Eatin’ and eatin’…..

With Spring is on its way the activity of the elk is abundant.

Marty, Shawna and the boys arrived Friday night and we were so busy talking and visiting that we didn’t notice the elk eating outside.

The cutest thing ever is the little tiny baby. So furry and hungry.

As it became darker they hung around for awhile.

This one says,” sniff, sniff, yea it was me!”

Here’s hay hanging from your face!

It was like, party at the Treats house. Hay and water for everyone. The tiny baby won our hearts.

They all look so young.

Here’s is a cropped picture of the baby.

Kind of looks like a Shetland Pony.

Photo bombed by the baby. This elk laid down to close to the camera so it became silhouetted. Martin must have had about 50 shots of this elk moving it’s head around and around. We died laughing. Would have been funny to clip it in to a fast slide show to music.

The expression on this one was priceless.

Hayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!! Yum yum!

Listen! Did you hear that? It came from over there.

Hayyyyyy what you lookin’ at!

As you can see the camera also catches humans coming back from getting not hay but ice cream.

Molly was caught being a happy dog.

The day the kids left it snowed dippin’ dots then half an hour later it was done. Sunshine and only patches of evidence here and there.

Water gone and hay torn up.

Can’t wait to catch them again enjoying the gifts we share with them.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

The Treats arrive…..happy birthday Martin…..

Friday night Marty, Shawna, Trey and Tanner arrived.

Saturday we got to work. My first time cutting bottles. I watched Martin so I learned from a pro bottle cutter. Mental note….keep fingers out of the blade!

Shawna and I set some more bottles.

While the boys got to work up at the shop.

Our son, Marty, is such a stud muffin.

Our grandson, Tanner, is such a hoot.

Our oldest grandson, Trey, is always willing to give a helping hand. Such a strong young lad!

The boys could be found hard at work.

Drilling holes where? Not there!!!!

Even the little ones provided much needed help

Three generations building together. This just warms a Grammies heart.

The shop base plates on one side all drilled and ready for anchors.

Break time!!!! BB gun shooting is the reward.

More bottles from the chicks.

Wait!!! I see two little mice.

After the last of the work was done for the old boys, time for fun.

Martin and Marty spent the rest of the evening adjusting the new scope.

Shoot, shoot…….

Walk, walk….. to check accuracy!!!!

Even Shawna took some shots.

Walk, walk some more….

Not us as we were busy making a bottle wall.

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The old man turned 61 on Saturday. Happy Birthday my love. You worked so hard on your special day.

The wall grows…..

Nothing better than sunset on the knoll.

It was windy and cold but worth it.

Sunday morning was super windy and cold so no work was done outside. But inside the wall was being worked on.

The kids found a dead bunny so Mommy went to help. Poor bunny.

It finally started to snow. If you call dippin’ dots snow? The kids had a ball playing in it.

The Treats hit the road towards home. We can’t thank them enough for all their help. Martin used today for a day of rest and I used today to work on the wall.

It’s going to be a warmer week this week so we hope to see more progress all around.

Our son touched my heart so much. As we walked together from finding a hammer drill, he put his arm around me and told me how proud he was of us and how nice the house was coming along.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Family help!!!

The Williams Family arrived Sunday night.

After a breakfast of my biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs we all got to work.

Jamie and Mikaila could be found breaking tile and creating art in the wall.

Martin and Marcus were busy finishing up the ship lap on the bathroom wall.

Piece by piece the ship lap grew closer to the ceiling.

Till I cut the last piece and the wall was complete.

This cute little supervisor was exhausted from making sure everyone stayed busy. And chasing poor Squirt. Kitty could be found hiding high up.

This morning Jamie was back at it. It’s like an unfinished puzzle for her.

Piece by piece.

Our wall finishing are not quick to finish projects.

The rest of us started the work in preparing the bottles for the bottle wall part of the shower.

First bottle cut!!!!!!!

Rinsed by Marcus.

Then dried by Mikaila.

Test fit!

It takes two bottle butts to make one for the wall.

Our family and neighbors have been saving bottles for us for this project.

Big or small, round or square we take ’em all.

Now this is family love. Come to visit and they work for food.

Mikaila finally was able to catch Squirt for a brief moment till the little dogs scared her away again.

Mikaila wanted stickers for her water bottle. So we taught her the process of vinyl cutting.

Papa cut it, I weeded it and Mikaila learned to place it and stick it.

After the children headed back to the Arizona valley, we decided to placed the bottles we made.

A mix of mortar and one hot chick.

This is what you get.

Martin quickly did an estimate of how many bottles we need and his guess is 1,200. That means we need we need 2,400 bottles to cut. So drink up friends and family!!!!

Thank you to Williams’ for all their help.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Snowing…..showering!!!!

I must say today was the most fun we’ve had showering in the snow. It’s 32 degrees outside and the snow was coming down in a wet heavy snow. We stomped up the hill in the slush. You could feel the snowflakes hit you in the face.

We snuggled under the shelter of the corrugated tin of the shower structure watching the water rain down out of the shower head. The steam appeared, it was ready. Stepping out of my boots the floor was soooooo cold. As you step into the hot water, awe it feels so good. And as you are going through the showering process any body part that was not in the stream of the hot water was pelleted with the very large wet cold snowflakes. It was the most interesting sensation. Hot and shocking cold little touches at the same time.

Now we sit warm and cozy next to the fireplace.

Jamie, Marcus and Mikaila are on their way up here. Drive safely kids and Dad will be ready to rescue you if needed.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Yesterday was so much fun…..

Since we had a ball building a barn door we decided to do it again!

This was a make it work day. We used whatever wood we had. Straight or not.

That’s Martin hammering away and me my toe is the perfect holder.

Time to hang the door. Love it!

Our pipe handle almost completes the look.

Martin designed and cut out a transfer with our vinyl cutter.

The vinyl sticks so well I’m able to paint the letters.

Then with a gentle touch and a swift hand, rip it off like a bandaid…….ta-da!!!!

Hubby said, “Now I know where to get food!” Maybe we should put one on the bathroom too!

Till next time…….

Joyce.

PooPoo Privacy….

We took the time to build our first barn door.

Will it fit?

Of course it will. Now it’s time to stain.

And the final adjustments.

Pipe handle complete. With the family coming up during spring break they can poop in peace!

Martin started grouting the shower tile.

These are the last three pieces of ship lap that are being stained.

During the build we would buy 30-60 pieces at a time for a total of over 325 pieces.

This table as you can see will always tell the staining story. Colonial Maple, red mahogany, black cherry, provincial, classic grey, weathered grey, ebony and Jacobean. Leftover cans of stain will not go to waist as I have many ideas in my head just waiting to come to life.

I’m sure Martin will be happy to help me with my crazy brain stuff.

Till next time……..

Joyce

Fun day!

Today we had a fun day planned. Riding in the hills with friends.

We started with breakfast at our house. Biscuits and gravy! Homemade hash browns! Bacon! Heart attack on a plate!

With our belly’s full we headed to the hills. We saw wild turkeys. As we traveled on the dirt roads, almost to our destination, John yells and stops! Shit! A quad fell off the trailer

Broken and bruised the poor quad was turned onto its wheels.

It took the boys and their muscles to get the quad back safely on the trailer.

Off we go! Trail 11 up to the Mangas look out.

Break time!

The higher we went the prettier it got.

The south side of the mountain brought us lots of snow.

The south side brought us drier roads.

The tour guide double checked his navigation skills.

We couldn’t have picked a better day.

After a ride we stopped for lunch.

As we ate I saw the most handsome man.

And as we rode I found the most interesting tree.

Alligator bark juniper. Coolest thing ever.

The terrain changed as we went up, down and around the mountains.

Our partners in crime. Neighbors up the hill! John and Victoria

And our neighbors up the road. Frank and Lizanne.

As we traveled I could see the beautiful landscape in the fall with all the fall colors. I see another trip in the future.

We made it to the look out only to find the road to it closed.

The trip was worth every minute.

Back to the start and the toys loaded, I found evidence hiding.

The three musketeers!

And their beautiful winches! That is an inside joke.

This was just some of the old buildings in our travels.

Came home tired and dusty. Nice hot outdoor shower felt so good. Good day + good friends = great day!

Till next time……

Joyce.

Snow day!!!!!

This morning we woke up expecting to see snow on the ground but the sun was shining. As we ate breakfast we watched the clouds roll in and BAM! It started to snow. http://dead-wood-ranch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/img_0342.mov

More crates arrived so it was a perfect staining day.

That makes 52 wooden crates martin and I stained for my sewing studio.

After a morning of staining, Martin ventured out to clean the snow off the solar panels and I found icicles.

On the panels!

On Martin’s clean truck!

Hanging tight to the gator!

On the tractor!

Up high the Dish displays its masterpiece.

Needs an icicle for your drink? Have a seat and break one off!

On the picnic table I found one for everyone!

The children were busy doing nothing.

The fireplace is going strong today. So now I think it is a perfect day to make a banana bread.

Till next time…….

Joyce

Snow Day!!!!

This morning we woke up to another 2-1/2″ of snow.

So what do ya do? Make a big breakfast. Homemade hash browns, leftover sausage gravy topped with a fried egg.

Heart attack on a plate. Yummy!

We went outside to clean off the solar panels.

Even though there is little sun we still get power with cleaned off panels.

The children went outside to play.

The roof has a nice layer of snow which equals more water.

This is our high tech gauge. The black mark is the full mark. So we have one more board to go before we will have to dump water.

We walked up the hill to uncover the hose to the outdoor shower. If the sun comes out enough today we can shower. If not we wait till tomorrow.

With a high of 36 degrees our chances do not look good.

After living in the heat of Arizona for many years we are enjoying the colder weather. In Arizona you worked around the heat and the same thing but total opposite. We wanted to work on the shower but cutting tile outside in this weather would be crazy. So we wait for another day. Today we will continue working in my storage area.

Till next time……..brrrrrr

Joyce.