Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Monday, April 26, 2010

Summer Project 2010

Last summer our big project was putting in our front yard and building a shed. Check and check. This summer our big project will be installing the backyard. Fences, patios, irrigation, lawn, plants, trees, patio covers, arbors, walkways, and lots of other stuff I'm sure I've forgotten. Last week we borrowed a tractor, moved some dirt around, and scraped the ground so we could get it kind of level. The building with the star on it is an old chicken coop that was on the property when we bought it. We're trying to save it but it's pretty rickity.

That big tree out there is an ancient walnut tree. Probably over 100 years old. Love that tree but it's so messy. We won't cut it down though, the shade it produces makes up for the millions of leaves and walnuts it drops every fall. So that's what we'll be working on this summer. We need to get busy before it gets too hot.


Linda said...

Hi Mimi~ I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

Angie said...

Wow, you have a lot of projects to do and I know it will look great and be worth all the hard work in the end. Good luck!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Sounds like a HUGE project! I'll look forward to seeing how it turns out!


Nola @ the Alamo said...

It will be amazing! I do so hope you can save the chicken coop, it is adorable!

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

a blank piece of ground...lets see what Mimi and Mr can do!

It will be wonderful I'm sure of it, and your kids won't have to wonder where there parents are at!

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

HOly Cow! You have a LOT on your plate.
I know you will have it all "checked" off in no time though....:-)
Before you wedding? You're having a reception in your back yard right?
I love your walnut tree! I would come begging walnuts in their green pods if I lived close to you. Good for walnust dying linen for Rendezvous clothing!
I also love your rickity Chicken coop with the star on it, adds lots of personality. It's my kind of thing!
Can't wait for updates!
Enjoy your day

Lisa said...

Wow! I'm pouring myself a Dr. Pepper just to read this post, as it's exhausting. How will you find the will? I am so impressed.

Kelly said...

Oh, wow. You guys are so ambitious! I found your house the other day. I had thought it was the other yellow cottage house-- next door to my daughter's house!
So glad your not going to cut down that walnut tree. I don't know what it is about Utahns, but they seem to love to cut down trees, makes me crazy!

~~Carol~~ said...

It's going to be so much fun watching your progress! Be sure to share lots of pictures of every step of the way. I'm so jealous of your chicken coop!
Have a great day!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love old trees. We had walnut trees and chestnut trees around where we lived in PA. I loved them so much and miss the big ones. Messy, yes.

Robin said...

Oh My! That's alot to get done! Can't wait to follow along as you turn the backyard into a beautiful and inviting space to enjoy. I just know it's going to be great!

p.s. the old chicken coop is lovely, hope your able to save it.

Cozy Little House said...

Sounds like your work is cut out for you! And here I can't find any more space in my little gardens to plant anything. You'll have plenty of room!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Mimi,
it looks like you have been busy, and will be busy. We are tackling a big project at our house too. It seems a lot of my blogging friends are as well.
I guess Spring Fever. lol

Love your chicken coop, we have an old one too.

Looking forward to seeing your results from all that hard work.

Donna said...

Wow, that's a lot of space, Mimi. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it!


Kelee said...

Neato Mimi! Great befores..the afters should be a knock-out! Love old walnut trees.

Thanks for your kind comments on our pets!


Sue said...

Hi Mimi....well you are certainly ambitious!!...Can't wait to see the finished results.....But I am interested in your IKEA kitchen....I love that sink and their cabinets look terrific but I have never known anyone who has them....They do look like good quality...how hard were they to install yourself?.....Sue

Shellie said...

Wow thats alot of work but will be well worth it. Just remember to try and have fun while doing it. ;)

Annie said...

Can't wait to see what you do. I bet you finish your yard before I finish mine:)

Lallee said...

Wow. No time for slacking off at your house! LOL You will really, really enjoy the fruits of your labor on this one. I'll be watching.