Our new porch! 9-26-22

The screened porch was built about 13 years ago and it was time to re-screen it. There were holes in the old screen from birds flying into it and it was looking very tired and worn. I worked just ahead of the carpenter vacuuming, brushing dust and cobwebs and then scrubbing each section. Oh, what an exhausting job! I’m sitting down right now but not sure I’ll be able to get up again – ha!

Do you see those boards at an angle? Can you imagine how hard it is to clean at the very bottom where there’s no space? Not sure I can explain – it would take a putty knife and a wet rag to clean there. When I asked him a couple years ago why he didn’t just put them in straight up and down he said he thought the angle effect was attractive. Of course he did but he never once considered how hard it would be to clean. Ugh.

Territorial Seed Company, Cottage Grove, OR

My catalog is very old and I remember I ordered online so I’ll have to go online to get correct names of the pumpkins. That’s for tomorrow.

11 thoughts on “Our new porch! 9-26-22

  1. Peggy

    The new screening will be very nice when it is done and all ready for the rest of the season and next year. Your pumpkins are beautiful.

  2. Maryjane

    Mary dear, maybe you need to slow down right now and get rid of that lingering cough, etc. Sounds like you never take a break. Most things and dirt will wait. Allow yourself time to heal. hugs.

  3. Kim from TN

    The new screening will be marvelous, and I can imagine how hard it is to keep that wood space clean. We recently put-up new screening on our porch and I wonder why we waited so long to just do it. The pumpkins and gourds are such a pretty site to see, great job growing such a variety.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – I know why I waited so long to do it – I couldn’t find a carpenter!

  4. Jo in Michigan

    Mary forget the puzzle picture. Just make a 8 x 10 or larger of the pumpkins, put it in one of your cool frames you find at the thrift store and tah-da you have a beautiful fall picture to hang!
    Your porch is going to look marvelous when it’s all done. You can sit down with a beer and enjoy the view

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    The porch looks great. You did a fantastic job cleaning up. If the good Iowa dirt wants to live in the board angles, with that view…no one will notice. Beautiful view.
    Loretta is here using her left paw to get me to pet her. I’ve never had a dog so left handed dominant. She is sending get well wishes too.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – ah, Loretta is a smart cookie – who wouldn’t want some pets from mom?
      Porch – it’s so nice and clean now and will be ready for next season. We will cover it soon for the winter.

  6. Kathy in western NY

    Your porch is one place all set now for winter. It’s good to get that accomplished and makes you feel better . I just said to my husband I need to clean windows before winter and he said we can do a couple each day together so after we go get our flu shots this morning, we will keep moving doing that. Our third boosters are scheduled for middle of October so spacing it apart. I am out to places more so hoping our winter is mild, health wise and weather too.

  7. Claudia Koch

    Have you considered cleaning those tight places with a hose, from the inside to the outside? I know it would be tricky, but worth consideration…

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Claudia – I’ve done that all these years but some of the debris remains trapped where the screen is tight against the wood. I even bought a small pressure washer that I use and it still didn’t get it all. Probably Iowa wind that packs stuff in tight? Haha!

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