|Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst New York|
( A suburb of Buffalo, N.Y.)
and has worked in the ophthalmology
field of medicine for nearly 40 years
Several years ago we had the opportunity to build our own home; having owned two homes prior, we knew exactly what we did, and did not like about them.
|Judy enjoying the world by her|
front front porch. In Hawaii
we say "Lanai."
we have loved about our home.
Somehow sitting on a front covered porch is the best way to relax and watch the world go by. It's also a great way to meet the neighbors and people walking the neighborhood especially if you are the newbies on the block.
No matter what the whether is, rainy, chilly etc, as long as it isn't too cold, it's a perfect way to unwind after a long day at work. It also seems to be a way to beckon the strolling people over for a chat.
I find that each change of season gives me an excuse to find my creative self, and decorate with the most whimsical decorations that adorn the railings, stairs and tables. In the Fall, I can't wait until the little trick or treaters come to see the Halloween trappings and reach for their candy treat in my “singing box of spells” that holds the candy. Even if it's a cold night, I use battery lights that won't blow out on the sketchy nights for my lanterns. Hanging corn stalks provide color on the posts – that is until the squirrels find their way in and make a midnight snack of them.
As winter approaches, a new set of colorful lights are strung along the borders and decorations such as an old wooden sled and bows that align with the porch to bring out the spirit of the season.
Somehow, a cup of Joe tastes 100% better when sipped outside on the porch, especially if a little Baileys tops it off. On a clear night we sit and watch the sun set and feel at peace.
Most of our neighbors have built a back yard patio and never seem to sit out there for very long. They dash out to cook something on the grill and return in doors soon after wards.
We have a small setup out the back door but never seem to use it either. I guess we are just too curious to watch the world go by right in front of our faces.
Hana Hou, (Encore)