Looking Down

What an absolutely beautiful day it turned out to be with our sunny skies and temps above 60 degrees. I did notice that our sub-soil is finally starting to defrost which will help to dry up all our annoying ponds of mud. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing the return migration of all the many species of birds on their way long way back to various nesting sites. It’s very interesting when considering how they always seem to “know” when it’s time to head back, which I believe is a classic example of mophic resonance.

My first duty of the day, was to head back to my quiet and darkened corner so to get my Sunday morning contemplative prayer completed before I had to head over to St. Paul Lutheran Church to play their vintage pipe organ. For some reason, it took me longer to get settled down enough to where I could get my prayers completed. I finally said to myself, “Mr. Chodur. You know the protocol, so just relax and get thru it.” Talking to myself must’ve been what did the trick because moments later, I was back at my regular routine. After I finished up, I walked out feeling all the better, and even more ready to head over to St. Paul.

I was happy their Minister already had their doors unlocked so I could head on up to their choir loft. I did have my camera with me, and after all their lights were turned on, I went back down and started taking photos of their absolutely beautiful Lenten banners which I will be sharing with all of you these coming days.

The Service music went well, and mostly due to the fact that I was able to “stay with” Pastor Matt while he was singing. The only hymn that ended up being a solo of sorts, was their communion, and only being due to, few if any of their brethren singing. I did mention how more un-settled I get when playing solo, as I’ve not done enough of it to get comfortable with it all. When I played at another church for a number of years, I’d only softly play non-sung music before their services started which wasn’t a bother.

What made me exceptionally happy, was finding there being over 40 people in attendance which was double the amount there were the last time I played. When I went downstairs afterwards, one of the senior ladies came up to me and said, “Oh it’s so good to have you with us.” I assured her it was my pleasure to be playing for their fine group. When I went back upstairs to shut everything down, one of their male seniors walked up and thanked me as well. Yes, they’re really quite the mindful religious group whose numbers will continue to grow. As far as I’m concerned, that’s all it takes is momentum.

After I arrived back at office, I changed my clothes and headed out to finish up on what I started yesterday. Once again, it ended up taking longer, but at least I did get that nasty little project finished. What an ordeal that was, and hopefully I’ll not have to do it again for a very long time.

By the time I had my clothes changed back into my “Realtor-wear”, it was time for me to review my listing file, and then head over to Clear Lake to list a very nice ranch home that’s located at 404 S. 9th St. which is only about two blocks from their “beach”. As chance would have it, I sold that home to its current owner about five years ago, and the only reason he’s now selling, is due to a job he’s landed in South Dakota.

I’d been to his house several months ago to visit about things needing to be done, along with timing and pricing. When I walked in, I soon found he’d completed all his “to do’s” so all I had left, was to have him sign all my listing docs and take photos.

While walking thru it once more, I was reminded again how absolutely well-built that home is, and especially seeing its heavy floor joists and herringbone sub-flooring, which has always been a true and verifiable sign of quality in construction. There are oodles of built-ins and storage cabinets just about everywhere you’d look, so anyone who’d be in possession of great amounts of “stuff”, that’ll be their kind of home.

A number of years ago, a previous owner added a family room to the rear of it, which contains a wood-burning stove, and having that additional room, makes for over 1,600 sqft. of living area on its main floor. The basement ceiling is tall enough to where a person could create a 4th bedroom with an egress window, along with even more room to build either a she-den or man-cave. Yes, that home should be under contract soon considering how short our market is, and especially in Clear Lake at this time of year.

After planting my for-sale sign, I headed back to office and started loading everything online, and wouldn’t you know, I received a text about a minute later from another Realtor asking if it was still available. With so many of our homes getting sold in less than 24 hours, it’s no wonder so many agents are now getting jumpy. It would be nice if I could sell it myself, but at this moment, I can’t think of anyone looking in Clear Lake in that price range. I’ll have to put on my thinking cap and come up with someone for it.

I hope you like tonight’s photo which is of my precious orchid that now has three flowering heads growing out of it. I’m glad it likes where it’s stationed in my home, as that plant is the very one my California brother had sent to my mother, well over six years ago, and after she died, he asked me to take it and care of it.

I dare say, I’m enjoying its flowers as much as my mother did, and of course she’d often be asking me if it had enough water. For many years, she grew African violets, so when tonight’s orchid arrived, it became something very special for her. I’m sure my mother is looking down from Heaven and smiling right now. Isn’t it a beauty?

Tonight’s One-liner is: The soul is always healed when being around children.

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