Sunday, July 22, 2007
Today it is breezy up by the Lake. I awoke to the usual Summer Sounds, lawns being tended and mowed.Sprinklers on and children giggling. My Neighbor hammering and a Bassatt in the background yodeling.
I am going to sit on my front porch and try to finish the Mosaic Shelf that I have been working on all summer. I am making a shelf for my kitchen, actually it is more counter space, if I set it under the Big Window just right. It has glass marbles, buttons, and broken dishes.
My Front Porch is my Oasis, it is where I write, paint, read,listen to music, talk on the cellphone. It is an old Victorian porch, with peeling paint and big french doors that creak. I have been collecting furniture all summer on Sunday nights when people toss old Wicker and Adirnondacks to the Curb, I lovingly drag them home and paint them.I buy Mistake paint at the Hardware store and I mix it and slap in on the wood.It is all the colors that I love , West Coast colors, of sand and surf, and sunsets and wind. I have rockers and a big old table. I have an old soft faded seagreen cotten weave rug.I have an old teddy that sits on the old faded green wicker loveseat.I have a flag that I leave out all year. And I have windchimes that tinkle lightly. And I have a big old Brass Hurricane Lamp for the eves. And there is the wonderful Vintage bike. There is railingbox with purple petunias and pansies....There is pots of petunias leading up to the porch on the steps. In the garden beneath the porch there is a Birdbath made out of an old Lamp and a china nacho platter, and a mirror. There are strung beads hanging from a branch , the mirror and the beads draw butterflies.The porch has had many visitors, chipmunks, squirrels, and birds, and even a racoon that likes to sleep on the loveseat ( and wash his paws in the birdbath.)There is a battered old Lilac that I am trying to save, it still smells wonderful. There are more petunias, and morning glories, and HollyLocks, hanging in the trees.by the porch.....And when I sit on the porch I am in Heaven....
Do you have a porch, a special place to go....What makes it special ?....What makes it an Oasis ?
*U2 Beautiful Day on the Link.The painting is by Janet Kruskamp and is called Summer Front Porch. Her art and other great works are on sale at www.art.com.*
** thank Dk for reminding me that porches matter...**