There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
July was a merry go month. You know, like a Merry-go- round at the amusement park. It feels like the whole world is stuck on a Merry-go-round right now. We’re never really getting anywhere, just always going around in the same circle.
It was my birthday this month. Instead of a cake we all went out for milkshakes. We spent the day up north where the temps are cooler and had fun exploring around town. The creeks, lakes and parks were closed around the time of my birthday. I wanted to explore the creeks and have a picnic. When life gives you a bowl of lemons, you all know what to do…time for some good old fashioned sweet lemonade. I missed the creeks but still had a lot of fun shopping.
On the drive up north I noticed that last years damage from the wildfires was getting some green back. Little hard to tell from the photos below but there are little pockets of green when you drive by which is really striking in it’s contrast with the black of the burned cacti.
I found some really unique items shopping at the antique shops. I have a fun post filled with a bunch of photos from that trip to share with you all later.
We stopped off at the Western store to check out their new boot designs. My daughter picked up a new pink cowboy hat to add to her collection.
For my birthday I got some really fun card games, with one set of cards being an Uno set that had classic toys printed on the cards.I also got about a dozen air plants, along with a little glass bottle of fertilizer. They are so cute. They remind me of sea urchins and plants in the sea.
I worked on some more coloring pages. If you read my garden updates post from this month then you will remember the little story about the beetle I rescued. That day I doodled up this page. It’s so fun to doodle, very calming after a day of working. Remember, I don’t use pencils, just black pens and what ever mistakes may happen just get worked into the drawings. This keeps the pressure off of perfectionism. I remember all the art classes I took in my teens and when I was in my twenties. All those assessments and the pressure of getting a good grade made art not so fun. Just grabbing a black marker and drawing what ever comes to mind and not caring about mistakes or anything made art fun again.
On one of our rainy days I decided to work on organizing all my yarn. This turned into a three day project.
Once I had it all organized and put away by colors, I was inspired to create something. So I made some new basket designs and a pom pom bird garland for the big window out in the the Arizona sun room.
We tried to get some sun time in too. Those UV rays, if done in small doses during the early hours are a great source of Vitamin D.
I discovered a birds nest in one of the trees above the pool one day.
When I looked closer I saw that there was a dove sitting in it. And very close by was another dove hanging out near it. That night there was a huge storm that shook the house. The winds were really bad. Not that far from us, there was a micro burst that took out hundreds of huge decades old trees. I thought about those two doves that were hanging out by the nest getting through a storm and worried about the little nest not making it. The next morning when I went outside the nest and the two doves were still there. I designed a coloring page later that night of little birds in a nest during a rain storm.
My husband taught our son how to grow edible mushrooms this month. We cook mushrooms with everything. Scrambled eggs, mushroom tacos, mushrooms on our pizzas, mushrooms in our salads, mushroom cheese sandwiches, and mushrooms in our pasta. Think I’m a bit of a mushroom fanatic.
I haven’t been online as much, that’s why this month I don’t have a favorite posts lists. My husband had to redo my whole system on the laptop because Windows kept stalling it with updates every time I got on to write. It was so frustrating. I also had to clear out some strange Spam I received, it was page after page of hateful words , and perverted words along with codes…so strange. Have any of you received Spam like that before?. It was just nasty perverted words and codes one after another. Everything was a mess on my laptop and now I have to learn a whole new system since my husband just got rid of Windows. Turns out I am not the only one this is happening to with Windows.
Well I am back on now and everything so far seems to be working. I even had a chance to catch up with some of you out there and got to read some posts. That was also a challenge with my laptop this month. None of your posts were loading for me. It just kept going to updates all the time. My laptop kept sticking. I am not a technical person, I had no idea what the heck was the matter. Wait, that didn’t sound right. Scratch that last sentence…I am not that great with technology…there, that sounds a bit better. Think you get the point either way.
That’s it for July. I try to end all my updates post with prayers to send out there in the world. There are just so many places that need our prayers right now. We can start with the floods, they are everywhere. Just here in Arizona we lost two little girls to flooding this month. Pray for the ones in the flooded areas. Riots are still going on around the world. Pray for people to remain safe in places of chaos. Pray for the ones that go out there to protect others from harm. There is violence. Pray for the ones who are targets, pray they remain safe and no harm comes to them. Then there are the lies and hate that’s creating a division. This to me is the most important prayer. To end the lies and the hate will stop the fuel that is causing a lot of these unnecessary events to happen. When we walk in love, and we walk in light, there is no fear because we walk with God.
The more we hear and see lies over and over being repeated to us, the more chance those lies have of becoming our truths. Stay strong, safe and have courage. Also guard your hearts like never before. Everyone has something they worry about or fear. We all try really hard not to let it interfere in our lives too much. My worry is that we are going to get hit in the coming months with a lot of hate and that is why it is so important to guard your hearts. Counteract the hate train by doing kind things and looking out for your friends, family and neighbors. Avoid confrontations and touchy subjects, walk away if that comes up. We are becoming more and more of a throw away nation and that includes throwing away relationships as well…try to not go to that place, always walk in light.
God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House. Thank you so much for your likes, comments, visits and follows. I will be taking the month of August off from blogging. Until then I will have some pre-scheduled posts and re-posts in case you would like to stop by for a visit. We might even head out of the city for awhile. Have a beautiful August filled with many adventures and happy days.
Coming up in August…
Organizing my yarn supplies.
Shopping trip- Small town antiquing
Thrift store treasures- souvenirs.
ASD tabletime crafts- pom pom sensory crafts
In the garden- photos of my favorite plants.
Dollar day do over- stained glass picture frame.
Sunday greetings and box of blessings