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Patio Reveal

Today I would like to show you the transformation of our patio.  With a lot of work, it has come a long way since we moved here ten years ago. 

In the picture below you can see how it looked after we had replaced the ugly brown shingle siding on the house and added the patio doors. There was actually no direct access to the patio before this. The concrete blocks that made up the patio always looked dirty and they were uneven in many places.  They also went right up to the house so there was no space to plant anything between the patio and house.  

Do you see our kitty waiting to get back in the house?  I don't blame him for not wanting to spend too much time our there.  We didn't want to either! 
A few years ago, my son and hubby tore out the old concrete blocks and laid new pavers.  Such a huge improvement!

With some landscaping and pretty flowers, it has become a space we can really enjoy.  

It's been especially nice this summer. We have had a lot of really nice days fo…

My Susan Branch Calendar for the New Year

For the past several years, I have purchased
 a Susan Branch calendar to hang in our kitchen.

Here is the 2012 calendar all filled up and ready
to be replaced with one for the new year.

I just love Susan Branch.
  Her calendars are filled with charming watercolors
all painted by her along with sweet little sayings and quotes.
Sometimes there is a yummy recipe too.

Susan lives on Martha's Vineyard and you might
think she could be a bit pretentious but nothing could
be further from the truth.
She is so kind and down to earth.
You can feel her warmth come through on her blog.
One of those people that you would immediately
feel at home with.
She loves houses and everything about home 
 just like so many of us. 

Here is my 2013 calendar ready to be filled up.
Look how cute it is!!
{ I'm pretty sure she painted it in these colors just for me, right? }

On a side note, I remember one year when my son was younger 
and he told me that he wanted to keep the old calendar so
he could remember "how much fun we had"!
~ so sweet ~
One of those little things I will always remember.

Visit Susan at her blog if you haven't already ~
I just know you will enjoy visiting with her.

Happy New Year and I am looking forward
to "much fun" with all of you in 2013.

~ JoAnne ~


  1. Love her calendar! I get one for me and my mom every year!!!!! Happy New Year!!!
    ~ Cheryl

  2. love her too. This year I have her wallet size calendar. For my craft area I am using the one that came with the Molly Makes magazine. It will be wonderful. Happy New Year!! - Dottie

  3. I've never hear of Susan Brance before. Her calendar is really cute. I'll definitely go check out her blog too. Happy New Year!

    Lori : )

  4. this is new to it too! very very happy and playful


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