224 W. Spring St., Manly, IA

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It wasn’t as cold out this morning as I was expecting, but when seeing the updated weather forecast for tomorrow night, it looks like we’re gonna get our first frost because they’re saying it’ll be somewhere around 30 degrees by the time daybreak arrives on Wednesday morning, so we’ll be saying good-bye to the tomatoes and peppers. Truth be told, I’ve managed to get everything and more, out of those two hot crops, so I’ll likely only cover up several slicing tomato plants and then leave the rest to the will of Mother Nature.

One of my errands this morning was to drop off four plastic grocery bags full of San Marzano tomatoes and British cucumbers to a thankful cause, and again I received another big “thank you” for those many drop-offs over these past weeks. In turn, I gave my thanks for not allowing them to go to waste. As I’ve said many-a-time, “Willful waste brings woeful want.”

We’re still in the midst of negotiations on that side-by-side duplex located at 1006 – 1008 N. Delaware, and since the selling agent isn’t part of our MLS, makes it all the more cumbersome because of the difference in forms, as well as the distance the buyer and agent is from Mason City. I think by the time our sun sets tomorrow evening, it’ll either be under contract, or the sellers will simply wait for another buyer to arrive on the scene.

Having been given the green light on listing the property located at 224 W. Spring St., Manly, IA, I prepared all the docs for the seller to sign and then emailed them to him for review and signature, and shortly thereafter, I headed up to the home to get all the measurements I needed, as well as taking a number of photos. Before leaving, I noticed another agent from Northwood listed a similar home just two doors down.

When I returned to the City, I went online to see what that home was listed at, and in spite of it having more recent updates than my listing, they’re asking around $33K more for it. That particular home is almost the same size as my listing, but the double garage of my listing at 224 W. Spring St. is distinctly larger.

I’ve not yet posted it in our MLS, and mostly due to my having run out of time today because once I received the listing contract back from the seller, I had to make another run up to Manly and place my for sale sign in a distinct location, just so the buyers looking at my competitor’s listing, would notice my sign. If I were a buyer, I’d definitely purchase my listing for far less and make my own improvements, rather than paying $187K containing someone else’s tastes. It only makes sense to buy for less and make one’s own changes. I’d likely never buy another’s lip-sticking because we all have our own likes and dislikes. I’m still hoping there’ll be a retiring farmer who’ll purchase my listing, and for sure having the washer and dryer on the main floor, makes for less steps. If you’re interested in seeing all the photos I took today, click on tonight’s photo and a slide-show will begin. Please put the word out on my new listing priced at $154,500 because with today’s prices of building materials, you’d end up having to pay upwards of $400K or more to have the same home built new.

Considering all the errands and phone calls I had today, it’s no wonder I was wondering where all those hours went. I did manage to make time to run over to St. Paul Lutheran and run thru the four hymns I was given to play this coming Sunday. I was only at the keyboard for twenty minutes at best, but I kept the old girl humming the entire time. Just before I shut it down, I was noticing those sticky pedals were working just fine, so perhaps the extra playing I’ve been doing, has limbered it up with exercise. I certainly hope that’s the case.

Of course you all know how these crazy things pop into my head and then I have to start paying even more attention. Well, for some reason unbeknownst to me, I’ve started noticing drivers going down the road with either their hands down on their steering wheels, or hands where I can see them, so today I purposely began noticing and comparing the numbers.

Since I had to make two trips up to Manly today, I made sure to watch every driver who was coming my way, and wouldn’t you know, the number of “hands up” and “hands down” were pretty much equal. In trying understand why, I was thinking the older ones were the “ups” and the younger, the “downs”, but that wasn’t the case, so someday I’ll get brave enough to ask one or two of those distinctly different drivers. I don’t think it has much of anything to do with people texting while they’re driving, because all those who were driving past me on Hwy 65, had their eyes fixed on the road ahead. Personally, I’ve always been a “hands up” driver, and likely always will be. Now that I’ve mentioned it, you’ll likely start noticing as well, along with doing your own counting. To this day, I’ve not understood why some people place their toilet paper rolls “up over” and others “down under”.

When reading the news out of Ukraine and Russia today, I was not surprised to find all the protests going on around Russia. I’m afraid Putin’s military has blundered again by focusing on taking more percentages of conscripts from those far-away cities and villages in Muslim republics like Dagestan. Those people are even more against Putin’s war, and what may soon happen, will be uprisings in those loosely governed republics that are just itching to get out from under Putin’s yoke. Don’t think those anti-Putin Chechens are sitting on their hands because I’ve read where some of them are in Ukraine where they’re fighting the Russians. We’re going to see all the more these next months.

Tonight’s One-liner is: Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it’s his own.

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