So, people keep asking me what are my plans for the summer?
Going anywhere? Doing anything fun? Buy a new swimsuit?
Well, I’m going to the same place I went last year. The front porch. Then…the back porch.
Sounds boring I know, but it really isn’t. We have cardinals nesting in our maple tree, and I love watching them. They are very vocal and scream at anything that comes near “their tree”! Every once in a while I catch a glimpse of some yellow finches, and of course lots and lots of robins.
“Charlie Squirrel” is always a clown jumping from tree to tree and scampering along the fence driving my dog absolutely crazy. chipmunks sneak out of their houses to check if I have left them any treats. The dog will try to catch them with no success, they are just too fast.
And, inch by inch row by row I sit and watch my garden grow. Roses, Day Lilies, and my beautiful trumpet vine are all teasing me with buds that are waiting to burst into beautiful colorful flowers. My hostas are getting bigger by the day and the zebra grass, which will be ten feet tall in a month, is sending up sprouts that will soon be waving and swaying in the breeze.
And if I am having a good day and can handle any visitor that might stop by, I go to front porch. Cars dive by on their way to kid’s baseball games and soccer. All the neighborhood dogs are walking their owners in the evening and most wave, and a few will stop and talk. Tootsie is the prettiest dog in the neighborhood and everyone wants to pet her soft luxurious fur. The “dog community” around here is very friendly, and everybody is known by their dog’s name. I am “Tootsie’s Mom”. That’s it. No one really knows anyone’s real name. But that’s okay.
Police Officers will pull in the driveway and come sit on the porch with me and catch me up on all the gossip and talk about their families. Most of the fellows I worked with are retiring one after another. Soon, I will only see new young and shiny police officers, but they won’t stop and talk to the old lady on her porch. But, they will wave most of the time!
Our front porch faces west so I often will sit and watch the sunset. Sometimes I will get really crazy and have a nice glass of Riesling with The Joe-Man. We don’t say much, we just watch the kids scurrying home before the street lights come on. If I am outside long enough I watch the sidewalks roll up and see everyone’s TV go on. The soft glow of some silly TV show coming through their front windows.
Mosquitoes don’t bother me. I’m not sure if they don’t bite me, or if they bite me and I have no reaction to it. I can stay outdoors longer than anyone. Just me and the dog and on occasion the cat. Everyone else escapes into the house slapping mosquitos as they run.
Then the next day I do it all over again. Cheap and enjoyable vacation. I recommend it to everyone. Sit and watch your garden grow….inch by inch.