Front Porch Time
Saturday, May 08, 2010
I spent the day making a vat of marinara sauce and 15 pounds of Italian meatballs.
The neighbors behind us came over for dinner - Mom is out of town, but Dad the the boys had meatball sammiches with us, followed by a glorious dessert of Jell-o Sugar Free Pudding. :)
I have several containers of sauce labeled and put into the freezer, along with a big bag of meatballs. Not a drop of HFCS to be found! Pretty low sodium, and low fat, too. I put carrots in the sauce and then pureed it - I think it makes it sweeter, and I'm sure it adds fiber. Everyone thought it tasted great, which is what really matters.
We've decided that little boys running around and throwing toys are the equivalent of crack for standard poodles. The dogs are STILL wound up!
After the neighbors left, R and I had cocktails on the 'mayoral bench.'
When we first moved here, there were few houses built. Across the street was all dirt - now there are eight houses there. Our house was the 'model' home for the neighborhood. We have a level-entry (unusual in new construction in Portland) - meaning that we don't have to climb stairs to reach the front door and main level. We have a front 'porch' - even though it is concrete - that is covered, with enough room for a few pots.
The first summer we were here, I talked R into purchasing a teak bench. We sat out there in the evenings and talked and laughed. He decided that I would be the 'Mayor' of Cooper Mountain, and dubbed it the Mayoral Bench, because I waved at and talked to anyone who walked by.
We were out there tonight chatting and having a cocktail - pretty balmy weather for us Portlanders - almost 60!
Some other neighbors drove by on their way home and stopped to chat - "What are you guys doing?"
"Sitting on the porch and drinking!"
We love this neighborhood. :)
OH - we have a nesting birdie on top of one of the columns on our front porch! We don't know what kind of birdie she is yet. We're thinking of setting up a wireless camera. We're dorks.