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

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"Man can not discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."  Andre Gide

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Road Trip!

It started getting cold here in Northern Utah so the mister and I decided to
hook up our trailer and hit the road.

We drove down to southern California to see our two little sweetpeas.

Look who lost a tooth!

While we were there we ate lots of this...

And this...

After almost a week we headed north along the beautiful California coast.

We camped right on the ocean at Rincon.

See that island out there?  That's one of the channel islands off of Ventura.

Have you ever read Island of the Blue Dolphins?  Well, that's the island in the story.

Every morning and evening about eight dolphins would glide by our campsite just beyond
the breakers.  A beautiful show but hard to get a picture of them.

This was the view from our trailer.  It was magical.

Gorgeous sunsets, temperatures in the 70's.  Flip flops on my feet.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle." 
 Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pioneer Woman Pot Roast

Pioneer Woman Photo

Have you been watching Pioneer Woman on the Food Network?

It's a pretty darn good show and her recipes are pretty darned good too.

A few weeks ago she made a pot roast so I decided to make one too.

It was delicious!  Go here for the recipe.

It's perfect for a cold winter night.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."  Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges."  Anonymous

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy Anniversary 40th Edition

I was nineteen, he was an older man of twenty five when we married.

Boy, did we ever have a lot to learn.

As in all marriages there have been ups and downs.

The last few years it's been definitely up.

We've had four great kids and now eight fabulous grandkids.

We've been so blessed.

Happy Anniversary Honey!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Working on the Entry

We've been in our house for a little over three years now.  
Our contractor built our house to the drywall and then we (meaning he)
did all the finishing.  We (he) installed the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, 
and the hardwood floor, tiled, finish plumbing, finish electrical,
 painted, landscaped, and lots more.  Did we save any money doing it ourselves?

I think so, but I'm not sure.  The mister and I enjoy working on projects together
so I guess it's been worth it.  After awhile you get used to not having things 
finished.  I hardly noticed all the missing baseboard and door trim.  

We are finally getting around to doing some finish carpentry.

The entry wall before...
Plain old drywall.

Getting ready for the paneling...

 Paneling going up...

Stuff from the entry stashed in the living room...

Checking out wallpaper books for over the paneling...

This is where I'd like the wallpaper to go...

Paneling still needs to be caulked, painted, and trimmed.

See that cool door on the coat closet?  We bought 12 doors from
an old house that was being demolished.  Ten dollars each vintage hardware
included.  Still needs to be painted.  Escutcheons need to be plated.

Feels good getting a few projects started.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly."   Lao Tzu

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2012!