Archive for December 26th, 2007

Our dream home

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

This is our dream home. A month ago we purchased this pile of rocks from a fellow in Gunnison. When the snow melts and the ground thaws we will begin moving all 70 tons of rock to Spring City where it will wait to be cut and laid up in to our permanent home. Meanwhile I am studying all about stone cutting and masonry. The local JC is offering a three day workshop in the same in April. By taking that class I’ll at least know if I should just hire this out or make it a multi year project.
Since acquiring the stone we have been looking around our community for historic homes to use as models for our building project. The one we like the best is not even a stone house but an adobe one in the neighboring town of Ephraim. It is slowly being restored by McKay and Sharon Anreason. Here are some images of that home that I am posting so our architect can look them over and get a sense of the place.
What you have here is a walk around the house starting at the Southeast corner and ending with the Southwest. What follows are some details.

Joseph’s Birth

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

(This entry was written December 23rd but not posted until the 26th due to technical difficulties.)
Everyone is all about the birth of Jesus of Nazareth these days. So am I. I love the Lord and enjoy Christmas for that reason. It is also a cool family time. We had Christmas two weeks ago when all three of our daughters could be here at once. We are now up to our ears in moving and have no Christmas plans other than packing and moving 29 years worth of accumulated stuff. Lee took down the tree yesterday and put it in the yard. Who knows what the neighbors think we are up to.
Today, in addition to being the first day past solstice, is the anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith in Sharon, Vermont. I visited his birthplace quite a few years ago with my daughter Louisa when we were out east looking at potential colleges for her. Joseph is easily the most controversial figure in American religious history. I count Joseph as God’s prophet, the first with all keys and authority since biblical times. This year I have been reading Richard Bushman’s biography of Joseph sub titled Rough Stone Rolling. I come away with the deeper feeling of his genuine calling and of the fact that he is fairly universally misunderstood even by the people who belong to the church he founded. I can’t say that I understand him well either but my attempts to understand him have been adventures in deed. He was a radical, a mystic, an alchemist, a visionary, a charismatic leader and a revolutionary. So, happy birthday Joseph and thank you.