Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wednesday Wishlist: A Porch, Please

These are the days in Arizona when it starts to get hot.  And by hot, I don't mean warm.  Oh, no.  I mean upwards of 110;  I mean no less than 95 degrees in the middle of the night.  Yeah -- like I said, hot.

While some people really love this heat that is coming straight for us, I have never loved it, never liked it, never been excited for summer.  Even when I was a little girl, while the rest of my friends would be out playing in the hotter-than-heck heat, I would be in my room playing with my dolls, or spending time indoors with my mom, or making my brother play school with me in the living room (he's awesome -- he always played along).  But these days, as the summer is finally here and the temperatures have reached the one-hundreds, I am happy.  Maybe it is the Vitamin D, maybe it is the fact that I am still reveling in my newlyweddedness (that should totally be a real word) and the reality that my husband is a total babe.  Ahem.  Anyway, regardless, I have consciously decided to make a true effort this summer to see and feel the beauty in the season, and enjoy these months rather than waste them away wishing for winter.  I have found that the majority of my former years have been spent pining away for December.  Imagine my disappointment when December is over...

When January came upon us and I was left in a decidedly blue state, I thought -- enough!  I promised myself that I would not waste another spring complaining about allergies and spend another summer mad at the weather while pouting indoors.  Allergies -- no problem!  They mean that things are blooming and there is growth and renewal all around us!  The heat -- whatever!  If I want to spend the day indoors, I'll spend it crafting, or reading, or connecting with all of you!  The point is, my goal is to enjoy each moment I get to live this life.  And so far, this goal has proven to be life-changing.  :-)

Now, all that being said, I do have a major design crush on porches, and I want to take a look today at some really beautiful examples.  If it were cooler out, and if I had a glass of lemonade in one hand and a fabulous beach read in the other, I think a day spent out on the porch would be just what the doctor ordered.  ;-)

What's your favorite (or least favorite) thing about the beginning of summertime?

love, maria


  1. I freakin' love porches. They are the perfect place to spend time reading, cuddling, or just sitting. I have always loved summertime because (so far) things have always been perfect. I know perfect doesn't actually exist, but summer has always been the season closest to perfect for me. I love the sun (esp. after living in Seattle) and how rain is warm during the monsoon season. I love the bold colors of summer in the desert- the red rocks and palo verdes against the purple-gray clouds when a storm is brewing. And the brightness of summer in other parts of the country- Maine is SO green. It's so alive.

    Anyways, I'm rambling. I really have always loved summer and I'm hoping I will love this one just as much.

  2. Oh, I crush on porches too! We sit on our front porch every evening in the spring and summer. There is something wonderful about being covered yet completely open. Our porch is fondly named "The Bistro".Our neighbors call it "The Bistro" and visit frequently. It's tiny but we have lots of good times with a shared bottle of wine.

  3. I can totally relate! I absolutely hate the heat. I don't like it if it's over 75 degrees out! Not to mention 110 or more! I would not make it out there!

    I really like porch number 3 and 5 :)

    good luck with your summer heat. Go blast that A/C!



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