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The Front Porch View-June 2019

The Front Porch View June, 2019 ISSUE

 Time for Intermission

We’ve all heard the saying, “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”.  For the longest while I let that age old expression make me feel a little guilty about doing nothing. I’ve learned though, rest is a wonderful thing and there is nothing evil about it. Rest is necessary. In fact, we need it if we plan to remain productive. Here we are, halfway through 2019 and quickly approaching summer.  Think of June as a good time for intermission.  Take a quick recess from work and enjoy a little nothingness – guilt free.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” – John Lubbock

  

 

 

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Take a look at these storage options for your outside space

The 22 Sneakiest Ways to Add Storage to  Your Deck, Porch, or Patio

 

Father’s Day is a great time to make memories doing something fun to celebrate your loved one and all that they mean to you.  Take a look below at some ideas for both activities and gifts as unique as they are!

Father’s Day events in Maryland

Father’s Day Gifts 2019

 

  

 

Kick off Summer with some fun activities and crafts. Take a look below.

48 Can’t-Miss  Summer DIY Craft Projects to Get in the Seasonal Spirit

37 Awesome DIY Summer Projects

Spectacular Summer Craft Ideas for Kids

  

    

 

 

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Kid’s Day at Brook-Owen Real Estate (11:00am-1:00pm)-June 8th

BBQ Stroll-June 15th

Paint Day with Vivian Davis at Brook-Owen Real Estate (2 sessions, 12:00pm & 2:00pm)-June 15th

Hometown Chili Cook Off & Custom Car Show-June 15th

Design on a Dime Paint Day at Brook-Owen Real Estate (2:00-4:00pm)-June 29th

 

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2019. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

 

Annual Adams County Irish Festival at Gettysburg-July 20th

Fall Farm Skirmish-September 21st

Fall Carlisle-begins October 2nd

National Apple Harvest Festival-begins October 5th

Annual Harvest Day and Parade-October 26th

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies-November 23rd

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-begins December 6th

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View-May 2019

The Front Porch View May, 2019 ISSUE

Happy Mother’s Day

Hey Moms this is your month. Don’t just celebrate Mother’s Day on May 12th, but everyday you are blessed to be called Mom. Even when it is hard, when it hurts, when it is exhausting, when your heart is breaking – celebrate what you have been given.  Celebrate the joy, the pride, the love, the friendship – and give thanks, for you have been chosen to fill big joyful, happy, prideful shoes. Sometimes motherhood gets muddy and doesn’t make sense. Expect it.  Don’t let life’s temporary messes stop you from loving, protecting, supporting, and enjoying time with your most prized. Remember, what has been asked of you, has already been given. Give them grace. Move forward.  Celebrate.  Together. Always.

 

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Tips and tricks from the experts to make your front yard stand out this season!

12 Expert Tips for Eye-Catching Front Yard Landscaping

 

Mother’s Day is a great time to do something unique to celebrate your loved one and all that they mean to you. Take a look below at some ideas!

Mother’s Day events in Maryland

55 Best Mother’s Day Gifts That Are as Unique as She Is

  

 

This month we honor all of those that have lost their lives protecting our freedoms. Take time to remember and reflect on their great sacrifice.

Memorial Day Events

  

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

The Flower and Jazz Festival-May 11th

CCR Foundation Designer Handbag Bingo (6:00pm)-May 11th (Purchase tickets in advance or at the door)

Shiloh Pottery Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Show and Sale-begins May 12th

Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival-begins May 31st

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2019. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Kid’s Day at Brook-Owen Real Estate (10:00am-2:00pm)-June 8th

BBQ Stroll-June 15th

Paint Day with Vivian Davis at Brook-Owen Real Estate (2 sessions, 12:00pm & 2:00pm)-June 15th

Hometown Chili Cook Off & Custom Car Show-June 15th

Design on a Dime Paint Day at Brook-Owen Real Estate (2:00-4:00pm)-June 29th

Annual Adams County Irish Festival at Gettysburg-July 20th

Fall Farm Skirmish-September 21st

Fall Carlisle-begins October 2nd

National Apple Harvest Festival-begins October 5th

Annual Harvest Day and Parade-October 26th

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies-November 23rd

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-begins December 6th

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The Front Porch View-April 2019

The Front Porch View April, 2019 ISSUE

April Transition

 

I always look at April as a month of transition. As I move from winter to spring, heavy coats to sweaters, long pants to capris, brown and dormant landscapes to budding flowers and trees, I welcome a lighter spirit and happier thoughts. Perhaps the longer days help release needed endorphins, or maybe things just get easier in the spring? I don’t know the answer but I’m also not looking the gift horse in the mouth in search for it either.  It is a welcome change; I’ll leave it at that. April seems to be the one month that brings a period of needed “rest”. (uhm, disclaimer – not for real estate business, but personally speaking) where we aren’t quite yet in the throws of mowing, cultivating, harvesting and preparing as in other seasons of the year.  Take some time to “rest” and enjoy nature’s show this month. It won’t be long before we are inundated with outside chores and the business of summer.

 

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Warm breezes are coming, now is the time to prepare for sunny weather!

Done With Winter? 12 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Spring

 

We hope your Easter is full of joy and a time to make lasting memories.

35 Best Easter Party Ideas-From DIY Decorations to Fun Easter Activities  

  

 

This month we celebrate Earth Day, take a look below to see how you can participate.

Earth Day Network

  

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

12th Annual PEEPshow-April 12-23rd

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Event-April 13th (Join our team, or donate online!)

Westminster Wine Stroll-April 14th

Search for the Golden Egg-begins April 17th

Home Buying Seminar at Brook-Owen Real Estate-April 18th

Carroll County Farmer’s Market Easter Show-April 20th

Spring Carlisle-begins April 24th

Taste of Carroll-20th Anniversary-April 29th

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2019. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

The Flower and Jazz Festival-May 11th

CCR Foundation Designer Handbag Bingo (6:00pm)-May 11th (Purchase tickets in advance or at the door)

Shiloh Pottery Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Show and Sale-begins May 12th

Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival-begins May 31st

Kid’s Day at Brook-Owen Real Estate (10:00am-2:00pm)-June 8th

BBQ Stroll-June 15th

Paint Day with Vivian Davis at Brook-Owen Real Estate (2 sessions, 12:00pm & 2:00pm)-June 15th

Hometown Chili Cook Off & Custom Car Show-June 15th

Design on a Dime Paint Day at Brook-Owen Real Estate (2:00-4:00pm)-June 29th

Annual Adams County Irish Festival at Gettysburg-July 20th

Fall Farm Skirmish-September 21st

Fall Carlisle-begins October 2nd

National Apple Harvest Festival-begins October 5th

Annual Harvest Day and Parade-October 26th

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies-November 23rd

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-begins December 6th

 

 

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The Front Porch View-March 2019

The Front Porch View March, 2019 ISSUE

Out With The Old, In With The New

As I was leaving home the other morning, the field was filled with robins. There must have been more than 100 robins in the air and on the ground. That to me means Spring is on the way. With Spring comes the promise of new beginnings.  It won’t be long before the tulips make their way into view. Old dead leaves will soon be under cover of green foliage and grass. It is nature’s way of saying “out with the old and in with the new” and I look forward to it every year, but more so this year, for many reasons.

 

As part of my Spring ritual, of course there is the usual deep cleaning of physical space that comes to mind. Cleaning and tidying up though, doesn’t apply to only our physical space. It might also be time for tidying up and purging in other areas of our lives as well. Whether it be organizing electronic files, cultivating and feeding relationships, or purging things we no longer need, I wish you the best in the most endearing Marie Kondo sort of way.

 

** Please note that our office hours changed effective March 1st. We are open from 9:00am-5:00pm.  We look forward to seeing you as usual, please stop in! **

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(from BobVila.com)

Winter weather may still be in the air, but there’s no time like the present to prepare for Spring.

11 Things To Do Now for Your Best-Ever Backyard

 

There are mixed feelings about this time of year, check out the links below for ways to make it through.

Spring Forward With 10 Sleep Tips

Healthy Tips to Help Spring Forward

5 Tips to Maintaining Productivity When We Spring Forward

  

 

March 17, 2019

This month we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, take a look below for a few party ideas!

11 St. Patrick’s Day Desserts That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

15 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Games to Test Your Luck

20 Seriously Easy and Fun St. Patrick’s Day Decorations

  

 

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Kid’s Book Making and Hot Cocoa Event-March 9th

Celtic Canter 5k & Downtown Irish Celebration-March 9th

Barleyjuice-Celtic Music & St. Patrick’s Day Celebration-March 15-16th

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival-March 16th

49th Annual Antique Auto Swap Meet-March 22nd

Carroll County Farmer’s Market-March 23rd

2019 Carroll County Home Show-March 30th

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2019. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Search for the Golden Egg-begins April 17th

Spring Carlisle-begins April 24th

Shiloh Pottery Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Show and Sale-begins May 12th

Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival-begins May 31st

Hometown Chili Cook Off & Custom Car Show-June 15th

Annual Adams County Irish Festival at Gettysburg-July 20th

Fall Farm Skirmish-September 21st

Fall Carlisle-begins October 2nd

National Apple Harvest Festival-begins October 5th

Annual Harvest Day and Parade-October 26th

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies-November 23rd

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-begins December 6th

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The Front Porch View-February 2019

The Front Porch View February, 2019 ISSUE

Happy Birthday Brook-Owen

This month Brook-Owen Real Estate celebrates our 2nd year and we want to CELEBRATE with YOU, our trusted clients, family and friends. Why? Because YOU make US possible. I hope you all received the email invitation for Casino Night on March 1st from 7 – 10PM at our office. (Relax Uncle Sam, we won’t really be gambling (well… we will… but with play money…and we are donating the monopoly bills – capiche?)

Please, R.S.V.P YES! We are giving $100 (in monopoly bills) to everyone who walks through the door for bidding. Also, did I mention there will be food and mocktails?  You must come, it’s a win-win and I can’t wait to see you.

 

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Sometimes the chilly winter weather makes us feel stuck inside, but check out the link below for some ways to enjoy the outdoors again!

21 Ways to Enjoy Your Garden This Winter

 

 

Whether you already have a gift in mind, or will end up waiting until the last minute, the links below will help you make your gift that much more special.

26 Cute and Cleaver DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

30 Easy-To-Make DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

16 Edible Valentine’s Day Gifts You Can Make Yourself

  

 

February 18, 2019

This month we celebrate our Presidents, both past and present, with Presidents Day on the 3rd Monday of this month. Take time for remembrance and celebration, and test your knowledge below with these surprising facts about our nation’s leaders.

Surprising Facts About Each U.S. President

 

 

 

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Chocolate Crawl-February 8th

Gettysburg Times With This Ring Wedding Show-February 10th

Annual Gymboree Sweetheart Party-February 12th

Valentine’s Day Dinner-February 14th

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2019. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Kid’s Book Making and Hot Cocoa Event-March 9th

49th Annual Antique Auto Swap Meet-March 22nd

Search for the Golden Egg-begins April 17th

Spring Carlisle-begins April 24th

Shiloh Pottery Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Show and Sale-begins May 12th

Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival-begins May 31st

Hometown Chili Cook Off & Custom Car Show-June 15th

Annual Adams County Irish Festival at Gettysburg-July 20th

Fall Farm Skirmish-September 21st

Fall Carlisle-begins October 2nd

National Apple Harvest Festival-begins October 5th

Annual Harvest Day and Parade-October 26th

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies-November 23rd

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-begins December 6th

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View-January 2019

The Front Porch View January, 2019 ISSUE

Accountability Counts

 

As I rang in 2019, rounding out another decade in this forever hectic and challenging life, I made ZERO New Year Resolutions! “Pie crust promises, easily made, easily broken” (credit Mary Poppins) aren’t for me this year.  I decided rather than make several empty promises to myself, I will identify the areas of my life that need work and choose willing and wise accountability partners to help me set goals and implement plans to achieve 2019 objectives. I’m still working on the list but rest assured it is a January priority for me. Understand, there won’t be just ONE accountability partner.  I aim to seek out willing family and friends who demonstrate the ability and practice disciplines needed to reach each of my 2019 objectives. I already have my first accountability partner in mind – she will see to it the list of objectives and partners is completed before the February newsletter goes to distribution. Some of you may have guessed who that is but I won’t be sharing names – we will identify her as Accountability Partner #1. Her role: Help keep me focused on the written plan – February 1 due date,  because… “You are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down” (credit inc.com article below)

 

https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/this-is-way-you-need-to-write-down-your-goals-for-faster-success.html

 

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As a new year begins there are always goals we strive to achieve both in and out of the home. Check out the link below for housekeeping tips that make reaching these goals a little easier.

10 Housekeeping Habits To Adopt In The New Year

 

 

 

It’s easy to start the New Year off with a bang, but sometimes harder to keep a positive mentality going throughout the year. Below are some tips to help you do just that.

20 Tips For A Positive New Year

Make 2019 Your Most Positive Year Yet

6 Tricks To Becoming A More Positive Thinker

 

 

 

Like I mentioned above, we’ve all been through it before, gearing up to stick to a New Year’s resolution only to slowly lose your motivation soon after. It’s time for a change. The links below are here to help us stay focused and accountable, and get out of the rut. Take a look below and let me know what works for you!

This is How to Increase The Odds of Reaching Your Goals by 95%

How To Know Whether You Need A Coach, Mastermind, or Accountability Partner

Forget Mentors, Find An Accountability Partner

 

 

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 21, 2019

This month we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Take a look at the link below to see how you can, “Make it a Day ON, Not a Day Off!”.

MLK Day of Service

 

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Central Maryland Farm & Toy Show-January 19th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Gettysburg-January 21st

Master Gardner Grow It Eat It Class: Getting Started-January 22nd

Ice Dinner: Food and Wine Pairings-January 25th

Winter Wine at the B&O Railroad Museum-January 25th

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2019. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Chocolate Crawl-February 8th

Gettysburg Times With This Ring Wedding Show-February 10th

Kid’s Book Making and Hot Cocoa Event-March 9th

49th Annual Antique Auto Swap Meet-March 22nd

Search for the Golden Egg-begins April 17th

Spring Carlisle-begins April 24th

Shiloh Pottery Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Show and Sale-begins May 12th

Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival-begins May 31st

Hometown Chili Cook Off & Custom Car Show-June 15th

Annual Adams County Irish Festival at Gettysburg-July 20th

Fall Farm Skirmish-September 21st

Fall Carlisle-begins October 2nd

National Apple Harvest Festival-begins October 5th

Annual Harvest Day and Parade-October 26th

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies-November 23rd

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-begins December 6th

 

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The Front Porch View-December 2018

The Front Porch View December, 2018 ISSUE

 

An Attitude of Gratitude – Final Take

Greetings,

Rounding out 2018 with a third and final month on gratitude.  In previous months I shared thoughts on choices, choosing a grateful heart, and making a positive difference in situations within our control.  This reflection brings to mind Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, understanding the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future were also about choices.

In choosing a grateful heart I am reminded of how my past has shaped my present, good, bad and otherwise. It is important to recognize we are who we are, we are where we are, because of our life experiences, but more importantly due to our choices. It is in our present we can (and should) reflect on those experiences and choices and use them to influence our future.  The past is just that…and if there are things from it we don’t like, those ghosts don’t need to travel with us into the future. If there are parts of it we love and want to relive, we can revel in the memories and will them forward into the present. Bring them forward not with a resentful heart because they are no more, but with feelings of gratitude because of having experienced them to begin with. Yes, we always have a choice. Choose wisely because your future depends on it.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with wonderful memories and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!

 

 

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As the winter weather continues to chill us, make sure your home is up to the task. Take a look a the link below to make sure.

18 Ways You’re Accidentally Wasting Energy

 

 

 

If you haven’t already done so, the time to begin decorating our homes is upon us. Take a look at the information below for a few ideas on getting your home ready for the holidays.

70 DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Joyful Holiday Home

Our 75+ Favorite Handmade Holiday Decorating Ideas

Holiday Decorating Ideas

 

 

 

The holidays will be here before we know it, check out the ideas below to make your holiday unforgettable.

14 Fun Family Traditions to Start Today

40 Easy, Elegant Recipes For Christmas Dinner 

50+ Christmas Food Ideas You Need to Add to Your Holiday Menu

25 Fun Christmas Games and Activities For Kids One to 92

 

 

 

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Ocean City Winterfest of Lights-through December 31st

Visit With Santa & Friends at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg-various dates in December, beginning December 8th

Holiday Town Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides-various dates in December, beginning December 8th

BSO Presents Cirque Nutcracker-December 14-16th

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens at the Majestic Theater-various dates in December & January, beginning December 14th

Santa House in Taneytown-various dates in December, beginning December 15th

 

 

 


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The Front Porch View-November 2018

The Front Porch View November, 2018 ISSUE

 

An Attitude of Gratitude–Take 2

Hello family and friends,

 

As I enter into this second month of “An Attitude of Gratitude” I realize how quickly and easily a grateful and thankful heart can be distracted by the “noise” of the physical world. You can’t turn on the television, the computer or the radio (let’s not even mention social media) without your positivity taking a nose dive into the proverbial toilet. When Louis Armstrong recorded “What a Wonderful World” he was questioned by some who asked…”what do you mean what a wonderful world?” People cited wars, violence, pollution, hunger… and his response “…Seems to me It ain’t the world that’s so bad, it’s what we’re doing to it”.

 

What does this have to do with me?  I realized in order to maintain a grateful and thankful heart, I have to focus on the positive.  Yes, I understand I cannot ignore all the “noise” of the physical world, and yes,  where I have control and ability to make a positive difference I need to act.  But, in the negative situations that are beyond my purview I have to turn my attention to all that is right in the world.  I leave you with the great Louis Armstrong – listen and reflect.  Many heartfelt thanks to our Veterans and Happy Thanksgiving to All.

 

Louis Armstrong–What A Wonderful World

 

** Please note that our office hours have changed for the Winter season as of Monday November 5th. We will now be open from 8:00am-4:00pm. We still look forward to seeing you as usual, please stop in! **

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November Giveaway…Don’t miss your chance to be the lucky winner of a gift card to a Main Street business! Visit our Facebook page @BrookOwenRE today and enter to win.

 

 

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Chilly weather doesn’t have to mean the end of outdoor adventures. Browse through the information in the link below for ways to enjoy the outdoors a little longer.

10 Ways to Warm Up to Outdoor Living in the Fall

 

“Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars, and Veterans Day 2018 occurs on Sunday, November 11. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day” (History.com). Read further here

 

 

 

Thanksgiving day is just around the corner, take a look at the ideas below to make your holiday unique.

Easy Traditions To Start With Your Family This Year

Unique Thanksgiving Recipes

12 Unexpected, Totally Tasty Thanksgiving Desserts

24 Thanksgiving Activities to Make the Kid’s Table More Fun

 

 

 

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Westminster’s Mistletoe Mart November 8th, 9th, & 10th

Celebration of Service-Dedicated to Veterans & First Responders-November 10th

Veterans Day Concert November 10th

Ocean City Winterfest of Lights-November 15-December 31st

Gingerbread Village Festival November 16-24th

Maryland Christmas Show-November 16-18th & November 23-25th

Gettysburg Tree Lighting-November 23rd

Festival of Trees-November 23-25th

Festival of Wreaths November 23-December 2nd 2018

Home For The Holidays 2018-various dates beginning November 23rd

A Christmas Carol-November 23-December 30th

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Also, don’t forget about these exciting events coming up in 2018. Save the dates!

A Gettysburg Christmas Festival-December 1st

Carroll County Farmers’ Market “Santa Visits”-December 1st

1st Saturday Historic Stevensville Cookie Walk & Tree Lighting-December 1st

Holiday Town Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides-various dates in December, beginning December 2nd

BSO Presents Cirque Nutcracker-December 14-16th

Santa House in Taneytown-various dates in December, beginning December 15th

 

 

 

 


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The Front Porch View-October 2018

The Front Porch View October, 2018 ISSUE

 

 

An Attitude of Gratitude

     

As we spring into Fall I turn my focus to the topic of gratitude. October has always been a bitter-sweet month for me. October is my birthday month (YEAH) and a time for celebration and re-creation.  October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month.   I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October many years ago.  I later received a clean bill of health following a series of treatments and surgery and for that I am SO VERY GRATEFUL!

Yes, October is a time of great reflection for me and a perfect time to turn my thoughts to the many blessings I received and continue to experience each and every day.  Today I choose gratitude because no matter how dark the clouds, how deep the canyon, how wide the river, there is a blessing  (usually countless blessings) to be grateful for.

In closing, a big HIGH FIVE to all my sister survivors.  I will see you in November.  Until then, check out some of the proven benefits of gratitude at the link below and join me in an attitude of gratitude.

 

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude

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October Giveaway…Be sure to head over to our Facebook page @BrookOwenRE and enter to win. You don’t want to miss a chance to receive a gift card to a Main Street business!

 

 

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Use the below tips to spruce up your front porch and home for the Fall season.

Celebrate Fall With 11 Thrifty DIY Projects For the Home

 

“Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, and Columbus Day 2018 occurs on Monday, October 8. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage”.(History.com) 

In honor of Columbus Day there are always many sales to check out, whether for big ticket items or everyday needs. Take a look below for tips on what you can expect from Columbus Day sales this season, and what is worth spending your money on this month.

What to Expect From Columbus Day Sales in 2018

October Sales: Best and Worst Products to Buy in October

 

 

 

Halloween will be here before you know it, take a look at the ideas below for tricks and treats to make your Halloween memorable.

40 Creative DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween Drinks-Brew Up Some Scary Fun with These Halloween Drinks!

20 Best Halloween Desserts That Are Frighteningly Delicious

 

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

 

National Apple Harvest Festival-October 6th & 7th, October 13th & 14th

Oyster Stroll October 13th

Fall Festival 2018-October 14th

Gettysburg, PA Halloween Parade October 23rd

Downtown Halloween Event October 27th

Fishing Derby at Piney Run Park October 27th

Lineboro Haunted Hayride Every Friday & Saturday in October

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Also, don’t forget about these exciting events coming up in 2018. Save the dates!

Westminster’s Mistletoe Mart November 8th, 9th, & 10th

Festival of Wreaths November 23-December 2018

Gettysburg Tree Lighting-November 23rd

Home For The Holidays 2018-various dates beginning November 23rd

 

 

 


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The Front Porch View-September 2018

The Front Porch View September, 2018 ISSUE

 

Slow Your Roll Little Pumpkins

 

Greetings Family and Friends,
          I did it…spent vacation being present and living in the moment.  Well, you don’t really have a choice when you are with your husband, your mom, your children and grandchildren. Even when there wasn’t anything going on, there was a lot going on as you can imagine. At one point it felt as though I was herding cats.  Getting everyone on the same page, out the door to planned events and meals was a task in and of itself but we had a blast.  You know you had a good vacation when you come home from one, needing another.  I was able to introduce my family to Puckett’s’ Barbeque and all of Nashville’s history and night life. While in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge we went to the Dolly Parton Stampede and were successful in making sure each adventure was an enjoyable one for all.
          Is it now time to change gears and look forward to Fall? Do we really have to? NO, WE DON’T. Though the calendar still says Summer many of you are spending this weekend wrapping up warm weather activities, NOT SO FAST I say. (That reminds me of my favorite Taxi episode…”what does a yellow light mean?” SLOW DOWN.) Let’s milk this season for all its worth. Retailers tend to rush things along for us but that doesn’t mean we have to fall (no pun intended) for their shenanigans…NOPE! Let’s keep our minds on summer at least through the end of September before setting our sights on fresh pressed apple cider, hot lattes and pumpkin rolls.
Until then…stay cool and we will see you in the Fall.
As a reminder, we are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

 

 

 

September Giveaway…Be sure to head over to our Facebook page @BrookOwenRE and enter to win. Another gift card to a Main Street business is up for grabs!

 

 

(from BobVila.com)

There’s still plenty of time to complete home maintenance in preparation for changing weather. Take a look at the article below for a few tips.

Bob Vila’s 5 “Must -Do” Projects for September

 

“Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, and Labor Day 2018 occurs on Monday, September 3 (it’s traditionally observed on the first Monday in September). It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. 

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages”. (History.com) Read further here

Cookout Classics For Labor Day

18 Labor Day Desserts That Make Summer Ending A Little Easier

9 DIY Backyard Games To Make Your Labor Day Cookout Sensational

 

 

Back To School will be here before you know it, the below tips may be helpful to get the school year off to a great start!

14 DIY Back-To-School Teacher Gifts

Quick Fixes For Back To School–30 Back-To-School Hacks For the Best Year Ever

10 Ways To Make Going Back To School Fun!

 

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Fondue & Wine Pairing September 1-30th

Pooch Pool Party September 5th

Steam Show Days September 6-9th

The 35th Maryland Wine Festival September 15-16th

Westminster Fallfest September 27-30th

Apple Festival at Piney Run Park September 29th

13th Maryland Microbrewery Festival September 29th

Mount Airy Oktoberfest September 29th

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Also, don’t forget about these exciting events coming up in 2018. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer.

Oyster Stroll October 13th

Downtown Halloween Event October 27th

Fishing Derby at Piney Run Park October 27th

Lineboro Haunted Hayride Every Friday & Saturday in October

Westminster’s Mistletoe Mart November 8th, 9th, & 10th

Festival of Wreaths November 23-December 2018

 

 

 

 


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Copyright © 2018 Brook-Owen Real Estate. All rights reserved.