Decide on Happiness

As I was clearing out files this morning, I came across this story I had saved to use as a blog years ago.  I am not sure who initially wrote it, but I wanted to share as it did give me a lift this morning as I planned out another busy day with buyers and hosting an Open House plus trying to get in some family-time, some me-time, and we definitely could use a solid trip to the grocery store 🙂

Enjoy…
Simple Steps to More HappinessThe 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t been to the room yet …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less

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Flynn Terrace – Completed Units Ready for Touring!

Wow… what a difference just a week has made.  Units 17 and 20 were completed and closed… congratulations to the new homeowners!  Units 19 and 18 just need to be spiffed up but are complete and look amazing.  Unit 19 closes this week so if you’d like to tour that unit to check out the variety of finishes tomorrow is the day.

OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY 12-2
1400 Commerce Way, Attleboro
Flynn Terrace
Units 11 ($314,900, November), Unit 13 ($324,900, February),
and Unit 15 ($319,900, February) are all that are left!

and I am willing to bet with the activity we have had they are going to go soon!

Give a call/text if you can’t make it… happy to get you in before it’s too late.
Jen 508-930-5259

IMG_5860Check out recent photos of Unit 19  below –  Gorgeous! 

This homeowner added so many of her own special touches to Unit 19.  Just looks amazing… and it will be even better once our cleaners come through!  I just couldn’t want any longer to post these 🙂

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Functional Magic with Pallets

Now that the sun is finally making a break through here in North Attleboro, I am definitely ready to get back outside and get working but I also wouldn’t mind working on a little functional art with the kids as well!   How super creative and simple are these ideas for re-purposing wooden pallets.  I have included my favorites below but definitely check out the whole article at Better Homes and Gardens for more DIY Pallet Projects.

Pallet compost binHow about tidying up your compost pile with three pallets braced together?

pallet outdoor coffee table Or what about this coffee table?
Just two pallets and some exterior paint!

pallet outdoor paintingNeed some art work to liven up an outdoor space?  How cute is this?

 
pallet rustic headboard
 
And just in case you are in search of a rustic style headboard…

 
Could it get any easier?

 

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Kensington Real Estate Brokerage * www.jenmcmorran.realtor

What if…

This morning when I opened my Facebook account, without noticing I hit the scroll bar and clicked to find the poem below that I posted back in the fall of 2011. If anyone is wondering why I smile a lot, keep working hard, and don’t look back… this kind of sums it up.

Avery and Zoe EasterIn 2011, my life was pretty typical until one night in August when an MRI determined that Zoe had a brain tumor. Three and half years later, Zoe is still in treatment for brain cancer with a daily chemotherapy regimen and she continues to work on regaining the strength and coordination she lost to a stroke. But, she is enjoying middle school, dance, and all of her friends, family, & supporters. Her twin sister Avery has dug in to her academics at school, immersed herself in dance classes, and is always there to help out Zoe. Those two girls are my inspiration every day despite the challenges I may face. We are blessed!

This poem was displayed on the wall at rehab gym when Zoe was at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for three weeks during the fall of 2011.

 What if
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What if you could wake, eat, run, and play
All the normal things each and everyday
Throw, catch, and jump like you’re flying
All of this without even trying.

What if then you were sick and everything changed
Needles, doctors, it all seemed so strange
Wheelchairs, therapy, and medicine too
All of this, you had to do.

What if you felt better and appreciated it all
All the little things you could do that had left you before
Family, friends, visitors, and guests
Throughout it all, you know you were truly blessed.

Jen McMorran, Realtor * 508-930-5259 * jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage * www.jenmcmorran.realtor

Cute Twist on a Classic for Easter

Gotta love a deviled egg…

How cute are these? 

Upstate New Yorkers love their deviled eggs! How cute would these be for taste of home on the Easter table?  Turn deviled eggs into adorable hatching chicks
SheKnows.com

Wishing all who celebrate a wonderful Easter celebrating with friends and family!

Jen McMorran, Realtor * 508-930-5259 * jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage * www.jenmcmorran.realtor

I’ve learned…

This is little something my Mom passed along.  Worth a read to the end.

I’ve learned…

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.”
Age 5

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either.
Age 7

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what  they are doing and wave back.
Age 9

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again.
Age 12

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.
Age 14

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me.
Age 15

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.
Age 24

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures.
Age 26

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there.
Age 29

I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.
Age 30

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it.
Age 42

I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little note.
Age 44

I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.
Age 46

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.
Age 47

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better.
Age 48

I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours.
Age 49

I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.
Age 50

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
Age 51

I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.
Age 52

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.
Age 53

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
Age 58

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.
Age 61

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
Age 62

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
Age 64

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
Age 65

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.
Age 66

I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer.
Age 72

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
Age 82

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
Age 90

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
Age 92

MomAnd no, my mom is not 92 🙂 When I think back to my grandmother at the age of 92 and others I know in their 90s, I am quite sure they would confirm the truth in so many of these . 

Let’s get a head start and remember it is some of the simplest things that can lead us to the fullest of lives. 

Thanks Mom!

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Love a Good Rub?

If you like pulled pork (or ribs, or pork tenderloin), this dry rub is for you!  So simple with just 6 ingredients, yet great flavor that you can enjoy as is or with any of your favorite BBQ or Asian sauces.  Perfect the big game this Sunday – go Pats!

patriot helmetMix together…
1/3 cup paprika
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup sugar
2 T salt
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. cayenne
…and that’s it. I store it in a plastic container in my refrigerator so it is ready to go whenever.

For pulled pork:
Pork Butt (one that will fit in your crock pot)
One large sweet onion, sliced into 1/2 inch slices

Cover all four sides of the pork butt with the Rub and “rub it in” a bit. Place onion slices in bottom of crock pot. Lay “rubbed” meat on the onions (fat side “up”) then place remaining onions on top. Let sit in fridge over night. I then cook the pork on low all day until meat easily “pulls apart” by gently using a fork. You really should not have to work too hard to pull the meat apart… if you do, cook longer 🙂  I usually have mine in for 6-8 hours depending how busy my day is!

This pork is delicious over rice or on your favorite a roll. (I’ve even made “nachos” by putting it over tortilla chips with some cheddar cheese – melt in the oven for a few minutes.  Or great for sliders while watching the Patriots play their way into the Super Bowl).  Enjoy!

Pretty (and simple) Tablescape

So I am a little late for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year holidays… but just saw this tablescape and thought it was pretty neat. 

By the way, we did make the roses out of fall leaves, however I forgot to account for them drying out. Ours definitely get crunchy after about 24 hours. Putting stems in water would have been a good idea 🙂 (But, who has time for using their brains and common sense when we have the holidays to prepare for?? Oh well, there is always next year!)

Since the holidays are now over and our household only has science fair projects to think about this weekend – woo hoo! – I can fully access my brain and share the following common sense suggestions on the candle and wine glass décor:

-Drip some melted wax onto the base of the wine glass then place the candle on it which will help to affix the candle to the glass bottom.

-Remember:
The wider the wine glass, the steadier the base of the support.
Try different types of glasses as well.
The height and width of the candle, will affect it’s stability.

Get creative and try other variations under the dome of the glasses- candy hearts for Valentine’s Day, fortune cookies for Chinese New Year,  little shamrock plants for St Patrick’s day, jelly beans or colored eggs for Easter, colored Hershey kisses,  gum balls, figurines, rubber balls … have fun!

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