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!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Foto Friends: Just a Country Porch Will Do...UPDATED 8-24-2017

Hello Friday Foto Friends!  I didn't have any new pictures to share this week
Since I wrote this last night we had some "Breaking News" early this morning...PUN intended:
Around 6:30 a.m. our son was getting ready for work and heard a crashing, tearing sound at the end of our back courtyard.  You know, the area where we recently put up a brand new fence
Well, it was still kind of dark, so it was difficult to see what was going on...but after waking up my hubby, the two fearless warriors stepped out into the yard to see what was the matter. Apparently they scared the intruder away...but upon further inspection it was quite obvious that we had a bear trying to tear his way into our courtyard:

 It is not quite yet understood if this was an attempted "kidnapping" of the little girl in the garden...

 Or merely an attempt of a hungry bear to snatch a few paws full of bird seed and run:

Upon further investigation of our security wildlife camera we found pictures of this character hanging around the watering hole earlier this week:
So we are on high alert for the would-be kidnapper/birdseed thief...and have taken extra precautions to prevent such a terrible crime from happening again. 
(Note to birds: Bird Feeder will be removed from garden until further notice)

We now return you to your previously scheduled programming:

(Written last night 8/24/17)
So thought I'd go back in time and share one of my favorite old posts, originally written in 2013, updated again in 2015, and now brought up to date again for 2017.  As I write this it is really too hot to sit out on the porch, but hopefully fall will come early and we'll be able to enjoy this lovely place again!

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 was our porch in the fall of 2012

This was the  porch at Christmas  2012:

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

And this was our porch in the spring of 2013:

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...

On  5/17/2013 I wrote the following with the picture below:  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:       

(Our porch in 2013)

When we first moved to this house in 2012, there was no porch at all: 

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!

I wrote in May of 2013:  "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 in 2012.  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!  (UPDATE: I originally wrote this in May of 2013...yes, spring, fall, and winter are the best times to sit on our front porch. Summer is just too hot...so I am looking forward to fall now as I write this in late August 2017)

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.

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, 8/24/2017:

This picture of the front of our house was taken in 2015..quite a difference!

In the early months of 2015 we finally added this section of the front porch...and today I can say that my dreams of a large country porch are finally coming true!

(Pictures taken in February of 2015, hence the trees are bare)

I wrote this in February, 2015: "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

Y'all Come!

This picture was taken this evening, 8/24/17...looks a little messy right now, but just as soon as it cools down I hope to be spending a lot more time out here again.
Sure wish you'd come and sit a spell!

We could have tea time together!!

Don't worry, we'll make sure the bears aren't invited to our tea-party!!

Okay, now hop on over to Deb's front porch at Breathing In Grace and check out what our other Friday Foto Friends are sharing!  Have a blessed a glorious day! 


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

    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! :)

  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,

    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!!!

  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

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

  5. You're getting so close to your dream porch. I'd love to sit there with you and talk for hours! You know how much I love our porch, too. It's my happy place... My retreat! Those bears... Wow... That must be some awesome tasting bird seed... Lol Please stay safe! Thanks so much for sharing today... And most of all thank you for praying for me! 💜

  6. Beautiful! I love your front porch. I love ours too, but it is pretty small. But there is enough room for hubby and I to each have a rocking chair. I enjoy sitting there and reading and watching the neighbors going by.

  7. Pam:
    I love your porch. Your front door is done in my favorite color, teal. I noticed you have a ceiling fan out there, that is neat. Be careful of the bears.

  8. Oh, Pam, you had quite the adventure early this morning with an ornery bear! :) Wildlife is interesting and entertaining. I simply love what you're doing with your home. The porch is beautiful.


  9. The change is amazing. The shade trees make a huge difference even before all the porch additions. I do love a beautiful porch and you have one.

  10. I'd love to come and sit a spell, I love a veranda (or porch or deck or patio). We had one when we were growing up and although there wasn't a lot of seating it was still a gathering place for friends and family to shoot the breeze :) Love yours, a wonderful transformation.


  11. My, Pamela, I couldn't get over how fast those trees had grown in just a matter of years! I know you must love their shade in the summer. And the porch? Absolutely lovely and inviting. If I'm ever down in your neck of the woods, I will come and sit a spell. And is that my book I spy? LOL!

    1. Yes it was!! And I certainly do hope you will come and sit a spell with me sometime...we can watch for Racer to come racing by...and Dancer, and Reverend, and all the others..Smokey...I'm trying to remember all the names...Sharp Eyes...They all live here...

  12. How did I miss this post?? You were ATTACKED by a BEAR! Ok, not you, but your fence. But still. And NOW you are going to sit out on the porch?? GAaasp. I am a little freaked out by bears. The thing is, these little guys are not very agressive, are they? (Well, tell that to the fence...) But I still find myself screaming inside and you are.sitting.on,your.lovely.porch, relaxing. One of us is crazy. ;-D

    "Afterthoughts: Where do YOU like to go to relax in the early mornings, evenings, or during the day if you are home?"

    Sometimes it's hard to find a quiet place here...

  13. I'm afraid that if I came to visit you, you'd have a very hard time getting me to leave! What a great place to just sit and watch the world go by :) I do hope the bear has moved on to other places. I can see why it would be such a disruption for the wildlife. Wow!


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