Friday, March 26, 2021

Porch Joists (and a bit of a rant about regional architecture)

 My it takes me a while to get back into a blogging routine after a break! It doesn't help, I suppose, that the family has been distracted watching scammer payback videos on YouTube. At least it has made me aware! Always unplug your router if one of them gets control of your computer! Better yet, just hang up if it's Microsoft!
But anyway, I could have been blogging.

One sunny day in June, the porch was getting underway!

We are porch advocates! We knew that we did not want a skimpy porch. Ours is ten feet deep, and forty feet long. If you want to have an outdoor eating area, a mere four feet deep will not do! A nice long, deep porch is also good for children to play on when it is too rainy to run around in the yard.

Now for the rant: the state I live in is known for its rain complaints. I have seen many moldy, dry-rotted houses on the rainy side of the mountains. It did not take me long living here to wonder, why aren't porches part of the vernacular architecture? Specifically, wrap-around porches. They would extend the life of siding, keep the damp feeling down on the inside of the house, and allow the inmates of the house a dry place to walk around and get some exercise in the wet winter. As it is, not a lot of people venture out-of-doors when it is drizzly. A wrap-around porch could bring about healthier movement in wintertime.

Now, not having been here a hundred years ago, I might be completely mistaken in this judgement. Perhaps they did have wrap-around porches then, but they have since rotted away themselves and not been replaced. I know that the new houses have very small porches, if any, and most not more than a dark cave-like corridor to the front door. The rain is still a problem and the architecture has not reflected the solution.

On the other side of the mountains, where the sun shines most of the year, a deep porch is important for the shade and I think I see more porches around. Reminds me of that old Aesop's fable of the quest to get the man's coat...guess the sun still wins.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021


 I can't believe I took such a long break!  I am still wrapping up spring cleaning... and nothing like a major time change to mess life up for a week. I'm ready to toss out DST, it's an overdue reform in my opinion. 

So where did I leave off...oh yes it's time for more laundry. I guess I took a lot of photos of the laundry because it was often in a different place... I couldn't dry it outside; because of lack of landscaping the dust swirled everywhere. 

I tried to keep it out of the way of major house-building, but we were slow enough that I could use my indoor clothesline often.