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, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"They say that age is all in your mind.  The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body."  Anonymous

Friday, October 28, 2011

In the Mood

It's been a busy week here at Mimi's Cottage.  I had a mountain of laundry to do after our fun trip plus when you take a trailer half way across the country it needs a little TLC when you get home.

Unpacking a suitcase is easy compared to unpacking an 8' X 26' fifth wheel.

Not to mention the inch of dust on every single surface of our little cottage.

Not even complaining.  It was so worth the effort, we loved every minute of it.

Tomorrow is the deadline for turning in our projects for the boutique that's at the Festival of Trees.

I'm on the Kids Korner committee and we all are asked to turn in ten projects that could be sold at the Festival.  (It's a charity event for Primary Children's Hospital held on the first weekend of December at the Expo Center in Salt Lake City.)  So of course I should have had these all done last April but I left it to the very. last. minute.  

I made a little forest of trees.  Got the inspiration over at Under My Polka Dot Umbrella

When we got home I was totally surprised that I still had some produce in my unwatered garden.

So daughter #1 and I made a few batches of pepper jelly.

Blogger, you shouldn't start drinking so early in the morning!
You're loading my pictures out of order!

When we got home our beautiful tree was all decked out in it's fall outfit
which got me in the mood to do a little Halloween decorating.

I was just going to put a couple of things out...

But when the bins came out I went a little crazy. 
What a surprise.

Four days to enjoy it then back in the bins it all goes.

Can you get jet lag if you don't drive faster than 65 mph?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort."  Jane Austen

Friday, October 21, 2011

Greetings from Kansas

At least I think we're in Kansas...

We've had a great trip so far.  The US of A is an awesome place.  
We've been so impressed by the natural beauty.


The monuments to daring deeds.

The history.

(Independence Rock)

Of course, we've had some mishaps.

And some donkeys in the road. :)

Some peaceful glens.

(South Dakota, you're so beautiful! I had no idea.)

Custer State Park

Some amber waves of grain.

(And corn, and soybeans, and sorghum.)

Some pioneer cabins.

 (I was sooo tempted to put those redwork shams in my purse on the way out of that museum!!)

But I was good...

Some great old houses.

Some interesting modes of transportation.

Some beautiful rivers.

(The Des Moines River in Iowa.  This was the view from our campsite.)

A  Harvest Festival.

A barge on the Mississippi carrying corn down river.

A Folkart Festival in Hannibal, Missouri.

Mark Twain's boyhood home. 

A few adorable shops that I couldn't pass up.  

(Thank you for stopping sweetie!)

Some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

(Over a Home Depot parking lot in Nebraska.)

We tried to stop along the way at farm stands and small hometown
cafes whenever we could.  So fun!

We really do live in a wonderful country. We've flown over it a few times.  I'm so glad we've had this opportunity to go and
see some of it for ourselves.  We're headed toward home and should be there in a few days.

I'm looking forward to playing with a few grandbabies when I get there.

As Dorothy would say "There's no place like home."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sunday Sayings (Wednesday Edition)

"America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true."    James T Farrell.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dear T Mobile

Dear Mr. T Mobile,

Sadly I must write to you today to tell you our long time relationship is over.  Usually I am a very loyal and supportive individual but you have been neither loyal nor supportive to me so we must call our long and mutually respectful affair to a close.

You see, we have been paying you each and every month a rather large sum of money so that we can be connected to our family, friends, and the world at large.  Unfortunately, when I needed you most, you let me down.

I have spent most of the last three weeks wandering around this beautiful country of ours but you couldn't seem to keep up.  Out of 19 days you spent 17 of them "roaming" which means I couldn't connect to the GPS which we certainly needed since a certain person, who shall remain nameless, refuses to ask for directions.

I also could not download adorable pictures of my precious grandchildren, check my email, read or write blogs, google important information like, do female oxen exist? or the recipe for monkey bread!  In other words for most of our trip your "smart phone" wasn't really very smart at all.  There were several days we were sitting directly under a cell phone tower and still nothing, nada, zilch!  How can this be, Mr. T Mobile?

I know you will understand when I say how disappointed I am in you. You are supposed to make my life easier, happier, better.  Instead you have made me frustrated, annoyed, unhappy.

So so long, adios, happy trails Mr. T Mobile.  As soon as my contract with you is up, our relationship will be over.


Mimi Sue

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Sayings

We all have a responsibility - a responsibility to make a difference, to be an influence, to lift someone.  We are all in this together to work out our salvation, to reach our potential, and to be our brother's keeper - to help each other.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Sayings

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.""    Henry Boye