Y'all, the porch is thiiiiis close to being done. Thursday we put up the other two pieces of spandrel.
And Marion put the gutters on the house. I did not help with that project because I already used up all my bravery last weekend when I clambered up on the roof at the back of the house to clean out the gutters back there and put on gutter guards.
We transmogrified the guttering from the old porch. It had been one giant L-shaped gutter, with each leg almost 20 feet long and an outside corner. We cut it into four separate pieces and mashed it back together with couplings and what Marion calls "gutter gack", which I suspect is not its trade name. When we were finished, the gutter had two inside corners and an outside corner, fit the lines of the house roof perfectly, and is much less obtrusive than hanging gutters on the porch itself. We just couldn't ruin the new porch by hanging gutters on it. Nope, no way, no how. The gutter and downspouts will handle most of the runoff from rain and melting snow, and the little porch roof will have to deal with only what falls directly on it. Hopefully, this will solve the problem I've had in the past when there were no gutters above the porch roof. In the spring, with the melting snow and the hard rains, the porch roof leaked like a sieve. (This also answers the question that someone had awhile back about how the flat porch roof sheds water--the gutters above it will handle most of it, and the porch roof isn't truly flat, but has a drop of about 5 inches in 7 feet.)
So what's left to do on the front porch? Just odds and ends. All that's left to nail up are the trim pieces around the ceiling. The rest is just painting--the spandrel, those trim pieces, bits here and there that I missed. As Marion said, "All the stuff that shows from the street is finished." I guess that's true if you drive by kinda fast and don't crane your neck too much.