Monthly Archives: October 2018

What a wonderful weekend…

Last weekend we were traveling and spending time with great friends.

A little Texas hold em’ time.

Kevin, Paula, Tina and Robert. Bestest of friends for life.

And family.

We always make time for Martin’s parents and his Aunt and Uncle.

This weekend we got stuff done. Even cut more bottles.

Hopefully soon we will be able to shower indoors. Until then we continue to enjoy our outdoor wonderland.

Kansas is such a little poop. As I walk the trail towards her. She watches me. As soon as I take my camera out to take her picture she turns her head like to say, ” not today!”

The best thing about the weekend is that us two really do enjoy doing projects together. Today is Monday and I’m back to work and Martin is up cutting his poles down to size. I miss him already.

Looking forward to the weekend.

Till next time….

Joyce

Dig, dig, dig….

Today Martin and I had a pole goal.

One down 9 to go. Martin has 4 solar panels leaning against the shop to provide power to his shop.

Number two in!

More digging needed!

4 out of 10 check. Now it’s lunch time.

After lunch we were digging some more holes and noticed we had an audience. Mr. Grasshopper gave us his permission to use his photo on bugbook!

As Martin digs the shadow ghost supervises. Booooo

This was my job. Plumleveler!

And before you know it we were all done. 26 of 50 pound bags of concrete were used.

The planter bed is moving along. More house plants and some rocks are a nice addition.

We took a trip to AZ to watch the grandchildren play sports. Mikaila had her senior night for volleyball.

We just can’t believe this little girl is finishing up her senior year of high school.

It’s baseball time!

Trey played in a tournament and we were able to watch two games.

Sparky was ready for Halloween! Just about two weeks early.

Trey and Tanner made stickers during an art project so Grammie and Papa are sporting stickers on the backs of our phones. No better place!

Kansas had a great time with her cousins.

Kansas is such a lover. As we travel she will lay her head on our shoulders. I really think she just making sure Martin is going the right way!

Till next time…..

Joyce

Step by step….

With the cold weather upon us it’s SOUP time! Homemade chicken and turkey noodle.

We had our first fire of the season.

And my first homemade bread of the season. Cooking at altitude is a challenge. But I’m up for the fight.

While I was busy working Martin surprised me with my new holder for tissue paper. I have always kept it under my cutting table and always a pain to get some out. Now it just takes and quick pinch and off it comes.

After rock came a layer of sand and then a layer of top soil. The gray water system is now ready to use.

The water goes in and then just at the right level the pump pumps it to the next planter bed. But wait no next planter bed. So for now it is being pumped outside. But the concept is working!!!!!

And here is the beginning of the garden. One clementine tree. Two thyme herb plants and one banana tree. And yes I even used bottles as art! Wait till you see the water feature!!! Stay tuned!!!!

Kansas discovered her first tarantula. It is the season!

We ate up the soup so it was time for beef stew. Yummy for the tummy!

My pretty stove in my office just didn’t heat up the space enough so Martin found the barrel kit online. It is perfect. Really warms up the space.

Two boys hard at work. Frank came over to help dig holes for Martin’s solar system for the shop.

You know what is so funny? Is kitty loves her snack daddy. She lays on his legs at night and here this morning she crawled up on his lap for a nap. She even follows him into the shop. After spending a cold night locked up in the shop, Martin now has to make sure his little fur baby is safely outside.

We head out tomorrow for a trip to AZ and California. Family time, friend time and a little work time.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

One SUPER big deal….

We pick up the local paper and found Tanners picture amongst the Pie Festival pictures.

This weekend is the second annual Star Party here in our subdivision. Saw Saturn for the first time through a telescope. I have been told that I experienced an eye-gasm. Well I think they are right cause we are going back tonight to try to find Uranus. We are on a mission.

Martin and I created a glow in the dark transfer just for the occasion.

We also printed t shirts for the local schools cross country run.

This Saturday afternoon was so productive. We moved the generator to its new home at the shop. And moved the propane tank. Then we proceeded to clean up Martins shop. And…………..wait for it………wait for it.

Finally our motorhome is safe in her new space in Martins shop. Now finally I can get her cleaned up and put all back together. Nicer space for when company comes to visit. She needs some repairs in the future.

Sunday we are planning to layout the posts for solar array for the shop. Secure the lining in the gray water planter. It’s suppose to rain so a request for oatmeal raisin cookies has been placed.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Little by little…

While I was finishing up my projects Martin worked in his shop.

He built shelves.

Installed parts of his old solar system which he bought in 2009.

This unit was suppose to run the house. But since I decided to continue to work and bring all my equipment Martin upgraded the house to a bigger and more efficient system.

He just needed batteries for this system. Plenty of power to run his tools and the new old fridge our lovely neighbors gave to us. Perfect little fridge for water, gator aid and beer. Thank you Frank and Lizanne.

Got up from relaxing on the sofa stepped into one boot, ah crap wrong foot, oh well just gotta walk to the bedroom. I felt like a two year old giggling down the hall.

Snack Daddy is always making sure the children get their treats.

Here at Top of the World is the second annual star party this weekend. Tom asked us to create hats and shirts for him. So happy to be able to help the locals and make a few extra bucks.

I took two days off after a very long summer season. Martin and I started lining the grave yard. Adjusting the pond liner was piece of cake.

Next step was big ass rocks to line the bottom. Wheel barrow by wheel barrow we loaded it up.

Then we built the bucket that the gray water will seep into to be pumped out.

Ta-daaaa.

Then river rock. Again load by load!

Still more to haul on another day.

On the other side of the window wall I located the pipe for Martin and dug it out

Love having the laser cutter cause Martin was able to design, draw and cut this stabilizer for the pump so it will not fall over in the bucket. He’s so smart!

It was so nice and cool out today I decided to jump on the tractor and drag the trails. It felt so good to be outside.

The gray water progress is a big step in the build. Cause no sense finishing the shower inside till the system is up and running.

Till next time….

Joyce