WELCOME to the Take Joy Society. We are a group of ladies who first met because of our love of Tasha Tudor's art and lifestyle. We are broadening our focus to include other artists/writers/people of interest who embody Tasha's philosophy to Take Joy in all the good that life has to offer. Here you will find a record of our get-togethers and resources to help you see that the gloom of the world is but a shadow so that you, too, can Take Joy!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Surreybrooke House/Garden Tour Get-Together

This month's Take Joy Society get-together was to tour Ron and Nancy Walz's  civil-war-era house and personal garden at Surreybrooke on the Open Days Tour sponsored by the Garden Conservancy.  Open Days features private gardens throughout the country.  There may be one in your area, so check the Garden Conservancy link above.  Unfortunate for the others, Cindy and I were the only one's able to make it today.  We got to see the modern addition as well as the original part of the house. This is looking back down the walk we came up to get to the new addition.  In the distance is the mountain range I live on.  You will see Catoctin Mountain in the background in many of the photos. . . .

Thursday, June 1, 2017

❤️ of the Home - June

June is the month you get out of prison--otherwise known as school.  Even as a parent I looked forward to the end of the school year so that I could have my children home with me.  What I didn't look forward to was the heat and humidity.  Susan Branch writes about how she dealt with hot summer days when she was a child. . . .

Monday, May 29, 2017

New Links - May 2017

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Introducing Porch Light Profiles by Sue Shanahan
   #4 Mary Engelbreit

Why Worry? by Sue Shanahan

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Northern Neck Virginia House & Garden Get-Together

Edie invited the Take Joy Society members to her vacation home on the Northern Neck of Virginia so that we could go on the Northumberland County House & Garden tour during Virginia's Historic Garden Week.  There were four of us in all who were able to get away for three days and two nights.  Unfortunately photos were not permitted inside the houses, but I will be telling you a bit of their history.

We set out in the rain mid-morning on Tuesday. . . .

Friday, April 28, 2017

New Links - April 2017

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Introducing Porch Light Profiles by Susan Shanahan:
# 3 Rodney Crowell

Saturday, April 1, 2017