Month: May 2015

A Concrete Love Note

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Construction / Home Elements/Decorating / Just for Fun

There are countless ways to personalize a new home in Maples at the Sonatas. It all begins when the buyers choose one of the five Epcon floor plans offered here. It continues with the selection of upgrades and options. Then the finishing touches come with furnishing, decorating, and accessorizing. But Tom and Brenda, whose home is in the earliest stages of construction, have seized another way to personalize their home. Here is what they’ve done […]

Water’s Great! Come on in!

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Neighbors / Social Life

Our swimming pool officially opened for the 2015 season this morning. At 10 a.m., to be exact. I walked over at 10:02, and found that Joe and Sylvia have kept their record in tact. For the third consecutive year, this couple, aka the Lake Superior dippers, are first in the water. Thanks to the brilliant sunshine today, and our trusty pool heater, the water is fine. The air temp may be only     But […]

A Glass Already Broken

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Mostly Musings

“You see this goblet?” Chaa asked, holding up a glass.  “For me, this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; drink out of it. It holds water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it. But when I put this glass on a shelf and the wind knocks it over and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, ‘Of course.’ […]

A Doggone Good Project

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Home Elements/Decorating

It’s not that big a deal, Cathie said. You’re welcome to come and see it, but it’s really not that much. Still, knowing how creative and crafty she is, I wanted to take a look at her project. So I walked down the street to her Portico and rang the doorbell. Immediately, I was greeted by a chorus of Shih Tzu glee coming through the door. Cathie opened it, and the three dogs’ frenzied joy […]

Mother’s Day 2015

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Holidays / Nature / Woodstock

Happy Mother’s Day… to all moms… and to those who want to be moms but aren’t yet… and to everyone who loves a mom today. Please enjoy this image that Marlene Frisbie, of Woodstock, captured on our lovely town square yesterday. The haiku that accompanies it is hers too. Trip to the market Enjoying spring’s finery Soft rain of petals.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

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Holidays / Just for Fun / Social Life

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Maples at the Sonatas, where we observe the holiday with Mexican appetizers and margaritas in the clubhouse. And once again, thanks to our bear costumer extraordinaire, Cathie, for setting the tone with our mascot, Healy. By the way, nice mustachio, Healy!  Note to new readers: to learn more about Healy, his many costumes, and his selection as our mascot, see this post.