April 20, 2011

White Dog and I think one of the best features of our house is the enclosed front porch with screened arch topped windows. The porch is sheltered by two ancient mulberrys and is a lovely environment to watch sunrise, breakfast, just hang out, or observe the world unnoticed. We cover the windows during the winter as an energy saver and reopen things in Spring after the windy season (to keep out dust). Sometimes Mother Nature beats us to the window uncovering and her gusty breaths rip the plastic from its moorings. The picture is a rendering Steve did in Revit as a sample for his class.

The porch is Quinn's favorite spot to nap. He loves the concrete floor and will often sleep, head under the loveseat, through the afternoon. This is where I paint during the "nice" seasons.

This is where I was this afternoon, working on a Welcome to the World present for Ava Mae, a very dear friend's soon to arrive girl infant. Yes, Quinn was napping, under the cafe table. White Dog was beside me. Puff lay on the welcome mat at the front door and Nuka was sprawled across the entryway into the house.

A slight breeze rustled our new leaves on the trees. The birds sang. The sun glittered between the branches. It was the perfect calm and peaceable aura under which to work on a baby's gift. Suddenly, I looked at White Dog and she cocked her head.

Yes, it was music. Not a car passing with it's stereo too loud or the young adults next door "jamming out"...it was a band tuning up and in minutes the neighborhood was filled with a concert. We live one block off of historic Route 66 and it is still the center of our neighborhood. It seems some of the shops or boutiques were celebrating something with a party!

The music was eclectic--some reggae, some folk, a little hiphop--and was pleasantly upbeat. All afternoon the WDA and I enjoyed the music as I sketched our project, paused for a jerky snack, watched Michael come home, and privately communed with nature.

When the music stopped late afternoon, the silence was a bit jarring, but then the UPS truck drove down the street which prompted new music--the White Dog Army Deliveryman Chorus!


rottrover said...

What a lovely way to spend a Spring afternoon!

Teddy Bear said...

We love enclosed porches. We wish we could have one. It sounds like the pawfect place to spend the day.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Amber DaWeenie said...

Such a nice relaxing day you had. Don't you jus' luv spring da best?

Remington said...

You have a beautiful home!

Random Felines said...

What a great afternoon!! Mom would love to have a house like that where we could have a porch dedicated to us kitties!!!

Brian said...

That really must be nice to have a screened porch, we're screenless here!

Kari in WeHo said...

that sounds like a little slice of heaven!


Bailey Be Good! said...

I didn't get the chance to experience a screened in porch -- they took down our patio enclosure before I arrived. I bet it's a pretty nice place to hang out!

Woofs & hugs,


Stella said...

I enlarged the picture of your home, its just beautiful. I can see why you and the WDA love it so much. Its just so southwestern too, with the enclosed porch.

Tis the season to enjoy it totally!

Stella & Mom

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

How sweet - the Momster has been wanting a screened porch for years and years and years:( One of these days.

Funny how that UPS truck has a way of getting the decibels up there:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Maxie said...

Beautiful house!


Anonymous said...

We are honored to hear you are working on something special for our dear sister!

We love enclosed porches (or at least mom tells us we do) and we are totally jealous that we don't have one. We think the kittehs would spend hours and hours on it talking to the birds.

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