Month: August 2013

The Top 5 Lessons I’ve Learned at Maples at the Sonatas

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Mostly Musings

I had just pulled out of my driveway this morning when I noticed a woman and child walking toward their car in our parking lot. I stopped and lowered my window. Can I help you? I asked. I was hoping to find someone, but I must be too early. The office doesn’t open for another half hour, but maybe I can help you. I live here, and sometimes they let me help out in the […]

Moving Pains

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Moving

I WILL NEVER MOVE AGAIN. I said these words to anyone who would listen to me when I was moving into my Abbey. I have heard them spoken many times since then as new neighbors have come in our community. Words spoken slowly with emphasis, spoken with heartfelt fervor, spoken with firm revolve. This is it. I (we) will never move again. I heard the words twice this week. Once from a new neighbor, Bill, […]

Woodstock Makes a Big-time List

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Woodstock

I still remember the woman who wouldn’t get out of the car. She and her husband were driving around on a Sunday afternoon, looking at model homes. But he walked into our sales office alone. “My wife won’t come in,” he said a little sheepishly. “She refuses to live this far out.” I never found out if she considered Woodstock too far from Chicago, too far from its suburbs, or too far from wherever else […]

Monday Morning Madness

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Construction

There was nothing I wanted to do more this morning than stay home and watch the show. So I made a couple of calls to rearrange my schedule, grabbed a cup of coffee and my camera, and settled in my sun room. Construction of Building 3, a quad across the driveway from me, shifted into high gear this morning and stayed there for several hours. Come on in and join me. Prepare to learn a […]

Mmmm… Ice Cream!

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Social Life

This has been a busy social week here at Maples at the Sonatas. Very early Sunday morning, we gathered for star gazing and meteor watching. Then Tuesday afternoon, our book club discussed Beautiful Ruins, a novel complex enough to generate stimulating ideas. Last night, it was pure indulgence at our annual ice cream social. And the week is not over yet. Late this afternoon, we have Poolside, a popular TGIF event held—where else?—at our pool. […]

Half an Anniversary

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Mostly Musings

Last Friday, my blog reached its six-month milestone. On Feb. 9, Home Sweet Abbey debuted with a post titled, “My Journey Home.” In it, I told how I spent three years casually, sporadically, looking at homes here at Maples at the Sonatas. It took me that long to work up my courage to make the commitment. Once I did, I spent less than two weeks making my purchase. That same “delay-delay-delay-hurry up” pattern must be […]

Starry, Starry Night

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Mostly Musings / Social Life

Some experiences are so grand that they beg to be shared with others. That is why I was happy to see 15 or so neighbors gather in our pool area at midnight last night. We were there to enjoy another Maples first—a Perseid meteor shower watch. Thank you to Sylvia for coming up with the concept and organizing it. After the pool lights went out, the others became dark shapes wrapped in blankets lying back […]

Our Neighbors Who Don’t Live Here

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Wilcox People

I was sitting down at my computer to begin writing this post when an email came in. It was from Kathy, in our sales office, and began with this greeting: “Hi Neighbors.” The thing is, she isn’t—technically—our neighbor. But it sure feels like she is. And Kathy couldn’t have given me a more perfect lead-in to this post. I’d like to introduce you to Kathy and three other people, each of whom meets all of […]

This ‘n’ That

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Growth/Sales

As promised, here are the answers to the weekend’s pop quiz. Prepare to be surprised. At least, I was. Closings during the first half of 2013, across all Epcon communities, show the order of popularity of the models as this: 1. Canterbury; 2. Palazzo; 3. Portico; 4. Abbey; 5. Promenade How did you do? I failed miserably, getting only the first and last ones correct. ••• While we’re considering statistics, here are some others that […]

Pop Quiz #2

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Growth/Sales

Which of the Epcon models listed below was the most popular with buyers during the first half of 2013? Which sold the fewest? In fact, as long as you’re at it, rank all of them from 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest seller. Keep in mind that this is not specific to one community or builder partner. These statistics are across all Epcon communities. And why, you might ask, am I privy to […]