Custom-Fitted For That Pot

Another beautiful day arrived in North Iowa, and as much as I would’ve liked to have been out enjoying it, I was pretty much tied to my office with the fielding of calls along with emails regarding my new listing over at 631 – 6th Ct. SE which was my confirmation that the buyers are still out there actively looking. Scheduling back-to-back showings can be a bit trying at times.

I decided to head over to 36 S. Illinois early this morning to get several new photos of the exterior, and only because it was a very bright and sunny morning. Since I posted its price reduction yesterday, we’ve had three showings scheduled. Let’s hope there’ll be an offer coming in on it soon.

Since I was out near Hy-Vee, I decided to grab a cup of java at their convenience store, and when I went to pay the $1.07 I owed, I handed the woman two dollars. She looked at it and then handed me back a dollar bill. I then said to her, “Well, it looks like I’m gonna have to pay it forward today with someone else.” She laughed a little and then added, “Whenever I’m out at McDonald’s and my daughter is with me, she asks why I don’t pay for the person’s meal behind us.” I then said, “Your daughter is definitely special because most of us humans selfishly think of themselves and don’t give a hoot about others.” She smiled again saying, “Yes, she is very special.”

When I got back in my car I had an inspiration, so I grabbed 14 pennies out of my little coin holder and walked back in and while dropping them into her dish I said, “Gotcha. I’ve now paid you back double.” The look on her face was priceless.

With Hy-Vee’s temporary garden center only across the parking lots, I drove over to have another look at their discounted goodies. There’s a group of blue Hydrangeas I’ve been looking at and continuing to wonder if I could find a place for one of them. Since there wasn’t any clerk to be found, I took a short stroll up and down the aisles and just as I was getting ready to leave, I spied a Robin perched on a shopping cart with a night crawler in its mouth. It stood there looking at me until I took a few steps back. Well, wouldn’t you know, that parent jumped down into one of those planters filled with flowers, and started feeding something.

I waited until it flew away until I took a closer look. Sure enough, there were two baby Robins in a nest that was custom-fitted for that pot. Knowing I just had to share that sight with someone, I went back to my car, grabbed my camera and got a good photo of that unusual setting which I’ve now got posted as tonight’s photo. All I was thinking of while driving back to office, were the looks on the faces of those shoppers whenever taking a closer peek at that planter filled with flowers and a nest of baby Robins. That was certainly quite the sight.

As my hectic day rolled on, I managed to catch up with an owner of a home in need of an inspection by me so I’d be able to establish a value on it should they decide to list it. It ended up being one of those homes that you just can’t make a cast-in-stone value on because of its size and floor plan, so I’ll be having to be doing some serious market research before I can safely tell them what it would be worth on the open market.

I did get a call yesterday from a gentleman who I worked with in the past who’s now decided it’s time to sell his home. He said he’d call me in about a week’s time to have me go over and look at what he’s done to get it prepped for the market. I did warn him that it appears our sales are slowing, which is mostly due to the interest rate hikes and our spiking inflation which in the end, affects our home values. Thank goodness he did understand, so perhaps he won’t be wanting a king’s ransom for it.

We’ve been hearing a great deal of negative comments from homeowners regarding people showing up in their yards and placing utility flags and painted lines in grassy areas by those MetroNet workers who’re digging holes and burying fiber-optic lines. Everyone seems to think somebody dropped the ball by not informing those being affected. One of them mentioned how poorly the City has been handling the notification of those holes being dug. As far as I’m concerned, I thought it gave our City’s Administrators another bad mark from our general public. I personally believe the least they could’ve done, was to send a separate flyer in our monthly water bills, just so our residents would have some sort of head’s up.

It looks like everyone’s beginning to get hyped-up over the RAGBRAI riders who’ll be descending on us next month. I’m only hoping there’ll be no major health issues, no thievery, a no wrong steps taken by our City which could possibly leave long-lasting ill thoughts about our community. All I can once again remind everyone involved is, “First impressions are always the most lasting.”

I’m still in a bit of shock this week is almost over, and likely due to how busy I’ve been with listings and sales. I’m certainly not complaining because I’ve learned long ago that you have to make hay while the sun shines, and especially when involved in the marketing of real estate.

I couldn’t believe how much more crazy the news is coming out of China and Russia. First off, the Russian media is now saying the Russian people are prepared to go into an all-out war with Nato, and then another article was a confirmation that the new Chinese textbooks for school children is stating that Hong Kong was never a British Colony and always part of the Chinese mainland. Their mindsets are now taking on the Xi approach to history where facts are merely incidental. Only interpretation matters. And only one interpretation is allowed. So it shall always be with totalitarian governments.

Tonight’s One-liner is: The well-bred contradict other people, while the wise contradict themselves.

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