Well wait until we step back a bit. Then you can see the narrow pathway made of cement pavers that was being taken over by the garden, the bush (on the left) that I planted in the wrong spot so it blocked the view of the flowers on the porch, and the awkward step arrangement.
As you get closer to the house you can see more problems - there is a gap all along the bottom edge of the stairs. Why is there a gap there? This is one of life's bigger mysteries. I have spent more time than I care to think trying to block up that crack and stop stones and sand from disappearing under the stairs.
Speaking of under the stairs - did you know that a skunk once decided that would make a nice home. We tried to block it from living there, by putting rocks and chicken wire at the corner. The rocks and chicken wire did not deter the skunk at all - he just burrowed further and further out each night. We eventually got rid of him by sprinkling cayenne pepper on the lawn.
The rocks remained at the corner of our porch stairs though.
And we couldn't use the railing down the porch stairs because there wasn't a pathway at the bottom. It didn't matter very much in the summer, but in the winter when there is ice and snow around it is nice to be able to hang onto something solid.