Visit to our little red house.



Been busy spending time up north, getting a much-needed break from the city. The temperature difference from the high country to the city always shocks me. It is so much nicer and cooler being up in the country. Although there is a drought (future post on that later) it is still a beautiful place to be up there.


The list of projects for this trip was to work on some of those craft kits I want to put together. Hang up a shelf and take a couple of photos of the rooms we had finally finished. And as always, clean, dust and organize.


First things first, stop off to say hello to some of our friends up there. We started with our good friends who own the old country store across the street.


They have been very busy getting their old cowboy saloon ready to sell. We will miss it when they are no longer the owners but they will be doing some wonderful things at their country store museum just up the street. Can’t wait to see where they go with that.


Next stop was the Hookers club that is now meeting up at the little church in town. I have posted about this little club in the past because I just love the title of their club. The Hookers club is full of very talented knitters, crochet and sewers. Yeah, I know what you were thinking because the first time my husband heard about this he had a big smile on his face like “I got to see this, hookers in this town”. Imagine the look on his face when he walked in on a table full of yarn and sweet little ladies making baby blankets, lets just say it was priceless. He is now a big fan of the Hooker’s Club and now wants to learn how to knit mittens.


They were working on some amazing things at the Hooker’s Club, like little colorful baby socks, a baby blanket and blankets for their beds. Someone there was even making a rug out of recycled materials with bags and bits of colorful plastic. You know me, and my obsession with recycling, so this was very interesting to me. Can’t wait to have a day to just sit with them all and work on a project of my own but that day I was tired. My husband and I had to get up at 3am to take care of the chickens, garden, and pack back in the city before the sun came up. Remember the sun is deadly here in the summer and that day they had a heat advisory to stay indoors as much as possible. Maybe I will get a chance to create something with those hookers on our next visit.


The next day we stopped off at the thrift store in town. I noticed they changed their sign from Pleasant Valley mall to Thrift store. I kind of liked the Pleasant Valley Mall sign, it had been up there for years and it always made me smile and shake my head, both at the same time. If you think about it, it was a mall in a way, there is just about everything you can think of in that tiny little military building. Not sure why they decided to change the sign after all these years. There is nothing wrong with playing with words and being creative with titles. Sometimes being overly correct with the academia can be so restrictive and boring, at least I think so. So thank you to all those creative people out there, the artists, the writers and the photographers, please don’t change a thing. Don’t let others take away that uniqueness in you, the world needs you and the things you put together, so keep creating and being silly and playful.


We ended up getting an old radio for $3


Some little vintage pigs for .50 cents each


And a bunch of craft supplies for some projects I would be working on later. Think this is what they call a haul now. I am so lost in the social media world and terms but I am catching up.


Back at Our Little Red House my husband put up that shelf we made from tossed material we found and some old iron braces that I spray-painted. The place up there can use all the storage we can create.

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That night we played Monopoly till late in the night. With everyone yawning we decided to finish the game later.


Just like my son, my husband would be celebrating his birthday up there. The next evening our friends surprised him with pies, banana cream and strawberry cream. They also gifted him with an apple press. He can’t wait to start making homemade apple cider. There are lots of apple trees up there and usually there are signs out everywhere when apple season hits for people to help themselves.


There is nothing that can compare to picking fresh fruit from trees in the country. So glad my kids got to experience this while they were young and still do till this day.


With no phone, computer or cable television up there, I had a chance to catch up and finish some of my craft projects. The crafts were made from little twigs and interesting things I collected out in nature (another more detailed post on this later).




I also used some of the fabric I picked up at the thrift store.




And once again Our Little Red House had a lot of cleaning to get done.




We ended up getting up at 3am the next morning for the trip back to the city. Although very hard to get up that early to get everything done, it is so worth it in the end. The animals were everywhere when we drove back. As always, we can’t wait to get back up there again.


Special thanks to Liz, what a beautiful gift of the Virgin Mary and also a beautiful story. Our family will cherish these gifts and protection forever. Also to Robin and Karla…thank for the yummy treats, and all the gifts. Always love seeing and visiting all our friends up there and that includes the animals too.


Karla your cat is so sweet. I never knew cats could be trained to sit and high five people. Mr. Freddy is a very smart and charismatic little fellow. Happy adventures everyone.


22 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya Kohl says:

    Beautiful post… I really enjoyed reading it! Hubby and I love picking fruit in the summer. We pick up apple cider slushies at the orchard everytime we go.

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    1. Thank you, bet those slushies are yummy.


  2. Michelle LG says:

    It sounds like a wonderful place.

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    1. It is a sweet little town and it is a nice break now and then.


  3. Oh I adore your posts and places

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  4. Love the little red house! And your blog!

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  5. 3C Style says:

    Thanks for this wonderful visit. You have such a lovely place. Can’t wait to read your post about the crafts.

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    1. Thank you. It’s was an old post office at one time and the place was built in the 40’s. The kids had fun just figuring out how to decorate and upcycle the frugal way. It was a fun little adventure when we first bought it. We set a goal that everything had to be second hand, recycled or upcycled. Most of the furniture in it was nothing over $20…that was the funnest part to me. We did splurge on some Ikea armoires that were 2 for $100 on sale. That place up there did not have storage anywhere so those armoires were a gift in my eyes, there was no way I was passing that one up.

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      1. 3C Style says:

        Wow! This is great. You never cease to amaze me. You did such a good job. You already know how much vintage and socio-eco-friendly items mean to me. Hats off to you. Bravo!


  6. mel says:

    oooh, I would love to have some vacation, great views and fresh air. Such a interesting trip and creative inspiration you brought home. Can’t wait to see the result. xo

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    1. I love the woods and nature. Think I could live in a tree house. We need rain up there desperately, it did rain a few days ago but we still need more. I love it when the flowers come out up there.

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  7. I fall in love with your little red house more ad more with each post:):) haha wonder how many hubbys were disappointed upon entering the hookers club hahahaha. Your crafts turned out wonderful as always. I wonder how much they are asking for the old store? AND I love the floors in your place. The picture with the dresser, they look like they are wideplank but I couldn’t tell what kind of wood but they are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you. Our friends Robin and Karla own the saloon up there called Dead Broke inn and that is what they are selling . They just purchased the old Hoghland country store and they have done so much work on it, it looks amazing. They are keeping that though. I love all the history and antiques that came with the store. The dresser was an old dresser my husband brought home one day and told me “This is my project” because he knows me and redoing furniture, he wanted to do something. He normally doesn’t work on furniture but he fell in love with the wood on this dresser. He sanded it down and stained it, then added brass handles. We all had fun together as a family working on the little red house. It needs a roof now, that will be a chore for sure.

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      1. I am happy that you started your blog, and share all of your adventures with us because it really is a blessing :):)

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      2. It is my pleasure my friend 🙂

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  8. Chandra Lynn says:

    Beautiful post! Now, I want to buy a house in the middle of some woodsy area and craft a beautiful life. My hubby would be all for it!

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    1. Thank you. There are so many old homes out there surrounded by nature, it is so fun. You and your husband would love it.

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      1. Chandra Lynn says:

        Yes! I imagine…One day. Right now, we’re here. My son loves his school/friends and it would be almost cruel of us to uproot him without good reason.

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      2. That is true. You’re a good mom for that. That old home out in the middle of nowhere can wait.

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