Look what my friend, Alvin, brought me from New Mexico! The porch is the welcoming committee of the home. If it is cluttered with junk and trash, it will set the stage for what one would find in the home. If it is plain and empty, it does not feel very welcoming.
My grandmother’s porch was the ideal porch to me. When we would drive to her house I would look for the goose. She had a goose planter on the railing that differentiated grandma and grandpa’s house from all the rest. A trellis on the south side of the porch held bundles of bright trumpet vine and the porch swing tucked beneath was a sanctuary, a corner of enchantment.
This is just the beginning of our porch. The ristras set the stage for the home. My great love of the southwest, the brightly colored peppers show there is life and joy in the home. A few chairs grace the porch now, but a trellis of trumpet vine and a swing will be added this spring. A cool place to hide away with a book or a glass of sweet tea is an important aspect of any good front porch.