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The mountains are calling and I must go...Got the t shirt in Georgia one year and this is our calling! We'll see y'all down the road!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Vendor fair at Just Country Friends in Fallon, electrical work on the Kitchen.

Thursday night we visited with John and Karen until 0030. How time flies! LOL.  Friday I did a little baking, hoping to leave some for Ken while I'm in CA this next week.  

Low carb and sugar free, The cookies were a new recipe won't do it again
as they crumble too easy. Still tasty though. 

Saturday morning we got ourselves going and headed for Fallon, NV.  The antique store we like there does a vendors fair twice a year. So we thought why not?! Lots of vendors and goodies.  We did see these two items jump at us! Got a horseshoe for $1.00 to go over the middle gusset on the kitchen. 

Came from back east, an older man makes them. Old barn wood 

Love the cabinet, on the fence about the paint job but we'll see 
Karen and Ken love it just the way it is 

The coffee cup caught my eye..guess my age is showing LOL. 

After the sale we headed for Ace for some more piping and to pick up a 30 gallon propane tank for Bryan. The one I ordered on Amazon (a vendor they use) didn't materialize so we found one there. I'll get it to him sometime next week when I'm in CA. 

We knew we were going to a barbecue at John and Karen's later so we made a point not to have lunch out. It was too late in the day for anything to get done on the Kountry Kitchen. I gave him the day off LOL. I ordered some navy/white cotton gingham check for valances in the Kountry Kitchen. 😊

A really nice time was had next door with Karen and family πŸ’™ We got home a little earlier than Thursday night about 2200 or so.  

I didn't set the alarm for this morning so I got Ken up about 0630. Took our time visiting with blogging friends.  After breakfast Ken went out to work on the electrical some more. He's got it under the house where he's going to tie in and he's working on outlets in the Kitchen. I help whenever he needs me. πŸ˜‹ 

Electrical going in below our bedroom

We will have 5 outlets out there before he's done. 

A quick trip to Raley's and a stop at our Ace for a few things Ken needed and back home. 

John headed back to CA this morning and on the way it appears the turbo on his truck blew up.  He's stranded, waiting on AAA 77 miles from the RV park. He took Mugsy with him for the week and Lila is devastated. Karen's headed over to get John where he needs to be and will be spending the night over there, so we're going to spend the night with Lila. Oh these doggies. πŸ•πŸ˜ͺ

Tomorrow it looks like a trip to Home Depot in Carson City as the refrigerator I ordered is in. πŸ˜€ 12 inch gray pavers will be next and an order of rock. 

Have a great evening! Happy Hour time with Lila! 😍 🍺🍷

Thursday, May 12, 2022

A quick trip to CA to visit Grandma, water and electrical being worked on for the kitchen!

 Tuesday night we spent with the pups next door.  Wednesday morning we got  up, had our coffees and caught up on what our blogging friends were up to. 

Headed home and got ourselves ready for a drive.  I made a couple of low carb breakfast burritos for the drive so we could eat while on the road. Left here about 0800 and headed to Carmichael, CA for a visit with Ken's mom.

We called her to let her know we were coming over.   Got there just a few minutes after 1200.  Diane was there along with our oldest son, Bryan. πŸ’•

Ken, Me, Bryan and Grandma front and centerπŸ’—
After visiting for a few minutes inside we headed to the backyard where we heard of her upcoming plans for the place. Always something going on at Grandma's that's for sure. Keeps her young at 94. πŸ’–

Ken, his sister Diane, Bryan and Grandma..πŸ’œ

Ken, Grandma and Bryan πŸ’™

Because we were making this a one day turnaround we only stayed about 2 hours.  A little after 1400 we were on the road headed back home. We'll be back soon πŸ’–

Bryan brought us this table, cast iron on the bottom, wood on top and you can make it as short or tall as you want, pretty cool! πŸ˜ƒ

We stopped in Gardnerville at about 1630 and had an early dinner. Another coupon meal, so we got out of there for $22.00 + tip. One of the few places that serve grilled turkey burgers and they are so yummy! I was able to bring half mine home for lunch on Thursday. Ken had my left overs from Dini's on Mother's Day. 

Once we got home we headed next door to have happy hour with the pups. We were going home to spend the night, but Mugsy's little sad face got to me, so we ended up spending one last night. πŸ’™πŸ•

Today we were up at 0515 and had our coffees and treats.  I stripped the bed and took the sheets home to wash them (Karen always says not to, but who wants to come home and work?!).  

We went back a little later and Ken did a little fence repair.  These winds have been horrible so the fences needed a little help. Put the freshly washed sheets back on the bed and did a few dishes. 

I headed into town to drop a return in the mail and stopped at Raley's quickly. Karen called and invited us to barbecue once they are home later today. 😊 We've texted and talked some but excited to hear the details of the trip. Sure there will be a couple of furry kids who'll be excited too! 

Ken's out working on the kitchen. Water is done and working properly. Now to put the electrical stuff in. He got the piping in and we pulled the wire as far as we can today. Luckily we had the wire left over from the bunk house so that's a saved expense. 

The way things seem to go nowadays, neither Tru Value or Lowe's had any 3/4"electrical conduit so we bought 3/4" water pipe. It's a schedule 20 as neither had schedule 40! Thanks Brandon! 😱😑 This will work just fine though. Was actually pretty easy to suck the white nylon rope through with the shop vac and then pull the electrical wire through. πŸ˜ƒ

Time to head out back with a glass of wine and supervise a bit! Gotta keep that contractor working! Shoot, maybe I'll even take him a beer!🍺🍷 Have a great night! 


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Bar B Que next door, Mother's Day, water pipe in, Ken's lung appointment was awesome! We are so blessed!

Saturday we went over to John and Karen's and met up with Karen's family to celebrate Mother's Day.  We took hot dogs, broccoli bacon salad and lemon bars.  Izzie (Karen's mom) made up stuff for some tacos. All so good and way too much food. We were missing Karen and John but glad to have our adopted/chosen family there! 

Izzie (Karen's Mom), Me, Auntie (Karen's aunt) Ken πŸ’—

Look at all that food! Isabel and her grandma, IzzieπŸ’™

Lila watching TV! lol..😁

 Mother's Day..May 8th..heard from all my boys! Adam called and I had messages from Allissa, Holly and daughter in laws.  I'm a happy camper.  Honestly Mother's Day and others are made up holidays and I know my kids love me 365 days a year. Yes it's nice to hear from them..but I love hearing from them any time!! πŸ’—

Almost 25 year ago...Russell's wedding day πŸ’—πŸ˜­

Russell's son Aaron playing football! He's a senior next year..#20!!

Sunday morning we headed to Topaz Ranch Estates to get some firewood I saw on Facebook Marketplace.  Little over a cord of Pinon Pine for $150.00.  We don't burn it in the house but it's perfect for outside fires. Beautiful place! Mike helped us load it so we were out of there earlier than we thought. We took the wood home and then at 1300 we headed for Dini's and had an awesome linner. (lunch and dinner). 

Sunday evening we headed next door and stayed with the pups overnight. :)

Monday we ran up to town to the local Tru Value and got some stuff so Ken could get the water line in the outside kitchen. They didn't have everything we needed but he could get started. 

By the end of the day we had a water line for the Youngstown sink we have. A lot of digging, glad it's mostly sand.  

My beautiful rose from Amber...Karen's daughter πŸ’•

Alot of digging for the water line..

Just love our clouds...

The water line is in! 

Lots of sand he had to dig..spoil pile is huge!

Today we got ourselves up and going as Ken had an appointment with his lung doctor in Carson City.   We got there early and got right in. We were shocked that there were no masks required. Dr Foster commented that he thought I didn't come to the last appointment. I told him that I was there because he was the only one of Ken's doctor's  I would wear a mask for if needed as he was the dr that saved Ken's life. 3 years ago he wouldn't give up until he found the problem of Ken's lung issue! If it weren't for him I wouldn't have a husband now! 

When we left I got a big hug from him πŸ’— Ken goes back in 6 months for another check up! He was happy with Ken's blood pressure, weight and chest x ray! πŸ˜ƒ

After that it was a trip to Lowe's to pick up some pipe for the electrical and a few other things. Walmart was the next stop and then we headed to CVI for a late lunch. They sent some coupons last month so we got out of there today for $20.00 + tip including a beer for Ken and 1/2 carafe of wine for me 🍺🍷 

We're hanging with the doggies next door for the night. Tomorrow is a visit with Ken's mom in Carmichael, CA. One day turn around. Thursday I put the contractor back to work LOL! 

John and Karen texted earlier they were broke down right over the Texas border. After some cool down time they were able to make Tucumcari, NM. We'll see what happens tomorrow. 

Time to watch a movie and call it a night. Enjoy! 😁

Friday, May 6, 2022

Aaron and Football! The Kitchen gets all three sides!

 I know I've posted this picture a few times over the years, but it still amazes me that 52 years ago last night we were at Ken's Senior Ball. Where does the time go?! 

Russell, Lori and Aaron headed for Salt Lake City yesterday and a 7v7 Football Tournament. Today Aaron and his team members got a couple of pretty incredible visits to UTE College and Weber State. Very impressive, so I stole a few pictures to share on here.  Now to see what the future holds for him. Last year of high school coming up. Mason too. Another, Where does the time go?!!


Every time I see him he just gets more muscular..and they
were just here a few weeks ago! 

Must be the Weber sign..

This is Aaron's team from Sacramento. A lot of dedicated parents to make sure 
their kids get this experience in Utah! 

Pretty plush seating...all about Football

Russell said there's 5 more kids coming in tonight to play some football tomorrow!

Now on to the kitchen :) Ken got an earlier start today so he finished the back, got the third window in and finishing the side! I'm loving the way it's turned out, my vision exactly.  Next the floor which will take some doing. Alot of leveling needs to be done then a base and then pavers. 

I'm so in love with this! πŸ’— Hubby did an excellent job! πŸ’–πŸ˜Š

Blogger isn't let me caption the pictures..so where it's open on the two sides we will
put chicken wire so it will still be open but will discourage birds from sitting there.
Next on to the floor πŸ˜€ Then water and electrical. 

I did order a fridge today from Home Depot that should be in around the 16th. Not a real big one but it's 58 inches tall. The bunk house has a fridge and so does the Komfort that works well. Really only will be stocked when we are expecting company.  

Tomorrow Karen's mom, auntie and rest of the family will be coming over to Karen's for a barbecue so we won't get much done here. That's ok, Ken's worked really hard out there in the miserable wind! Now he'll be working inside and once he gets the bottom filled in the wind won't bother him a bit! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Headed to Happy Hour with the furry kids and after dinner we'll spend the night again. They are much happier with company! Have a great evening!

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Lowe's , Kitchen siding going on!

 Tuesday morning we headed to Fernley to visit that Lowe's. We finally decided what wood we wanted for the kitchen and they had it! 

We got there and looked all over and had a couple of associates help us. Two guys who have helped us before found it.  A brand new band of 156 pieces of 1x4x12. They had to get the fork lift and bring it down. These two guys are a really cute team together. πŸ˜€ Always happy and smiling. 

60 pieces of wood and some nails for the nail gun $513.00 out the door! Ouch. Definitely would have been more if we'd chosen another wood. We are nearing the end of the most expensive stuff, pavers for the floor will be next. We're talking about having a load of gravel delivered so that'll hurt too πŸ˜‰

I came out of the house and he had started the wall. I asked him why he was doing the wood that way. He said "I liked the way it looked" I'm like I don't think so. He laughed because he did it so he doesn't have to make a cut on every board. Put the wall up and then use the multi tool to cut them all at once. I watched that and it worked amazingly. The top piece of wood is what the wood will look like once Mother Nature finishes her job! 

We knew when buying this wood their would be some air gaps, but perfection in
the walls isn't what we're looking for. We're looking for character HAHA. 

Yesterday Ken had an appointment for service for the Tundra so we took separate vehicles and stopped at Betsy's Big Kitchen for breakfast. YUM! Dropped the Tundra off and in my car we headed for the hospital so Ken could get a lung X-ray for his appointment next Tuesday. Nothing is wrong, the lung dr just does this every 6 months before his appointment. 

I waited in the car as they're still requiring masks. I can sit in the car mask free LOL.  He was done pretty quickly and they had called saying the Tundra was finished. Picked it up and headed home. 

Ken worked on the kitchen until it time to head next door for Happy Hour with the pups. We came home and had dinner then headed back over to spend the night. 

The side and back work from today. 

Inside looking out...

Today (Thursday) we took it really easy and Ken didn't get started until about 1200 LOL. It's nice and warm but the darn wind is up again. It'll be cooling down starting Saturday for most of next week. 

                            End of today the back wall

John and Karen made their 1st destination of Durant, OK to see his daughter and meet his 1st grandson in person.

Stetson and his grandpa John πŸ’™

Today I got a picture and a text they made it to Stillwater, OK their next destination. Saturday, John's son Jesse graduates from college. Karen said it stormed all the way but they're safe and sound. 

A fire and a well deserved drink! Enjoy you two! πŸ’–

Happy Hour for us now. Heading next door πŸ·πŸΊπŸ•πŸΆ

Monday, May 2, 2022

More work on the outdoor kitchen :) Babysitting the furry children next door! Happy Birthday Allissa!

 Friday morning we headed out for Carson City Lowe's. First was a stop at Walmart for some groceries. Once we finished there we were headed for Lowe's and it was still early. Ken said to do an online order for Total Wine in Reno, as we knew it would be done by the time we were going to get there. Who am I to argue, right?! 

We stopped at Lowe's and got the piece of roofing we needed so he could finish the roofing. We bought 10 2x4's for the framing of the windows. $166.00 the cheapest yet, but we really didn't have much. 

We headed over to Total Wine and then it was time for dinner on the way home. Betsy's Big Kitchen never seems to disappoint and Ken had lunch for the next day. 

Again, the day was pretty much done by the time we got home. We headed over to John and Karen's for Happy Hour. John was home as they were leaving Sunday to head for Oklahoma. They are going to see John's first grand son and then to another part of OK to see his son, Jesse graduate college. They'll be gone about 2 weeks so we are baby sitting the pups at their house. 

Ken got the roof finished and then started on the framing of the windows and walls. Looking good! 

It's coming together nicely..roof is on 

Window is framed for the red windowπŸ˜€  He'll put that in later when
we do that wall as it's only single pane..

We have a framed in window! 😁

How it looks from the back porch so far 

Because the wind was so bad Ken put a tarp up..sure made the difference 
today! You can see how the wind is pushing the tarp in!

We have two windows in!!

The back wall..

Sunday we went over for Happy Hour with the furry kids. We weren't going to stay the night but Mugsy looked so depressed I told Ken let's go home and have dinner then come back and stay. Yep, Mugsy has me wrapped. LOL. He crawled in-between Ken and me and then by morning he was on my side under the covers..such a sweetie. πŸ’–

We were going to visit Ken's mom today, but it didn't work out with what she has going on so we'll go next week. She sounds good though. 

Tomorrow we're headed for Lowe's to pick up the wood we want for the walls πŸ˜ƒ Not quite sure what that is but we'll come up with something. Actually had Happy Hour in the outside kitchen and came up with what we want. 😁

Today is Jacob's sweetie, Allissa's 21st birthday! 

Happy 21st Birthday Allissa!! We love you! πŸ’—

We're at John and Karen's house and will be spending the night with the pups. Ken found some fencing that needs repairing to make sure Mugsy doesn't get out, so he's working on that in this miserable wind! 

Mugsy πŸ’™

Have a good night! He just came in! 😊🍺🍷