Month: September 2014

Kickin’ Asphalt

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Moving / Wilcox People

Yes, we’re kickin’ ass-phalt here today at Maples at the Sonatas. Or rather, our contractor is. It’s seal coating day for half of our driveways. We’ve grown so much that it now takes two days to complete the job. As I sit in my sun room watching them work, I can’t help remembering another seal coating day four years ago. It was also my moving day… But let me start at the beginning. A week […]

Throwback Thursday

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Construction / Just for Fun

It’s Thursday, so, as Facebook users know, it’s time for a stroll down memory lane. Let’s throw it back to 2007, which is as far back as I can go here at Maples at the Sonatas. We begin with the sign marking the site of Building 24. Our clubhouse was built during the summer of 2007 too, though the pool would come later. Here’s the foundation. And just two months later, look how quickly it […]

Ladies’ Tea?

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Neighbors / Social Life

It wasn’t that we were looking to add another social activity. September is a typical month in our community, with 16 events scheduled during the 30 available days. So we have plenty to do. Actually, it was the men who started the whole thing. Our book club has grown to 25 or so members, all of whom happen to be women. We have invited the guys to participate but they won’t come. So someone—I’m not […]

9/11/14 — We Do Remember

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Mostly Musings

It’s a dark, cold, blustery day here, most appropriate for somber memories. As we move through our mundane lives, I’m sure many of us will find ourselves reflecting on that day 13 years ago. I haven’t done this before, but I’m going to rerun my post from last year. Today is certainly deserving of fresh thoughts and new photos. But I don’t think I can do better than this. ••• I remember. I was teaching […]

More Decorating Fun

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Home Elements/Decorating

I have lived in my Abbey nearly four years. So why am I still writing about decorating? Simple. It’s still fun. Until I run out of projects — which I hope will be a long time — I’ll undertake an occasional one just for the sheer enjoyment. Before I go any farther, let me state that I’m not particularly good at decorating. On my own, I have maybe a 50 percent success rate at best. […]