Friday, May 1, 2020

Refreshing The Back Porch for Spring

Our back porch has been a mess.  When I first became ill last fall,
it started to be neglected because I just wasn't up to looking after it as
I normally do. It's an open air porch, so the leaves and other debris
settle everywhere.  By early this spring it really looked bad.  A thick
layer of dust was coating every surface.  So, I started at one end and
began to clean every surface.  Then I started to decorate.

I think these flamingo pillows are fun.  I bought them towards the
end of last summer at Lowe's when all the outdoor pillows were

It has also been harder to find pillows in green because that has not been
the popular color.  I felt especially lucky when I found the flamingo 
pillows, and the green striped ones too.

I found this child size wicker rocker at an antique shop in Idaho.  It's
always been a favorite of mine.

Down at the other end of the porch is the wicker porch swing.  I paired
more green and white striped pillows with a bark cloth one I found on
Etsy.  The ginger you see in the background is over 12 feet tall this
spring.  It is covered in the most beautiful blossoms right now.  They
don't last too long, but when they do, they are spectacular!

Aren't they beautiful?

I'll leave you today with a photo of my backyard swing.  I love it.
So fun, and it makes me feel like a kid again.

Oliver comes home to live with us tomorrow.  I hope he loves his yard
and back porch as much as we do.

Susan and soon Oliver


  1. Sorry about your dog-hope you are feeling better and good luck with Oliver.

  2. I'm sure Oliver will be as happy as any puppy could be😊
    PS...the porch looks great and relaxing!

    1. He will get immediate cuddles. We are so excited!

  3. It is always so nice to get things freshened up for spring. I know you can't wait to bring Oliver home. xo Laura

    1. I do love to freshen up, especially outdoors. It's so satisfying. I am now counting the hours until little Oliver (and he is teeny) is in my arms.

  4. So nice to hear from you Susan.
    You picked some great pillows last summer - they really brighten up the porch and look great.
    Can't wait to meet Oliver.

  5. So very sorry to hear about Bentley. And I hope you are doing well recovering; in fact, how are YOU doing? Oliver is very lucky to be going to such a loving home.

    1. We will always miss Bentley. He was with us for 14+ years. I am receiving immunology treatments now. My oncologist is very confident that I will recover. I am taking good care of myself, and I think that little Oliver will be great "medicine" for me too.

  6. Love the pillows. Hope you are feeling better and sorry for your loss of Bentley. Oliver will be such a great addition to your family. He will be so loved. Have a great weekend.

  7. It is good to see you fluffing and decorating again! You have been in my daily prayers. Oliver will fit right into your family. You know we all expect regular pictures and Oliver stories. xoxo

    1. Thank you for welcoming me back! Oliver will no doubt be in many, many of my posts!!

  8. Susan! What a wonderful surprise to "see" you again..I'm very sorry to hear that you lost sweet Bently.Our pups give us so much and its very painful to lose them.You have given me so much with your lovely posts that feel like a nextdoor neighbor, You must be an amazingly strong and resilient person to have come through all that you have, and you give me courage too. Oh I will think upon your happy happy new adventures with baby Oliver. In this awful age of pandemic you have given a great gift of yourself . Thanks

    1. What sweet things to say! I owe all of my strength to my Lord Jesus who has supported me every step of the way, even when I knew I could not do it alone. Oliver is a real blessing to us after losing our beloved Bentley. We almost didn't get him, but someone who was previously interested backed out. We love him so very much already. I will be continually posting about his progress, so be sure to follow along. Once again, thank you for your sweet words. They mean the world to me!

  9. Susan,So glad to see you posting again. I am so very sorry about your loss of sweet Bentley. I always looked forward to seeing posts about him. I know that your new little Oliver will bring such joy to your lives. Your pillows and swing make me wish I had a home of my own to decorate and enjoy. I will enjoy yours. Much love and prayers for your sweet Oliver homecoming. Sandra

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