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Date:10/1/2014 5:17:41 AM
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Porch Sitting, Part I
I am an a fan of "Porch Sitting". Over the years, I have spent many a happy hour relaxing (while I should have been working) on one porch or another. We really didn't have a decent porch at the homestead. We had an inset front porch that face west and was too cool in the morning and way too hot in the evening. None of us ever sat there. There wasn't a decent view. Unhappily, my family, while I was growing up, wasn't one for porch sitting. Except maybe for the back stoop. This was a simple solid concrete set of steps to the south-facing back door. Sometimes we kids and Ma would sit there on Summer evenings and look out on the out-buildings. We would watch the chickens and just talk. In Spring and Fall, when the days were warm and evenings cool, we would sit on that concrete porch and let it warm our butts. I remember our cats would seek it out on a cool, sunny day to soak up its warmth. In later years, whenever I would stop by Ma's, she would sit on that porch with me and ask about my family. Even as late as last Summer, her last one at the homestead, she would grasp the railing and work her way down the steps and sit down for awhile and later I would help her make her way back up when I had to go and wanted her to be safe inside.

At my own home, we have a small inset concrete front porch facing west (with a decent view of our front woods) and a south-facing wooden set of steps of the back door. I've spent many a starlit night sitting on those wooden steps when everyone else was in bed. The front porch is a great place to rest in the morning, while it retains the previous night's coolness, shaded from the relentless Summer sun.
The real porch of my section of La Ferme Sabloneuse is the "Garage Porch". When we had it built in 2001, my Ruthie, under a spell of architectural genius, directed my cousin Raymond to attach an overhanging roof on the east side of the garage. The result was impressive. Cool at all times of the day except late morning, and open to breezes, this porch has become my "happy place" to rest, lie in wait for chipmunks and red squirrels, and yes, even to write. The latest photo is one that my Ruthie took of me on night this last Summer while I was working on a blog. More about porches next time. -- Gary
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