Pounding Humility

Another hot one arrived today, but at least we had a slight breeze out of the North which when not in the direct sun, made a person feel like it was ten or fifteen degrees cooler. I’m still not looking forward to this week’s daily 90+ degree temps.

Before heading to work, I drove over to that home missing a set of door knobs on a closet, just so I didn’t have to be worrying about that any longer. When I went to put them on, I noticed the screw holes in the pin that holds the knobs in place, being in the wrong position. As much as I tried, they just would set properly, so I figured it would be another trip back to my pail of knobs to find ones that would fit. Before leaving, I started walking around the home to see if there was a different lock-set on a door I could switch out, but there was none to be found until I went upstairs and found that the attic closet door had the knobs like the rest of the house, but not the same lockset, so I took a chance at swapping the ones I brought, with that attic door, and then place those on the knob-less closet door on the main floor. Believe it or not, it worked, and so much so, a person would never guess that attic door had a different set of knobs. Now that was a stroke of luck.

When I arrived at office, the first thing I had to do, was post a pending on one of my sales this past week which passed its home inspection yesterday with flying colors. Since my buyer is already pre-approved for a loan, all that’ll be left, is the appraisal and final underwriting. I’m very happy for my buyer because there’s no question that home is going to work well for her in the years to come.

With it finally being a Sunday morning, I conducted my silent spiritual exercise in that quiet little corner of my office. Just recently, I added another person to my book of intentions due to some life-threatening health problems a dear friend’s sister is having. I know many don’t hold much faith in the power of prayer, but I’m of the belief that if it helps even the slightest bit more than what our medical professionals can do, then it’s worth the effort.

After getting my Sunday duty finished-up, I did a little more office work, and then changed my clothes and went back to my outdoor project and worked for another 5+ hours. After finding a place to stop for today, and then looking back, I’d say my efforts were more than noticeable. Yes, I was wringing wet from head to toe once again.

While changing my clothes back at office, I was shocked to see how much I’d turned a deep pink from these past two days of being outdoors. As much as I tried to stay out of the direct sunlight, along with wearing my Panama hat, I still managed to get nailed with a light sunburn, along with my hair appearing more bleached.

While working, I happened to notice a nest hole in an ancient tree which compelled me to take the above photo. I’m still wondering what type of animal made a nest looking like that because there was soft grasses in it, along with what looked like wood shavings.  I didn’t see any feathers or bird dropping in or around it, so it must’ve been used by one of our wild and furry creatures.

In spite of it being a scorcher, I actually enjoyed my time alone while out working, but did get interrupted by several text messages from Clear Lake agents wanting to show the acreage I have listed over there. Since we’re getting more out of State buyers wanting acreages, it won’t surprise me if it gets sold to one of them. You can be sure they’ve got plenty of money to spend out of the sale proceeds of their West-Coast homes. I still can’t fathom the thought of someone paying upwards of a million dollars on a home in metro areas which would be comparable to a home selling here in North Iowa for around $200K. I sure wouldn’t want to be servicing a mortgage that big for the next 30 years.

My last little duty of the day, was to review a sale file that’s scheduled to close tomorrow morning, as I thought it best to do it today instead of waiting until the last hour. It all looked good, so I put it away and locked up my office for the day.

Before heading home, I stopped at a groceteria to pick up a few thinks I was lacking, and while within, I couldn’t believe how many people I recognized, and so much so, I was beginning to think to was a Sunday afternoon’s “Old Home Week”. I would’ve stopped and visited with a few of them, but I was fully exhausted from today’s workout. Fortunately I was far enough away to make a quick aisle-turn before I got myself button-holed.

I forgot to share my recipe for the cucumber salad I spoke about yesterday which I so much enjoy, so here it is. Keep in mind, it tastes even better the next day.

Cucumber and Onion Salad

  • 3 medium cucumbers, peeled and very thinly sliced.
  • 2 medium onions, peeled, thinly sliced, and separated into rings.
  • 1 cup of sour cream. (I prefer the Anderson Erickson brand)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper.
  • Combine all ingredients; cover and refrigerate 2 hours before serving.

Tonight’s One-liner is: If anything’s good for pounding humility into you permanently, it’s the restaurant business.

Joe Chodur

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