Friday, June 26, 2009

The Porch


Since summer has finally descended upon the metro Detroit area, I've been filling up the porch with pretty things. I spend more time out here than anywhere else. While the back deck is nice, if a wind blows in, the trees shed sticks everywhere-including on top of my head. I much prefer sitting out front knitting, reading, blogging or spinning. It's a great neighborhood for people and dog watching. The squirrel watching is not bad either. There is one black squirrel who routinely runs into the middle of the street then falls over and plays dead. He may be nuts. He'll lie there for a few moments then get back up and skitter away.


The one thing I don't like about this house is that I don't own it. I don't feel comfortable making any permanent changes. If I could, I'd repaint the porch in something that doesn't always look dirty even after it's been washed. I'd paint the swing blue. After first telling us that we could have a dog in the house, the landlords changed their mind. Sniff. We'll go house hunting in the spring for our own place and then I'm getting 2 dogs to make up for the lack of even one.


Mr. Mocha Latte has been dropping by often. One night last week, he came to the door seeking shelter from a storm. Once in, he got lost. I found him asleep on the sofa burrowed under the throw pillows. His name is Alabaster and he does own a person that lives across the street. He could have gone home, but I guess any port in a storm will do. He created a ruckus this morning by sunbathing on my deck right below the Blue Jay's nest. They were dive bombing him, but he took it all in stride. What a cacophony of noise those birds made!


This is not my porch. I wish. It's my friend Jeanne's view of the world in Managua. Lucky girl. I'm just bringing it up because she hasn't written a post in awhile and this is my way of giving her a nudge. I can't believe she's not in the thick of something worth writing about down there.

In case you're interested, MLTL survived his hospitalization and came home today. It ought to get interesting now.

Have a great weekend.

13 comments:

Jadekitty said...

I love the flowers on your porch, it's so very inviting.

Stephanie V said...

It looks like a nice spot to knit...even if it's not your own. I miss having a deep porch like that. A deck is just not the same when it rains. I get that it would be nice to do your own decorating, though. Lovely cat!

Brenda said...

Your porch is really nice Rudee. Mocha Latte looks very comfortable at your house. The squirrel sounds interesting and fun to watch. Hope he survives his daredevil ways.
Have a great weekend!

Queenmothermamaw said...

I love the porch. Ya decks are nice, but I grew up in the front porch days. Neighbors waving and yelling hello to each other. Hope you find you a place.Blessings
QMM

Pyzahn said...

You said you did have time to grow things, but you do indeed have some pretties blooming on your porch.

And the picture from your friends place is just marvelous. What a lush,lovely yard. Hope she surfaces soon.

Kathleen said...

What a fantastic porch. Very Atticus Finchish, only much prettier. That Mr. Mocha Latte is something else!

The nerve of the house owner to go back on his/her word about the dog. Errrrrr...that's really got my dander up.

Miss 376 said...

Hope he leaves you enough time to enjoy the porch in peace, it looks a beautiful place to sit.

Joanna said...

What a lovely looking spot to sit and knit or read or just watch the world go by.

Renie Burghardt said...

Your porch is lovely, Rudee. Love the flowers. And Alabaster is a beauty. How nice that he visits, and you can enjoy him.

Happy weekend. We're heading to the cabin on the river in a couple of hours.

Huggies!

Miss T said...

Great porch! Even though you can't paint it the way you want to.

Silliyak said...

Offer to get a pet insurance policy if you can have a dog. You might also ask if they're interested in selling, you never know!

Gail said...

I will simply say, "Wow!"

bettyjf1 said...

OH I love your porch. I'd love a front porch. We have a courtyard.. sort of.. but NOTHING like a front porch where you can see such beautiful things. I'm glad MLTL is home