Then you are going to LOVE my new series: Good God What Have I Done: The Front Porch Edition. It really has everything — it’s going to be a loooong journey-type tale (like how they say all good stories are road trips?), it’s got humor, it’s got drama, you are really rooting for the protagonists and none of us have any idea how it will end.
Yup. We started scraping the paint off the front porch.
I’m really, truly having a “what have I done” moment with this one. It might never end.
We started this insanity last weekend. I would say this current before & “after” peek represents about 12 hours of work and it’s maybe a quarter scraped and we haven’t even talked about paint, stain, taking the aluminum siding off the ceiling or repairing the broken shingles.
Oh! But speaking of broken shingles … I was scraping paint on Sunday, enjoying The Glenn Jones Radio Programme, vacillating wildly between “oh, this is such nice, relaxing, rewarding work” and “this will never end. Never” when I heard someone saying, “Excuse me!” at the porch railing. So I met a neighbor, who introduced herself, said she lives around the corner and she has a box of cedar shingles she can’t use that are the same shape as our front porch, and could we use them? I might have screamed a little and I know I said, “My husband is going to freak out!” So she came back later with some shingles to try. They are a little smaller than the ones on the front of the porch (which led Chris on a rant about how everything in this house is in a size they don’t make any more! Which is actually a good rant, and I will have him guest-blog and tell you his thoughts on the matter) BUT they are beautiful and they will be perfect for repairs. Or we will move good ones from the back to the front and put smaller ones in the back. In any case, they are going to come in handy and HOW NICE IS THAT that a person would stop and say they have extra of something and they would like to give it to you. Another for the Things You Don’t See in the City series. Oh – -I’m also all about the series right now. I think it will give me structure.
So please stay tuned for “People Who Visit Us/ A Series,” which will debut this week. In the mean time, please enjoy this slide show. I hope to some day find this funny.