So Long April!

 In the blink of an eye, another month is about to come to an end.  I haven't quite figured out how to slow down time, or maybe I should say, slow my own time down! I am always running in a hundred directions at once and trying to make sure I don't drop the ball in all of my busy chaos!  I did find some time a few days ago to take a few pictures at Country Roads. We have such a variety of merchandise, styles, and decorating! It is one of the many things I love about Country Roads, its "always your favorite, never the same"!




As I always say, Country Roads really does have the best customers ever!  Over all these past 23 years, so many of you have become our friends.  That is one of the things that I love most about CR!  I hope you find some time to stop by and visit us this week.  As most of you already know,  our Country Roads family is always bringing in new stuff!  We all hope to see you soon, and I hope each of you have a wonderful week!  Take care. . .

"Your customer doesn't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Damon Richard


A Sweet April Afternoon

It's a beautiful Spring day here in sunny SoCal.  It's a little cooler, but nonetheless, it is still beautiful outside. I can't wait to see the sunset.  I always try my best at the end of the day to sneak out in my backyard with my iPod and headphones and watch the sunset. There is something about being outside in the fresh evening air after a long day that clears your head! Today I've posted some random pictures from Country Roads. I didn't have as much time as I normally do to take the pictures, but here is a small selection of things that caught my eye.


"I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth" -Edward Giobbi


Sharing Some Country Roads Eye Candy!

There's a new slideshow up of some our favorite things at Country Roads! My hopes are that if you click the link below, it may take you right to it. And if not, well, I think you might have to do a copy and past thing! As always, thank you SO much for all of your support over all of these years!

Take care,



Happy Thursday!

I am so lucky to love my job.  I am surrounded every day with such sweet, sweet, eye candy!  There are times that I forget how long I've been open here at Country Roads. It's been about 23 years, which still amazes me. I am very, very grateful to have a "job" that really doesn't seem like a job, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I posted some random pictures from CR that I thought you might enjoy!

Tomorrow is TGIF, and the week-end is almost here.  As always, I "hope" Country Roads is on your list of things to do.  Take care. . . Sue


Our Country Roads Garden Party

 On Saturday, April the 4th, from 12 noon until 2pm we are having a little "garden party" in our Johnnye Merle and Country Roads Gardens.  For those of you that read my blog from time to time,  you know that our gardens and nursery was named after my Mom, " Johnnye Merle"! My Mom was born and raised in Temple, Texas. I remember as a kid, she would tell me stories about her love of the Texas Bluebonnets. My Mom pretty much gardened her entire life. And when she got older, and a bit frail, she was no long able to work in her gardens. So my Dad took out their kitchen window in their house, and installed a green house window for her!  I have gardened my entire life as well, and passed that down to my own three kids, Brande, Katie, and Bryce who are now all grown up!  what really warms my heart is that now, we have the third generation of little gardeners pictured above, from left to right, Bodhi, Morgan, Brooklyn,and Riley. For those of you that love gardening, you know what when I say that their is just something really special about planting a garden. I hope you enjoy the pictures below.

My hopes are that many of you will find the time to stop by on Saturday, between the hours of noon and 2pm,  and visit our gardens and nursery.  Gracie, our resident gardener, will also be on hand to answer any and all of your gardening questions!  And just so you know how much we appreciate you all, we will have refreshments for you out in the garden as well!  I'm looking forward to seeing many of you on Saturday!

The pictures on this blog post were taken by Russell, from Snider Photo and Design. He is the best of the best! And of course we always have a family connection here at Country Roads!  Russell is married to Emily, who is the daughter of Leslie Dierks who with her Mom, Margaret, were my very first dealers at Country Roads way back in 1992! I always say that Country Roads is about family!  And if you are looking for a great photographer, let me know and I will give you Russell's contact information.


Spring at Country Roads

 It is such a nice day outside today! It feels like Summer, which I actually love. It is a great time to get outside and play in the dirt as we do our Spring planting.

There is a little slideshow that has several pictures of my favorite place, Country Roads Antiques and Gardens. My hopes are if you click HERE that it just "might" take you to some of my favorite pictures of the "store"! And please mark your calendars for our 2nd annual sweet "Garden Party"!  It will be help on April the 4th, from 1pm till 3pm. We will also have our own "Gracie" there to answer any and all of your gardening questions. And of course, we will have some refreshments for you! We look forward to seeing you. . .


Welcome to Country Roads Neri!

Today was a bit overcast.  We all get spoiled living here in sunny SoCal! I love when the days are sunny, bright and warm!  Okay, enough weather talk.  We have a brand new dealer at Country Roads who I think is going to do very well! I am thrilled to have Neri as part of our Country Roads family. And what I love about him the most, outside of his great "stuff" is that smile he always has on his face, I love it!  Although he has just moved in, I wanted to share what he has done so far. So here you go. . .

A lot of times,  when I have people that want to become a dealer at Country Roads, a handful are picky about where they want to set up their stuff.  And usually when that happens,  it turns out that we just don't have space for them. Honestly, and those of you that are customers know this, but it really doesn't matter where you have your stuff at Country Roads because we all shop the entire store. Anyway, I will stop my ramblings and hope the next time you stop by at Country Roads, you will be sure to stop by and see Neri's new spot! It's in the third building which has the best and greatest architectural elements of all three of the buildings. Have a good week and don't forget to stop by and see us!

Take care,

"We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and it is our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better"

Jeff Bezos


A Sunny Wednesday

It's 86 degrees out her in sunny SoCal!  And it is a beautiful day for shorts and flip flops and I got a lot of gardening in as well here at my house!  And of course, my gardens at home are STUFFED with plants that I get from our own Johnnye Merle Gardens & Nursery!  I walk out the back door at CR and once I step into the JM's nursery, I fall in love.  As I have said many times, my oldest daughter, Brande, named he nursery after my Mom, her Grandma. So naturally, I love to wander around out there and always bring home plants almost every day for my house.  And inside of Country Roads?  It is filled with great stuff everywhere as most of you know.   I just wanted to take some time to share  some pictures of my favorite things here at Country Roads!

As you can tell by the pictures,  we really have some talented people here at Country Roads. I can't even begin to explain or tell you how much I love what I do!  Sure, there are those days that aren't the best of the best. But for the most part, I have great customers!  We are a family business in every sense of the word.  I wouldn't have it any other way, even when I bump heads with my grown kids!

"I never dreamed of success, I worked for it"
Estee Lauder