Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I Really, Really Want One...!


This is the one thing I can think of that I really, really want!

What started me thinking again about this was a mention by Meadowlark yesterday about front porches. Now we all are familiar with front porches. Nearly all houses have one, and most all homesteads and cabins and farms and fishing shacks! All with porches!

My cabin or shack will certainly have one! Can't imagine having a cabin without one, but that's not the main thing I want. Sitting on that porch, I want a great big rocking chair!

I don't want just any rocking chair, but a chair with character, with soul! I want a rocking chair like my Grandma King's old rocking chair. Big enough to move around in, big enough to tuck your leg under ya if you wanted to! It has to be made out of wood. Probably maple or another type of wood that's good and sturdy.

Another reason it needs to be made from wood is that a rocker made from wood will, after time, get a certain sound to it. Usually the rockers themselves will develop a small, comforting squeak while rocking. That squeak, although very quiet and very diminutive, is often enough to make you nod off for a nap.

The arms need to be wide. I mean, wide and flat enough for a good book to be balanced on, wide enough for a grandchild to sit on while talking to her Grandpa...just like I did as a youngster with my Grandma King!

I have imagined that rocking chair ever since I started planning on building a cabin. I have actually seen myself coming out of the cabin after supper, sitting down in that big ole wooden rocking chair, on the front porch of a home I built myself, and gently rocking back and forth while watching the sun setting to the soft songs of the birds as they start to bed down for the evening.

I love that vision, me sitting on the porch in my great big rocking chair, feet propped up on the railing...with a cup of coffee in my hand. I love that rocking chair. I've never seen it, I've never touched it, but I love it! To me, that chair is representative of freedom. It is a symbol of what a man can do if he has a vision and remains true to that vision.

I'm a simple man. I don't ask for much out of life, just a small piece of land to call my own, with a small little shack on it that I built myself. Attached to that small cabin or shack will be a porch and on that porch, in all it's wonderful glory, will be my big ole rocking chair!

Man, I love that ole rocking chair!

Now, my friend, let's get some fresh coffee and sit on the patio a bit. Sorry, there's no rocker...

26 comments:

TEAM HALL said...

Ohhhh Jim, you need to just GO and get started on your dream!! Life is too short - start rocking in your chair and having coffee on your porch!! We'll be right there with yah! Seeing a dream come true is therapy for the soul...
Many hugs to yah this morning!
Cath

YeOldFurt said...

Morning HJ,
I saw one just like that at Tractor Supply day before yesterday! About $150.00. Real stout and solid out of white oak. Handmade looking. Any Tractor Supply store can call around and get the one from here shipped there.
YeOldFurt

Argentum Vulgaris said...

HJ, I just love to sit and have a morning read, you blog is one that i visit almost daily.

I have just reviewed your blog on Blogger's Cafe:
http://avarchives.blogspot.com/
You might like to pop over and see. Hope you get some more traffic from there.

AV

jaz said...

hi jim...i just bought two big rockers for my porch! i bought reader rockers which have a sleeve in the arm to hold magazines and books. they have big wide arms too! you can look at my blog to see picks of them! joyce

R Krishnan said...

try the lingzhi coffe once with pure brazilian coffe beans,. they are amazing

Meadowlark said...

Heck, I just want a real front porch. :)

Mo said...

A few years back I purchased a porch swing for the wife. We've shared a lot of happy moments enjoying beverages warm and cold, naps, conversation and quiet togetherness. It is on the list for things we NEED at the cabin too.

Hard to beat a comfortable chair with a good view and time to enjoy it.

Lydia said...

My porch here is too small for a rocker, but we had them in my old house and just loved sitting there during the summer having some coffee or iced tea. Neighbors always stopped by for a little chat. Very peaceful. I agree with Cath, get started with your dream Jim.
:)
lydia

Cat Melton said...

Morning Friend Jim,
I have to say I agree with Cath and Lydia...Get going! You've got the 'visualization' part down pat...now for some action!

Enjoyed the visit, as always,


:)
Cat

flea said...
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flea said...

We have a bunch of big old porches where I live in Charleston, SC!

HermitJim said...

Hey Cath...
I'm nearly ready...the land is already purchased , the truck is being put into shape as we speak. food is already to go...

It won't be long now! Hey, thanks for coming by, Cath!


Hey YOF...
I'll have to check out Tractor Supply! Thanks fo the heads up, Buddy!

And thanks for the visit this morning as well!


Hey AV...
I sure do appreciate the good review and most of all, I appreciate the fact that you take the time to come by and visit!

That's important to me!


Hey Joyce...
What a wonderful idea! Two rockers, and both having book pockets! Sounds like a winner to me!

Very happy that you could come by today!


Hey RK...
Thanks so much for the suggestion about the coffee! I'm always on the look out for something different.

Thanks for the information, my friend!


Hey Meadowlark...
I think you NEED that front porch, too! Tell ya what, when you get your porch, we'll have a "porch warming" party!

I'll bring the coffee, of course! I have to thank you for inspiring me to post about the rocker! Now it's your turn to post about the front porches!

Thanks for the visit...


Hey MO...
And what a view you have to enjoy at your place! The pictures are just beautiful indeed!

Ya know, the porch swing is a good thing to add, now that you mention it!


Hey Lydia...
Maybe you could expand the porch a bit? Better yet, why not build a little conversation area where you and your friends can sit and enjoy a visit...

I do enjoy the visits from you, my long time friend!


Hey Cat...
all we need now is one of your beautiful cakes to go with our coffee!

I'm so glad to see you drop by again, you smiling rascal!

You keep on coming by and smiling, Girl! We need it!

Meadowlark said...

It's a done deal! I'm looking forward to seeing people's front porches. Hurray!

HermitJim said...

Hey Flea...
I can just see those big wrap around porches, complete with rockers. Those were made for a time when folks used to enjoy the sitting and the visiting and the talks!

Thanks for the imagery you brought to mind this morning...

HermitJim said...

Hey Meadowlark...
Start getting folks to send in those pics...

When you do, I'll post a link to your post and we'll get you a BUNCH!

Meadowlark said...

OK, it's a contest.
http://justwanderingthrough.blogspot.com/2009/05/my-front-porch.html

Peace!

JoJo said...

Hi there Mr Hermit,
I sure would love to be sitting there too! I miss my porch even if I don't have a rocher yet.
WOW you are making progress with your move. Maybe someday I will pull up and sit on the porch with you.
JoJo

HermitJim said...

Hey JoJo...
Don't worry, darlin'! When the time comes, I'll make sure I have a rocker there for ya...

Glad you had time to come by today. Tell your Dad "hey" from the Hermit, OK?

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

Damn Jim, now you got me wanting a rocker. I've never really wanted one before, but now that you put it that way, it just seems right. I know I've had people tell me "I am off my rocker" so I guess I should get one, and get back on.

HermitJim said...

Hey Hermit...
I guess that any good chair would do for some...but for me it just has to be a rocker!

Guess I'm entitled, don't you?

Hey, Buddy, I appreciate you dropping by and I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

Ashley said...

Watch out, when I build my cabin, I might just steal that chair. "What, this old thing? I've had it for years and years and... What? No, I carved your initials into it just in case it gets lost and they can't find me to return it..."

Hugs,
Ashley

HermitJim said...

Hey Ashley...
You wouldn't do that to your poor old father, would ya? On second thought, you probably would!

Thanks for coming by...

Mrs. Fuzzy said...

I totally understand. In my case it's a swing. Rockers were an inside thing in my childhood but a good double swing was what completed your yard. Next summer....

HermitJim said...

Hey Mrs. Fuzzy...
As long as I can remember, swings on the porch or patio have always been a part of the fixtures. The rocker is just a personal thing to me!

Won't be long now for me...maybe for you as well.

Thanks so much for stopping in today!

Ginger said...

Jim! I haven't been able to read your blog on my laptop so I finally wrangled a place to read it at work on my break. I don't have much time today but have missed reading your daily reports very much. Hopefully, problems with laptop will be worked out quickly! Oh, and the front porch? An absolute necessity. Can't live a good life without it.

HermitJim said...

Hey Ginger...you might try using Firefox if you are now using IE...a lot of folks are havingh problems with IE including me!

Glad you could finally get through to me!