55+ Living Guide Spring/Summer 2017 55++LG+Spring+17+Spreads - Page 8

Editor ’ s Letter Spring/Summer 2017 Is it me or does it feel like this time of the year makes everyone happier? The joy of seeing our region transform from the grayness of winter’s solace to the color abundance and energy of Spring and Summer. Gardening and rebirth go hand in hand. We have some great gardening tips in our article “Secrets for a Healthy Garden” (page 26). Gardening opportunities await all of us this time of year, so no matter what space you live in, roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty and watch life begin. I’m blessed to have a husband that learned about gardening from his parents and grandparents. He is now teaching our son, who at only 8 years old is hooked, how enjoyable it can be. He enjoys watching his seeded indoor containers grow and his excitement is infectious. “Mom look what came up!” This year he has his own section of our raised beds where together with my husband they plant lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini and herbs. We watch our perennial wildflowers flourish all summer long and replenish with annuals. For me nothing is more tranquil than sitting under our pergola this time of year and taking in all the beauty and rebirth. The Berkshires are another place of rebirth this time of year. It’s easy to forget how close we are to The Berkshires and how much beauty and culture abounds, in as little as an hour away. Enjoy reading about some fun day trips in our article “The Berkshires 6 Best Places for History, Art, Music and Dance” (page 10). This issue was really fun to put together so we hope you enjoy it. With warmer and longer days upon us go find your happy place, mix up a drink and listen to the birds. It doesn’t get any better than this. Alison Michael Editor-in-Chief 8 We watch our perennial wildflowers flourish all summer long and replenish with annuals. Now Selling Choose from our premier collection of award winning ranch or two story designs. Ideally located, Linden Woods offers the best in upscale maintenance free living. from the $300’s! Call Today: 518-376-2965 Cynthia M. Quade, Lic. RE Broker email: cmquade32@gmail.com www.michaelsgroup.com ...in Clifton Park! • Premier Halfmoon Location! • Two, Three & Four Bedroom Homes • Carefree Maintenance Free Living • Ranch, 1st or 2nd Floor Master Suites • Custom Private Master Suites • Flexible Open Floor Plans • Hardwood & Tile Flooring Throughout • Granite Counters • Professionally Designed Kitchens • 9' Ceilings First Floor • Superior Energy Efficiency • Full Basements • Two Car Garages • Full Landscaping