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Fall Decor 2018 – Part 2

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I actually felt a little bit of a fall breeze this week!  Maybe those fall temps will indeed be making their way to Tennessee!  To match the season, I’ve added my touches of fall decor to the living spaces of my home, as I shared with you here.

Today I’m sharing my entry way and outside areas.  The first place that welcomes our Continue reading “Fall Decor 2018 – Part 2”

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Refresh Your Porches for Spring

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It’s springtime!! Woo hoo!! It’s time to clean off the porches so they’re ready to greet your family and friends.  After a long winter, they need some good overhaul to be fresh and inviting!  Here’s what I do:

  1. Sweep off the whole area – porch, steps, and driveway.
  2. Dust the corners, and wipe down any furniture on the porch.
  3. Clean the glass door with glass cleaner. Do it when the sun isn’t shining on it – that will help prevent streaks.
  4. Look at your door mat.  If it looks weary, tired and dirty, replace it with a fresh, spring-y rug.
  5. Add a spring wreath.
  6. Add a little touch of something green.
  7. Add a garden flag or stepping stone


One thing I love to do in spring and summer is walk through the garden area at Lowe’s!  I get so excited about adding flowers, herbs and all things green to my yard when it turns warm!  Though it is the time to get the front porch in shape, NOW is NOT the time to add annuals because we’re still dealing with dipping temperatures.

Remember that even if you don’t come in your front door, that’s what your guests will see first, so let it give them a grand welcome!

What will you do to make your porch inviting?

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Friday Favorites – Fall and Food!

wp-1476366379870.jpgWith fall’s arrival bringing cooler temps and glorious days, I’ve had some incredible views this week.  Between the countryside where we live and a visit to a nearby lake, it’s been gorgeous all around me, as you’ll see in the pictures below.

I had some young bakers in the kitchen with me this week.  They made sugar cookies in the shapes of leaves and pumpkins.  It was as much fun making them as it was eating them!

Also in the pictures below you’ll see my morning Quiet Time place.  I love its comfort and soft lights in the early morning.  Liza found a comfy spot, too!

The bottom left picture is dinner at our daughter and son-in-law’s home on Sunday.  It’s a special joy to have family living here so that we can enjoy church and a meal after!  I truly never anticipated living near either of my girls.  I just want them to go where God takes them and their husband, but for now our youngest daugher and her husband are here and we’re enjoying it for as long as God will allow.   It’s a special treat to have an invitation for Sunday dinner!  Both of my girls are great cooks and like to try new recipes.  The meal we had last weekend was a new oone she was trying, and it was really yummy!

The other picture was Katie Brown Chicken that I made for my neighbor who had surgery.  I love making this to take to people.  It’s easy to put together, and it’s a comfort kind of food that’s also good for you!


The pictures below are all from my yard.  Fall allows the roses to bloom again without the threat of the beetles!  I’m enjoying their beauty!  

In the early morning the view out the front windows is breathtaking.  There are the cows, the hills, and the mountains with the sun peeking up and bringing with it a fresh, new day!

When I come back in from my morning walk, I love the view of the front porch.  The rockers got a fresh coat of paint this week, making them even more inviting to sit and enjoy the views!


How has your fall started out?  Have you made any comfort foods or seen anything beautiful in your area?

I pray you’ll have a great weekend.  We have a fun activity planned – I can’t wait to participate in it, then share the pictures with you next Friday!

Find a place where you can hear God’s Word being preached and be faithful to go AND to participate in worship this weekend!

Stay refreshed,


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Beauty Abounds at Biltmore

Prepare yourself to oooh and ahhhh!

We ended our vacation last week with a stop at the Bilmore Gardens.  My thoughtful husband knows how much I love flowers, so he surprised me by delaying our arrival home and taking a couple of hours to walk through the gardens, touch the blooms and breathe in deeply to enjoy all the sweetness of the fragrances.

Here’s a quick look at what we enjoyed:

English gardens are my favorite, and this depicts one so beautifully!


Look how heavily laden with roses the arbor below is!


Another view of the English Garden.


The view from inside the arbor…


I learn lots when I walk through a place like this.  The soft flowers and leaves look beautiful against a hard structure like the stone wall.  Hmmm, I’m wondering how  I can duplicate that in my yard (in a much simpler form, of course!)


I always wonder at our Creator and His design of each flower and tree.  What will heaven be like?  I can’t wait to see!

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Revelation 4:11

If you don’t have access to a park or garden like this, take a drive through a beautiful subdivision and get inspired to add flowers, trees and hardscapes to your yard!

From my country garden,

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There’s a Great Sale Happening!

Just a simple thought today that may save you some $$$$$!  Do I have your attention now? =)

Yesterday I mentioned adding some winter flowers to my flower boxes.  What I didn’t tell you is that right now is a great time to stop at Lowe’s Garden area and find plants, bushes, trees, and even perennial flowers on sale.  I got my Pansies half off this week!  I also bought a Dwarf Burning Bush – one of these:

at half price!  Mine can get up to 6 feet by 4 feet, if I let it, but for now it’s very small and I loved the price of only $4!

So think ahead, and if there’s a perennial plant, a tree or bush you’re wanting for your yard, don’t wait until spring fever hits in March and you have to pay full price!  Get it now and you can get twice as many!  Also, since the Pansies are marked down, why not add some flowers at your walkway or doorstep (if you live in an area where it would survive the winter – sorry my Canadian friends!)?

Refresh your yard, but don’t forget your heart!  😉