“Some people want a big house, a fast car, and lots of money…others just want a place in the woods away from those kind of people…”
What a start to 2020. In all the Januaries I have live through in my life I can say this is my least favorite of all of them ever. I hope February being the month of love is a whole lot better. This post would be so long if I told you all that has been going on in my life. I am sure some of my regular followers know something is up just by my little rants that keep showing up. I usually try to keep things pretty tame and positive but lately my heart is just not into it. I also know a lot of you are living through the same things right now in your lives. This country is getting so divided. I choose not to fight with the people I am suppose to fight for. Seems like that is what we are all being pushed to do, to turn against each other…family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. It is like living in that Sci-Fi movie Body Snatchers. Some of us can see it while others are in it.
Lets just say I allowed some toxic to work it’s way back into my life and now I have to relive all those triggering things all over again and get out of it. It hurts my heart that no matter how hard I try to keep things positive, there will always be sabotaging and cruel people close by to try and take that away. At least I can recognize it now where as before I was just stuck in it. I have come a long way and should allow my old hurt self to be proud of that.
Also I would like to give a special thanks to a post by Pure Glory called Let it go. I read their post the day after I decided to just walk away from the toxic once again. It was difficult because I always make the mistake of thinking I can fix things and bring others closer. The level of narcissism is so high out there that it is impossible to reach through that wall of entitlement. Some broken people are so damaged they only know how to hurt others. So instead of allowing broken people to take their pain and direct it at me and my families happiness, I will just let it go and walk away once again.
So this is what has been going on this month at Our Little Red House. First we have actually got some of our projects finished. I started on some furniture updates for our bedroom makeover.
I even had some time to work on some more craft projects for my bucket list book I would love to do.
We got rid of a lot of clutter. Filled the back of our car and trunk with all kinds of donations. It wasn’t easy but now that it is done it feels better. When things are all over the place they can cause distractions in our lives, along with anxiety and stress. One of my goals for 2020 is to buy less plastic and more life. I will be investing in real plants instead of fake ones, lets hope I can keep them alive.
My husband is still checking out things on that auction site. He bid on a new head board for our bedroom make over and got it for $5. It is solid walnut and made in North Carolina. It isn’t local but still didn’t have too far to travel with it being in the same country I live in. The head board was brand new and still in it’s box. To order the same one online it was listed at $400. I am trying to stay as frugal as always when I fix something up. So far I have spent about $25 and most of that was on paint. I bought my paint off of the bargain bin area. I found a soft mint green($8) with a white kind of tint to it and a gallon of white($10). I had enough paint to paint the master bathroom too.
I had some chalk paint left from some other projects so I redid an old chest in our room. I am trying to see what I have around the home to repurpose and update the room with. We need a new ceiling fan so I hope one comes up on sale, second hand, or at that auction…we will see.
This month’s needle felted project is this little owl. I see owls sometimes when I am up north and they are so cute.
Some friends of ours brought back a bunch of black walnuts one year from a trip to the south and with the shells I made these little babies in baskets. I might try taking a photo of them floating down the creek next time I am up north. I have an idea for a really adorable photo of them but I need a pretty little stream for the shot.
Healthy tip for the month, since we are on the subject of walnuts is this…walnuts. They are so good for you. We keep a bag in our fridge and for a snack once a day we have a few. They are great for heart health.
This is also the cold and flu season so we have been making sure to always have fresh salsa and oranges on hand. We also got a great deal on avocados one day, they were on special. Eight large avocados for only $1. We made fresh quac, and cheese crisp with green chile’s. There is something in tomatoes, onions, oranges, that help keep your immunity up during times of illness in the air. Some other great foods are apples, red grapes, and lots of lots of onions. During the cold winter months my Nana would say to eat lots of peppers, tomatoes and oranges.
For a recipe on soup to help boost your immunity, check out Sarah’s attic of treasures
My thrift store purchase were these little vases. I loved the color. The design is very simple but unique. I don’t know but maybe they are considered mid century modern, again…I have no idea.
No big road trips this month but I did get some new hiking boots for Christmas that I tried out the first of the month. My feet did a little road tripping.
For every pair of boots bought a tree is planted. So while I hike in my new boots a tree is growing hopefully somewhere. So many lies out there now in the world that I have officially become paranoid. Now I have to see and hear things with my own eyes and ears before I believe it. Not to worry though, we have lots of trees growing in our back yard and we planted 5 more this month, so even if it is a lie (I hope not), at least we planted some trees.
It rained the day we went hiking.
I always love that, rain in the desert.
It is so pretty and everything smells so fresh.
It was a very short storm so the rain didn’t stick around for long.
We added some more life to our home this month. My husband was given some eggs from an Urban farmer in the area. He was from Romania. He spent some time in Italy as a refugee and then was sent to America. He invited us to his church (he is catholic) we have actually been invited to three churches in the past few months and have gone to 2 of them so far. Anyway, he was a really nice man and farmer. The eggs we got from him were so cool looking. They were quail eggs.
We were not sure if they would hatch but they did. So tiny and so adorable. Quail eggs are healthier for us. I might pickle some like my Nana used to do. When I look down at the babies I think of that scene from that movie Raising Arizona where Holly Hunter is crying about how much she loves their baby. I made my husband laugh when I reacted that scene looking down at those fuzzy little balls that remind me of popcorn, “I love them so much”.
It has only been a couple weeks and look how much they have grown. They were in our bedroom closet under the heat lamp that first week of their life and now they have been transferred to the cage at night under the lamp, then outside to that little chicken house my husband won at the auction.
We also went shopping to the outdoor market one weekend.
There is always something interesting to find there. Everything is so colorful and I love shopping outdoors looking at things all spread out on open tables.
I couldn’t believe how huge these lemons were. The man selling them told me about how there are some lemons that are worth $100 each. I told him I think I saw a movie about that once, “It’s a Jewish tradition and ceremony of some sort isn’t it?” and he answered yes. Then I told my husband about the movie and how they made these little huts or something to eat dinner in. I can’t remember the movie but it was really good.
Okay, sometimes I think it is a little silly to share photos of what I purchased second hand and my shopping taste for things are unusual but I figure there are some of you out there that enjoy seeing what other people are buying second hand. So here are my swap meet purchases.
A stained glass heart $2
A barking and walking dog, that also wags his tail. This will more them likely be a gift. I just need to make him a little color. Alley Cat is so jealous of this annoying little puppy, so I stopped turning it on, even though it makes me laugh. You should see how fast it’s little tail wags…too adorable. Cost $3
This miniature vase $1. It is marked Germany with a number stamp on the bottom. It is only about 2 inches.
A spider plant for my master bedroom makeover $8. Plants help keep toxins out of the room, and keep our air cleaner inside. The woman I bought it from grows them herself. I was going to go to a large chain to buy one but they are double the price for a plant this size. Also, it is always better to support small businesses.
Pure Sandalwood essential oil $1.
A Christmas ornament $1
On the way home from the swap meet my husband informed me that he had an item to pick up at the auction. He bought an antenna for $1. Then we stopped off at the bakery and picked up some handmade Mexican pastries in old Glendale.
So that’s it for this month, nothing big, just trying to come down from the happiness of Christmas. There always seems to be a crash after the excitement of the holidays, for some that is, and that can give us the January blues. Oh boy, I’m I looking forward to February.
Once again I did not get a lot of chances to visit a lot of other bloggers. The more I blog the more I discover how difficult it is to keep up with it all. So many great writers, photographers, DIY fanatics (Me) and cooks, and so many fun sites to visit, just so darn hard to do it all. Anyway, I did get to a few of you and here are my favorites but if you aren’t on here (it could be that I just never got a chance to read it), please do share. Leave a link in comments below to a favorite post you read or a favorite post you wrote yourself. Happy blogging everyone.
Favorite recipes- It is all about Football this weekend here in our country and all these recipes are perfect for watching a game together with family and friends.
Koolaid moms- Mini greek pizzas
Robin at Haphazard Homemaker- Grilled jalapeno popper sandwhich
In Diane’s kitchen- three cheese ranch chicken casserole
Deeksha Pathak- Indian Christmas cookies (look like donaut holes to me…yums)
Favorite hike-It’s all about Arizona this month, thought I give a shout out to some of my neighbors in this state we call home.
Sandra Mccall- Hiking Watson lake on a snowy January day.
Ingrid-One of a kind sights in Arizona
BionicOldGuy-A beautiful day at Rancho Canada Del Oro– )
Sheree- beautiful flowers
Favorite just for laughs post-
Lisa Howeler- The day I thought my neighbor was dead in the backyard.
Favorite-time to be thankful for people who came before us and had a lot to teach us about what not to do in the future post (about the Holocaust). I wish our public schools here in our country would teach more about this subject. It is like they are trying to erase it ever happened. Too many witnesses that lived to tell their truths about the horrors they lived through and too many photos of what actually did take place. You can not erase history. Thank you Linda for this post.
Linda Lee- Today is international Holocaust Remembrance day–
Favorite traveling posts-
Little miss traveler- Exploring red square and the Kremlin Moscow
Veronica travels, check out all her posts because she does a lot and she was off wordpress for awhile and lost all her followers (she had thousands) and is starting over. I had to search her out and found her and now I am back to following her. She reminds me of my travels through Italy and my husband’s family that still lives over there. So many beautiful people in Italy, love the Italians (why I married one). So much passion in them.
Don’t worry Veronica you will have many more followers before you know it. Safe travels out there.
Favorite craft posts- there are a lot of baby Yodas out there inspiring a lot of artists. I still need to watch that series. Update on my Yoda…still not done, been put away for the month so I can finish our bedroom makeover. I am starting to add furniture and little items back to our bedroom. Everything is coming together nicely.
Here they are…more baby Yodas, so sweet.
The alchemists pottery– (you can purchase their art)
Favorite homemaker tip-
The Green Crunchy Mother- How to clean your healthy home on a budget–
Favorite- cool photo of a cookie shaped like a heart. So fun when you find signs of love from God out in the world. Renee at heart tokens shares those moments and photos with others. Love that cookie. Here is that leaf I wrote to you about that I discovered in my garden. It is shaped like a heart.
Special thanks for some fellow bloggers listed below – Thank you so much you guys for not only visiting my site, but liking it and sharing it on your site as well. That is so sweet of you. Makes me really happy that you enjoyed some posts of mine.
Laura at all the shoes I wear
Lisa Howler-Boondock ramblings
Prayer for the month goes to the whole world. Pray for the people of China and what they are dealing with in the Corona Virus, also for our country here for the divide we are dealing with on a daily basis, for the fires in Australia, and for peace for the world so there are no longer wars. Send out kindness and love and well wishes that things start turning around. Until then please stay safe, wash your hands like crazy, and if you are sick please drink lots of fluids and rest.
Hope you all had a great month. I will try to have some fun posts for you all in February. Until then I will be trying to finish furniture, Diy projects for our bedroom and lots of laundry while the cats sleep through it all. Stay safe, healthy and happy out there in the world. Have a great weekend everyone and God bless you from all of us at Our Little Red House.