Monthly Archives: February 2019

A little step here a little step there…….2-20-2019

Laying block is hard work. Step by step we unloaded each block and walked them into the green house.
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Then once the first layer is set you had to push the repeat button. 150 full blocks and 32 half blocks.

Then the concrete. Oh boy the concrete. It gets heavier with every step. 60 bags of 50 pounds each.

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With half complete it was rest time.

The next dat we woke up to 2” of snow.

The block looked like Chex mix cereal piece.

Brush it off and start hauling. Piece by piece. Step by step. With all the blocks set and poured we then formed up the first of three steps.

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The next morning more snow. But 22 degrees doesn’t stop us from pouring concrete. 9 more bags.

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One step check!

By the afternoon the quickset concrete was set enough to pull the forms and dig out the next step.

Thank god for the hammer drill with a chisel bit. Some of this dirt is so hard. Another step formed.

We are moving dirt around in preparation to lay the sidewalks

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Martin was able to get his air Jose piping in and I was finally able to get the bottle bricks up that Shawna and I prepared at thanksgiving.

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Tomorrow we are suppose to have sunshine before the big storm hits Thursday afternoon. So far this year we receiver 15” of snow and this storm is to bring 14”. So we will hunker down. Well the storm only left us 6”. So hooked up our trailer and loaded the back seat driver and hit the road.

Finally I was able to catch up my blogging. It made the trip to California fly by.

Till next time…..
Joyce.

Happy Valentines Day….2-14-2019

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Weeere busy this week laying the forms for the last two flower beds.

And then pouring concrete.

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When you order 8,000 pounds of supplies who do you call? Your neighbor Frank. Martin Martin met in Quemado and in one trip and two trailers picked up our special order at the local hardware store.

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Since we had to wait for the concrete to dry we decided to put up the tin at the bottom of the door/window wall. A9903225-7334-4AC8-A09B-420459641E3F
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Since the tin was why not junk it up! Oh boy I can’t wait to collect my treasures and start putting some personality on the wall.

With working so much we had to spot and split wood.

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Martin also pulled the card on the game camera.

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Look who visited us! That’s a good size bull.

Since we put in the our planter bed our plants are thriving.

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The clementine tree has tons of blossoms. Can’t wait to get the rest done.

When you’re hungry for pastry up here you just have to make them yourself.

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Blueberry scones with lemon creamcheese drizzle! Delicious!

Since we finished our tin on the wall and it was raining we decided to spend the rest of the day in bed. Electric blankets on and movie watching. Lunch in bed too! Haven’t been able to do that since the moon was blue. Tonight is dinners with friends in Datil. We will be missing John and Victoria since John just had knee surgery.

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Yep that’s one ugly knee. But let’s all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Our crazy Pie Town peeps.

Till next time….
Joyce.

Happy Days…..2-9-2019

When you finish another successful season it’s time for a road trip. We headed in down to the valley to drop off our back seat driver. And continued onto California. We grabbed a hotel room Saturday night then started back out on the road Sunday morning. Martin mentioned these lightening bolts or bright flashes in his left eye. My first thought a pinched nerve in his. After googling his symptoms I immediately contacted our dear friend Peter cause I saw he had eye issue last year. With all his experiences he was an official doctor now! He advised us to seek out a retinal specialist immediately. My first thought was, “ Oh Shit!” So as we are traveling down the road I googled for a specialist along the route. Remind you it’s a Sunday afternoon. Only one doctor called me back. He was able to advise Martin that no retinal detachment has occurred so we scheduled an appointment for Martin on Tuesday. Another 3 hours down the road the big ass squished scorpion floater appeared. ‘Oh Shit!” So we called the doctor back and scheduled to be seen on Sunday night at 6:00pm at his office. This was another hour past our destination but we were so willing to go the extra miles for peace of mind. So we dropped off costumes and dropped off the trailer we were towing and continued on to Sacramento. Dr Cupp met us and evaluated Martin.


After lots of eye drops and lots of probing, Martins Regina was still intact. We were so thankful! He gave us a name of a doctor in Phoenix to follow up with. His floater is big but it should settle to the bottom of his eye someday. Crazy what happens as we age.

What touched our hearts the most was after everything we went through he did not charge us. We mentioned that we had Christian Healthcare Ministries and we would be paying cash. He said just give us a good review online. WHAT!!!!!! In this world today this kind of stuff just doesn’t happen. We couldn’t leave without doing something so found out he was getting married in May so we handed him a $100 bill. Of course he said he couldn’t accept it but we insisted. Told him to take his fiancé out to dinner. Martin was so relieved that on this day his vision was spared.

Next stop Kevin and Paula’s Whew what a long stressful day.

The next day was family time. Aunt Rits’s 74th birthday so we celebrated with margaritas. EDCAC025-0BD0-4E3E-9644-047ED95E7717
Love this woman to the moon and back. Because of her I love boots. I can remember meeting her and she looked so classy wearing boots with her slacks.

Martin and Kevin had a blast at KS Auto. CD425963-0867-488E-B2A4-9705E086FBC8.jpeg

After a day of fun was an evening full of more fun. BE999F34-EB6B-4D93-9CE4-12D6B3CF689D

Dinner with special friends.

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And my Tina!

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Krazy Kevin! Whn you have special people in your life. Life is good.

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And when you have a talking dog in your life, life is great. This is Kevin’s dog Jake. Jake from State Farm! He’s such a talker.

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Well it’s now Thursday, January 31, 2019 and I turned 60 years old. Yes I just admitted that out loud. The 31st anniversary of my 29tj birthday. Kevin and Paula made me cupcakes!!!! Yum yum.

And the main reason for this trip was to pick up this………

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1931 Chevy pickup. We love going to Bonneville Salt Flats. Well this is going to be ourRat Rod. Martin has a lot of work to get it running by August.

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His inspiration for the theme for the car. Martin found this artwork online and wrote to the artist. With his blessing he gave us permission to use it.

So we traveled back to the valley to see the family.

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Happy Birthday to Joyce! The family treated us, no pun intended, to dinner and an improve.

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Family friendly super funny night.

And when you get home these faces are waiting! Puppy love!

We were gone a week and exhausted from so much fun.

We spent the last week recuperating. Cleaning out the closet, dusting, reoganzing, cleaning the oven and my office. Martin unpacked the trailer got the car on the lift, built a burn barrel and went to the dump.

We took a trip to Grants. At Walmart we found two lost children looking for their Dad. So we took them up to customer service and had them page their Dad. With tears they were reunited and Dad scolded them for playing hide N seek.

The materials for the green house planter beds arrive this week so it will be time to build!!!!!!

Till next time…
Joyce.

The shop progress is moving along….1-16-19

Frank came over last week to give Martin a hand in building his lift.


They worked in the freezing weather. Slipped and sloshed in the mud.

So thankful for a hard working husband and a helpful neighbor.

No clean trucks around here.

Funny thing is as you drive down the road you can tell who the locals are and who are just passing through. Locals wear mud proudly.
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Walking to the side of the muddy path to avoid slipping in the mud I found this poor soul. It is a Northern Goshawk. I buried it so no other animals could pick it apart.
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One more day working in the freezing cold is all it took to finish the lift. F1344E00-7091-404A-B4A6-C18871EF7781.jpeg
nothing like man toys holding up my girl toy.
The snow has been around since a week after Thanksgiving. But real heavy at New Years. It’s coldoutside but when the sun is out it’s toasty in the house.
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When it’s snowing I love to bake things. Put my bread maker to work trying to perfect a high altitude recipe.
When Martincuts himself he uses electrical tape but when I cut myself I put a bow on it. 71955DBB-9E7C-46F5-B2B5-6D22F0CE860B
With the gray days Genny the Generator has been busy charging our batteries. So that means a burning of propane. The one and only recourse we have to pay for. So who do you call? Ag-Country Propane.
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With another storm laying down a blanket of snow Kansas asked to go for a walk. It is really hard to trek through 6” of snow but worth it because she loves it.

Martin has been busy trying to finish his shop while I’m finishing up my very busy season. I’ve got 10 more days of work and looking forward to spending time with my man.
Till next time…..
Joyce.

Happy Holidays….

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Since we got a planter bed working we needed an overflow exit for our gray water. Frank came over with the big dog to help Martin by digging a trench. The easy way…….with a back hoe.
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Just a few scoops and it was done. As you can see the supervisor approved and left to go take a nap.
With the trench dug Martin laid the pipe then covered up the trench.


Another bite out of our huge elephant.
While Martin worked in the trenches I created pretty things.
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Baking up here is always challenging. I found a recipe for high altitude molasses cookies.
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So thought I would try them. They were just like Martins mothers recipe without changes. Finally a taste from home!
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Our neighbor, Frank, went hunting and shot his elk. With pride the elk meat hung high in his shop ready for processing. But with sadness here lies her head lifeless.

Our babies come here for a pit stop. Water, hay and this day was special treat. Carrots!!!!!
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Martin’s car lift arrived. This 2 ton hunk of metal was pulled out of the back of the truck with our little piece of shit tractor. It only took a few screams by me and almost jumping off the tractor to get it unloaded.
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The sun rises are just so breathe taking. My cousin Alice passed away with brain cancer the night before so this sunrise is just for her.
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Martin closed up a bunch of holes with cardboard for a temporary fix this winter. What a difference. The house stays at about t0 degrees at night even when it’s 8-17 degrees outside.
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Last week we had to go shopping. Just happened to notice Bashas had honey crisp for $.97 per pound. What a deal. So we bought a box. Yep so in the middle of working and building I decided to throw in some canning.

Homemade applesauce with cinnamon and nutmeg. And of course chunky bits.
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With all my apple peels the elk got another treat on this day.

Martin ordered some pipe to make handles for the TNT tree house.
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With my deadlines all shipped out we tackled the green house planter beds
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Hard dirt needs power hammer drill. Such a life saver and time saver!
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The dirt was so hard we couldn’t use the normal concrete stakes. When we built the house we had to use the tractor to pull them out. Well we can’t fit the tractor through the door some red neck engineered unistrut and eoodenspacers. What a pain but it worked. This is just how you have to do it when you do it in the woods!!!!
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With two planter beds framed we decided this wouldn’t take very long to pour concrete. So we went to the PEI trailer and pulled out the old electric cement mixer. Ok folks this mixer we bought when we landscaped our backyard when we moved to Arizona. So that mixer is over 20 years old. It sat in a cargo container at Mandarin house tucked in back. We felt like gambling. Will it run? We do have a gas powered one we used to build the house but it is a pain in the ass.
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Well old lady ran. Just needed a little jiggle with the wiring. She mixed 17 80pound bags no problem.
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Martin mixed while I hauled and poured.
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In no time we were done. Tired, sore and dirty. What a good feeling. Now we sit clean and high on Advil! Good thing we didn’t wait to start building our home cause the older we get the slower we get.
Martin and I wish all our family and friends a wonderful holiday season.
Till next time……
Joyce