One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Front Porches

Do you have a place in, or around, your home where you love to spend quiet time?  I love to spend time on my front porch.  We canceled our camping trip due to rain, and have spent several hours on our front porch.  I am very grateful for having the space and covered porch to spend time alone, and with my family.

The rain has not stopped even as I type, but we have already had a dinner on the porch during a thunderstorm, where we have all taken turns coddling our youngest dog.  The poor thing has a panic attack during such storms.

We don't have a lot of color around the entire porch, but a few tulips still linger.  Each year I add a few perennials to the lot, and toss down some saved seeds.  By the middle of summer I am joined by the kids after school.  We sit, snack, and talk.

Evenings are fun on the porch too.  Tin can candles light the edge of the porch, and dinners are often served.  It's not uncommon to have breakfast on the porch either.  We call those breakfast days "Patio Pancakes."  Traditionally, pancakes are made, and we take time to enjoy the view, and enjoy a leisure breakfast.  We savor the smells, the views, the sounds and the warm air.  Too soon, winter will take it away.


Karen said...

Awww! Greg and I think we saw you and your hubby on your porch as we drove home from my parents yesterday around 5ish.

I can see where one would spend some time there as it's a nice deep porch. I envy all the special things you do with your family.

Patio Pancakes......what a hoot!

And yet MORE rain today.....YUK

Kristina said...

Yes, we were enjoying the porch when you drove past. Hubby was reading the paper, and I was crocheting. It's my favorite place to enjoy some down time. We bought the wicker porch furniture from a Goodwill store.