I'm happy to say one more box is out of the shop. I'm even happier to say it's because we finally got the new porch light installed!
I had purchased a matching flush-mount porch ceiling fixture when I bought the lamppost light several months ago. But with all the other work on the house, a little detail like switching out a light fixture was at the bottom of the priority list. But Sunday was a pleasant, sunny day and we felt like being outside (but close enough to the house that we could enjoy the NPR program "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" on the radio). So the porch was the perfect work environment.
As with all things old house related, it's never as simple as it seems. The new hanging bracket did not match up with the old junction box, so Jeff had to do some finagling. I scraped errant paint off the sidelight glass while he worked, with the happy surprise when I turned around that he got the task accomplished. We like it so much, we may try to figure out a way to put matching lanterns on the four front posts!
Before and After:
While we worked, we were serenaded by a lovely little song bird in a near by tree. We went to get a closer look, and to our surprise, the bird didn't fly away. We stood directly under the tree and watched and listened to him (or perhaps her) for several minutes. If anyone knows their bird species, I'd love to identify this happy little avian!