|What a pretty day....|
Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, I've got a funny feeling; things won't be going my way...
When we moved into our new place the one thing I fell in love with, outside of having enough space for visiting children and grand children, was our back porch. Thrown together with 2x4s and a tin roof, I was taken back to that old country porch feel. Enjoying coffee in our white rocking chairs, great conversations with my sweety, and a spring breeze blowing through my hair. The porch needed work, at the time I had two functioning wrists and, wasn't afraid to get my hands dirty. I was more than up for the challenge. The vision of what it could be was already dancing in my head.
One of the first things that needed to be fixed on the porch was, all the screens needed to either be pulled tighter or, replaced. I really wanted to remove the old strips holding the screens down, it gave the porch the rugged feel. The feel I loved on older porches. Then pulling or replacing the screens would come next, and the last step would be putting the old wood strips back in place. This was going to be the easiest and best project yet. I could not wait to begin.
My mother and I picked a day, and started early in the morning; before the heat would slow us down, and before the outside dogs would invade the porch space. This was the other reason for fixing the porch screens; I could not wait to enjoy the space without having the space taken over by fur. Our outside dogs think they are lap dogs. Just once we wanted to enjoy the outdoor area fur free and without a dog fighting for lap space.
|Thorn ~ Fur dog 1|
|Tesla ~ Wanta be Lap Dog|
On this day, my mother and I were going to make our porch, a human space only. I was so excited, and could not wait for my sweety to get home from work and see the finished product.
|My mother and our porch fencing..|
Our lack of thinking, lengthened the project into the hot afternoon hours. Plus we were tired and sore when it was finished. But, oh it was so worth the pain.
It is in this area that, Torn would climb through the center section, where the screen was broken; and unleash his wild fur strays. Fixing the screen alone, wouldn't have stopped his one track mind, we knew the half wire fence would be the only way to keep him out. So far it has worked. We out smarted Thorn. So far that is.
Once we saw that the screen and wire worked no matter how much Thorn paced in front of the area, he didn't even try to make his way onto the porch, bringing the screen and wire in side was going to work as well. That is just what we did.
My back porch is very long, just shy the length of the house. The previous tenants shortened the screen porch area to less than half of the whole porch, and used the longer area to house their animal farm. There were squirrels and snakes on the longer end of the porch. That area of the porch was a huge mess that I was cleaning out and tearing down home made cages. Oh my word, that was hard work in itself. They must have used 10 boxes of nails, screws, and staples to put those wood cages together!!
|On the porch...|
|Facing the Animal Farm ...|
Not only did my mother and I fix all the broken screens and add the wire to keep the dogs off the porch, we enjoyed the fruit of our labor, when it was all complete, pet free. Oh what a wonderful feeling!!! Even the screen door was fixed, and we added an inner border to keep the dogs from going through the screen door. We knew it would only be a matter of time before Tesla would use that block head of his and, make his way onto the human side of the porch. There were high hopes, when we slid in the inner boarder.
|Bottom half of Screen Door|
That thought lasted about 9 days. Just yesterday when the AC man came out to the house, that will be another blog, I put Tesla and Baby on the human porch in hopes to keep them from escaping out of the yard while the gate remained open for our AC repairs. While standing in the front yard with the AC repair guy, I noticed Baby walking toward us from the side of the house. The only animal who could have gotten through the boarder and screen, would have been Tesla and his Block head. He had pushed his way right through the screen door and hid under the house for hours.
|Closer view of Block Heads damage|