We sat out on the new porch early Friday evening (after the HOT sun went down).
Within minutes some neighbors walked by with their dog (named Zoe, though a male) and then came up to the porch to check it out and chat. We learned there has been a mangy-looking fox hanging out right across the road for the past three nights. We had no idea, but we will be on the lookout now.
We live on a dead end road, yet four cars went by and waved. It felt like what I imagine the 1950's to be when most socializing was done on front porches. I have read that front porches are making a big comeback and I can see why. I wish we had made a bigger porch so I could have a large table with a crisp white cloth and some homemade lemonade to offer neighbors who stop by on their nightly walks. I would even have a small basket of doggie treats for Zoe.
The neighbors left and came back minutes later with cucumbers from their garden. I have been craving a garden cuke and these did not disappoint. The same neighbor promised to come back with tomatoes as soon as they ripen. DH said that porch is already paying off--LOL!
People never walk down the driveway to visit when we are sitting on the deck, which goes partway across the back and side of the house (plenty of room for the whole neighborhood). They can see us sitting there from the road, but it's just not the same as a front porch. Although this morning, as we were moving stuff around on the deck, one of DH's co-workers drove by and yelled out, "Looking good Jimmy!" as DH moved a turquoisey-blue accent door to a new area.
By the way the pic of DH sitting on the porch was really taken to show you another new dahlia about to bloom. It's supposed to start out black and slowly turn to red. Should be interesting. The bud does look pretty black. I will show it to you as it happens.
DH and I spent all morning washing the windows -- every window in the house and garage. My job was to use bleach water and a toothbrush to clean all the tracks on the older windows in the family room and kitchen.
I will show what I used them for in another post.
By the time I finished it was early afternoon and getting hot. I was red-faced when I finally came in to shower. After a cool shower, I went and sat on the glider on the deck and read a few magazines trying to cool down.
This afternoon I also freezer-bagged 5 lbs. of blueberries for making yummies this winter. Before doing so I decided they would make a great photo OP for my latest quilt block.
As I was out there taking pics, Messy Neighbor From Previous Post, was hooking up his trailer to his truck. I said, "Good morning, Messy Neighbor (I used his real name!)" and we chatted for quite some time. He asked what I was doing and I said taking pics of blueberries. Then he asked what I do with all the pics I take and I said I put them on the Internet. He is such a nice guy. I felt bad mentioning his tendency to store junk (actually expensive toys, except for the rusty burn barrel) right next to my deck. I hope he never finds my blog!
So that's been my Saturday so far. I expect to have dinner in a few hours and then read a bit before calling it a day. I have chicken in some new marinade DH bought and all the salad fixin's cute up ready to go.
So far it's been a good weekend.
update: 8:49 pm
dinner was delicious--just a salad and chicken thighs.
We even ate outside- - something we rarely do--and not a single bug bothered us.
Let the Basting Begin! - I am using my dining room table to baste this big one -- it's about 105 x 105 inches (king size). It's been a while since I've finished one this big.
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