Speaking of the thermostat, there comes a time every autumn when the Bossy family must surrender their back porch screens to plastic.
The back porch is the reason Bossy and her husband purchased their house nearly nine years ago. It’s functional and breezy and overlooks the wetlands, and Bossy can’t describe the funk she gets in every year when she loses this beloved square footage by closing the porch off from the rest of the house—except she can refer you to the look on Bossy’s husband’s face in the above photo.
If Bossy’s husband didn’t winterize the porch, gusts of wind would blow directly into Bossy’s poorly insulated house, and freezing rain and snow would heap onto sections of the porch floor, further deteriorating the wood planking.
So it’s a necessary evil that saves money on the heating bill, but it’s so so so so so depressing.
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