“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.”
Danial Patrick Moynihan
Two months just flew by and even though I had my goals to get done, I wasn’t able to accomplice them all. Think I may need some time management advice. I always forget to work in normal everyday life projects when I want to accomplish something. I will put too much on my plate thinking I can get it all done. I forget about all those other things that come with life.
I was able to get some of my craft book done but WOW is there a lot of work involved with putting a book together and I am not the best at writing. I am more of a DIY person. I have no idea what I am doing. I am just going for it. I love sharing things. When I was a little girl I would have craft parties at my house and we would all create art in my neighborhood. When my kids were little I taught arts and crafts for the city and at my home. It is my therapy I guess. Art soothes the soul.
So I decided to just go for it and try to get some sort of craft kits out for others to buy, and also start up our Ebay site again, which has been closed for awhile. Then there is that book, a lifelong goal of mine. I am trying to include suggestions on ASD (Autism spectrum disorders) crafts because a lot of my projects were things I worked on with my son when he was non-verbal. That was a very scary time for our family. He talks now and even goes to college. Anyway, I am trying to get this all done by the end of October, we will see.
Meanwhile this is what else has been going on in the time I was offline for awhile.
Took some trips to Our Little Red House. It needs a new coat of paint badly, Those Winter storms up there are rough. The solar was put on and they did a great job. Oh and our neighbors surprised us by fixing our broken pipes from the Winter freeze.
We thought we were driving into town with a no bathroom or water situation and to our surprise there was a handwritten note by the broken pipe that said “ Fixed” and our neighbors name. That was so sweet of them.
I finally got around to making a felt wool twig tree, that’a what I am calling it. I collected twigs from the creek that day for this quick little project. I already had a bunch of felted balls ready to decorate it with.
Can’t remember which follower of mine did a post on this tree design but I did mention her in one of my favorite posts months back. Their just little felted wool balls hanging on twigs in a vase.
Back in the city I have been trying to keep up with the garden. Just trying to keep what we have alive is hard enough. Also trying to clean up and organize empty pots for a Fall garden. You all know how summer gardens are a mess at the end of the season. My husband signed up for a grow your own food class, that will be helpful when it comes to our Arizona garden.
We always get the best plants from the instructor in that class. We are investing in some fruit trees. All the trees we have been buying from the big chains over the years are not producing, in fact, some have actually died. Turns out there are a lot of people out there getting trees from the big chains that never produce.
When my husband goes to take the class and pick up his trees I will hopefully have a post for you all about that.This all takes time and this is what I meant with too much on our plate. The most important things need to get done first, then the fun hobby stuff and last would probably be sitting down to watch a good movie or read a good book.
Healthy tip for this month-
1/2 gallon of chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup whole grain brown rice
3 cloves very thinly slices whole peeled garlic
Simmer both ingredients for 35 minutes
1/4 cup barley
1/4 cup brown and orange lentils
2-3 thin slices carrots
1/8 cup quinoa
1/4 cup bulghur
Simmer low for another 15 minutes
Then add two tomatoes
1 zucchini or other type of squash
Simmer for another ten minutes on low.
Not exactly the same recipe from a book my husband is reading called the end of heart disease by Joel Fuhrman M.D. but close enough. Sometimes you use what you have on hand or leave out things you don’t particularly like to eat. Dr. Fuhrman has a lot of great tips on eating healthy meals. We are trying to make healthier choices when it comes to our life and our two grown kids. For another great soup recipe check out Tanya’s (wordpress.com/read/blogs/113062792/posts/5741 ) potato soup recipe…yummy.
Remember my last updates post in July? This cat was never finished when I did that post. I had started it for my felting project that month but never got around to finishing it. It just wasn’t turning out the way I wanted. I wanted a really sweet and adorable chubby little gray cat.
Well…here it is finished. I almost gave up on it, but I went back and finished it. It’s that stubborn that my husband always reminds me I have. I couldn’t leave the poor thing undone.
I can even live with it’s crooked little nose. I was having a big problem with that nose. I will look back at these early projects and laugh. Baby steps are the best steps to take when learning a new skill. Never throw in those towels and give up…keep up with your dreams and goals. The little balls of yarn are made from embroidery thread. The tail is wired so you can twist it to whatever shape you want.
Some other crafts I had time to work on while I was offline were these pumpkin rocks I made using paint pens I got from my kids as a gift.
And I finished off some clay I opened by making leaf bowls with grape leaves from our garden. I still need to paint those.
My up-cycling project is an old headboard from a bed and some wooden beams. I need to stain and seal the beams, then have my husband attach that to the legs for a table behind our couch. It is in it’s early stages for now.
Second hand purchases this month were these items. A cute piggy bank from the 80’s and a salt and pepper chicken set.I will be starting a new monthly post on my thrift store purchases. More detail and fun items to share with everyone.
This month my husband was in a car accident. No one got hurt…thank you God. We are still getting over the shock of it all. It has been two weeks now while I write this post up. There also seems to be a vehicle shortage in this city at the moment. It’s a lot harder then we thought looking for another reliable and safe vehicle to drive around in. We do not want to go into dept so we are taking our time trying to find a vehicle we can buy outright without a huge loan involved.
In the meantime to help my husband through the PTSD from the accident we have been doing peaceful activities like visiting the art museum in the city.
The museum is just the perfect place to sit and relax while looking at art. I even sat down and drew out a desert scene on a postcard in one room.
I could spend hours in the dollhouse rooms. I remember taking my kids here when they were still being pushed around in strollers.
Such detail in these little rooms. I will have to write up a post for you all and share more of my photos I took that day.
Mostly over the summer, we all found a favorite spot to hibernate in while we escaped the heat. Our house is like a cave in the summer and everyone, including the cats, have their favorite places to hang out waiting for October to get here. That’s a Phoenix summer for you.
My son still kept up with baking muffins and trying out different recipes.
He did all this during the early morning to keep the heat down in our kitchen, having an oven on is like having a little heater on inside.
We haven’t been giving out eggs like we used to. Chickens don’t lay that much during the summer months. Mostly they hang out by the tree staying cool while looking for bugs.
Didn’t have a lot of time to visit everyone this month but hope to catch up some more later. Here are my favorite posts and if you aren’t on here it’s probably because I didn’t get a chance to visit your site, so please leave a link in comments below if there is a post you wrote or a post you read that you really enjoyed. I love reading all of your blogs.
Lisa at Boondock Rambling- My ‘not today’ Day. Just a great read and one I can relate to in my life right now.
Rachael and fierce- Sunflower festival Beautiful family in a field of sunflowers
Renee-heart tokens advice we can all live by
Beehumblewithme– -love your crochet blanket you made, especially the colors.
Lensofchad-travel portfolio great photos
Jama a chicken that teaches piano…so funny. Oh, and your mother is great. Beautiful picture of her on the cover of that book.
The library lady travels – thanks for sharing your morning walk with us all, very pretty where you live.
Josh Danial photography Impressive and stunning, I can’t pick a favorite.
Sunup to Sundown– your white pizza sauce looks so yummy.
Chandra Lynn– -Wish I could have met your uncle, what a beautiful soul.
Lily cafe-I believe Aba therapy saved my son. This is a great post that all parents should read.
Jelly- On willful ignorance LOVED this one, another one we all should take the time to read.
Robin at Haphazard– Pumpkin pie blizzard recipe…YUMS!
Edge of humanity magazine= pollution in Italy…a very sad story. I have some experience with my trips to Italy long ago and a place my husband’s Nonna lived where the air was so thick from the factories it was impossible for me to stay too long with my asthma. My husband’s uncle from that area died from throat cancer and his aunt died a few years later from stomach cancer.
I also like to welcome some new followers of mine this month. Dave and Laura are such a cute couple. They just went on a cruise and shared tons of posts about it with everyone. Thank you guys for stopping by for a visit. Love that adventure you all went on.
Prayer this month goes out to everyone of my followers. I hope you all are safe, healthy and happy living beautiful days with the ones you love. My daughter was attacked on social media the other month for posting prayers for the people in the path of the hurricane and she got some pretty wicked and hateful words sent her way, made her take a break from social media for awhile. Anyway, I hope my monthly pray does not offend anyone, we just wish you all well. Oh, and maybe I should add a tip, stay off the news sites, especially the closer we get to an election. I have written this before and will probably keep writing…the hate is getting a little out of control out there people. Please do something kind everyday and get to know your fellow man and neighbors.
Special thanks to our neighbors here in the city and up north in the mountains. Thank you for the magazines, empty glass jars, egg cartons for our chickens, a car, your time, fixing our pipes, saving those horses, and just being there when we needed it most.
Coming up next month-
Peanut butter cookies
DIY vintage Halloween decor
Arizona adventures- Ghost towns in Arizona
Shopping with Hubby- a visit to a VW store and middle eastern grocery store
Some new subjects I am adding to the blog-
ASD (Autism spectrum disorders) table time crafts- Suggestions on speech therapy, sensory play and occupational therapy games and crafts that I used to teach my son.
Thursday thrift store treasures- a monthly post on what I bought second hand.
In the garden- garden updates, tips, recipes, photos and DIY’s.
Thank you everyone so much for your posts, likes and follows .Happy blogging and thanks for stopping by for a visit at Our Little red house. God bless you all and have a wonderful week.
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