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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Busy Week

This little guy spent lots of time with Mimi and Grandpa last week while his
mommy and daddy spent time with his baby sister.
We decided to put him to work.

While sister hung out in the NICU just relaxing and
growing stronger everyday.  (She's doing great!  Thanks for all your prayers!)

Betsy had an appointment with the groomer over at the Paw Spa.
Why yes, we do know she needs braces!

Mimi had an appointment with this torture diagnostic equipment.

We're more that 200% of our annual rainfall through the month of May.
We've broken all kinds of rain records this month which I do
believe the flowers love since they seem to be happily growing.

And so is the lawn.

And guess what we woke up to on Memorial Day?

Snow!  Can you believe it?
We're hoping for a little spring weather before the
heat of summer sets in.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things--wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."
Eda Le Shan

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

An Early Arrival

I don't know if you remember or not but a few months ago I told you our
oldest daughter was expecting a baby boy in July.  Well, that baby he
turned out to be a she and instead of coming in July she decided she wanted
a May birthday.  So here she is, sweet little Margaret Ann, born seven and a half weeks
early!  She's currently residing in a NICU but she's doing very well.
Mimi and Grandpa think she's adorable.
All four pounds of her.

Her big brother likes her too.
Almost as much as his new motorcycle.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"Jesus Christ is not our last chance.  He is our only chance.  He will show us the way because He is the way."    Sheri Dew

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Polka Dot Porch Pillows

It's been FREEZING here in northern Utah.
And raining for days on end. 
There was no
way I was going to work outside, so I did a little sewing.
Inside where it's warm.

 New pillows for the porch rockers.  For when it's
warm and sunny.  I'm trying to be optimistic.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Mother's Day Gift

There were some good guesses about what we'd be building with our big
pile of wood.  But nobody guessed it would be a patio cover, and that's
what we built with the help of our son and three of his friends.

A perfect spot for the potting bench. 
And a great place for watching summer lightning storms.

Not quite finished but almost.  When one lives in the
desert like we do, shade is important.  Thank you son! 
I love it!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun."    Mary Lou Cook

Friday, May 13, 2011

Summer Project 2011 Begins

We've been very BUSY here at Mimi's Cottage this week.

Buying wood...

Digging footings...

Buying more wood...

Painting every single stick of wood...

Two coats, primer and finish...

We're doing all this so that we can have a little shade.
I'll show you the finished project next week.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Box Full of Chair

The Mister went to California and while the cat was away the mice
decided to play.  So I went to IKEA and brought home a big box full
of chair. 

Isn't it amazing how they figured out how to get a great big chair into a kind of small box.  Good job engineers!

I'm the smiley one on the right.

I love it!  It was kind of fun putting it together without any supervision...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully
as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that
demanded the best I could bring to it."   Rose Kennedy

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Wash Stand

Last week I bought an antique washstand from a friend of a friend.
I'm going to use it in our guestroom as a bedside table.

She has another one available if anyone is interested.

It'd be adorable painted white don't you think?

Or do you believe good wood should never be painted?

Just email me if you're interested.

(email address is on my sidebar)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

River Rock

Well, the weather is finally cooperating and we've had a few days of dry weather.
The temperature is still a little cool but perfect for moving rocks and mulching flower beds.
So we did. 

The river rocks in front of  the fence and the mulch should really cut down on the weeding this summer.  Hopefully we'll have a few more days of spring before we settle in to the heat of summer.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"Happiness?  The color of it must be spring green."   Frances Mayes