Nov 03

30 Days of Thankfulness ~ New England Seasons

You know you are in New England when you can wear a tank top, take out your sunglasses, use your umbrella and then pull out a sweatshirt and boots all in the same day!

I know so many that say they can’t wait to move away to warmer climates, but not me.  I love all of our seasons, but Fall is probably my most favorite because you can’t paint colors that move your soul more than Autumn can here in New England.  I would miss the snow days that I get to spend at home cooking and being with the kids and who can resist making home made cookies on snow days?   I love the screams when they hear there is no school and either go back to bed or call all their friends to play video games.   Spring is a new beginning when the birds come back home, the wildlife wakes up, the buds on the trees and those early daffodils remind us that after a long slumber things look wonderful in the morning.  And of course who doesn’t love those hot, hazy and lazy days of summer…going to the beach, cookouts, hanging around the fire pit in the evening with family and friends and of course schools out!

New England Seasons

There’s a lot to love about New England and I a grateful to live here every day of the year!

 

 

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Nov 02

30 Days of Thankfulness ~ Being a Football Mom

Day 2 of the 30 in 30 Thankfulness challenge and today I am grateful to be a Warrior football Mom.

I didn’t start out being a sports Mom.  As a matter of fact as much as I encouraged Elijah to play football in middle school I secretly was happy each year he said no.  I didn’t want to see him get hurt, he was a bit shy and he wasn’t truly an aggressive kind of personality so I thought he would end up disappointed when he came head to head with that challenge.  Well, along came the summer before he started his freshman year and he said “hey, Mom, I’m going to play football” and my heart sank.  Great, now I have to be here and be there and sit and wait and travel to games and sit out in the cold and he will get hurt and he will be disappointed as he is not very athletic and ugh my whole life is going change now… ya, that really is how it went in my head.  Outside I was happy for him, but inside I struggled with it.

Well, I will be the first to say that by the time that summer was over and he hit the field for the very first time under those lights, Elijah was not the same boy.  He had slimmed down, he carried himself differently with a TON of confidence, he had made some amazing new friends and he was committed to the game and to his team.  His grades were better and he didn’t want to take days off of school any more.  I was in awe of the boy that stood in front of me.  I won’t say I traveled to away games and that sitting and waiting each day in that back parking lot to pick him up was a lot of fun, but I did it and it was a great way for us to connect.  Each day brought new stories, things for him to feel good about and others not so good but he shared them all in that 2 minute ride home.   Most days I would just listen and when he got out of the car I would either just smile and know that he was becoming more sure of himself and he was beginning to learn to fly.

Fast forward 3 more years and this is Elijah’s Senior year and I willingly picked him up and brought him where ever he needed to be these last 3 years, I have gone to every single game and also volunteered in the snack shack, sold his Warrior cards, stood in the cold, and watched my boy grow into an athlete that is confident, caring, committed, enthusiastic and more importantly a leader. I am grateful he chose to be a Warrior and that he dragged me along for the ride in the beginning and then let me stand with him the rest of the way,  This year is bittersweet as it’s coming to an end, but I will never forget all the memories (including the smelly car rides home) and the pride watching him take that field for every game.  It’s been a joy to be a part of I am so thankful to be a football Mom to Warrior that his team mates look up to, count on and respect.

I am very proud of you Elijah for all you have accomplished these 4 years of playing football.  You took on a challenge and never swayed from the course and ALWAYS showed up even when you were hurt.  You encouraged others to try harder and play with all their heart.  If you weren’t on the field giving it your all, you were on the sidelines yelling for your teammates and asking others to do the same.  You are a Warrior in every sense of the word and you have worn the #67 with pride, honor, courage and heart.  It’s been a great time being a football Mom with #67 “Boss”.

Warrior Football 2013

Elijah for Pepe

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Nov 01

30 Days of Thankfulness ~ My Co-workers and Friends

It’s my 30 in 30 Thanks for November 2013….

Yes, November Blessings….I attempted this last year (you can go back and read them), but I only made it to day 6 and then I must have gotten busy and never went back to it.  This year I am going to complete the challenge!  Will you make that commitment too?  One thing you are thankful for each day; post it on Facebook and let’s all make gratitude Be Thankfulbecome part of our natural attitude.  After all, it may take more than 21 days for something you start to become a habit and if we complete all 30?… well. how much more grateful will we be everyday?  How much easier will it be to see the the GREAT instead of the GARBAGE!  Let’s start today and take a 30 day journey to being more blessed and knowing it.

Today I am thankful for friends that will cheer you on, send you prayers, make you laugh in the midst of pain and to willingly offer to be there when you need them.  I am thankful they are full of quick wit and words of wisdom when the chips are down.  Today I am even more thankful that these friends are my partners in crime, mischief makers and more importantly the makers of merry wherever we may go.  I am most especially thankful that these merry, mischief, quick witted, partners in crime are my co-workers in real estate and we are an amazing team.  I an truly thankful for a place I belong.

Thank you HomesJustForYou Team for being such wonderful friends and real estate partners!  Now, what’s your 30 in 30 days of Thankfulness?

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Oct 03

SOLD! ~ 133 Main Street, Templeton Massachusetts

Adorable, Antique and Available! Where better to enjoy New England seasons than right from you own porch and back yard? Don’t delay because this will be the one you don’t want to get away!

I’m antique, not old! This wonderful farmhouse has been home to the same family for over 40 years and has had many updates in the last few years and now it’s time for a new owner. New siding, roof, windows, boiler and bath just to name a few. What a beautiful, new half wrap porch to sit on and enjoy the New England Fall colors that are just now peaking. The large eat in kitchen, with new flooring, overlooks the expansive back yard that has lots of room for entertaining and stunning sunsets. Great floor plan and please don’t let the 2 bedroom fool you, there is potential to add another. Wide pine flooring in the upstairs and a walk in attic for storage off one of the bedrooms. No waiting to close here, it’s all ready for you to move right in! This is a great place to begin your story or embark on a new journey.

133 Main Street, Templeton

Please call me today to book your appointment to view this wonderful piece of property. Diane Haley Brooks ~ RE/MAX Property Promotions, HomesJustForYou Team at 978-430-2751.

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Sep 26

NEW LISTING ~ 65 Lake Drive East, Westminster MA 01473

This is a one of kind and unique waterfront opportunity to own a peninsula in Westminster, Massachusetts!  You’re the outdoor enthusiast?  You are looking for that great escape all year round?  Well, this is the place for you!

Vacation every day on this expansive waterfront property! This private waterfront home has 4+ acres AND boasts 2,111′ of water frontage. There is a finished club house with a beautiful view of the pond, a wood stove, screened porch and plenty of room to create a game room and sleeping quarters for all your entertaining style. There’s also a finished pool house that has an outdoor sink, attached deck and above ground pool. The home is well maintained with an eat in kitchen along with a formal dining room. The living room has a cathedral ceiling and beautiful, handcrafted stone fireplace for those crisp Autumn days and winters when you come in out of the snow. there is not a bad seat in the house to look out and see this lovely piece of land and water views.  The view of the pond from the porch is spectacular any time of the day or evening. There are blueberry bushes, trails to walk along and places to sit and view the beauty around your property. Here is your chance to own a one of a kind waterfront home and have a retreat of your own on Ellis Pond in Westminster. $750,000.00

65 Lake Drive East, Westminster MA 01473

 

65 Lake Drive East Westminster MA

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Aug 28

Wordless Wednesday ~ Hero’s Once Among Us

Stone Tablets Historical Society

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Aug 22

Movie Night at Salvadore’s in Gardner!

Grab the popcorn and some blankets and load up the kids in the car and head on over to Salvadore Auto in Gardner, MA on this Saturday, August 24th!

Remember the drive-in’s?  Well, Salvadore’s is having their 4th Annual Family Movie Night and more!

Free Admission- Beginning at 4pm you can come and enjoy a fun night for the whole family culminating in a showing of Dreamworks The Croods. Prior to the movie, the event will feature Music by the Boothill Express Band, a Classic Car Show with People’s Choice Award, a Petting Zoo, Roaming Railroad, Magic, Peddle Car Races, Freestyle Jumps by Brody Wilson of the Nuclear Cowboyz, and more! Movie Starts at Dusk!

Let’s support our local business and give Salvadore Auto Group a “like” for their Facebook Page!  Click here and it will transport you there!

4th Annual Salvadore Movie Night 2013

Thank you Salvadore for this wonderful event!

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Aug 19

Our History Remembered ~ Narragansett Historical Society, Templeton MA

Old Fashioned BikeToday, I went to the Templeton Arts and Crafts Festival and had a great time looking around at all the wares and trinkets (and of course talking to everyone).  The highlight for this Tuesday Girl though was taking a walk through our history in the rooms and halls of the Narragansett Historical Society.  I wish I had the time to hang around there more often as you know how I love a great story and the history and heritage of our town and our ancestors fascinate me.  I believe I saw a photograph of Brian Tanguay riding this lovely antique bicycle around today.

As I browsed around the rooms, I took several pictures and put them in a video to some old rag time music and wanted to share it with you.  I will also say that while I was checking out some of the war memorabilia I had a wonderful conversation with Mr. Rich and he told me many stories of the old high school, showed me a roster of men that went to war and who he remembered, and he pointed out photos of our veterans that served in the wars.  I was glad he took the time to share with me.

The Historical Society needs our help. Many people confuse the Historical Society with the Historical Commission within our town and they are not; they do not receive funds from the Town of Templeton and are not part of any budget. They function on their own as a separate entity and they rely on funds from private citizens and businesses to keep them going and enable them to preserve and restore items that are donated or found by the society. This is where we come in and can be a great help. The following are fees for membership to the Narragansett Historical Society that when paid will help keep their mission going. Please consider becoming a member today and be a part of keeping our history alive!

Lifetime Membership $100
Annual Membership $15
Student Membership $5 annually
Family Membership $25 annually

Please make your check payable to Narragansett Historical Society Inc. and drop it in the mail to P.O.Box 354 Templeton MA 01468.  Your membership entitles you to free admission to the building, access to all records, genealogy, civil war, family photo albums, and the joy of knowing you are a part of preserving Templeton’s history and artifacts.

The Narragansett Historical Society, it’s members and Tuesday Girl thank you for your donation, your membership and always for your support!

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May 22

Baccalaureate Service ~ First Church of Templeton, MA

First Church of Templeton

This evening, Wednesday May 22nd at 7pm will be the Baccalaureate Service for our Narragansett Regional High School Seniors.

The Baccalaureate ceremony is a service of worship in celebration of and thanksgiving for the lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.  Come and celebrate with our Narragansett graduates!

All are welcome.

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May 07

Warrior Weekly ~ Wrapping up the school year

Narragansett Regional High School News

 Please be prepared for the pace to quicken as we finish the last nine weeks of school at NRHS. The list below is a quick overview of the events that will occur involving all students in grades 9-12.

Academically, we have MCAS testing in Mathematics (May) and Science (June). Also, AP testing in several subject areas will be conducted in early May. Lastly, Senior Exams (May 20-23) and Underclassmen Exams (June 17-20) will be conducted. Please reference the school calendar for specific dates.

Socially, NRHS has the Junior/Senior Prom May 10th (student dismissal is 10:41) and Spring Athletics.

For Seniors, the Senior Trip (May 24-26), and Senior Week Events (May 28-31) filled with rehearsals, banquets and Graduation (May 31st). The schedule for senior week will be posted shortly.

Parents, please make sure to access IPARENT to monitor your student’s progress. 
Students, finish strong and make us proud!!!!!

I look forward to a great last few weeks filled with excitement and celebration!!!!  -Mr. Rickan

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