“ Those who stand for nothing, fall for everything.”
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.
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.
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 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– ()
Edge of humanity magazine- Cold war stories/the Berlin wall photos–
Anita- Too close for a close up (amazing bee photo)
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.