired help!

Tina was caught keeping Kevin in line. No more than three ribs per person!!!!

The reunion was a blast. Hopefully more alumni will join in on the fun in a few years as we all turn 60.

That’s just one good looking couple.

Always a good time!!!

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Whoop whoop!!!

What a week.

The sun has made its move towards the south. The sun now stretches its warm rays into the house, warming up the morning chill.

Martin is caught painting the block wall in the closet. His favorite pass time!!!!

While he works hard I’m busy building a bottle wall for the shower. Martin installed the bead board I painted last weekend then he stapled up the insulation.

The black pipe arrived so up it goes. Darn we forgot unions for the pipe. Can’t make squares out of pipe without unions. So off to the computer we run to place another order.

The next step while we wait is to put up the ceiling. Piece by piece, screw by screw the tin goes up.

Now it’s time to get our clothes off the rolling racks.

This week we also brought the wood burning stoves out of the green house

Dave Smith, our dear friend, sent some muscles to help install the stoves. With a lot of head scratching one was ready for wood.

Mamas gonna be warm this winter.

With only one stove installed this gave us time to install the faux stone wall.

The kitties brought us a present last night. So thought we’d try fried mouse for dinner.

Today I watched Squirt as she had a chipmunk in her mouth play with it. She let it go and it climbed super high in a tree. She climbed after it and just as she got close the chipmunk jumped for its life. It landed on all fours then ran away to either hide or die.

Till next time….

Joyce

One week home…. can you say progress?

I picked up Martin in Albuquerque on Monday night. Driving home through the Datil area we must have seen 20 elk along the road late at night. Thank goodness we didn’t have to use that new guard on Martins truck.

First thing Martin did was to install the vent hood over the stove.

Always making sure things are straight and level.

Next on the honey do list is the STOVE!!!! The most exciting day in the world.

John came over to give Martin a helping hand, back and lots of muscles.

She’s so sexy!!! Thermador Professional. My dream stove!!!

Scare me. Hold onto her!!

Bammmm the sexy girl sits in place happy and ready to do work.

Work she did. Had to try out the oven. My first high altitude baking. Oatmeal raisin. Yum yum.

Next practice meal was my Shit Soup. Just throw shit in a pot spice it up and call it soup.

Homemade biscuits topped off a perfect meal on a cold raining day.

The next day with leftover biscuits Martin suggested Shit in a Shingle. Perfect!!!! Idea!!!!!

So if someone asked me what is the first thing you made with your new stove my answer will be, Shit just all shit!!

A few more shelves in the pantry makes it complete!!!

Happy national coffee day. Cheers!

Next on Martin’s honey get er done list was pulling the wood burning stoves out of the green house and place them where they will come to life soon.

At 600 pounds a piece. HEAVY.

The second most exciting day was running hot and cold water at the kitchen sink.

Since the design on our home is modeled after an Earthship we do not have a septic system. So the grey water needs to go somewhere. That will be the job of the planter boxes. So soon a lot of digging will be going on. The sink water, shower water and washing machine water goes through this trap first.

Then drains into the flower bed one and when it gets full.

Then it will drain into flower bed 2

The plants drink up the water and then when flower bed 2 gets full it will be pumped into flower bed 3,4,5 and 6. And then it is recirculated back to flower bed one.

Today we are working on painting of bead board for the closet.

And we mocked up the size for the island.

We are taking an antique dresser and flipping it into an island. Painted a solid color with the concrete top it will be perfect.

It has been a perfect weekend working with my hubby again but come Monday back to work mode. Finishing up Suns new jumper then starting Cardinals new dresses and jackets.

Till next time…..

Joyce