November updates and favorite bloggers for the month.

“ Those who stand for nothing, fall for everything.”

Alexander Hamilton


Again, a month has flown by. Now we are really going to see how fast everything goes by because Christmas and the holiday seasons are upon us. These next few weeks are so much fun that when we blink, it will be over. I hope you all are keeping things simple and stress free this holiday season, don’t over do anything. Just enjoy the moments that this time of year bring us all. Savor those memories and the little things that the season brings and what Christmas is all about.

November at Our Little Red House was full of mini adventures and updates on the house, here in the city that is. I was hoping to get our master bedroom finished by October but October rolled around and I had not started anything. We also had the master bathroom to repaint.


When you have an older home (this one in the city is from the 1950’s) there is always some sort of upkeep involved with it every single year. So November was a month of repainting. I thought it would take at the most two days but it ended up taking the whole week. I am still no where near finished but Christmas needs to come down from the attic so I can start decorating and that comes first.


Our road trip up north involved a stop at the Lavender farm , you may remember that from an earlier post of mine. I really want to go back. There was a storm that hit us this month with snow up north in the high country so the farm may not look the same now, who I am kidding…it won’t. Winter came early everyone.


We ended up getting some pumpkin lotion because it was pumpkin season after all when we were there. They had so many nice products. When we go back we will have to try the lavender lotion. They have a website for anyone interested, I am not getting anything for this, just like looking out for the small businesses.


Then we headed down to the river for another road trip picnic.


This time we all shared a giant sandwich. Our dessert was strawberry cake with cream icing and of course you can’t have a road trip picnic without grapes and cheese.


Walking around the creeks this month got me thinking of my cousin and her fear of snakes.

This was a tiny waterfall that I was standing over. I love the sound of water. Tip about water and the sounds it makes, it changes frequencies from the air bubbles it makes. It is unpredictable, this is what I heard , so any talking or conversations will not be recorded well if anyone is spying…I know weird subject but with everything being recorded now everywhere there are fewer and fewer places to have privacy. Big Brother is getting even bigger it seems. I have heard about television sets recording our conversations, emails and texting…everything about us will be recorded in the near future and is even happening now.

Ever since she told about that fear of hers now it seems I am thinking about snakes more when I am crawling around trying to get a cool shot.


The leaves all over the ground can hide a lot under them. I realized my hiking shoes for the desert areas are not the best for all areas. I like stepping into all kinds of situations when out practicing my  hobby of photography.

This spot above was off the road and there was no one around, so I had the whole place to myself.


My son walked down from where we parked to make sure I was okay and didn’t fall off something and bump my head. I sometimes believe my kids think their mother is a little strange when out exploring and taking photos or collecting things. I will share with him little tips about certain plants and things, tips that my father taught me when little. Just passing that on.


Too bad I wasn’t around this spot during the magic hours, you know sunrise or sunset, when the lighting is so soft and amazing.


The light glows on everything it touches during the magic hours. These photos were taken at high noon, one of the worst times to shoot but we had places to go and things to get done, not a lot of time to wait for that light.

My favorite photo was of this elk just hanging out in the middle of the day in someones front yard. Usually they come around early in the morning or at night but this one was having too much fun munching away. Just couldn’t be bothered I guess. I started laughing at how relax it was. Do not get too close to these animals, they have a lot of strength and they can kill you if they attack.


I collected some leaves to either make into cement bowls or clay plaques later. The leaves out there were huge.


On the drive back to the city we were surrounded by Ferrari’s. It was like a Sesame street moment with count Dracula. I could almost hear him saying “One red Ferrari, two red Ferrari’s,” we kept getting passed by them, one red, then a black, then a white, etc…it was so funny to me. Those things are fast. Maybe a club got together to drive up to see the Fall leaves too. The photos below look like there was only one red Ferrari but there were several red that day and the white Ferrari I wasn’t quick enough to get a shot of.

While we were up north I picked out a couple small trees for our Christmas trees this year. They had a much better selection then what we had available in the city. This is photo of one of our holiday trees when I was trimming it up some more and decorating it outside in the garden area. It looks so pretty out there, I may keep it out there. I love live trees the best but I also have some faux trees too.


We visited a Scandinavian festival this month. I go every year, trying in my own way to expose my son and daughter to some of our Swedish family history and traditions. Each generation born looses a little bit of what our grandparents passed down to us unless we show them and teach them what was taught to us. I try to remember those things my Nana taught me and tell my children those stories from long ago.


My thrift store purchase this month were all about Christmas. Up in that beautiful little mountain town there are thrift stores and antique shops just begging to be explored, like going through an older relatives possessions. I picked out three ornaments.

A deer.


A little girl holding a lamb. She reminds me of my Italian mother-in-laws ornaments. I wonder if she brought back some from Italy when she moved. I will have to ask her.


And I bought this wooden soldier next to a bottle top tree. They range in prices from .69 cents to $1.99.



I was having so much fun with needle felting this month I made two characters to add to my collection. A rabbit and a fox.



Healthy tip this month is peanut butter. Some people are very allergic so this isn’t a tip for them. When we have heart burn from spicy foods we will take a spoonful of real peanut butter to curb that instead of tums. My uncle told me this trick one time during Thanksgiving dinner. He said to try it and sure enough it works. Sometimes those old home remedies work. Make sure it is real peanut butter though, not the ones that are mostly mixed with other ingredients.

Our eggs hatched one early morning. I woke up to get breakfast and heard tiny chirps coming from the incubator. My husband, son and daughter had never seen a bird hatch before and had so much fun watching this.


Now the babies are in their box warming up looking as cute as can be. They are so adorable. In the photo above when I was painting the master bedroom you will notice a light from under the closet door. That is where we kept the babies. It was way too cold and wet out there for newborns. We got some crazy weather the week they hatched. Snow up north at Our Little Red House and rain down here in the city.


I also worked on my Christmas ornaments that I will be giving out this year, along with cookies and sweet treats. Sometimes I will even add a jar of our homemade pasta sauce. My husbands aunt’s and mother have all shown me how they make their pasta sauces. Everyone has their own way of making it but I like Aunt Lucy’s sauce the best. She kept things simple with onions, garlic, tomatoes and olive oil.



This time I am going to try to keep this post some what short. If any of you are like me, then I know you all are super busy, especially this time of the month…good, you should be, go out there and fill your life when happy memories.

Okay, now my favorite bloggers this month…and thank you everyone for all your great posts. For anyone that is not on this list please feel free to include any of your favorites in the comments below.

This month I want to thank all the kind ones out there, so most of these posts are about bloggers out there sharing stories about doing good deeds and being kind to each other.  If you are in the need to read some positive things because you may have just witnessed something ugly online, the television or out in public…just read below at some beautiful things that are happening right at this moment while I am writing this up.

A Jeanne in the kitchen – A care package from Priscilla

A view from this spot- teaching children how to dance in China

Positive outlooks blog- The joy of baking for others

Jane Fritz-Making the Human race whole

Holly G- 26 Awe Inspiring Acts of kindness– ()

Favorite photos:

Edge of humanity magazine- Cold war stories/the Berlin wall photos

Anita- Too close for a close up (amazing bee photo)

Favorite recipes:

Family country living- the homestead bakery- Rudolf cookies

In Diane’s kitchen- granola bars

Favorite arts and craft projects:

A wandaful thing- 12 days of Christmas

I was so happy to see someone else has been doing a 12 days of Christmas crafts for a couple years too. I am on my third year now of 12 days of Christmas crafts but mine won’t start up until after my daughter’s birthday which is December 11th. I have so much fun planning out which crafts to share with everyone, that’s the funnest part to me. Thank you Wanda for also doing this every year.

Painting on glass–  Remember this post of mine on some frugal decorating tips for the Fall. I painted a glass goblet but no where near what this artist does, just amazing and so pretty. I love the colors.

Painting eyes on rocks– This was a fun one to read and see, what talent this artist has.

Prayers this month go out to Rennee at heart tokens– her pastor and his wife just hand a premature baby boy, please pray for them.

And also pray for my aunt and cousin here in Arizona that things start turning out for the better for them in their lives with health issues.

Have a beautiful week everyone, God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.



26 Comments Add yours

  1. You had a another busy week! Love your felted rabbit and fox!
    Your posts always remind me I should get out and do more. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Robin, I always enjoy sharing what is going on over here in Arizona. Right now that Lavender farm is covered in snow everywhere, The roads were closed to Our Little red house because of all the ice and snow. I woke up this morning to a broken french door that blew over from the strong winds. Oh and the rabbit and fox now have a friend, I felted a little owl to add to the group. Have a great weekend and don’t spend or do too much, it is that time of year after all…just have fun.


  2. Dandelion B says:

    Were do i start..k i love lavender i can just imagine the sweet.scent at that farm! Ur felted adorable his eyes.for some reason warming; the glasses on mr bunny are great too..the Ferraris remind me.of all the bikers passing through here on friday the 13ths
    Your baby chickens! I want to snuggle them!

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    1. Awww, this is such a sweet post. I was just petting those baby chicks today, they are so sweet. They always look up to us with such personality in their eyes. I think once again we are getting way too close and they won’t be for meat, just eggs. It was so fun watching my husband and son and daughter get excited about watching them hatch. I found a shadow box frame from the thrift store the other day to add all my needle felted critters to when I am finished with them. And that lavender did smell so nice. I have to go back for sure when everything is in full bloom. It is ice and snow now. We just saw video of the area from the storm that just blew in. Most of the roads are closed up there but it looks beautiful.


      1. Dandelion B says:

        We had one snow storm in the beginning of November. Its long melted away lol. If i ever agree to chickens my 1 rule is they give eggs only and are my babies..never ever to eat.

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      2. That’s me too. I just love them too much. So far my husband and even the neighbors have bought chickens for meat but we all fall in love with them and they become our pets, even after they stop laying. We city folk make terrible farmers. When I was a little girl my family butchered chickens, goats, rabbits and even a pig. The pig was my father’s pet and he even named her. That pig was really smart and loved my dad. Silly, I know but animals connect with us. My dad told my mom not to touch that pig because she was his pet. One day for his birthday she had planned a big bar-b-que and when my dad was away at work she had her brother take the pig (sally) to the butcher. When my dad got home and saw his pig being prepared for a roast he left the house and didn’t come back the whole weekend. I didn’t know my dad told my mother not to do that until years later his second wife told me that story and how upset he still was decades later. My mom was cold like that. My mom loved her parties. We had meat all year that my Nana froze (my mother’s side of the family). They tried keeping me away from the rabbits because they used them for stew but one time (told you this) my dad caught me sharing carrots with them in their pen. He sold those rabbits and never bought rabbits again. Guess that made him see them in a different way. Carrots are good, better then rabbit stew, at least to me but I have heard people LOVE rabbit meat.


      3. Dandelion B says:

        I have a hard enough time eating the “basic” meat pork chicken and beef i do love fish tho…i will never eat anytbing else like moose rabit etc etc and to me i could never love it then eat it. I could be starving. If you have a minute look up ester the wonder pig! I love her..shes canadian too lol

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      4. I love bar-b-Que wings and occasional cheeseburgers. Sometimes we will have roast beef and we all love fish tacos but I am with you on not eating anything I raise. I become mommies to them, even my silly old goldfish in my tank. They come right up and eat out of your hand when you feed them. I will have to check that ester the pig, I am signing off for the night now, been a long day.


      5. Dandelion B says:

        Same here..hoping tommorow is good to both of us.

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  3. simplywendi says:

    my oh my, the beauty that you see and the beauty that surrounds you is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You’re welcome Wendi. Hope you and your family had a happy Thanksgiving and all is well. Now we have Christmas adventures to have fun with and that doesn’t matter what kind of adventure it is. It could be a good movie and a hot cup of cocoa or driving around looking at Christmas lights, it’s all fun to me.

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      1. simplywendi says:

        🙂 I love that you appreciate the simple things in life!

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  4. I call those sunrise/sunset times of day “The Golden Hour” and it’s a photography dream for those of us who love photography. My son learned from an early age about Golden Hour. We’d be driving somewhere and he’d yell “Mama! Pull over! Photograph me in the Golden Hour!” Now he says “Don’t photograph me! I have a pimple!” Oh well. It was good while it lasted.

    I always love those events you visit and that you share them with photographs.

    So many great blog posts to read. I have to keep cleaning out my evil bedroom closet for the house showing on Wednesday, but I’ve left them open on my computer so I can read them all in a little while. Take care!

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    1. Yes…that’s what I meant, the Golden hour. Sometimes I switch things and turn things around and struggle, must be a dyslexic thing. My husband was asleep when I wrote that post up, otherwise I would have asked him. He always talks about the Golden hours. I do not even you with the move, that must be so stressful and around the holidays too, never fun.

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      1. Whoops, meant to write I do not envy you with the move.


      2. Yes. We should have put the house up in the summer or fall. Doing this around Christmas is nuts. I mix words and things up all the time … I am pretty sure I’m dyslexic with numbers – if someone tells me a phone number I switch it around when I write it.

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      3. My daughter was told by a math teacher at her college she was attending that she believes my daughter has number dyslexia because of the way she kept switching numbers too. To get officially diagnosed cost money and most insurance doesn’t pay for things like that. It is why 40 million people have dyslexia but only 2 million people know it. I read that here on someone’s post one time, from a librarian on Dyslexia day or something. The public schools also don’t really help, they say it is a home problem or say you have to go to a professional to get diagnosed and in poor neighborhoods and low income families that just isn’t going to happen. Children everywhere suffer, then grow up and struggle because no one really helps them that can’t afford it. The public schools always ask for more and more money but what do they do with that money? There are some great teachers out there, in really tough areas and poor countries too and in most situations all they needed to teach was a stick and some dirt to write in. Their students went on to become doctors.

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      4. That’s so true. I always wondered if this issue was why I did so awful in math. My teachers just thought I was slacking off. I grew up to hate numbers and math. God bless the teachers who take the time to work with their students!

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      5. God bless them all, there are lots of great mentors out there who encourage children to be the best they can without harming their little souls. Kids need lots of love and encouragement so they can grow up be be happy and emotionally healthy adults to become mentors themselves. There are so many emotionally hurt adults out in the world because of what was done when they were raised up.

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  5. FromTheFringe says:

    As my life keeps getting intentionally smaller and more remote, I feel this ache. I feel sometimes like I’ll never get there to the sweet towns and walks in the woods. This post re-invigorated that spirit and reminded me that every minute I get, every glimpse, every step is a step toward the peace that radiates from your photos.

    Side note, thank you for the awesome blog list! I’m excited to have more amazing people to follow.

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    1. Wow…thanks, this is such a beautiful comment, like poetry. It is poetry. If you don’t have woods near by a city park will do, and even a pretty little spot you make in your back yard with pots of flowers and plants can be a place of peace. We all need that now and then, that’s for sure. Have a wonderful week.

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  6. Holly G. says:

    I just love you! I really do. What a beautiful soul you are. Every time I come here to sit down and read your stories – there is beauty, kindness and comfort. So grateful to have met you. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing my blog. You touch my heart with your thoughtfulness! I’m enjoying reading up on the others when time allows too!

    Ooooh, those little baby chicks are precious!! It had to be such a joy to watch them come into this life – dazed and excited at the same time 🙂 How beautiful.

    How’s the house coming along? I understand very well how involved the whole process of working with an older home is. We’ve been renovating our 1920’s home for far too long now. Time constraints make it all the more difficult, as you’re well aware! Fresh paint really does do something unique for a home though. I hope you will enjoy the change and find your home even more comforting. 🤗

    Each of your creations, including your photographs, filled my heart with joy. You are so very gifted and an absolute joy in this world.

    I’ve missed being able to chat with you. Hope to be remedying my far too frequent absences in the near future. Sending all my love to you and your family this day & always! Thank you for being such a wonderful blessing to us all! 💕 ~ Holly

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    1. Holly, this is such a beautiful comment. This just made my day. Thank you for being one of the good ones, spreading love out there in a world that could use a whole lot right now. I love this time of year and the meaning behind it, we all need to remember that too. Love the simple joys in life, the beauty we are all blessed with everyday and sharing that with everyone. That is what God wants, for everyone to get along and love one another. Hope you and your family are out there enjoying the season. God bless you all and thank you so, so much for being who you are. Have a wonderful Christmas.


  7. Robert Smith says:

    Thank you so much for this excellent article

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