What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Just a Country Porch Will Do...UPDATED 5-2-2015

How many of you would love a porch like this?????    Original Post 5/17/2013:


No, this isn't a picture of my front porch..yet...but it is a picture of what I'd love to have for a front porch someday!   (copied from Pinterest)


THIS is my porch:  (5/17/13)
This was our porch in the fall  2012





This was the  porch at Christmas  2012





Looking out from the porch in winter (we live in Florida...)  2013



And this is our porch now, in the spring  (5/17/2013)  SEE UPDATE BELOW


And THIS is ONE of the inhabitants of our porch in spring!  Isn't he charming?





He started to show us his "colors", note the red throaty look peeping out from under his chin...He thinks we want to get cozy with him...or he may think we want to fight...

Someday I hope to add on to our porch to stretch it out to cover the front door and level up the floor, so it will be very similar to the porch shown at the top of the page:  (5/17/2013)   SEE UPDATE BELOW

(Our porch in 2013)

When we first moved to this house last year, there was no porch at all:  (2012)

No Porch, no flowers or shrubs...and lots of bright, hot sun in the afternoon (western exposure)  Thank the Lord for those sycamore trees in the summertime...but they are bare all winter...
and it still gets pretty hot out there!


So, as you can see, we HAVE made some progress in the 1 &1/2 years since we moved to our "Camp in the Woods" house.  I figure if we can add a section of porch per year, by the time we live here 5 years, we should have a porch all the way across the front!  That would be my dream porch...but I'll settle for a porch across the front door and maybe the two living room windows. It doesn't have to be fancy...just a country porch will do...

Why am I telling you all of this?  Well, I guess I wanted to share my little "dream porch" with you.  You already heard about my little "dream cabin" that I want to build someday...

Why?  My real dream is to have the kind of place where people love to sit a spell and visit...you know what I mean...a rocking chair and a swing on the porch...just sit back, relax, watch the birds, bears, and lizards...and ENJOY being together...like the good old days. 

I suppose this isn't the first time I've told you about this front porch idea.  Click on this link for more thoughts on this topic and some pictures of some of the wildlife viewed from the front porch:  "Life Is So Much Better from a Front Porch"   

It's that time of year when life IS so much better viewed from a front porch...I find it difficult to come back inside each evening...but the porch is where I often get the inspiration I need to come back inside and write to you...so here I am!

I hope you will come sit on my front porch with me again sometime.  The best time of day is early in the morning when the birds are just waking up, and then in the early evening, as the sun goes down behind the trees and the birds sing their last songs of the day as they gather in their food for the night and settle back into their little nests hidden among the trees surrounding us.

Yep, just a country porch will do..."Y'all Come!"  (Now if I could only retire so I could really enjoy my porch!  Someday, Lord?)

Afterthoughts:  Where do YOU like to go to relax in the early mornings, evenings, or during the day if you are home?  Or, if you work, do you have a special place where you can take a mini-vacation break to rest for a few minutes away from the computer, phone and busy-ness of the day?  If you don't have such a place in your life now, look for one...create a space just for you and your mate, friends, neighbors, or you alone...a place to reflect, rest, and re-create...and listen to the sounds of God's world around you. Ahhhhh....just breathe!  (that was a "Calgon take me away" moment, created just for you and me.)
Blessings to you today....

NOW FOR THE UPDATE, 2/7/2015:

This picture of the front of our house added on 5/2/2015...quite a difference!


Over the past couple of months we have been working on our front porch...and today I can say that my dreams of a large country porch are finally coming true!




And just a couple of hours ago, all these chairs were filled with happy people, sitting and talking and laughing and enjoying a warm, sunny February afternoon in Florida!  I neglected to take any pictures while our friends were here...but that's okay...the echos of laughter still remain in my heart and memory...and I wanted to write about it before it slipped away.  I don't think it will soon dissipate in my mind...it was such a glorious time of sweet fellowship with dear friends who have been with us throughout the years during good times and hard times....the kind of friends who love unconditionally...and bring hugs and smiles and food and willing hands to help in time of need...the very best kind of friends to have.  It was very fitting that they should be the first to celebrate our new porch with us.

Now I hope someday YOU will come and sit a spell with us too!
 Click on picture to go to Ben's Country Woodshop
Click on picture to go to "Ben's Country Woodshop", Creator of these signs

The new sign on my front porch, created by my son Ben from Ben's Country Woodshop




Y'all Come!

8 comments:

  1. Wow, you HAVE gotten a lot done since moving in! It looks wonderful and very inviting already!

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    1. "Inch by inch, anything's a cinch..." (who said that?) One step at a time, as God provides the means to move forward...amazing what a few plants, flowers and a tin roof over a patio can do! Praise God! And you are already invited...so come on over! :)

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  2. Love your "Camp in the woods" home. I would love to sit and chat with you on your porch. One day you'll see your dream porch, don't give up, have faith. I have got to where that's where I go every morning and evening, to my back covered patio that I call my "porch." I love to listen to the birds sing and fly in and out the bird house to feed their young.

    Have a great day,
    Sylvia

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia. God has given us so many beautiful things to enjoy...we are so blessed! Some day you must come sit with me on my porch and have a cup of tea and enjoy the birds together!!!! :)

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    1. Thank you Becky!! I hope you will come and sit a spell with me someday!!!

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  4. Lovely, Pam. I love the shade of green on your door. It is so welcoming! I'd love to find myself there, knocking on it, one day and finding you on the other side. :) xo

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    1. That would be so lovely! Yes, I would love the same thing. Thank you, Dianna. Someday!!!!

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