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Today we flew planes…,

Martin and I spent the day pulling out airplanes from storage.

First up in the air is Martin’s unlimited stiletto.

Next plane on the taxi way is Marty’s GR-7.

Martin ordered these gadgets to make these cables.

Securely Marie flies high.

In this race it looks like Marty is in the lead.

Next in line on the taxi way is the Beast.

This Bi Plane has a special place in Martin’s heart. Bryan Jensen was the pilot of the full scale plane. We met him when we hauled the model scale Beast plane from LA to Las Vegas. He sadly died in an air show in Kansas City. So now this model flies inverted forever.

Next in the race is Martin’s Super Extra aerobatic plane. Looks like it’s lagging behind. Hint: maybe because it’s lacking an engine!

We still have a few more planes to enter into the race.

Till next time……


The tin is up…

With the help of Martin’s faithful and devoted wife the tin is up.

Martin was the perfect measurer.

Joyce was the plasma cutting master. With her quick skills in cutting the tin, only a few pieces had to be recut here and there.

Few more to go.

What a great feeling having the shop built. So so so thankful for all the help we received over the last 30 days. We battled wind, rain and even snow.

These lifts were a life saver and a giggle maker. One in particular had a touchy joy stick. As we stitched the seams, I drove and just couldn’t get the feel of it. We were bouncing all over the place. Martin tried to give me guidance but I was just not getting it. Thank goodness we only have one day left of the life savers. Time to hang some airplanes and foam some gaps.

Till next time….

Joyce the plasma cutting master.

Race to the finish….

Today Martin and I spent the day working on the end wall.

With weather coming in, this is all we could do outside.

So we moved inside. We pulled low voltage wire for the lighting.

Thank goodness for the lifts cause it made the work a whole lot easier.

Yea this much will work!

These lights we bought about 6 years ago. They have been stored in the cargo containers all these years. It’s surprising that we remembered that we bought them.

Martin does what he does.

Now for the power. Since they are low voltage you just can’t use 110. What do you do? You use a power supply.


We have lights! Four and only using 20 watts total.

We are down to the wire. Really!!!! The lifts are scheduled to leave a Friday. What needs to be completed is the end wall, stitching the vertical seams, hanging Martin’s airplanes and caulking the edges of the arches. Pray that the weather will cooperate!

Till next time…..


We have doors!!!!!

Today was a busy day for the boys. Our neighbors came to lend a muscle or two.

All the boys took the whole morning to install the first door. I came to check on them and at that rate I saw three days of doors in their future.

Martin and Randy got this side done.

John and Tom man handled the other side.

Team work equals a working door.

Little extra tweaking by Tom.

While John dances the jig. Martin is like, “Dude my arms!”

After a quick lunch of Shit Soup, the boys were back at it.

John watches closely as the boys play with the chain.

Hummmmm…..which end goes where?

Tom puts the finishing touches on door number 2.

Then finishing touches on the door. Number 3.

That’s one big ass door! But it rolls up like a feather. It needs to cause behind that door is where my little car will be parked.

Our new friends signed the wall.

Luckily the first door was just a learning lesson because they kicked ass after lunch.

We are so lucky to have such great friends to donate their time and energy to help us. I pay in food and they appreciate it.

Saturday we picked up more hay.

The elk returned to fill their bellies.

Randy and Tom were over for dinner and they were treated to dinner and a movie of watching elk.

At the end of the day Martin went to check emails and kitty was right there reading her news too.

Till next time……



After our quick trip down to the valley we got right back to work. The first end wall is complete.

I saw the twinkling on the shop as I was walking back from taking this picture.

No I didn’t rhinestone the shop.

Ii was just the sun shining on the bolts. Kind of cool!

At lunch a bird flew in the open door. Well let’s just say the bird met it’s match. She toyed with it. Slapped it around as it twitched. Then decided to finish it off by eating it’s head off.

Such a good hunter.

After lunch we continued on the other end.

The Master Martin is busy installing the walk in door.

After plasma cutting the metal I noticed how cool the wood looks burnt. I seem to find joy in the strangest places.

Till next time…..


Wahoooooo we had a beautiful day!!!!

Finally a nice warm day. No Alaska Redneck snow suit for me.

We started siding the end wall.

The big pieces go up fast.

We broke for lunch and decided to get the mail, grab a burger and pick up something special for our Grand daughter. Can she guess what it is?

As I pulled into the driveway I spotted our first wild flower in bloom.

Then this bug was riding on my windshield. It’s legs were so funny. I think the feet had suction cups because it tried to walk as I drove but it floundered around. Kind of like walk rolling down the windshield. And when I parked this is how it landed. Doing the splits and holding on for dear life.

Some little kitty has made herself at home at the foot of our bed. She loves her daddy and sleeps there at night or with Kansas. Spoiled brat!

Well tomorrow we head to the hot valley. Give our old bodied a little break. Our dogs are barking!

Till next time……


Screw, screw and more screwing….

Today is Wednesday……. no wind……which means we can work outside.

We were so excited to put the walk in door up we put it in the wrong way!!!!! So we had to take it out and turn it around. Luckily we only had four screws in to keep from falling out.

There’s my man where he belongs up on that lift working!

My job was cutting all the pieces he was screwing up.

Nothing sexier than a working man with a tool belt on. My view would be much better if he just would wear a kilt!

I was amazed with this piece of wood. Bullseye!

We’ve got about 2-3 more hours tomorrow to finish framing the end walls. Then we will start building out his shop inside this beast of a shop/ garage. His little Dog House Mansion!

Pray for no wind…..

Till next time……


Let it Blow…..let it blow!!!!

It has been a very busy week battling Mother Nature.

Martin and John tightened some 7,000 bolts.

Frank could be found doing his amazing dirt work.

It’s amazing what he can do with our piece of shit tractor. Low tires on one side was a benefit since our gannon doesn’t tilt.

While the boys worked us girls went to Bingo at the senior center in Quemado. We were entertained while we ate our $2.00 lunch. Taco salad, bean and jello. Winner? Not today!

We were hiding indoors due to high winds. The high winds sent our fresh hay smell to these elk. They came back over and over again to fill their belly’s.

Kitty is like,”What you looking at? Yea you know I’m cute!”

Since we couldn’t work outside I decided to grab some fabric and start the quilt for our bed.

Just like that it has begun. Should I be cutting bottles or gluing tile on the wall? Yes but this is so much more fun!

Got up to pee. Yes pee. Us old people do that a lot during the night. Well look what I found. Sisters sharing the bed.

Their back!

John came to help. Piece by piece the two studs put up studs.

That meant for me QUILT DAY!

Square by square. 900 of those suckers!

My inspiration was from a book I’ve had forever. I’m not a blue person so I looked in my stash and created my version.

As the boys built I built!

The boys moved to the front and built.

And just in time cause the doors arrived. First the walk in door.

Then the three roll up doors. With the boys on the ground I backed up the tractor carefully. Inch by inch. Pulling the big heavy box.

Well hi there doors. How was your trip?

There we go. Ready to go work. As soon as the wind calms down.

Kitty and Martin are surfing the internet. Doesn’t she know she’s a girl and that’s a guy thing?

Daddy’s not looking so let’s see how this tastes! Drone blades are hard and not very tasty.

Till next time…..


It has begun……

A week of fun, laughter and lots of hard work has begun.

Kevin and Paula arrived Tuesday night. It was amazing to see their faces as they looked around the house. They were here in February of 2017 and a lot of work has been done since their last visit.

The friendship we have is like no other. We can go months without seeing one another but when we get together we just pick up where we left off. And for them to travel from California to help us words can not express how it makes us feel.

Ron and Judy sold their house up here. (Whom we miss dearly) The new owner, James, loves Martin. So he let us keep some of our stuff in his out buildings till we can get our shop built. He even let our friends pull into the RV spot Ron had. “Use the property as you wish,” He said.

Martin has this special way with his hands. James’ water heater burnt up an element and Martin waved his magic fingers and pesto magic rewired it to give him temporary hot water. The nice guy Martin is, he ordered the new element and will have it repaired by the time James comes back to his house.

So with The Strawz settled in, we headed to Springerville to pick up a load of wood for the end walls.

When we arrived back home the boys couldn’t wait to cut the bands on the building pieces.

Yea yea I think this one goes here. The supervisor agreed.

Piece by piece us girls helped the boys lay out parts.

Then more pieces were unstacked.

The first arch was bolted together ready for the lifts to arrive.

Satisfied with their accomplishments of the day. They pondered their next move.

Time for dinner and a night of playing Relative Insanity.

Till next time……