March updates and favorite blog posts

“ The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.”

Faye Wattleton

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What a month. March definitely came in like a lion and now that most of us are in quarantine in our homes, peacefully waiting things out, guess you could call that going out like a lamb. The whole world heard March roar. Oh how I dreaded all the news coming out this month and then to step right out into it (shopping for food and supplies) made it seem so surreal.

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So here at Our Little Red House we have been trying our best to get through this time in history, this pandemic of 2020. Everyone will have their own unique experiences and their own stories and history to tell at the end of this. I pray the good out weigh the bad when all is said and done. My heart is telling me there is a whole lot of dishonesty going on when it comes to this new world.

That is what bothers me the most about this part of our history, you know, the lies bouncing around out there everywhere. I used to tell my children to only believe what they see with their own eyes and ears but now I have to explain to them that sometimes even in the flesh there are lies. The Red Monster has allies working for it. Listen to that God given instinct we were all born with and gifted with. If it tells you something isn’t right, then something probably isn’t right.

My biggest fear is that the country I call home will become the scapegoat in all of this. There are beautiful Americans everywhere trying to help where they can and doing what ever it takes to beat this beast. Just like in other countries as well, so many good people out there. Becoming their own leaders in their own ways by helping each another. If you are not happy with the ones who call themselves leaders then make the changes yourself, instead of complaining, become a leader yourself and lead by example.

Become a leader to your family, your friends, your neighbors and help instead of hinder. It is easy to point fingers but even the ones we may believe are at fault are not really, they just have a bad team that surrounds them, or maybe just one team member is bad. All it takes is one bad apple to take out the rest and I am seeing a lot of this going on around the world right now.

So other then all that, (little sarcasm) this month has been a good month. We have been trying to keep things somewhat normal.I am trying not to go to a sad place. I am getting news close to home that the virus is now reaching people we know.

Anyway, I will try to keep this update similar to my other ones, even though my mind is all over the place right now, mostly going in and out of shock. Okay, lets see…Oh yeah, we went shopping this month to some local businesses outside the city. I will be sharing that post with you all later. This shopping trip was before the Quarantine and restrictions were in place so everyone was still in the “Lets have fun and do lots of events” stage.

I of course was not because I had been picking up signs in October that something was up…or was it November, not 100% sure, but I do know I was getting a lot of weird stares and little laughs about being over the top with trying to tell the ones I love to prepare, for what I never knew but looking back in old emails I noticed my fear of jokingly trying to suggest growing a garden, looking into food etc. I never felt confident in any of these suggestions but at least I tried in my own way to share that with others. Sadly, now I feel resentment and glares from some people. The messengers always get the blunt of the anger when things start turning and that is why most people stopped trying to help decades ago. But I’m not changing, I will always love teaching a man how to fish as they say. I want to leave this planet better then what it was when I got here.

There was an outdoor Spring market we attended as well. It was a beautiful sunny day.

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I even got a chance to visit a bear shop. I know the owner from my Mall retail days. She left her job at the jewelry store she worked at and opened an adorable little bear shop.

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It was fun reminiscing about our Mall days together. My kids said it remind’s them of Stranger things. Yeah, I used to work in the Mall back as a teenager in the 80’s.

I also didn’t have anytime to work on a needle felting project. I found one from last year that I did that I never shared with anyone.I need to get back to felting and streaming movies(remember not a good combinations) because it is a great way to relieve stress.

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One early morning I made banana muffins for the family and some powdered milk. I tasted it and it took me back to the 70’s when I was a little girl and there was some weird milk scare or I don’t know what it was about. I just remember we had weird tasting milk for awhile and watching my Nana make it I asked what that powdered stuff was and she said “It is powdered milk”. The secret to powdered milk everyone, is that you have to drink it ice cold.

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Since our college kids are doing their classes all online, I have decided to get to work on my sewing corner, a reading area outside, plus a place to exercise. I know being inside a lot can cause a lot of cabin fever moments so I am trying to keep my family mentally healthy with pockets of places to escape to. So we all can have moments of  private quiet time. The reading area will have pillows and a comfy chair to sit in while outside. We need sunlight, lots of sunlight.

I also told everyone we will have a game night, movie night, and a day of art…their choice of course, just to break up boring days. I know I will be out in the garden to do art therapy as much as possible. Spending time with the birds. My kids call me their hippy mom with leaves in my long hair most of the time. My grandmother kept her long hair even when she got older.

My husband wants to head up north to the lakes and creeks so we might just jump in one of the vehicles one day to take a trip to experience some nature therapy. Out there in the woods it is so peaceful and quiet. It is also very secluded with no one around except animals of course. I am always looking for signs of bears and cougars. Seen a cougar in the wild before but no bears up close thankfully. I have seen areas where they have left their marks and there is usually a wild berry patch near by close to those claw marks.

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Down the street from Our Little Red house there are all kinds of places to explore. If not careful you can get lost out there.

I just want to escape to be near water. I miss the swimming holes, waterfalls, creeks and lakes up there.

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As a family we have had so many happy memories from our time out there in the wilderness.

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During the Spring the forest is full of all kinds of flowers.

I want to see some Spring wildflowers and maybe collect some to press for some art. I am missing the woods and country. Our Little Red house during the Spring is one of my favorite places to be. One time when we were up there just hanging outside enjoying the views with another neighbor, my husband was commenting about how beautiful it was up there. “Yeah”, our neighbor answered back, “This is God’s country.” how true that is.

I miss the flowers, the mama and baby geese, the swimming holes, rainbows and horses. I miss it all. Our Little Red House sits there waiting for us to walk in and fill it up with family time once again. Nothing better then a road trip to the country.

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Our neighbor’s rooster. In the city we can not have roosters but we can have chickens.

I remember the last time we were up there for the Spring and I stopped off at the thrift store in town and bought all kinds of vintage fabrics and yarns. My daughter and I sewed up ponies one weekend for fun. When there is no WiFi or Cable you find other ways to entertain yourselves.

 

Unfortunately the lakes, Forrest and creeks are all closed to the public now because of Corona. We can still go up and walk around, even walk to the creek behind us or explore the wooded areas down the street a ways but things are getting weird out there so we will stay put for awhile and wait things out…unless the city gets bad of course. I don’t believe that will happen. I want to believe people will stop going into panics and looking for reasons to be angry with each other. Again, there are a lot of lies bouncing around out there to turn us all against each other. This virus has many enemies when we all work together. This isn’t the first time the Forrest have been closed, they were closed for the drought as well and bear attacks. It was really spooky walking around during that time because there was no one about.

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Okay, enough of the daydreaming. Time to move onto my favorites. This months favorites are all listed down below. All great post to help you all get through this time right now. Spiritual posts, art, poetry, relaxation post on rainbows and the ocean, homeschooling tips, free books, link ups, and even a free magazine with lots of really good information (thank you Joy), cooking, a shopping trip for toilet paper with the kiddos,  and just how you all are dealing with life right now. Some really safe, non stressful, fun posts for you all to enjoy.

Tanya– homemade potpouri

Joy journal–  free magazine

Melinda– All natural hand sanitizer

Take a walk through the woods-(fun trip for homeschoolers)

Jamie–  Instant pot Kale soup

Pendantry – Blog leap tour

Make it Mania Diy paper roses. Love this site, check out their paper egg carton flowers and Minion Easter eggs. Great for all you homeschoolers out there.

Sandra– Crochet beanies. Sandra just love how your husband wears all your handmade gifts you make him, that is so sweet.

Lisa–  Great homeschooling tip…thanks Lisa.

Lesley-  Free educational books for homeschoolers.

Valerie– Peace in a pandemic

The Dillard family- 

Jill did a fun video of shopping with her kids for toilet paper. No panic in this, no scary either, just a family out having a day of shopping during a pandemic. I love how she kept everything cool and calm, even with two young children.

Michelle le G- Shopping online.

Robin– Menu plans during quarantine.

Special thanks to everyone who linked up some of my posts from this month. Thank you so much for sharing that with others. I have been really busy with so many things here in our home lately that it is getting harder and harder for me to make my post and visit everyone. I know every month I write about this but it is so true. The whole world is just a mess right now and I am trying to keep everything together and help the people I love, Sometimes I don’t get to comments right away so if that happens in the future know that I so appropriate your visits and kind comments, just might be in the middle of a “Life” moment at that time and not online. Right now I am trying to make as many homemade masks as possible.

So big THANK YOU’s to:

Holly

Linda Lee

DebbySEO

Liz

Blue Dragon

Simply Wendi

Thank you Wendi for  praying for my uncle. He was off the ventilator for awhile but sadly they put him back on today as I write this. He was able to speak to people for awhile and now he is back in ICU because he started having trouble with breathing again.

I also want to add one more thing before I forget. There will be some serious ugliness when it comes to this virus. If you are out there in the world, doesn’t matter what country you are in, you will see people who are cruel to others based off of their nationalities and that goes for all nationalities. That is just the Red Monster winning at it’s blame game of getting us to point fingers of blame among ourselves. United we stand and divided we fall. Not that I have to tell anyone here this, but be extra kind to people out in the world, give them smiles, from a distance of course.

Please stay safe out there everyone, keep sending out prayers and well wishes. Keep staying positive and calm…panic gets us nowhere. Be a leader, find ways to help, and to fix problems.

Staying home not only saves your life but it also creates a chain reaction that saves many others. If you want to help what ever country you live in then there are so many ways to help. Making masks is one way. Even if they are not N95’s, doesn’t matter, all mask will help save lives if we all wear them while out. I know the best advice is to stay inside but there are moments when we need to go out for supplies, and that is when even wearing a surgical mask comes in hand, at least it is extra protection from us passing something on to others.

When we all wear masks, we keep the spread down, which in turn saves others from catching it and that will save lives…so masks save lives.

Remember watch for the lies, don’t play the blame game (hey, I am guilty of this too but I know in my heart where this blame should be directed and it is never the little people, never the families and regular folks just trying to live happy lives) stay calm, conserve, be kind, and listen to your gut feelings…in short, be a leader. I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.

For instructions on how to make your own masks here is a link to a site . I have heard that some people are making pocket masks for health care workers to add extra filters inside, also there are all kinds of sites online with all kinds of mask suggestions. I have even seen a mask made from a Vacuum bag that helps keep dust and particles out.

Even if you can’t really sew and it is sloppy, don’t worry, just do the best you can and start making these with supplies you have at home. Make as many as you can and start sharing them with others, store employees, extended family, neighbors, churches, your dentist office, vet centers, hospitals, etc…just share with the whole world.

I am trying to make a hundred masks to give out, just a goal, the reason I am late on this post, usually I have it posted at the end of the month. There are over 300 million Americans, if we each made our own masks we would all be safer. Remember even  if you don’t know how to sew, being stuck inside is the perfect time to figure out how to sew watching a tutorial on YouTube. Never be ashamed of wearing one either, we are talking about keeping this from spreading and some of us out there are Asymptomatic. Of course we need to always stand at least 6ft apart from one another but sometimes we forget. I try to stand at least 9ft, I know, extreme but I have always been afraid of germs. Also mask do not protect our eyes, so wear something to protect your eyes when out. There are different kinds of mask and N95 are the best but there is a serious shortage so now we are in the process of trying to do with what we have. Again, if everyone is wearing a mask then this will help keep others from passing this on but we all need them.

Always remember to wash hands and don’t touch your face.  Wearing a mask helps remind me to not do this and also it helps remind me that we are in a pandemic. When we see others around us wearing them as well it lets us know that things are not good right now so stay alert and stay apart. It helps to remind us we are in a pandemic…mask in my opinion are what will help curb this virus. Just my two cents worth.

Prayers for this month go out to the world.Pray for my uncle (he is back in ICU again, back on the respirator) pray for all the Italians and our Italian family members over seas, pray for the Navajo nation and everyone of you out there. We are all in this together now.

Soggiorno Forte Bello Italy E Per Favore Benenuti Presto

Thank you for stopping by for a visit at Our Little Red House.

Coming up in April:

Morning Glory baskets

Shopping adventure- Spring time market (this trip was before things got bad around our area with Corona)

Thriftstore treasures- pretty garden pots

And I hope to have my bedroom make over tips finally finished…that was suppose to be posted this month. Oh well…life happens as they say.

In the garden- Spring time gifts to share with others.

ASD (Autism spectrum disorders) table time crafts- sensory messy play and fun with food.

 

 

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    Wise words and fun post. I love the picture of the horse and rainbow. Sending love, hugs, and prayers.

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    1. Thank you Tanya, sending them back to you and yours as well.

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      1. Tanya says:

        Thank you

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  2. I love your gorgeous pictures. Isn’t God’s creation astounding!

    Stay Safe and Stay Sane. ❤

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    1. Yes, it is, so beautiful.

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  3. ourcrossings says:

    What a fantastic idea to make your own face masks and hand them out to others who would need them. Believe it or not, but the other day I saw a man wearing a face mask that was made out of a bra – you can only imagine🙈 Thanks for sharing and have a good day, all things considered, of course Aiva xxx

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    1. Thank you Avia, that is so funny about the bra but hey, if it works why not. That one made me laugh.

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  4. Make It Mania says:

    What a wonderful post. Inspiring, I have noticed people being more kind and compassionate since this outbreak. I hope it continues after as well, Thank you for including me in your list.

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    1. Thank you and you’re very welcome. I love your crafts.

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  5. Camie says:

    You spoke a lot of truth here. Your pictures of the country are so uplifting to look at right now. I too long to be out in the wilderness. I love nature. I live in a small town country setting, but I have to drive a bit to get to a canyon where there’s forests and rivers. Hoping we’ve had our last snowfall here so we can get outside in our yard more. I like how you’ve created inviting outdoor spaces. I want to do that. And it’s always fun to see your creations. Enjoy your weekend and if you want some spiritual nourishment, you are welcome to join members of my church watching and listening to our April General Conference. It’s always so uplifting to hear our prophet and apostles speak and they are such godly men. Here is the link: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/?lang=eng

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    1. Thank Camie, what a kind soul you are. What a beautiful thing to share. I hope you get out to be in nature too. Stay safe and God bless you and your family.

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  6. Sartenada says:

    Hello.

    What a lovely set of beautiful photos. I love very much about your nature photos! Thank you.

    Stay safe and healthy.

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    1. Thank you, you and your wife stay safe too. I love your photos as well, haven’t been by in awhile to see what cool adventures you and your wife have been up to. The virus took over and now we are trying to catch up on things. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a beautiful day where ever you may be at this moment.

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      1. Sartenada says:

        Thank you. Lockdown at home. 🙂

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  7. masgautsen says:

    Lovely photos and a good read. Sorry to hear about your uncle. Stay safe and take care.

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    1. Thank you, he is doing better now and back home. Corona test came back negative so that is good. Not a good time to be in the hospital.

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      1. masgautsen says:

        That is very true. Hope he keeps improving

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