The Front Porch

This week’s Fun Monday is being hosted by the adorable Pamela.  She says  “I want to see what you see on any given morning this week; from somewhere very near where you live. Front porch, back porch, down the street, around the corner. Just makes sure it’s your neighborhood. Post a photo that will send me to the travel agent to book a weekend at your local Bed & Breakfast.”

Well…the only thing I have to show you right now is darkness. My timing stinks…I kinda sorta forgot to take pictures earlier this week and I’m not sure when I will have a chance to later.  So…I’ll try to tell you what it looks out there when it is light.

The first thing you notice when you step outside is the smell. This time of year, the  cedars towering right outside our door send an extra dose of fragrance into the air.  This mingles together with the light smoke from our neighbor’s wood burning stove to make the heady aroma that screams “AUTUMN” to me.  I can’t help but look up into the green boughs of those trees and smile with gratitude for the day. 

In the early mornings of fall we always have a special guest that lives under one of our porch lights.  She is a lovely spider whom  I think of her as Isadora.  I doubt that she will be with us to much longer, but I do enjoy her while she is here. 

I look to my right and under the other porch light is a small wooden sign with our last name carved onto it.  Shaun and I bought this at the state fair in the first year of our marriage. It has followed us where ever we have lived, proudly proclaiming whose home one is about to enter.

The next thing you see is a small garden area.  Planted in this small patch of soil is…hey, did I tell you about our huge cedar trees?   They may be evergreens, but they still lose a lot of needles this time of year.  While this is wonderful in the forest, it makes a bit of a mess in the driveway and in the road.  (we have no sidewalks to worry about).  Kitty corner from our house is a wooded area.  Every once in a while you can look up and see a deer staring back at you.  (They drive the dogs nuts)

Well, enough standing out here.  The mornings have been downright chilly and very, very wet.  Let’s just have some coffee and enjoy the view from my front windows.  We can go outside later when it warms up a little bit…

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0 Responses to The Front Porch

  1. Pamela says:

    your words were picturesque and I think I even smelled the cedar edged with smoke.

  2. Willowtree says:

    If I had any kind of imagination this would have been a spectacular post.

  3. Hootin' Anni says:

    I bet the fragrance from the cedars is great!!!! I’d love to be there with you!! It sounds like a piece of heaven to me.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    I wish I lived near where YOU live! (Wink!)


  5. Hilary says:

    That was lovely. Better than a picture. I could even see the empty garden… only briefly though, before I felt an elbow in my ribs and my eyes darted over to the cedars. 😉

    I would love to have a deer come visit. Isadora – you can keep.

    Thanks for the visual.

  6. gawilli says:

    Lovely. I can’t wait for fall to come to out neighborhood. We do not have the wonderful Cedars to enhance the smell, but its nice just the same. I think I enjoyed this better than seeing the pictures.

  7. her indoors says:

    great photos, what do you mean there weren’t any! hey i could see them great descriptions

  8. Jenny says:

    Beautifully written.

  9. Jay says:

    I think I need to move to some area like where you live. That’s much nice than what’s outside my front door. Well, I mean, there’s a golf course out there and that’s nice, but right outside my front door is my neighbors plastic palm tree and her ashtray. Yuk.

  10. Lisa says:

    Nice narration, thanks for making me use my brain!

  11. giveitatry says:

    You did a great job with this post!

  12. Sandy says:

    Chilly? Damp? Sound like fall. Thanks so much for sharing so beautifully and for reminding me that, while a picture may be worth a thousand words, I love words. Thanks.

  13. Karina says:

    You did a great job of painting a picture for us. I could smell the autumn in the air, and I kind of cringed a bit at the image of Isadora (I am seriously afraid of spiders).

    Very nice!

  14. Karina says:

    OOPS, my link above is to my creative blog, not the one with my Fun Monday entry…

  15. Your description is better than pictures. I love your autumn smells.

  16. Lynne says:

    Nicely done, Susan! I have a picture now in my mind of what it looks like, but I would love to see photos to see if they match. So, get your camera out and get busy!
    chilly and damp sounds heavenly. I”m still waiting for Fall here! Maybe tomorrow …

  17. Kell says:

    I could see it perfectly like I was right there. Thanks for sharing!

  18. photowannabe says:

    Like everyone else said, you paint pictures with your words. Very lovely rural area you live in. It feels like it is vacation…

  19. nice descriptions! it sounds like a great place to live! happy monday!

  20. palofmine says:

    Yes that is my playset in the back.. Am I the IT? Yeah the IT as in the gossip… the nerve huh?

  21. titus2woman says:

    I actually enjoy reading such things more than seeing a pic! LOVED THIS! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  22. Tink says:

    That’s the one bad thing about Florida, there are never any signs of fall. 🙁

  23. robinellablog says:

    Well done! I could smell the wood stove and cedars.

  24. Karmyn R says:

    Cedar trees are lovely – but for the garden, they suck. We had one at our house, and I can’t say I wasn’t glad when we had to cut it down. All those dropping needles caused me a lot of headaches.

  25. Sayre says:

    Your blog smells lovely – I mean, I could imagine myself standing on your front threshold and smelling the trees. Mmmmm.

  26. Kaytabug says:

    OH MY! I love the smell of cedar! The smell of a wood burning stove is is my favorite cold weather smell!

  27. Swampy says:

    A-h-h-h! You painted a picture with your words. I can even smell the cedars.

  28. Michelle says:

    Ahhh…the Pacific Northwest. You’ve almost exactly described what our front porch area is like. How lovely!

  29. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Say hello to Isadora for me. 🙂 you painted pictures in my mind, so I feel like I’ve had photos.

  30. susan says:

    I would join you for a coffee there In A Heartbeat!

  31. theotherbear says:

    Fabulous – you painted your picture with words instead of a photo!

  32. Dorky Dad says:

    Mmmm … cedar. Smells like my closet.

  33. Marla says:

    I want to come to your house Susan. It’s still in the 90’s here so our autumn seems to be a long time off! You described everything perfectly….I might as well have been looking at a picture.

  34. PrEtTY iN tHE CiTY says:

    I can imagine =). I would love to have a cup of coffee near your front window

  35. Silent One says:

    your words describe everything perfectly!

    Those are my favourite scents….

    p.s. the pies were indeed yummy!

  36. Tiggerlane says:

    You made me really anticipate Autumn in our area – I can’t wait!

    I could do without Isadora, though – spiders kinda freak me out.

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