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Summertime in My Yard

Last year around this time, I showed you all my screened porch makeover, which you can see in its entirety here, but in case you missed it, here is a tiny reminder.

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It started out functional, but drab and boring.

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After some online shopping and yard sale purchases, it ended up looking much better.

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The tray in the first picture received a much needed makeover.
Aside from continually having to wipe off and vacuum up the pollen this year,
we are still enjoying our space very much!
I picked up a couple of colorful items at T.J. Maxx to add some more color and warmth to my little porch.

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These flameless lanterns will add a gentle glow in the evenings.

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They were only $10 for three!

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I also grabbed this handy bright chalkboard to write messages on.

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It’s a cheerful way to welcome my guests!

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For Mother’s Day this year, I asked my husband for a bird feeder, since I’ve envied them at other people houses, where I so enjoyed sitting and watching the different birds feed and interact.

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My hubby picked out a charming finch feeder, and sure enough, the dainty finches came!

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So did the cardinals…

Mourning doves, red winged black birds, woodpeckers, blue jays…

…and oh yeah, these little creatures…

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Cute, aren’t they? BUT, they’re eating all my bird seed!!!! Arrrrgggh!

I’ve also wanted a hummingbird feeder by my kitchen window, so that I could see it easily, but the window is too high to use a shepherds hook, and there wasn’t an easy spot to hang it.  So I bought this suction cup hanger and put it directly on the window.

It works great, even though I have to get on a ladder to get to it.

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I’ve been so tickled to already have some adorable visitors!
If you have any desire for entertainment in your yard, I highly recommend some bird feeders.
Some mornings it’s like a reality television show out there!

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