Front Porch Appeal Newsletter
Issue #116 May 2021




Mother's Day and Porch Time

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Welcome to our Mother's Day Edition of Front Porch Appeal.

We salute Moms everywhere. Thank you, dear moms, for all the love, work, joy, tears and time you give to your family each and every day. It matters. All of your time and love and heart - they matter so very much.

My mom loved lilacs. And so lilacs always remind me of Mother's Day and my mom.

I remember many of the sacrifices my own mother made for me. I remember her sitting up in a chair all night while I lay sick on the sofa...even though she worked full time and went on little sleep. I remember when she worked the night shift and got ready to head out the door at around 10 pm. Oh, how hard that must have been with five children.

She smocked dresses for me, she listened to me, stood up for me and worried for me. Moms work hard and give of their whole selves so that we can have a better life. Thank you, Moms. You matter very much.

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If you're a mom or celebrating a mom in your life, the opportunity to spend time with each other is the best gift of all.

And what better place to spend time together than on the porch?

On the porch swing, reading a good book, chatting with one another, playing games together. Time spent together on the porch is a recipe for a wonderful Mother's Day!

I don't think we would ever regret spending time with our moms or those who care and love us as a mom. It's truly the best gift of all.


Inside This Edition...

  • Welcome to Sandy and Mel's Screened Porch
  • Ideas for Solving Lawn Drainage Problems
  • Cheerful Gift Ideas for Moms
  • All About Porch Ceilings
  • Out and About
  • Thank You As Always


Welcome to Sandy and Mel's Screened Porch

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Sandy and Mel's wonderful back porch
Our neighbors and friends, Sandy and Mel, invited us to their back porch. Their backyard retreat overlooks a peaceful wooded area where deer and turkey regularly visit.

What a quiet and serene screened porch they have with a view of their lush backyard and a backdrop of shag bark hickory trees, pines and other flora. Their screened porch is spacious enough for two sitting areas: a place for reading, conversation, listening to music AND a cheerful dining area.

This year they added new rugs that bring a splash of color and fun to their porch.

welcoming screened porch
Their round rug is perfect beneath their dining table
She found two matching rugs, one that is round, perfect for their outdoor dining table and the other is rectangular for their cozy conversation area. How often does that happen that you can find two rugs in just the size and shape that you like?

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Their rectangular rug is ideal for their conversation area


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Their outdoor patio area blends seamlessly with their screened porch


sweet bistro table and chairs in Sandy's backyard

In the far corner of Sandy's backyard is this sweet little table and chairs. Perfect for a glass of lemonade with your best friend or neighbor.

welcoming screened porch

We appreciate Sandy and Mel sharing their screened porch with us. What an enchanting place to retreat with a good book and some awesome music. Here are more screened-in porch ideas for you to enjoy.


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Ideas for Solving Lawn Drainage Problems

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Ideas to help solve your lawn drainage problems
The two of us are always looking for ways to mitigate water issues around our home. Nothing more worrisome than having water seeping into your home when it rains.

Dave has some good ideas that may inspire solutions to your lawn drainage problems. While you may have different kinds of lawn drainage issues, what we did in our yard might be a springboard to a solution for your home.


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Cheerful Gift Ideas for Moms

Sweet My Porch My Place coffee mug gift idea

We designed this cheerful mug as a perfect Mother's Day gift for someone special in your life. Maybe even for yourself (wink wink). Available right here.

Sweet My Porch My Place coffee mug gift idea

We also designed this lemon-y tumbler for enjoying cool beverages! Who doesn't love a pretty glass for the porch. We surely do. And maybe you'd love to have one of them. Find it right here.



Wouldn't this make a sweet gift for the mom in your life? Perfect for a spa bath. You can find it on Amazon right here. Our referral link.





For the busy, hurried mom - she might love a book of calming, peaceful devotions. This series includes Devotions from the Porch, from the Lake, from the Beach, from the Mountains and more. Find it here on Amazon. Our referral link.




All moms appreciate comfort, do you agree? We like these Mama Bear Slippers. Our referral link. I can imagine just how comfy they'd be.


All About Porch Ceilings

Beautiful porch ceilings
Porch ceilings can have the WOW factor!
Your porch ceiling need not be ho-hum. Not at all. Some of the prettiest porches have interesting, beautifully designed porch ceilings that add a layer of beauty. In fact, one of the ways that our own porch ceiling adds interest is because it is painted blue, haint blue.


Out and About

beautiful magnolia trees in bloom
Gorgeous clump of irises we saw on our walk
Dave and I live near a lake and we often take a walk down a country road to visit the lake. Walking down the shady lane, we get to enjoy many lovely trees and flowers. Don't you love these tall bearded irises?


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Our front porch this spring
We often get complements on the red autumn sage that graces our front porch garden. This is a perennial plant that blooms from spring through fall. Hummingbirds love it because of the many delicate red flower spikes.

We appreciate how it frames the entry to our porch and re-blooms from spring through autumn.


Thank You As Always

Holly's front porch swing
Photo courtesy of Holly B LaFleche
Just imagine yourself on this porch swing. What a relaxing way to spend some time with your mom or dear friend. We appreciate Holly sharing her new porch with us.


Mother's Day sunflowers

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

May you have some sunshine and porch time in your life this week. Till next time, please take care and enjoy your porch.

Lastly, if you're a mobile home owner, did you know that we have plenty of ideas for your mobile home porch design as well as decorating ideas for your mobile home porch?

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