Sunday, January 24, 2021

Welcome to Our Home by Pat Simmons

Since COVID-19 began in early 2020, I've run a tight ship when it comes to allowing visitors inside my home. Family or friends get the same treatment. Either we talk through the storm door, or we invite them to join us on our patio where six feet of social distancing is possible.

My husband has started and completed home projects, so we can entertain guests in our lower level aka—basement. 

Running out of home projects,   I decided to tackle another area-curb appeal. I wanted my house to be inviting and admired—from  a distance.

Besides flower pots in the spring and summer, I was tired of the seasonal wreaths, and I wanted to go with something that popped. Etsy and my good friend to the rescue.

My porch is my new endeavor that will say WELCOME when the world is safe to fellowship with family and friends in the comfort of our home.

How do you decorate your porch for curb appeal? I have a red door--not this one, so I purchased the black tags after asking two friends, who only caused a tied, so a third friend picked black and I went with that. 

Another friend, who creates wreaths, will add the tags, removing the NOEL. I can't wait for the final product. Maybe, I'll get a red chair or bench, but then that means I'll have company on my porch. LOL. At least they'll be comfortable.

Suggestions needed.




Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author with more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat’s first inspirational women’s fiction, Lean On Me, with Sourcebooks, was the February/March Together We Read Digital Book Club pick for the national library system. Here for You and Stand by Me is also part of the Family is Forever series. Her holiday indie release, Christmas Dinner, and Here for You were featured in Woman’s World, a national magazine.


Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and worked in various positions in radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years. She oversaw the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions for fourteen years. Visit her at


1 comment:

  1. Your home looks great! I know your friends will feel welcome once they can enter your house again. :)