Spring Front Porch and Yard, 2021

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  Welcome to Debbie-Dabble Blog!!


 
I am so happy you decided to stop by!!
 
Today, I will be sharing our Front Porch now ready for Summer. minus the flowers I plant in all the pots.....
 
On Wednesday, not only did our son , Joey, receive good news that he will be starting a new job but he also received his second shot of the Pfizer vaccine..... 


On Thursday, he was as sick as a dog with a pounding headache, fever of 101, chills and muscle aches....


He said it was like having the flu but only without the coughing, runny nose and sore throat for which he was grateful for....


But by 2pm on Friday, he felt better and he said it was well worth it to now be fully vaccinated....

He was well enough to come over and eat this for dinner......



 
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church here in Wilkes Barre was where we were getting potato pancakes from every Friday during Lent 


This past Friday, they had a "Not Your Mama's Ziti" sale.....


 




 
 It definitely was not the typical Italian ziti that is so very prevalent in this area but BOY!!  Was it ever delicious!!!

 
Each pan was only $18


Joe got 2 pans and I froze one to have at a later date....


We have quite a plethora of birds in our yard because my one neighbor is always feeding them.....


He is always throwing out entire bags of peanuts which the Grackles and the Squirrels, who constantly bury them in all my flower pots!!!!!


UGH!!!



But I did manage to get this photo of these 2 together on his fence, 4 yards down......


Either they are walking in a parade or practicing social distancing!!!!


If you follow me on Face Book, you know I have posted many times about the situation and condition of the house directly next to me....
 
Over these 9 years, both water and electricity has been shut off because of lack of payment multiple times
 
$10,000 in back taxes almost caused the house to be sold at Sheriff's Sale
 
The condition of the back yard warranted us calling the HOA and zoning officer....
 

 
It has been a nightmare for the past 9 years and we knew the condition of the house was bad ...


BUT


The pictures that were taken by the realtor for the sale of the house hid a lot!!!


The rugs that were once beige are now BLACK,  I kid you not!!


The Dining Room ceiling is hanging down with a huge  hole in it because of not first shutting off the water when a leak was discovered and then NOT fixing a leak in the bathroom above
 





The ceiling in the Patio ( which would be the same room as my Den) is also hanging down from a leak in the roof
 

 
The downstairs toilet was in 5 pieces, there were holes in closet doors and some doors were not even on the closets and I do not even want to talk about the condition of the Kitchen and upstairs Bathroom


But the thing that will haunt me and make me wonder for the rest of my life is that the entire one piece unit of pull down attic stairs ( like in the Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation movie) is GONE!!!!


All that was there are a hole with broken drywall of the ceiling creating a border and a board over it!!!!


Did it fall out of the ceiling???


Was it taken out????


And where did it go???
 
Like I said, will haunt me forever because mine took 3 men to install!!!


 
On Monday, This is what my Court looked like....
 



I want to give a Shout Out to this local business because 4 of their workers worked from 10 am until almost  8:30 pm cleaning out this house with only taking a half hour for a lunch!!!
 
 
 
When all was said and done, this trash compacter was filled


Along with this dumpster......



 


All GARBAGE!!!!
 
Again, I kid you not!!!

Needless to say, we had a front row seat.....



Like 2 old men....


Wait!!


Joe is an old man!! LOL!!

The daughter and grand daughter of the original owner's, who were lovely people and like a second set of parents to us, have lived there for the past 9 years


In that time, they managed to destroy this once beautiful home!!!


The daughter passed away last Summer, leaving her brothers, owners of the home, the responsibility of the grand daughter who at 39 years old , never worked, was supposedly an agoraphobic who mostly prowled our neighborhood at night dressed all in black with her face covered and had untreated mental issues....
 

We found this by our car one morning after her escapades at night....


 
 

 
Not to mention the banging on the walls at night and the screaming and yelling at all hours!!


 
Well, the nightmare is over and they have moved the grand daughter out, who by the way was living there until yesterday!!!!! 


Closing on the house is Friday....


We are anxious to see who the new owners are and what they will be doing after they completely gut the house..


Will they use it as their residence or a rental.....


We pray for good neighbors....


But a word to the wise when drawing up your will and if you consider leaving your home to relatives, be sure that they have the financial means to properly care for the house.....
 
This was the issue here along with a hoarding issue

Now back to our Front Porch and Yard......



It actually has been set up for about 2 weeks now.....


I started with having Joe move everything off of the Front Porch.....




He then decided to watch me work......



Frankly, I prefer him out of my way!!!


I much rather do things myself.....



LOL!!


First, I swept off the porch carpeting from all the things that accumulated there over the Winter....


I then ran the sweeper over the carpeting.....


Next, I rolled out the outdoor mat that we bought at Ocean State Job Lot 2 years ago.....




It still is looking pretty good.....



I cleaned everything that had been on the porch over the Winter and started to move it back onto the porch.....



Since the black urns that I had in front of the pillars for a few years bit the dust after this Winter, I moved some of the pots I had around and decided that I would leave them as is and not black them black like I was originally thinking of doing......



Joe brought up all the Porch Decor and Garden Art from our storage shed....




Now it is ready for some warm weather porch sitting......


 
Again, I am sticking with my red, orange and yellow color theme for the front of our house 


 
 



It has provided a nice transition into Fall over the past several years.....


Yes, that is the front porch of the house that I just mentioned......


I just realized that you can see the Meals on Wheels bags thrown on the other front porch......

Sorry......


Faux greenery in an orange lantern.....


A new addition this year is the black and white checked ribbon bow on the lantern.......


You will see this ribbon used in other areas of the porch.....
 



I made this wreath several years ago and this year, I freshened it  up by changing the bow.....


To this one.......


Brightened it up a bit!!

 



Again, because I have weeping mortar ( popular in the 70's when the mortar was not wiped off and smoothed out) I can hang things off of it.....
 



 



In my last post, I shared how I upcycled this Valentine's sign that Joe bought for $4 on Clearance in Big Lot's but since he had a $5 off $15 coupon, it actually was FREE!!!


I painted the hearts in red, orange and yellow to go with the color scheme of the front of our house.....

The black and white checked heart lead to the addition of the bows I made from the same type of  ribbon.....


Joe even drilled a hook into the brick because it kept falling down when it was windy....



 

Also hanging on the wall is Joe's Penguins paver and a Home sign....

Looks like I need to freshen this up with some fresh paint and a coat of polyurethane.....




Bought the red pillows and cushions for the chairs 2 years ago......




In the corner of the porch.....



Another bow on top of the tree that is kept on the porch year round.....

I put a solar light in this red lantern.....


And a Fairy and an Owl on the table....

The black urns that were in front of the pillars bit the dust after this Winter's snow and ice.....



So in keeping with my Goal of not spending money needlessly and shopping my own house, I moved these square planters over in front of the pillars....




In place of where the square planters were, these pots were my neighbor's who said I could take whatever i wanted from her yard when she moved last year so they were FREE!!!!



I was going to paint all 4 black but decided not to for this year....


   These planters will be planted with orange and yellow marigolds....
 
A paver that says " Angels Gather Here" on top of my rusty bird bath......




Here in NEPA, it is not safe to plant any type of annuals until the 3rd week of May when the threat of frost diminishes.....
 
That I have learned from experience!!

Looking down the sidewalk......

 
 The front flower bed under our Living Room window....



Joe bought a new black gutter extension and painted part of the gutter black so it would not stand out like a sore thumb like the white one did last year....


Doesn't that look better????/

 
 Almost the same set up as last year only I moved the toad stools into this flower bed.....
 
The pots in the flower bed will be planted with red impatiens....

 
Now these urns were rescued from the garbage at our church 7 years ago.....

 
Well, that finally bit the dust as when Joe went to pick them up, the bottoms fell out!!!


I did get 7 years out of them though......


So I decided to keep the long planter that was between them here on the retaining wall and move the planter from the other side over to here....

 
They can be easily slid out to gain access to the back of the flower bed and will be easier for me to water..... 


I will be planting these with red begonias.....


The front flower bed on top of our slope with all my Garden Art and solar lights.....


 



 The azaleas are not in bloom yet.... 


 

 

 
 




Red impatiens will be planted in this vintage watering can......




My park bench......

The black pots will be planted with red begonias and marigolds...
 




And this is the front of our  townhouse.....



 
 The phlox on the slope are not in bloom yet....

 
But they are starting.....
 



Soon this slope will be ablaze with color....

 





I also wanted to share this view from our Front Porch one evening....
 

 
 A mix of clouds and Sun.....

 
 



 
I am looking forward to spending many an afternoon when it is shady on the front porch this coming Season.....

In my next post, I will be sharing how I got our Back Patio and cottage Garden back yard ready for the Summer....




So I hope you will stop by to visit again soon!!

Stay safe, healthy and most of all, HAPPY!!

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