The progress continues……..

Jenny the generator received her propane fuel in her temporary location. Jenny will keep my machines running when our battery level runs low.  

       Saturday we finally finished the foundation and we are ready for concrete Monday morning.  It took us one week to prepare for this stage. 

    

 Martin had to sledge hammer in the 8 foot grounding rod.

   
This is one exhausted little boy. I wish my hands were stronger to help. 

  
Ron our neighbor works day after day determined to completely remove the huge piles of trimmings. Can’t thank him enough.  

 

This is our country little post office. Because there no mail delivery we have a PO Box and have to go get our mail. Wow right?  I really love going to a simpler life style.  

  
Today is Sunday and Martin is finishing the wiring on Jenny. Then since we have a little down time we are going to tackle putting a small deck up on our knoll. Yep more frickin’ diggin’. This should be a fun day. 
Till next time……

Joyce 

Progress……

Well today was a great day!  No frickin’ diggin’. 

  
We layed the fast foot. 

 
And the rebar!

  Tomorrow finish tieing the rebar down and then placing the anchor bolts.  Next step order the concrete!!!!!!  

This work has been the hardest back breaking work but so exciting. Each day we are getting stronger. 

Tomorrow propane arrives to feed Jenny the generator. Power tools makes every job easier. 

 
Our neighbor Ron is still busy cutting our wood and we can see the beautiful  view we will have when  its all complete. We owe him big time!  

Till next time……

Joyce 
 

Test……

Some little birdie told me my pictures were too big and they took too long to upload. So I tried something different. 

 
Till next time……….

Joyce  

Oweeeeeeee…..

Wow! The last 5 days has kicked our butts. Martin hands are so sore! The inside of my thighs are bruised from shoveling. 

 
Martin has been pounding in the stakes with a sledge hammer while I held them in place. Then the endless digging and digging. We were hopeful to have the stage done by now by our old bodies can only take so much abuse.  

 

Our supervisor is constantly whipping us with her stick to go faster. 

 We have been thankful for the afternoon rain showers as it makes us put our tools away and rest. And the plus is it wets the ground for tiny bit easier digging.   But heavier shovels full of dirt! 

In between work, rest and rain I take the time to hunt for rocks!  I feel like a chicken playing in a pile of manure looking for treasures. 

 
The inside house walls will all be organic in nature. No drywall no paint. Either tile or rocks found on the property. The walls need to retain the heat so it releases back to us at night. 

Our neighbor Ron and his wife Judy have been trimming up our pile of trees knocked down now for 5 days. We are so appreciative for this help that words can not explain. 

 
We have finally dug the last of the dirt out of the trench. Thank god!  Martin is worn out using the tool of death. 

  
  One thing I am so thankful for is, is my husband’s love for tools.   

 
  We would be lost without the laser level. 

Today is Wednesday and with Martins hands killing him we decided to take the afternoon off and take the hour drive to town. 

Tomorrow is the laying of fast foot! Rebar! And then placing the anchor bolts. Easy peasy compared to the last 5 frickin’ diggin’ days! 

Til next time……   

Thankful for the help…….

After a graduation ceremony for our grand daughter and a few chores at home we headed back to the property on Friday. Yes the back seat driver was in tow.

 
When we arrived Martin had to put the new tires on the trailer and we had to unload it before we headed out to pick up supplies. Luckily our wonderful neighbors stopped by to give us a helping hand. 

   

  

 Frank and Lizanne are our neighbors in AZ and will also be our neighbors here. 

  Picking up supplies made it easy with Martins flat trailer. Loaded it up and whinched it on it. 

   
 

The next day which was Saturday we spent the day laying out the foundation and preparing the footers. Digging ditches is back breaking work but it will only be rewarding and give us hard bodies!

Even the supervisor was exhausted from all the digging. 

 
We have a very kind neighbor up here who saw our huge pile of trees that need to be dealt with so he has come now for three days with his wood chipper and is handling the mess while Martin and I dig and dig and dig……

 
Today is Monday hoping to complete the foundation forming today. Yahoooo

This is my view as I sit on top of our knoll writing my blog. Not only for the view but the best place to have Internet!!!

  Till next time…..

Joyce