Once the unpacking is done, it’s time to see what neighbors are in residence. Fair warning: not every photo in this post is perfect. For instance this first one was taken in somewhat of a hurry with my phone because this neighbor is always leery of spending time in close proximity to the rest of us. But this isn’t so much about the photos but about the story told by those photos, about shy but always welcome neighbors and inhabitants of the mountains.

Although it was hot and getting close to the end of July, I was pleased to see plenty wildflowers, many of which were hosting their own guests. These guests never overstay their welcome.

The first two neighbors, although always enjoyed, aren’t as rare as these next drop-ins. Since we moved to Arizona at the end of March in 2020, the so-called monsoon season hadn’t produced much rain at all. I felt we were getting a good rain if there was enough water so that individual drops melded into the wet pavement look. (This year we’re thankfully getting lots of rain; lots for a place averaging 9″ a year.) So I was thrilled to see more drops in this photo than our back patio sometimes got in rains past at home.

Once the walk or walks are over, there’s always the porch. I like porches a lot. Spanish-style houses don’t have porches; they have patios. Patios are fine but they aren’t porches.

There are lots of good sayings about porches. Here are a few I really like.

Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the liquid song of the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more. ~Tasha Tudor

True luxury is being able to own your time – to be able to take a walk, sit on your porch, read the paper, not take the call, not be compelled by obligation. ~Ashton Kutcher

My ideal summer day was reading on the porch. ~Harold E. Varmus

I dream of land, cut only where streams glistened with birdsong wander through quiet hills burnt hard by the scrape of wind, and of a porch from which a single road leads only homeward. ~Nancy E. Turner

  1. restlessjo says:

    I can’t remember a day I ever spent reading on the porch but with that view it has great appeal 🤗💗

  2. Great neighbors and wonderful quotes to go with your images.

  3. Sue says:

    Oh, what a great outlook from the porch

  4. peggy says:

    What a nie view of nature. I can sit on a porch and spend hours just quietly looking at the view. Loved the view in the last photo and the quotes were so perfect. Ah relaxation.

  5. Great photos, and I love a porch. I am though feeling fairly old reading a quote from ‘Ashton Kutcher.’

  6. I enjoyed all of these. Thanks for sharing them. Southeastern New Mexico is enjoying the monsoon season too. Although this week, aching joints in my hands and shoulder remind me of just how much I appreciate the extreme lack of humidity we usually have. Still love this rain though. Hugs on the wing.

  7. Amy says:

    Lovely neighbor visit, Janet!

  8. scr4pl80 says:

    Love the view from that porch. Reminds me of the porches at Boulder Creek, CA that I used to read on while the hubby was golfing. I love the way the dew drops look on the leaves. I’ve taken quite a few pictures like that when I walk Benny in the morning. In my crafter’s eye they look like the bling I use in my scrapbooking.

  9. Prior... says:

    Hello Janet
    I really liked the Tasha Tudor quote and also the way you differentiated between a price and patio!
    So good and of course your photos are wonderful as usual
    Oh and the Ashton Kutcher quite wasn’t my fav because for some reason I kept thinking of movie stars and inflated luxury that led to no obligation for him – and I know I was reading too much into it – but obligations can be good and we can still own our time for part of the week.

    • Normally I wouldn’t post anything by a celebrity but the quote seemed so spot on that I had to use it.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and although a patio and a porch might both be used for relaxation, to my mind there’s a huge difference, not the least of which is that a patio is usually in the back and a porch is in the front where you can see and interact with people going by or neighbors.

      • Prior... says:

        After I left this post j think I did read way you much into that quote – hahaha

        And your porch notes reminded me of sometimes when on a road trip I hear “back-porch music” on some small radio station –
        And it is usually so chill and really diverse.

  10. I really enjoyed these photos and the quotes about porch-sitting. I’m not sure which to me is better between patios and porches, though it does seem that an elevated porch does offer a better view sometimes! I hope the rain you are getting there is manageable and not so much at once like some of the other areas in your region are getting.

    • The rain’s been manageable where we are although there have been plenty of flash floods and flash flood warnings. During the last heavy rain recently, all the overflow areas filled up and people were wading and even paddle boarding in them. 🙂

      To me the difference between a patio and a porch is that the former is usually in the back and more private whereas a porch is in the front allowing for interaction if desired and views of people and life passing by. Both serve an enjoyable purpose although it’s too hot here for many months to enjoy either.

  11. Pat says:

    Great post but can’t say more. I’m going to the kitchen, make a cup of chamomile tea and go out on my purple porch swing for a while.

  12. de Wets Wild says:

    Of course you know these photographs speak straight to my soul!

  13. Marsha says:

    I love your “neighbors.” The butterfly was having a great time with his host. We’ve had lots of rain while you’ve been gone – almost every day. It’s hard to believe we only get 9 inches a year.

  14. The photos tell the story beautifully and the raindrops photo is superb.
    Thanks for the like on Pauline post. The Carpenders song on YouTube hit the right note.

  15. Wind Kisses says:

    I do miss Wyoming too. So tranquil, all the time. True luxury is being able to own your time. I love that. I love the raindrops on the succulent, too.