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  1. Brenda, really appreciated this post…..can’t help but think…..”GET BACK TO THE BASICS”……and……..”HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS”

  2. Beautiful post.
    I would love to go to the garden nursery and pick out some plants, but the closest one is 30 miles away.
    I have been doing small things around the house like you suggested.
    At least we can all enjoy seeing your beautiful patio.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful plants you have chosen. Stay well and safe.

  4. April 15 is always special to me, our Wedding Anniversary, 42 years this year.
    I hope you can enjoy your time getting your plants, even in this unusual time.

  5. Hello Brenda, I hope that trip to the garden center, although short, was fabulous and uplifting. I am sure that everything you found will make an appearance here and I look forward to seeing it.

    I did manage to get a few things to plant in my pots and I am now growling celery and lettuce in the window. I had no idea that there are over 25 things you can grow using scraps of vegetables. I thought I would start with these two and then branch out to potatoes and sweet potatoes.

    Have a great evening.

  6. We are living in a time which gives us a reality of what living in a Socialism country would be like….and I am not finding it very fun. Though we all understand the whys of most of what is going on..again, it is not fun. I bet that actually ends up being a great sales day for businesses, as the shoppers feel like they have to get everything they can while they are allowed to shop…lol ………..With all of this said, you post is quite uplifting and so true…I try to remain positive and for the most part am each day as gratitude will make us realize how our attitudes should be flowing in this sad time for many Families. I am like you, I think this will be the norm or somewhat for a long time, and for our husband has a lung disease so we cannot be too careful. Your home is always cozy and cannot wait to see what you were able to shop up in your big 30. :0)

  7. Lovely “home-y” post, Brenda! I love fluffing my nest and playing around with the things I already have.

    You are fortunate that you had shopping time at a nursery, even if it were only 1/2 hour. We don’t have that here at any of the nurseries.

  8. A lovely post, Brenda. You have such thoughtful and interesting ideas. Hope you had a good time at the nursery and found what you wanted. I’m using a service called Bloombox here near Lancaster county, PA. Beautiful plants and delivered to your door. I don’t want to go out anywhere to shop now even with taking lots of caution and distancing. Sure is different, but so grateful for this service. It’s only $5 per delivery and free if $45 or above.

  9. I am looking forward to reading about which plants you bought.

  10. I love you Brenda. You are always a joy to read. Keep on making your world and ours more cheerful amid the gloom. Stay safe.


  11. Good tips, Brenda! Hope you find things you like at the nursery.

  12. Actually Brenda it sounds like fun, sort of a savenger hunt but you know what you are looking for. Can’t wait for you to report back to us tomorrow!

  13. My daughter always buys me flowers to plant in my flower boxes and a couple of hanging plants for Mother’s Day every year. I’m hoping we will be able to stroll through the nursery like we always do or if we are going to have to put that off for a few months !

  14. Brenda I look forward to your daily posts I too enjoy going to pick up my own plants this year in SC it’s a little different they let a few in to shop keeping 6 feet away or more everyone has a mask on and gloves and you have a few minutes to pick your beautiful plants things have changed for sure all over our world but I’m learning to enjoy my home and even moving furniture around and redecorating a little enjoy your day?

  15. You have such a positive attitude…I love reading your blog every day…our backyard garden is beginning to grow and I am looking forward to summer vegetables. Today is a beautiful day in central Texas…blue skies and 70’s. Can’t ask for more.

  16. Hi Brenda,
    I have been doing things around the house. Just little things but it just feels good to change things up as I am spring cleaning. We got snow and cold the last few days Ugh! It was in the 70’s last week and now this. They are predicting to get nice by the weekend. I hope so. Between the virus and our weather it is enough already! Have a great day today.

  17. Beautiful words! I am working from home and transforming my “library” into my work-from-home office. It is snowing right now in Southeast Michigan . . . looking forward to seeing your plant choices as well as warm weather when I will be able to sow flower seeds in my garden.

  18. Love your post today !! Enjoy your time today with your daughter picking out plants for your lovely patio this afternoon. You are so right we need to make “our space ” feel like our sanctuary no matter what kind if home we have. Today in Illinois we have snow actually covering the ground. Won’t last long but not really what I want to see mid – April. I decided to just roll with it though & turned on my fireplace ! My poor azalea bush looks weird covered in snow.

  19. Thank you Brenda, that was beautiful. Thanks for reminding us of little things to appreciate & also the big things!

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