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Happy Snow Days…..

Winter is upon us.

We just love going for a walk when it is snowing. This is the deck on the knoll.

Martin made his first snowman.

Just the perfect snow.

Kansas is like, “Really dad, we have a trail to hit.”

It just never gets old.

Kitty was interested but said, “Not today.”

After getting home from our quick trip to California, Martin brought home the bug. So while I was finishing my work he rested.

Yes he rested by building his desk.

Just a few hours of work a day.

Screwing!

Painting! Which he does not like to do.

Ta…….Da…….

This is such a big step. No computer on his desk. No printer on his desk. Lots of room for him to do whatever he wants on his desk.

With another snow fall it was a perfect time to finally burn our huge burn pile. 2×4’s, 4×4’s, plywood, 6×6’s and all the other scraps from the build.

It burned all afternoon and by morning is was all gone.

With the nice wet snowy weather driving to the Post Office leaves your truck a new color!

3″ of snow equals water in the tanks.

And 3″ of snow equaled a leak in the house. A whole pot of water came in. One of our penetrations for our wood stove decided to leak. Luckily we did not put insulation or the ceiling up so as soon as it dried out on the roof Martin went up and added more screws and goop! Fixed!

Our girl loves the snow. She says, “The more snow the more fun!”

I have completed my work for the season so now I have some time off.

With Martin not feeling well he still mustarded up a little energy to start finishing up my storage area. It needed insulation, wiring for the light and tin for the ceiling. This project will be finished another day.

I was able to take the time to unpack some boxes today.

I waited for 8 months to do this. Step by step!

Hopefully tomorrow my hubby feels a little better.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Such a sad weekend…..

Martin and I had a classmate from high school pass away. He battled cancer for 35 years.

Some of our classmates and spouses met for dinner and reflection at Tina’s Hangertown.

Monday was the celebration of life and Jeff VonEsson was loved by many. He will be truly missed.

On the way home we stopped to walk Kansas.

And for some drone flying.

Martin will be posting his films on his Facebook page Pie Town Aerial. Gotta check it out.

He flew here at the bottom of the Salt River Canyon.

While he was busy I shot these.

Mother Nature truly is amazing. We appreciate her and then when we see how people treat her it really upsets us. At this stop trash everywhere. Cans, plastic bottles, paper wrappers and even a bed sheet. Breaks my heart.

Just few of pictures of some of the cool rock formations you see through the canyon.

We finally are home now. We are exhausted but so thankful we went to the service.

Till next time……

Joyce

Happy Saturday to us….

I have been so busy working but today I was able to take the day off.

We slept in till 8:30am. Yep you heard that right. Totally not the norm. After a nice late breakfast we began our day.

Martin waterproofed the shower.

This membrane is not only a paint on membrane but all so pretty.

Martin is applying the second coat.

He has one more coat to go. You know what that means? We can start tiling in the morning! Wahooooo!

Martin is ready to build his desk so before he can do that I needed to grout the rock wall. So this was my job today.

I mixed the grout then just pushed and massaged in the gooooo. I used a paint brush to smooth and press the grout into the rocks. A lot of washing comes next.

When the sealer is applied the colors will shine.

This week was the big beautiful blue moon.

Hummmmm I never did see the blue!

I needed a new mouse pad for my embroidery station and my handsome husband surprised me with this!

Martin has been helping our neighbor, Frank, upgrade his solar system. They could be found enjoying a cold one after a long day.

Till next time……

Joyce.

Concrete!!!!

Yesterday began with a sign. It was a day of hard work. But not for us.

These guys are just the best. They poured our house foundation. And now the shop.

The trucks came one at a time. The guys worked endless for hours pouring them smoothing.

The guys danced and danced moving and spreading.

Martin and I watched, learning………we learned that we hopefully are done with concrete. It’s a beast.

From nothing ………

To something………

Now the fun begins. Erecting the building but first this must cure.

Gotta share these pictures a friend up here posted. I blew them up cause I wanted a close up to see what they looked like.

Now I can see the difference between the male and females.

Now can you tell the difference?

Haha made you look!!!

Kansas and I went for a walk this morning.

She was busy sniffing and running around. As I approached the first snow patch I just stood there and admired it. It glittered so pretty in the morning light. Then as I walked on it it crunched beneath my feet like walking on a snow cone. I giggled like a little girl. As I came to the next patch the bunny tracks made me giggle again. They look like a face imprinted into the snow. Two big long eyes with a mouth that makes a circle. It looks like it’s saying Ooooooooo. So I giggled and move on. Crunch, crunch, crunch. The next patch was different. Clean, no tracks, soft. And it was like walking on sugar. No crunch just soft smash. I notice the weirdest things. Rounding every curve, the snow patches glitter and one even looked like the sand dunes we use to ride but on a much smaller scale. I wished only if I was super little how fun would this be. Guess I would need a tiny little quad too!

As I approached the end of the walk I looked up to the house. The sun warmed my face, the ravens sang in the background. I thought back of where we were almost 3 years ago clearing trees to make room for this place we now call home. Yep, this is home! Thankful for what we have and so thankful for what Mother Nature give us.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Weekend project….

Martin was a busy boy.

I love it when I can hand him a drawing and then he brings it to life.

Almost done.

Complete!!!!!

Now I can’t wait to tile that block wall.

Ice cube wars.

This are mine.

And this was Martins!!!!!

Hummmmm guess I won! But Martin says his is longer. I see measuring these in the future.

We have never seen such a thing. We don’t know if it’s elevation or the quick freezing of the new freezer. Either way it always makes getting ice fun. “Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

Concrete tomorrow wahoooooo.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Brrrrrr……..

We finally received our second snow fall.

As you can see it has been a little colder.

3″ of snow means more water in our tanks.

Thank goodness for Mother Nature’s warm sun rays. Even when it’s cold outside she warms our home perfectly.

The solar panels melt the snow quickly.

After this snow fall it truly was so pretty. Riding to the Post Office the morning sun makes the snow covered ground sparkle like glitter.

Now we are on a warming trend again. And since it was going to be warm the contractor we hired to pour the shop pad wanted to get started. So why wait right?

Martin with Franks help cut down and moved some trees in one day and the next day here they are. Leveling, grading and laying the AB rock in and forms in.

The next day they installed the rebar.

So Monday morning the concrete arrives. After Martin and I prepared the house foundation we realized preparing another foundation is something we just didn’t want to do. Lol. Yep we gots us some smarts now!

I’m almost done with my deadlines so we see an indoor shower in our future. Yippeeeeeee! Some days it has been 40 degrees outside but the nice hot steaming shower feels so good.

Martin was searching on his computer for a manual for Marty. In his search he found this letter that I wrote 16 years ago.

One semester of creative writing is my only college class. Lol.

Kitty was found tonight playing with my new phone.

SELFIE……..bright light…..bright light!

Till next time……..

Joyce.

Keeping busy!

Monday morning Martin’s new shop arrived. Frank and John arrived to give a helping hand.

Thank god for friends with big machinery.

And friends with little machinery.

After all was unloaded. Men do what men do.

This week was a busy one for me. I finished the Suns project and they loved them.

They fit the girls perfectly.

Thank god I have Martin. He is my computer master!

Wednesday we had our first real snow of the winter.

Kansas was in heaven.

Her paw print looks like a mountain lion.

We couldn’t wait to go for a walk and enjoy this beautiful gift from Mother Nature.

Every where was just picture perfect.

My yard art looked so pretty with it’s little dusting of snow.

With the 3 inches of snow we received it equaled out to approximately 600 gallons of water collected in our tanks. Gotta love Mother Nature.

Martin spent the rest of the week working on my embroidery station.

He could be found just about everywhere.

Betty Bobbin has her new work space and she is ready to do work!

Henrietta heat press has a special place too. It’s starting to take shape.

It’s the middle of January and we are still showering outside. Seems unreal right? Well here is proof. It really is warm and the view amazing.

Next month I should be done with my deadlines and then I will have time to help Martin with the shower. Progress, progress, progress!

Till next time……..

Joyce

Let it Snow!!!!! Not very much.

This morning at 2:00 am we woke up to rain. Finally we got some moisture.

By the time we got up a little snow had fallen just to dust the ground a very little.

As I made breakfast you could see a few snow flurries here and there.

Martin’s weather station recorded .09 inches of rain. Doesn’t sound like much but it really is with our big ass roof. We collected 200 gallons of water in our tanks. With the light snow on the roof as it melts that’s water in the tanks.

Martin spent the day putting some finishing touches to the embroidery station.

If you ever watched Project Runway you’ve heard Tim Gunn say, ” Make it work!” Well that’s exactly what we are doing here. Using what material we could find, Martin is gettin’ er done.

Tomorrow Martin’s shop building arrives. All hands on deck! Luckily we have great neighbors with equipment to give a helping hand.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Awe…..so cute…..and functional!!!

Martin was a busy boy. He mixed and poured the mortar bed for the shower.

Now we wait! 28 days to make sure it is dry so we can paint the red guard on then tile.

With the Martin’s sink working he can be found shaving. On occasion!!!! Lol.

He needed a soap dish for his sink area and so I unpacked our silver champagne glasses. What a perfect solution.

You know Squirt cracks us up. She has so much personality.

And then there is Kansas. Always with her blanket in tow. She always comes over to my side of the bed for her morning scratches.

We spent New Years Day evening on top of the knoll.

This mountain is the Sawtooth. It just lights up at sunset.

The sunset of 2018 did not disappoint!!!! Beautiful.

The super moon rose slowly.

Martin flew his drone and got some amazing shots.

Lol….. yep me taking a picture of it.

Kansas is always ready to pose.

Ruffff……rufffff!!!!!

Today first thing Martin hung the light over the embroidery station area. Part of a chicken feeder with a metal basket turned upside down.

Then he started in on the station.

I have waited 6 months for this area to be built out and I’m so excited.

Happy New Year dear friends and family. We can’t believe we have been living totally off grid for 6 months now. Martin’s solar system design has been working perfectly. It has been a real dry winter so far with no measurable rain for two months. With our water storage we can go 180 days from now if we had absolutely no rain. With possible snow next week we are looking forward to our first white morning.

Till next time……

Joyce.

Wahaaaaa…..fricken’……whoooooo!!!!!!

Since Christmas holiday Martin has been a busy little beaver working for me. We were asked if we could recreate the Suns 92-93 jerseys for the girls. With only 19 days to do it in.

Luckily last July I bought a vinyl cutter to help me with the endless butterflies I had to do for a dance. So with all the information gathered Martin began learning how to do graphics. Normally I would send these graphics onto one of my favorite persons but this turn around time is so quick. So we jump in with all we have.

With the 92-93 team roster and numbers, he created these. And the heat transfer order was placed.

During our vacation we had lots of visitors.

And when we were busy with graphics they came back to visit.

Three mommys and four babies.

With the graphics complete Martin finally had time to work on the bathroom. He put the floor in the shower and built the step

He also wanted to be able to shave so he put in the sink.

Running water……wahooooo!!!!

Now to alter the drawer. The plumbing is important so banging a drawer into it is a no no.

Will it fit? Will it work?

Hell yes it will. He’s my man!!!!

This cabinet is an old dresser we found at an antique store years ago. It has been in the cargo cabin but now it sets happy in its new beautiful home.

Till next time……

Joyce