“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right”
I wish I had a machine to start slowing these months down, wow are the days flying by. October is already gone, just gone. Happy November everyone. We had a busy month in October. I’ve been working on lots of DIY projects for my book but I still did not finish it.It’s becoming a project where I have now officially not put a date on it. It’s better that way, there is no pressure, just all fun. Imagine if you never put limits and pressures on yourself with anything in life and just went for it…what would you do today? You can still go for what ever dream you have, just go for it. Okay, here is what we were up to this month.
I have been working a lot outside now that the temps are cooler. I did not realize all the work involved with updating the garden. This is actually what has been taking up much of my time. To keep cost down I am repairing pots and transplanting plants I already have.
I finished painting the cinder block aloe garden my kids made for me. I painted little green vines with yellow and pink flowers. I still need to add more plants to the garden but that will have to wait till later.
We had to change our fish tank’s pump this month. Our tank’s filter wasn’t working very well . I have been putting this off for awhile watching as each month went by and our tank each month that passed was looking so sad, not at it’s best. The fish are much happier now and the tank is back to being clear again. I have had my gold fish for over a decade now and the acrylic fish tank I bought many years ago. It deserved a little make over this month. I even added a couple new plants.
We went up north to check on Our Little Red House. We were able to make the trip up there once we found a truck to replace our old truck. Remember it was ruined in an accident.
It is so beautiful up north. I know my regular followers have read this many times but here it goes…it is such a nice break from the city up there. I will try to do a more detailed post about that later when I find some time. Also, if I don’t get back to comments right away, then I am probably up there in the woods, out in the middle of nowhere.
We have no computer or satellite for news or anything up there. Sometimes my daughter’s cell phone works but mostly it doesn’t. Out in the middle of nowhere it is beautiful and private with creeks and waterfalls, wildlife and acres and acres of trees. It feels like you are the only ones on the planet at times because there are no people around you like here in the city.
While up north looking at property we came across another little free library. This one was so cute out in the country surrounded by pine trees. The one we have here in our city neighborhood has a chalk board.
I picked up a book for my aunt, an old cowboy romance. The Rustler by Linda Lael Miller. I think my aunt will like it. If I have time I might even read it. At the moment I am reading Martha Inc.
Lisa has a good book recommendation and just in time to get us ready for Christmas. It’s called Cowboy Christmas redemption.
Also Jessica Belmont always has great reading recommendations. please check out their sites, they have some great posts about books.
While up north I went searching for acorns but couldn’t find any. Mary did a fun post on some acorns that she decorated with scraps of fabric. She got the idea off of Pinterest. I saw that and thought how fun is that, I want some of those, so cute. So I went out exploring for acorns but all I found were some little bitty apples that look like pears. Very beautiful place to explore though.
There are fields and fields of yellow flowers everywhere up there right now.
We stopped off at the creek for a picnic like always.
My husband bought some Bar-b-Que ribs for our picnic by the creek. I picked up some chips and dip, grapes and cheese. We added my husband’s home made baked bread from that morning and ate away. We also had some hummus and flat bread to add to it.
I love being near water. Hearing the trickle of water hitting the pebbles is so relaxing. There was a family down the creek from us speaking a foreign language that my husband said was Russian. They had their children with them and their boys were having fun trying to catch fish. It was such a happy moment seeing a family out enjoying time together. In the city everyone is always on their cell phones.That is another thing I always post about…those cell phones. Such a nice change from seeing everyone looking down at cell phones and not paying attention to each other. I used to wonder who all these people were talking to all the time, and now I know it’s just eye entertainment of pretty ads and funny memes…no one is really speaking to anyone on the phones anymore.
I tried to clean up the inside of Our Little Red house the best I could before I unpacked the bedding for the night. Things get dusty up there. There was a little moth in the doorway that my kids kept reminding everyone to watch out for “Don’t hurt that month, watch where you step” was said over and over by everyone. It was so pretty…I mean come on, look at it, that pattern is amazing. So many unusual critters up there. To be honest, some of them freak me out a bit. This was a big moth too. Looks like it’s from another planet.
My thrift store purchase this month was bought up north at a second hand shop, here it is, a little bird planter. It was .50 cents.
We had some time to see what our talented neighbors and friends were up to since last we saw them. Robin showed me the guest house they finished for family and friends to stay in when visiting . Karla puts the finishing touches on everything. It came out so pretty.
They added extra windows to the guest house because the view out back is just too pretty to block off. The elk come down off that hill early in the morning. You can watch them from your window.
Outside is a little barn that Robin said he is working on at the moment. I can’t wait to see how that turns out too. Here is a before photo for now.
Then we all headed to the old museum to see what improvements were made with that. They will be moving into the museum soon. How cool is that, to live in an old country store museum. Robin wants to have ice cream socials where we all get together eating ice cream sundaes.
It is such a unique building with so much history.
There are old products everywhere to see in the store. When Robin and Karla first bought the place they came over to our place with the keys. We were all excited to walk into a store that had been closed to the public for over a decade. It was just sitting there all boarded up on that hill. Once we stepped inside we were amazed at seeing products still on the store shelves.
I have old photos from that day in my archives somewhere. Under the store there are catacombs where they used to store the ice. It is scary and dark down there in those cave like rooms. That first day we went down, there were webs everywhere and we all held onto our flashlights waiting for the batteries to go out, which they didn’t…thank you God. Now it’s all cleaned up and and dust free with no webs.
The kids were younger then. They loved exploring that place while it was being cleaned up. It was a history lesson on the past and what products used to look like. When you decide to home school. sometimes opportunities seem to come up where your children get exposed to things they would otherwise not be if sitting in a room all the time. They are in college now so that was a long time ago.
They even have old candy behind the counters that was sitting up there for decades waiting for someone to buy them. They are way past the expiration date now. Fun looking at them, takes you back to childhood. The place has so much history. The Apaches used to come down and trade goods with the store. The White Mountain Apache reservation is around this part of Arizona and although a little far to travel by horses long ago, they still came down from the reservation to do business at this little country store in the middle of no where.
I really need to do a more detailed post on that visit, just too much to share with you all. The museum is closed to the public so these photos I am sharing are a rare look inside to a part of our history here in our country. Our friends are trying to get on that show Pickers. Then the whole world could explore inside if that happens. That would be so cool. I hope it happens for them.
Robin and Karla’s DIY project they are working on is this old wagon wheel. They are going to turn it into a light fixture for their kitchen they are adding to the museum. I will share a photo of this project the next time I head up. More then likely it will be finished. Those two together are worker bees.
It is so fun taking our country breaks now and then. When we got back to the city I had a whole bunch of art supplies from the woods to create with. Every time I go up north I always go out in the woods to collect art supplies. With Christmas around the corner I have a lot of fun projects to do with all this.
I started on my Swedish gnomes with some of my nature supplies. I like to make little things for the Lutheran church down the street. Every year they put on a live nativity for the city and neighborhood and afterwards they give out cookies and sell little handcrafts for the holidays. I will donate a basket of my crafts and a ton of my home made cookies to share with everyone. It always feels good to give to others.
Oh, I can’t forget my needle felting project for the month…this.
I had a nailed it moment with my little hedgehog and that was when I was trying to figure out how to add the spikes. I started sewing and tying embroidery thread first but that just ended up looking silly.
Then I decided to try yarn and just poke the yarn in with my felting needles. Bingo, that was it. I fell in love with the little guy. I think he is so cute. I also needle felted a little mushroom for him.
Healthy recipe for the month is a a fruit smoothie I make for my family when they get sore throats. My daughter got strep this week.
2 frozen bananas
1cup of frozen peaches.
1 cup blackberries and raspberries
2 tablespoonful of honey
1 cup of milk of milk substitute
Blend all together and scoop, sip and eat away. This will sooth those sore throats.
Okay now onto my favorite bloggers this month. So many good ones out there and there are just not enough hours in the day to read them all.
Jamie gates has a really cool vintage photo– I had a chance to go shopping for some vintage photos this week. I found a really cool photo of a family having a picnic.
Favorite recipes- There were actually a lot this month and I am sure I am missing some of my favorite home chefs out there. I follow a lot of you and you all do such amazing jobs. Please leave a link if I am missing one of you. I love sharing your recipes with everyone. Here are the ones I do remember
Sunup to sundown. Italian subs.
Abbey– french toast
Suz– Garlic chicken
Lisa– German apple cake at the Oktoberfest.
Koolaidmoms apple sauce cake.
Diane– Blueberry treat.
Favorite spiritual post-
Beautybeyoundbones– She has such a gift with writing, Very relaxed, like you are there having a conversation with her in person.
Pure glory– – Thank you Pure Glory. Every time I read one of your post it is exactly what I need at that time in my life.
Favorite art posts-
Christian Mihai– paintings on books
People matching art– Don’t miss this post. I understand I have a lot of favorites every month and you can’t visit all the sites but this one is just too fun to miss.
Dominikakorunic– tree ring pour, I want to try at least one piece like this, now if only I could find the time.
Bloggers I follow that are now authors of their own books…good for you, that is so great. I always like hearing about people following their dreams and going for it.
Ihagh G.T,– positive thinking
the alchemistspottery- A potter’s dream https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/89610069/posts/2469109363
Robin’s re-post from Jouney2nu–
Favorite mom post-
Well O’faith– Pinterest perfect life doesn’t mean best life. We all could use this advice. I love your advice about how not to focus too much on appearance. So many fun memories for us to create with the ones we love, who cares if there are dirty dishes in the sink.
Favorite quote of the month-
Drjurisharma– Beautiful people do not just happen.
Ruth’s Halloween walk-https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/92701152
Library lady– A beautiful Spring walk. I believe your friend Melinda would have loved those flowers as well.
Tanya- wildflower walks-https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/113062792/posts/6372 – so pretty and I love anything with stones.
Favorite new follower this month-
Holly G from Wholeness Haven– What a sweetheart. Thank you for stopping by to visit my site. You are so full of happiness, you can tell just from your posts alone.
Yay! two of my favorite followers are back to posting. I was missing their posts. I was starting to wonder if everything was okay in their part of the world. One is from Hong Kong and we all know what’s going on over there and the other is from Nova Scotia. Welcome back you two.
Prayers this month go out to Margaret from soulfood Please keep Margaret and her family in your prayers and well wishes. Her and her family are having a hard time with home repairs and living conditions from the hurricanes. Margaret is one of the sweetest and kindest persons in this blogging community. I always smile when I see she has stopped by my site for a visit. She has been very loyal and was one of my very first followers. She also leaves the most heartwarming comments. God made a good one there when he made Margaret. Actually there are all good ones out there because God doesn’t make mistakes.
Also send prayers and well wishes to Simply Wendi and any followers of hers that are living with chronic health conditions. Wendi started up a monthly question post, check it out, she is a sweet soul as well
Update on our friend. He is doing better everyday after his heart surgery. He is healing nicely and back at home in his own bed. Thank you so much everyone who kept him in your prayers and well wishes. I also want to congratulate our neighbors on their new baby boy. He is so cute and a BIG THANK YOU for lending us your vehicle when we didn’t have one for three weeks, that was very kind of you.
Thank you everyone for your likes, visits, follows and comments. Have a wonderful November and stay safe, healthy and happy out there in the world. God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.
Coming up this month-
Itty bitty treasures at the art museum
Dollar day do over
Back to Our Little red house
Shopping trip with my daughter to a HUGE mom and pop fabric store here in our city.
Mini baked pies
DIY-clay Fall leaves.
In the garden-DIY mini scarecrows and garden updates.
Happy blogging everyone.