“Hate has 4 letters but so does Love. Enemies has 7 letters but so does Friends. Lying has 5 letters but so does Truth. Hurt has 4 letters but so does Heal.”
Alright, a promise is a promise.I did write that this month’s updates I would try to make it all positive. Lets see if I can accomplish this. There were some freaky and terrible things that happened in my life this month but all in all it was a pretty good month for a 2020 month.
My mother-in-law has not made any new visits to the ER for panic attacks. She would explain to my husband that she reacted the way she did with the anxiety attacks because all the people were wearing masks everywhere. It was her moment that she finally realized she was living in a pandemic. She is better now and even asked for some search a words since she finished all of the ones we bought her for Christmas. This is actually a good thing, she is getting back into a rhythm of her normal every day structure.
The fireworks stopped. We are back to getting a good nights rest. That was a little bit too much, starting at midnight and ending at 4 am. Poor cats were not enjoying that either. No fireworks for three weeks now and when one starts up the helicopters and sirens start and then they stop a few minutes later. So happy to sleep through the night now. Another positive. If it would have kept up we would have packed up and headed up north to the country where it is so quite the only thing you can hear are the elk.
My cousin is better too. She no longer has smell or taste but each day her sense of smell is starting to come back. Everyone in her family that caught the Red Monster did not go to the hospital, they had mild cases and were able to get through the fevers and aches.She was part of my prayer list last month where I asked you all to send prayers and well wishes her way for a safe and quick recovery. Thank you to everyone who did that and especially to God for answering that prayer.
Also Willow Creek Farms seems to be doing better this month. She was also on the prayer list last month. Think it is important to acknowledge and be thankful for the prayers that do get answered. I didn’t read anything about sick animals for July like I did in June and her little boy seems to be doing so much better. He is at home recovering from his last surgery. He only has one more to go next month. Although I am still confused with why this is all happening but I am not a doctor. They speak another language those medical people. Mr. Smile’s is getting better, that is happy news to me, poor little guy. Please continue keeping this family and their little boy Mr. Smiles in your prayers and well wishes. Thank you God and to the medical professionals for helping this little man.
My favorite homesteading YouTube family the Hollar’s(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDteqcogk74 )finally have a flushing toilet. The wife is pregnant and she just had the biggest grin on her face when her husband got their toilet installed. That is a big deal. I remember when we didn’t have a working bathroom at Our Little Red House when we were repairing it and fixing it up that first year. Our neighbor’s next door went on vacation and left their house unlocked so we could have a bathroom while they were away. I understand the joy the Holler’s have with that toilet, one of the best inventions around. So funny, some toilet humor and awkwardness for you all there.
I finally finished painting my Arizona room floor green. It’s a concrete floor .
The room was added on by the original owners. Our home here in the city was built back in the 1950’s. We use this room for extra storage, exercise equipment like my husband’s rowing machine and my old bike that we call the coat rack now.
It is such a nice feeling when projects get finished and things are organized. When every little item has a home it makes cleaning up so easy.
I also spent time organizing some of my craft supplies that were given to me years ago when a little mom and pop hobby business closed.
Because I volunteer a lot with teaching kids arts and crafts, everyone usually heads to me with left over bags of arts and crafts supplies they no longer want. Being inside during this pandemic has given me the opportunity to finish that HUGE goal of mine of organizing those piles of donated supplies. There are some things that I have bought as well, they are not all donations. I have contributed to the hoard as well.
I didn’t realize how much I had. I needed a better system to start working on craft kits to sell. So many steps to designing and writing up instructions and just figuring that whole process out. I don’t even now where to begin. Doesn’t help that I decided to try to get something going in the middle of one of the worse years ever in my history of years. But this is me once again trying to turn a negative into a positive. Trying to put out some happy creative things to counteract boredom and too much screen time. Teaching and sharing those things that make me happy, might make someone else happy too. I also believe kids need more art in their lives. Hopefully I will be able to get something going.
I was especially shocked by the pile of beads I had. It was fun organizing those though. So glad I cleaned and kept all those empty glass jars of food we had over the year. Even little spice jars once emptied and cleaned are perfect for storing tiny supplies.
It was a giant mess that I had put off for years. Don’t throw away those empty containers, they make great storage containers for all us crafters and artists.
Now that everything is out in the open, it is easy for me to see all the colors I have. I can create beaded projects now without the frustrations of trying to find all my supplies. I made these aloe flower stalk crosses for my cousin in Oklahoma. Hope they got to you MarDean. Anyway, they are so easy to make. They are made from the flower blooms of an Aloe Vera plant here in my garden. Known to Native Americans as the wand of heaven I thought it would make perfect little crosses.
We visited a book store this month That’s a big deal in our home. I haven’t been to a new book store in over a year. I love bookstores.I forgot my camera otherwise I would have shared it with you all. So many nice books to look at. I love the used book stores we visit but nothing beats a brand new book that you read for the first time and then add to your library. Books are the best gifts to me. Next time we visit I will make sure to take photos and share that shopping experience with you all. No thrift store visits this month. Our state is in the red zone so I am still a little creeped out when going out. Although I fear some really ugly manipulating lies and twisted truths are going on in battle states right now. To keep us down. But I will leave that out. Careful with my conspiracy rants that are keeping my whole family entertained at the moment.
We did our Christmas in July party. I bought everyone fun miniature toys and favorite candy treats. Our gifts were books from that book store visit.
Took a trip to check on Our Little Red House (will post in more detail later).
Since the fire it was hard to get up there. The fire thank God did not reach the town or that beautiful forest in it’s surrounding area. The town sits in a valley surrounded by forest and high desert.
Right now the whole forest is closed so unless you own property up there you are not even allowed in.There was a Sheriff guarding the road closure when we drove up. He let us pass since we had a place there.
With no rain in that area for more then 100 days they are protecting the forest .
We had one day to work on some Winter repairs. Will have to go back to finish when we have more time.
When we drove back to the city we heard on the news that there was a train derailment and explosion in the route we normally take. Thank god we were able to skip the traffic and poisonous smoke when that happened.
The bridge has been up and outlasted newer bridges since 1912. It was just checked July 9 and is inspected every 30 days. It’s strange that this happened but it is 2020 after all. This is a well made bridge. What happened shocked the whole city. I remember this morning my husband wanting to leave early from OLRH but I told him to wait a bit longer to rest some more. He was up at 3 am, the drive back takes three hours but it takes an hour to pack. We figured if we would have left when he originally wanted to it would have put us there when the train accident happened. The bridge is in our normal route back to our home in the city. Leaving later kept us away from the accident when it happened. Another guardian angel moment to be thankful to God for.
Driving back to the city even far away we could see a large line of smoke way in the sky from that area. The best news of all and the most shocking was that no one was injured. A woman riding her bike under the bridge barely escaped the explosion. This is a beautiful bridge that many cyclist ride under. During the holidays there are lights all around it. My husband and I used to have dates where we went bike riding together under the bridge area when we were teens. God was looking out for a whole lot of people that day. The incident is under investigation now. This is the biggest and most positive from this month, the fact that no one was hurt in this accident. Watch the footage below, it is like something out of a movie.
Prayers go out to a group of doctors that have decided to take a stand in this country. When I watched a sloppy and blurry clip of a group of doctors trying to get their real life stories out with a screaming person in the back ground trying to speak over what they all had to say, it was all so surreal.
It was like being in a nightmare at first but so uplifting and encouraging what they all had to say. If you are able to get that clip up consider yourselves lucky because I heard all the big tech and media are pulling it down. Watching these doctors speak will fill your soul with encouragement.
Our country is in a battle but there are GOOD people out there fighting for us all to get back to our lives and no longer live in fear from sinister manipulating lies. This is just my opinion, still have the freedom to have that now.
If I were standing in front of all those brave doctors, who have started coming together from all around our country, I would jump up there and give them all hugs, even in a pandemic. I would especially give a big hug to the doctor from Alabama that couldn’t even finish with his message because he was choking up with tears all because they are turning the Red Monster into a political and greedy nightmare here in the USA. Not his words, this doctor struggled with his words because his pain runs so deep. A humble and caring healer and this new environment that is not necessary is breaking his heart.
I would give the Nigerian doctor a huge hug too. What a beautiful angel she is. Her beauty shines brightly from inside her, you can even see that beauty on a giant screen when you look in her eyes. All of them would get a hug from me, and I am not really a big hugger also I am deadly afraid of doctors so that is a big deal for me. Who’s to blame me though, especially in this country I call home and love. Lots of wicked things have and are happening in our big medical world here. There are good doctors out there, we need to pray they stay safe and are able to save many lives.
So my prayers and well wishes this month are for this group. That angels surround them, that they are protected in their courage and helped in the battle that they are standing up to. Something wicked and sinister is trying to hurt this country, THANK YOU, HUGE THANK YOU to those doctor heroes for being the first real solders in this fight against this invisible enemy.
May God keep you safe, may he always be by your side in saving many lives and speaking your truths and may he protect you and yours. You are all true heroes and some day I pray this country acknowledges what you have done this month to start turning our country back to the way it was. You stood up there united and spoke your truths…good for you.
It is one thing to see a doctor choke up struggling to speak because of the pain he sees everyday trying to save lives, to another doctor with her pretty scarfs talking about decorating your shields if you like with a big smile on her face after once again promoting medicine that benefits her mentor’s pockets while leaving another type of medicine out.
Such a powerful way of manipulating the conversation too…she is good with that twisting the conversation into her favor, I will give her that. But those other doctors in that group who have been blocked and silenced have truths in their words and suffering in their eyes. This tells me that they are the ones I will turn to in this crises.
” The best thing about the worst time of your life is that you get to see the true colors of everyone.”
Since this months update is all about the positive, I figured I stick with all positives in my favorite posts from you all as well. If you are not on here and you have a really cool post you would like to share please leave in comments below with a link back. Also thank you so much for your likes, follows and comments.
A beautiful post about a little bird teaching a beautiful lesson on how important our lives are and how we should treat ourselves with love as well. Here is a quote from the post, just one of many great lesson in this piece Holly wrote.
“ There will always be forces working against us to steal our joy and flight in life. There will be times we will have to fight for our freedom and joy of our song.”
Thank you Holly.
Chandra– Pics and post.
Chandra had a tough month this July but she found some time in her heart to share a fun adventure from her past with us. A beautiful museum visit to an art glass exhibit. I love glass art. I will take huge colorful glass vases and fill them with fairy lights to turn on at night. Or I fill huge clear ones with river pebbles, rocks from my rock collection and faux plants then add a tiny filter and real guppies to swim around in them. Glass art and vases are so gorgeous. Check out Chandra’s museum visit, so many creative people out there.
Jeanneis on YouTube now….YES! Now we can all visit her in her kitchen like we are actually there, how cool. Good for you Jeanne. I love Fish and chips too.
If you ever need to read anything to help get through these times then this is the posts for you. It covers it all in a positive light and has a story about how even people with disabilities can accomplish amazing things. There is a link to several stories where people of all disabilities went on to accomplish their dreams and goals in life even when the odds were against them.
A beautiful lesson, inspirational and spiritual it is all about living the life and happiness that God wants for us instead of living a life to please others by following what you believe they want you to be. With the pressures of social media to all be alike this a very important message and post to read. Thank you Pure Glory.
Thank you everyone, you guys are really helping me stay sane and entertained during these strange times we are living right now. I love the positives I see in the wordpress family. Stay safe and happy where ever you may be in the world and pass on kindness to others as much as possible to counteract what is happening out there. We are all neighbors on this beautiful planet and we should treat each other with love and respect. God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.
I will be taking the whole month of August off and will not have access to the internet sometimes (might be up north where we have no cable, phone or computer) so I will be offline but I will have lots of fun pre-scheduled posts for you all to read in case you need a break now and then and just want to stop by my site for a visit. I hope when I come back you are all here and still posting. I have gone off line in the past and came back to some followers gone and no longer posting, that is so sad when that happens. Anyway have a Happy August and I will see you all in September.