Front Porch Appeal Newsletter
Issue #115 April 2021

cute yellow spring chick
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Welcome, dear friends, to Front Porch Appeal, our newsletter. You know it's spring when you see sweet little spring chicks.

Dave remembers the kids in his elementary school class being given a chick to take home in the spring. Nowadays, that probably wouldn't be a thing, but this was in a small town in the 60's and he remembers it fondly. Hopefully all the chicks survived!

Where we live, spring is shouting from the tree tops. From the magnolia trees blooming with those amazing tulip-like flowers to traces of redbuds in our next-door woods, it's undeniable: spring is here.

We hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. Our heartfelt thoughts to those of you suffering from storm damages in your area. Here in the south, we've had our share of storms this spring already.


Easter Blessings to You and Yours

colorful Easter eggs
Photo courtesy of JillWellington pixabay.com
If you celebrate Easter, do you have fond memories of coloring eggs for Easter? We sure do.

I remember the smell of vinegar my mom would put into the cup with the dye. As a kid, I didn't love that part but now I know that vinegar helps the dye to stick to the egg. Moving the egg around in the dye until it became brightly colored was fun!

Those traditions, those family traditions make pleasant long-lasting memories. My mom had a candy dish that was divided into sections. On Easter Sunday morning she would have it on our kitchen table and as if by magic, it would be filled with foil-covered chocolate eggs and jelly beans.

cute spring bird in beautiful spring tree
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Inside This Edition...

  • Look at This Wonderful Transformation
  • We Love Garden Turtles
  • A Porch with a Storm Shelter
  • Out and About
  • Thank You As Always


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Look at This Wonderful Transformation!

Holly's home before her new front porch - beautiful plants
Holly's home before she got her new front porch
Even without a porch, Holly's home is quite lovely. The landscaping is gorgeous. Holly says she grew up with a porch and so it was time to get a porch. They have lived in their home for 28 years, making her dream porch long overdue.


Holly's new front porch makes a big difference on her home
Holly's home with her new front porch
What a fantastic, spacious porch with plenty of room for relaxing, reading, entertaining. She will enjoy her porch for years to come!

She will be adding the landscape plantings back and we cannot wait to see! Please take a look at more in-progress photos of Holly's new porch.


Sighting: Bunny on the Porch

our bunny flag
Our kids gave us the adorable bunny flag
Spring is in the air on our porch. Our family gifted us this cute bunny banner and it fits in perfectly on our porch.

We Love Garden Turtles

Meet Oscar, our garden tortoise
Our sweet friend gave me this tortoise for my birthday
Oscar sits proudly in our porch garden on the rock watching the flowers grow. After posting him on Facebook, we found that so MANY people love turtles. And we mean love like LOVE!


Look at these garden turtles shared with us by our Facebook friends.

garden turtle
Elizabeth's cute turtle


garden turtle
Heidi shared her turtle


garden turtle
And here is Lauren's little guy
If you enjoy yard art and pretty garden ornaments, then take a look at this amazing yard art emporium we visited in Florida.

A Porch with a Storm Shelter?

SafePorch installed adjacent to porch
Can you believe there's a storm shelter on that porch?
Already this year, far too many lives and homes have been lost in violent storms and tornados. But what if you don't have a basement, storm shelter or safe place to go when tornados pop up near you?

We learned about this idea, think of having a storm shelter as part of your porch or deck.

We think it's an idea worth exploring.


Out and About

beautiful magnolia trees in bloom
Photo courtesy of JillWellington pixabay.com
Around here we're seeing the gorgeous magnolia tulip trees in bloom. Gosh, it's even a treat to drive to the grocery store because between here and there is the most amazing line-up of spring delight - deeply yellow forsythias, pure white dogwood trees, gorgeous redbuds.


bradford pears
Photo courtesy of Sandy Smith
Not far down the road from where we live is this sweet lane lined with Bradford pear trees. This time of the year, when they are in full bloom, it's a magical sight to drive by.


gorgeous magnolia tulips blossoms and forsythis in bloom

Every year without fail we take a picture of these magnolia flowers in bloom next to the forsythia. Never disappoints. Dave and I enjoy walks to our nearby lake and we love noticing what's in bloom.


inflatable Easter bunny in front yard

This adorable cottage home loves to celebrate holidays. Always something festive to see when we walk by and right now is this cute bunny. In the background are small, twinkling pink lights and Easter eggs hang from the branches, too.

So happy to have neighbors who celebrate like this!


Thank You As Always

tulips in spring
Photo courtesy of JillWellington pixabay.com
May your world have touches of loveliness throughout. Springtime is the perfect season to notice such awakenings around us. Like a field of amazing fresh-sprung tulips or streets lined with freshly-blossomed spring trees.

We truly appreciate that you are part of our newsletter family. You're the reason we love writing about porches and things related.

May you be staying healthy and enjoying your life. We are enjoying our porch more and more as the weather warms. We hope you can say the same!

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