Our Family Life

Saturdays on the Porch

Welcome to the porch! Let’s chat!

Saturdays on the porch

I have to apologize for not keeping up with this series like I promised you – and myself – that I would. Honestly, I just haven’t felt like writing.

I’m struggling to find my place in this new neighborhood and new city, especially since I’m a “country” girl at heart. I don’t like being surrounded by neighbors. I need my space. And the mountains! I can’t see one mountain from here! Ugh!

I miss the openness where I can see the sunrises and sunsets. Here there are tall oak trees that block God’s beautifully painted morning and evening skies.

I’ve lived in this neighborhood for 5 months and have only met two neighbors. How sad is that? Not that I care, because I honestly don’t care to meet the “one across the street”. It just saddens me because I always assumed that neighborhoods like this one were like small communities where neighbors looked out for one another and you could trust and depend on them. Here, I just feel left out and oh so lonely in a big house that is already full of bad memories.

Blah, blah, blah. I know I’m complaining, and I’ll stop now. It’s just that you guys here are my “community” and my friends and I feel like I can trust you all. I love every one of you and I thank you so much for being here and supporting me!

Now let’s get on with a more positive outlook, shall we?

Home Update

Okay, I know I promised a more positive outlook, but here’s a slight little show-stopper.

The drywallers came to put up the ceiling and repair the walls in the family room and part of the kitchen. They were a funny little husband and wife team. The wife kept putting her husband in his place because apparently, he leaves things behind a lot. One of those things is a really expensive and very nice insulated mug, which is still sitting on my front porch. (It’s been 3 weeks!)

Anyway, they finished up the ceiling, which looks a lot better than a huge hole.

finished ceiling 1
finished ceiling 2

Now all that’s left on the inside is to paint.

BUT – (isn’t there always a but?) – there’s been a miscommunication with the insurance company (who knows?) so now we’ve been “put on hold”. Which means no more work can be done until the insurance adjuster looks over the estimates and gets back to us. Oh, joy…

So that’s all the home updates I have right now.

Weekly Menu

What’s on the menu this week:

  • Monday: Hot dogs: Tater Tots; Mac & Cheese
  • Tuesday: Viola! Garlic Chicken; Garlic Bread
  • Wednesday: Instant Pot Chicken & Dumplings; Cucumber Slices
  • Thursday: Breakfast (pancakes, eggs, & bacon)
  • Friday: Hamburger Helper; Salad; Bread Sticks
  • Saturday: out
  • Sunday: Baked Spaghetti; Salad

Positive Story of the Week:

I loved this story of 2 young boys in Indiana who stopped riding their bikes so they could pay their respects to a passing funeral possession for a military veteran. What a heartwarming and touching story!

Indiana boys
via: Fox News

Fun Photo of the Week

Tic-tac-toe cat

My daughter taught our cat Amber how to play Tic-Tac-Toe. Every time Amber would eat a treat, my daughter would place an “X” in its place, then she would make her move. (Don’t worry – my daughter wasn’t eating the cat treats, too.)

Amber actually won that game, so I guess you could say “the cat got the game”.

Deal of the Week

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I’m probably not supposed to do this, but here’s a detailed list of everything in the kit, plus the bonuses!

The sale runs from Wednesday, September 22 to Monday, September 27. There are 75 resources in this sale worth over $6,000 but during the sale, you can get them all for only $97 using this link!

If you’re a blogger trying to grow your blog, this is perfect for you!

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free webinar

Your turn!

How was your week? I’d love to hear all about it!

Thank you for sharing!