One of my greatest pleasures, on a summer evening, is to sit on my front porch. Whether I’m reading a book, sharing a cup of coffee with a friend, or just watching the world go by, it doesn’t matter. Life is better with a porch!
When I started looking for a house to buy, almost four years ago, a front porch was at the top of my “must have’s” list. My 1920’s cottage was the second house I looked at, and you could say it was love at first sight. After seeing it, I didn’t feel the need to look any farther. One of the things that sold me on it was its wide, welcoming porch. That and the big, shady apple tree in the front yard — and I didn’t even know then how hot Southern Ohio summers would be!
So when thinking of home repairs for the protagonist in my current work-in-progress, like me, Frankie Bonetti started with her front porch. Like me, she had rotting posts to deal with.
And like me, she was willing to pay whatever it cost to save it. Because in fiction, as in life, good things happen on the porch!
Frankie ended up replacing the rotting wooden posts with aluminum columns. She added window boxes and big leafy ferns, a couple of comfy chairs and some colorful cushions. In the end, she was quite pleased with how the space came together. And I must admit, I was too!