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Oct 29, 2020


Today I will be sharing photos of my never before seen sleeping porch, along with some ramblings about my life. Y'all know I ramble. I don't own a cell phone and today is the first day I have plugged in my computer in weeks. This post is a way to let folks and family know I am still alive over here in the mountains and all is well. If you are trying to call me..sorry- home phone currently is on "off" mode. I will resurface again at a later date.
My only real pumpkin - I prefer the faux ones as to not replace them each year

Amazingly beautiful warm weather and pleasant gentle breezes are currently undressing the trees in the woods and on the mountains that surround my tiny farmhouse. This is my least favorite season of the year because it leaves me seriously missing my favorite summer season and many 'never hot enough' but still beautiful bright blue sky summer days. Having lived in CA for 38 years and then WA state for many more years and Alaska for three years, I would not trade one day here in the Appalachian mountains for a day back on the West coast or Alaska. However,  I would  pick Alaska over the previous states I lived in before NC.  It's been over five years since I planted roots here in Western NC and I have not one regret. It is not the place for everyone, but for me, it is perfect. I love it here for now.
My farm charm cottage covered porch

Open shelving invites easy seasonal changes

Years ago I used to yearn for a covered porch and while shopping online only for my farmhouse it was on my list of "must haves". Praise God, HE he gave me the desires of my heart. Currently, I am enjoying the solitude of my covered sleeping porch, be it in the day or the night hours of the best Fall ever. I am an introvert and a happy and content loner, so I am making the most of the beautiful, sunny, warm Fall weather and hiding out for my much needed days in solitude. I am thoroughly enjoying these warm lazy days alone (except for my fur children) on my sleeping porch, while sipping fresh mulled hot apple cider or Turmeric tea, and enjoying good eats and reads. 
My covered porch and uncovered deck and patio area

All through the summer months I have had a slew of friends, neighbors and acquaintances stop in to visit and often share a meal or drinks. It is just a Southern Hospitality kind of thing to do (chat and visit and entertain) and I am trying hard to get used to it and be better at it. It is not always easy to share my time or home with others as I prefer to be alone for the most part. But, I know God has something to say about this all, so... well - I try to listen and open my home and share time with others, even when it's not my first choice or always easy for me to do. I do thank God for the nice folks I have met here in the mountains and a few of them are near and dear to my heart, and they understand my need for down or alone time. To them, I say Thank You for understanding.
      Cottage garden and cafe is the vibe here. Vintage coffee pot & tea cups hold faux succulents

 I have  never in my life experienced feeling lonely and as every true introvert knows, spending time with folks tends to be for the most part, very draining as opposed to energizing. It's been a super busy 'get together with friends' kind of year and I am utterly exhausted and am finally taking time again for myself to honor my deep needs and desire for silence, peace, time alone and much desired privacy. This porch quite often serves as a place to hide out.

Great spot to relax

Garden tools are hidden in a vintage tater bin

 I have in the past shared many photos of my privacy fence that surrounds my deck. I had vintage wavy glass windows installed in the fence just to confuse the builder. Not really, just because I like to add a new spin here and there in my home and yard decor. Patio furniture and an umbrella table offers seating options on the uncovered deck and a comfy chalk painted chair and Ikea daybed offer covered seating.

        All weather wicker furniture found on Craigslist for $20.00 creates a cozy patio vibe

My vintage farmhouse porch used to be a wrap around porch. I had it partitioned off to form two separate porches instead. It just works out better that way for my dogs and my desire to have a separate porch where the dogs don't fill my daybed with their hair. As it is, I pass out lint  k9/hair rollers to guests like party favors.

Former yellow truck painted white and left outside to rust

Being that an outside mattress would get moldy, stinky and attract mice on a porch, I choose to use an air mattress on the daybed. I dab or spray peppermint essential oil on the comforter to repel mice and it works really well. Y'all know I love to decorate so this wrought iron shelf works great for me to switch things out as the whim strikes me. I use lots vintage saucers and cups on the shelves and around my patio and on the fence to add pops of color. I purchased pillow covers to change out the accent pillows with the seasons. The covers don't take up much space which is super important in tiny or small homes. I store them under the daybed inside plastic bags and totes.

Vintage teacup holds faux succulent from the dollar store

Reading nook on the covered porch.

Vintage chicken feeder filled with faux succulents

Faux mini pumpkins and faux succulents are a great easy care choice

All faux- perfect for my lifestyle



  • I hope each and every reader is making time to enjoy natures Fall gifts this season. Please remember it is never to late to have a happy childhood. Make time to play.





Junkchiccottage said...

Your sleeping porch is adorable. Happy Friday. xoxo

wife said...

So cozy and cute, thanks for sharing, from a fellow introvert.

Trace said...

Love your porch! Great place to sit with a cup of coffee/wine/whatever and enjoy the sounds of the country. I also prefer my own company. I keep myself busy or just hang out with my dog, cats and a good book. Occasionally get a visit from some special people. Having a bit of Fall weather and a north wind weekend here in East TN. Thanks for sharing your porch. Trump2020!!

Cate said...

I cannot believe after following you for years that I never knew you lived in Alaska. I am in Kasilof; where were you? Also, I was born in North Carolina, lived in California, Arizona, Tennessee, Colorado and South Dakota. Alaska is BY FAR the best state of all. Why did you leave? Glad to hear from you. Go TRUMP!! God bless you, girl!!

Sharon said...

I love your post... and everything about your home. I have wanted an outdoor sleeping porch for a long time. I am having trouble with life under the lockdown, mostly because I live with husband. I crave time alone. I could live thru this time better if I were home alone. Trump 2020!!!

Tonita said...

Cate, I used to live in Anchorage Alaska back in 1977-1979. I also spent some time out in the woods (just me and my husky/shep) off some milepost between the Birdhouse tavern and Alyeska ski resort. I used to hitchhike out to the wilderness and loved the true solitude in the woods. Totally fun and exciting wilderness adventures, alone in the back country. I packed a 45 french revolver, a 7mm rifle over my shoulder and a pearl handle 22 in my jeans pocket. Those were the days. After awhile I began to miss the warm beaches of CA and I just gravitated back to my roots. I have considered moving back to Alaska as a single woman. While I love the 4 seasons of WNC and my sweet farmhouse and living outside of town in these mountains, it is still not private or rural enough for my liking but rural living in Alaska requires more skills and self sufficiency than I possess. I do yearn for a more rural lifestyle without a neighbor in sight for many many miles. Who knows- I may be blogging from Alaska in a few years?

Tonita said...

Sharon, I just tried to leave a comment on your blog. I am not able to as it says I need to be a member of the blog to comment? Not sure about this as I have never run into that on a blog. Anyway, I am really loving your posts and blog. Many blessings to you and hang in there prairie girl.

From the Front Porch said...

Glad to hear your alive and that all is well. Love the whole concept of your sleeping porch. As always I show the wife all of your photos. Yes all is well here, in fact recently welcomed into the world my first grand-baby, a boy. As far as the election I'm feeling much better about 'The Donald' being able to kick 'Creepy Joe's butt. Seems hard to believe that four years have gone by so fast. Take care and enjoy the rapidly approaching Holiday season.


Linda Shukri said...

I absolutely LOVE your outdoor porch! Everything is decorated so shabby chic and gorgeous! I have a front porch but it's not large enough for a bed but two red wicker chairs and a small table for tea! I have a tiny back yard that's fenced in to keep my kitty from wandering (no, she doesn't climb it) and the yard still needs fixing up. We've been in our house for almost 2 years. It's taking me a long time to decorate but I hope to get my tiny sitting yard dolled up soon. I'm in SC so I don't have to worry about snow and such things anymore. I'm from MA and lived in Canada (PEI) for almost 9 years before moving back to the states. Now my husband and I are northerners living in the south! I love to see your posts, so write more often, please! :-)

Cheryl said...

It is always so wonderful to see one of your posts in my inbox, Tonita. I thought of you just recently and wondered how you are doing. We must talk soon. I trust you are well and so enjoyed your post and seeing your beautiful sleeping porch. It is so cozy and welcoming. I am pleading with God to give our dear President Trump another four years in the White House. Fear and panic tries to overwhelm me, but I am holding on to a dream God gave me on 9/6 and clinging to the revelations He has given me since then, hoping with all my heart that He will have mercy upon us. I shudder to even imagine the awful outcome if President Trump loses. Surely God has put him where he is for such a time as this, and we can only keep praying and fasting and definitely vote. Everyone in our household voted for Trump in early voting and were SO proud and happy to do so. God bless you and let me know when you can talk by phone.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Your sleeping porch looks so cozy and inviting, Tonita. You have so many charming accessories, and have such a knack for putting it all together. It looks like a great space to kick back and chill. Glad you are enjoying your home. Thanks for sharing. It's always great to see a post from you in my inbox. I'm a Trump Girl, too, as you know. TRUMP 2020! God bless you!

ChiChi Mum said...

Love your blog and your Tiny Retreat. Enjoyed your Fall Porch Tour..and I am a North Carolinean for 20 plus years..so I know you are living in heaven in those hills. Alone time is always fabulous.

Chic in Myrtle Beach said...

Such a cozy sleeping porch Tonita, looks like a comforting and safe place to spend off mode time ... have spent quite a bit of it myself this year. Enjoy!

From the Front Porch said...

Taking a break because you're frustrated about what's going on right before our eyes, I know I am. I tell you, blogging is very therapeutic for me. Never did I ever imagine that my country would come to look as it does in my life time. People are going to need to rise up in the millions, and soon.

But with said, hope things are well with you and that your 2021 is off to a good start.


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