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Bye Bye 2020

It’s been a while since my last post….and here it is the end of  2020! What a year…what a Christmas season it was…or wasn’t…depending on your situation.

This year was all about being thankful for what we have in our lives. We are all dealing with anxieties, CoVids on everyone’s’ mind day and night.

Steve and I were ‘stuck’ in Florida for the Christmas season. I can think of worse places to be…but the problem was obviously not seeing our family and our granddaughters! It was a heartbreaker for sure, but we just didn’t want to chance travelling!

It was hard not seeing Lilah with all her Christmas magic…Savannah is 10 and still believes in Santa Clause too…I fear this will be her last year of believing….and I wasn’t there to see it…

My girls

Our daughter Lauren is out on the west coast and was all set to come to stay with us for the holiday with her new puppy Scooby. She had to cancel her plans too. I feel sad for her being out there on her ownShe set us all up on a Zoom call on Christmas day so we at least got to have a family chat and see the girls. 


Lauren and Scooby


Let’s move on….

Steve and I do have some good news to share in all of this…our last FL home sold in the summer. We were able to call on a young friend of ours to help us out organizing the movers and doing Face Time calls with me while we decided what furniture was to stay and what was to be sold…I couldn’t have done it without her. We now have 12,000 lbs of furniture and ‘stuff’ in a storage unit!! Needless to say, it is costing a small fortune. When we came down in November we moved into a rental home and had decided that we would rent for the season and not rush into anything….that lasted six days. Now we have a new house! LOL…we take possession on January 11th.


I’m excited to share some photos with you. It’s very cozy with 2 bedrooms & den. It ticked all the appropriate boxes for us…and did I mention our neighbours? What a great group. 


front entrance, front gates, florida


kitchen reno wating to happen, before kitchen renovation


Living room with fireplace, florida


family room with wet bar, tv room, florida


back yard, pool and hot tub, palm spring style, florida


back yard lanai, wooden ceiling, florida



No matter how perfect you think a new house is going to be there is always something that needs to be done right? In this case, the first thing will be the master bedroom. I loved my last bedroom and plan to duplicate it in this house. I kept all the furniture and artwork…so all this room needs is a coat of pain. I am debating on tackling it myself… it depends on if the ceiling needs a coat of paint. If it does – I’m out! LOL. Either way, I’ll post before and after pics!

The rest will have to wait. I have a budget that I have to work on (wink/wink). Steve and I  both agree that we would like to do the outdoor areas as soon as we get in. We spend so much time outside we definitely want to be comfy!

I’ll have lots to blog about as we move forward setting the house up to be our home.

Tank doesn’t seem too concerned about anything these days…He is living it up! He loves jet skiing with us. We take him to the dog beach so that he can play with all the other doggos !  He loves the pool…anytime we take him for a walk he immediately goes out back for a refreshing dip. We’ve had some hot days!! I don’t know what we’d do without that pool. He has met so many dogs in our new neighbourhood and has made his presence know to the humans with his charming personality!

Tank and his new wheels.

Bonita Bay has done a beautiful job at keeping us all safe. They did a fantastic job decorating the clubhouse and parks for us to enjoy. 




Sally the Clydesdale

If any of you are on FB check out my new group called Savvy Tablescapes & Vignettes. A place to share all of your creativity and inspire others.

Looking forward to a new year filled with hope, health and happiness. 2020 was not what I expected but I am grateful to all of you for following along.


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    Suzanne Colasimone
    January 1, 2021 at 9:46 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR MARE!! Your new home looks beautiful and after you put your stamp on it, it will be amazing as always. It’s a GREAT way to start off 2021 and slam the door shut on 2020 (and don’t let hit hit you on the way out). Congratulations and all the Best. ❤️😘

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      January 1, 2021 at 10:12 am

      Happy New Year Sue!! Thanks for your kind words. We are counting the days, hours and minutes until we move!! LOL….we just really want to get to our ‘stuff’. I am living in a very, very limited wardrobe!! lol I wish it was better times so that you could help me organize my kitchen again. That was so much fun!!!

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    January 1, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Happy New Year Mare, Steve and Tanky! Looks like 2021 will start off wonderfully for you all! Congratulations! Your new home looks perfecto! Cheers to better times ahead🥂

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      January 1, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      Happy New Val, Paul and King James. Best wishes to you all!!! Who knows…maybe things will change and you will get down for a visit? I hope so!!

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    marion hunter
    January 1, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    So happy to see this post. Yahoo 🎉
    Congrats on the new digs. Look forward to watching your creativity.
    Happy New Year 💪🏻👏🏻🎉💃😎

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      January 1, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks, Marion. We are excited to move for sure and get started making it our own….Happy new year to you too.

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      Sharon Shearer
      January 2, 2021 at 11:56 am

      Wonderful post. Cheer’s to a new year and new neighbours.

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        January 3, 2021 at 10:40 am

        Thanks, Sharon! YOu guys were a big part in our decision to move here! From seeing your beautiful home to having you both as wonderful friends….it made the decision easy for us!

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    Rose Scherle
    January 2, 2021 at 7:02 am

    Hi Marion, How exciting to have a change of homes in 2021! Now we hope all the world will change with the vaccines coming out , a new US president , and a new US president!
    Ted and I felt it safer to just not travel to Naples. But , we are loving it here. Trying new recipes, cooking, quiet and peaceful.
    What could be better? …..,ONE IF YOUR PARTIES!

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      January 3, 2021 at 10:46 am

      Happy new year Rose and to Ted as well. I bet you guys are making the absolute best of being at home….it is such a beautiful home…how could you not! If you have some new and easy recipes please share them….I’ll do a recipe blog!!!
      Soon Rose we will all be back to our parties!!!! You guys take care. xo

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    Joan Livermore
    January 2, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Happy New Year Duffield’s!
    Enjoy your new home – and the sun & fun – how wonderful.

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      January 3, 2021 at 10:45 am

      Happy new year Joan and to Pete as well. We are so looking forward to getting into our new house! Enjoy the snow!! I’ve seen pics of home and if nothing else it sure is beautiful.

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    January 2, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Congratulations on your new home. It looks terrific. What neighbourhood?
    Happy New Year and stay safe.

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      January 3, 2021 at 10:43 am

      Hi Patti. Happy new year to you and Gord. Ill email you all the details!!!!

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    Cathy Farley
    January 2, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Happy New Year!!! Glad to hear someone is enjoying Florida…so sad we won’t be coming this year…your house looks great !!

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      January 3, 2021 at 10:43 am

      Thank you Cathy!! Happy New Year to you and Phil. I am sorry you guys won’t get the opportunity to get down this year. I know how much you love it. Your health is so much more important…you two take good care. xo

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    Dale Tilson
    January 2, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Happy New Year Marion, Steve, Tank and the rest of the Duffield clan. It can only get better and what better way than a new home for a fresh start. Congratulations!

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      January 3, 2021 at 10:41 am

      Thanks, Dale. I should just let you come over here and decorate the entire house for me!!! Just replicate yours!!! LOL…Happy new year to you and Sean. xo

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    January 2, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    9 more days til the new house!! Your grandson sure is cute !!

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      January 3, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Ha ha…I thought I was the only one counting!!! My grandson/dog is totes adorbs!!! XO

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    Mary Ferguson - Allan
    January 2, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Your new home looks lovely Marion, hope I get to see this one as I didn’t see the last one what with one thing and another. I’m sure you will have it ship shape in no time. Tank will give you a hand. Haha Love to both you and Steve. Mom

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      January 3, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Thanks mum!!I am sure Tank will help me unpack all the boxes!!! LOL

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    Betty King
    January 2, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Happy New Year to you, Steve and Tank. The new house in BB looks fabulous. Looking forward to seeing you in the hood.
    Hugs BB Mom xxo

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    January 3, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Happy New Year to you, Steve and Tank. New house looks terrific. See you in the hood. Stay well. Stay safe.
    Hugs BB mom

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      January 3, 2021 at 10:38 am

      Thanks BB-Mom!! I hope you and dad are able to make it down still. Happy new year t you both. Miss you.

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    Susan Sgro
    January 3, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Happy New Year !!
    2021 is filled with promises .. lots to celebrate. Enjoy your new home !

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      January 4, 2021 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Susan, Happy new year to you and your clan. Let’s hope all the promises of 2021 really do come true!!!
      xo best wishes to all.

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    Mary Lynn
    January 4, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Looks amazing Marion. Hopefully we girls get down in march and maybe we will get a sneak peak. Enjoy Florida, can’t say i am not a little jealous. 2021 WILL be a better year. Have fun with Tank and Steve of course,
    ML xo

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      January 4, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks, ML!! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be together down here again? Sigh!!!
      Happy new year to you my friend. xo

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