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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"The past is behind, learn from it.  The future is ahead, prepare for it.  The present is here, live it."  Thomas S Monson

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cleaning Out the Coop

The mister and I have been cleaning out our chicken coop.

It hasn't been a place for chickens to reside for many, many years.

It's been more of a storage unit.

We dragged every piece of junk treasure out into our yard.
Some stuff we haven't seen for a long, long time.

One of our neighbors walked by and said he thought it looked like our coop
had barfed all over our backyard.  Nice.

He was kind of right.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"No matter how difficult the trail, and regardless of how heavy our load, we can take comfort in knowing that others before us have borne life's most grievous trials and tragedies by looking to heaven for peace, comfort, and helpful reassurance.  We can know, as they knew, that God is our Father,  that He cares about us individually and collectively, and that as long as we can exercise our faith and trust in Him there is nothing to fear in the journey."     M. Russell Ballard

Happy Pioneer Day!

Friday, July 22, 2011

One (Wo)man's Junk

The other day I was walking by one of our elderly neighbor's homes.

The wife died a few years ago and the husband now resides in a care center.

Their adult children were cleaning out their childhood home and
they were throwing this in the dumpster!

Ummmm.  If you don't want that anymore, I'll give it a good home...

You all do understand, don't you?

What a treasure.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New and Shiny

After almost 40 years of marriage (that's right, I was 2 when we tied the knot), some
of my equipment seems to be wearing out.

Also some of my housewares.

So I decided to do a little upgrading.

My stainless steel flatware was dull and dated after
14,965 dishwasher washings.  Go ahead do the math.

So I started to shop around and found these beauties at
Horchow online.

They are  perfect since we live in the Beehive State.

Aren't they cute?

New and shiny.

They're making me feel like I just might need a face lift.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"If we thought of life as a gift, we might not demand nearly as much from it.  And if we lived
more graciously, giving of ourselves more freely to the well-being of others, many of
our personal concerns would disappear, and life would become easier for all." 
 Lowell Bennion

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Shed

Remember how the shed looked in April?

Me either so I found a picture to jog my failing memory.

This  is how it looked in May after our adorable son and his
friends finished up the patio cover.

This is how it looks in July.

Do you love this sign?   Got it at Brenda's adorable shop
Just A Bed of Roses.

In Farmington, Utah.

I love sitting out there in the morning when it's cool.

It's one of my favorite places.

Now if we could just get our lawn planted.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Don't you just love it when plants show up in unusual places?

Nothing planned or tended just a lovely little surprise
from Mother Nature.

That old trash can is halfway full of potting soil and a little
bird must have deposited a little seed last fall.

The rain and sun did the rest.

Looks kind of cute next to our shed.

Thank you Mother Nature!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"They say genes skip generations.  Maybe that's why grandparents find their grandchildren so likeable."  Joan McIntosh

Saturday, July 9, 2011

27 Days of Fun

We have had a busy, busy month here at Mimi's Cottage. One of the
reasons we've been so busy is because
these two little sweetpeas came for a visit.

 The mister and I went to southern California to pick them up.
Then we put them in the backseat of my VW Beetle and
drove across the desert.

For twelve hours.  In the heat.
AC is the greatest invention ever!

We had a great time.

See, they're still smiling.

While they were here we went to the Tree House Children's Museum
in Ogden, Utah, where they milked a large plastic cow.

And they rode a bucking bronco with their cousin.

And made refreshments for all.

We loved the child size potties at the museum.

We spent many hours at the park.

And we got all dressed up and went to church.

We swam...

We made s'mores...

We slept in a tent...

Mommy flew out just in time for her birthday on July 3rd.

They went home last Thursday.

Now I have plenty of time to clean house, go to
the gym, or blog.

All is calm.

Mimi sure does miss them.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sunday Sayings

 "It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have
never had it taken from you."  Anonymous

Friday, July 1, 2011

Want S'More?

The other night we had a fire in our firepit, and of course
since the grandkids were here we had to have some s'mores.

Have you ever used a peanut butter cup instead of the
traditional chocolate bar?

My new favorite!