Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Front Porch Musings

Hey There!
I must admit I have a love for front porches. 
There is something about a front porch that says "welcome, come sit awhile and chat." 

I guess my love for porches goes back to my childhood. My grandma and grandpa had a front porch, which was screened in. It was a favorite spot in the whole house. As kids we would play board games out on the porch and sometimes if we were lucky during the holidays the "kids table" would be on the front porch. Oh that was living, we felt like kings. 

Sunday dinners were usually at grandma and grandpa's and after the meal we would make our way to the front porch. It was a place where you could just sit and watch the world go by. A place where life slowed down and you could appreciate your time together. Conversations just happened and an occasionally neighbor might stop by to chat. Back when I was a kid there wasn't all these handheld electronics, you visited, you spent quality time with each other. My best memories are sitting around on that front porch listening to my grandparents tell stories of the old days. Of how they met, their courtship, and what life was like back then. I wouldn't trade those times for a million dollars, they helped instill in me family love and values that have made me the person I am today.

I guess that is why the front porch holds such a special place in my heart, so many warm and happy memories. One day I hope when my Hubby And I buy our forever home it is Blessed with a Front Porch. Until then, I can remember and I can dream of the times spent on a front porch. 

Here are a few porches that make me sigh...




 This is a back porch, but it is magnificent

 Can you just see yourself sitting on one of these porches drinking some sweet tea?
I sure can!

Monday, July 21, 2014

North Haven Flea & Farmers Market

We have a new flea & farmers market trying to get off the ground. It has been open since May, this year.  They advertise that they have a variety of vendors and in the weeks to come there will be local farms selling fruits and vegetables. They are hoping to get more and more vendors as the summer progresses. 

Last weekend I decided to check it out. I found vendors selling new items like Avon, Pampered Chef, metal signs and handmade items. While others seemed to be selling tag sale items. But there were a few vendors that had antiques and hand-painted furniture.  There are also a few food trucks where you can get a bite to eat, Spud Stud , Mini Donuts, and DiSorbo's Bakery. 

I was able to score some cool items. 

An old create from a soda company in Ansonia, CT

Metal signs of guitars for the Hubby's music room

and an old washboard. 
I love when I can find a treasure. It's like hitting the jackpot. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday's Fancy

Happiness is... using my Dad's leg as a pillow.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rain Upon the Roof

Hi All! We had some strong thunderstorms come through last night. Here is what our weather report looked like. See that red section, that was right over us. Boy did that rain come down hard, lightening was bright and thunder was roaring.

When I was a kid thunderstorms scared me. I even had a stuffed pillow people called Thunder Cloud. Ok, if I am going to be honest I got him in my late teens. As a matter of fact he is one of the things I have saved from my childhood and he is stored in a trunk in my attic.
I would lay in bed hugging him and counting the time between the lightening and the thunder to see if the storm was moving away. Did you do that as a kid? I remember seeing that tip in Poltergeist, tho it didn't turn out to well for Robbie. Stupid clown… why are clowns so scary? But I digress.

Nowadays there is something soothing about a thunderstorm (tho sometimes still scary). Like the one that came through last night. I get to cuddle on the couch with my Hubby and Puppy, watching some tv, listening to the rhythmic sound of the rain hitting the roof.

It causes me to reflect upon how blessed I am and how fortune I am to be in this moment.  

Which reminds me of a song we played at our wedding, here is just the first verse...

EDWIN MCCAIN - I Could Not Ask For More
Lying here with you
Listening to the rain
Smiling just to see the smile upon your face
These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
These are the moments I'll remember all my life
I've found all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more

Hope the sun is shining in your next of the woods!