Monthly Archives: December 2017

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….


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…..


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 ……..