Several months or years ago, I’m not sure, time goes by so quickly, I saw this picture in a magazine. I think it was Country Living or Southern Living.
I fell in love with the porch on this house. The stone pillars, the railings, the metal roof. We already have a metal roof on our house which we love so this just looked like something that would go with our house.
I filed the picture away for future reference. At that time, a new porch wasn’t even on our agenda. Then one day David said our old porch was pulling the walls outward in our living room, causing cracks in the wall and it was going to have to go. “How soon?” I asked. “Sooner rather than later,” he replied. So began our adventure into porch building.
We called our favorite contractor, Claude Wright Jr. and asked him to give us an estimate on adding a porch and on replacing more of our old windows. We got the estimate, I almost passed out and then we invited him over to talk.
He, David and I sat around our dining room table discussing what needed to be done. ” Maybe we could save some money by not having the pillars across the front,” David suggested. My heart sunk clear to my feet. The pillars are what I loved about the picture in the first place. “No,” I said. “Those pillars have been a dream of mine for a long time.” After some more discussion, we decided to bite the bullet and go for it. After all, we will probably live in this house for the rest of our lives if we are blessed. I’m not planning any moves, anyway.
Thinking I had lots of time to move the flowers in front of our old porch, David then asked, “How soon can you start?” “Next week,” Claude said. Yikes. I had just a few days to move a lot of flowers. So we said go for it and the fun began.
David and I spent a couple of days digging up and replanting dozens of flowers. He measured how far out the new porch would come so that we would be sure to get the flowers all out of the way. I have a little magnolia tree I have been babying for a couple of years and this is the first year it had blooms on it. I put a fence around it. I cringed for that little tree the entire building process, but the builders were very careful about working around it even though they had to squeeze around it at times.
Soon it was going like gang busters. The old porch was torn down. My house was dusty. The new porch went up. My house got dustier. Then we had a roof, railings, a new tongue and groove floor, wide steps and finally the stone pillars. Hey, so I didn’t dust for a few weeks. The men worked together like clock work. They each knew their job and did it quickly and efficiently. Wiring was done. We even got a couple of extra outlets put in while the walls were open. Men came to install new gutters. It was a busy time around the old Craig house. I had to watch what I was wearing because I never knew when a man would be working right outside a window. Reminds me of a show I use to watch, The Gilmore Girls, where Lorelie Gilmore was having some construction work done on her house and one day she came out of the shower stark naked and found a construction guy standing in the hallway. I did not want that happening to me.
It took about a month, but the work was finally all completed. The dust settled. It’s still settling. I could not wait to start landscaping. I had been purchasing perennials here and there wherever I went and had them waiting to go in the ground. I spent the next few days staining the floor and steps, planting the perennials, replanting some of the flowers I had had to move, decorating the porch, and hanging new hanging baskets.
Want to see the finished project? You don’t? I’m sorry, I am going to show it to you anyway.
First you are welcomed by my little chicken welcome sign.
Come up the wide steps. See the walk David put in all by himself? He planned it and he did all the work. I love it. He’s quite a man. Flower beds on either side. On the left use to be grass. I got rid of more grass. Yay. I hate to mow.
David’s and my rockers. His is the one with padding. I don’t need padding.
David used left over lumber and built this little table to put our drinks upon. It’s really heavy. Took us both to carry it up here. I stained it the same color as the railings.
I put a table and chairs on the porch so we could eat outside. Have we ate outside yet? Nope.
I brought this little chair and pillow that were in the grandchildren’s Adirondack room down and put it in the corner. So, we don’t really have a cabin. I can pretend.
What’s a porch without some flowers?
I placed humming bird feeders all around. The little rascals sometimes zoom right over our heads as they fly through the porch.
David placed our fountain in front of the porch so we could sit and listen to it gurgle and splash. The birds like to drink from it also. We saw one like this in Nashville years ago, but when we went to buy one, no one had any so I went on the internet and found this one. We have been using it for years. It looks like stone, but it isn’t. We have had people go up and touch it thinking it was stone. Our grandchildren, when they were little, ,liked to slap their hand on the fountain and make a splash. Where did those little ones go?
We bought this wind spinner online. When it spins it looks like a rainbow.
David built this bench from a leftover piece of the old porch and some cement blocks and I painted it.
We hung our not glass, stained glass window in our new front window.
I planted annuals in a piece of the old porch.
This use to be one of our dining room chairs that had seen better days. I painted it lavender and set it in the garden.
So this is the ta-da moment. The porch I had dreamed of and kept that picture for. It’s everything and more that I could ever want. David and I spend a lot of time sitting out here and talking and watching the world go by. Why don’t you join us?
It’s almost impossible for me to write a blog and not include flowers. I can’t remember what the yellow one is called, but the lavender one is called speedwell. Kind of looks like salvia to me.
Summer is reading time(although I read all the time). But, anyway, I have a couple of books that I would recommend for reading For my Christian friends out there and those who would like to know more about the Christ I serve there is this book by Max Lucado.
It’s a wonderful book about Jesus. There is a description of Jesus that I have never heard about before. I don’t know where Mr. Lucado got the information, but read the book and see how he describes Jesus’ appearance.
There’s a wonderful series on Netflix called All Creatures Great and Small. It is based on books by this author, James Herriot. This book is about some of the dogs he treated in his veterinary practice and their wild, wacky and sometimes odd owners. I have laughed out loud at some of his stories. All true, with names changed to protect the innocent.
Hope you are having a wonderful summer. Take some time to smell the flowers and read a book. Enjoy it. It will be gone before you know it. Bye.