A beautiful place to be

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

             Isaiah 35:1

 I don’t have a monthly update for this month. August is the month I try to take a social media break and stay away from online stuff as much as possible.I don’t know about any of you but I can spend hours online if not careful. So much visual and colorful images, one after another. Before I know it, time flies by and I still have real life to live and half the day was wasted looking at a screen. That is not good. So every summer I pick a month to work on unfinished projects. I always get so much done that month.

Instead of a monthly updates and favorite posts, I thought I would share with you all some of my favorite hiking photos instead. Hope you enjoy these and if you do please spend some time offline yourself, getting outside to watch the real world and all those real colors in person. I hope you are all well and having a wonderful summer. Stay safe and God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.

   It came from Outer space

Sometimes it seems like these plants out in our desert look like they belong in a Science fiction movie.

   Purple wand

So much purple out here in our desert during the Spring.

A field of friends

Love seeing a variety of wild flowers all together in a field.

Mini bouquet

These would look so pretty on a Barbie dresser

A tiny visitor

Hummingbirds are so adorable.

Don’t get too close

There is a huge drop off a few feet from these cacti. It was a great place for a picnic overlooking the desert but watch your step and don’t get too close to the edge.

What a view.

Always fun getting to the top and seeing the city from a distance.

A bit of sunshine

Little bursts of yellow flowers on the tips of cacti always remind me of the sun rising.

A little surprise

These orange colored flowers are as tiny a pinky nail. Every time I come across one they always surprise me with how pretty they are up close.

Pink princess

This is another tiny cacti. The flowers are so pink with a touch of yellow in the middle. In full bloom they are amazing.

It never ends

This cacti is dead and all that is left is the wood from inside. The natives used to use this to build things with. In the distance looking through this shell of what once was a cactus you can see another that is alive, Green and beautiful in the distance it reminds us all that nothing really ends, life always goes on.

Most visitors to a Sonoran desert do not realize what beauty there is out there. From a distance it looks dry and dead with no colors , but once you walk into it, you realize that it is filled with so many wonderful creations . God’s art gallery is amazing, what gifts we see when we open our eyes to them. So much to enjoy. Hope your day is filled with beautiful things as well. Happy hiking adventures everyone.

Aunt Carla taking a break after a hard day of rebuilding a villa in Tuscany.

This post is dedicated to Carla. Thank you for all the beautiful memories . Our Tuscan adventures, Arizona adventures. Teaching my kids how to make pasta, shopping, seaside fun and just all the adventures we had over the years. Many people will miss that spirit in you. Rest in beautiful peace Carla.

My husband’s two favorite aunts Carla and Lucy laughing from a distance many years ago while my husband was trying to find a parking spot down below. Hard to get used to driving in Europe when you are accustomed to large parking spaces here in America. Both sisters are now together in peace. We always have their memories in our hearts.

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  1. Beautiful photos. I’m so sorry for your loss. They both look like happy people to be around.

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    1. Thank you. Both sister got cancer but at different times in their lives. So sad how cancer has taken so many.

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  2. Our daughter and boyfriend and soon to be grandson tell us they’re moving to Arizona in January. Your blog gives me hope that they’re not crazy!

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    1. Awww…that is so sweet. I showed my daughter your little owl from your Winter posts and she loves it where you live as well. It is pretty here but in the summer it is not so fun with the heat. Most of our shops are open, just at different times. In the city we are required to wear masks when in public. There are some people who aren’t wearing masks that I run into now and then but no one fights with them.In the smaller towns there are different rules depending on county. My favorite places are Payson and Prescott but property can be expensive there. Just like in the city where some areas and zip codes can be expensive. We have tons of restaurants and shopping here. They will love the temps and weather after the summer months. Lots of hiking and outdoor events. We do have problems in some areas with homelessness and crime has gone up in the city just like around our country but nothing like Portland or New York. Also, there are people who are not so friendly here, but not all of them. The west side and south side (area I grew up in) tends to have problems with gangs and crime was higher in that area at one time but I don’t hear much about those things anymore. Think it is taboo to talk about that now. I don’t know what the crime is like now in my old neighborhoods. I have lived in both. Just bringing this up in case your daughter is looking for areas to move to. The drivers here can get aggressive so that takes time to get used to. If you get to know your neighbors, everyone is nice. I am always writing about the beautiful and positive only but there are things here in our state that are not so nice. All in all I do love it here, but that is because I was born and raised here. Oh, and I forgot to post that if you get caught taking any cacti out of our deserts you can end up in prison for up to 25 years. They take our cacti seriously here. They sell cacti every where so there is no need to steal from the desert. We are getting a lot of new visitors to our state. Homes are going up and we get calls all the time with people wanting to buy our home here in the city. Congratulations on the new grand baby, that is so cool. So adorable and so much happiness when a new baby comes into the world.

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      1. Wow! Thanks for the run-down! Yes, the heat would be WAY too much for me, but I guess we’ll get to visit!

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      2. You’re welcome. Your daughter will love it here after the summer and honestly our summers are not that bad usually, just had a rough one this summer, but then it is 2020 after all. I wrote a giant post and rant the other day about this, may post it, may not. It actually has all kinds of ugly that I have noticed lately here in my city, but then it comes in pockets and we are all on edge right now. so might be a bit of paranoia when coming across signs out there.

        Don’t know, just know I went on a really long rant and wrote it out a couple nights ago. Then there is the fact that we had a hard month this month, always good to get it off ones chest and just write things as well as talk things out now and then.

        I will keep you all in my prayers that your daughter and boyfriend have a safe trip, and that they and their new baby to be, love it in their new home, where ever that may be. Oh, and the best hospital here is St, Josephs hospital. If that’s not available then Goods Sams is another good one. The Catholic hospital is the kindest and best to me. I had my son at St. Joes many years ago and they were great and my daughter was born at Good Sams.

        I don’t know of any good doctors though. Most people have lost faith in the medical system with so many drugs always being pushed onto them, just drive down most street here in the city and we all see what the outcome of too may pain pills that were subscribed. So sad to see how many families it broke apart and homelessness it has caused. Watch out for the meth clinics that treat the attics in the cities. The neighborhoods are having an increase of crime when the clinics show up. Also stay away, as far away as possible from the light rail neighborhoods. We, sadly, live in one. You can find good homes in some of these neighborhoods but you will have to watch out more for the addicts and homeless that mostly use the light rail system. Our city does not seem to be doing anything about the light rail problems.

        I am sure the next door neighbor app can help with reviews in the area. Careful of the Top Doc magazines, in my opinion they are good in their trades but it is all just great marketing and a good old boys type of system where they are just the best at following the system. There are actual doctors that are true healers that do better jobs, they are just not part of the popularity crowd…just my opinion. Most people just go to Urgent cares for their needs because the hospitals have long waits and regular PC’s seem to push a lot of prescriptions drugs on everyone. We had a great PC at one time but he believed in a more natural way of healing by the foods and exercise we did. He sadly is no longer in the clinic and we can not find him anywhere in the system now. We think he may have left America back to his home country.

        The kindest Dentist is Dr. Treon (another catholic) you won’t have to worry about being given procedures you don’t need just for them to make money. Careful with the children’s dentist in parts of our city. There are some corrupt ones out there that have even been known to go to local public schools doing work on low income kids that wasn’t necessary to charge the state/feds money.

        The best public school system is Kyrene, and any public school area you get into that has a good reputation you will pay a lot more to have to live in those areas. Madison is also a good district but expensive to live in. Most people home school or charter school in middle class and poorer areas. I hope this helps. A lot of times when someone moves to an area it can be confusing. All in all, Arizona is a fun state, there are some scary things yes, but usually it is tame.

        Careful in some small towns though, they tend to not like strangers, even from their own states. If they see out of state they will especially be on alert. Lots of people are moving here to our red state to get away from the craziness of what is happening in some blue states, yet they come here with the same blue state mentality and red state people are getting angrier and angrier with that. I fear for what is happening out there, people need to stay united but it is getting ugly on those screens and everyone is taking that as true, that anyone on one side is crazy and there is a lot of tension brewing…just me being honest. So be careful of that. This is just the negative, rare, but thought I share a little of what I normally don’t when posting about this state I love.

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      3. Whoops, type, meant addicts.

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      4. Thanks! That’s a lot of info!

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      5. You’re welcome. I hope it helps.

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  3. Lovely photos and sorry for your loss. Their photos were lovely as well.

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  4. cheriewhite says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss! The photos are absolutely beautiful!

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      1. cheriewhite says:

        You’re very welcome! 🙂

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