Thursday, December 23, 2010

Are you new to a 55 plus community? Will this be your first Holiday in your new community home? You’re not alone.

So here we are. After a year of preparation, tackling the ever-dreaded attic and basement of the home we’ve lived in for all of our adult lives, we made it through. We sorted through bills from the ‘60s, discovered boxes of our children’s old school notebooks, and emptied chests full of holiday decorations and books. We unburied ourselves from years of clutter, and made it here to our new Jensen home, just in time for the Holiday season.
I have to admit, the thought of spending my first holiday in this new community terrified me…how would I ever create the Holidays like I used to in our old, oversized colonial? “I’d have no space”, I’d say. “It wouldn’t feel like home.” “It wouldn’t feel like Christmas!” But the truth is, I couldn’t have been more wrong. While it wasn’t easy accepting that this new phase of my life was suddenly upon me, the reality was that it was here, and I had the choice to either dwell in the past, or make something incredible out of this new life that was before me. I chose the latter.
Yesterday, our children and grandchildren came over for the day to help us fill the new house with holiday cheer. Though we didn’t go over the top with decorations like we typically did in all of the years that my children were growing up, we had just enough greens and red holly to make this new home warm and festive. And, as for the tree, what a painless task it was to put up this year! Purchased from Macy’s and already assembled straight out of the box, it took only a matter of minutes before it was gleaming in the sunroom window. While I admit, I do miss the scent of fresh pine, the ease of creating this year’s masterpiece from three feet worth of pre-lit artificiality, was pure bliss.
Our day was filled with passing through old photo albums, laughing over wine and the blaze of the gas fireplace. We truly enjoyed the ins and outs of our new neighbors and friends, who have become, in just a short time, as close to us as our own family. And though, I wasn’t quite confident at first, we had plenty of space! Everyone was happy and comfortable, and by the end of the day, it really felt, for the first time, like home.
Enjoying the good life,
Get in on it

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Keeping the Holidays Simple

Staying home this Holiday?
Spending time with family and friends during the Holidays is really what the season is all about.  Invite the whole crew and create a gathering that everyone will remember. With the community environment at Jensen's, you'll always feel a sense of neighborly warmth and holiday spirit this time of year, making your home an inviting place for friends and family to visit. But remember, if you want to get the most of your family time, with as little hassle as possible, KEEP IT SIMPLE.
From food to decor, don't overdue it. Remember, having the Holidays explode in your house only means that you'll be spending hours and maybe even days, packing up, picking up and cleaning up, and let’s be honest, who really enjoys that? You'd much rather be strapping on your snowshoes, strolling around the neighborhood on a beautiful winter day, or taking off for the night to see your granddaughter perform in her winter recital.
Here are just a few tips to make things a little easier, so that you can spend more time with your friends and family and less time trapped in hosting chores:
1. The meal: You cook the main dish, and have everyone else bring a side dish and a bottle of their favorite beverage. That way, you won't have to do all the work, and everyone still gets to enjoy all of those holiday family favorites!
2. The decor: If you haven't already purged the decades of holiday decorations that everyone manages to accumulate way too much of, be selective this year. Only take out a few important pieces to help bring the festivity to life. A dash of garland there, a wreath there, and a hint of holly there, and viola, you've created the perfect festive setting for your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy.
3. The tree: Unless you still get a thrill out of going into the woods and slashing down your own tree, a pre-lit artificial tree is an economical and painless alternative. With almost foolproof assembly, all you have to do is adorn it with your favorite ornaments, and plug it in. And, if you're longing for that authentic pine-fresh smell, visit Yankee Candle and pick up their Sparkling Pine candle jar. No cutting, no watering, no needle shedding…it's that easy!
Happy Holidays from Jensen Communities. Enjoy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays to All!

The Holiday Season will hopefully provide you with some extra time to think and plan for the upcoming year. The typical hustle and bustle can be draining as we prepare to get together with family and friends. It is at the same time very enjoyable and very stressful. There really is no better time than getting together with loved ones, sharing a hearty meal and good drink, exchanging gifts, reminiscing about days gone by and those that have passed on, and remembering in our thoughts, prayers and giving those less fortunate.

Making a move to a new home, lifestyle and even location can also be exciting but taxing. In reality, it is not so much the end result that proves difficult, but the process of getting from point A to point B. There is just a lot to think about and do in order to move from a current residence to a new home. We hope that you may learn from many Jensen residents what we hear so very often, “we wished we had made the move sooner”.

Optimistically, you will enjoy some time to think and or discuss your aspirations for the upcoming year. Conversations with our spouse, close family and friends can be a good way to help focus retirement plans and even learn about how others feel about making a change or have made the move. Due to the economy, we are finding more people talking about how to reposition their physical and financial assets in pre-retirement planning. Many also want buy-in from “the children” but of course are very much in control of their own decision making.

The New Year will provide another clean slate and fresh start. From all of us at Jensen communities®, we hope that you dreams do come true and are here to help that happen. Our staff is always ready to assist you to find a home and community to fits the lifestyle of your choice.

Get in on the Good Life!®