Daily Archives: February 24, 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.

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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.