Saturday, July 18, 2009


We took a Saturday ride to Berle to see our friends Bonnie and Ray Stokes and their house they are building in the "valley". It is past Enterprise and near Berle just past Berle junction. Then we went over to Pine Valley and visited some more friends, the Spilkers. This is the Pine Valley Chapel.

Pine Valley was so lovely with a cool stream running through the trees. It was so beautiful, peaceful and cool.

You can see Pine Valley off in the distance.

I picked some sage. I want to plant some sage bushes in our yard.

Enterprise is a farming town. We saw many tractors and farm machinery at work. There are approximately 3,000 people living in Enterprise.

This was the coolest cedar tree.

We passed by a dairy farm at feeding time.

A tower in the town of Berle. There are only a few houses in Berle. Most of the houses are spread out around the area.

Here is a cool old building in Berle. There are about 1,000 people living out and around the Berle area.

Another view. Just imagine this was someone's home at one time many years ago, way out in the middle of nowhere. What is the history of this little house? What stories would it tell?

An abandoned train station in Berle.

A small shed behind.

Well, that was our trip to Berle and Pine Valley. I love Pine Valley and would love to have a cabin up there so we could get out of the hot summers here in St. George. It was 113 today in some parts of St. George. It's so hot that the house doesn't cool down when it gets to those temperatures. It's really nice in the wintertime, though. You just have to get through these hot summer months. We had a lovely spring this year.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Here is our house with it's new coat of paint. It's not quite finished and only the front is painted to this point. As you can see, there's still paper up to the windows.

Ever since we built the house I wanted to add these additional boards. It's only taken 18 years now to get them on the house. The color change was a whim from a website I was looking at where I saw a building in Solvang painted something like this. The one I liked had the red basic color with blue boards and small white boards next to the blue ones. We were discouraged from the blue color so we went with the boards white and the house red. I think it turned out pretty cool. Notice the picture with the small blue boards next to the white ones. It certainly is not like any other house on the block...or in Ivins anymore. I really like it. What do you think?

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Yesterday was the funeral of my dear friend Sherry Lyn Petersen. She was an amazing person and she will be missed very much. Till we meet again.