Favorite bloggers and updates for the month of March.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

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I can’t believe March is just about over. Since I started getting things done in my life, it seems like life is just flying by. We got some rain again this month and even though it rained, I was still able to get some things done. Although all the pretty flowers starting to bloom everywhere in our garden are keeping me and my camera distracted, so I didn’t get too much done.

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I have lots of little baby cacti to transplant that fell off from the main plant during one of our windstorms, or the birds got to them digging for worms. I love finding them on the ground. I just fill a tiny pot with some dirt and poke the broken cacti in and eventually they will root.

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Some of our bulbs have finally come to bloom.

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I was surprised to see some flowers blooming in my up-cycled pallet garden too. I didn’t realize there were some seeds in there for these pretty little yellow and orange daisies.

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Then this started growing, not sure what this is but it’s pretty. What a nice surprise when this happens. Seeds we forgot about, came back to visit us this Spring.

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The doves and sparrows are getting tamer. While I am working outside on furniture they just hang out up on the garden wall watching me. I think they are so cute with their chubby little bellies.

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The chickens are back to laying eggs.

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The first day it warmed up we got 9 eggs in one day, the next day 7 and it kept going like that the whole week. We only have 5 chickens. We had so many eggs we had to start giving some out to our neighbors. I will have to do some egg decorations for Easter later and share those posts with all of you.

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Remember this? My old school bench I received from my Italian mother-in-law down the street.

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Well I finally decided how to update it. I wanted to keep it wood but it is just a wood veneer covering it and I wouldn’t have been able to sand down the old stains and burn marks that were on it. I did the next best thing…I painted it.

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Then I spent a rainy day inside stenciling a design on it. It is still a far way from being finished but slowly, slowly it is getting done. The cats seem to be enjoying it. They are so funny about their territories.

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On one really wet and cold day (cold for us Arizona desert rats that is) I decided to make my family grilled cheese sandwiches with pickles. I used my husband homemade bread. I filled a huge pot with 1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 oz.) I whole onion, peeled and cut into quarters, 2 cups of chicken stock (you can use vegetable stock if you are a vegetarian) and 3 tablespoons of butter. I got it to a simmer and then let it simmer for 40 minutes. Home made tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches on a raining day is so delicious. Leave the onions out, just use them to flavor your soup while it simmers. Then we watched old black and white classic movies.

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Later that night I worked on a little bed for Alley Cat.

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I had fun with this project, watching old movies and sewing away. I added pom poms to it for a colorful look.

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Alley cat seems to enjoy her new pillow. No more cold hard services, although mostly she lays on people and beds.

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These tiny wreaths are the only craft project I was able to work on this month for no other reason then just for fun.

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It isn’t my idea so I have to give credit to the crafter who inspired me to make some of these adorable little wreaths (https://pattyschaffer.typepad.com/capture_the_details/2010/03/monday-make-it-spring-baby-grass-wreath-html).

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They are so easy. I bought some little bunny erasers to add to mine. I have done wreaths similar to this for Christmas using garland but never using yarn, what a cool idea. All it takes is some wooden or plastic curtains rings, then wrap yarn around them and glue in place.

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With that box of lemons I received last month from our neighbors I made some lemon cleaner. I just filled some mason jars with sliced lemons and poured in white vinegar. I will let it sit for a few weeks then use the liquid to clean around my house with. Can’t forget to give some back to my neighbors, remember to keep sharing back kindness. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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We took a trip to a cactus garden, a date for my husband and I. Yes, we still do dates even though we have been married about 30 years.

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We have fun with it too, saying silly things out loud like “ This is the worst blind date ever, stop eating off my plate” or crazy things that are normal for a couple who have been together all these years to say to one another but would never have been tolerated on that first date.

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How uptight we all are when it isn’t necessary, just have fun with life, even on those first moments when you meet.

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This walk in the garden led to an art exhibit where the artist uses trash to create giant pieces of art. Garden hoses are made into flowers. Old bicycle seats, piano keyboards and license plates are turned into giant butterflies. I will have to do a more detailed post on this later.

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I was so inspired by that walk in the garden and “Trash art” that I went out the next week and had my son help me pick a bright new color to redo our back garden wall with. He picked a beautiful blue. My daughter calls it Tiffany blue.

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The garden wall was a black brown color before. Now that the rain has stopped I have been spending so much time out in my garden that all those other projects like that old school bench have been put on the back burner.

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But I didn’t forget dollar days at the thrift store which is Thursday in our state. That was worth a couple hours away from the garden. You will not believe what we got for a dollar…..this old sewing machine. It even came with the table, cord and peddle. My next project is to turn my husbands old office into a sewing room/guest bedroom.

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Okay, that’s it for the month of March. I know, finally huh?…here they are, my favorite blogs this month.

Favorite photos- Mary at Home is where the boat is- https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/9347426/posts/2200209555

What a beautiful garden you have Mary. All the colors and your photos are amazing.

Actually, I have a few followers that have gorgeous gardens popping out everywhere, but I do want to keep this post shorter then I normally do, so I am only adding one this month. I tend to go a little overboard with favorites sometimes. So if you have some pretty flowers or garden photos in a post of yours please add to comments and a link back…thanks. We all should be sharing flowers and things that put smiles on our faces. Remember the world is hurting right now, especially after what happened in Christchurch New Zealand, so continue spreading that kindness everyone.

Favorite recipe-Armann and Kaymann at the Sugar Attic- Blueberry biscuits https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/76584255/posts/2193888094

YUMMY, I will be making some of these later with my son. My husband and son are both blueberry fanatics.

And for all you bakers out there, even if you don’t think you can bake, Jeanne in a kitchen is doing a bloggers bake off (cool idea) https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/144003363/posts/2659

Favorite inspirational story-Smileyriley94 at hopesongblog- Such beautiful lyrics and perfect for Easter and everything Easter stands for. This music was so peaceful. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post. https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/108545960/posts/1903

Favorite just because it was fun to read- Bionicoldguy posted a story on Miguel Moreno an athlete that is out there helping others. Always like to hear about that. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/91429472/posts/2193015903

Favorite just for laughs post- Michelle at Le Grand Art post about lifestyle blogging is sure to get a few giggles here and there especially if you are a fellow blogger trying to figure this fun hobby out. https://wordpress/com/read/blogs/143768875/posts/962

Favorite up-cycling project-

Lora Bloomquist- https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/78171616/posts/2193499216

Loved the color green you picked for your dresser.

Favorite DIY-Patty Thurlby- https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/68606431/posts/2186692650

Patty posted some really pretty ways to use place mats as art. This post inspired me so much that I picked up some place mats at the thrift store on one of my dollar day shopping trips. I am not sure what I will design yet but I can’t wait to start on this fun project. Thanks Patty.

Favorite new blogger I discovered-Home on the corner-mom and daughter creating together. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/33952974

Another couple of crafters just doing their part in taking old things and making them pretty. Also, bonus points for creating together. Always like to see families working happily side by side. Check out their post on the scrabble tile wood sign. You guys are so creative, thanks for sharing.

Favorite new follower of mine that I am now following-Camie at camiescozycorner- https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/54771559

Such a sweet woman. She spends time in Montana now and then and talks about how cold it is. I have never experienced cold like that, well maybe once during a Winter storm up north near the rim. It gets cold up there. Camie makes you feel right at home with her crafts and lifestyle blogging.

That’s it for this month, if I haven’t included you please fill free to add a link in my comments back to your site. There are so many of you out there doing some great posts, thank you for that. Thanks for your likes, follows, comments and for stopping by for a visit to Our Little Red House this month. God bless you all and stay safe, healthy and happy out there in the world. Don’t forget to spread kindness. Happy blogging everyone.

Update on Emmy at Restless roots (https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/124673962/posts/15775). Last month I asked all of you to keep Emmy, a sweet dog who spreads kindness to everyone in Nova scotia, in your prayers and well wishes. Emmy was having some health issues. This month Emmy is doing much better and there are new photos of her running around in the snow looking so happy…so thank you everyone for that.

Something sad happened this month in our world so I have a new request and a pretty big one if you ask me…please keep the whole world and the people of Cristchurch New Zealand in your prayers and well wishes. And instead of spreading more hate by looking for blame and reasons behind any violence, do the opposite. Do not allow distractions and lies to steer you into a world of blame, chaos and more hate…go to a place of love instead. The people that cause violence would enjoy knowing that their violence created more. Don’t let their mistakes become yours.

“ Returning violence for violence multiplies violence adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Coming up in April:

Farmhouse Easter decoration-an upcycling project

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Hiking with the bees- we have lots and lots of flowers everyone. Can’t wait to share this one with you. Especially to any of my followers that may be ill and can’t get out. Or there is still wet cold ice and snow in your area. Wait till you see this beautiful treat.

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Lemon brownies

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Shopping adventures at Arizona’s largest Yard Sale.

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45 Comments Add yours

  1. bionicOldGuy says:

    I’m glad you liked the Miguel Moreno story. I like stories about people helping others too 🙂

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    1. Thank you, it’s is always nice to hear about people being kind.

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  2. krcc says:

    The yellow and orange daisies sure are pretty! Cute pillow for your cat. I had wondered how u used ur pompoms! 🙆👍

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    1. Thank you, they were such a pretty surprise once they popped out.

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  3. mel says:

    Wow so much beauty to see! love the wreath, so cute yet so calm.

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    1. Thank you, so sweet your comment. Those wreaths are so easy to make and I think they will be perfect little gifts to add to baskets with cookies for friends and love ones. They are really small wreaths so they will fit anywhere.

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  4. As someone who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand I would like to say thanks for your words ❤

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    1. You’re welcome. I hope you all are doing okay over there. These things are happening all over the world so much that people tend to forget about them after they are over but the pain still stays behind for years and years. Stay safe out there in the world.

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  5. Our neighbours across the road sent us over some eggs this week! I didn’t even realise they had chickens! I’d love chickens but would be so worried that the foxes would get them.

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    1. I know, that is so sad when that happens. One of my followers had a whole bunch of chickens and baby chicks and something got to them all. That was so sad when I read her post. I am not sure if she replaced them or not. When I was a little girl we had a huge owl that would steal our chickens and even cats, unless the coyotes got the cats. That was really upsetting. I guess if you have a good coop they are pretty protected, but even that sometimes isn’t enough.

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  6. Wow so much you got done! The blooms are beautiful. The bench turned out amazing. What a blessing all those eggs are. Love Alley’s new cushion. And I’ve cleaned with lemon, and vinegar but never thought of making a cleaner like you did.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, I always look forward to hearing from you. Yeah, I was busy this month and very happy I got some of these projects of mine done. That cleaner looks so pretty up on a shelf. It isn’t my recipe, it’s been around for ages. It is so much better for us to clean with natural ingredients and lemons smell really good to me.

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      1. I love the smell of lemons. When I use them for something, I keep the left over parts(if there are any) and use them to wash my hands lol.

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      2. I leave lemon peels and orange peels in the truck so the truck smells like fresh citrus when we open the doors. It does smell wonderful.

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  7. Michelle says:

    You’ve been very busy! I love the bench! It looks amazing!!

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    1. THank you, that was a fun one to do. I need to make a cushion this weekend for it.

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  8. Dandelion B says:

    wow that sewing machine for a $1 what?

    also I love grilled cheese and tomatoe soup..lived on it as a teen through my vegetarian years, from a can of course lol

    your baby cati remind me I lost the little one my daughter gave me last mothers day, it was fine I had just watered it the week prior then one day it looked like it had shrunk and died. I figured out it was because my hubby moved my incense pot from a shelf by the wii switch ( video game) cause it was dusting it with ash, well the ash must of killed my poor cacti!

    love the xmas trolls, last year I found xmas troll fabric and made a bunch of shopping bags for myself and to give away.

    love the cat pillow and love the bench, my cats too will claim all the furniture I bring into the house to paint, new and shiny they must claim it lol

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    1. Cats are too funny, I will never understand why they love old beat up furniture every time we bring some in to fix up. It always makes me laugh. Love Campbell’s tomato soup in the can, we were out that day and I didn’t feel like going to the store so I checked our pantry to see what we could use from a recipe my husband gave me.

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      1. Dandelion B says:

        Cambells with some black pepper soo yum…

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  9. Chandra Lynn says:

    This was such a fun post–full of info and great blog links. Thank you for sharing. I love the photos, your crafts, your garden, and the cute troll dolls. Have a great weekend!

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    1. That is so sweet of you to write, thank you. Those troll dolls took me back, I remember when they were really popular. I love yard sales and thrift shops because they are like museums of stuff from years ago.

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  10. Chandra Lynn says:

    And that sewing machine! Gasp! What a treasure!

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    1. I know, that was crazy, I couldn’t believe it was only a dollar. It is rare to find deals like that, we were lucky that day.

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  11. showtunessal says:

    What an amazing March! Thank you thank you thank you. You see I was able to visit Arizona. The cactus garden was such a delight. Thank you so much for sharing
    Sal

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    1. So sweet, thank you. I have a hike coming up I can’t wait to share with you all on all the wildflowers out here at the moment. I still need to write that one up. I am out in the garden today to transplant some plants to share with others. Sharing and giving out gifts does fill your heart with happiness. It is better to give then to receive, love the smiles giving gives.

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  12. Camie says:

    Thank you for the shout out! Very sweet of you. I love the color of your backyard wall! And the bench is looking amazing! Love the little Easter wreaths and the pom pom cat pillow. I miss this little desert garden in Tucson when we lived there for a season. That trash art is cool! It’s inspiring to hear of your fun dates with your husband. So good for marriage. Thank you for such an uplifting blog post, as always. You’re right, this troubled world of ours needs a lot more TLC from all of us. Prayers and kindness are a great start. 🙏🏻💛

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    1. Awww…this is such a sweet comment, So happy it liked my post. Yes, the world does need some TLC at the moment. Hope you and your family are having a wonderful Sunday.

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  13. What a great blog post! I enjoyed every single word. My son and I just went through a huge move and transition and moved home where my other children and grand children live. My husband and I separated and will soon be divorced! I’m happier than I’ve been in many many years and as God says don’t be with a wrathful man so I have such peace and happiness today. I will get back to my blogging and I have lots of things, hobbies, projects, all the things I love and I’m doing and new beginnings to blog about! Take care and you’ll see my blog post soon getting them all together! God is Good! Loves the Martin Luther King quotes! God Bless Cheryl!

    On Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 10:57 PM Our Little Red House ourlittleredhouseblog posted: ““Love is the only force capable of > transforming an enemy into a friend.” Martin Luther King Jr. I can’t > believe March is just about over. Since I started getting things done in my > life, it seems like life is just flying by. We got some” >

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    1. Awww…thank you. I love writing my monthly updates, it reminds me of writing in my diary when I was a kid. Every time I leave a quote in my monthly updates it has something to do with what is going on in my life that month. That quote from Martin Luther King Jr. was perfect for that month because there were some family members that were causing drama around that time and it all had to do with politics…which is insane to me. Why people fight over religion and politics will always confuse me. Anyway, that was in the past, those family members that were fighting are no longer really talking to each other and that is that. So sad to hear about you and your husband but happy to hear that you are moving forward and you have many things to look forward to now. Everyday is a new day for your new freedom and Joy. It is also nice that you are surrounded by your children, they keep us young, even when they are all grown up. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend over there and God Bless you all as well.

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      1. Yes mu husband wasnt happy about it and still trying but that’s over. I don’t feel as stressed whether it be finances, personal, emotional he was just drama and didn’t know how to relax and enjoy the simple things in each dsy and complained about the silliest of things no matter what i was doing i was home and he was very insecure didn’t trust meand those are all his issues im not going to live a miserable life because of issues he has. Im over it u wish hom the best but im so at peace and happy just living in each day amd I love having my son with me! At times he gets diwn because hes living eith his mother but hey it’s all fine by me. I wish my husband the best but we grew apart and on my end its just not there anymore. I wish him all the happiness in the world and im great doing ehat im doing. Ill gwt to blogging life gets busy and my 2 dogs are like having children or with Bella it is. Have a great week always love your blogs! Oh did you see Kate was back on writing ! I was glad to see a blog from her!

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      2. That is good, just be happy, and no drama which always causes stress. No I didn’t know Kate was back on. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with everything and blogging is at the top of that list.

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      3. Yes I know I’ve been having a hard time trying to blog. I saw a blog post from her she calls it Coffee With Kate. And my life is completely peaceful now!

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      4. Love that title…coffee with Kate. So happy you have peace now, everyone deserves that.

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      5. I know it just doesn’t fit after her name being her blog for so long. I think she’s only doing it once in a great while she blogged she ran out of things to write about but she’s been busy in u-tube and has quite the following from what I’ve seen I have a channel but I haven’t posted in forever. And yes peace is nice! Very nice! I plan to start crocheting and knitting again to time for a switch and a different hobby!

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      6. Keep being creative it is good for the soul. I mentioned you in one of my posts with a link back to your site https://ourlittleredhouseblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/hunting-for-vintage-books/. I was having problems posting photos that day on wordpress so I added a photo from that post (older photo from Italy) to my updates instead https://ourlittleredhouseblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/june-updates-and-favorite-bloggers/
        Have a great 4Th of July.

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      7. Okay Ill look at it been at the Dr. Today and thank you!

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      8. You’re welcome. Hope all is well. Have fun reading all those books of yours.

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      9. Loved the vintage blog post! Your blogs really come along way you must have purchased a domain. Hard to afford here on one income but I love all you’ve created! Keep up the great writing my friend so glad to be a reader of your blog!

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      10. Thank you, I am doing the free plan with wordpress still but I have a domain with Go Daddy that is kind of on hold at the moment. I have the name but I just haven’t done anything new with the website. I used to change the design on the website about 4 times a month with articles and all kinds of info. I would get about 1,000 visit during my popular months. I haven’t done anything since then. I had all these plans, then I got sick and had surgery, was not 100% myself for about a year but now I am slowly trying to catch up on all those goals. I even wanted to start doing nature crafts on YouTube, will eventually get to things one baby step at a time…I hope. Anyway here is the website I mentioned above http://www.ourlittleredhouse.com. At the moment I am still working on a art/photo/ coloring book of Arizona. Okay, I am off now. Have a very Happy 4th and remember, just follow what’s in your heart and do the things that make you happy.

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      11. I just wrote a long reply and it just disappeared…weird. Anyway, guess I will try again. I have a website http://www.ourlittleredhouse.com but I am using the free domain on wordpress. I haven’t done anything with the website in months. I need to work on that. For now I am having fun designing a art/photo/coloring book of Arizona. I am behind on a ton of my goals but hopefully I will catch up. Keep writing and creating, if its makes you happy, it;s always good. Thank you for the encouragement too. It makes me happy when others enjoy reading my stories. Have a great week.

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      12. I have had that happen! I always enjoy reading your blogs you really are a great writer and so creative! I need some to rub off on me and I jsut love your little red house! I just read your 4th of July blog its great! All you created I love it all. I sit down to blog and then I start reading and time gets away from me! Happy Fourth of July! Fireworks are going off like crazy here!

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      13. One about scared me to death and my dogs it sounded like a bomb. I received my crochet kit today and my knitting needles to. It stated there were knittinh

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      14. Oh I didnt know that and I just had my reply dissapear 2 times I think its the keys we hit. So creative you are I need to get to it. I love the pin cushions to I’ve wanted a tomato one forever! Tiem to get busy I hope I got my crochet kit and knitting needles and I ordered some yarn I had so disappointed in how small the skeins are but I love all the bright colors. I’ve got some more on the way regular size skeins I hope. Yarn sure has went up in price! it states that knitting needles are in the kit but they all look like crochet and I’m going to have to look up the definitions to all these accessories in the kit lol. Love all your stars to I just love stars! It’s all great work you should be proud of yourself! Fireworks are going off like crazy right now one sounded like a bomb going off scared me and my poor dogs to death but Happy Fourth of July to you to! I get on here to write and I start reading before I know it time gets away! Have a great week!

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      15. You too, just came in from a swim outside. The stars are so bright in the sky. I got scared as well when I started hearing the fireworks going off around me, never know when one might be a gunshot. We have a lot of guns in our state. I heard sirens after one popping noise, so I came in. Stray bullets are never good. Try hitting church sales, yard sales, and thrift shops for yarns. I just got about 9 rolls of vintage yarns in a bag at a church sale for $2. Online they sale about 4 for $30 or more. They are wool and mohair, very nice too. Also thank you, I love creating things.

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      16. I just had that happen to me 3 times I think its the keys were hitting and I sit down to blog and start reading its over lol

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