June updates and favorite bloggers.

“Do not judge by appearances, a rich heart may be under a poor coat” —  Scottish Proverb


Alright, this is a little intense. The months are really going by too fast. Whats up with that anyway? Have you noticed that lately. If this keeps up the years will fly by and I will be 100 years old before I know it. Better get to work living everyday in wonderful ways. Make everyday count and you will always have a good nights sleep at the end of it.


So this is what we have been up to this month at our home. First, we have been spending a lot of time with pool upkeep. This old pool of ours is not easy to keep up with in the summer. I forgot one day to check on it because I was inside the house painting and fixing up a bathroom. We had a leak. Anyway, just one day of not adding chemicals makes the pool turn green really fast. My husband wants to either turn this old pool into an apartment or grow fish to eat.

I can’t believe we are still getting flowers but we are.I keep making my little bouquets to add to my kitchen table. Every once in awhile fresh bouquets in the stores make nice gifts but when you have a whole family to feed, fresh flowers are luxury items. Then I started thinking why not bring some flowers from my garden inside everyday. It’s nice bringing a little bit of sunshine in to our homes.

And this is what’s been going on this month with our edibles. Yep, still getting tomatoes.I can’t believe that either. They are so yummy but I already brought that up last month with you all. Wish I could share the taste with you guys. My husband says they taste like cotton candy. The grapes are starting to come in too, along with corn and squash.

I am still propagating different plants in my garden…trying that is. I will keep you all updated on that as well. So far I am  terrible at Petunias, only one survived and then it ended up dying a couple weeks later. It is just getting too hot out there for Petunias.


My needle felting project this month was this Sunflower. I would love to make a little pig like Licolnshire did at fenn crafts. Maybe next month I will try that. She is so talented.


This months second hand purchases include this old wooden cabinet. It cost $10. Can you believe that, I know crazy huh?. I looked around asking everyone standing near it at the thrift store if they were buying it and they all answered no. Maybe it’s just me, I mean I like it. I can’t believe all that time I wasted asking everyone around this cabinet if they were buying it. I was trying to be polite I guess, then I said to myself…what am I doing, I’m the one buying it. Looking around for my husband or any of my kids to stand next to it while I looked for a store employee, which I couldn’t find, I went off to purchase this cabinet that no one else seem to love as much as I did. My family were all doing their own shopping somewhere, so I was on my own. I left that little cabinet for awhile telling myself that if it is still there when I get back, then I was meant to have it. Guess what everyone, I was meant to have it.


Here it is all cleaned up and painted. But I am not finished yet. I need to distress it and then I was thinking of a really beautiful folk art woodland animal design on the cabinet doors. Looks like Alley Cat has already claimed it as another apartment for herself, guess I am not the only one that loves it.


Bought these turquoise earrings for $2. My Nana loved her turquoise, it was very trendy back in her day. I like the color because it reminds me of my home state of Arizona.


And this acrylic dried flower thingy. I have about three of these old paperweights in my collection. My Nana used to have them displayed on her bedroom dresser when I was a little girl. I always grab these up when ever I see them, especially if they have flowers or anything with shells in them.


My husband’s healthy recipe I would like to share with you all is Vegetarian Chili. My daughter made some cornbread to go with it . Drizzle a little of honey over fresh hot corn bread, it is delicious.

1 cup pinto beans

1/2 cup kidney beans

1/2 cup cannelloni beans

2 cups of crushed tomatoes

3Tb. Quinoa ( I don’t even know what this is, but my husband wrote it down for me…I will ask him later, remember I usually don’t cook)

2 Tb. Cumin

1/2 cup diced green chili

Throw everything into a crock pot and fill with water and cook until done. You all know how crock pots work. You just plug in and away you go, several hours later you will have a yummy hot meal to eat. We are trying to cut back on salt so add salt and pepper to your recipe for extra flavor.


We also had a fun day of visiting a museum exhibit this month. Museums, libraries, movies theaters and shopping centers are how we keep cool and our sanity during the summers here in Phoenix.


Before I forget again, would have posted a special post for this one- HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY HUSBAND. This was his birthday month. We are two summer babies, mine is next month. This is my favorite photo of him because he didn’t know I sneaked up on him when I took it. It is at his aunts place in Tuscany. I was going to post it in my last post about our early travels but for some reason everything kept deleting when I tried. Something was up that day with WordPress I think. Anyway, here it is.


Okay now onto my favorite posts from you all, and this time I am going to try to keep this short, so if you aren’t on here and are a follower of mine please leave any favorite post of yours or one you read that you would like to share with everyone, just leave a link in the comments. And like always, I wish I had  more time to read more posts because there are some really great posts out there I am sure I am missing. Thank you everyone for sharing yourselves with us all.

Favorite animal posts-

Summer is bringing out so many adorable posts of birds, bunnies and bees …I just love all the photos and stories you all have been sharing.


Chandra Lynn

Laura M. Bailey

These posts are filled with adorable cuteness. Wish I was there in their gardens and memories when these animal adventures were going on. Chandra, I do not know how you were able to stay away from those rescued baby bunnies. I know they are wild but I wanted to snuggle and just smooch all over those little bunnies. So, so adorable, all of these posts were.

Here is my doodle for Chandra, she also posted about doodling. I think I might have found another creative hobby to work on, like I didn’t already have enough on my plate. Seriously everyone, give doodling a try, it relieves stress. You can be as silly as you want when you doodle.


Favorite photos-

It is all about hummingbirds this month for me. I don’t know how Margaret did it but she got her birds to behave. My dove visitors still act up now and then.

Margaret at soulfood


Favorite travel posts-

It’s all about beautiful blue water. Oh, and one adorable little cowboy hiking through the woods. I want to visit all these places.

Hiking with a little cowboy-  

Shoestringdiary- Buntod reef and sandbar


Favorite garden posts-

Edge of humanity 

Beautiful, what a treat to have a garden like this.

Sw-Yard and Pond 

Your flowers are amazing. I am daydreaming right now with the bouquets I could make with those. Very pretty.

Favorite spiritual posts-

Pure Glory-  June blessings for everyone…thank you pure glory.

Clara-  heavenly predictions

I had a post all saved but forgot where I wrote it down. I went back to find the post but couldn’t remember which one it was. I remember reading about an author from Ireland I think. It was a YouTube clip and this woman can see guardian angels. Anyway I couldn’t find the post but Clara’s site is so beautiful and peaceful that any post of hers is a great visit. I love the photos and clips.

Favorite DIY-


This is so cool. Groovy Barbie furniture made from retro fabric scraps. I don’t have any little girls to make this for but you gave me a great idea for one of  my pincushion dolls. Maybe I will have some time this upcoming month to make one and post a photo for you.

Favorite just because I liked reading it posts-


What a sweet posts about two sisters enjoying a favorite meal together. Now I want some KFC. This was my dad’s and Father in laws favorite fast food to order. I remember my dad bringing home a big bucket of Kentucky fried chicken with a big smile on his face when I was a kid. Back then it wasn’t KFC.

Jane Fritz- tourist hordes

This post really opened my eyes to how everything has changed. I remember when my husband and I would visit family in Italy and when we wanted to visit a tourist area my husband’s uncle always made us get up super early before anything was even opened. It was nice that way because we got to walk around undisturbed. When I read this post I got a little claustrophobic thinking about the hordes everywhere. Wow, how things have changed. Here is an old photo I took many years ago in Venice, it wasn’t crowded at all when I took this photo. I also got to walk up the leaning tower of Pisa. I remember my husband hanging out inside telling me to please walk back inside the tower because where I was standing there were no guard rails. All I can say is that I think I over worked my guardian angels a bit…so sorry angels, but that’s a crazy young adult for you.


Some of my favorite bloggers I am following this month. There are two really cool sites that are just starting out. Both really nice families sharing their adventures with us all. Check them out:

Sunup to sundown


My prayers this month go out to any of my followers who may have health issue or just feeling down in the dumps as they say. Also a prayer goes out to Chandra Lynn.  So sad to read about your losses. I will say a prayer for good health and happiness for you and your family.

Alright, think that is it. Remember please share any of your favorites in the comments below along with links. Thank you for stopping by for a visit.May God bless you all and Stay safe, healthy and happy where ever you are out there in the world. Have a beautiful Sunday from all of us at Our Little Red House.


Coming up in July-

Last months repost of DIY Americana crafts…forgot about this last month. Been a bit busy.


Summertime second hand shopping– some fun junking days to share with you all. We are serious shoppers here in our city when the temps go up.


Repost- Christmas in July projects.

Arizona adventures– some new and old photos of us exploring  the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world. It’s right here in Arizona.


YouTube baking- two ingredient chocolate cake.

Dollar day do over– wooden folk art dolls. I got bags of yarn and wooden dolls to decorate.


Friday family fun paper crafts- paper milk carton barn.


Hope to have an update on Our Little Red House up north. We never got a chance to head up this month and before we knew it the month just flew by. We still have a pipe to fix and cleaning and painting to do. There are forest fires all over our state right now and the air quality is not the best in some of the areas up there in the forest and mountains. We have two family members with asthma. It is hard doing home repairs when air quality is bad.


I know, I know, I did write that I was going to try to get this months updates short. At least I tried. Happy Blogging adventures everyone. And Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian followers.


29 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya Kohl says:

    I love so much in this post. I just picked up some quinoa at the store and was about to begin trying recipes made with it. I’ll have to try the chili for sure. Ty😊

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    1. Thank you Tanya, I didn’t even know what that was. My husband loves cooking, always has. I hope you and your family love the chili.

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  2. Jane Fritz says:

    Wow, lots to think about in this post. My favorite is your husband’s idea of turning a swimming pool into an apartment! 😏 Thanks for the shoutout. It sounds like we were both lucky enough to travel early in our lives. Little did we know!

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    1. I know, everything has changed and it keeps changing really fast. Traveling isn’t the same anymore that’s for sure. Yeah, that’s funny about the pool but he could turn it into a little mini guest house that you walk into and a loft built on the top. Whoever owned this house before us (built in 1953) wanted a gigantic diving pool in the 70’s so it takes up a lot of the yard. Everyone always gets excited when they find out we have a pool but pools are not all what they seem, they are work. Here in our city we get ticketed if our pool is green because of mosquitoes. Sometimes when the mosquitoes become too much of a problem the city will spray whole neighborhoods late at night.


      1. Jane Fritz says:

        Wow, ticketed because a pool attracts mosquitoes. Interesting. Mosquitoes are reigning supreme around here this year; receding flood water plus a rainy spring makes for a perfect breeding ground. If your husband does make an apartment out of your pool I hope you’ll blog about it!

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      2. The city gives you a warning first, then they check to make sure it is cleaned up. Usually they find out from other neighbors if you let your pool turn green. They haven’t gotten to knocking on everyone’s door to check, the city doesn’t have enough money to do that. If one of their gas meter or water meter employees happens to notice a green pool they will report it. Also if the grass on the lawn is too high and we don’t cut that, we get a ticket. We aren’t part of a HOA but the city and it’s many rules is like a huge HOA if you think about it. Home owners associations can be a little extreme with their monthly fees. My cousin pays $300 just in HOA fees for his home. So on top of regular mortgage payments he has to pay $300 to some group that tells him what he is allowed to do or what not to do in his neighborhood. You have to park a certain way, only grow certain plants, only some colors are allowed to paint your home etc…it is crazy to get into HOA neighborhoods. If we turn our pool into a tiny home I will definitely blog about that, how fun would that be. My cousin with his HOA would never be allowed to do that.

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  3. Happy Birthday to your hubby 🙂 I knew you were meant to have that cabinet hehehehe 🙂 You said you aren’t finished but it looks great even if it takes you a while to get back to it. LOve, love, love the earrings 🙂 The chili will be amazing when it cools off a bit 🙂 The chili to me is about the seasoning and the beans anyway. I can’t wait to check out some of these blogs. Some I already know but it’s always great to find others. I either don’t know how to do a proper search, or don’t know what to search for because I really just stumble across blogs. If I am looking, I find nothing 🙂 What a blessing it was finding your blog 🙂 You have grown quite a bit since then in followers but you are still just as sweet and well it feels like home every time I visit with you 🙂 Oh and so happy you enjoyed the hummingbirds 🙂 Tell those doves to behave! That’s how I got the hummingbirds to behave. I told them if they didn’t stop fighting over the food I would put the feeders up. The next time I came out that is what I found 🙂

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    1. Margaret you are always such a sweetheart. I love what you wrote that it feels like home when you visit my site, that was always my intentions. I am going to try that with my doves, they need to play nice. Eventually I do hope to get to that cabinet. I think I have a bad summer cold or something (our state has a lot of fire pollution right now) so when I am feeling 100% I have a lot of pretty paintings to do. Thank you for your sweet comments, they always make me smile.

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      1. Well you accomplished the home feeling for sure. I am praying you will feel better soon. I am laid up for a little bit myself but I have faith we will both be up and tackling all that is life real soon 🙂 I stand by that cabinet looks fine just as it is. No one will know it’s not “finished” if you don’t tell them 🙂 hehehe might be fun not to tell anyone. They will think you got a new cabinet every time you fix it up a little more hahaha 🙂 I thank God for you my friend 🙂

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      2. Awww…thank you Margaret, I will say a prayer for you too, that you feel better too. Some summer virus must be going around. And I am also so thankful you stopped by my site way back when I first started blogging, you always are so sweet and do so much for others. God made a good one, when he made you. Have a happy Sunday.

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      3. You give me too much credit. But it is appreciated 🙂

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  4. Omgosh! Thank you so much! I was crushing on the cabinet you cleaned up and painted (Presenting you the bargain Queen tiara!) When you caught me by surprise! Lol
    Too lovely! Thank you! (and fantastic job on that cabinet!)

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    1. Thank you Laura, so much fun isn’t it ?.


  5. What a fantastic post! Beautiful flowers and I absolutely love the cabinet! Great bloggers to follow and happy birthday to your hubby!

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    1. Thank you Lisa, you are always so sweet.

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  6. Dandelion B says:

    Happy 4th of July to you. Id love a pool but keeping up with a hot tub is enough pain lol. Our pond a few years ago kept going green becauae of too much sun. That recipe sounds yummy ivw never used quinoa in my veggie chilli but sounds yum. Mine is beans grated carrots and diced shrums. Your caninet is a great find and flip. My pumpkins are flowering all kinds but all males I am yet to find a “female” with fruit by it. Our tomatoe planta have sprung this week and Ive been enjoying strawberries almost daily off our bush. I am going to try to bring in some perennial and “annual” succulents from my garden. Happy bday to your hubby hope you had a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you Dandelion, I would love strawberries. Oh, and pumpkins always make me happy because I LOVE the fall. Have a great Happy Canadian day…I am a bit tired right now. Just a quick check of emails. I a waiting back for a reply for a old wooden dresser in out neighborhood. We have an online neighborhood program where people give things away they don’t want. Okay, I am off to make dinner.


      1. Dandelion B says:

        We had a busy 4 day weekend..as we speak all the kids are zzzzz and mom and dad are half way there…we spent today at a water park. We have several facebook market places for free stuff. Our patio stone steps and dog pool pad are free from them! A few years ago. Id love a neighborhood one…we just shop eachothers curbs lol. I made a cute hose wreath when I saw a few doors down was tossing a hose out a month ago.

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      2. How fun, water parks are a ton of fun. I bet you guys are tired. You get so distracted with having so much fun that you forget to take breaks. It is just up and down those giant water slides. The guy with the dresser never got back with me…oh well, guess it wasn’t meant to be.


      3. Dandelion B says:

        I dont do slides lol im afraid of heights! Awww thats too bad, but your right not meant to be and will be plenty more!

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  7. Chandra Lynn says:

    Wow! What an incredible post. The monthly updates always are! Thanks for the other blogs to check out, a new vegetarian chili recipe (never thought to add quinoa), for the shout out and especially the prayers. The bunnies are still with us–and up to their usual antics. I don’t know how we’re going to part with them when the time comes. Your doodle is WAY more than a doodle! LOL! Oh–and I love, love, LOVE the sunflower!

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  8. Chandra Lynn says:

    –and “Happy Birthday” to your hubby!

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  9. Gwenne says:

    I love the hutch! And your garden, I didnt plant one this year and I’m missing it. Maybe next year!

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    1. Thank you. That was so funny when I kept asking everyone if they were buying it, I didn’t want to be rude. I couldn’t believe no one wanted it , especially since it was only $10. It is perfect for storing my art supplies. You will love having a garden. Even if a little pot of different seeds. My favorites are always Sunflowers.


  10. Finally I get to catch up on you blogs………and Oh, what have I missed !! Knowing how much work and time consuming blogging is, I admire you for always finding something new to write about. Not only giving us the great pleasure of reading this and picking your brain to get creative too, but also for showing us, that no matter how much you have on your plate, there is always time to be curious and try something new to “reinvent” yourself. That you then also find the time to read what other bloggers have to say and think…..wow, I don’t know how you do it, but kudos and thank you again for being so kind and recommending our site !
    Hope you have a wonderful summer (although I can’t imagine how hot it must be at your place !!) and big hug from Nova Scotia 🙂

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    1. Awww…I do enjoy getting a visit from you and I know what you mean with finding the time to blog, it is hard. That is why I am taking a break for a month but I wrote up a bunch of posts for my daughter to post for the month I am off. I want to do a shop as well, but online business is not an area I am familiar with. I used to be a retail buyer way back in the 90’s and always had fun with that but filling an online shop with products is so different from that world.

      Think I will just stick to the theme of Our Little Red House and the woods and country stuff, see what happens. I know what you are going through with building your dream and being only two people. You definitely have an eye, so everything you do is great. Now days though, in order to sell something, it also has to be entertaining (just watch YouTube’s Crazy Lamp Lady and you will know what I am talking about)

      Now I am learning that Etsy has changed their policy. I haven’t started anything yet, first I like to get a feel for things. It was how I was when I traveled to Los Angeles (many years ago) during their buying conventions. Spent thousands of dollars of other peoples money to fill their shops, hoping that the items I picked for that year would be trending.

      That is another thing about the 21st century and trends, it is so hard keeping up because social media makes trends come and go at record speeds. Think I might write a post on this and maybe get some feed back and comments from others. If I had to be a buyer today, guessing what people would want from what I have been keeping up with online I would choose these items,…

      Anything plant based-seeds, pots, even faux succulents, hanging plants, etc…
      Small home decor items- tiny stools, benches, wooden sculptures for tabletops and coffee tables, end tables…
      Local art made from nature- This is something close to my heart, there are a lot of art supplies out there in the woods and it helps to clean up to help cut down on kindling in case of forest fires. Making small home decor from things from whatever state or country you live in might add to the items uniqueness. Like a Christmas ornament or small wreath.

      Trying to keep everything small helps cut down on shipping cost which are going up all the time. So sorry this so long, but I know you are probably going through the same thing I am at the moment on what to sell. It is soooo hard and that is coming from me, someone who used to shop for the shops.

      You guys are great at your furniture designs, what a gift you have. I would definitely keep a folder filled with large 8×10 photos of your furniture pieces so people can place orders if you are at a craft table sale. Sure you already do that. Okay, I am getting off now. I have all kinds of normal everyday household boring things to get done today. Hugs back, and tell Frank we all say hello from Arizona, oh, and give Emma a big belly rub for me.

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  11. Thanks for taking your time for this awesome reply !!! I really appreciate it !! I know what you’re talking about and how much work it is to set up a shop !!
    About Etsy……..I wish you luck…..I’m on there for almost five month now and sold Zero! Can’t find similar things from others and my prices are fairly low, but nada. I think it’s the shipping costs, but on the other hand it’s the same for everyone.
    I’m going to close my shop there, because it just costs money and with nothing happening it’s not worth it.
    A friend of mine in marketing suggested rather to get a facebook business page and create a shop there.Also I’m working on opening a shop on our website…..but that’s a lot of work too.
    Right now I’m just registering my business and getting things started. Walking door to door here in the area and hoping someone will like what they see.

    I just love what you do and am sure that you’ll be very successful with selling your things.

    Well, as you’re on vacation, I’ll better let you go and wish you a relaxing and wonderful time with your family !!!

    Take care and hugs from Nova Scotia 🙂

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    1. Thank you, and great advice too. What ever happens when it comes to handmade items, at least it is fun making things and there is always Christmas and donations I guess. It is a very slow and long process getting all the pieces together when you start anything. Even blogging takes awhile. Just finishing up on last minute post for next month and I will officially be off. Have a great summer over there in that amazing place you live at. The post where I left a link to both your site and the magazine article will be posted Wednesday July 31st.


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