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The throne has a home…..

Yesterday we finally were able to install the shitter!!!

It was so nice not to have to walk up the hill to do business. Since the turds are officially frozen in the out house. With 9 degree weather in the weeeee hours of the morning it has been cold. Even the outdoor shower has been a challenge. Water left in the hose froze plugging it up. We had to break it up then flush it out. With that experience Martin’s solution was installing a Y at the faucet so he can drain the hose. Problem solved.

The bathroom is moving along. Ship lap on the walls complete the cabin look and feel.

We completed this one wall to the height we wanted to hang our towel holders.

We pressed the pause button cause we couldn’t wait to hang them. We bought these about 6 years ago at an antique flea market.

Just a touch of royalty!

Till next time….

Joyce

Bathroom soon….

Bathroom what bathroom!!!! Who needs a bathroom I just go outside. No big deal.

Martin has been busy tiling and his favorite thing grouting.

As the ship lap goes up board by board it starts to look like a special place.

We used our old tile leftover from the Mandarin house and added a new tile for the border.

My cabinet is now useable. Martin’s cabinet still needs a facelift before we can install it along with the sink.

I found a sweet lady who use to teach massage therapy. Martin drove me out to the southern wilderness to her home. On our way back we encountered slow walking cattle. Do they care we are there? Nope.

I think this one was the herd leader. You can just read her/his mind. Like, “What you lookin’ at? Huh? Mooooooove on!”

We headed off to a Show Low to pick up a freezer we ordered. We had the best sunset to watch as we traveled down the road.

It changed with breathtaking colors.

Then on the way home the super moon lit our way. Rising higher with every mile.

Today is Tuesday. The turkey we picked up on the way home from a Thanksgiving weekend is finally defrosted so today was our first Thanksgiving dinner in our new home.

Made pies!

And of course the TURKEY 🦃!!!!!!

We even decorated our Christmas tree out front. This tree survived when we broke ground. This tree survived almost being burned down by the burn barrel. And this tree Martin said 10 years ago when it was a weeeeee little tree that it would be our Christmas tree. So here it is! All pretty with the ornaments that our children and grandchildren made at Thanksgiving.

It is very cold here today. The Low is going to be 15 degrees tonight and the high tomorrow will be 44 degrees. Still we don’t have all the insulation up and the door/window wall still has open spaces. So trying to stay warm is a challenge on cloudy days. Sunny days Mother Nature takes care us. Martin is focused on getting the bathroom done so till then we bundle up and hang by the fire.

Yep even Squirt hangs by the fire.

Kansas can be found snuggling in a blanket on the sofa. Lol.

Living our dream. Now if it would just snow.

Till next time…..

Joyce

Thanksgiving week…

We started out for Arizona on Tuesday morning. First stop Riggs Elementary School. We finally had the opportunity to surprise the front office ladies at Jamies school with Pie Town pies.

Which one should we choose? New Mexico Apple, blueberry butterscotch, ginger peach, dark chocolate cherry, apple and one more that slips my old brains memory banks.

Jamie could be found in her office enjoying her pie.

Then we delivered costumes to Hamilton High. Now we are ready for cooler clothes. When we left it was 27 degrees and by noon in AZ it was in the 80’s. To hot for sweat pants and UGG boots.

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Charlie, Dean and newly married Devon and John. Always lots of laughter.

Wednesday brought lots of cooking. I made pies for thanksgiving.

And lots of English toffee.

We enjoyed watching the boys at karate and then off to dinner for Shawna’s birthday.

We spent turkey day with Marcus’s side of his family. Beautiful table set for 24 people. Lots of food and yummy deserts. And celebrated Marcus’s birthday. Just birthdays everywhere. Even our dear friend Paula had a birthday over the weekend.

Friday was a day of family. Played ball in the park and had a picnic. At home the children and everyone pitched in to make ornaments for our tree just outside the front of the house.

Mikaila, Trey and Tanner let their creative juices flow.

Papa, Marty and Shawna join in on the fun.

Jamie and Suzanne work their magic.

Saturday was game day. Mik-Uber was hired to drive the old people to the game so we could PARTY!!!

Mikaila kicked Papas butt in ping pong and then Papa kicked my butt.

ASU vs U of A. Go Sundevils !!!! ASU wins!!!!

Sunday Martin and I were invited to the Cardinals game.

Cardinals won in an exciting game.

Monday was a day of travel and shopping.

Hope all our friends and families had a fun holiday weekend.

Till next time ……..

Joyce

Life is good….

As I stand here in the kitchen waiting for the hot water to boil so I can make coffee in the French press the morning begins.

We let in the kitty from her nightly hunt. She is still on high alert. I try to pick her up to give her a good morning hug, she is not ready for love yet. She scurries over to the water drain pipe waiting for the water to secretly flow out. This intrigues her!!

Kansas makes her usual rrrrrrr noise to catch my attention. This is what she wants.

To receive one she has to give me her paw 10 times right then left right then left etc. Sometimes she get confused right left left right. I correct her and remind her things worth doing are worth doing good.

This is her after an afternoon playing in the weeds. I know people usually hide their weed in their pockets but she wears her weed well.

As the tea pot whistle blows, the sun rises waking the world.

Last night Martin received notice of activity on the game camera. Mama deer and two babies come to drink and eat.

As the coffee brews, Martin has started the wood burning stoves to keep me warm. The smell of the wood burning is a comforting smell. The flames blaze with warmth.

The kitty and the dog go outside to play. They crack us up playing catch me if you can.

This morning is a bowl of cereal before we start our day. Martin will be working in the bathroom and I will be making toy soldier pants to go with this jacket.

Yep life is good……

Till next time……

Joyce

Forgive me readers for I️ have sinned….. it’s been way too long since my last post

I must apologize as I have been wrapped up in my work and haven’t realized how much time has gone by.

Martin and John were able to place the washer/dryer combo unit into its place.

You know what that means. NO MORE laundry mat!!!! This unit is amazing! Ventless and washes and drys all in one. Uses little water too!

We took a few minutes to put up the ship lap in the living room.

It’s amazing how so little makes a huge difference.

We decided to put tile on this block wall instead of rocks as tile will be quick. Rock is a long process. So off to Lowes we go.

With the tile on order off to another project. We bought this metal wood stand years ago but our wood is too small for the span of the rails. Solution, pallet wood!!!!

All it takes is an idea and a handsome husband to make it so.

Here it sits until the green house gets cleaned out then we can move the stock out there.

The bathroom progress continues.

We are using a composting toilet. No water needed. But you need a drain for excess liquid. So it needs to be elevated. We used leftover 6 x 6’s. Screwed them together then sealed. Perfect.

With Martin taking his rest period. Aka nap, I decided to start the next mosaic wall in the living room.

This next wall will be pretty big so it will be a process. All and any help appreciated!!!

Martin built a solar stand for a few panels so it could power and new camera to catch the animals that come to drink at night.

Our letters arrived!!! Gotta love Amazon. You can buy anything online.

Just a little touch of whimsy.

We started tiling the bathroom. Leftover tile from the Mandarin house is being used.

So excited. We can hardly wait to get these rooms functional. Luckily we are having a warmer winter so showering outside is still enjoyable. And our turds in the composting toilet are not frozen so life is good!

Tomorrow is Monday and all the parts are in so that means our two wood burning stoves will be installed. Wahooooooo. And the last of the insulation will be delivered. Double Wahoooooo.

Looking forward to spending the Thanksgiving holiday with our children and grand children.

Till next time…..

Joyce

The closet is done!!!

We added pipe hooks for our hats.

And added one more set of racks for our never ending clothes.

Yea…..the supervisor is on a break…..really?

Martin worked this last week in the bathroom. Dry fitting the new sink and faucet to the really old dresser we are using as the cabinet.

He built the platform for the washer/dryer and prepped for the framing of the cabinet.

My handsome husband gets up and starts a fire in my office for me.

It’s getting cold here in the mornings now. Can’t wait to get the other two stoves installed. Wink wink Dave!

Building a wood shed is a must. Organizes the wood, keeps it somewhat dry and monitors how much wood you use in a winter. Our wood is cut thanks to Ron Williams who worked for two weeks cleaning up our HUGE pile of trees a few years ago.

Perfect place to put the wood shed is to hide the ugly propane tank.

The magic tool of choice today is the plasma cutter. Cuts like butter!!!

Secured with plenty of screws by one handsome dude.

Now the stacking begins. Bigger ones to the back smaller ones to the front.

Baby beginning wood goes in the small shed.

Now the fun begins. One by one we will move this big pile.

Till next time…..

Joyce

40th class reunion… check!

Martin and I traveled to Phoenix ready to let the good times roll.

First we to stopped over night at The Treat Inn to drop of Kansas. She loves her play time with cousin Molly.

Family time is the best part. Lovely dinner on the patio then card time.

Friday morning we caught an early flight to Sacramento. First thing we had a nice visit and lunch with Martin’s parents. Next stop , booze shopping! Can’t go to a newly built saloon empty handed.

The class reunion committee were hard at work.

Alumni came over to help set up the beautiful saloon.

Giggle giggle giggle!!!!! My cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

Yummy rib dinner was served for the hired help!

Tina was caught keeping Kevin in line. No more than three ribs per person!!!!

The reunion was a blast. Hopefully more alumni will join in on the fun in a few years as we all turn 60.

That’s just one good looking couple.

Always a good time!!!

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Whoop whoop!!!

What a week.

The sun has made its move towards the south. The sun now stretches its warm rays into the house, warming up the morning chill.

Martin is caught painting the block wall in the closet. His favorite pass time!!!!

While he works hard I’m busy building a bottle wall for the shower. Martin installed the bead board I painted last weekend then he stapled up the insulation.

The black pipe arrived so up it goes. Darn we forgot unions for the pipe. Can’t make squares out of pipe without unions. So off to the computer we run to place another order.

The next step while we wait is to put up the ceiling. Piece by piece, screw by screw the tin goes up.

Now it’s time to get our clothes off the rolling racks.

This week we also brought the wood burning stoves out of the green house

Dave Smith, our dear friend, sent some muscles to help install the stoves. With a lot of head scratching one was ready for wood.

Mamas gonna be warm this winter.

With only one stove installed this gave us time to install the faux stone wall.

The kitties brought us a present last night. So thought we’d try fried mouse for dinner.

Today I watched Squirt as she had a chipmunk in her mouth play with it. She let it go and it climbed super high in a tree. She climbed after it and just as she got close the chipmunk jumped for its life. It landed on all fours then ran away to either hide or die.

Till next time….

Joyce

One week home…. can you say progress?

I picked up Martin in Albuquerque on Monday night. Driving home through the Datil area we must have seen 20 elk along the road late at night. Thank goodness we didn’t have to use that new guard on Martins truck.

First thing Martin did was to install the vent hood over the stove.

Always making sure things are straight and level.

Next on the honey do list is the STOVE!!!! The most exciting day in the world.

John came over to give Martin a helping hand, back and lots of muscles.

She’s so sexy!!! Thermador Professional. My dream stove!!!

Scare me. Hold onto her!!

Bammmm the sexy girl sits in place happy and ready to do work.

Work she did. Had to try out the oven. My first high altitude baking. Oatmeal raisin. Yum yum.

Next practice meal was my Shit Soup. Just throw shit in a pot spice it up and call it soup.

Homemade biscuits topped off a perfect meal on a cold raining day.

The next day with leftover biscuits Martin suggested Shit in a Shingle. Perfect!!!! Idea!!!!!

So if someone asked me what is the first thing you made with your new stove my answer will be, Shit just all shit!!

A few more shelves in the pantry makes it complete!!!

Happy national coffee day. Cheers!

Next on Martin’s honey get er done list was pulling the wood burning stoves out of the green house and place them where they will come to life soon.

At 600 pounds a piece. HEAVY.

The second most exciting day was running hot and cold water at the kitchen sink.

Since the design on our home is modeled after an Earthship we do not have a septic system. So the grey water needs to go somewhere. That will be the job of the planter boxes. So soon a lot of digging will be going on. The sink water, shower water and washing machine water goes through this trap first.

Then drains into the flower bed one and when it gets full.

Then it will drain into flower bed 2

The plants drink up the water and then when flower bed 2 gets full it will be pumped into flower bed 3,4,5 and 6. And then it is recirculated back to flower bed one.

Today we are working on painting of bead board for the closet.

And we mocked up the size for the island.

We are taking an antique dresser and flipping it into an island. Painted a solid color with the concrete top it will be perfect.

It has been a perfect weekend working with my hubby again but come Monday back to work mode. Finishing up Suns new jumper then starting Cardinals new dresses and jackets.

Till next time…..

Joyce

Two weeks of fun……happy retirement Martin

There hasn’t been any progress here because Martin has been fulfilling his dream of attending the Reno Air Races and then going to Balls.

He flew into Sacramento then drove down to visit his parents. Every moment he gets to see them he treasures.

Then he drove up to Reno. He met his brother Jerry there. They enjoyed the races and most of all bro time. Then Jerry left to go help his wife and his other brother joined in on the fun. They spent two days of racing and lots of much needed bro time.

He had lots of fun in the sun and was ready to get home. He arrived Monday night for Rome much needed wife time. Heeheee. Then we got up early Tuesday morning and drove to AZ. I had a fitting with my new client the AZ Cardinal Cheerleaders. Martin is the official scribe and many fellas have offered to take his spot!!!

Then Wednesday he headed out bright and early with a friend Scott. 16-1/2 hour drive to the middle of nowhere. This event is called Balls. I’m guessing because you gotta have big balls to play with these big ass rockets.

Good thing Martin brought his heavy coat cause it was freezing in the middle of nowhere.

While I was in AZ I took Kansas to get all pretty.

As you can see she was a furry dirty girl.

Our beautiful grand daughter Mikaila has her first boyfriend. Logan.

Honor student and football player. Marcus already scared the shit out of him so he should respect her and treat her right.

I got to spend time with the boys. Always a hoot

Trey is in third grade

And a Tanner is in first.

Man how time flies when you get old.

The sunrises are breathtaking

Today is Saturday and my first weekend off in awhile. I was able to unpack some boxes. Now the kitties have no more playground inside.

They just crack me up.

Hey but they are earning their keep. Killed a bird and a mouse.

I also grouted more on the bedroom wall. Only about 1/4 more to go. Exhausted from climbing up and down, up and down. I need a shower but it has been gusty windy all day so this could be interesting. Wish me luck. I might have to run around in the shower to get wet. Lol.

Till next time……

Joyce.