Updates for December and my favorite blogger’s posts.

“White ones and red ones, and some you can’t disguise

Twisted truth and half the news

Can’t hide it in your eyes-

Lies, lies, lies…yeah.”

Thompson Twins

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Wow, did December roll in in a big way, what a very emotional month for us all here at Our Little Red House. I like my Decembers all about peace, quiet and love. But in this country, heck, in the world, everywhere there was a whole lot of ugly going on. Me being a sensitive person, lets just say it played on my emotions a bit. Plus the holidays are kind of hard for us scapegoat children that have had to go No Contact.

Believe me I have tried and tried to keep peace in my extended family but they just could not except that I was no longer going to allow them to continue making me their punching bag. When I saw my own children being groomed to be the families next generation of punching bags that was when I woke up and saw what I had not seen before, and I broke that generational chain of abuse.

It seemed the harder I tried to switch my role in my dysfunctional family by just being kind, sharing things with others, and staying positive, that just made them angrier. If I tried stepping up the positive, then they all went into a panic and stepped up the drama and negative even more. Even going so far as to twist and turn statements and events into outright lies just to get their fix of drama and misery. Kind of like what is going on in our country right now. So weird, so sad, and so not the world anyone should live in.

So if any of you reading this are also scapegoats, just wanted to let you know that I believe you. I know it hurts the way you were treated and still may be being treated even now. Know that you are not alone, there are so many of us scapegoats now days. Learn to forgive and love from a distance if you have to, although I would hope you also wouldn’t have to go No Contact and are able to work things out. Take each day as it comes and learn to love yourself. Make your days about joy and happiness and don’t allow anyone to ever make you feel bad or not good enough…ever. Everyone deserves happiness.

This month we also got some very sad news about one of my husband’s family members. We are still in shock about that. Again, another one hit me in the gut. Remember when I posted about that mother at Tractor supply telling the cashier that instead of buying gifts they were buying food for their animals?. Well, here was another lesson in life this Christmas for us all. Christmas isn’t about materialism and buying everything. Standing in long lines at the mall just to keep up with everyone and the image some of us think we have to live up to. What pressure we put ourselves under to keep up with it all. It is better if we keep things simple and enjoy making memories with one another instead.

I received a beautiful message Christmas eve from this family member that was given devastating news about her health, she wrote “Be happy with the love that surrounds you and forget the negative because life can end too quickly.” What wise words. So if any of you have been wondering what’s up with Our Little Red House and some of her sad posts this month well there you have it, we were all hit with something very sad this month.

Margaret from soulfood(wordpress.com/read/blogs/123138941) commented right around the time I found out this news. Her words are always written when I especially need them. I know she has a strong connection with God by that alone. We all are looking out for each other here in the blogosphere by the encouraging things and posts we share with each other, so thank you everyone for that.

I am getting back to acceptance and moving forward and hopeful for the New Year and all that it brings. I will continue to try my best to do my best. Please keep my husband’s aunt in your prayers everyone, also my aunt as well. Some things going on at that end too but not as extreme.

Oh, and the political tension was also bad this month as well. Like someone was trying to ruin Christmas for us all…just so gross. Why would someone be so angry, so mad at a certain group of people out in the world, that they would try to interfere with such a special time of year and the ones who celebrate that. Hmm…I wonder why. Can’t we all just get along and love each other and those beautiful difference we all have. Think how boring we all would be if we were all the same person anyway. Every single one of us has something to learn and share from each other.

As you know from some of my posts that this political tension has effected some members in my family. If you come from a toxic family environment this political divide is exactly the drama toxic people love, which breaks my heart, but again, I am hopeful for the new year, that we all start getting along better and we leave politics out of it.

Enough with that part of our update, now onto the fun and important stuff. This month was a month filled with all kinds of DIY’s, lots of baking, Arizona adventures, and shopping trips, so lets start with what I worked on with crafting this month.

I started some plaster crafts. One was part of my 12 days of Christmas posts. It rained a lot this month so my garden DIY times was cut in half. It is a mess out there right now from all the storms. Been awhile since I have done anything in plaster. I have lots of fun ideas coming up for the future.

I am still working on that baby Yoda my daughter wants. I told her baby Yoda is taking awhile to develop, might be 9 months before baby Yoda makes an appearance, because when she saw his smile she said it wasn’t like the baby Yoda on screen. Then   I asked her to show me a picture and she pulled up an animation.

“See?, see how his month moves and his ears crinkle together. Oh, and the lips and his tiny tongue pocks out every now and then and then he smiles.” she said

Tilting my head sideways to get a better look, I looked down at her tiny cell phone screen and answered “Yeah, I see” then looking back up at my daughter with a puzzled look, waited for my daughter to say what I feared she was about to say next.

“That’s it, that’s what I want” she said excitingly.

That is when I gave my daughter my famous mom look of have you lost your mind.

“ I am not a miracle maker”. I told her.

Then I explained to her that she was showing me an animation, she needs to show me a still shot of the cutest expression she likes and then maybe and we are talking about a BIG maybe “I will be able to make you a baby Yoda”.

So while my daughter searches the net over and over for the perfect baby Yoda expression, Baby Yoda will stay in my closet and I will keep reminding her that the baby Yoda she gets will not be able to jump up and talk to us all. Sticking out it’s cute little tongue and smiling every now and then. I am still shaking my head over that request…really?

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We took a mini trip up north to Our Little Red House this month, We played Santa for a day and delivered gifts to everyone (more detailed post later).

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We even got a chance to play in some snow that was still on the ground from the last Winter storm.

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There was mostly ice though.

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We stopped off at our friends place at the old country store museum.

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There was no snow on the ground on this trip in this photo but three days later they got their white Christmas.

It was so pretty with Christmas trees everywhere.

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It has been decades since this old store has had a Christmas tree in it.

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They finished that wagon wheel chandelier. They are probably going to change out the lights though because they seem a little too big and bright for the piece, according to them, but I loved it of course.

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Remember it used to look like this. I love re-purposed anything.

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It was dark when we delivered gifts and it also happen to be the shortest day of the year. It was so cold when we walked into Our Little Red House. We had to start burning logs in the old stove to warm up inside before we made up the beds for the night.

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My daughter adding another log. This old stove heats up the place fast. It didn’t take long before it was toasty warm inside.
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Notice the black door leaning against the wall in the background? That’s right, we still haven’t had a chance to replace one of our broken doors up there yet. No emergency though because it goes out on one of our storage sheds,

We got back to the city the next day just in time because another Winter storm was headed up there. We did not want to get stuck again like the last time. They close the roads in and out of town when those Winter storms blow in.

I had lots of pine clippings to make all kinds of pretty things with when I got back to the city. Some rules about foraging: always check with your state park laws and guidelines when collecting in the woods. In our area we are allowed to pick up cones, twigs and fallen branches on the ground but we need permits for large logs and Christmas trees. If it is on personal property, as long as you have the owners permission, you can remove whatever you want.

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When I got home it started to rain here in the city. In between the storm I made Christmas wreaths in the garden all day.I was able to make 4 wreaths.

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Yep, my french door still needs that glass replaced. Remember the last storm we had and how it got broken. It eventually is going into my Master bedroom with faux stained glass painted on it and tiny lights behind it as an art piece for our room. We have a lot of projects to finish here in the city and at Our Little Red House.

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I also added fresh cranberries to the wreaths.The farmers market that week had them on sale, three bags for a dollar. I even had enough to string cranberry garlands around the house for Christmas day.

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When we all woke up Christmas morning, the whole house smelled like fresh pine and was so pretty with cranberry garland everywhere. It doesn’t take a lot of money to decorate your homes, just be creative and use what you have around you and in nature.

This month’s thrift store purchase was this little cat in a shoe. On the bottom it is marked made in Occupied Japan. It was .69 cents. Jeanne at a Jeanne in the kitchen (ajeanneinthekitchen.wordpress.com) commented about items made in Occupied Japan and the history of that when I did a post on Decorative plates. That day she left a comment I had just purchased this little shoe. Thanks Jeanne for the information. I will have to research this little planter some more.

Health tip for the month is apple cider vinegar. If my kids are getting signs of a cold sore  they add a little to the area and it helps to clear it up. Also apple cider is great for mixing with a little white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to spray around the doorways and windows to help keep insects and pests out of your home. I try to do this once a week since we have lots of animals around our home. I am not a big believer in insecticides that harm everything in it’s path. We have an organic garden and environment we like to live in. For some more healthy tips check out Roxanne’s post for healthy tips for the New Year (wordpress.com/read/blogs/35469237/posts/962) and thank you Roxanne for stopping by Our Little Red House and following us now. Love your site.

Another thing we did this month was a visit to a race car exhibit where they had million dollar cars showcased.

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This was the most expensive car at the exhibit.

The most expensive one was 25 million.Although there is a rumor out there that someone offered the owner 40 million at one time and was turned down.

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My husband used to shoot some of the formula ones when we were first dating. So funny, but one trip we took in our early years involved a trip to Monaco just to walk the race track. My husband’s Italian mother exposed her sons to racing when they were younger. Everyone on the Italian side of the family were always big racing fans.

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This is an old family photo from the Italian side (my husband’s). My husband’s uncle and mother were very young when they took these photos. Many years before they had children of their own.

Maybe I will do a more detailed post later on that exhibit, there were lots of beautiful cars to see.

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Even though it has been raining a lot this month here in our city, I still got out and enjoyed our wet and cold weather. It actually feels like Winter here in Arizona. Some of you might laugh at that knowing it is Winter and what the heck do I mean by that. Well, let me explain a little about Phoenix. We mostly have two seasons here in the desert and those are Spring and Summer. Our temps and weather are like everyone else’s Spring and Summers out there in the world. We don’t really get a real Winter season here in the desert.

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While out exploring around the city in the rain I came across some acorns.

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These were much bigger then the ones I found up north in the woods.

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Passing by this tree I looked down and saw acorns everywhere. You all know what that means, I started picking up little acorns to take back home. Even in the city, with all it’s sky risers, we are surrounded by nature.

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The pigeons were eating up all the seeds but there were lots of little tops left for me to collect for something fun to make and share with you all later.

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Now onto my favorite blogger’s posts this month. Posting a post every day for December kind of made things hard for me to visit you all as much as I normally do. I know I missed some good ones too. December has so many heartfelt posts with all kinds of baking and DIY’s everywhere. I will have to go back and search out what I missed when I have more free time.

Favorite photos-

Edge of humanity magazine-Ranchers

Favorite reads-

Laura- A father’s influence

Dandelion B’s Diary of me- Lady in white

3Cstyle- 91/2 weeks with Titi-

Jama- nine cool things about Tuesday, bubble gum sculptures.

Kat- The bloggers I love Mom’s edition  also thank you for the mention, that is so kind of you and thank you for the other mom recommendations.

One of the mom followers Kat mentioned in post above I am now following. Rachel writes about what it is like raising a child with Autism and all the fun adventures they have together, she even wrote a children’s book to help others.

Favorite crafting posts

Emily M- 12 days of Christmas crafts

Also special thanks to Lisa at Boondock Ramblings for the mention on my Tp craft project. Thank you so much for sharing that fun project with your followers as well.

And Robin at Haphazard homemaker– thank you so much for also sharing one of my 12 days of Christmas crafts with your followers. You all are so kind. Home you all get a chance to make some of these things, doesn’t matter to me if it is Christmas or not. Get an early head start on things for next year. With the way months are flying by, it will be here again before we know it.

Favorite recipes-

Koolaid moms- Hot cocoa cookies

Lisa’s chicken and rice soup

Favorite art-

The Jesus question- Nativity paintings

Favorite traveling adventure-

Veronica

Favorite new follower-

Steph at Myriad of marvels she does frugal Diy’s and tutorials. Thank you for stopping by Our Little Red House for a visit. I loved your post about finding those pretty lights in everything in life. I am a firm believer in seeing those beautiful signs all around us too.

Welcome back again Restless roots even if for short visits and the occasional post now and then, I still look forward to catching up with you and yours. You have been very busy with growing your business and that is wonderful, keep up the good work, everyone needs people out there like you. Also, I love the photos you take of your land and all that life out there you share with us all. Thank you for that.Hugs to you all in Nova Scotia and especially Emmy.

Thank you everyone for some great posts and remember if you aren’t mentioned and you would like to include some of your favorites please do so in the links below. My prayer goes out to all you bloggers out there, that you and your families have a Happy New Year, that you all have good health, that you are surrounded by love and happiness always, and that only good things always come your way for the New Year. God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.

Just a heads up on me taking a social media break for a couple weeks. I will have some things pre-scheduled that my daughter will be posting (she is my editor of sorts, we laugh at that because we both make mistakes).

Anyway, I won’t be able to comment back or stop by for visit in those two weeks. I really need to finish that bedroom of mine and you should see my garden. The garden is such a mess that when I took my mother-in-law out there to show her a giant dog house that belonged to my aunt that she wanted to get rid of to clean out her own garden mess, my mother-in-law seeing the mess commented “Oh, I see you haven’t cleaned your backyard either.” and looked around at a broken pot and leaves everywhere from the storms we have been having.

I did one of my nervous laughs and answered “Yeah, I have been too busy decorating the house inside for Christmas for you all to enjoy.”

I have given up on trying to do it all, so some things stay a mess. I am looking forward to cleaning that garden though. So I will be off to try and get these things done, see you all when I get back.

Coming up in January:

Dollar day do over- up-cycled little stool

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Homemade pretzels

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In the garden-January updates from our garden (Most likely will be a post on me cleaning it up)

Arizona adventures-festival of lights

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Shopping trip to an old trading post.

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Winter trip to Our Little Red House.

Thrift store treasures-antique pillowcase doll dress.

ASD tabletime crafts- Pretend play

Have a Happy January everyone.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz says:

    Lovely photos and I love Yoda that you have there.

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    1. I hope he comes out somewhat happier then he is right now but honestly I have no idea what I am doing, thank you.

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  2. I don’t know how you do it……in one blog you manage to cover everything from heartache to happiness, crafts to caring, photos to ….. well, just almost everything !
    Thanks again for always mentioning our blog and you’ll never really know what your blogs mean to me….on good days and especially on bad 😉
    Just noticed how many new followers you have and not only congratulate you to them ….but you deserve them and many, many more as you do have something for everyone and touch peoples heart with your way of presenting what and how you say it.
    Can’t wait for that book you were telling me about !!
    Anyhow…..wish you, your loved one and everyone important to you only the best for the upcoming year and am so happy that blogging has introduced us to each other and will always be thankful for having met a person like you!
    Big hug from Nova Scotia, me and of course Emmy 😉

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    1. Awww…I can not express enough how much I look forward to your visits here and your posts as well. I love reading about your adventures over there and just all that beauty you are always surrounded by. Thank you so much for the kind words. I can’t remember who found who, guess it doesn’t really matter but I am so happy it happened too. So many people out there in he world need to learn ways to connect with each and just spread that happiness and sometimes sadness to remind each other that we are the same person, that feels the same way and experiences life the same ways too. Hugs back to you all as well and looks like you all have a storm headed your way, stay safe over there and warm inside all bundled up.

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  3. Sounds like your Little Red House is a wonderful place. Take the advice of your loved one. Seems like a wise person. Have a wonderful 2020 full of happiness. Your wreaths are beautiful

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    1. THank you so much, they were so fun to make too.

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  4. Love baby Yoda! I’m anxious to start playing with the felt I bought. Not quite ready for needle felting yet, but I found a bunch of ideas for felt and sock crafts, thanks to your inspiration.

    Thank you for mentioning my blog, too. That is so sweet of you. 🙂

    Like I told you before, your posts are always like a “letter from home”. You have a way of making your readers feel like old friends and I am so sorry that I will probably never have the opportunity to meet you in person. (((hugs)))

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    1. Awww…thank you Robin, you are so sweet. I have family in Oklahoma and Arkansas that I haven’t seen since I was a teenager but I have kept in touch through letters and emails for decades now and I know what you mean about never seeing each other in person, but we are still close by keeping in touch through our letters and updates with each other. Kind of like the pioneer days when families moved far apart to start their lives but every once in awhile would get a letter. We all have stories to tell and share with each other even if we can;t say them in person. HUgs back and have a great year and month too.

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  5. Steph says:

    Thank you so much for the shout out! I’m glad I found your blog and enjoyed getting to know you a little better through today’s post. I hope that you’ll find joy even in the midst of tough family situations and the turbulent political times we’re going through. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Steph, have a Happy New Year.

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  6. joyamead says:

    Praying for your aunts and that your hearts would have comfort and peace despite hardships. Blessings to you for 2020! 🙏❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Joy, blessings to you and your family as well. Have a beautiful and very Happy New Year.

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  7. I just found your blog! I am loving it. Thank you so much for sharing your experience about being a scapegoat. I am also the scapegoat, and I have also ended all of the generational abuse. We also have a No Contact set up. Bless you and wishing you all the peace, love, and joy in this new year ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, such a sweet comment. So sorry you are also a scapegoat too but I am told we are the lucky ones because we can see the truth and have the courage to change things. Just visited your site, great post too. I do believe pesticides cause a lot of problems for us all. Bless you and your family as well and have a beautiful New Year as well. Oh, and thank you so much for stopping by for a visit to my site.

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  8. Cass & Tina says:

    Love Baby Yoda in Progress and your wreaths! Don’t know how you do so much, and you do it all so well! Time travel? White magic? Perhaps the days are just longer where you are! (-; Your posts are always an inspiration!

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    1. Such a sweet comment, thank you. Maybe the days are a little longer over here in Arizona. The sun sure is out a lot.

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