Now let’s get to work…..

The bathroom awaits. Time to get to work.

Can you say ship lap? After this bathroom Martin doesn’t want to see another piece of shit lap!
It’s up and it beautiful. Now we just need light.
But first the ceiling. Such a hard job screwing over your head!
We have light!!!!
We added trim at the ceiling.
Tin surround and trim wood.

It’s just step by step. Little at a time and day by day. This stupid finger injury has slowed us down but we still just plugged away.

Red sore and 6 weeks post op.
My special ambiance!!!

Martin would each day take a bite out of the list of things to do. He could picture me in my tub soaking my painful finger so he presses hard to get it done.

Squealing brake sound!!!!!!

Joyce in the first mask made

This Covid virus has closed down our country. People are suffering everywhere. It hit me a few weeks back that I might not have costumes to sew cause nothing is open. My orders for March canceled and tryouts for the Cardinals cheerleaders are postponed. I saw no work for March, April and May.

On March 30, 2020 one text message changed our lives. Masks were needed for a company in California who couldn’t buy them anywhere. Harmony asked if I could make some.

Martin downloaded a china pattern we made one and altered it to fit our American faces.

Martin was a great fit model.

Martin tried it on and gave his approval. With the pattern made we gave a price and 100 masks were ordered.

100 masks! Wow I was now seeing that this could save us. One post on Facebook they took off. I couldn’t keep up with sewing and taking orders and also keep track of payment. So Martin set up Pie Town Designs website. Something we always wanted to do but were to busy to get to it. With a few days we were up and running and directing people to the site.

Red flannel leftover from a project for the Cardinals Cheerleaders

As I sat sewing masks I looked at my stock and wondered if the Cardinals would like some. So just one text asking a question turned into 252 masks for personnel and cheerleaders.

We were so ready just to haul ass to get the bathroom done now we are making masks all day and everyday. The orders would come in each day and our turn around time is the next day shipped. Martin figured out all the shipping stuff. Ordered supplies, scale, label printer and quickly we were streamlined.

The Cardinals organization wanted to do an article about us.

https://www.azcardinals.com/news/seamstress-for-cardinals-cheer-switches-from-outfits-to-masks

With this article masks blew up. No time to build. Only time to create. We added new prints or fabrics each day posting on Facebook.

I ❤️ my dog
Paw prints

This is how people touch our lives. The FedEx driver got stuck in the mud so he called us to see if Martin could help him.

Martin helping Roy.

With me telling Roy about the mask making the next day he ordered 12. Paid for them out of his own pocket then donated them to a local hospice. So for us helping him, he helped us and then he helped hospice. And then fedex orders 200 masks. Ain’t life beautiful.

To thank our customers we added their photos on the website.

Shelby and her husband sporting Their masks
Some Custom requests were donated. Dr Tom loves Apple products and is very ill with stage 4 liver cancer. Wishing him a comfortable journey.

It’s hard to believe that one little bug can change millions of people’s lives.

Pretty

With all this craziness and traveling for finger appointments and supplies I was able to buy plants for the green house. They give me peace and calmness. spring is my favorite time of the year.

Can you see their faces?

We found that custom imprinted masks were in need.

If you can think it we can print it. Martin and I make a great team. Not only in making masks but in life. We balance each other. In two months we are approaching 2,500 masks made. Donated or sold.

With masks slowing down cause everyone and their brother are making them I finally had time to sit down and mosaic a step. One of many to do items on the list.

I found time to make the bottle window in the bathroom

Cute Kari

One thing this girl can do is put all this crap aside and just make you smile.

Martin and I were featured in the local paper Catron Courier. The lady behind the mask. Well without my sidekick I couldn’t have done it. With my painful finger he kept us going. The nerve pain in the morning was sometimes unbearable. He kept encouraging me or just a hug made it feel better. Love that sidekick of mine.

Till next time….

Joyce.

Tomorrow has come and gone 4 days ago…..

Worst storm EVER

After receiving my pretty pink pinky splint we hit the road home. It was crazy cause I had to drive my car home and Martin drove his truck. So I followed him closely. It was a white knuckle intense trip driving late at night in sometimes white out conditions. What were we thinking. We weren’t.

The next morning I was able to take the time to really look at my poor digit.

Marty, Ada and the boys arrived a few days later ready to have some fun.

Fun to us is getting things done. John, Frank, Martin and Marty put their heads together to determine the best way to move the new beast of a wood burning stove. 750 pounds of soon to be warmth.

Awe they got this. Like an Egyptian! One on each end. Ready set go! Nope. To hella heavy.

Lift to a pallet jack to an engine hoist to its final resting place.

Thank god for tools.
This baby puts out the heat.

So thankful for all the help when we need it.

Tanner and Kari

Snow ride time.

Who’s there. Trey that’s who!

Beautiful sunny day.

Stud muffin!
Ada is ready for snow ball throwing.
Such happy smiles.

Making memories. Snow, mud, wet shoes, cold fingers and lots of giggles.

Kansas loves riding
The girls making yellow snow.

One thing Martin and I do is live. Live fully everyday and love our family whole heartily.

We took the kids up the mountain and wanted to take these trails off the main road. As we headed down Mother Nature said no. The gator got high sided in the deep snow and we were stuck.

Kansas says, “I didn’t do this mess”

Luckily the razor has a winch. ( time to put that winch on the gator). It pulled the gator out and we were able to head back out.

Another day of fun

Time to destroy some things. With adding the flushing toilet we had no more need for the composting stinky toilet. We pulled that shitting thing out along with the big heavy old TVs out of the moho. Martin lined them up for targets.

Tanner taking aim.

Tanner took the first shot.

Tanner hits the tv.
Trey destroys the toilet
Marty misses!!!!!

Not really but I made you laugh.

Everyone had the chance to take a shot. Except me. My finger is too painful.

Ada unloads the gun.
So glad to see this thing dead.

Love it when friends and family come to visit. Special times equal special memories. This is why I blog. It is not only to share the build of the house with all of you but also to make it like a journal of our life. With this blog our children and grandchildren will be able to go back and remember us when we are long gone. For me growing up I had the shoe box full of black and white photos to pull out. Touch, feel and reminisce. With the digital age everyone’s pictures are on their devices. Family can’t touch and feel and reminisce. I hope you enjoy my writing as much as I enjoy sharing it. We welcome everyone into our home if you ever need to get away from the crazy crowded town. The air is fresh and beds are comfortable.

Till next time…..

Joyce.