If getting organized is at the top of your new year, fresh start, to-do list. We’ve got some suggestions to help you get closet space and storage space organized. First though, take some time and purge. Perhaps adopt the rule that for every item that comes into the apartment, three things have to go out of it.
February means Valentine’s Day, and Valentine’s Day is all about showing the love to our sweethearts, our children, family, friends, and maybe even the dog. Along with, or maybe in place of, flowers and chocolates, heart-shaped anything is a good go-to, to make points on V-day.
Centuries ago it was a common thing for a person to be born, live, and die having never traveled further than twenty or thirty miles from his/her home. As a rule, today that is no longer true. American’s are a mobile society, and most people have moved at least several times in their life, whether across town or across country. Part of moving is meeting new neighbors, so how do you do that when you live in an apartment community and everyone has busy lives? Whether you have just moved into the Perry, or if you’ve lived in Potomac for awhile now, these tips may be helpful:
If you ask the average American what his or her favorite sport is you will most likely get answers like basketball, baseball, and football; some people may cite soccer; all team sports, and all played with balls. However, there are those Americans us who favor sports that are a little more unique, such as roller derby, fencing, and motorcycle riding — and all are available within a short drive from The Perry in Park Potomac. Here are some details about who, what, and where to find a group or club near you:
By now, you’ve got holiday plans covered, your calendar is full to overflowing, and you just need some down time. Congratulations! You have survived another trip around the sun. New Year’s Eve is a fantastic time to note that accomplishment. Whether you plan a cozy evening in at The Perry, or you travel abroad and take in a First Night celebration, or hang out in a trendy DC club here are some tips for celebrating:
Let’s face it, December can be an incredibly busy month for many of us. Whether you have a calendar full of year-end projects and appointments, a list of must attend social functions, or several out of town trips, it can get downright chaotic. Take a few minutes for yourself and try out some of these ideas to unwind.
With so many events to choose from, it’s a good thing they are just a short drive away from the Perry, because it will be hard to choose just one! One of the perks of living in Park Potomac is the close proximity to so many cool places with varied activities. We have highlighted just a few of the things you may want to participate in coming up in November and December.
November. The very word brings up images of gray blustery days, the sun going down earlier each day, and the comfort of returning home. Whether that’s your apartment at The Perry, a Chicago high-rise, a midwest suburb, a ranch in Wyoming,or a Hawaiian bungalow, home truly is where the heart is. And in November our thoughts turn toward Thanksgiving, that ubiquitous American holiday that reaches across political, religious, and social boundaries. In a day of thanks across the nation, Americans from Potomac, Maryland to Sacramento, California will be giving thanks and then digging into turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
Perhaps while we are eating and socializing, we can take some time to reflect on the things we are grateful for in our lives. So often, like the fullness in our tummies gradually subside, so do our feelings of gratitude. Here are some ideas to keep an attitude of gratitude alive throughout the year.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Every day write down three things that you are grateful for in your life. They can be simple things like receiving a gift from a neighbor, or they can be more substantive like gratitude for an unexpected bonus at work, or recovery from a serious illness. This sitehas some tips for keeping a gratitude journal.
Serve Someone Else
There is nothing like doing something for someone else to help you realize your blessings. VolunteerMatch.orgis a good place to start looking for opportunities to serve locally. Or make it as simple as making a concentrated effort to serve your apartment community.
Spend Time in Nature
Something about being in the outdoors and seeing the beauty all around often brings up feelings of gratitude for being able to live in such a beautiful world. And Potomac certainly has plenty of places to get out and enjoy nature. For starters, check a park near you. Here’s a quick guide to Montgomery Area Parks.
Share your experience with focusing on gratitude this month and throughout the year in the comments!
Fall brings about harvest festivals, sweater weather, crunching leaves, and a chill in the air. Within a short distance of Park Potomac there are some excellent places to get out and enjoy the fleeting fall weather. And perhaps pick up some pumpkins, gourds, squash, and candy corn, to decorate with. Check out these places in Montgomery County, MD:
Agricultural History Farm Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset. It provides a peek into the past, offering visitors a unique perspective on early 20th century farming.
Butler’s Orchard will be having a Pumpkin Festival with all kinds of fun activities.
Homestead Farm is a pick your produce/fruits sort of place. This family farm has been in operation by the Allnutt family since 1763, when James Allnutt purchased 746 acres by the Potomac River.
Sugar and Spice
And what is fall without the scent of pumpkin and spice filling your apartment at the Perry? Try one of these tasty pumpkin recipes and everyone will be anticipating baked goodness!
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 2 tsp baking soda
4 eggs 1 ½ tsp. salt
1 cup vegetable oil 1 tsp. cinnamon
⅔ cup water 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
3 cups sugar ½ tsp. ground cloves
3 ½ cup flour ¼ tsp. ground ginger
1 pkg. chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water, and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt,and spices. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into prepared pans.
Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Pumpkin Pie Cake
Directions: Pre-heat oven, 375 degrees Fahrenheit, then complete each step as directed.
1 yellow cake mix minus 1 cup. (Set 1 cup aside)
½ c butter, melted
Mix cake mix, melted butter, and egg together until it forms a soft dough. Lightly grease a 9X13” baking pan. Press dough evenly into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
2 ½ cups pumpkin puree
⅔ cup milk
½ cup brown sugar
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to equal 3 tsp.)
Mix together until well blended. Pour over top of crust.
1 cup reserved cake mix
¼ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix cake mix, sugar, and cinnamon together, then cut butter into cake mix with a pastry blender until the chunks are the size of peas. Sprinkle over the top of the filling.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream.
Offutt, blacksmith shop, post office, general store, scenic views, Perry, upscale, gourmet, green space. What do these words have in common? Potomac, Potomac, MD in fact. Today’s Park Potomac neighborhood began as Offutt Crossroads, named after Edward Offutt, who received a 600-acre land grant from Lord Baltimore in 1714. By the time the Civil War was in progress, the town comprised of about 100 residents boasted a blacksmith shop, a post office, and two general stores, one owned by Thomas Perry.
When the postal system began taking root some towns and cities were renamed. In 1881 Offutt Crossing was renamed Potomac. From those humble beginnings, Potomac has grown into a thriving upscale community with a pleasant mix of green space, trendy shops, and a variety of gourmet restaurants.
Another interesting bit is that Potomac was ranked as the seventh most top-educated American small town according to Forbes. With the option of public, private, and religious schools available to residents, this is not surprising.
Along with education Potomac claims these people as current and past residents:
Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Aitku Abubakar, Vice President of Nigeria, Phil Galfond, professional poker player, Sugar Ray Leonard, professional and Olympic champion boxer, and Wolf Blitzer, anchor and host of Cnn’s The Situation Room. An interesting mix of people indeed.
Approximately five miles away from The Perry, near the intersection of Falls and River Roads, you will find the original (restored) Perry Store, which is now a part of a bank, a fitting epitaph as CNNMoney.com, in 2013, noted that Potomac was the most affluent town in the United States, based on median household income.
So, as you enjoy a stroll through along the banks of the river, hike one of the many trails in the area, sit in a cafe, or attend Potomac Day celebrations, spare a sympathetic thought for Edward Offutt, whose name simply doesn’t have the alliterative allure of Park Potomac.
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