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Bring On the New Year

Issue #89 January 2018

January 2018 - amazing how time flies. Mary and I hope this finds you in good health and cheer.

Lots of cold and snow across the country and we know that many porches have snow covered sleds, boots, and perhaps a pair of ice covered gloves laying about.

At least that's how our porch appeared when we were kids. We fondly remember those black rubber boots with the buckles that would always freeze!

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Beautiful porch in the winter- photo courtesy of Linda / Edenseekr
Who remembers the snow shovel on the front porch? We surely do.

January is the perfect month to start planning your spring projects. It's time to get ideas and start nailing down exactly what type of porch you'd like on a new home or if you are remodeling your existing porch, what improvements you want to make.

Or, perhaps you are planning a new screened room or three-season porch that you've been wanting for so long.

You've come to a great starting place - right here.

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Wearing mittens - something most of us remember!
I remember wearing mittens that would become heavily laden with snow and ice, with my fingers freezing inside. But that usually didn't matter - we kept playing outside on the porch in the snow. Then when we went inside, we'd put them on the radiator to dry. Nice and warm for our next outing.

Do you recall memories like that from your childhood? Those porch memories warm the heart.

This is Why We Get Many Birds in the Winter

our birds enjoy our birdbath even in the winter
We have a secret for attracting birds in the winter
Our secret is keeping fresh water in our bird bath all winter - and keeping the water from freezing. How do we do that?

We're sure it's the reason we get beautiful bluebirds in the winter. Birds of all kinds really. And deer that like stop by for a drink.

Read more about our wild bird feeding station here.

Valentine Day - Not Just for Lovers

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We sometimes hear people disliking Valentine Day because they think they are left out. Perhaps they have experienced the loss of someone or they don't have a romantic interest.

But Valentine Day can be so much more. It's a day that any of us can bring cheer to a neighbor or a fellow co-worker. Or how about surprising your mail carrier with a box of conversation hearts? Or your favorite clerk? Or send a simple handmade card to someone who needs their spirits lifted.

You'll be surprised what a small act of kindness can do to enrich someone's life.

Valentine Day can be so much more than roses and chocolates. Let it be a day to share love and kindness with those in your world. Surprise someone! Try it this year. Drop by their porch with a pretty card or bless a friend with cheerful flowers from your local market.

New House Plans with Porches

It's always fun to look at new home plans whether you are looking for one to build or just to see new trends and designs. We love ones with porches of course. We've found some that have accompanying videos that give you a wider perspective of the plan details.

Here's a short video of one of the home plans Mary and I really like; hope you enjoy it to.

Learn more about this plan and others. -(affiliate link for which we may receive a commission)

Here's another plan we discovered that has a nice open-style front porch.

ranch home plan with nice front porch
We love this nice open-style front porch - Family Home Plan 76917 -(affiliate link for which we may receive a commission)
We share many home plans for almost every category of architecture - enjoy.

Looking for a Contractor?

January and February are really good months to start lining up contractors to build your porch, screen porch, or other home project. Not sure exactly sure of the specifics for your project?

A good contractor can work with you to give you ideas, show you where you can save money, and help to finalize your plan in addition to providing an estimate for the work.

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We recommend you get at least three estimates - we can help.

Use this handy form to locate a reputable contractor near you.

Winter Blue Have You Down?

Then add a few pops of color to your porch this winter. Adding a bit of color or creating a magical scene can perk up your spirits and those of passers-by as well.

Find many ideas in our winter porch decorating section.

Snowflake front porch
A pop of color adds lots of winter appeal
Winter beauty - snowy porch decorated lovely
An enchanting winter porch scene indeed
Winter beauty - snowy porch decorated with a vignette of birdhouses
The other side of the porch is decorated with a vignette of beautiful white bird houses

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Meet Our New Granddog, Blue

our granddog blue
Introducing our granddog, Blue
He's quite the sweet pup, has beautiful blue eyes, is very smart, loves to cuddle, and is growing fast.

Blue even has a favorite chair on which to nap. He is becoming good friends with a cute little dog, Maggie, who lives down the street.

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Here you see our Granddog Cisco and his friend Rua. Both passed away in 2017. They loved playing together and both lived long happy lives. They are truly missed.

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Mary and Dave Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.

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