Month: September 2013

A Doggone Good Afternoon

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Neighbors / Social Life

Today’s third annual Maples at the Sonatas Pooch Plunge made a big splash. Warm, sunny weather welcomed us as we gathered around noon. Nearly 50 people and about a dozen dogs mingled poolside with nary a growl or yip, though there was a fair amount of butt sniffing going on. The big dogs, like Darby, swam in our pool… … while the little dogs had their own wading pool. Cookie came dressed for swimming, thanks […]

Pooch Wannabe

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Pictures / Social Life

It appears that this bear is trying to wrangle an invite to our community’s Pooch Plunge. Thanks to my neighbor Cathie Hooks, this bear mascot has gone to the dogs. Sorry, Bear, but the Pooch Plunge on Sept. 28 is for humans and their dogs. It’s a not-to-be missed event in its third year. The end. Or, rather, the tail!

You Can Go Home Again

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This is another in my series of posts detailing how neighbors found their way to Maples at the Sonatas. Thomas Wolfe’s book title was wrong. You CAN go home again. However, it may be a long, painful journey getting there. Just ask Gloria. She and her first husband spent 30 years in Woodstock. They worked here; they raised their family here; then they left to retire in Mountain Home, Ark. She was happy there but […]

A Sunroom Without the Sun

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Home Elements/Decorating

I love our rainy, dark weather this morning. It has been perfect for sleeping in, for slowly reading the Sunday paper, for sitting quietly and watching my cat doze. Sure, I won’t be as enamored of the rain if it drags into tomorrow, but just for now, I’m loving being home in my Abbey. In so many ways, our Epcon homes are designed for sunlight. That’s probably one reason many of us fell in love […]