A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

January - February 2019

Edition No. 20

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Manager's Corner
 

Larry

Happy New Year from all of us at Saddlebrook Farms! As we move into 2019, many of us reflect on the past year and make resolutions to improve the upcoming year. Read on for the staff’s New Years resolution.

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Manager's Corner

Larry

Happy New Year from all of us at Saddlebrook Farms! As we move into the new year, many of us will reflect on the past year and make resolutions to improve the upcoming year. Sometimes our resolutions are a challenge and fade away quickly, others are based on a daily resolve to maintain or change things that need improvement – some subtle and some significant.

For myself, the staff, and all of the contract partners we work with, our resolution remains to provide the highest level of service to you. The things we do well, we will strive to do better. We’ve incorporated changes to eliminate lead time with any of our services. We’ve improved the communication processes for our weekly service so you can see the difference and ensure zero gaps in performance. Most importantly- if there is an area where we have fallen short in providing, we are all committed to correcting it.

You chose to live at Saddlebrook and our staff has never been more committed to helping reinforce that decision. Our resolution to you is to make this year your best at Saddlebrook. Happy New Year to all!

Yours Truly,
Larry Waco Jr.

We're Closed
 

Closed sign

The community office will be closed the following days in observance of the holidays.

  • • Tuesday, January 1 - New Year’s Day (Garbage and recycling will be picked up on Thursday, January 4)
  • • Monday, February 18 – Presidents Day

Food

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Boost Your Breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? A balanced meal in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism and helps improve your energy and concentration throughout the day. Plus, it prevents overeating later in the day. Check out these 31 breakfast recipes to inspire your next morning masterpiece.

Capital Improvements

Tools

With 2018 behind us, we’re looking forward to everything 2019 has in store. We completed many Capital Improvements projects last year. Read more to see the full list.

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Capital Improvements

Tools

With 2018 behind us, we’re looking forward to everything 2019 has in store. We completed many Capital Improvements projects last year.

Check out the list of all the improvements we completed in 2018.

  • • Lake Lodge interior painting
  • • Lake Lodge kitchen remodeled
  • • Lake Lodge re-vamped
  • • Parking lot lighting added
  • • Garden shed enclosures
  • • Hidden Lake fountains installed
  • • Bocce court grading and re-leveling
  • • Park benches replaced
  • • Picnic tables replaced
  • • Seawall repairs and replacements
  • • Road repairs
  • • Curb repairs
  • • Roadway crack filling
  • • Erosion projects
  • • New pier at the Lake Lodge
  • • New pier on south end of Hidden Lake
  • • Lodge pavilion enhanced
  • • Walking path extension
  • • Outdoor kitchen area next to the pavilion
  • • New walking path between Winners Circle and Victory Lane
  • • New street sign posts to match light poles in 20 locations
  • • Shoreline stabilization on Devonshire Court

We’re also planning a few projects for 2019, check them out.

  • • New park benches
  • • New picnic tables
  • • Lake Lodge wood floor refinishing in rooms
  • • Seawall repairs and replacements
  • • Road repairs
  • • Curb repairs
  • • Roadway crack filling
  • • Erosion projects
  • • New street sign posts to match light poles
  • • A new outdoor gathering space (locations continue to be evaluated)

Stay tuned for other projects we’ll announce in our upcoming newsletters. Hometown America continues to provide new amenities and improvements to our community, we thank them for their commitment to Saddlebrook.

Thank You!
 

Thank you

The Saddlebrook Farms staff would like to thank all the residents who sent cards and goodies to the offices for the holidays. We truly appreciated the well wishes. We are also grateful for the generous residents who donated to Toys for Tots and P.A.D.S. of Lake County. We wish you all the best in 2019!

Sales Update
 

House

2018 was a fantastic year and we can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for us. Read on to learn how you can tour the Model Center and about our referral bonus.

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Sales Update

House

2018 was a fantastic year and we can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for us. If you haven’t had a chance to tour our beautiful new models yet, please feel free to stop in and visit our Sales and Model Center anytime: we’re open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Remember to bring your friends and relatives in and if they purchase a new home at Saddlebrook Farms, we’ll give you a $1,000 referral bonus!

We wish you all good health and happiness in the new year!

-The Saddlebrook Farms Sales Team

Your Health

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Serenity & Strength

If you’re looking for a gentle form of exercise with powerful physical and mental benefits, Tai Chi may be the best option. Comprised of a series of choreographed, low-impact movements, Tai Chi is meant to help improve your strength, posture, and stress. The best part is this increasingly popular workout doesn’t leave you feeling sweaty or sore! Try out some basic moves to see if Tai Chi is right for you.

Snow Removal
 

Snow shovel

After a spectacular fall season, it’s difficult to start thinking about winter and the snow season. Whether you are a Saddlebrook pioneer or a recent move-in, read more to learn about our snow removal process and what to expect this winter.

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Snow Removal

Snow shovel

After a spectacular fall season, it’s difficult to transition into thinking about winter and the snow season. Whether you are a Saddlebrook pioneer or a recent move-in, it’s important to know about our snow removal process and what to expect this winter.

  • • We love that our residents decorate for the fall season and into winter with a variety of holiday decorations. When placing those items, please take into account our ability to remove snow before putting them up. Now is the time to start putting away any planters, furniture, or yard décor before the snow flies. We need these areas clear so we can properly perform maintenance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
  • • Saddlebrook will begin removing snow from the roads when accumulation begins. We will start on the main roads, continue on to the secondary streets, and then to all cul-de-sacs shortly after. Road salting will be done whenever it is required on the Saddlebrook streets. Remember, salting on driveways and walkways of home sites is the responsibility of the homeowner.
  • • Once we reach a 2-inch accumulation, we will deploy our longtime partner to begin removing snow from driveways. Depending on the snow event, some driveways will not be started until after the accumulation stops. We will remove the snow from driveways in a sequential fashion for maximum safety and productivity. We do not provide snow removal by appointment. All of our residents will receive removal services as quickly as possible.
  • • Please refrain from overnight parking on the streets during snow events. Once the snow has stopped, you can pull your car out, so the driveway removal can occur. We do not remove snow from a driveway that has a car in it for safety purposes.
  • • Please use caution and patience. We take a lot of pride in our ability to remove snow, which allows you to have visitors, go to appointments, and get your mail. We will do whatever we can to give you access while having all snow cleared. It’s all part of a sequence- roads, then driveways, then walkways up to the porch.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Community Office. Remember, the most important thing during snow events is to remain safe.

Smoke and CO Detectors

Smoke detector

The Grayslake Fire District would like to remind residents to change the batteries in their smoke and CO detectors once a year. Remember, detectors have expiration dates so please check the date on the bottom of the device and replace it if it has expired.

Chair v. Hatha Yoga

Yoga

Yoga is known for helping its practitioners with mind and body balance but did you know there are different kinds of yoga for those of all ages? Read on to learn the difference between chair and hatha yoga and which one is right for you.

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Chair v. Hatha Yoga

Yoga

Yoga is known for helping its practitioners with mind and body balance but did you know there are different kinds of yoga for those of all ages? Saddlebrook Farms is happy to offer residents two types of classes, but how do you know which is best for you?

Chair yoga might be for you if you:

  • • Don’t feel as steady on your feet as you once did
  • • Often feel as though you might lose your balance
  • • Have irritating kinks in your neck or shoulders
  • • Have aches in your back, hips, knees and/or fingers
  • • Know that your “get up and go” got up and went
  • • Often experience insomnia or stress
  • • Find it impossible to get up and down from a yoga mat

Our Chair yoga classes are on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. Classes are $4 per session.

We also offer Hatha yoga, a more traditional form of yoga than chair based. If you can get up and down with relative ease, Hatha might be for you!

In Hatha, you’ll learn a variety of easy-to-do poses that will:

  • • Put the spring back in your step
  • • Add suppleness to your spine
  • • Improve your balance
  • • Help rid you of those irritating aches and pains
  • • Ease stress and insomnia
  • • Allow you to practice correct breathing techniques
  • • Offer you profound peace of mind and deep relaxation

Our Hatha yoga classes are on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Classes are $4 per session and we ask that all participants bring a yoga mat and light weight blanket.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Community Office.

Travel

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Vacation for Less

Ready for a getaway but worried about the funds? There are plenty of tips and tricks for vacationing on a budget so you can enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. However, the destination is often the most expensive part of a vacation. This list features 18 of the best affordable destinations to make your holiday one for the books. With these travel hacks, there’s no need to keep putting off your next trip!

Feed My Starving Children

Lunch

On October 19, several of our residents volunteered with Feed My Starving Children, packing meals for children in need. Read on for a thank you to our volunteers.

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Feed My Starving Children

Lunch

On October 19, several of our residents volunteered with Feed My Starving Children, packing meals for children in need. A big thanks to some of our wonderful volunteers: Annette and Chip Marks, Peg Samuelson, Vivian Naylor, Rudi and Ada Fox, Alvera Shelton, Lily Lauwers, Irene Kowatsch, Michelle Ross, Jean Cooksey, George Helmich, and Ron Kraatz. Stay tuned to the Residents’ News Notes for our upcoming February volunteer opportunity.


Food drive

Bridge Club
 

Cards

Are you looking for a way to meet new friends and love playing bridge? Consider joining the newly minted Saddlebrook Farms Bridge Club! The club is hoping to start meeting on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. If you’d like to join, please reach out to the Community Office.

Christmas Tree Pick-Up

Christmas tree

We hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Now that all the fun is over, we’d like to help make clean-up easier. PrairieLand will be picking up trees on Wednesday January 2 and 9. Please have your tree on the curb no later than 7 a.m. with no trimmings and not in a bag, thank you!

Entertainment & Leisure

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Time to Cut the Cord?

As technology continues to advance, more people are “cutting the cord” by getting rid of cable. Streaming services provide a wider variety of ways to watch your favorite programs, whether you’re on-the-go or snuggled on the couch. They only cost a fraction of a normal cable bill and most services offer a free period, so you can try before you buy. This is a great way to see if cutting the cord works for your lifestyle.

Trick or Treat Saddlebrook

Trick or treat

While the weather was quite chilly, the grandchildren of our residents still had a blast stocking up on delicious treats. Read more to check out some of our fabulous trick or treaters.

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Trick or Treat Saddlebrook

Trick or treat

While the weather was quite chilly, the grandchildren of our residents still had a blast stocking up on delicious treats. Meet some of our trick or treaters!


Michael and Betty Gadsby’s daughter Erica came out with her children Caden and Hannah.


Halloween

Dennis and Donna Mott and Debbie Baia’s grandchildren Justin, Andrew, and Dalton had a great time collecting treats!

Halloween

Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Keep reading to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

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Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but at the time Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Read below to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

  • 1. Fight fear with gratitude. Ted describes himself as a chronic worrier. He says to combat this, along with therapy and the help of his wife, he replaces the fearful thoughts with ones of gratitude.
  • 2. As you grow older, work harder. Ted explains age is a marker but it’s not everything. What you’re capable of is more related to our creativity, passion, and determination. Although he may have a bit more trouble memorizing lines now, he simply works a bit harder and it pays off.
  • 3. Know what’s important, be kind. No matter what financial worries his family had growing up, Ted was always reminded of how loved he was and exposed to a variety of people with diverse perspectives. While grieving the passing of his parents, he was reminded to focus on what matters most. His best advice? Be kind, everything else will take care of itself.
  • 4. Surround yourself with passionate people. Find the smartest people you can and work with them. That’s how Ted continues to push himself. He explains he’s stopped thinking of himself as a start and begun working on projects of creative people that inspire him.
  • 5. Accept that life will be messy. Self-deprecation has long been Ted’s comedic calling card. Rather than taking himself too seriously, he chooses to accept the messes that come with life and learn from them. He says he wouldn’t change any of his mistakes because they made him who he is today.

Today, viewers know Ted Danson as Michael on The Good Place or as a prominent environmental activist. Aging certainly isn’t slowing him down and it shouldn’t! Learn more about Ted’s tips for a balanced life and see if any of them work for balancing your own.

Trending Foods for 2019

Plate of food

Our food is evolving as fast as our technology and it can be challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

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Trending Foods for 2019

Plate of food

Our food is evolving almost as fast as our technology. Sometimes it can feel challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger has predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

  • 1. Regional flavors. Whether it’s authentic southern cuisine or a true Philly Cheesesteak, people love food that reminds them of home and, according to Kroger, that’s not going to change any time soon.
  • 2. Plant-based foods. Meat or dairy free diets are steadily growing in popularity. As more people participate in Meatless Mondays or switch to a plant-based diet, food suppliers will provide a wider variety of available options.
  • 3. Trendy diets. In the quest for health, many are trying the newest diet trends like Keto or Whole30. Kroger not only expects this to continue, but increase as we head into the new year.
  • 4. Low sugars. Another popular diet change for 2019 will include decreasing or cutting sugar entirely from diets. While this may not be the best choice for everyone, 47% of consumers have said they are working to minimize their sugar intake.

Do Kroger’s predictions match up with yours? Learn more about them and give some of these trends a try for yourself. Maybe you’ll find meatless Mondays make your least favorite day of the week a bit more exciting.

 

Budgeting Made Easy

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Overspending is an easy habit to form and sticking to a budget is difficult. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Read more to learn how to stick to your plan and stop wasting time on unnecessary financial worries.

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Budgeting Made Easy

Calculator

Tracking finances can quickly become taxing but it must be done. Overspending is an easy habit to form, but after retirement you are often without a steady source of income and relying heavily on savings. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Don’t waste your time on unnecessary financial worries, learning the basics of budgeting is simple and fast.

First things first, be honest about your budget. Consider exactly what your current income, account balance, and expenses are. It’s easy to overlook small expenses but they add up over time. This may seem like common sense, but meticulously laying out finances is the foundation of a strong budget that you can continue in the long term.

Frequent expenses include home, transport, travel, and healthcare. Along with bills, it’s critical to note extraneous home expenses like maintenance or updates. If your car is guzzling funds as well as gas, consider using mobile apps such as Google Maps to find public transport routes near you. On the bright side, sticking to your budget doesn’t mean you can’t travel! Check out our travel article on the right side of the page for tips and destinations to make your vacation scrapbook-worthy for less. The last expense, healthcare, is sometimes unavoidable. However, by taking care of your mind and body, it becomes easier to prevent certain medical emergencies.

The last step is to keep track of your expenses. This is the part where most budgeters give up. Keeping a detailed record of what you spend can be demoralizing and difficult. To combat this, rewire the way you think about keeping track of your expenses. Turn it into a game where the goal is to find new ways to save on your purchases and keeping track of those purchases is how to keep the score. Plus, technology makes it easier than ever to record expenses with the various mobile apps designed for this very purpose, like Clarity Money. With this app, you can track your spending digitally whether you’re on a mobile phone or computer.

With these strategies, sticking to your budget is easier than ever. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks on how to live well on less, click here. Give your budget a makeover and see how much you can save.

Come Socialize
 

Socialize

Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

 

EZ Pay Contest
 

EZ Pay

Looking for a kickstart to your holiday shopping? How about a $50 gift card to Target? Sign up with EZ Pay now for a chance to win! Already signed up? Don’t worry, there’s a separate drawing to say thank you. Read on for details.

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EZ Pay Contest

EZ Pay

Looking for a kickstart to your holiday shopping? How about a $50 gift card to Target? Sign up for EZ Pay and have your monthly lot fee automatically deducted on the 3rd of each month. Every new sign up will have the chance to win a $50 Target gift card.

Those who are already signed up will be entered into a separate drawing as a thank you for participating in the program. Forms are available at the Community Office or through e-mail requests to saddlebrook@hometownamerica.com.

EZ Pay forms must be turned in by the 15th of the month to be effective for the following month. For more information, please contact the Community Office at 847-223-2212.