Thunder,

our wonderful dog who is an English Setter.  He is showing his holiday spirit in front of our RED front door with it’s RED wreath.

 ~”Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”  ~Roger Caras            

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Seeing the beautiful front porches for Metamorphosis Monday made me decide to include mine too. 

 I just love Halloween and all the scary stuff, but I wouldn’t want it too scary,

 

after all it’s the trick or treaters that I am trying to welcome

 not the spirits of halloween.

~” When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.”~Unknown

 

 

I found these vintage castiron andirons on the curb several years back.  My neighbor threw them away. 

 Again, I am amazed at what people will put out to the curb to sit in the landfill.  But I am so glad she did because they are mine now.

I keep them near my fireplace but every October they don the front porch for Halloween.  Their green marble eyes glow if there is light (like a fire) behind them.  I just love Halloween, don’t you??

 

~”A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”~ unknown

 

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 I bought this chair several years ago at a garage sale. 

I refinished it back then and covered the old springs with new foam and fabric.  It has held up very well. 

It has been on our front porch during the nicer weather, the past three years,and it was finally showing the wear and tear of the elements.  I took the time to refinish it this summer. The wood was weathered but nothing a little love couldn’t fix. 

I made it a bit darker this time to look more arts and crafts era. 

 I put a faux leather seat on it since it will be outside and a couple of coats of polyurethane and we are back in business. 

A welcoming chair to sit and enjoy a warm summer afternoon.

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.  ~James Dent

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This is how my porch looked last summer. 

It was subdued and warm and I liked it very much….then.

 

 This year I was looking for a little more pow so I went with my favorite color

…..RED. 

A quick coat of paint ,some new fabric to cover the cushions  and voila…

fun,

Fun,

FUN!

 Simple, inexpensive and easy. Just the way I like it. 

 Next year?

 Who knows?

~”Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.”~ Bill Blass

 

 
 

 

This is the front of our house. web-t-101

The sidewalk leading up to the front porch has heaved because of the roots of the huge pine that sits way too close to our porch. It is a terrible trip hazard. 

This tree is magnificent so we would never part with it.web-thater-018

  It surrounds our upstairs porch and screens us from the street wires. I like to pretend they are palm tree branches (hey a girl can dream can’t she?) It gives us privacy and sounds really great when it swishes in the breeze.  web-thater-317

 Back to the point of the story ~ the sidewalk. 

 

Since we bought this house 2 1/2 years ago, we have wanted to do something about that sidewalk but we weren’t sure what to do.  We had estimates but concrete contractors weren’t interested in such a small job.  We thought of having it jack hammered out but I was not keen on new concrete next to old concrete.  

 So, we tried prying it to lift it up to one side so we could eliminate the parts of the roots that make it rise up.  web-steps-019colin,

 

 

Hours of trying to cut those roots while the sidewalk loomed over the work area was fruitless. web-steps-020

 It made it better, but not good enough. We just didn’t have the room to work under the square of concrete that we needed.

Our friend, Al, after hearing of our plight, offered to bring his boom truck over and lift it up for us.  web-rock-098

What a great guy!  Talk about turning a very difficult job into an easy job. web-rock-0961

With a remote control he was able to raise and lower the boom and he had that 5 x 5 square of concrete that is 6 inches deep, raised up and out of the way in no time. 

 

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 Then he, Ron(another friend), and Col (hubby) used a chain saw and an ax to cut away the roots. web-rock-121

My son and 4 of his friends were there to help if need be.  There is nothing like strong young men to put to work and save the old guy’s backs.  They all dug and axed also. 

web-rock-109After dulling the chain saw and tiring out plenty of arms they were ready to lay down the stone. web-rock-106

 After a few minor adjustments… web-rock-130

the square laid down perfectly as if it had just been poured. web-rock-141    web-rock-1431

We feel so lucky to have good friends that are willing to give up a Saturday morning and help us out in such a big way.  We couldn’t be more grateful for those friends.   

 

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 Friendship is a sheltering tree.  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

 

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web-september-14-179The Front Porch is a phrase that probably most of us say every day.  It’s the place to enter your house, it’s the place to relax, it’s the place to talk to your neighbors, and most importantly it’s your way of welcoming family and friends to your home.  Most of us take it for granted but I don’t think a day goes by that my husband doesn’t comment on how lucky we are to have our porch and view. We hit the front porch  jackpot at this house. We have two front, or you could say, three front porches.  One is the entrance to our house. It is where I have flower pots and plants that welcome our visitors and our family. web-september-14-225

One is just to the side of that and it is enclosed with windows that open to the street.  I think it may have been a sleeping porch back in the day because there is a lock on the inside of the door. Sleeping porches were used in hot weather before people had air conditioning~ you could sleep  out on the porch on a balmy night and get relief from the heat. web-pixx-0601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Last, but most important to us is our second floor front porch.   It is not enclosed, but open air, overlooking a beautiful park, nestled behind huge pine trees~ I like to pretend we are amongst palm trees.  We can see everything going on, but we are somewhat hidden to everyone below.  upstairs porch at night

It makes for quiet relaxing and entertaining.  It also provides very amusing entertainment as well! My friend Nancy calls it the Eagle’s nest because when she and her husband come over we watch it all as we sip our wine and chat.   web-t-0101

Even our dog keeps watch over the world from this perch. There’s not a dog that can go by with out a word or two from him making sure they know he is there.  Loudly!

Meanwhile, we sit  on our rockers and watch the world go by, take in our garden and yard, or watch people in the park.  They are fun and interesting to see.  Sometimes we see folks walking their dogs, kids that jump the pool fence to take midnight swims, after dark skinny dippers …well, only once, sun bathers, Frisbee games, tennis, football, bike races, foot races, karate, track practice, little league, girls softball, you name it, we have seen it at the park while sitting on our  porch. porch

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  As busy as it can be, it is often quiet and serene.   It is also the place we end our day, drink a glass of wine, and enjoy the sunsets.  Where we used to live was just a couple of blocks away from here, but what a difference living on a hill makes when it comes to sunsets.  We experience such breathtaking evenings just about every night as the sun lowers in the sky.  We had no idea such a view existed just across the park and up on our own front porch.   

 

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The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had.  ~Author Unknown

 

 

 

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