A porch swing is an important part of farm life!
I had forgotten how important a porch swing was to farm life until I bought my Dads old house. When I was a child Mama and Daddy would sit in that swing and snap beans, shell beans, peas, and pecans, and do many other garden chores.
After I got married and left home, I never had a porch swing. I would do my chores at the picnic table, in a yard chair, or on the couch in front of the TV. It seemed like so much work, no pleasure.
I bought my parents house after they died and rediscovered the porch swing. There is something about that gentle swing that gives me a rhythm to make the chore a pleasure.
The swing gives you a little breeze when the air isn't stirring, lets your mind drift, and before you know it the beans, ETC, are snapped, shelled or whatever.
You don't have to worry about pecan shells, and everything else getting stuck in your carpet. I just take the push broom a sweep it up!
I cracked and shelled 20 pounds of pecans yesterday and it was a pleasure instead of a pain.
I wish that I had put up a porch swing when I was young!