Yet another “Ground Hog Day” with this snow and ice. I wasn’t a bit happy finding there was a combination of sleet and snow having fallen overnight. It was more than a struggle getting it off the front sidewalk at my office today. After the sun came around and warmed up the pavement enough to get it melting, I finally got it all off, and happy for that after hearing we’re supposed to get another larger dumping of snow tomorrow.
Please don’t forget about my public open house tomorrow that’s located at 1034 Park Lane here in Mason City. I’ll be there from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, so do tell everyone because it really is a very well built home in a much sought after district of our City. As far as I’m concerned, it should’ve been sold right out of the gates, but I have to remember it did come on the market during the Holidays along with our exceptionally cold weather, for sure hasn’t been the least bit helpful in getting it sold.
Another one of my listings sold today which came as no surprise to me simply because of its condition. There’s no question in my mind it’s one of the very few homes on the market so close to being spotlessly clean and maintenance free. The real bonus for its future owners, is that the sellers have taken great care in making sure all their home’s mechanicals were updated and in tip-top working condition. Even the agent that sold it mentioned how spotless the home was when showing it. I couldn’t help but saying, “Now you know why I was insistent that you and your buyers remove your shoes before viewing it.” The sellers are happy now, and so am I.
With the official 1st day of Spring less than a month away, I’m hoping all of you who’ve been thinking about having a garden this year, begin making plans now. Since we live in an area where our growing season is shorter, it’s best to get ready for starting your tomato and pepper seeds indoors so they’ll be able to provide you with more fruit before the frost arrives this coming Fall. When growing vegetables on a much larger scale when young, we used to start tomatoes, peppers, onions, cabbage and broccoli in what’s called a cold frame. I’m sure if you do your own research online as to what they are, along with their purpose, you’ll find it a simple, yet very effective way to start seedlings. The real plus of doing the cold frame method, is that the plants are more accustomed to whatever your soil type is and less likely to go into transplant shock when planting.
Oh I have to share another story that was told me today by my favorite “storyteller”. She proceeded to tell me about a neighbor of hers named Vera who lived across the road from her when she lived on an acreage many years ago. Just one particular incident she mentioned about Vera, who by the way lived in a home that had absolutely no upkeep or repairs having been done for years. Vera’s personal hygiene was near non-existent to where she rarely if every bathed, would not clean her home and whenever eating something packaged, she’d discard the packages and wrappers on the floor to where there were mounds of it thru-out her house. Oh, and the mentioning of mice and rats nearly sent me reeling. One day, Vera call my friend to ask that she be taken to the hospital because of a severe bowel problem she was having.
Since my storyteller was a young mother at the time, she had to bring her pre-schooler with her before picking up Vera. Out came Vera in her ragged clothes, and when she got in the car, she must’ve dosed herself up with the cheapest perfume so to mask her body odor.
All the way to the hospital she prayed that her child wouldn’t cry out, “Mommy. Something in this car really stinks!” She got her to the hospital where they cleaned her up, got her bowel problem corrected, and back home to her squalid living arrangements she was delivered.
With my storyteller’s ability to create visuals, I was not only seeing Vera’s environment, but also remembering others I’d encountered over the years. I’m still unable to understand how some people choose to live their lives way they do in their home environments. It must a combination of denial, self-punishment, and absolute laziness. What do you think?