I grew up in the south and my parents did not own their own house until I was out of college. Most of the places we rented during my childhood were old farmhouses, many of them built in the late 19th century, before air conditioning - thick walls, high ceilings, windows situated to allow for cross breezes. And always, always, there were porches.
I've begun to miss the porch life recently - somewhat silly, really, since Maryland's summertime weather is not what I, personally, would call pleasant. Hot, humid, buggy (especially this year, with all the rain:).
We have a deck on our house - a pretty large one - built on the back of the house which means it is above ground by a story (our house is built on the side of a hill). The deck is in terrible repair and I recently took a bid to replace/rebuild it from a new-to-us contractor. This morning I got up early (for me:) to meet a second contractor's rep for another bid. Skip and I both thought it would be a good thing to get at least two bids so we had some idea whether the prices we were being quoted were reasonable. I look forward to have the deck to use again!
The rep was late (I had sympathy for him - he was stuck in traffic on I95, a local commonplace happening). :P
Since today is Friday, which is my usual get-together-to-sew day with my friend Barbara, I was a little antsy to get going during my talk with the rep ... but I kept patience. ;) Barbara decided we should eat at the food court in Columbia Mall. I am not sure how long it has been since I was last inside the Mall - a while, anyway. It has been considerably rebuilt and expanded since I was familiar with the layout so I could not figure out where to park for the shortest walk to the food court. Took a chance and managed to get some extra steps in for today. :)
After we ate (chicken teriyaki at Sarku), we removed to Barbara's air conditioned basement sewing area (bigger than a room:). I took my Glitter project box along again to hand piece. I realized last time I was working (to make Denise's Glitter swap blocks with bright fabrics) that I just don't have the 'oomph' to continue with my Japanese taupe Glitter project. I like the prints but I need more color to keep me engaged right now. Sigh and shrug.
So, I decided to finish my rectangular blocks out into squares. They are about 9" tall, finished - so I guess these will be 9" square when done. I managed to hand sew three of them this afternoon (the central rectangles were already done, I just had to choose fabrics, cut them and sew the side sections for each block).
I have one more to finish ... then I think I will set these four blocks on point with alternate scrappy squares of taupe prints ... put a border on it and hand quilt the result. That ought to be good for carry-around work for a while. :) Then I will either bin the project and use the rest of my taupes to make something simpler (maybe a double four patch or garlic knot design) ... or find some nice bright prints to make another try. :)
The weather was hot today and fairly humid - low to mid 90s. I suffer from the heat and by the time I got home around 4:30 p.m., I was beat. I sat quietly in my comfy chair in the living room with my feet up and emitted infrared waves for about an hour before I felt human again. :)
I do not _have_ to go anywhere this weekend. I am actually looking forward to making some progress on my sewing room work. Fingers crossed for progress!