January updates and favorite bloggers for the month.

“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.

The old dresser in the background was bought second hand at a thrift shop a few years back for $20. I switched the top two knobs because one was missing. The chest was painted white and I picked up an old wooden tool chest on trash pick up day in our city and painted that all white as well. I will take old furniture and wood pieces to repurpose from the alley on pick up days.

I even had some time to work on some more craft projects for my bucket list book I would love to do.

My grown daughter has a cell phone (I do not) and she told me about leaf confetti on Pintrest. I thought how cool is that and got out some paint pens of mine and spent some time making nature’s confetti. It’s all over Pintrest if you want to check it out.  I decided to add some color to my leaves.

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 removed everything from the bedroom and started over with an empty room. Before anything goes back in we have to really want it (you know about that style, there’s a book on it). The white and soft green paint I used for the walls has a very calming and peaceful feeling in the room.

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.

Both these vases are pretty small, about 4-6 inches tall.

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.

DSC_0774b (98).JPG

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–  )

Favorite photos-

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.

At the swap meet they had brand new pillows still wrapped up but not the king sized that I needed for some shams of mine. Looks like I will be sewing up my own later this week. I am filling the bed with a mix match assortment of pillows in similar colors.

Here they are…more baby Yodas, so sweet.

Dandelion B- –

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

Holly-wholeness Haven

Alley cat taking a nap on a cat bed I made her. I was packing up our Christmas lights for the year. Thought you like this one Holly.

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.


33 Comments Add yours

  1. Nabeela says:

    Being your favorite is tough, right???😜

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yeah, you guys are talented, it is hard to pick my favorites every month. Sometimes I don’t even get to half of them. I am not on a lot so I know I am missing so many great posts. I try to remember to remind everyone to add links to their favorites as well but I even forget that.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Nabeela says:

        Thank you for your kind words….

        Liked by 1 person

      2. You’re very welcome and have a wonderful weekend where ever you are out there in the world.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. It wears me out just reading everything you do. 😀 I love reading your posts, and I apologize for not getting back to comment on your last post. Mostly due to a lot of inspiration from fellow bloggers.

    Your bedroom makeover is looking fantastic! Love the color and your furniture do overs.

    Awesome scores on thrift shopping finds, too. You always find the cutest things! Kudos to your Hubby for his great auction deals, too!

    Thank you for the mention! You are so kind! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Awww Robin, don’t worry about the comment back. I know you are just as busy as the rest of us. It is hard trying to visit everyone. Then along come new followers and sometimes I forget which sites to go searching for if they aren’t visitors to my site, which does make it easy to visit back, but you know how it works. Also, that recipe you shared with everyone looks so yummy I had to share some more. I am starting to enjoy our bedroom make over. It is fun when it is just decorating.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. It sounds like you’ve been busy busy! I love all the bargains you have found! 🖐🏼 I love it when we find deals like that! You are remarkable with the treasurers you find and make! Thanks for featuring me here! I love that heart plant by the way! Someone has a green thumb! 😁

    What you said about the little things you’ve been sharing struck a cord I’m sure with us all. We try so hard to find positivity and be positive but there will always be a wet blanket somewhere, nearby, that wants to put a damper on the happiness we have created in our hearts. I say be happy anyway. Keep looking up! 😁🤗

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Renee, you are so kind, stay that way, we all need that from others.


  4. I love this post! I was thinking this is my favorite post of yours that I have read so far. And then, when I saw you had posted a link to my blog as one of your favorites, I almost fell off my chair. Thank you! ❤

    This has been a stressful January in my life, too.I’m so thankful that here in New Mexico we are just one hour away from February right now. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow, thank you Linda, you are always so kind. I loved that post and link of yours. I hope everyone that visits my site also reads your post as well. We all really need to stop repeating the same mistakes from history and start caring about each other more. January was a hard one, that’s for sure. When the world around you is becoming more toxic and you come from a toxic family environment it can get a bit lonely.
      I had a moment this month with one of my aunts who is slowly loosing her memory. She took the pretty cross she was wearing off of her and put it around my head and told me “You wear this and remember when it gets hard, to always know that Jesus is right there, always next to you, let this cross of mine remind you of that and that I always will love you.” It was hard not to tear up.
      Anyway, I did not share that part in my updates, but maybe I will in another post. I have read other posts out there where they also have family members who are slowly loosing their memories, it is so frightening.
      Thank you again Linda, makes me happy that this is your favorite post. You and your family stay safe and healthy out there, and have a great weekend too.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. As always your posts make me smile and inspire me….something that doesn’t happen a lot during the past couple of weeks.
    But as you know best….after a (cleansing) rain, follows sun and everything, no matter if bad or good happens for a reason (at least in my opinion) and it just up to us what we make of it.
    No matter how much we’d like to help people, show them other possibilities and trying to get them closer…..it’s up to each individual to make something of it.
    You just have to watch out for yourself that you don’t get “buried” under their negativity while doing so and give up what you are in the process!
    As you are beautiful inside and out and such a precious human being!
    Take care and hugs from me to you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, you are also a beautiful soul and I can tell by all your fun and adventurous posts of yours. In your photographs you can picked that up as well, such a beautiful way to share the beauty you see everyday. not a lot of people can accomplish that so that is a special gift you have. It is hard being a sensitive type when the world is in a bit of a mess but we are the ones to help bring it all back together. The world needs us, the artist, the pleasers, the caregivers…we are the glue that holds everything together when things and people become broken. https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/142266435/posts/5993
      Laura at All the shoes I wear has a great post about being strong during those times when we are in the storms.
      I love the quote she posted
      ” The storm whispers to the warrior. you cannot withstand the storm. The warrior whispers back, “I am the storm.”
      My Swedish uncle would have loved that quote and if he were still alive I am sure he would have a wooden plaque of that hanging up somewhere in his home. He was quite the character.
      You are right, the sun always comes out. Better days are always waiting ahead for us. Hugs back to you all and have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, healthy and happy over there.


  6. Whoa! It’s was quite a month for you!! A lot going on! I loved all the photos of the scenery and the crafts. And of all your purchases 🙂 I need your hubby to find some good stuff for me on that auction site! Thanks for the mention again – That one about my neighbor does seem to be a favorite, which reminds me that I still need to go see him at his new house!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. So sweet, that is nice that you are still keeping up with how he is doing. I always like knowing there are people out there that do keep friendships going, even long distance. The world has become smaller with the advancements of technology. So sad how the more advance technology becomes the more we as humans become lonely.
      I guess the auction is only in two states right now (the one we use) and that is California and Arizona. Maybe you will get one in the future. Now that they are becoming more popular and more people are discovering it, the prices and bids are going up. My husband is still finding good deals though, he got a bunch of netting for the chicken coop he is redoing for just $1.
      Yesterday when I went out to give the chicken some food scraps I walked up on a huge hawk perched above their coop. The hawk didn’t even hear me until I was about 2 ft away. We both shocked each other, because I didn’t see it either. Then it flew off with it’s giant wings. We lost two young chicks last week. We were out and didn’t get back until the evening. When we went to check on them one was gone and I used a flash light to see If I could discover what happened. The next day another went missing. I remember searching around and not finding one single feather. I told my husband this looks like the work of a flying predator. I grew up by a mountain and we had chickens stolen all the time by owls and hawks so I knew all the signs. Sure enough, we have a hawk in the area. Beautiful bird too.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sorry to head about the chicks! I bet that hawk was stressed when it saw you. I didn’t know they killed chicks! But I guess it would make sense. They are carnivores.

        I haven’t done very well checking on that old neighbor. My husband has but I haven’t actually done so yet. I’m putting it on my list for this week.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. It can be hard when you are the mommy and have small children to look after and take care of. Then on top of that you have the stress of moving and selling a home, and homeschooling…that’s exhausting. Just the fact that you are thinking about your neighbor is kind and also it is good that your husband gets a chance to see him when time permits. That is why it takes a team to get things done.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. ourcrossings says:

    You are one inspiring human being! I’ve never met anyone who can craft so many different things and I’m amazed by everything you do! Leaf confetti looks absolutely amazing, such a simple yet effective way to make decisions! Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Awww…thank you, so happy you liked that leaf confetti, wish I could take the credit but there are people all over the world sharing that fun little craft on Pintrest, guess I needed to add my version. I will try to do a more detailed post later. I used paint pens for my confetti which I didn’t see on Pintrest, adding my two cents worth I guess you could say. I love seeing what everyone else comes up with and how we all can inspire one another. Have a great weekend.
      Thank you, Cheri

      Liked by 1 person

  8. ourcrossings says:

    * to make decorations 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I got it as soon as I saw it, no worry. You should see all the mistakes I make. Keeps things interesting that way.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. I’m pretty sure my daughter just bought those exact same hiking boots. Just arrived today, only in Walnut, not red. Oboz Bridger Mids?I hope for both your sakes that they’re as comfy as they look!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, they are comfortable, I love my new books and now I want to wear them all the time. They don’t match most of my outfits but they are that comfortable.


      1. Boots, not books, although I do have some new books and I love them as well. So funny, the mistakes I make.


  10. Cass & Tina says:

    Glad you mentioned your felting projects on our page – now I’m checking back through your monthly updates to find them! As you say, so hard to keep up with all the creative bloggers we follow! Your owl and walnut babies are terrific!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Awww…thank you. I am actually enjoying this new hobby of mine. my kids bought me a felting kit a year ago and I been creating all kinds of characters.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Gersom Clark says:

    Nice little quails moving in your closet. It reminded me of one of my childhood fowl/bird pets. Thank you for this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, I also had lots of little pets growing up. They are so sweet and adorable always ready for a snuggle. I even had a pet sparrow once that I raised when my little sister found it after a bad storm here in our state. I wasn’t sure it would survive but it did and became so attached to me that it always wanted to sleep on my chest when I worked on my homework. When I let it out for the day it would always come back at night landing on my head usually to come back inside to it’s little cage.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Gersom Clark says:

    How cute and cuddly the sparrow was. It seems so loyal to you like it has a sense of gratitude for such a tiny humble being/bird. I would say, it was a great experience. Most birds when they’re freed would never return. It seems like big birds/fowls to me, just like my pet ducks, turkeys and guinea fowls, which always came back after wandering around.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. They get very attached as well as us. So funny watching ducks follow their owners around.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. TadraLife says:

    What a Great read especially your second hand passion I am one too love finding things and getting a good bargain out of it! You are sooo my people 😊 love your home setting I hope to live in a simple wooden house by the ocean someday and write for a living and raise my family from there 🤗

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I would love to live at a place like that, I love nature. Have a great Sunday and thank you.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s