Our office will be closed on Sunday’s through January 8th. Our office hours will be 10:00 – 2:00 on Friday, December 23rd. We will be closed for the Holiday on December 24th and December 25th. Our office hours will be 10:00 – 2:00 on December 26th as well as Friday, December 30th. Our office hours will be 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, December 31st and our office will be closed on January 1st for New Years.
Our office will be volunteering at the Shepard’s Table Soup Kitchen on December 9th. The office will be closed from 9:00 – 1:30 that day. If you have a maintenance emergency when our office is closed, please call 919-772-6545 and listed to the instructions.
Sock It to Me Sock Drive
During the winter months there is a great need for socks. Homeless people walk around all day long often in wet socks from the rainy/snowy weather which can lead to infections and athlete’s foot. The Homeless will not take their shoes and socks off even if they have a warm place to sleep because they fear they will be stolen. Don Holder is a local volunteer that started this Sock Drive and he reached out to us for help.
He will be collecting new socks during the month of December to donate to homeless people as well as foster care children. If you are interested in donating socks, please bring the socks by our office. He is collecting all kinds of socks (men’s, women’s and children’s and in all sizes). You donations are appreciated and every pair of socks that are donated will help feet that are in need!
Canned Food Drive
We are still collecting canned goods through the month of December. Last year we collected almost 1000 cans because of you all and we would like to collect more this year! For every 5 cans you donate, you will receive a raffle ticket for our Holiday Party.
As many of you know, we have some really nice prizes that you can win so you do not want to miss out on this opportunity. You must have raffle tickets to win prizes so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE donate your canned goods! Winning a prize is not the best part…the best part is actually doing something for someone that is in need and less fortunate then you are!!
New Years Day = Good Luck Foods
On New Year’s Day, you’ll find people throughout the South eating black-eyed peas and greens. Many former Southerners have spread this tradition to other parts of the country.
If this tradition is new to you, you probably have lots of questions – how did the tradition start? What do the foods symbolize? How do I cook them? Here are some answers to get you started.
One is that eating these simple legumes demonstrates humility and a lack of vanity. The humble nature of the black-eyed pea is echoed by the old expression, “Eat poor on New Year's, and eat fat the rest of the year.”
Another explanation is that dried beans loosely resemble coins. Yet another is that because dried beans greatly expand in volume, they symbolize expanding wealth.
Clearly, a lot of people closely associate good luck with monetary gain. That’s where the greens come in (green is the color of U.S. currency). Any green will do, but the most common choices are collard, turnip, or mustard greens. Golden cornbread is often added to the Southern New Year’s meal, and a well-known phrase is, “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold.”
Pork is a staple of just about every Southern meal, so it’s usually cooked with the black-eyed peas. The pork seems to be there for flavor as opposed to symbolism, but some theorize that because pigs root forward when foraging, the pork represents positive motion. So will these foods be in your diet on New Years Day? Maybe you should try it to see if it brings you good luck!
The holiday season is in full swing and we are noticing all of the pretty decorations that residents have displayed.
It's so fun to ride around the community see all of the glistening lights and pretty trees. Just remember to use caution with your decorations.
Please turn off your lights and trees lights when you are not home and check your extension cords regularly to be sure they are plugged in tightly and are not hot.
If you prefer a live tree, be sure to keep it watered to prevent it from drying out. We would not want any chance of a fire happening. Thanks to you all.
Lights on the Neuse
Have you and your family been trying to find out where to go to see holiday lights? Well, we have the place for you! Lights on the Neuse is located in Clayton and is just right down the road. You and your family can enjoy an old fashioned hay ride while the holiday spirt invades every part of your body! The lights are amazing and you can make memories that will last a lifetime. The cost of tickets are $10 for 12 years of age and older, $7 for ages 3-7 and ages 2 and under are free of charge. For scheduling and additional information, please visit lightsontheneuse.com.
Holiday Snowball Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Holiday Morsels
- 1/2 cup finely chopped Diamond ® Walnuts or Pecans
- Powdered sugar
Heat Oven to 375
- Step 1PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
- Step 2BEAT butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour; stir in morsels and nuts. Shape level tablespoons of dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
- Step 3BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Sift powdered sugar over hot cookies on baking sheets.
Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desired. Store in airtight containers.
Air Filter Changes
The Service Team will be changing air filters in the buildings listed below during the month of December. Please make a note for yourselves if your building is on the list below. We ask that you kennel or secure all pets and please disarm alarm systems for that day.
We change your air filters so that your heating/air conditioning unit works more efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation.
12/6 – 1000 Pine Walk Circle
12/8– 800 Pine Walk Circle
12/13 – 1300 Plantation Pine Circle
12/15 – 600 Sagestone Way
12/20 – 1400 Tumbling Stone Way
12/22 – 900 Copperline Drive
This year our annual holiday party will be held on Monday, December 19th. This is the event that most of our resident’s look forward to throughout the entire year! There will be prizes, wonderful food (while supplies last) and good company. This event will start at 6:00 and will end at 8:00. We will do the drawings for the prizes at 7:00 p.m. and you must be present to win! Go ahead and mark your calendars now because you do not want to miss this event!