Sunday, January 30, 2011

What Am I Doing Sitting Out on the Porch???...

I'm freezing my tush off, that's what I'm doing!... it's still winter here in Centerville... but, today I am joining Jill at Gypsy Brocante for the Porch Club, so... by darn Jill!!... I am out on my porch!...

I grew up in a little Mayberry kind of town called Bountiful, Utah... which borders my little Mayberry kind of town of Centerville I live in today to the south... my homes and my heart have always been in the country, where simple country pleasures means time spent on the porch... whether it is writing in my Nature and garden journals as I savor my morning coffee, gazing at our beautiful sunrises over our majestic mountains just to the east of our home, snapping beans fresh from our farmers market, sipping iced~cold lemonade and visiting with a neighbor or just plain ole daydreaming... I love anything that reminds me of simpler, gentler times... I live in the present, but as I state in my profile I cherish the people, places and objects from the past, for they are all a part of who I am today...
Jill's get~together reminds me of when I was a little girl and my mama would start each morning out getting together with her two best friends, Bobbi and Dee, more often than not, at our home... Bobbi lived right across the street from us, and Dee lived several houses down... the coffee pot was always on at our house and mama usually had a yummy fresh~baked goodie of some kind for the ladies... sometimes they would sit outside, sometimes at the kitchen table inside... I loved to hear mama laugh as she and Bobbi and Dee chatted away, sipping coffee and catching up on what they had all been up to, how the kids were, perhaps sharing a new recipe they had made... simply enjoying being together with friends, and savoring the beginning of a beautiful new day... I always think of the old Andy Griffith show and how much time was spent out on their porch... Andy playing his guitar as Aunt Bea sat and knitted or just relaxed as he strummed...ahhh... the good old days...
We have a smallish front porch and a larger back deck, which I call a porch, just 'cause... porch sounds more romantic than deck... and I spend alot time on both of them... sometimes, Jack sits and strums his guitar, just like Andy used to do... and we relax and watch the sun set into the Great Salt Lake... (not sure if he will let me post a pic of him doing that, he's kinda hesitant about me posting his pics!)... just like Aunt Bea did, I often sit and daydream as so many things, I think "porch sitting" is just as much about a state of mind as anything else... Aunt Bea looks so happy and content... wonder what she was daydreaming about?...
If you are new to Idyllhours, I must tell you, there is nothing fancy about me... the simple things in life really DO make me the happiest, and porch sitting is one of those simple country pleasures... not much out on our porches right now... but as the weather warms, out come the chairs and flowerpots that will soon burst forth with cottage garden plants of all kinds... the Hummingbird feeders will go back up so we can sit and watch our beautiful little winged jewels... like me, my porch is not fancy schmancy but rather simple... cozy and inviting and life seems just a bit sweeter on the porch...

Thanks Jill for hosting our porch get~togethers... by the way, the darling top I am wearing was made by none other than sweet Jill herself... I purchased it from her shop ... she made it from vintage doilies and lace and it is stunning!... I love how she has named all of her Faded Prairie collection and tells little stories about them... mine is called "Olivia Sue" and here is how she describes this Prairie gal... "Olivia Sue was one sassy gal that would sass any cowboy out on the Dakota prairie... she had what they called "spunk""... hmmm... sound like anyone you know???... Jack always calls me sassy... perhaps Olivia Sue was one of my ancestors and I inherited a few of her traits?... it's perfect for sitting out on my porch and enjoying a cup of coffee and good company... 'till next time... sending happy thoughts your way from the porch... xoxo


Sheila Rumney said...

What we won't do to get a great picture to share... I hope you are definitely warmed up by now. I love your porch stories and have given myself permission to call my deck a porch too.

Have a wonderful day dear friend!

Sandi said...

Hi Julie Marie,
I LOVE Mayberry and those Andy Griffith shows! I still watch reruns of them when they are on. What a simpler sweet time that was.
Love your crocheted top too. So pretty!!

Sandi said...

Hi Julie Marie,
I LOVE Mayberry and those Andy Griffith shows! I still watch reruns of them when they are on. What a simpler sweet time that was.
Love your crocheted top too. So pretty!!

Mari said...



Denise said...

That was such a fun post!I love sitting on my porch.I'm not a country girl,Southern Calif.girl,but I sit out on the porch everyday now being retired.I love Aunt Bee.In fact,if your friend could make that top to fit Aunt Bee she could make one for me.I think I'll visit her to see if she could make one in my size, mabe from an old tablecloth.Enjoy your day

Bobbi said...

I love porch-sitting and the simple life. And wouldn't you know... The Andy Griffith show was one of my favorites! I love the music that goes along with this post. Looking forward to spring :)

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Love your cute top. I love Andy Griffith show. Don't freeze! judy

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Thanks for your fun comments ladies!... I still watch Ange and the whole gang from Mayberry every chance I get!... what a sweet, gentle time those days were... xoxo Julie Marie

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Julie Marie! I used to love watching reruns of Mayberry when I was a kid. They sure don't make'm like that anymore. Great picture of you on your porch!
Jo :)

Tanza said...

Good morning you sassy thing you !! What a FuN, sweet post today !! Gotta LoVe Andy and the whole gang .. Sure wish I lived back then .. What simpler, easier days they were .. We STILL watch this show almost everyday .. Opie is the cutest little guy EvEr !!

You look beautiful my friend, sipping your coffee, and just relaxing .. LoVe, LoVe that pretty sweet shirt you are wearing .. Sooo feminine, and sooo YoU !! Always dolled up you are .. LoVe that about sweet you .. Kay sweetie, Off to church we go, YeP, whistling Andy the whole way .. Thanks for sharing happier, gentler times .. Wishing you a warmer, blessed, happy day ~
Huggers ~TeA~ xo

Gypsy Brocante said...

Oh Julie Marie ... you make my heart sing! Look at you sittin' on your porch with Olivia Sue ... you two were made for each other ; ) ... I do believe you outshine her by a mile though!

I love your porch post ... just what I had in mind when I dreamed up the porch club ... thank you for sharing!


Fishtail Cottage said...

You are sooooo cute! Love getting to know you better! & reading your post! I need to figure out how to link up to her blog sometime but thinking i have to build a porch first lol! xoox

Shirley said...

Oh How sweet,
I love this post..I can recall my mom's friends coming over for coffee and making us kids go play so she could sit with the ladies..
I would go back in time in a moment if I could..
Love that one picture of 'Aunt Bea'
what a beautiful lady she was..
Thanks for this post..made me feel so good!

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, sweet lady, you nearly froze to death to give us this pretty picture! You look beautiful.

I have a large front porch at the lake and I love it. It's almost like another living room. I feel the same way as you...I love to sit and daydream and I suppose Aunt Bea was too, but we knew so little about her. What was she dreaming about??

You have such sweet childhood memories, Julie Marie. I love hearing about them!


Suzann said...

Hello Julie Marie,
What a sweet post!! I love the softer gentler times and so wish we could incorporate some of it back into the present. I think people are so busy in their lives that they need to slow down and enjoy it!!
Thank you for sharing the post today, and get back inside and warm up!!
Suzann xoxo

Bohemian said...

Oh Julie, I'm LMAO picturing you sitting out on the Porch shivering but able to get that great photo op... with lovely Jadeite Mug in hand and F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S crocheted Top *LOVING it!*... at least you don't look like you're half freezing to death... it looks inviting if we didn't know the actual temperature! *smiles*

Dawn... The Bohemian

Bohemian said...

Oh, I almost forgot to mention... my better half, affectionately dubbed The Man in my Blog World... has many relatives in Bountiful. He is originally from Ogden... so he's taken me on the grand tour when we visit Utah... so many grand old preserved Homes... wish they'd had that kind of preservation foresight here in Arizona... alas, most of the grand old Homes around here have been destroyed. *le sigh*

Dawn... The Bohemian

Brenda Kula said...

So pleased to meet ya through The Porch Gal! I love the way you think, because I grew up with Mayberry and Aunt Bea on our little black and white. I think Aunt Bea was thinking about what she was going to fix for supper for Andy and Opey. And maybe Barney as well. (Sure miss that comedic legend!) May your soon-to-be spring days on your "porches" be enchanting!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

What fun to meet you and read your post! There is something about Andy Griffin that always reminds me of my Dad. So, he's kinda special in my mind!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hey there, Sweet Julie! Such darling photos of you, and oh my, that precious lacey top that Jill made. I just love it! I think the Porch Club will be so much fun!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Julie Marie,
Oh I just love this post and seeing adorable you in that awesome top. You look just gorgeous having coffee on your porch.
Such wonderful memories you carry of times on your front porch growing up and the friendship your mother shared with her dear neighbors. It sounds just like my family. We always sat on the porch, had singins, told stories. My dad played the harmonica and I the guitar. All the neighbors would come sit and when no more could find a spot, they would sit on the grass looking up at the porch. Oh what special times. Thank you for bringing me back to think of my own porch times.

I too love Andy and the gang in Mayberry. I watch it whenever I can and Aunt Bee looks so much like my grandma, especially when she smiles. I have an Aunt Bee cookbook too with pics and scripts from the show.

Your post pics are great.
Have a nice evening my friend. We are predicted for freezing rain, sleet and single digit temps on Tueday.
Love to you,
Celestina Marie

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies said...

I love your porch chat and a visit back in Mayberry, those gentler times were the best, hope you can come for a visit, I must go inside now as it is raining on my porch! Blessing and Hugs, and you look fab in your top! Marilou

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Julie Marie,

It's so nice to come across someone that finds all the joys and simplicity that comes with living in a rural location.

I can't even explain how nice it is for me to walk out on my porch and hear nothing more than mother nature displaying wonderful sounds....whether it be the crows, the chickadees, the chatter of the chipmunks or a raccoon sitting at the other end of my porch thinking about a few of the sunflower seeds that I put out for the birds everyday. :0)

I've truly enjoyed reading about your town and hearing of your memories.

I'm visiting for Porch Club Monday. I'd love to have you drop by my porch for a moment.

Stephanie ♥

Sarah Mullanix said...

Oh I love so much that you posted pictures of Andy Griffith out on his front porch playing his guitar...this is my absolute fave show and it just brings me peace and makes me feel happy every single time that I's even my ringtone on my phone!! :) TFS

Mandy @ Creekside Creations said...

I just love this post!

Sitting on the porch is my favorite pastime.

Love your entire blog!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Julie Marie,
So nice of you to come by my blog and I look forward to getting to know you better!
This is such a sweet post and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
My hubby loved The Andy Griffin shows more than anything!
I am going to go back now and read some more!

bunny, the paris house designs said...

Hi Julie Marie
You must of froze out there but you would never know it by looking at your look lovely and happy as can be!!!
There is nothing as welcoming and pretty as a front porch. I love being out on ours and seeing people go by. Everything you do and write is so meaningful and inspiring! You are a sweetheart!
Soon you will be out on your porch with warmer weather and the birds chirping away...well soon enough I guess about 2months!!

Discarded Forlorn said...

Oh your post brought back such great memories. Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week, Theresa

Olive Cooper said...

Hope you did not freeze but you looked fabulous on that porch. Lovely post.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Julie Marie, I too love to watch Andy Griffith shows... I have a lot of them recorded, along with I Love Lucy, which is my all time favorite, my poor husband just wont watch them with me anymore, as he says I have seen them over and over, but I will never tire of watching them... it really does take you back to more simpler times! I'm always in a rush and everything seems to be so hectic, would love for things to be more simpler like they were then! Love your top it looks so cute on you! Hope you don't get to cold setting out on your porch, it's suppose to get really cold here in Texas tomorrow and I'm really worried about the dogs I've been taking care of for a while, their in pretty bad shape and I'm so worried they will not make it thru the weather that were about to have, it's suppose to snow & sleet, for several days! Thanks for sharing your Porch talk with us, I really enjoyed it!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies said...

Hi Just wanted to thank you again for stopping by, the one thing that caught my eye on your blog is on your sidebar and it surely applies to me. "You aren't just the age you are" as I sometimes feel due to age I'm disregarded and I'm so young in mind , body and soul. Most my friends are young enough to be my kids the ones who get to know me, see differently. Just wanted to tell you that it caught my eye. Hugs and Blessings Marilou

Wanda Metcalf said...

You are absolutely my kinda gal. I miss days gone by. I always said I was born about 20 years too late!! Who needs Martha Stewart we had Aunt Bee! Oh I think I just came up with my next blog post idea ; )

linnea-maria said...

You are brave sitting outside in the cold. Thanks for sharing your childhood memories it was amusing to read. I wish I could spend more time at home, and enjoying it as your mother and her friends did.
Warm wishes for the day /Therese

Vintage Rose Collection said...

You are so adorable Julie! I still watch the Andy show, and everyone should have an Aunt Bea!!!
Such a quaint post, thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts with us on this very snowy day!

Claudia said...

Wonderful photos! And great memories of Aunt Bea and Andy. My husband sits on our glider and plays his guitar, too. I also love the gentler way of life. Thanks for sharing with us.

Marie Antionette said...

Julie are just to beautiful sitting on your porch and the top is just so grand.Jill did an awesome job. And I love the way she names and has stories with them.
I've always loved Mayberry.I think that and Petti Coat Juntion were great shows. I still love the reruns.
I sure hope you are staying warm.You take care and God bless you hon,
XXOO Marie Antionette
PS the vidieo I was going to send you was took off .I need to ask my daughter why she did that.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Oh my goodness, this was awfully nice of you to go out into the cold to share a post...much nicer than I would be.(-: Such a cute picture and I love to be reminded of the Andy Griffith show, such innocent times. Have a great day and hope it warms up for you.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh I could watch those Andy Griffith shows all day sometimes. It is always such fun to watch how much of a slower paced time it was then.This is such a neat post. I am new to your blog and am so glad I found it. Look so forward to reader more!

Paige Thomas King said...

Julie Marie,
Your first paragraph captured me! I enjoyed reading this post and look forward to perusing your blog further!
I'm going to try to join the party next Monday. Hope to see you there.