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Saturdays on the Porch

Welcome to the porch! Let’s chat for a while!

Saturdays on the porch

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Hello, Saturday!

It’s so hard to believe August starts tomorrow. Another month, come and gone.

I’m not complaining because this summer has been so stinkin’ hot and humid here in Virginia! I’m looking forward to fall and less humidity.

Week 2 with Balto has been less stressful. He’s learning the house and the rules as well as the nighttime routine. Every night at around 11 pm we all take him outside and let him walk around the yard and “do his business.” Then he comes back in and gets right in his crate for bedtime all by himself. Of course, he’s probably doing this so well because he’s getting 2 bacon-flavored treats.

The cats have learned Balto’s bedtime routine, too. They know when he’s in his crate, so they walk around a little more confidently now, even going downstairs and checking things out.


We won 2 expensive pieces of antique furniture from an auction this week for very cheap – a China cabinet and a dresser. The dresser was already painted and in really good condition. I put it upstairs in the little “nook” to store bedsheets in since there’s no linen closet upstairs.

The China cabinet is also in good condition, but I’m not loving the color. I need to clean it up and paint it one day soon. In all my spare time.

Home Update

I have some good news! The contractors started work on the roof this week! This week they only repaired the huge hole in the family room and replaced the shingles. Next week (hopefully) they’re coming back to finish up what they can. The entire roof will have new shingles to match and new gutters will be put on, plus a few more repairs that need to be made. I’m so glad they were able to start work sooner than I expected.

The only downside is that it was sunny and 91 degrees, but the “feels like” temperature was 96! They must have been so hot up there! We had to turn our AC up because it was getting so hot inside the family room that it wouldn’t turn off!

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roof repair
roof repair
Weekly Menu

What’s on the menu this week:

  • Monday: Corn Dog Nuggets; Tater Bites; Green Beans
  • Tuesday: Meatloaf; Corn; Mashed Potatoes, Cucumber Slices
  • Wednesday: Ham & Cheese Crescents; Mac & Cheese; Crinkle Fries
  • Thursday: Slow Cooker Chicken & Gravy; Mashed Potatoes; Green Beans, Cucumber Slices
  • Friday: Cheeseburger in Paradise Pie; Seasoned Fries
  • Saturday: Out
  • Sunday: Hot Dogs; Chips; Potato Salad; Macaroni Salad

This week’s dessert: Hershey’s Frozen Chocolate Chip Pie (This is so good for hot summer days! It was a huge hit with my whole family, too!)

Hershey's Frozen Chocolate Chip Pie

Frugal Household Tip of the Week

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Subscribe & Save works for thousands of products on Amazon, including:

  • Groceries
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Setting up your subscription is free and you can skip or cancel any time. Amazon sends you an email reminder before your order ships so you can double-check you’re only buying what you need. It may take a little time to figure out a good delivery schedule for your household, but it’s worth it because you’re saving money in the long run.

Imagine never running out of toilet paper again!

Positive Story of the Week

I love this story of Benjamin and Mary who became close friends during the pandemic. Mary is 99 years old and was isolated during the pandemic, but Benjamin, who’s only 2 years old, quickly became her friend. How sweet that he was there to play with her when she needed a friend the most!

Benjamin and Mary

Fun Photo of the Week

Mrs. CL

Mrs. Cat Litter keeps getting in the fireplace. We’ve tried to block it off, but no matter what she gets around it.

So now instead of being an orange cat, she is turning black and has little black feet.

Does anyone know how to keep a cat out of the fireplace? Any suggestions are very appreciated.

Deal of the Week

Target is having a great deal on back-to-school items right now! It’s a great time to stock up! You can expect to see these deals:

target deals

Also be sure to check out Walmart for their back-to-school supplies. They usually have the best prices on most items overall.

Walmart back to school deals

On the Blog This Week:

In case you missed it, this week on the blog I shared a few ways to get free furniture. Whether you’re moving to a new home, giving your current home a refresh, or flipping furniture for a profit, getting free furniture is always a bonus!

Your turn!

What has been going on in your life this week? Anything exciting you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about your week!

Thank you for sharing!