Front Porch Appeal
A November to Be Grateful

Issue #71 November 2015

November - the month to honor our veterans, celebrate Thanksgiving, and perhaps start planning for December's events - all of which can be done on the porch of course. Busy times are ahead and Mary and I hope you find a few minutes to enjoy your porch, whether decorating it for the holidays or better yet, spending a few minutes on the porch swing.

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Get inspired for autumn decorating
We also like to take time to honor all of our veterans for whom we are forever grateful. Veteran's Day is Wednesday November 11th.

Whether active duty or retired, your service to our country is much appreciated. To that end, we have a special card you can download and send or give to someone you know who has served their country proudly.

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Salute to veterans from the porch

American flags flying proudly on front porches
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Feel Free to Let Others Know About This Free Veteran's Day Card Special thanks to Roland-w for allowing us to use his wonderful photo for our card.

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

Happy Thanksgiving to our readers
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Dave and I wish you and yours a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving. We are most appreciative of each one of you who takes the time to visit our friendly website. We love what we do and you make all the difference in the world to us.

Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, commenting on our pages and writing to us. When we send out newsletters, we often get very nice notes from you about how you look forward to it. Thank you!

May you and your family be blessed with many good things, most of all good health and the love of family and friends - and an attitude of gratitude.

November Porch Styling

Mary and I really enjoy November, especially seeing all of the porches decorated for autumn. Thanksgiving is not too far off and we'll be sitting down to eat turkey and dressing before you know it.

Be sure to see our Thanksgiving story below.

Decorating your porch to welcome your Thanksgiving friends and family is fun and easy to do.

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

We have many easy fall and Thanksgiving decorating ideas for your porch. Welcome family and friends with colorful displays or vibrant wreaths.

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Explore our fall and Thanksgiving porch decorating ideas

Create a Colorful Display

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We love this idea - using cornstalks, pretty ribbons, autumn leaves and flowers to tie around your porch posts or your stair banister.

Autumn Turkey Project

Thanksgiving turkey project tutorial
We had fun making this turkey for our porch
Use our tutorial and templates to create this festive turkey - your kids or grandchildren will have fun painting it too.

Our House Plan of the Month

This energy efficient cottage features large walk-in closets, a private study, spa master bath, and of course, a large wrap-around front porch.

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Cottage home and wrap around porch - plan # 76912 by Family Home Plans
Within steps of the spacious kitchen is a large butlers pantry tucked neatly under the stairwell.

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Cottage kitchen home plan # 76912 by Family Home Plans
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Our Thanksgiving Story

When we were stationed in Alaska with the Air Force, we, along with almost everyone we knew, did not have any extended family visiting due to distance and cost. But that didn't stop us from creating our own Thanksgiving memories.

We would reserve a cabin near an ice-covered lake and invite any and all to share Thanksgiving together. Families made turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, etc., at home and transported them to the cabin along with augers to drill holes in the ice for ice fishing, sleds for sledding, skates for skating, and cross country skis for skiing.

We still aren't sure how we kept everything hot considering the cabin only had a closet-sized kitchen, nor how we got everyone around one long table to eat, but we do remember the fun and camaraderie.

We've long since left Alaska but that tradition has carried on. Over the past number of years, our family has met cabins on Thanksgiving where we enjoy our love for each other and great food of course.

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Christmas Isn't in the Air - Yet!

We don't like to rush Christmas (it will be here soon enough) but due to busy schedules we know you may have, it doesn't hurt to start planning for the holidays.

For those of you who like to get a jump on one of the busiest times of the year, check out our Christmas decorating and project section. We have everything from exterior Christmas lighting ideas to fun Christmas projects for your porch and home.

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Start with these 20+ decorating ideas

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Mary and Dave Please enjoy browsing past issues of our newsletters right here. Take a few moments of chill time.

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.

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