“The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people.”
It is turning out to be one of those years. You know what I am talking about. A year where a lot of heroes will be made but also where a lot of ugly lies will be exposed. Each month that goes by in this year of 2020 I learn and discover something new. Sometimes things I wish I wouldn’t have discovered either. There have been many posts that I have written up these past three months only to be deleted. It is important to find ways to get it out but it might trigger others the words we share sometimes, better left deleted. We will all grow wiser at the end of this, all of us. There are lots of lies out there but they are wrapped with truths, to manipulative, and mislead. Such a sinister thing to do. Of course it bugs the heck out of me. It is tough to figure out who or what to believe but remember your gut isn’t wrong. Lies always catch up.
“ He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes, for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
This month I tried my best to move forward with some unfinished projects around the house that I have been putting off. But mostly laundry and food preparation. It seems there is always laundry to do, dishes to clean, and food to prepare. If we go out for supplies there are changing of clothes and showers, so there is that. Also we have a lot of laundry anyway with cleaning up after working in the garden and taking care of the poultry. In between regular household chores there are all those projects I am trying to finish. We have to get up early because the 100 temp days are upon us now.
Some of my unfinished projects included:
Working on a faux wall for our bedroom.
Painting the Arizona room’s floor.
Organizing and designing a sewing room.
We are still sewing up masks. We are not professional seamstress though and we had to watch a lot of Youtube mask tutorials to finally figure out how to make them. So far we have made 30 out of my 100 masks goal. They have all been given out. Seems these masks are very popular. We have switched to fabric straps because of the elastic shortage. Sadly I still have not had time to do any needle felting except tiny wool balls for my wooden bunnies I decorated up for Easter decor.
Family in Italy are all okay. I posted last month that I was worried for the Italians and things seem to be slowing down so that is good and I have not gotten back any word that anyone is unwell anymore. I got some beautiful photos from them a couple weeks ago. A Tuscan sunset and flowers are in bloom everywhere.
Last month I was missing Spring flowers up at Our Little Red House and this month I am missing Tuscan Spring flowers from long ago. Tanya shared some beautiful sunset photos as well from her part of the world. So many beautiful sunsets out there.
I don’t have a lot to update and post about this month of April. We are on week 4 of staying put in our homes. Actually we don’t have a terrible place to be stuck in. We have no reason to complain. But it is like when someone tells you, you can’t eat or do something and all of a sudden that is what you want to do. You know like when the doctor says no more donuts for you, so the first thing you do is turn to your love one and say we need to get some donuts on the way home. That happens so much, probably don’t even like donuts but anytime someone says “Nope, can’t do that” our brain has a switch that says “WHAT…I don’t think so.” Well when someone says stay home, what is the first thing that comes to mind…get me out of here. Here in our state we still have hiking trails and some stores. Mostly though, we are just hanging out in our backyards a lot.
Up north where Our Little Red House is, they are trying to keep social distancing at a minimum in the two grocery stores in town by only allowing so many people in at a time. There are long lines of people waiting to get in and they are longer then usual. For some reason people from California and Texas ( I have family from both states) are driving here to Arizona to head up to our wooded areas, even though camping and parks are all closed (at the time of me writing this). They are driving around in their trailers, motor homes, even small cars looking for secluded areas to park themselves. I have heard stories about this happening in Canada as well.
The summers are harsh here, even up there in the woods. The water source is also low unless you hike into those areas where the creeks are but they are usually down in canyons. Not sure if true because I wasn’t there to witness it but there are rumors coming back to us that the strangers that have moved up into the woods are starting to hang out in the back of stores and they are stealing cases of water off delivery trucks.
There are lakes up there but the park service closes those areas when the fire restrictions are extreme. I fear our Ponderosa pine forest here in our state, which is the largest in the world, is in danger from people who do not know how fragile and vulnerable it is right now…or maybe they do. A lot of these wildfires are started on purpose. This is the sinister I was referring to when I first wrote up this post. Someone likes their chaos.
I want to go up north but not if the roads are packed with tons of people. We are in the middle of a pandemic out there. We might have to go the back ways in and that is like driving through the Grand Canyon on a tiny dangerous dirt road hanging off huge cliffs.
It’s a very beautiful and frightening road trip, not for the faint of heart. We have done it many times and the first time we did it I closed my eyes a lot because I was on the passenger side hanging closes to the cliffs.I stopped closing my eyes for awhile after that first trip but then some friends of ours told us about a couple that lived up in town that drove off the cliff twice, the second time they did not survive and now I am back to closing my eyes again and adding a silent prayer that we all make it down that road. It really should not be taken by anyone that is afraid of heights which I normally am not. I got used to heights at an early age. My father was a roofer that would take me up on the roof to collect nails.
So no road trips this month to Our Little Red House. When we do go up we will be extra careful of dangerous situations. We always are. It really is the old west out here.
This month we have also started getting ready for the Fall (just in case, never know) canning and dehydrating items to store for later.
Our baby quail hatched. This is a different batch we got from a company out in Tennessee. A state I have always wanted to live in or maybe live part time because my heart will always be here in Arizona where I was born and raised. These quail are super tiny when they first hatch and the first thing they head to is food and water…so adorable.
I never got to write up a post on this years Easter eggs. I try to share our eggs each year with you all.
This year I bought some mismatched paint samples on the bargain rack before the lock downs started and used them to paint the base of the eggs.
Here they are.
Alley cat was depressed this month for a couple days, at least this is how it seemed to me. Think she got word that cats are now catching the virus, could be bummed about that. Or she just mops around thinking this lock down sucks.
Alley cat usually is up to something, always finding those hidden spaces to crawl into and knock stuff over in them. She is the youngest of our cats so she is the most spoiled I guess. At least this is what everyone says but Alley is the cat I raised and I will have to take the blame for that so I pretend she isn’t spoiled.
She cries when she can’t find me and she makes the most drama when she is not happy about not getting treats all the time. She can not be left alone without going into a deep depression and afterwards she will give everyone in the house the silent treatment. Alley cat did not stay depressed for long once she saw me working on a sewing room area. I figure she believes I am designing a playground of cat toys all for her. Starting to think she may very well be spoiled…yeah, she is totally spoiled.
Sam Burger Hamburger, Sam Sam, or Sammy…take your pick, he gets called all these names, he is still up to no good as well.
I have to hide the pipe cleaners I am using for the masks really high out of his reach. Otherwise once I leave the room and then come back into it, Sammy is doing some weird sort of dance. He is all twisted up, walking on his two back legs like a human and jumping around like he’s got the moves or something. It’s like that scene where Elaine from Seinfeld thinks she knows how to dance but it looks horrible. I will catch him doing that and then he stops when he sees me and goes back to acting like a cat. Sure enough somewhere near him I will find a pile of pipe cleaners he discovered. What is it about pipe cleaners that makes Sammy so happy I always wonder.
When he isn’t up to no good he finds a spot on our bed and sleeps the day away. He is loving this lock down.
Selena, my daughter’s cat thinks there is something seriously wrong with all of us, so she rather not catch what ever it is and usually finds some comfy pillow to hide out on and sleep. Keeping away from us all except my daughter of course…every one else has icky germs. Think she might be a little embarrassed of us. Selena is the oldest of the cats. I don’t think Selena even realizes we are in a lock down. She is just bothered by too many people in her spaces all of a sudden. She probably thinks that what ever is wrong with us has now progressed to another level of annoyance and that is why we are in her space more then usual. Selena is only loyal to one person and that is my daughter.
This month I got lots of flowers in the garden which I shared in a post with you all. At the time of that post the roses hadn’t come into bloom yet. The other morning when I went out to feed the doves I had red roses that greeted me. They are so pretty. I have a white rose getting ready to bloom but as of this writing it hasn’t happened yet.
So that is April everyone. Hope you are all staying safe out there as well and you all are trying to keep busy yourselves. Once again, just like months before, I tried not to get online a lot but would get on every now and then to answer comments and or like them, trying to keep up. I also tried to stay off the news as much as possible. Alley and I have are bum days I guess. Think lock downs will do that and the fear of the unknown too.
Whoops, almost forgot…my special mom treat one early morning for breakfast in our house was pineapple fritters. My kids woke up one morning to a bunch of homemade fitters drizzled in icing. My daughter even commented “Mom, how did you know I wanted donuts.” and I told her it has been a month since she has had her favorite coffee and donuts she used to buy on her way to work early in the morning. She would get her brother a apple fritter too. Koolaid moms has the recipe but I didn’t have apples on hand, just a giant jar of pineapple so I switched things up. I know my college kids stuck at home having to do classes online is not as fun as interacting with real people at their schools, thought they needed a little treat.
Thought I add something a little extra to this months updates, positive stories I have been hearing about out in the world, hope they are true. It is hard to know now days with how twisted the system is in controlling their own narratives.
There are stories everywhere about farmers having to close shop or dump their supplies. Well we all know the meat will be back in production again (again, so I have heard) but the milk being dumped is also sad. Some dairy farmers are saving the milk and dehydrating it to turn into powder milk. So smart. Powdered milk will help feed and save a lot of people if and when it is needed.
I am so happy people are coming together and figuring things out, well some are at least. I do hope more leaders step it up but there are a lot of dumb dumbs out there …or are they? Think some would love us to believe this.
To create anger and chaos so close to an election will benefit the corrupt, even if that means people will suffer for it (just my opinion). There is no reason to slaughter and waste meat, or any food when so many people are out of work and afraid of where their next meal will come from.
Someone needs to organize this situation a little better. Again, this shouldn’t be left on the shoulders of one person…here in this country we are called united for a reason, wish others understood this, but instead there are some out there that would rather point fingers and wait to blame from the comforts of their comfy lifestyles. We should all stay united in everything and that means we all work together to help put this world back together. It shouldn’t be too hard if we all do this.
I have also heard that some doctors are discovering that the virus isn’t a one size fits all sort of thing. There are some great doctors out there who are saving so many lives because they are thinking outside the box and not following the Big Corp. way of doing the same for everyone.
There are real healers that are out there and they are not afraid to speak up, very brave in doing so. These healers are also not about sabotaging things in order to find the next big profitable way to benefit from a horrible situation, only choosing things that best benefit them and their banks. Again, just my opinion and healthy get it all out rant.
Sharing these truths in order to save lives takes courage when so many are being silenced and ostracized for it. These are the heroes I am talking about at the beginning of this post. The ones that are not afraid to speak the truths, even if that means they will be attacked for it. Money does not matter to them, lives matter.
Healers should be about helping and not about profit. Greed is such an evil thing. The good news is that there are many of us still out in the world who are not for sale no matter how much money our pockets will be filled. Makes me happy to see the ones who have not been bought to speak our truths. I do hope the greedy ones are exposed for their corruption and soon. The more the merrier.
“Love of power, operating through greed and through personal ambition, was the cause of all these evils.”
Okay, on with my favorites. Here they are:
Ruth has hugs for everyone, and we could all use those right now https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/92701152/posts/20311
LJ Smith life is precious- THe small things are the big things in disguise https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/92882407/posts/2651826806
LJ has a great poem in her post that her friend’s father Roger Schoenecker wrote years ago about the woods and nature. It starts out like this…
“Don’t run through the woods when we go there. You may be quicker but you’ll miss your share.”
The whole poem and post is worth reading. Thanks LJ, I really enjoyed that.
This month was Child abuse awareness month and this next post I read was titled Triggered. Rachel https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/35816949/posts/5120 wrote about a horrible experience she had as a child at her best friends home and the fear she experienced after that when certain images would come up that triggered her. I will leave it up to you to read it or not, it is a good post but for any of you that have lived through child abuse you know there are things that will always haunt you. It could be verbal. Emotional, physical or sexual abuse you suffered, it is all bad. Please if anyone sees anything, say something.
The quote I picked for this month’s updates covers a lot of what we are all going through this month of April 2020. Every quote I pick for my updates always has a hidden point to what my life was like for that month. Thank you Rachel, for having the courage and strength to share your story with us all. I am sorry you went through that.
Here is something positive for all those little ones during lock downs…a scavenger hunt. Samantha has free print outs for all you parents out there with bored kids that you can use to walk around your neighborhood looking for colors, shapes etc…how fun is that? I love this idea. I am not sure what everyone’s lock down situation is so I hope you all are allowed out of your homes to walk around at least. https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/162190337/posts/3556
My favorite photo this month was a whole slide show my husband emailed me. We both picked out our favorites and there were lots. 60 photos to celebrate life this independence day- https://israel21c.org/celebrate-life-this-independence-day-with-60-fabulous-photos/
Also in remembrance of the holocaust which they do not teach enough about this or at all in our high schools…why? I wonder. My kids were taught about this important part in our history by my husband and I, how sad and horrible it was, and how it could happen again if no one speaks up when bad things happen. https://illuminatethepast.org/wall_of_names
Prayers go out to the farmers and truckers…they will need them. Please stay safe out there everyone. When your area does open up after lock down please wear a mask, even the cloth homemade masks are better then nothing. Robin is so sweet she posted instructions on how to make masks for anyone who doesn’t sew
News on my uncle…he is back home now and healing. He has some sort of alcoholic dementia (have to research that later) they ended up doing a Coronavirus test on him and it came out negative. My daughter’s friend from the Navajo nation has lost both his grandparents now to Coronavirus. So prayers please for the Navajo nation as well. Pray that this ends soon and we all have a chance to get back to our new normal’s.
Coming in May-
I just haven’t gotten around to my bedroom remake post and I have been writing about that for a couple months now. Hopefully I will have that done for Mother’s Day. I keep bringing this up every month, might be jinxing myself and counting my chicks before they hatch. Wouldn’t that be nice to finally have that done.
DIY frugal mother’s Day gifts from your gardens.
TP crafts- tiny basket
Dollar day do over- to be a surprise, I will have to pull something from my pile of unfinished projects. I think it would be fun to do a pile of items to redo and have you guys vote which one you want me to repurpose to see what I come up with. Maybe I will do that for June.
Thrift store treasures- corn husk folk art dolls.
Use what you have sewing room IKEA inspired wall organizer. Whew that’s a long one. This was so much fun. Just walking around our home and yard trying to figure how to design a sewing wall to organize sewing supplies on, using all items we already had on hand.
In the garden…the heat is on. Things we are doing to get ready for the coming summer months.
Shopping trip to a teddy bear store. This was done before the lock downs.
That’s it, see you all in May. Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit, your likes, follows and comments. God Bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House. Stay safe out there and have a beautiful weekend.