Anyway, Carly is enjoying the sun that comes in strong in the front of the house this time of year.
It all began when I started painting the trim and ceiling on the porch. I had planned on just putting lipstick on the old pig but discovered that the metal pipe used as a footing in the front of the porch had rusted and broken in half. Uh-oh. So I realized the wisteria had to go, both to gain access for repairs and because the shrubs were too close to properly maintain the porch afterwards.
I was really torn about removing it. Basically it's beautiful about two weeks out of the year. During the growing season it's a constant battle to keep it in bounds. It had swallowed the arbor. The arbor was leaning precariously and we couldn't right it. But I was torn in that it offered a lot of privacy while sitting on the porch. But I guess I've justified it by saying that I don't want the porch, for which I've gone into debt, to be hidden once it's rebuilt.
Sooooo . . . I came home Halloween night to quite the sight, and site. My contractor had warned me that when they removed the decking in order to dig the footings, the framing basically fell apart because it was so rotted. So much for trick or treating from the four new kids next door (they arrived in September). I brought the candy over to them, not having a porch and all.
On my tiny front lawn there was a Bobcat and large work van parked amongst the roses and hydrangeas. There was yellow caution tape, and a trailer in my driveway, and one in the parking area used by the house across the street. Uh-oh, the other new neighbors had told me they were moving in on Halloween. Bad timing all around.
Here's what was left:
The poor cats have had to walk a tightrope. The girls don't like their routine disrupted. Nor does their mom.
Construction makes me so anxious, even though I really like and trust my contractor. So for now I've found solace in re-reading the story by Steve at An Urban Cottage concerning his porch re-build. Steve, did you ever post an "after" of the porches? I can't seem to find them.