Sunday, April 29, 2012

UPCOMING CRUISING TRIP! HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET?? We are planning a trip to Smith Island June 19th. We’ll, kick off the summer with a Smith Island Cruise and explore Smith Island, Maryland. Take a short and fun boat ride (about 45 minutes) and you will arrive at one of the last frontiers of Maryland History. The boat will leave Crisfield, MD at 12:30 pm and return at 4:30 pm. Once you get to Smith Island you will find that they offer many activities for you to do and ways to explore the beautiful island. You have plenty of time to eat, explore and really see why the island is so special. Have lunch at the Bayside Restaurant which features some of the best seafood on the Eastern Shore. Not to mention the famous Smith Island Cake which is now the Official cake of Maryland. The Bayside Inn is known for it’s family-style luncheon, and is available to individuals or groups on a daily basis. The Group Menu includes as a main course 2 crab balls, plus all you can eat clam fritters, country sliced ham, cole slaw, macaroni salad, corn pudding, green beans, stewed tomatoes, homemade rolls, a drink and a slice of homemade pie. The cost of the trip is $47 per person this includes cruise, lunch and tip and bus driver tip. Cost of the bus will be paid by Andy if we have 35 or more people. Please sign up and pay by May 1st.

Friday, April 27, 2012

JP's on The Wharf

What's for dinner tonight?  Well, come and join us and dine inside or out at JP's on the Wharf!  Watch the sun set and the boats come in while enjoying a wonderful meal and a refreshing drink with everyone from Southern Meadow!  See you at 5!  Pics to follow soon!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Community Garden OPEN!

Well this weekend didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it.  Sunday was a miserable day the weather was nasty and it carried through into Monday morning.  I woke up and had to pull out warm clothes instead of capris and short sleeves and as I sit down to blog about the Community Garden I see a huge dark cloud moving in which is going to bring more rain.  At least we didn't get snow like some other parts of the country did, whew we certainly dodged a bullet on that one!

Umbrellas in hand and everyone wearing a warm coat the rain did not keep the community away from staking their claim to a part of the Community Garden!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Burying St. Joseph Statue

I know that you are trying to sell your home and sometimes you are at a loss as to why it has not happened.  I have had a few people tell me that they want their dream home at Southern Meadow but they have to wait until their house sells.  My response, "Bury St. Joseph!"  Now, in no way am I looking to offend anyone.  St. Joseph is a Catholic Saint, Jesus' Foster-Father, some people believe in this, others do not.  This is a very old folk lore that some people believe is a remedy to fix the problem of your house not selling.  It happens to be something that I believe in (but I am Catholic and Italian so I am full of folk lore and superstitions!)  If you have received St. Joseph in the mail from us, please do not take offense.  All I am asking is that you try it.  Bury St. Joseph in the yard, and a successful closing may not be long in the offing!

I thought that I would give you a little bit of the history and how to bury St. Joseph (from

The History of St. Joseph
The history behind the tradition to bury a statue of Saint Joseph is hundreds of years old (A.D. 1515-1582).  It began in Europe with nuns at a Cloister needed to expand their land, and after a prayer to St. Joseph they buried medals of him in the ground. 

After a short time their prayers had been heard and they got more land.  This old story has lived on until today but on the tradition has changed from burying medals to burying statues.

St. Joseph was the husband to Virgin Mary and the earthly father of Jesus of Nazareth.  We don't know a lot about Joseph, except that he was a skilled craftsman and a good father.  He became a Saint for workers and it is very common to pray to him to get his help with house sales and many other things.

The reason he was made a Patron Saint is that he taught Jesus the craftsman's trade and made sure that Jesus was always well housed.  That is the reason why he always helped people find a house they were looking for and in that way help the people who need to sell their homes.

So now you know the history of St. Joseph and you have opened the gift of the St. Joseph statue.  Cute isn't it??  Well, What do you do next?  You bury St. Joseph!

How to Bury Saint Joseph statues....

St. Joseph is mostly common buried upside down facing the house.  Some say that this tradition goes back from what is called the "degradation of the saints".  At that time the tradition was that you threatened the saints by burying them and with that saying to the saints "I will keep you with your head down in the dirt until you sell my house for me".  Now days, the tradition to bury a statue of St. Joseph is still the same, but it's not very common to threaten him, instead we pray to his good will and pray that he will help us with a fast, smooth and profitable sale.

  • Bury the statue in the yard, the exact location varies, most common is in the front of the house.  Favorable spots are either close to the "For Sale" sign or close to the road.
  • Bury the statue upside down, facing the house
  • Pray to St. Joseph when you are burying him and keep praying until the house is sold
  • But the most important part is to have FAITH all the time, In Yourself, In Your Sale and in St. Joseph
  • After your house is sold you should take him with you to your new home and put him in a place of honor.
Now, I know some of you are thinking that I must be nuts!!  I sent you a statue and I want you to bury it in your yard....Well, we want you to sell your home and begin your new life at Southern Meadow!  You may not be Catholic or religious but I am sure you have faith in yourself, in your sale and you can have faith in St. Joseph!  I have faith in you and that your house will sell and I will be saying this prayer for YOU everyday!

Remember have FAITH in yourself, in the sale of your home and in St. Joseph and it will happen.  We will see you soon at Southern Meadow.  Look for testimonials from people in our community!

The prayer:

O, Saint Joseph,
you who taught our Lord
the carpenter's trade
and saw to it
that he was always properly housed,
hear my earnest plea.

I want you to help me now
as you helped your foster-child Jesus,
and as you have helped many others
in the matter of housing

I wish to sell this (house/property)
quickly, easily and profitably
and I implore you to grant my wish
by bringing me a good buyer,
one who is
eager, compliant, and honest,
and by letting nothing impede the
rapid conclusion of the sale.

Dear Saint Joseph,
I know you would do this for me
out of the goodness of your heart
and in your own good time
but my need is very great now
and so I must make you hurry
on my behalf.

Saint Joseph, I am going to place you
in a difficult position
with your head in darkness
and you will suffer as our Lord suffered
until the (house/property) is sold.

Then Saint Joseph, I swear
before the cross and God Almighty,
that I will redeem you
and you will receive my gratitude
and a place of honour in my home.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Fling

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"

We celebrated Spring arriving at Southern Meadow with A SPRING FLING!!  Our goal, chase away any winter blues (even though we had a very, very mild winter!)  That's what we did at the Clubhouse , decorated with light green table clothes and flowers in pots as centerpieces.  The food was out of this world featuring fried chicken, coleslaw, maccaroni salad, potato salad, baked beans, beverage dispensers filled with lemonade/ice tea  and let's not forget dessert, chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting topped with roses, or sprinkled with butterflies.  The room was filled with laughter and to really welcome spring everyone was given a pansy to plant in their gardens!

2 of the wonderful ladies on the Party Committee that helped make this all possiblity!

Bright green tableclothes brightened the Clubhouse up!

We had a 50/50 a door prizes!  I swear Linda is a happy person just hates her picture taken!

See I told you!!  Smiles all around!

Southern Meadow welcomes Spring and Celebrated with Friends Old and New!  Hope to see you soon!

Southern Meadow Welcomes Spring!

Community Garden Opening

Come one Come all and Claim your Spot in the Community Garden!  Opening at 10 am on April 23rd!  Here are the rules.....It's so simple!
1. First Come First Serve
2. Stake your claim to ONE SPOT per home, after everyone has claimed their spot, any empty spots left open are up for grabs!
3.  Put your name on the spot and MAINTAIN it!  Otherwise I am taking all of the veggies home with ME!

See you on Monday!  Look for pictures to follow!

Friday, April 20, 2012


It's that time again......time to ZUMBA! with Jessica at 1 pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Welcome Committee Meeting

The Welcome Committee meet yesterday to finalize the plans for the Meet and Greet Party on April 26th at 10 am. The shopping list has been made and a light breakfast of bagels, fruit and muffins will be served! Come on out on April 26th at 10 am and meet everyone old and new in the community!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Fling!

Get ready to PARTY!!!! The food is bought the room is set all we need is for you to get......
To the CLUBHOUSE at 5 pm! Come celebrate this wonderful weather we are having with some great food and wonderful friends!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Community Garden is Opening!

Come on out and "claim your spot" on April 23rd at 10 am. The Community Garden will be opened!
Here are the rules really very simple!
1. Your spot must be staked with your name.
2. One spot per home, if there are spots left open then you can have more!
3. You MUST maintain your spot. If you do not maintain it then management has the right to eat all of your veggies....(HEE HEE and I will!)

Management Meeting March

As you all know spring has sprung! Do keep in mind I started this email last week when the weather was beautiful. Now that I am ready to email it, the weather has changed. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 70s but if by a slim chance we get snow tonight it is because I have emailed this to all of you!!! We had a very mild winter which I know I am very thankful for but with the warm weather of spring comes the spring cleaning….UGH! So, at this month’s management meeting (which are now every other month) the topic being discussed is……Outdoor Spring Cleaning.

Sooo the general guideline of the meeting is going to be about the outside of your home…..-

  • Please check your shutters on your home. Do you find them to be a little discolored from the sun beating down on them? A fresh coat of paint will take care of that.

  • Is your siding a little green from algae? Do your gutters need to be cleaned? It’s a good idea to get your house cleaned at least once a year, take off any grime from the winter (even though we had a mild winter we did have a lot of rain) If you need someone to do the power washing give the office a call and I can get hold of Frank and he will come out to give you an estimate. I know a few people have contacted at 302-422-7787 they will come out and power wash your home, clean your windows and gutters and put a hot sealer wax on your home to seal shine and protect it. From what I have been hearing the deal is pretty good…
  • Crawl space vents will need to be opened to filter the air in. Don’t forget to turn the heat strip of.


  • Oh the dreadful weeds how they keep coming. I know I worked on my landscaping for many hours last weekend. Do your flower beds need to be cleaned up for spring? Getting out there and trimming the shrubs, pulling the weeds, edging the beds and putting down fresh mulch gives everything a clean and beautiful look! Shortcutz came around with a package deal to help clean up your flower beds and get them looking beautiful for the summer. Feel free to shop around and use someone else. There are many other landscapers in town to name a few, Johnny Nichols, Gumpman’s Lawn, Precision etc. If you are looking for a list of people I will gladly get you any number that you need.


  • Shortcutz also came around with a fertilization package once again feel free to shop around for the best deal. I have a list of people that have requested not to be turned on for their irrigation. My question to you is are you turning your system on yourself or not at all? Just to give everyone a friendly reminder you are required to irrigate your lot at least 3 times weekly. I know that this can be a touchy subject all I am asking is for you to kindly maintain your lawns so that the community can maintain it’s beautiful standards for everyone to enjoy and take pride in. We will begin mowing lawns on April 2nd.

Yard Waste Pick Up….

    Is back starting on the last Thursday of March. March 29th.

Community Garden….

  • Opening day is April 23rd at 10 am. Come “claim your spot” one plot per household and if there are any left over you are more then welcome to have another plot. This is on a first come first serve basis. Please maintain your plots this year or you will force management to eat all your veggies!!

See you on Thursday thanks