Month: October 2013

Final Construction Update for Building 3

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Construction

It’s a gloomy, rainy Halloween here at Maples at the Sonatas. But the weather isn’t likely to dampen the spirits of the two couples who are closing on their new homes in Building 3 today. That’s right. A Canterbury and an Abbey are finished and ready to welcome their owners. The other two homes will be done in about two weeks. Here are some of the finishing steps that have been completed in the last […]

A Maples Halloween

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It was frightful. It was delightful. It was chilling. Well, make that chili.  It was our Maples Halloween Chili Fest. It featured 12 different kinds of homemade chili. It featured 31 homeowners and four almost-owners who will close, appropriately, on Halloween. It featured costumes ranging from the gruesome to the ridiculous, with a lot of spooky creativity on display. It was fun, Maples style. And speaking of the Maples, check out these most appropriate costumes. […]

The World…What?

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Apparently, the baseball season hasn’t ended yet. I understand something called the World Series begins today. For a Cubs fan like me, this comes as a total surprise. I was finished with baseball around the All Star break this year. So imagine my confusion when I drove down my street a couple of days ago and spotted something new and strange leaning against a neighbor’s patio fence. Last week, there was a cute scarecrow that […]

Construction Update

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I’ve fallen behind on my updates on the construction of Building 3, a quad being built next door to me. It’s not that I’ve lost interest. It’s more because so much of the action has moved inside. From watching the contractors’ vehicles, I know a lot has been going on in there. I’ve spotted electricians, plumbers, gas company workers, HVAC men, dry wallers, painters, and, of course, building inspectors from the city. And I sure […]

Hinting at Halloween

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It’s still two weeks until Halloween, but you wouldn’t know that if you drove through our community. Many of my neighbors have decorated and are ready to welcome the ghosts, ghouls, and trick-or-treaters who will soon be flitting our way. Recently, we have been stuck in a gray, rainy period. I’m glad I went walking with my camera one lovely, sun-kissed day last week. Here is some of the seasonal decor I spotted along the […]

Fifty Shades of Beige

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Home Elements/Decorating

Accent walls have been all the rage in my neighborhood the past year or so. First, they appeared in the professionally decorated model homes here at Maples at the Sonatas. The next thing I knew, they cropped up in a few of my friends’ homes. From there, the trend took off. We visit each other’s homes, paint chips in hand. We ponder the endless shades and combinations. We exchange the business cards of our favorite […]

Author Visit Brings Butterfly Moment to Book Club

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Neighbors / Social Life

…she came into my life softly and unexpectedly and briefly, but inspired a metamorphosis. – from The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen It was a banner day for our Maples Book Club—the biggest one in our two-year history. Nineteen women gathered around a large table—our guest author, Amy Gail Hansen; 16 members; another guest/prospective buyer; and our sales assistant, who came in on her day off. It was our largest turnout, our first visit […]

You Are Invited…

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… to Maples at the Sonatas Fall Tour of Homes. It’s today! Ten homes will be open all afternoon, beginning at noon. Almost all of them are private homes; half have never been open before. Please stop by and visit Home Sweet Abbey. It’s a beautiful day here in Woodstock. Our mascot bear is ready to greet you in our clubhouse. What better welcome than a drum major to lead the parade (of homes)?

A Beautiful Place to Live

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A delightful surprise was waiting in my email this morning. Thanks to my neighbor, Lorraine, who was up early with her camera. We awoke to lightning and rain this morning, then enjoyed the briefest burst of sun before the day turned cloudy and gray. Lorraine caught that fleeting moment of early-morning sun and was thoughtful enough to share it. What a beautiful place to live, her message said. So gorgeous and peaceful. I couldn’t agree […]

All Pooches Great and Small

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Mostly Musings / Pictures

I woke up this morning thinking about a photo taken at last year’s Pooch Plunge. I tracked it down so I could share one last picture of my canine neighbors before going back to writing about my human ones. What draws me to this shot is the interaction of two very different dogs meeting for the first time. I love their curiosity about each other, the gentleness of the big one, the lack of fear […]