Category Archives: Holidays

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Twas the night before Christmas,

and all through the house

Not a Realtor was working,

Not even their spouse.

The closings were done the week before last,

And the commission checks were deposited hard and fast.

The “For Sale” signs were nestled in the back of the shed,

While visions of spa visits danced through my head.

When all of a sudden I received a text,

A local Realtor’s name appeared, I was perplexed!

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a full price cash offer now that’s what I like to hear!

More rapid then eagles, thoughts raced through my mind,

This amazing offer was one of a kind.

NO home inspector, NO mortgage broker, and NO appraiser!

Mr. and Mrs. Buyer just did me a favor!

Before I knew it, my doorbell rang,

I sprung from the couch and my heart sang!

As I opened my door, he turned around,

I couldn’t believe what I had found.

His clothes were disheveled; he was a complete mess,

There was no doubt he needed to rest.

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work,

gave me the paperwork and turned with a jerk.

And laying a finger aside of his nose,

He shouts…remember we want a quick close!

He sprung in his Volvo and sped down the street,

This top notch Realtor doesn’t miss a beat.

As I headed inside and closed the door,

I thought there’s nothing I love more,

Than to be helping people with their dream,

And seeing a homeowner’s face beam!

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season

and throughout the coming year.

~ Jenn Scali

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Jennifer ScaliABOUT THE AUTHOR – Jenn has found a new talent – writing Holiday Poetry!  But when she’s not writing you can find her working with Buyers and Sellers. Jenn Scali is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and you can reach her at (617) 905-7211 or on her website at www.jennscali.com

 

 

 

 


Category: Holidays

roland treeIt’s once again the holiday season and a question that many people have to answer is:  What kind of Christmas tree am I going to get?

It seems like a simple enough question, but its answer can get complicated.  Do you want artificial?  Should I cut down my own?  Should I support a local tree stand or garden center or go to a bigger store like Home Depot?

Let’s start with artificial.  Back in the fifties, my family traditionally got a real tree and usually a very big one.  Sometimes the top had to have so much cut off, we almost had a 2nd tree as a result.  And then one year my parents went to Gilchrist at Redstone Shopping Center and bought an artificial tree.  It was never explained to me why they did this, but I do remember the tree…in all of its silver glory.  Why silver?  Trees are green…aren’t they?  Well today, the artificial trees look almost real and if you have the room to store it and the patience to reassemble it year after year, then artificial isn’t a bad way to go.

If you want a real tree, it’s a simple task.  Go to your favorite local tree stand and find the one that catches your eye that will go perfectly in the designated spot in your living room or family room.  Check the branches to be certain they are firm (not wimpy) so the ornaments will not droop.  Most likely the prices will vary based on height of the tree and the quality.  Do you know if the needles will drop off the one you choose?  Well the main way to make certain the tree won’t lose needles rapidly is to check it for freshness (not dry) and make sure you keep it watered once it’s in your home.  It is important to cut a half inch or so off the bottom before setting the tree in the stand.  This will help allow the tree to take up water so as to keep it fresh as long as possible.

One thing we know when we go to a local tree stand is that these trees weren’t cut down yesterday and most likely are already a month or so old.  So if you really want a fresh tree, perhaps a trip to a local tree farm is the answer.  If you’re fortunate enough to have a tree farm within driving distance of where you live, you can go there and cut down your own.  Although prices may vary, many have a simple approach.  All trees, regardless of size are the same price.  So you grab one of the saws they provide, walk through rows and rows of trees, and all different varieties and sizes until that perfect (or almost perfect) tree for your home is standing in front of you.  Interestingly this tree, once it’s at home in your tree stand, is not going to take up as much water right away as the pre-cut tree from your local tree stand.  That’s because it is already quite moist (fresh) and it needs to dry out a bit before it will need more water intake.

So whatever your choice, it’s what works best for you and your family and there is no right or wrong.  Mainly it’s about having a holiday spirit and your tree can help make that happen.

Roland Crop 2011 jpeg (1)About the author:  Roland cuts down a tree every year with his step-daughter for her home, but continues to buy his own at the local tree stand.  He will tell you traditions are important to maintain.  Roland is a broker owner at RE/MAX Legacy.


Category: Holidays, Seasonal

I love the fall! It is my favorite time of the year.  I love the cooler weather, watching the leaves dogblogturn colors, going to craft fairs, & football season. (Go Pats!)  I also love apple & pumpkin picking. In fact, apple crisp & pumpkin raisin bread are my favorite seasonal treats. I always look forward to this time of year for all of these reasons.

Fall is also when we start to prepare for the holiday season. With only 92 days left to shop, Christmas Day is just around the corner.

Before you get your pantyhose in a bunch, take a moment to breathe and try to enjoy the days ahead. Here are a few survival tips for the next couple of months:

1)   Start your Christmas shopping early.

Take advantage of the fall sales. Buy early & stash things away.  Many stores offer layaway – so you can buy now, spread out the payments, & pick up right before Christmas.

2)   Do not over extend yourself.  Make a budget & stick to it.

3)   Consider hosting a potluck gathering.This way you do not have to fuss in the kitchen & you can enjoy your guests.

4)   Take a deep breath & try to live in the momentTime passes fast so try to enjoy the good times.

Before you know it we will be ringing in 2015. Make this holiday season your best ever.

sharonAbout the author:  Sharon Potts is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy. She can be contacted directly through her website at www.spotts.remax-newengland.com

 


cookiesEveryone has different pallets and tastes when it comes to foods.  When I first found the original recipe for my chocolate chip cookies, the ingredients seemed overwhelming to me.  So after the first time baking and tasting, I knew it needed an adjustment.  Texture is one of my important issues when baking.  I’m not happy with a cookie that you can hit against the kitchen table and it makes a loud sound.

The holiday season is my busiest time of the year because of the importance of my cookies to family and friends.  I would say it started over 30 years ago when I came upon a recipe that sounded delicious.  Once I tweaked it to what I consider, perfecto, well, you know the rest!

So I’m doing a blog in order to let all of you try baking my recipe to see if your family and friends like it as well as mine.  Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year.

Aunt Linda’s

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 Cups Butter

2 Cups Sugar

2 Cups Brown Sugar

4 Eggs

2 Tsp Vanilla

Stir together butter, sugar and brown sugar.  Stir ingredients by hand.  Do not use an electric mixer.  Add eggs and vanilla and set aside.

MIX in Separate Large Bowl 

1 Tsp Salt

2 Tsp Baking Soda

2 Tsp Baking Powder

4 Cups Flour

5 Cups Oatmeal (powderize your five cups of oatmeal)

12 Ounces of Chocolate Chips

Mix salt, baking soda, baking powder and flour in large bowl.  Blend in your powderized oatmeal. Pour small bowl into large bowl, and stir by hand until blended. Add your chocolate chips.

Form cookie dough into golf-ball size and placed on a greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and cook in the oven at 350° for 13-15 minutes depending on your oven.  Don’t let cookies brown or they may be overcooked.  If you make the golf-ball size cookies, you should get approximately 48 cookies out of the batch.

 

Linda DubeAbout the author: Linda is an agent with RE/MAX Legacy and is well known for her cookies through family, friends, brokers and others.  You can learn more about Linda on her website:  www.LindaListsAndSells.com

 


turkeyThis Thanksgiving, I have the opportunity to check one of my aspirations off my bucket list… Fry a Turkey! Being a first time turkey fryer, I went to the world wide web for help. There are many helpful videos and tutorials on the subject including some what not to do videos (google “Turkey Frying Gone Wrong”for some gasps and maybe laughs:)

 

While shopping for a turkey fryer I came across this helpful video on The WEBstaurant Store

 

So now I know how to fry a turkey but I am clueless on what to season it with!  Please help a virgin turkey fryer out by sharing some of your best kept turkey seasoning recipes!
Together we can achieve my goal of frying a moist, delicious deep fried turkey!

About the author:  Anthony Giglio is one of the broker owners of RE/MAX Legacy and has been preparing for his Turkey Frying Adventure for a while!  You can learn more about him on his website www.myhomeMA.com


Photo Oct 31, 9 07 50 AMWell, It’s Halloween. Which for me means spending an absurd amount of money to make sure my 2 year old daughter is comparably cute to the other little 2 year old girls out there. It also means rushing to the store and digging through opened packages and “left overs” because my 12 year old son who was “too old” to go trick or treating decides two days before Halloween he has changed his mind. I would love to be a “good mom” and make their costumes, but I’m not going to even attempt to find the time. If I do find a few moments of spare time to myself I would rather do more productive things… like take a shower or pee with the door closed.

Halloween begins it all. The chaos of the Holiday season. Finding holiday outfits for the kids (because if they are not dressed “cute enough” my mother will make sure I know), either preparing to host Thanksgiving or figuring out what you’re going to bring to the family member that is hosting, and telling yourself everyday that you need to start shopping for gifts (but not). You will be reminded every time you walk into a store that you need to begin shopping because stores start playing Christmas music the day after Halloween now… which is great for the first week or two and then you want to take a bat to every store music system (I can’t be the only one).  If you’re married there’s figuring out which holidays you spend with whose family. If either set of parents are divorced that just adds to the fun of it. No matter what… someone ends up insulted and ticked off. Isn’t this fun?!

Kids already start talking about what they want for gifts. I am lucky enough that my son still believes in Santa. However, the Santa he believes in does not have a budget. So, for year number 2 his list is going into the THOUSANDS. Which just means for the second year in a row he will be utterly disappointed (This Santa does not deliver a trip to a Sox vs Yankee game in New York via private jet… seriously).

I had already started to stress weeks ago when my thoughts lead me to this decision… I’m not doing it again this year. By that I mean letting the stress and chaos of it all ruin it. Kids are only small once, and everyday they are a little older. Our parents will not be around forever. Money comes and goes… I’ll be broke in January but it will come back (RIGHT?). I think we all just need to slow down and enjoy it…. Instead of praying for it all to be over. One day, one holiday at a time.

So, It’s Halloween. Whether you’re taking your kids out trick or treating or just handing out candy… take a deep breath, be safe, and enjoy.

LizAbout the Author: Liz Pedrini is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and enjoys the holiday chaos with her family. You can learn more about her on her website www.lizpedrini.com


ccpicChristopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451. He was born into what most would consider a middle class family. But like most children of the era, he was expected to begin preparing for a career at an early age. In his later writings, Columbus claimed he first went to sea at the age of 10.

 

Three hundred years passed between Columbus’s discovery of the Americas In 1492 and the first known celebration of that discovery. In 1792, a group called the Columbian Order organized a ceremony in New York City to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of the new world. After the Civil War, a group of Italian immigrants in New York organized the first real celebration of that discovery.  In the years that followed, other groups of Italian immigrants did likewise.

Columbus Day originated as a celebration of Italian-American heritage and was first held in San Francisco in 1869.  In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s landing in the Bahamas. Harrison did not, however, make the day a national holiday.  The first state-wide celebration was held in Colorado in 1907.  Colorado became the first state to designate October 12th as a holiday. In later years, other states did the same.  Then, in 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared October 12th a federal legal holiday (the date Columbus first landed in the Bahamas.). It remained such until 1971, when Congress moved the official observance to the second Monday of October, the same day as Thanksgiving in Canada.

There are many local events to celebrate Columbus Day, but the one I like best is the Columbus Day Parade which goes through the North End of Boston.  In odd numbered years (including 2013) the parade kicks off in Boston and winds up going through the North End’s streets, including Atlantic Ave, Hanover Street and Endicott Street. Other events I look forward to are fall foliage tours,  (http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/fall-foliage-tours.html),Boston Duck Tours (http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-duck-tours.html) and the many entertainers in Christopher Columbus Park.  What are some of your favorite events?

Linda DubeAbout the author: Linda Dube is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy in Woburn and has compiled this helpful information about Columbus Day from various web sources. You can learn more about Linda on her website www.lindalistsandsells.com

 


lifeisshort                       Life is too short!!
Mark your calendars with valuable days.

July 28th is national parent’s day.  Honor your parents; also give yourself and your husband a tap on the back for being great parents.

Celebrate family structure and values. July 28th is not a gift day; keep the gifts for mother’s and father’s day. The best way to mark this day is spending time together. It is important to let your parents know how much you care.

Life is too short, let us express our love to our family. Don’t let a day go by not expressing the love you have to your family and relatives. Mark your calendar and celebrate each one of these special days.

  • Brothers and Sisters Day Always on May 2nd.
  • Mother’s day when: Second Sunday in May.
  • Father’s day when: Third Sunday in June.
  • National Parents day when: Fourth Sunday in July
  • Aunt and Uncles day when: July 26th.
  • Father-In-Law day when: Always July 30th.
  • Sister’s day celebrates First Sunday in August (day varies depending on websites but still tell your sister you care.
  • Son and Daughter Day when: Always August 11th.

JanineAbout the Author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy. You can learn more about her on her website www.mahomesonline.com 


Category: Events, Family, Holidays

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There are many meaningful ways to observe and learn about Memorial Day, and to honor those who have died in our nation’s service as well as tragedies.  Many Americans visit memorials and cemeteries, placing flowers and U.S. flags on the graves of fallen soldiers.  For most Americans, Memorial Day means barbecues, boating, fishing, and other relaxing activities with friends and family during a welcomed three-day weekend.  In 1971, Congress passed the National Holiday Act, which moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May.

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone in regards to this year’s Marathon in Boston.  I myself will never understand how any kind of hurtfulness could even enter into a person’s mind.  As I heard the President say “ Boston is a tough and resilient town and that Americans will stand by us every single step of the way”.

shoesCNN PRODUCER NOTE     photogomz spotted this pair of running shoes at the makeshift memorial in Boston. He shot this image in color and changed it to black and white to illustrate the message.

Whenever there is tragedy, you always seem to remember exactly where you were at the time of the incident.  Back when 9/11 happened, I was actually on Hanscom Air Force Base as a contractor and after hearing the first plane run into the Trade Center, I thought, wow how did that happen?  I thought it was some kind of a freak accident.  Then I heard that another plane did the same thing within minutes and my mind couldn’t even fathom what was actually happening in New York.

The atmosphere changed in a split second.  Very shortly Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta became a part of my life.  I believe the base was now on Charlie and it could move up to Delta. The next thing I knew, I had a Lieutenant come up to my desk very firmly and military-like and barked “Ma’Am, you are dismissed”.  Being a contractor, this was not in my normal every day life but I knew it was time for me to go home to my family.

So I left immediately and my home was about 25 minutes away.  When I arrived on my street, a number of people were outside talking so I joined them.  All of a sudden, a fighter jet flew right over our neighborhood.  I found out later that all planes were grounded and somehow this fighter jet found a plane that had to be forced down!

9/11 was unforgettable and so was our 2013 Boston Marathon.  Appreciation for First Responders, our military, policemen, etc. is so important.  After Boston Mayor, Tom Menino said that we captured the terrorist, I was happy to hear that Watertown residents poured out of their homes and lined the streets to cheer police vehicles as they rolled away from the scene.

In closing, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance.  Take a few moments to reflect and remember our deceased relatives, friends, and all the brave people who have given their lives for our country.

About the Author:  Linda Dube is a Real Estate Agent at RE/MAX Legacy with over 11 years of experience.  You can contact Linda directly through her website at www.lindalistsandsells.com.

 

 

 


WHEN DID WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY BECOME PRESIDENTS DAY?

In 1885, President Chester Arthur created a federal holiday to celebrate  this country’s founding father.  The holiday was known as Washington’s Birthday. Washington’s Birthday was celebrated on the actual date of his birthday which is February 22.  The federal holiday honors the accomplishments of the man known as the Father of his Country.  He is celebrated for his leadership in the founding of the nation, he was the electoral College’s unanimous choice to become the first President and he was seen as a unifying force for the new republic .  The holiday is a tribute to the general who created the first military badge of merit now known as the Purple Heart.

In the 1960s, reformers decided that we should change Washington’s Birthday to President’s Day in order to include President Lincoln.  However, the resolution was defeated and the federal holiday known as Washington’s Birthday was never officially changed.  Nevertheless, advertising, calendars and the media name the third Monday in February “President’s Day”.

Many states have expanded the holiday to honor other presidents   who were born or raised in their state.  In Massachusetts, the state officially celebrates “Washington’s Birthday” on the same day as the federal holiday.    Furthermore, Massachusetts issues an annual Presidents Day proclamation on May 28 to  (JFKs birthday) honor  the presidents with Massachusetts roots:  Kennedy, John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Calvin Coolidge.  Locally, Woburn city offices are closed on February 18.

Today, Presidents Day has become well known for being a day for shopping.  Many stores, particularly car dealers and appliance stores  have some of their best sales of the year.   Prior to the 1980s most businesses were closed but today you will find that most stores remain open.  In addition to cars and appliances, it has become a great day to buy a home.  As the temperatures begin to rise and the snow starts to melt, many potential home buyers are eager to test the real estate market in order to find their dream home.

About the Author: Cathy Dyl is a Mortgage Loan Officer at Stoneham Bank with over 20 Years of Experience! (NMLS 49343) Contact her for all your mortgage needs. CDyl@Stonehambank.com


Category: Holidays