Porching is Fashion
If you live in the South, you probably have a porch. If you live in the Deep South, you probably have a screened porch. (The Deep South is known for insects of superior ingenuity and stealth.)
The Deep South also gets a spring time coat of yellow pollen. It gets everywhere and is relentless. (The clean up is traumatic.) The outdoors is washed by the loving hands of Mother Nature, (aka: violent and terrifying thunderstorms that make you pee just a little.) but the porch is your job. Each year it's part of the southern lifestyle to clean the porch and move the plants back outside.
This particular porch is in Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. You can see more about that gorgeous place if you watch HGTV and take a look at their 2018 smart home.
Yesterday was the day for the porch process. I spent several days in advance preparation. There are curtains to be washed or purchased. These Ikea Drapes are the ones I bought and they've lasted several years. New cushions or if you're not ready for new ones, removing the cushion covers to launder them. Then, you'll want to power-wash the screens and furniture.
After that dried, I began again and continued the process. There's an art to pollen removal that involves the hose and a broom. (It's all in the wrist flick) Getting the powdery pollen out of the savannah brick that paves this porch is tedious. (Wanted to cry. Didn't.) One must also expect that shooing away the sisters of the Geico Gecko will be part of the process. (Bugs and Pollen and Lizards! Oh MY!)
In the South, even in a place run by a California-based business, Montage, a proper porch is required in order to properly sashay your fashionable fanny. It's called "porching" and its a wonderful addition to any hectic life, no matter where you live. Here's my completed project with the plants trimmed and installed, the furniture moved into place and the linens distributed. (There are always linens! Freshly ironed, naturally. We're worth the extra time.)
The nice part is that first dinner on your fresh, and lovely spring time porch. The candles were lit and the lamp was imparting a nice glow. We had salad with blueberries and Cindy's dressing. This is the best dressing I've ever tasted in my entire life. I'm not paid to say that. It's just so good. It's called nectar for a reason.
Also my fine Italian Man prepared this salad so it was extra tasty. As is anything prepared by loving hands.
I hope you enjoyed my Porch Tale. Until next time!
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