I have finally cleaned up our ranch porch enough to consider it another room, so we can be outdoors… under a roof!
When we moved in in mid May, the 350 square foot porch on the ranch house became the repository for boxes, furniture, and just plain junk! It was great to keep it all under a roof at that point.
Little by little, we moved furniture into the house (and sometimes out) and boxes unpacked or moved down to the barn for storage (it is very possible we won’t look in those boxes for a while, and if that goes on longer than a year, we don’t need what’s in them!).
There have been many in between stages in the past few months as the porch became livable again. I put ‘junk’ on vintage baker’s racks we brought from Camarillo (there is no way of keeping up with piles of junk when you live on a ranch and have a haphazard husband).
I added flowers and dressed up what we consider the front entrance. I had fun adding a floating window complete with faux stained glass. I keep hoping that UPS will drop our packages off at this door, but they continue to use the other one. I am thinking I should put a ‘use other door’ sign on it!
I trimmed the very out of control shrubs in front of the porch.
I placed my exercise bike and favorite rocker on the north side of the porch to take advantage of the wonderful view.
Tim’s brother came to the ranch for a visit this week, and that prompted me to finish cleaning up the porch. It’s really great to eat under the huge roof, and still feel like you are outdoors.
There are still a few tangles on the other side of the porch. The couch we brought from California doesn’t fit through either door so we are storing it here under the roof for protection until hubby replaces the picture window (a planned chore anyway) and we’ll squeeze it through that way.
Last night hubby made his world-famous spicy grilled chicken and the family sat around the table and enjoyed the cool summer weather outside… under a roof.
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