Back to the high country


We got green everyone.


If you read my last post on our trip to Our Little Red House then you will remember when I wrote about everything being dry and dead.


It was a pretty sad post.


The camp grounds were closed, the creeks were dry and there was dry yellow grass everywhere. Even the cows were looking a little sad on that trip…poor animals.


Wow, what a difference a few Monsoon storms can make. It is back to being beautiful and green once again. And on the drive up there were campers and families everywhere.


I am especially glad to see that. It was really spooky when there were no campers or people out up there in the woods.


On the drive up we stopped to collect some more birch wood branches for my little Swedish gnomes. It was so peaceful and just gorgeous.


My daughter recorded the beauty of our Arizona nature. If you listen closely you can hear the wind blowing through the leaves. This is a perfect spot for a nice comfortable quilt and a good book with a giant glass of ice-cold lemonade.


This was just the break we all needed from our city life.   I didn’t get out a lot while up at Our Little Red House. This trip was all about relaxation. But I always make time for a day of photography and on this trip I ran into an old car sitting out in a field.


I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity, thinking this would be so fun to just sit in and imagine driving it all over the planet. If I were to up cycle something like this besides restoring it, I think it would make a great mini movie theater.


The windshield would be the screen and all it would play would be films of road trips from around the world that both amateur and professional filmmakers shot. It would be a fun take on the different styles of what we all see out there on our road trips. For now though, if you sit in this old vehicle you will have to use your imagination for that kind of adventure.


I also got a chance to visit the little thrift store down the street. Remember it is only opened on Tuesdays and Saturdays. They had some beautiful flowers in bloom outside the store, such a striking color of pink.


I have my favorite section in the store, which is filled with all kinds of vintage fabric and craft supplies. I am always loading up on these supplies from the past. The prices are from the past as well since most items range in prices from .10 cents to a couple dollars.


I found an old nightgown that looks like it came from the 70’s. I haven’t figured out what I will make with this crazy busy and colorful fabric but I am sure I will come up with some recycling project.

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I used some of the supplies from my shopping trip to make another one of my tiny teddies. I still have tons of fabric left from an old off white coat I bought. I have six little bears to make and give out this month for thank you gifts.


Alley cat as always hates when I am either reading or sewing little projects and will investigate what is so interesting that I would not want to pay attention to her. It is either that or she thinks I made her a new toy.


We have to bring Alley cat with us when we head up to the country.


She unfortunately has used up all her nine lives so we have to keep a close eye on her now. She is usually up to no good, getting stuck or getting into things she shouldn’t.


There was a yard sale up there that I had a chance to stop at and found the cutest little handmade quilt. I am going to hang it up in my spare room back down at the city. It was all chickens.

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And I bought this adorable hand stitched needle organizer. The woman who sold it to me said she made it herself.

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Out in our back yard the morning glories are coming back now that the rain is here. I can’t wait to see when there are purple flowers everywhere. Thank you Doug (Our next door neighbor up there) for taking care of the yard, it looks beautiful. If you look towards the back in this photo you will see a little red shed. This is our watershed that houses our well. When our kids were younger they help build this with their dad. Out there by the well we also have some wild blackberries that grow but the elk always get to them before we do.


Early one morning we headed down that old country dirt road to Cherry creek to collect stones for a book I received for my birthday in July. Who doesn’t like rock hunting? I haven’t had a chance to work on painting rocks yet but I can’t wait to start. I know it will be a fun project.

DSC_5158.JPG On our drive home I remembered our neighbors up there telling us about all the bear hunters in town and how there seems to be a lot of bears this year. They got three bears. I told my husband I wish I could see a live one in nature. I have seen just about every kind of animal out in our woods even a mountain lion but I still haven’t seen a bear. At one point during our drive back home, off in the distance I got really excited thinking that I spotted a bear, but when we got closer I discovered it was just a cow. Every time we head down that dirt road I always mistake those cattle for bear. Someday I will see a bear; lets just hope it is in a moving vehicle. I do not have the urge to see one up close and on foot.


We did see some deer, but I was too late in taking a photo so a butt shot it was.


I have so many photos of the behinds of deer that it is starting to get annoying. The second photo is a shot my husband took when he saw how disappointment I was that I once again got a shot of the deer’s behind. He also tried to get a good shot but those deer are shy little creatures. He shrugged his shoulders, handed the camera back to me and said “ I tried” and really that is all anyone can do. Sometimes we will say to each other that some things are for our eyes only and just be happy you got to witness it.


On the way back to the city we stopped off for a short visit in Payson, Arizona. Payson is so beautiful; I would love to have a place here. It reminds me of those small towns you see everywhere in movies that are just perfect little towns where everyone is friendly and it is just a great place to raise a family.


We stopped and checked out the old Sidles mud house in Payson.


An old house built back in the day when homesteaders were afraid of the natives burning down their homes. It reminds me of the movie I just got through watching called Hostiles with Christian Bale, which is playing on Netflix right now. I love how the movie shows how ugly both sides can be when people do not get along. If you get a chance you should watch this, it is a really good movie and I think the message is so important, that wars are ugly and should never exist because we all lose in the end. Anyway, this mud home reminded me of that movie after reading the history on it.


This mud house must have been quite a project for the whole family to build together. I love sculpting (even though I really can’t sculpt) and I imagine this being like sculpting a home…hey, looks like fun.


Next to the mud house are little red houses.


I joked with everyone that these were our next little red house projects but I am always joking about that with old beat up houses. There were a couple nervous laughs from our kids but my husband just looked at me and smiled, knowing that we both need a new project to take on.


And just down the street from the mud house is a cute little bakery we stopped off at for chocolate chip cookies, raspberry Danishes and peanut butter cookies. We all have different taste.


Hope you all enjoyed this little trip back to Our Little Red House. Can’t wait to head back up soon. Have a great weekend everyone. Stay safe and healthy out there in the world…and happy adventures to you all.




21 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya Kohl says:

    Your blog is a pleasure to read. I have not seen a bear yet either. We were hiking one time and a couple told us they saw a bear and I didn’t want to go down that trail lol. I hope too see one from the car as well.

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    1. Thank you. Yeah, bears can be scary. I know I wouldn’t want to see one in person.


  2. Your post and pictures are great! 😊

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    1. Whoops just realized my daughter’s video wasn’t added to this post. When she gets home I will have to ask her to add it. The wind blowing through the leaves is such a beautiful sound and just seeing the movement of that shot is amazing. I would love to share that with you all. Oh, well, we forgot to compress but hopefully she will be able to add it or a link to her site so you all can wee it.

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  3. What a wonderful trip. I love Alley :):):) and very happy to hear, and see lol that it rained.

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    1. I am also so glad they got some rain. Alley is so sweet, I think she is part ragdoll because she needs constant love and hates being alone. She meows over and over if she is alone somewhere, like when we leave the house. The neighbors ask what is wrong with our cat and we just say ” She has separation issues” we have other cats in the house for her to have company with but she prefers humans I guess.

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  4. Again another beautiful, versatile post 🙂 Glad you got some of the “wet stuff” and it’s amazing how quickly nature recovers !! Seems your cat and our dog are the same….other four legged creatures are totally overrated to them 😉
    Wish you a wonderful weekend and hope you got your cake 😉
    Take care & big hug from Nova Scotia

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    1. So funny when our pets are more human than animal. We are holding off on the cake until after the surgery, turns out this is a Hurthle cell Tumor and they can be a little tricky with biopsy results. I was very upset at first when the surgeon told me the next day after I emailed you with the good news. The surgeon said we can’t rely on biopsy results alone with this type of tumor, that it is like an onion with many layers, so we will wait and see when I have surgery which is Oct 2. All my blood work is normal and nothing showed up on chest x ray so I have to take whatever good I can get. I am back to freaking out for a whole month until the surgery. I hate the waiting and the highs and lows that come with this but that is life. Thank you so much for thinking of me and sending good energy and thoughts my way, everything counts. Hope you and your husband and Emma are having a great weekend.

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      1. Oh my gosh…..sorry to hear that 😦 I can relate to that….the waiting is the most annoying and nerve wrecking part. I completely get why you’re upset…..first you feel that relief and then you get knocked on the head again…..I’ll never get why doctors and other medical stuff don’t consider the stress people are under who await results and how hard it already is to deal with a situation like that !
        Anyhow….stay strong and try to keep the positive attitude that you have deep inside!
        Big hug and I’ll stay in touch 🙂

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      2. You always make me feel better. And you are right, it is very frustrating with the ups and downs that go with any illness. I read some great stories online about Hurthle cell survivors and that is very encouraging. Now I need to stay offline because it only scares and freaks people out more. We really need to leave it up to the doctors when anyone is sick, the internet has too many stories and some things are not accurate. All my doctors are saying blood work looks fine and all test results are normal so that is good, just be prepared since we can never be sure until after it is removed. Good news is that the surgeon I have is really good, one of our top docs here in our state so he knows thyroids and they say with Hurthle cell tumors make sure you have a good surgeon, that is the most important thing when you are dealing with Hurthle cells. What a crazy sounding name too, looks like I have a Hurthle to get through…everything happens for a reason, my dad used to say. I have a roller coaster ride I have to get on now and I really never liked roller coasters. I am working on a fun Halloween DIY today to post in October. I am going to try to keep busy with DIY’s and pre scheduled posts to have in case I am too tired after the surgery to keep up with everyone. This is helping to keep my mind positive and busy. I still need to check everyone’s blogs out latter, I do love reading what everyone is up to. Take care and big hugs back to you all over there in Nova Scotia.


  5. mel says:

    Looks like a very fun trip and I love the vintage car!

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    1. Thank you. I would love to have that car, looks like a fun project to fix up. I bet my husband and son would have a lot of fun doing that.


  6. Thank you, yes it is very peaceful and a great place just to relax.


  7. says:

    Here they have a Mcreary Rocks it’s on fb all adults and kids paint to rocks and hide them for others to find and they post in the group photos of them. One lady started it and it has grown huge. We have stores here in town that have quarter and 50 cent days there great! My internet was out of commission for a while so I wasn’t on good to be back and read your blogs. Sounds like a lovely place it’s been dry and hot here. Pretty humid and miserable to say the least oh and my neighbors dog killed my last chicken and I have a pig that keeps visiting my yard life in the country isn’t it grand yes it is! Good day dear. I haven’t been blogging much til I get a new laptop or used one well see.

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    1. Good to hear from you, so sorry about your chicken but you’re right, that is the country life. That is so cool about the rocks and everyone painting them. We have a similar thing here in Arizona that they do in a little town called Globe Arizona. I still haven’t painted the rocks yet but I’m going to get around to that this weekend hopefully. I have tons and tons of laundry to finish first. Hope you get a laptop soon, but they can be pricey so hopefully you will find one for a good price, maybe wait till black friday deals around the holidays.


  8. Oh my gosh, thank you so much. I have been trying to finish some turquoise crafts for a post I am doing for October 1 to link back up to your site and I still have a couple more things to finish…I am so far behind on things. That is so sweet, again Thank you for the nomination.

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    1. I am okay with wordpress right now and don’t really have any plans to change. Blogging is just for fun for me so there is no pressure, if and when that were ever to happen I would stop blogging. It is something I started for my family and I to have fun with sharing our adventures, my husband’s recipes now and then and of course my DIY’s and upcycling projects.


  9. 3C Style says:

    Glad you finally got some rain. Fabulous pics as always. It is such a pleasure reading you as well. Keep up the good work. xoxo

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