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With Thankful Hearts

Issue #61 November 2014
November - is the time to catch your breath (last chance before Christmas and other December holidays) and give thanks for all that you have. Or, "be grateful for what you don't want and don't have" which is one of my favorite phrases.

As Mary and I look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday, we also enjoy celebrating Veteran's Day as well. As a veteran, I and my family know the sacrifices our men and women who serve our country make each and every day. Even though technology makes communication lots easier, you still miss the hugs and of course, mom's Thanksgiving turkey!

fall on the front porch in evening light

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!
We thank our reader, Renee, for sharing her beautiful porch.
See more porches that are decorated for Thanksgiving




Honor Our Veterans

Flying the flag on Veteran's Day is one small way in which we can honor those who serve. It is a small act but one that expresses gratitude for those who answer the call. And, if you didn't know already, porches love flags!

American flags flying from iconic front porches
Veteran's Day Gratitude
photo courtesy of Beverly and Pack


We make it easy to honor a veteran. You can download our free Veteran's Day card and send it to someone you know to honor him or her on this special day.
American flags flying from iconic front porches




Fall Porch Decorating In North Carolina

Front porches (back porches and screen porches too) enjoy November and love to be decorated and enjoyed. Greet your family and friends with an inviting front porch. A freshly painted front door, colorful fall cushions, pumpkins, corn stalks, and cornucopias never go out of style.

We thought we'd share a few contest entries of a porch decorating contest in Burnsville, North Carolina. Not only are they photo-worthy, but also ideal for gleaning a few porch decorating ideas you can use.



We like how they integrated traditional autumn decorations into a pleasing display for family and friends. It has a real country look and feel.

fun autumn decorated front porch




This color coordinated fall display caught our attention. We like the little dog too!

fall front porch with little dog




What a beautiful wooden front door and stone steps; both of which make for a wonderful front porch.

gorgeous wooden front door and fall decorations on front porch




A natural front door wreath for fall and would look fantastic on your front door for Thanksgiving!

beautiful natural fall wreath




We have a section dedicated to fall decorating ideas which are ideal for Thanksgiving.



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One of the nicest gifts I ever received was the Kindle I got last year. I have used it over and over again. It was a complete surprise to get it and I enjoy using it on the porch to read books, in the kitchen to look up recipes, while I am on the elliptical exerciser to watch painting videos and movies. It's easy to throw into my purse and take along with me. I love my Kindle.

Or if you are more of an iPad fan ...



Listen to Our Shows on the Porch Ideas Network

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The launch of our Porch Ideas Network has been great and we are having fun interviewing experts on a variety of topics about porches.


Beautiful porch parts make for a beautiful porch Our Porch Ideas Network audio program is new! We bring experts to you each week who share their love of porches and their expertise in such areas as building, designing, planning and decorating porches. Each show lasts approximately 20 - 30 minutes.

Holiday Lighting Tips with Guest Bob Lyons

multi-led christmas lights with 6 inch spacing from hayneedle.com Bright and colorful LED lights are what experts are using! Listen to our podcast with guest Bob Lyons of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives talk about ways to make your life easier when you hang your outdoor holidays lights.

Get insider tips for hanging your Christmas lights from an outdoor lighting expert.


Add Exterior Trim to Dress Up Your Porch with Guest Gregory Tatsch


Tips for Adding Decorative Porch Elements from the Founder of Vintage Woodworks


Turn Your Porch Into a Three Season Room with Guest Sean Laker


Enjoy Your Porch Longer with Screen Porch Windows


We'd really appreciate your assistance in launching our audio program. In order to give it more visibility on the internet, please subscribe to our audios (use buttons below) and if you enjoyed it, please give us a favorable rating. That will help others to find our future audio segments.

Listen to the Porch Ideas Network on iTunes Listen to the Porch Ideas Network on Stitcher Radio








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Do Your Porch Proud!



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Christmas Porch Decorating

We know there are lots of folks who love Christmas and the holidays. For those who are beginning to plan for their porch decorations early, here's our primer!






Join Our Porch Community on Facebook

You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches. We have over 6,000 members and would love to count you among them.


Mary and Dave

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary & Dave


Life is short. Enjoy your porch.



/ / / November 2014


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