Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Porch Projects

We have been cleaning up the front porch. Why? Well this front porch has its wonderful memories. It's nice to have a front porch. The swing cover has been scrubbed down and stored in the shed for next wintertime. The very comfortable straight chairs and the swing are ready for sitters.  Henry has his flowers. And... another project is underway. Over the holiday weekend a neighbor cleaned out their shed to accommodate a golf car. There was a pile of "free stuff" by the road and another of "for sale" items. Among the "free stuff" was this empty pot. I took it as I cruised by in my golf car. Later on I spoke with her and told her I have it and, since I've never planted in a pot like this she gave me a couple of ideas. Now, if you know me, you know I am a "trial and error" learner. This is one of my newest. It is 14" inches tall and 9" wide with 6 side pockets. It is in perfect condition. Clay terracotta - -YAY!
I had the Mister take me to the local garden center and I purchased a bag of correct soil and 7 different varieties of succulents! Wow! These little things are expensive! Anyway, the project will really be started tomorrow. Stay tuned. I forgot to plan what will go in the top, but will figure that out later. One succulent without a name tag is already planted in the china Dutch shoe she gave me.
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Now, back to porches.....Please try to read this through. I have it printed and framed and it's been hanging on the front porch for many years. My mother saved it as it was a newspaper article and I re-typed it. Note it was written 1972! That's 48 Years ago!
Tranquillity - - no matter how little effort it takes”
By Robert K. Irwin–published 7/2/73 The Sun Bulletin, Binghamton, NY

   You’re a member of the great American be-doing-something-constructive-all-the-time generation, right?
   For example: you’ve probably tried golf, tennis, fishing, camping, swimming, boating, water-skiing, bicycling, sailing, and even croquet, right?
   Why not try a little good old-fashioned front-porch sitting this summer?
   Front-porch sitting is an art that few mastered even at the tranquil turn of the century. Even few have mastered it in these frantic times. The first requisite for serious porch-sitting is comfortable clothes–soft, neither warm nor cool and pliable. 
   Second, you must have a comfortable chair. Any old comfortable chair is not good enough. The best for marathon porch-sitting are overstuffed, the kind you sink into and can’t get out of. Use of a hammock is viewed by purists as cheating.
   Next, you should have a proper porch.
   Any old porch can do, but the best porches meet these requisites:
   First, it must have a roof. Porch-sitting is no fun in the rain.
   Second, it must be open on all three sides, to let the zephyrs of summer in and out. Some like their porches screened, but purists don’t. 
   Third, a set of clear-voiced wind chimes are essential, since they break monotony. If you are a music lover, a record or tape player is essential. Radios are out, since they break in with un-tranquilizing commercials.
   A lethargic pooch and a lap-sitting cat are essential for animal lovers since they provide companionship without distraction.
   There are two schools of thought on the use of drink. One side argues that fine beers and wines, even an occasional tonic drink enhance tranquillity. Opponents argue that it distracts from serious contemplation.
   Running to the refrigerator is a problem, so serious drinking sitters work by the pitcher, magnum or six-pack.
   The most important part of prize-winning porch-sitting, however, is not what you do, but what you take pains to avoid doing.
   A former champion porch sitter recently won laurels by watching a lawnmower disappear in his rank, un-mowed front lawn. 
   Another champion, who happened to work nights, watched the moon set every consecutive night for nine months, even when the orb was obscured by fog and vapors.
   Another ribbon winner simultaneously watched the raising of six families of birds in his front yard this spring without so much as turning his head.
   If you are an aspiring porch sitter do not let these tales of glory discourage you. It takes years of practice to learn the talents these layabouts have developed. The best porch sitters all advise fledgling sluggards to begin modestly and work up slowly to the peak of their abilities. 
   Begin with five minutes, empty-handed, on a day with sparkling weather. As you discover your undeveloped talent for doing absolutely nothing, increase the time spent on your porch until you have learned a feeling of mild indulgence for those around you who spend most of their lives rushing from place to place to have fun. 
   Then you will know you have become a member of that least-populous of groups–true porch sitters. And remember, the true porch sitters’ motto is “tranquillity–no matter how little effort it takes.” 


  1. We have a ways to go before we reach the status of "A True Porch Sitter," Hubby being closer than I am. I used to hang hummingbird feeders on our front porch but he was bothered by all the activity so I moved them to the back yard. I do, however, enjoy sitting there when the mockingbird sings.

  2. I like to sit on our covered front porch and watch storms (at night, it's even better) I personally enjoy our patio more. I would, tho, like to know how to watch the moon set for nine months when it's a new moon and you can't see it!

    Love your freebies!

    1. Ps...loved reading what your mother wrote about the childhood porch. Wonderful memories.

    2. Thank you. She was a true nature lover.