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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……


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…..


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…..


Happy Friday!!!!

Today Martin and I had a busy day.

Post Office

Dump in Datil

Breakfast at Eagle Guest Ranch

Pick up hay for elk at Datil feed

Magdalena to the health clinic for allergy shots ( which took 2 hours )

Back to Pie Town. Decided to stop for the best green chili cheese burger at the Cafe for late lunch.

Why not push yourself over the edge and get the best Pie at the Pie-o-neer.

On the way back we just crested the ridge by our house and almost ran into an elk. Or the elk almost ran into us. It turned quickly to avoid the crash and its cute little spotted baby followed her. It look like Bambi!!! So damn cute.

Hopefully they will come back tonight for fresh hay and water.

Till next time……


Memorial Day Weekend…… a little late!

After spending 3 hours and 100 gallons of water to clean Martin’s truck…

We headed out on our road trip.

We stopped at the ice cave about 28 miles from Grants.

That’s us and a 700 year old Douglas fir tree.

I have never seen such a thing. 80+ degrees outside. Walk down some stairs and bam. Solid block of ice. 31 degrees down there.

The rock formations were incredible!

We also took the hike to the volcano.

As we climbed you could see the Allegra mountains and the Buzzard Fire. And if you look really really close you can see Martins shiny shop!

The volcano was so deep.

And the flow was so long.

We arrived in Flagstaff. It was time for baseball.

Proud Grandparents right there!

Trey catching.

Tanner just being as cute as ever.

We went for a family hike.

A little obstacle course training too!

All aboard the truck for a happy ride home.

Since we had time before baseball. It was puzzle time.

A little more baseball fun.

A little more puzzle time.

Nothing sweeter than cousins who cuddle.

After all the baseball was done and family members loaded their shoes.

And headed back down to the hot valley. Martin and I went zip lining.

Ziiiiiinnnnnng…… he goes.

This was so much fun. Second largest zip line in the US.

We had to climb some ladders to go for a ride. Always hooked in with these special hooks.

So glad we aren’t to old yet to do this fun stuff. Gotta keep moving!!!

We traveled down to the valley on Tuesday for the Cardinals fitting and Kansas bath day.

If she could only stay so cute and clean. But noooooo as soon as we get home she goes and lays in the dirt enjoying the wind blowing her clean fur.

Martin installed my port hole windows.

Yes…. quirky me wanted port hole windows. Why not!!!!!

Sealing up my office helps so much as it is starting to warm up here.

Martin finished another barn door. This one is for our bedroom closet.

Love a man the can build shit!!!!

My little make shift garden is doing pretty good. Reaping the rewards.

Salad anyone?

Till next time……


Insulation day….

Today was a day of get it done day. We have had bits and pieces of insulation up here and there so today we decided to get my studio done. Fill in the holes!

So we moved the quilting machine out and the scaffolding in.

Martin put it up piece by piece as I rolled him around.

OSHA approved! NOT!

Then I hear a yell and he’s shaking his hand.

I ask him, “What’s the matter?” He replies, “I hit my finger with the stapler.”

I ask, “Oh no! Which one?”

He replies, “This one!”

Poor baby!

But he got it done!

And continued on like a trooper filling some pieces in the kitchen.

During the week he hung up the faucet and rain head for our shower and the hand held for Kansas shower.

Can’t wait to turn this baby on!

You know some days you just have to start your day with a smile.

We will be off next weekend enjoying a weekend with the family in Flagstaff. So to keep my garden growing Martin recreated me a gravity fed watering system.

He built a stand.

Bought a 10 gallon bucket.

And Ta-Da. Now we need to hook up all the tubing and take it for a test run.

We stopped this week to do a drone flight of this mountain range/very large knoll.

Really amazing. As soon as Martin gets done fixing his computer he will up load it. He lost a hard drive. He found an eagles nest, small lake and cactus blooming.

Kansas is always in tow.

Love the sun setting on the mountains.

Seems like everyday a new wild flower starts to bloom.

Till next time…..


Happy Mother’s Day…….

Martin and I would like to wish all our family and friends a very happy Mother’s Day.

You know as we sit at our table in the kitchen we look out to the knoll. I’ve always looked at this little tree high up at the peak. Martin this morning took me for a hike to the little tree.

On the way found a new wild flower. Soft petals and pretty purple flowers.

This is the little tree.

Very very steep right at the top.

Way up high looking towards the house you can see the new shop.

Our compound nestled in the woods.

During our hike Martin found an old chain and I found a rock.

Kansas just found a ton of cuteness.

After our hike we started cleaning out the green house entrance.

This made working on the door/window wall easier.

We are trying to button up the openings to help with the cold and now the heat.

The finish work is what will take time.

Last night we had visitors. We will be going to buy more hay on Thursday so I’m sure we will have more elk visitors hungry and thirsty.

Enjoy your day Mom’s!

Till next time……


Race to the finish…,

This morning Martin and I had a few things we wanted to finish before the helpful lifts were picked up.

Finishing up the trim wood on the shop inside a shop!

Then a few more planes entered the race.

I think Marty is still in the lead! However Martin says he’s on the inside so he’s leading. Lol.

Just in the nic of time because United Rental showed up about 10:30am.

The dude who picked up the lifts was amazed at the size and the build out inside. Asked if we would come help him. Not sure if he could afford us. In talking with him he knows our dear friend Dave Smith. Dave you play cards with him!

It has been 5 weeks of working on the shop. We are so thankful for our dear friends who lended us their helping hands. We couldn’t have completed it without them.

Martin spent the afternoon helping me with embroidery designing. His feet need a much needed break.

Tonight we sit.

Yep! Flip Floppin’

In the middle of all the building chaos I’ve been trying to garden.

The tomatoes plants Jamie and Marcus brought us are thriving in pots.

My zucchini squash are starting to flower! Since bees won’t be able to pollinate my squash I’m going to have to do the deed. Lol. If you could only see me with my tomatoes. All it takes is vibration, wink, wink!

With the warmer weather we have been leaving our door open. And with an open door, the birds seem to find their way in but can’t find their way out. After a long day of building we spent 30 minutes chasing a dumb ass (Frank) bird around the house and green house. Martin would try to net it but the damn thing was so fast. In the house then into the green house, repeat, repeat, repeat. Finally we set our tools down and Martin got the B.B. gun. Wow, within 1 min we were done. He stunned it and I threw its ass outside. And then last night, after a very long day, same thing. As we ate dinner, I watched dumb ass ( Frank) bird 2 flying all over the green house. After dinner I asked Martin, “Where’s the gun?” Well dumb ass (Frank) bird pooped on my cutting table, I will not stand for that. Martin handed me the gun and on the second shot, BAM, it fluttered to the ground. My first kill! Don’t feel good about it but in my world you don’t shit on my stuff! Martin ordered us some magnetic screens to hopefully keep the birds alive!

We haven’t had time or the energy to hike to the knoll but with the end in sight we celebrated up on the deck. Perfect warm weather. Perfect evening. It’s been 10 months since we moved and just look at how far we’ve come.

Last night we get ready for bed. First Kitty gets settled on her blanket then Kansas gets comfy. Two peas in a pod. Sisters till the end!

Lovin’ our life.

Till next time…..


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.