Updates and a thank you to all my followers.

December is over, and every year I always say to everyone…

“ Wow, where did December go.”

Just when I am getting all settled in to enjoying the month of December, I blink and it is over. Like when we have our babies and then we blink and BOOM! They are all grown up. Time is flying by.

Now we are headed into a new year. I am a bit nervous about this new year coming up but I am also hopeful and looking forward to hanging out with it and seeing if maybe it will be added to the category of it being a good year. I have had many of those, more then bad.

Before I meet 2022, I’m enjoying this last day of December before we part ways. Like a cozy warm blanket, this December is a hard one to let go as I look at my little colorful tree that is still up and twinkling. Please let 2022 be a friendly one for the world I think to myself.

I learned a lot in 2021. Had my eyes opened to some more truths. Changed some things up in my life because of those truths too. Learned some more about gardening, tried new recipes and even started some new hobbies.

Sometimes I think to myself how nice it would be to have a Dear Abby type of person I could get some answers from, anonymously of course, because I have some doozy questions I would love to have answers to.

Maybe any Dear Abby types out there may be triggered. Maybe some may be accusatory about my questions, and some may just outright hate anyone who would ask such questions. This is where the anonymous part comes into play. I think they are important questions, but maybe others out there wouldn’t. I am witnessing many things in this 21st century and I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit that what I am seeing is worrisome. Very, very worrisome.

Maybe one of my questions would be a pretty scary one for everyone out there, and no one will escape this one….

“ Who among us, will regret the words spoken or written in this moment. Words that could come back to haunt them later.?”

So yeah, I am praying that 2022 is a good year for the world and that things start turning around. It will be up to the peace keepers to change the outcome that I am worrying about. The peacekeepers all know who you are. In small pockets around the world, there are many of you out there. With your kind hearts, and the love you have for your neighbors. The mother and father skills of mentoring, teaching and helping others. It will be you with your courage, that will start to turn things around. You aren’t alone either…God is always by the peacekeeper’s sides.

Okay, time to say goodbye to December. Before I do here are a few things here at Our Little Red House we did this month.

1. Started building a new chicken coop.

2. Sold some chickens.

3. Packed up some more for a ? move.

4. Had lots of fun shopping adventures.

5. Baked a bunch.

6. Made my traditional gingerbread house, but it fell apart because it was too soft.

7. My husband and I started teaching our son sewing skills.

8. Our daughter sold some of her Arizona paintings.

9. Painted my garden area and did a whole lot of garden DIY’s.

10. Kept the windows opened at night and listened to the soft patter of rain. Next morning we checked our cameras from up north where Our Little Red House is and saw beautiful snow everywhere.

I think the one thing I was surprised about this month is that I found time to participate in Blogmas, which I had written earlier that I wasn’t going to have the time to do this year.

I decided to change that when I noticed that this Christmas so many people were not so happy. My daughter would tell me that some online friends of hers were not celebrating Christmas or any holiday traditions. Then I would hear from some of my friends about some of their family members not participating in Christmas this year either.

Looking around the neighborhood I noticed there were not as many homes with lights up. Maybe it’s only in some areas. It still was sad. This is why I decided to find something to do a blog about everyday in December, all the way up to the big day. Sometimes I would veer off subject and do a mini rant. I was going through some shock and losses from this year too but I tried really hard to keep it off this site as much as possible.

When I started blogging I never thought that a couple years later we would all be going through what we are all dealing with now. Never would have thought this was all possible. I saw clues here and there that something was up but I wanted to join in on fun DIY’s and recipes, adventures, and family time with the world, just like everyone else, not see those sinister clues for what they were. Then everything went weird and scary.

Anyway, I am still trying to stick with my fun little hobby of sharing some positive now and then with you all. And that is why I posted something every day in December. I needed to add some holiday cheer out there in the world.

I would also like to thank all my followers. Some of you are new and some are old. Like that quote about friends, some are silver and some are gold. I think you all are gold. Thank you so much for all your wonderful posts, recipes, adventures, photos, art, kindness, comments, likes and follows. Thank you for inspiring others through your prayers and well wishes too.

I hope for the New Year that only the best comes your way. That you are all blessed. That God protects you and keeps you all safe. That you are always healthy and surrounded by love and peace. Have a very Happy New Year everyone from all of us at Our Little Red House.

A gift from a neighbor.
Husband made cinnamon rolls for all of us early Christmas morning.
My daughter added a cowboy hat this year.
Alley cat’s favorite place to sleep. When she wakes up she watches the fish. This was taken during a rain storm, mostly she is hiding from the thunder.
Getting the table ready for a Christmas eve meal.
Presents all wrapped and ready to go.
So excited to start working on this years gingerbread house.
Most of these baked items were gifts to others, except my gingerbread house cooling on a rack.
My candy tray was loosing candy and fast. I had to hide the tray until I got my gingerbread house together.
One of my needle felted ornaments I made.
Decorating the house.
Whoops. almost forgot the gifts I had hidden under the beds.
My house before it started melting away.
Even the small salad dressing container couldn’t keep the roof from slipping away. This is the first year my house fell apart like this. I know better, but I was too overwhelmed to correct this. Instead of being stubborn I decided to finish out the rest of the dough by turning them all into cookies. Later when I went back to this tray of treats, I would discover all the little chocolate cookie mushrooms were gone. They had been eaten. Maybe Santa did it…who knows. They are really yummy too.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. That house is so beautiful 😍
    Happy New Year 🎊

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    1. Thank you, that is such a nice thing to write. I always think it is so messy. Have a very Happy New Year too.


    2. How funny, I got confused and you mean the gingerbread house…thank you, That was yummy and also very messy.


  2. Gersom Clark says:

    A blessed New Year to you, your loved ones, Cheri! May GOD always keep all of you in 2022 and in the years ahead!

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    1. Thank you so much and many blessings for you and yours in the New Year and all the years ahead too. May God always keep you safe and healthy as well as surrounding by peace and happiness.

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  3. Michele Lee says:

    Your creativity, energy, and cozy home are inspiring to me. Best wishes in your new year!

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    1. That is such a nice thing to write…thank you. Have the best New Year ever.

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  4. mel says:

    Happy New Year, Dear!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Mel, Have a very Happy New Year too.

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  5. Lori M-I says:

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2022. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Lori. have the best and happiest New Year too.

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  6. Well, I may not be an Abby but I’m always here for a friend. May not have all the answers but will almost always have a thought on just about any topic, willing to put our heads together to figure out an answer and when I don’t have one, I’ll diligently seek to find one for or with you.
    Let me know anytime you want to talk. I’ll send you my email and even address of you want to write. And our conversations will always remain between you , me and God.
    Hugs Friend💕

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    1. Wrote out this super long reply back but it was deleted because with what is happening with big pharma my husband and I have some triggering moments with that which come with fear of course. Some bad things happened with our family and that powerhouse team of enablers out there harming people.
      Everything that is happening with the schools, medical, governments and media we have ptsd from I guess you could say because we dealt with all of that earlier, like decades earlier. Reasons behind starting over and pulling our kids out of the public school system so long ago. Bought Our Little Red House up north and home schooled while rebuilding that and healing in the country. There is a whole story there that would take too long to explain.
      Also, these past two years we not only lost love ones and friends from them passing on but we also lost some friends to the hate fest going on out there. Nothing we got involved with since my husband and I never get involve with confrontations of political hate. Some people are going into a direction of hating one another and this is not a good place to be. Lots of separations going on and it isn’t necessary but it is happening and America is being targeted.
      My husband and I come from very dysfunctional and toxic family environments and we are the scapegoats. Going through these times without the support of family is a little rough. We are dealing with it all the best we can. I worry for my kids future and where this country is headed. All things half the country apparently are also worrying about too. Then we have the other half that believes everything is okay and if it doesn’t involve or harm them, then they are fine. What they don’t understand is that a world split like this will be bad for everyone eventually.
      You have such a kind heart Laura, thank you so much for being a true friend. There are so many good people on wordpress I have discovered. I believe you are one of those prayer warriors, so please pray that this ugliness that is happening in the world stops. Please pray for the people in Colorado right now too. What I have learned in the past couple of years is that praying never stops as it shouldn’t. Big hugs back to you and all your family from all of us over here in Arizona. Have a very happy New Year too and God bless you all and keep you safe always.


      1. It sure feels like the four horsemen have been released doesn’t it?
        The red horse = removes peace from the earth and violence toward one another ensues. The white horse- conquest. The Black horse = inflation – a measure of wheat for a day’s wage. The pale horse = death by violence, famine…pestilence = fatal epidemic disease & wild beasts.
        Especially the latter 3.
        And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

        It’s beginning to look like the end is near. If not, it surely seems to be the pre-game show.
        IDK if there is any turning back now. The only thing I know is that it is the time to rise up, shining the light, living our faith, sharing it and showing it to the world, changing hearts and minds while there is time.
        I am truly a believer that there is a reason why we weren’t taken up at the moment of our salvation. We were left here with a mission…a rescue mission if you will, to save all those who would be saved.
        But to preach it effectively, we have to be it and be the peacemakers who show the love in a loveless world.
        My prayers are with you, friend💕
        My prayers are with us all.

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      2. You have such power in the way you write. God gave you this gift for a reason. I believe with a strong faith our hearts will be protected. I agree with you, if we are here, we are here for a reason, to save more and to spread the love we feel from Jesus to help others understand what that is all about. So many have been hurt by the lies, so many have become broken. When they started closing churches and trying to shut that down, I knew something was up. Concerts, gambling centers, stripper clubs, and sporting events were still be allowed in some cases but why not let people come together to pray, even in their own homes. We both know the answer to that. Saving and praying, there is real power in that. I keep telling my children that God is with them, always remember that…always. We are never alone no matter what battles in life are given to us. Just keep praying. MY prayers will always be with my friends and family and you are all my friends. Thank you for being mine Laura.
        Big hugs and many prayers from your friend as well.


  7. Elaine says:

    Mmm, the Ginger Bread House looks delish… Happy and peaceful New Year.

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    1. Thank you Elaine. Have a Happy and peaceful New Year too.


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