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

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