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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

I’m back!!!!!

I bet my dear friends thought we fell off the earth. Well luckily it’s round!

With preparing for Pie Festival Martin was a slave to his computer and to me. He etched items for the concession stand and organized all the shirts.

One of the Pie K runners posed for these pictures.

The grand babies even ran/walked the race. Then they participated in all the children’s games.

Even the horny toad race.

Marty and Shawna came up to help us with printing and selling shirts. Can’t thank these two enough.

Marty quickly caught onto placing stickers on mugs!

Our prints for souvenirs!

The funniest thing happened at Festival. I made myself a skirt to wear. A sweet lady came up to me and wanted to trade her jeans for my skirt right there. She was so serious. But she settled for me making her one the next week. First time I ever almost sold my skirt right off my bottom!

The man who made it all happen.

It has been such a busy summer for me. Sew by day and stone by night. Go to bed, get up, repeat.

I had a fun little episode. Kansas noticed something under the washing machine so of course I had take a peek. In the corner was this fat mouse. Called for Kitty but she did not come. Ran up to the shop to ask Martin for a hand B.B. gun. But grabbed the riffle. Didn’t want that critter to run away. Back at the washing machine I bent down and Wahooooo it was still there. Martin held the light for me. First shot miss! B.B. came back and got a Martin in the shoulder. Thought for sure it would run away but nope it stayed. Didn’t seem to be to excited. So re-cocked it and moved in closer. Almost nose to end of the barrel, still it didn’t move. Bam! Got it! Blood squirted out its head. The body jerked around. I felt so bad. But crap why do they have to come inside. Stay outside and you live. Come inside either Kitty or I will get you!

Martin has been piddling around the house.

He started digging in the planter bed getting ready for the gray water system.

Today he finished digging.

This weekend I will be able to help him with the liner. We are so excited for this next stage of building.

The pretty yellow flowers are now at the end of their cycle.

Re-seeding is a natural process.

The weather is cooling down and under the blankets we go. Still sleeping with the windows open. And still showering outside. Once the gray water system is ready it will be full steam ahead on the shower.

Marty, Shawna and the boys are coming up for a Turkey Day this year. Hoping for a done shower and snow.

Thank you for not giving up on me and the hard part of my season is almost over.

Till next time…..

Joyce

Rain, rain, rain….

The monsoon season has been a good one. For two weeks now I think it has rain almost every day.

The different variety of wild flowers keeping popping up.

It makes my view everyday an amazing relaxing site.

Martin has dumped over 15,000 gallons of water. And we’ve over filled an un-estimated amount. Over 10″ of rain so far. The average is 8″.

We haven’t had anytime to build because of my work. Thank goodness I have a Martin to help me. He is busy organizing everything for Pie Festival.

We bought a new rhinestone design machine. So he programs the design and it spits it out in rhinestones.

We are donating a his and hers camouflage sweatshirts for the raffle. Hope I win these.

Our morning walks are just so relaxing. Fresh air and cool temperatures.

I saw these white flowers from the kitchen window. Haha. Big fat mushrooms

Our driveway is lined with these small sunflowers.

New little four leaf weed? Flowers? Are popping up in the trails.

The four o’clocks are everywhere here and there.

This beautiful dead wood tree has life all around it.

Our trails are green and grassy.

Life is better when you do it in the woods!

Till next time.

Joyce.

Almost Pie Festival time…

With the Pie Festival closing in, the committee members are busy bees.

Martin has been busy preparing souvenir samples for the committee to chose from. So now he will begin making items to sell. All proceeds will go to the fund raising of new play ground equipment for the children in the community. All donations are tax deductible so if anyone would like to donate please just contact me or Martin.

With everything I got him into he finally had time to put the dining room light together, stained and installed.

He designed, programmed the laser and then cut it out.

It’s perfect! Love it!

Our composting station is almost complete. Martin needs dirt for the first layer.

We will be picking up more wood tomorrow to finish where Shit Happens!

A few projects I completed.

My crazy life is too much fun.

I entered two quilts into a local quilt show. 1-1/2 hours away. This little town Alpine, AZ in the mountains.

I found a groomer in Eagan, AZ to finally give Kansas a hair cut.

After!

We keep telling her she just as beautiful but not sure believes us. Kitty ran away from her.

With all the rain we have been getting this monsoon season there is water in our local little lake.

We haven’t seen water here since we bought our property 11 years ago.

Another watering hole has water!

On our drive today I had the opportunity to catch a few beauties

My lemon tree is even blooming again.

Kitty is always bringing us presents.

We like presents!

Tomorrow we head back to Alpine for the Quilt Show and pick them up. We went thrift store shopping today. My mind is exploding with ideas to make. I don’t know what it is. Living here or altitude sickness but it won’t shut down. If I’m not creating I’m not living. Thankful for my husband who puts up with my crazy ideas.

Till next time……

Joyce

Mr. Digger Man….

This week Martin wore his digger hat.

The beginning of the gray water system!

Wet it, wait, dig it, repeat.

While Martin played with dirt I was asked to do a special project.

I took these rally towels…..

And covered a men’s suit with those towels.

Now you have a Rally Man’s suit!!! 43 towels and 14.5 hours later it was shipped.

Friday Martin and I attended our first auction.

We had to split up. Martin went outside with the tools and I stayed inside with the house stuff. It was super fun and very interesting. Some really cool old stuff. Some really cool stuff went for some expensive prices. Well to each their own.

The turkey bean flowers are blooming like crazy now.

I could take pictures of flowers and elk anytime of the day. This pad of concrete has sat here for three years waiting to be built on.

We began the composting station for waist products.

Board by board progress is made.

My view as I was the leveler lady!

Some sides and some back boards is all we could do in the warm sunshine.

Over heated and thirsty we headed in to cool off.

This week Kitty found a lizard. I told her to leave it alone.

Ok Mommy I’ll just watch it.

This week Martin created a new design for me. You know how time flies as you get older? Well here in Pie Town it’s “Pie Flies!”

Till next time……

Joyce.

Happy Independence Day…..

Our daughter, Jamie and our daughter-in-law, Shawna brought the grand babies up for a visit. We met them in Springerville to share in the festivities.

First up the parade!

Always fun people watching.

Here’s one sexy cowboy.

Shawna loves firemen. And so does Trey! Maybe he will grow up to be one someday.

We thought of Uncle Phil when this Rat Rod came by.

Our grand babies experienced their first Rodeo. 106th consecutive Round Valley Rodeo.

It was a beautiful day and to share it with our kids was the best part.

Thursday we began the glue, stick, glue, stick process of creating a mosaic masterpiece.

Jamie, Shawna and Mikaila worked for two days sticking tile on the wall.

As the paths closed in the girls got closer and closer.

It’s hammer time! The girls needed more pieces and Tanner was too happy to help.

Finally the puzzle was complete. Everyone was exhausted but so happy to have this step done. After my busy work season I will grout this monster of a wall.

The elk came to see each day the progress.

Papa and the boys stayed busy doing the man things.

Trey was practicing on the tractor.

Papa and Tanner having fun together.

Target shooting.

Climbing on the house.

It was a great weekend with our family and we hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Till next time…..

Joyce

Busy, busy, busy……

Well it has been way, way, way too long since my last post.

After Martin and I finished framing up the shop it was time for me to get back to work.

Our handsome son, Marty, had a birthday. 36 years young!!! Which makes us feel old!!!

Well one of the things that have kept us busy is this new monster. Lucy the laser cutter. It can etch and cut glass, wood, tile, cork, fabric and probably more as Martin discovers new things everyday.

One of the local restaurants in town asked us if we could print shirts for their new gift shop. Well of course we can!!!!!

As Martin hooked up Lucy and learned a new design software I created a few door hangers for the gift shop.

And some hats.

When Martin finally got Lucy running he was off and running too.

First thing was a logo for our new adventure. He played with speed and power. What effect will you get when you change one or the other? Our saying is always, “Try it both ways and let’s see!”

Marcus wanted a new logo for his school district. So Martin created this using a distressed look.

Next the gift shop wanted items for their pet friends.

Well the pet owners need shirts too.

Martin finally received different products to test cut with.

Mirrored acrylic cut two different ways.

In the middle of all this craziness we took a day and went to a local quilt show. Over 200 quilts in this small town.

Henrietta heat press has been retired. With all the different product we are pressing now we need an upgraded model. This is Helen. She is digital and auto opens when she’s done working.

After we already cut and layered my lettering, Martin figured out how to cut twill with two layers at once. Omg it will be so much faster for my next project.

The gift shop wanted t-shirts that said these sayings.

So we delivered!!!!

Martin bought me a new lens for my camera. Now I can see the true character of these amazing animals.

Martin is getting real good at this laser stuff. Coasters ready for delivery.

T-shirts aren’t complete till you put a label on it!

The boys are coming tomorrow and Papa has this project for them to help him with. And yes the seats will be laser cut.

Shawna, Jamie and Mika are my gluing buddies. Our project for the weekend will be the living room wall of mosaics. Glue, stick, glue, stick…..

I’m sorry it has been awhile and I promise not to do it again! Yea right. My busy sewing life has only just begun.

Till next time…..

Joyce