Next stop…..Chrome in the Dome….

Martin making the Pie-Rat purdy!!!

Last year the Chrome in the Dome was canceled due to Covid Crap but this year it was on. It was amazing to see people living maskless and enjoying our freedom.

Ready to go!

We took a little ride around Springerville before parking her inside the dome.

There she sits awaiting the visitors tomorrow.
One of my favorite resting spots.
How could we say no to these two.

We decided to take the mile walk to Sonic. Ice Cream you scream we want ice cream. As we sat enjoying our tasty “treats” we noticed the VFW building across the street. There blowing in the cool breeze was a tattered American flag. Mental note!

Let the day begin

Love, love, love the kids. And there were lots of kids. In one day we gave away almost 90 shirts.

This was the first kid to enjoy the seat behind the wheel.
And this was the last!
Martin was playing show and tell.
The Pie-Rat wench posed for photos with the kids.
This rat rod was built in one week by the students from the school

The Pie-Rat was parked next to the Misfitt. I learned that different parts came from all over. For sure the cab came from Pie Town. Even girls worked on the build

Chicks rule boys drool!
Roses handmade from metal from the girls.

Martin was asked to judge so as he was out picking his favorites, one rat rod he picked was the death rat.

Within the next hour, this where we put two and two together and get four.

In 2017 we were introduced to the rad rat culture in Bonneville. We were building our house so that was our main focus. In 2018 we did a supply run to Show Low. Took the scenic drive to Springerville. As we passed a church we saw all these Rat Rods. Car Show!! Pull over Martin. As we walk up to start looking at the cars the doors open to the church and the people come out crying. Confused we started to head back to the truck. So we stopped a lady and asked what happened. She informed us that Justin Taylor had passed and he was the one who created the Rat Rod community in Springerville. Saddened we headed home but also excited because of seeing all the rods the theme the Pie-Rat was born.

With a little extra time Martin was able to secure the logo and the idea in his head. Now he needed a donor car. Thanks to the Straws!

Back to the car show……

So as Martin discovered that the Death Rat was Justin Taylor’s rod, it touched him deeply. And in talking with the family member he shared his story.

Soon I was approached by Justin’s dad and sisters expressing their feelings of happiness to hear that Justin had touched us. I was then confused cause I was busy with the kids and didn’t know the back story.

Clunk, bang, boom! That’s my brain trying to figure it out. Martin stepped in to finally do the math for me. FOUR.

Before you know it we were invited over for dinner after the show. The whole rat rod community were welcoming. We went from knowing no one to being introduced to so many people.

Just some of the incredible rods

After awards it was burn outs out back at the basketball hoop! What?

Only in a small town

The crowd gathered. The cars burned their tires off. The crowd cheered.

Tired and beat we almost didn’t go to the dinner invite. So glad we did. Justin Taylor’s family were kind and generous. On this day we became part of the family. They touched our hearts!!!!

We spent the night at the school parking lot and headed home the next morning.

Damn elk!

The elk adventured up to the chicken coop and ate all my newly planted flowers.

The girls missed us. They were showing off their talents.

Two new flags ordered and shipped to the VFW

Till next time……


April has come and gone……

It seems as we get older the time flies by so much faster

Tanners old bike just became a donor

A donor I say! Yep. Pinterest is dangerous. Saw this cute fun toy and showed it to Martin. He just cut it up! Welded it up! Then screwed it on the post.

The chickie tried it out and they love it

My hard working man always deserves a good meal.

Brown butter basted filets.
When you forget to chill your wine. You improvise!!!
The girls have adjusted to their new space.
Victoria brought our neighbors little girl by to check out the chicken coop. She really liked it.
Decorating the coop brings me joy.
Kansas meets Mika’s pig

You just never know when come across a lonely pig that needs a good home.

And if you look close yes that pig has lipstick on.
Ash, DE plus sand makes a nice bath……for chickens!
Should I or shouldn’t I?

I wanted to make this bath but I needed a tire. We went to the dump and saw this gem along the road. Martin STOP!!! Open door………grab……roll…. toss it in the back of the truck…….go!!! Score!! Next stop hardware store and paint.

The new babies are getting big fast!
Is that a sheep or a dog?
I can do a lot of different things but grooming Kansas and Kari is not something I really do not enjoy. Hair up the nose. Hair stuck to your clothes. Just hair everywhere.
And then your trimmers get dull and don’t cut anymore your left with a dog that looks homeless.

With work complete. And our clean bill of health from our natural path doctor it was time for family.

With the homeless dog in tow we were able to catch Tanners baseball games. Truly a memorable moment cause Tanner hit a grand slam that day.

From warm sunny Arizona back home again.

Yes more snow.
We came back and noticed that my flowers were gone from the flower box. The elk destroyed them.
We just installed the water barrel and just like that 50 gallons of water collected

The green house always brings joy. When we come home from a trip it’s fun to see what’s new.

A special treat for the girls is corn on the cob. Hung from chain they bounce it between them like a tether ball on the school yard.

Ok as homesteaders we make mistakes, learn from them and try again.

So we had a composting toilet and built the compost bins. Well it’s on concrete. Wrong

It has a cover…..wrong

So we decided to try this for the chicken poop.

Quick and easy and supplies we had on hand.

We are bound for our next trip!!! Where do we go now?

Till next time…..Joyce

Chickie time…..

We left for the car show in snow and came home to sunshine. Look at those legs!!! We arrived home Monday morning and got right to work

Chickies need a door to get into the chicken house.

Martin got right to it. Cut it out grind it out.

Added rails make the door move up and down.
Fits perfectly.

Now for the special touch. Automated chickie door.

The master programs the door.

The next project was to build the roosts. Martin nailed it.

On this day we had the best spring weather. We couldn’t work fast enough. It felt good not to be confined by coats, gloves and hats.

Nope not a wash board….. it’s a chickie ramp.
The girls move in to the house. They have grown so much their heads almost touch the screen topper.
I little porch indoors.

As it became dark our beautiful day came to a end.

The mother hens are always ready to check on the babies.

We always check on the girls before we go night night. The house still needs a door before we can set them free.

Kansas and Kari are the cutest.
The chickie door worked perfectly

As we walked back to our house to see the light coming through the bottle wall it was just so special. Can’t wait to have time to do the rest of the bottle wall in the house.

It’s another beautiful day. In no time we had the chickie house door built and hung.

Special touch. Martin cuts in a window opening.
Peek-a-boo I see chickies.

As Martin was busy building the framing for the brooder.

I grabbed some brushes and some paints. I have doodled flowers like these on paper all my life. Finally they have come to life.
It was time to release the beasts. A little alfalfa and scratch to encourage the chickies to come out
The brave one takes the first step.
Come sister it looks like a good time.
Kari so patiently watches the chickies explore their new space.
As the sun sets I captured this stunning picture of our rose.

As the day ends Kari was beat. Chickie watching is exhausting.

The next morning, Homemade waffles with raspberry blueberry compote. Delicious!!!!

After our visit with Tim and Nancy they turned us on to an app called recipe keeper. I’ve been downloading my recipes and inputting the old ones. High altitude cooking is different so I’m still learning.

This chickie we named Sparky. It identifies as a Rooster. It now has his harem of three. There are two chickies that stand up to him and fight back. Still trying to decide if he stays or if he becomes soup.

This build has been so much fun. Our Fed Ex driver told Martin to keep me off Pinterest!!!

Yep saw this idea on Pinterest. Nesting boxes made out of buckets.

Martin cut some small plastic pieces on the laser to keep the straw in.

Just so damn cute. Now I just need straw.

We installed the batten detail on the walls and painted them up. The vision is coming together.

As the sun was setting just one more quick project. A chickie swing. Girls just wanna have fun.
As we walk out the next morning can’t help but enjoy the spring flowers blooming.
Extra wood plus extra paint equals must have signs.
Martin designed the door sign and printed it for the girls.

As the chickies learn their new home the first night we found them in a corner hiding (huddling) together. We scooped them up and put them in the house. Second night they were on the ramp right by the door. Third night three made it in and three didn’t. We scoop them up and put them away. Fourth night they all made it in safely…… that was a learning curve. Three more nights they all made it in safely. Then last night there was one Rotten Egg. I didn’t see her hiding in the corner, I left the coop then I hear peep peep peep. I swear she said, “ momma momma momma”. I turned around to see her running toward the coop gate. I scooped her up. Calmed her down a minute then put her inside with her sisters. Always well that ends well.

Hello baby chickies

We ran to the local hardware store to get some pvc. Look what happened. Peep, peep, peep. Yep we took 6 home.

Cleaned out the brooder and placed the new girls in their new home for 6 weeks.
New feeders

Yep saw this on Pinterest. Not quite enough pieces but close. It works great.

Start of a new day the girls need some cute windows. Martin cut the flowers on the laser, I painted them up and Martin installed them.

Nail, nail, nail…..
A few more nail, nail, nail….
Plastic windows in the center and press the repeat button.

With a lot of projects almost complete here was another item on the wish list. Tunnel Toy!!!

First we had to find a stump piece big enough. We had to bale wire it around to keep from breaking.

Next cut out the center. Saw dust everywhere.
Look at the saw dust fly!
Getting close.

After the carving was complete we added a dead wood tree and the tunnel toy. Just so cute.

I wanna be a chickie in this coop.

With a few ideas left to do we call it a night.

Till next time…..


We are ready for spring….

With it being so cold outside it was time to spend sometime in the green house.

Spent the morning planting flowers.

Aunt Bevs plants live on in New Mexico.
Kevin’s Aunt passed away at Christmas and to watch her plants live on warms my heart
Walking the dogs at night to do their business you see things differently at night via flashlight.
The girls lead the way
To me the dusting of snow looks like the frosted mothers oatmeal iced cookies!
Look who came to dinner!!! That’s a whole lotta butts.
It was cool the next morning to see the coop dusted with snow.
Our morning walk the girls always lead the way
The solar panels were dusted with snow. As the sun struggled to bust through the clouds the snow slowly dropped off.

We spent the morning preparing t shirts for the car show the next day.

Martin started the Pie -Rat and prepped her to load into the trailer.

Martin at the helm.
I’m a little jealous. He always checks her dip stick.
Just a super cool shot.

We headed out the next morning. Off to Arizona we go. Until….

Yep flat tire on the trailer.

Martin installed these tire sensors on the trailer and the moho for safety. Well we crossed the railroad tracks in Holbrook….. boom….alarm…… shit! Martin changed out the tire but as we started to continue on…..alarm…. it’s neighbor tire was leaking too. So with a duck duck go search we found a tire shop a mile away.

Yep only in country towns you find tires and lumber/hardware sold in one place.

Super nice guy had us in and out in no time. Back on the road again.

One husband, two dogs and six chickens he just rolling’ on down the road.
Flagstaff more snow. Rrrrrrrr
We made it!
AZ Rockabilly Car Show Lake Pleasant.

It was a cold cold evening. It still felt amazing to be free and out without a mask.

Love this man of mine.
Nuttin’ cutier
The kids love the Pie -Rat!
This year there were so many new rat roads.
Different styles
Different themes
Being last years winners we were asked if we would like to pick this years winner.
This is who we picked. Diesel truck 1946. Total badass.
As the sunsets it makes my heart full. To capture this photo it’s special
At night the Pie-Rat glows red.
Freedom shines.
Kansas is our security system
Kari is taking a break from guarding the Pie-Rat.
The kids just enjoy sitting behind the wheel.
Even the young at heart love the Pie -Rat.
Omg!!!!! Fell in love with this…..dragging Miss Daisy!!!!
Look who stopped by…..Ron Williams.

Ron helped us by cutting up our trees we sacrificed to build our house. Ron also lended a helping hand while we were building the house. So thankful for friends like this.

Martin and his girlfriend.
Martin’s sexy woman!!!!

The weather Saturday morning was so cold and windy by 11:30 it warmed up so nice. It felt good to feel the sunshine.

Zoe and Zane stopped by for a visit. They loved getting into the car.
Angie and her family stopped by for a visit.
Zoe with the chickies.

It’s not everyday you get to love on a chickie.

Zane wasn’t sure about this chickie.
Our neighbor won best VW. We will be seeing this new neighbor at our next car show in Springerville.

With the car show coming to an end we both were so happy. The Pie -Rat is loved by everyone. Young and old.

Next stop baseball day. Just down the freeway Trey had a tournament.

Made it just in time to watch him bat. He looks just like his dad did at this age.
Kari loves Tanner
Kari loves Trey too.
The second game I was able to capture this special photo.
Treys on the mound.
Treys at bat!!! Hit Grammie a home run.
Look who came to the game. Mikaila!!!! My grands are together.

And did you notice that Trey has passed up Mika in height? My babies are growing so fast.

And who’s that??? Aunt J. It’s a tie between Aunt J and Trey. But just watch before you know it Tanner will probably pass them both.
And poof!!! Just like that we are back home ready to finish the chicken house.

We’ve got babies ready to fly out of the brooder. So till next time….


Time to build…..

The new chickies new a place to be happy so off to the woods we go. We decided on a place close to the boys tree house. The trashy trailer was in the way so we had to move it.

Trailer ball attached to the tractor bucket made it easier to maneuver through the trees

We headed to Springerville to rent a trencher to run power and water. This will make the job easier.

But first we had to call a locksmith to rescue us.

Martin is use to putting the keys on the seat at home. Well little Kari decided to get in the drivers seat to pretend she was driving down the road. Either she stepped on the remote button or stepped on the lock button on the door. She wouldn’t confess. All we know the girls were inside and we were locked outside.

Within 30 minutes the locksmith picked our lock with a new special tool. He charged only 20 bucks. It was worth 50 bucks to us. He was so thankful.

Back home Martin began the trenching process.

Go Martin….Go Martin!

After returning the trencher……it was time to get busy.

North 20 foot wall

After building the first wall we dropped into place.

Yes it was awkward and heavy to move but we got ‘er done.

The north wall is 12” higher in elevation so we buried it 18”. The mesh bottom will help keep the critters from digging under.

The second wall we built inside the shop cause the wind was blowing and the temperatures were in the high 20’s
East wall

Just after setting in the east wall Mother Nature decided to bless us with a sprinkling of snow. Looks like an afternoon in the house.

Homemade bread
Homemade shit soup. ( throw shit in a pot and call it soup). Italian sausage, maple sausage, veggies, black beans, elbow macaroni, canned tomatoes and spices.
Nice way to end a cold day.
Another cold morning but that doesn’t stop us.
The chicken house is beginning to take shape. Thank his for a handsome husband with tools.
Love this man who will do anything for us. (Me)
Storm is coming!!!!
The Allegra Mountains start to disappear you know it’s getting close. We rush to complete what we can for the day.
The girls are growing fast.
With the storm we got another dusting of snow. A dear friend gave me his winter bunny suit as I call it. Thank you Ron it really comes in handy during these cold days.
West wall begins to take shape.
A few sturdy beams help to make square-ish. Lol.
With the weather warmer we were able to set the support posts and work a longer day.

By this time we both are getting stronger. Bending, lifting, hammering and cutting. It feels good to get our hands busy again.

Martin took a few minutes to set soaring a little tiny, itty bitty airplane.
While I worked painting wood!!!
Mikaila painting Pig Pens nails.

Too funny for that memory to come up on a chicken coop building day.

Another beautiful morning.

It’s roof day!!! What an exciting day.

We loaded up tin onto the tractor and lifted it up so it was easy to just slide it of onto the roof.
With each piece it got more exciting.