Monday, August 12, 2013

The Miller Country Adventures

It's time for a blog post! I finally broke down and purchased a prepaid Verizon JetPack so I could get online. It's been driving me crazy. The phone company has to run a new line to our house and that was supposed to happen 2 weeks ago, and I haven't heard a peep from them. I wonder if we will ever have a home phone and Internet access?

Did I mention that I painted a chalkboard wall in one of my bedrooms? I turned it into the kids "playroom", it's where I put all of their toys and books and stuff and I let them mess it up during the day and we clean it up together before we go to bed at night. I just think this wall is so cool, and I kind of wish I had done this in the kitchen, or in my own bedroom...

Take a look "Before"...

And now "After"...

I will also admit that I have been kind of struggling without my dryer, and here is my pitiful attempt to hang a clothesline:

Even with repeated attempts to tighten my lines, they just keep a sagging. Some day I will do some real research and learn how to do this correctly with pulleys and all that, but for now, this will just have to do.

I'm still trying to grasp the concept that we are living in the country, I just can't believe it. I love it!
The children have been outside more in the past 2 weeks than they have been in the past 7 years in our old home.

The only 2 really negative things so far is that it is horsefly season, and these bugs are everywhere and they are nasty. They chase you and they are BIG. This one wouldn't leave my car door this morning and it was as big as my THUMB. Gross.

The other negative is that many of the people (and moms in particular) that I see out and about, have tattoos and smoke. Not that I'm trying to make sweeping judgments, but I'm slightly worried about exposing my kids to the "redneck" element and having them think that underage smoking and tattoos are in anyway "cool". I'm also worried that I will have nothing in common with anyone that I meet (as in too-goody-two-shoes for the neighbors and not-Catholic-enough for the Catholic homeschoolers that I haven't met yet, but hopefully can find them around.) Hopefully I will get this figured out. I'm pretty much a loner and one local Christian friend (who has small kids and is not 20 years younger than me) who can put up with me and my rosaries and my hyperactive kids and Ohio State loving, sports-fanatic, beer drinking husband, would be a Very Good Thing!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

(And I can't resist a few more shots, I just love this...)


  1. Love the chalkboard wall idea.

    Are you going to be homeschooling now?

  2. I am not sure at all to be honest. Lauren starts public 2nd grade tomorrow. We just left one of the best school districts in the nation to move out here which makes me a little sad, so I'm really ambivalent about the public school situation, but trying to keep a wait and see approach. Then there is always Catholic school, which would be great.. but I don't think I could afford it now. I am not ready to tackle homeschooling yet, I'm still feeling out of my element with even trying to get the laundry done and figuring out how to handle my wayward children all day :-) I hope you guys all have a great first day of school!

  3. I could really use one of those chalkboard walls and I have no children! I would like it for ME! All my to-do lists...? Oh Heavens. I think the clothesline looks good; it's the only time I can tolerate "sagging pants"...HAHAH I surely hope you meet some new friends - or at least aquaintances, it's hard to move into a new neighborhood, not knowing anyone. ** Just for the record, I have a tattoo, but I hate it and wish I could laser it off** Stupid 19 year old I was.... And agreed: smoking is gross.

  4. I love the chalkboard wall idea. My kids would have a great time with it, and I can't help but think of all the scrap paper I could save too!

    I don't remember what part of the "country" you're in Sharon. If you're in the Independance KY area though, then we have a friend there that you might have a lot in common with.


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