I sat on my porch today for the first time this year. I had forgotten it can be a "window to the world." Since my beloved rocking chair broke, I've been going out back to my swing to visit with the dogs or hens. Now the swing is broken (author's note--Mark just fixed it for good I think---thank you!) so out front I go.
Usually, my 'hood is fairly quiet in the afternoon. The birds, bugs and breeze can sound like a relaxation tape only occasionally interrupted by planes, trains and automobiles/motorcycles. When the lilac blooms it smells heavenly. I've done a lot of reading, knitting, cross stitching and convalescing on this little porch. If it could talk it would tell you lots of unusual things have happened.
But since it can't, I will. For instance, my next-door neighbor used to take off and land his ultralight craft in our front yard until he crashed in the field across the road (directly in front of the porch), fortunately walking away with only some cracked ribs, but "totalling" the ultralight.
|This is a view from my front porch looking across the road at a double rainbow!|
|Last weekend balloons flew over the house twice in one day! The is taken on the front porch...the center of the universe it seems!|
Our county also hosts an aerobatic show weekend. The airport is near and on clear days you can sit on the porch and watch them for free. The one drawback is the somewhat irritating noise of the constant climbing, stalling and diving, then pulling out.
During football season, you can sit on the porch and listen to the bands play. Our little road happens to be a short cut on the Union County Covered Bridge Trail. It's not uncommon to watch dozens of motorcycles stream by the house or even bicyclists. But it is uncommon to watch probably 100 Model Ts go by taking the bridge tour during one of their conventions. That was cool! Unfortunately, I've also seen several funeral processions.
Lots of planes go over us because we are on the flight path from Columbus to Chicago. But sometimes we are treated to large Air Force formations heading to and from Wright Pat AFB in Dayton. At least once we heard the surreal droning of a B-17 going overhead because it was giving rides for $300 a seat at area airports.
During Summer we've watched fireworks, incoming storms, Taylor and the neighbor boy hitting golf balls or throwing baseballs, the kids playing ball with the dogs and watch fireflies in the evening or find the big dipper...a gal down the road would ride her Clydesdale by and there seems to always be something going on at the neighbor's across the road. They watch our house from their porch and we watch theirs LOL!
|Taylor and Ivy playing in the front yard many years ago. We would sit on the porch and watch her greet Mark near the end of the driveway, then "race" him back to the garage or porch...cutting corners of course so she would "win."|
So the next time you are looking entertainment that takes zero gas or travel time, grab a drink and sit on your porch. You never know what could happen!
Enjoy the weather while you can!