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Thankful In So Many Ways

Issue #83 November 2016
November - the month for giving thanks for our veterans and for our many blessings. And we think November should be declared as National Porch Sitting Month too!

When we speak of blessings, we all have so very much to be thankful for. Even on off days, if we just look around us, we have much to be grateful for - from the air we breathe, to the birds singing to the humblest of porches we might have.

Our hearts can be lifted by giving attention to simple blessings in our everyday lives. We are grateful for each of you.




November is also the month of great food and family gatherings and the perfect time to enjoy time outdoors and hopefully time to relax on your porch even if it means bundling up and taking a hot cup of cocoa with you.



Veterans Day Tribute

At any given moment there are thousands of military personnel serving here and abroad who have pledged to give their all for something greater than themselves.

And among us are thousands of veterans: co-workers, friends, family members, your child's bus driver, first responders, teachers, and acquaintances who did the same.





Military Members and Their Families

military family in uniform November 11th is a special day for us as we've had a long family history of serving in the Armed Forces.

Mary and I salute all the military veterans and their families - we wouldn't be free without you!

Pictured here is Dave's Dad, Wayne (from when he served during WWII), our son Tom (who currently serves in the USAF) and Dave (who served for 20 years in the USAF).

And this year our oldest grandson, Cameron, has joined the ROTC program at his high school. We are super proud of him too.


veterans day card to download We make it easy to recognize someone you know who is a military veteran. Perhaps it is a family member, friend, or co-worker.

They would appreciate your thoughtfulness on November 11th.

Download and print out this free Veteran's Day card. Write your own personal messageg and mail it. Someone will truly appreciate your kindness.







Which 2017 Porch Calendar Do You Like Most?

Every year Dave and I would get a porch calendar, but they were ho-hum. Some of the months didn't even have porches. :-(

So we decided to create our own. And not only did we create this charming front porch calendar, but we also coordinated this lovely screened porch calendar. When you see and feel the quality of the calendars, you'll be proud to give them as gifts.

Even if you hadn't planned on getting your 2017 calendars yet, we thought you'd like to see this as a gift idea.


Front Porch Parade calendar cover Screened Porch Parade calendar cover


Both can be found in our Front Porch Ideas Zazzle Store and almost any day of the week you can get a nice discount at their site.

Front Porch Parade: This is a beautiful 12-month front porch calendar; the porches in our calendar belong to homeowners who are porch lovers like you. You will sense their pride (and maybe a bit of porch envy too) when you turn the pages.

Screened Porch Bliss: A calendar of lovingly designed and beautifully built screen porches by our sponsor, The Porch Company in Nashville, TN. Each month you will want to put your feet up on these screened porches and read a great book.


Our Pick for a November Porch Decoration



Mary and I saw this
gorgeous pumpkin and thought it would look fantastic on your porch steps or table beside the front door.

This cold cast ceramic lighted pumpkin has a rustic but elegant appeal. It simulates candlelight when lit with 3 "AA" batteries to welcome friends and family in style! Probably needs to be placed in a protective area. Available at Amazon (we may receive a commission on sales which does not affect the price you pay).



We Can't Believe It's November Already Either!

It's the perfect month to decorate and really enjoy your porch before the upcoming madness begins! Of course, we know many of you have cooler temps than we do in TN.

Mary and I enjoy November with great food and family and porches decorated for fall. Decorating your porch this season and to welcome your Thanksgiving guests can be fun and easy to do - we have some great ideas!







Add autumn colors along with traditional pumpkins and gourds (and perhaps a cornstalk or two) to create a most welcoming front porch.





Mary and I love the old fashioned red mailbox that seems to tie everything together. It's a decorative porch item that can be used year round.

Front porch with old fashioned mailbox and fall decorations We liked it so much, we found a retro mailbox that is similar and thought you'd like the source in case you'd like one too!

Although this one is black, you could easily paint it red or other color to match your decor.

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mongrammed wood letter We found similar wooden letters at Amazon and like the idea you can paint them for any season or holiday and re-use them year round!


See our autumn wreath section for fall wreath ideas and access to tutorials for making one yourself!





Make Our Fun Turkey DIY Project

We show you how to make this adorable old fashioned turkey you could use indoors or out - kids will enjoy helping.





Watch the Video of Our Turkey Craft

Watch the Video of Our Turkey Craft






May You and Yours Enjoy a Wonderful Thanksgiving

delightful fall front porch with red door and  mums
Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

Here's wishing you have a very wonderful day!




Don't Look Now

Christmas is next month!

Although Christmas and the holiday season are several weeks away, we know many of our site visitors like to discover new ideas for their porch and yard. Mary and I thought we'd get you started thinking about your outdoor lighting projects.

Lots of folks like to hang their Christmas or holiday lights before it gets too cold. We can help!

front porch beautifully lit with vibrant Christmas lights
Beautifully Lit Front Porch For Christmas See our many wonderful Christmas and holiday lighting ideas!


house with Christmas lights at dusk Get expert outdoor lighting advice from our Bob Lyons Sr. with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Bob offers lots of suggestions and tips for creating a beautifully lit home during the holidays.

Please enjoy to our interview with Bob about Christmas lighting tips and tricks.








Make a Veteran Happy

Download Our Free Card to Thank Them

Send a card to your favorite vet

Instructions: Just download, print on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
Then fold it and mail. You will make a Veteran happy!




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Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary & Dave


Life is short. Enjoy your porch.





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