Last week I got the bug for some basic home improvement. We have a lovely front porch on our house and for the longest time had a couple of folding chairs, a plastic picnic table (kid-sized) and several pint-sized . . . mmmmmmmm pint . . . chairs. There were hooks already installed in the ceiling of the porch but they were of questionable descent. So, after removing the old, scary hooks I realized that there was acceptable safety in what the hooks were installed in.
I ran to the home improvement store and picked up some eye-hooks, springs, quicklinks and a porch swing. What a difference a porch swing makes! We have sat upon that thing everyday since the installation. The weather here is not oppressively hot yet so it has been enjoyable to be on our front porch. With the occasional waves and “How ya doin’?”‘s with the people who live on our street it has been a different world.
Then there is the other side of front porch livin’. We observe the traffic patterns on our street better from our perch. It’s looking like there might be some drug/prostitution activity farther down on our street. Ah, gotta love life in East Nashville. We hope things might change for the better since we’re outside more. And with the Young Extroverted One playing with the neighboor’s son there is more of a presence of children and family life. Hopefully, a family with children will move in on the other side of our house to further encourage community.
In the meantime, Bosco (90 pound mixed breed of BIG ancestry) will be on the porch with us during this lovely stretch of weather. It also won’t hurt to make a courtesy call to the East Precinct‘s non-emergency phone number.