Dispatches from a Porch Swing

Jen Deaderick
Occasional thoughts from my porch. Or sofa, when it’s too chilly.
Created 26 May 2020
  • Clarence
    30 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 7 1
    I’m writing this in the front seat of my beautiful car, the one I’ve owned for a month longer than my child is old. We named him Clarence, after the angel in It’s a Wonderful Life. Rosie rode home for...
  • Remembrance
    28 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 5 1
    It’s amazing how the body knows dates. I’ll get sad in February and have no idea why, and then realize it’s the anniversary of my dad dying. Today is the anniversary of the last Thanksgiving before my...
  • Damp
    13 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 4 2
    I have a headache. It’s probably mostly from all the mold spores that were released into my house when my bathroom ceiling was partially pulled down. Plus pollen, and other stuff. Also, though, my bra...
  • Service
    11 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 3 1
    This is my grandfather, James “Bucky” Butler with his buddies on leave in France during WWII. I always post this on social media on Veterans Day because it’s such a great picture, and his service back...
  • Hot
    09 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Over the last few weeks, I’ve been drinking bottled “super” coffee in the morning. I’d pop a straw through the foil seal at the top and gulp it down. There’s extra caffeine and a bunch of protein. It ...
  • West
    31 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 1
    Sometimes you text a friend at 1:30AM to say you’re eating a granola bar, and the next thing you know you’re driving west with him in the hopes of catching the Northern Lights before dawn. And you get...
  • Basement
    30 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 5
    I got the heat working in my apartment this weekend. I’m very stubborn about keeping the heat off as long as possible. I even keep the windows in bedroom open when nighttime temperatures are dipping i...
  • Suspended
    23 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 6 0
    My last post was on the one year anniversary of me starting this thing, and I wrote about needing to pee. I didn’t realize then that it was the anniversary, but now it seems not entirely suited to the...
  • Anyway
    16 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 3
    I just got myself all settled into my hammock chair with my coffee on the stool next to me, and I’ve just realized that I need to pee. I don’t want to get back out of the chair and put on my slippers ...
  • Muddling
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 2
    Last night, an 18-year-old said to me “you have your whole life in front of you!” I carefully explained to her that I actually don’t. More than half my life is behind me now, unless I live to be 102. ...
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