Sunday, August 28, 2011

Welcoming Entry

I love walking up to a welcoming entryway.  Our front entrance is not much space, a porch which is more stoop than anything else.  But I do try to have it convey a sense of homeyness. I love the white dogwood wreath I put there for spring. Okay, spring has sprung and I should have gone to something more seasonal, but it didn't happen, I don't mind. My favorite statue, my little deer, has been moved here. A pot of flowers to admire as I pause outside the front door. I have been intending to replace these chrysanthemums with some deep red impatiens, but every time I think to remove them, I notice that they are sending out little buds for their next flowering, and lose heart at the thought of uprooting and discarding them. I actually first planted them last fall, for that season, meaning to repot different blooms every few months. Again, not being updated that regularly, but that seems less important all the time.

Yes, this is one of those cheap little cherubs from my local drug store. Shhh, don't tell her that. Her soul is as classic and artistic as when the design was first imagined.  She looks so sweet and serene there.

It's not much, not lavish, just the final few feet before stepping into my humble home.  It will be finally updated in another month, to allow for a Fall look. In fact, in several more weeks it will look entirely different. We are contracting for new windows and a new door, and will not have that screen door again. But for now, it continues to cheer my soul and make me happy to walk up to my special place.

I am linking up with Cielo from The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Mondays


mississippi artist said...

Ican't stand to uproot something that is blooming either, unless I plant it in the garden. I need to do some fall pots, but it is still so hot here and I don't have the time to water every five minutes!

Gayle said...

I so agree, a welcoming entry is essential! Love the colors!

crazymotheringchick said...

Aw, looks so pretty! I would stop to admire for a minute.

Char said...

I want to thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. I think the hardest thing for family to go through as they age is leaving their independence behind. Once the memory starts to slip, they can't remember what they can't remember and really don't understand they need help. It's a process of moarning something they have lost, and they have to be able to go through that process.
You will work it out with your mom and it will be ok. I can't begin to imagine what it would be like to be told I had to give up everything and move in with my kids. Life would never be the same again, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be better than ever. That is what we are shooting for, but it's one day at a time and mom's happiness is the first thing on the top of the list. Time will tell.
Be well, and I think your porch is lovely as is. Char

Anita said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! It really means a lot to me. AND, I love your mums here. They are one of my favorites:-)