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I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day….

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m not ready for winter’s chill to be upon us. I suspect I’m not alone….? Yet sometimes, despite our best wishes, ol’Mother Nature decides to just do her own thing. (Was that hail/snow we saw outside of the Hoyt-Potter House this morning on the way into work? Oh, I sure hope not.) I’m wrapped up with an afghan as I type this, coveting the warm mug of coffee next to me. It makes a nice handwarmer!

This is simply a post to say hi and bring you some reminders of blue skies and warmer temps through the brilliance of sunflowers. Something about them just makes me smile! I took these snapshots this a few weeks back while out at our Stone-Tolan House Museum on a gorgeous day. They’re part of the kitchen garden still growing out there with heirloom plants. Quite incredible, actually. You can read about Stone-Tolan here.

Just as we all need to add extra layers and get ready for the cold, so do our older homes. I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you about the wealth of resources we have available on our website to help you learn how to best winterize your home. There’s also expert advice and experience for do-it-yourself care of your older home to be had at Your Old House workshops, starting next week!

So please keep warm and enjoy this hot cocoa weather. And if the gray skies and chill become a little too much, come back to look at photos of sunflowers. I bet you’ll smile!

posted by Laura Keeney Zavala, Director of Marketing


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