Welcoming December

This fall has been very fair from an unseasonably warm weather perspective. We started this weekend with temperatures Friday in the low 60’s, very rare for the last few days of November.  Just last year at this time we had lasting snow and morning temperatures in the zero to 5 degree range. What a difference a year makes! In speaking with many friends and neighbors, the mild weather has not only kept home heating oil prices very reasonable, many have taken advantage by making extra preparations for winter: Buttoning up windows with caulking, applying interior or exterior plastic film to aid in heat preservation, paint scraping, priming, painting, carpentry, and even ground work is possible due to there being no lasting frozen ground yet.  The “I wonder how much we are all going to pay” sentiment is a mystery that will be solved in the next 90 days. The good news: in less than 100 days it will be March.  The majority of winter will be behind us. And in just 3 weeks, we will be “over the darkness hump” and the days will be getting longer.  This Holiday Season is a very hectic time for most, and it can be a very stressful time for many, as well. Everyone here at Ann Plummer & Associates would like to remind you:  look out for your friends and neighbors, especially at this time of the year, when a simple gesture can often mean the world to others. Helping to push or dig-out a stuck vehicle, snow blowing the bankings from the end of your neighbors driveway too, just because you can, while you are out there.. Simple things at this time of year can have even greater impact than you might ever think.. And the concept that the real gift, is in the giving, is absolutely 100% a true statement when you approach things selflessly with zero anticipation for anything,  in return.  Make it a great week!

Sharing Thanksgiving

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts

What do you know about Thanksgiving in addition to eating turkey with all the fixings, and sharing time with family and loved ones, watching the parade, enjoying the gathering, and whatever traditions you may enjoy for the rest of the day:  Watching football, getting out and playing some of your own, maybe sharing a new blockbuster at the Movies. Did you know: > In the United States Thanksgiving is always observed on the fourth Thursday in November. > It is celebrated on the second Monday in October, in Canada. > Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and of all the blessings the preceding year. > The Holiday is traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. >  The reason for the earlier celebration date in Canada has often been attributed to the earlier onset of winter in the north, thus ending the harvest season earlier. Thanksgiving in Canada did not have a fixed date until the late 19th century. So where do we, here at Anne Plummer & Associates, factor-in as far as your Holidays are concerned? The gift of that perfect spot you’ve always wanted to enjoy seasonally, is exactly where we factor-in for your Real Estate needs! We are fully invested each day towards creating success and satisfaction for you and all of our valued clients, to experience the excitement and joy of having that perfect home or 2nd home to gather, entertain, and really enjoy life here in the Maine Lakes Region. Regardless of the season:

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Craft Fair Season

With the local and regional craft fairs featuring many Made In Maine products in full swing, Thanksgiving can not be far behind. With this weekend marking 1/2 of November behind us already, most of us have 8 work days prior to the first big gathering of family and friends around tables filled with Turkey, fixings, and hopefully excellent company. Promote safe travel and do your best to leave your work at work, and focus on enjoying your time with family. Should you not have a family gathering, many churches have gatherings with everyone welcome, and Thanksgiving is an excellent day to consider volunteering to help feed those who may not be as fortunate as many in our communities. Whatever your plans, remember that “The Holidays” can often bring stress to many people, so just like the powerful TV Commercial that shows bubble-Captions for everyone’s thoughts as they walk a busy city intersection – a great reminder that everyone has things in their lives that are difficult – So, too, remember to quietly put yourself in the shoes of others. “What can I do to help?” is a great question to ask often, this time of year.
I can help you, with the weekend before Thanksgiving’s nearest Craft Show Events, happening here near our Maine Lakes Region next weekend:

Annual Maine Made Crafts Show – Westbrook Armory
Nov 21 thru Nov 22, 2015

120 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, Maine
(706) 843-9188

The Annual Holiday Artisan Fair Fiddlehead Art & Science Center
25 Shaker Road
Gray, Maine 04039
Phone: (207) 657-2244

Nov 21, 2015. Annual Holiday Artisan Fair on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Event is free to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Make it a great week and remember, now is the time to order what you need in +\- ten days to make sure everyone gets to enjoy their favorite side, fixing, and dessert!

Enjoy This Weather And Safety First!

Our 1st full weekend in November in the Maine Lakes Region finds the weather unseasonably warm. Temperatures still hovering around 70° late into the evening is certainly both a rarity, and delightful. Many years we have had either a first snowfall, or a snowstorm that has lasted through the winter season by this timeframe. And it appears our blessings are forecast to continue, with more seasonable evening temperatures hovering around freezing, and the forecast highs for the next 10 days appear to be consistently hovering in the mid 50° range. Everyone here at Anne Plumber & Associates could not be more pleased about the easy access this fall to the many property options we have to show you. Whether you are interested in a waterfront or camp-type property, or any of the many options you might be looking for, this is an ideal time to look.  Right now you have a unique opportunity to see things as they truly look in the off-season, with the majority of the leaves now on the ground or falling from the trees. As we enjoy this stretch of weather, we would also like to heighten your awareness on safety. This is the time – just prior heating season – to check your smoke detectors and make sure you own a working carbon monoxide detector. If your smoke detectors are more than 10 years old, replace them today, and install fresh batteries if they are battery-operated. Our evening driving commute is now done mostly in complete darkness with dusk happening as early as 4:15pm, so please stay off your cell phones as you drive. Be very aware and alert as there have been some tragic crashes due to wildlife – Moose, Deer hits on our roads and highways – so pay attention, and do your best to avoid being that statistic of “1 per day state average” that results in injury. Be safe, and enjoy the week!

This Weekend Welcomes November

Please be careful in our Maine Lakes Region this Saturday afternoon and evening as many young-at-heart Ghouls and Goblins, Witches and Warlocks will be out “Trick Or Treating” so be safe and have great fun this Halloween. When you arrive home, you can proactively change all of your clocks to reflect the correct time as we fall back one hour – technically at 1:59am Sunday Nov. 1st, it becomes 1:00am again – so enjoy your extra hour!  We find this time of year can be very productive for many people. It is a great time to really “see” a property in that most of the leaves have now fallen and you can observe what the seasonal views will look like, really seeing what is there, unobstructed. It is a good idea to look at land, lots and areas of interest on a seasonal basis.   Knowing what you really do not like, is key information.  What you and yours do not care for matters, as oddly – and sometimes sadly – an unexpected “deal breaking issue” can appear for families and prospective buyers and sellers at the “11th or 23rd hour” which we want to help you avoid. So what do you like?  Some people want seclusion and do not want their homes to be seen from the passing road. Others adore neighborhoods, but maybe only where the homes are moderately spaced from each other. Everyone is different. Ask yourself this: If money and immediate family situations were taken completely off your plate: Where exactly would you prefer to be? Why? What type of structure? Waterfront year-round? A secluded property you’ve developed, perhaps? An older home with charm and character, or is it new construction that’s making you excited? In-town? What kind of neighborhood? Close your eyes, think about what is ideal for you  and then ask -> why not?!? Let Anne Plummer & Associates help you to turn your dreams, into reality!