Onto Something

I was exceptionally thankful it didn’t start raining around noontime today as was predicted, which allowed me to get some decent photos taken of my new listing over at 422 S. Tennessee Place. If there’d be anyone looking for a main floor condominium unit in an affordable price, that’s the one. It’s been exceptionally well maintained, along with have many recent updates. With all those newer appliances included, makes for less of an outlay for a buyer, and as if you haven’t checked, appliance prices are going thru the roof, along with our building materials. Well, it all goes back to being overly-dependent on Chinese goods. With that said, please put the word out on the availability of that condo because I’m thinking it’s not going to be on the market very long.

Most of my morning was spent with a plumber who was installing a long line of gas piping. After seeing how hard he was working, and the places he had to crawl into, the hourly rates our plumbers are being paid, is well worth their efforts. Thank goodness I was there because several of those long pipes were too heavy for him to get placed into position for coupling. While he was working, we had a good chat about the ways of our City, along with our State and National governments. Whenever around him, I get a few good laughs out of his guileless observations of the many dramas unfolding in our midst.

When trying to set up showings for tomorrow, I was not a happy camper when finding five of the six homes I was scheduled to show tomorrow, already under contract, but fortunately there was one that was just listed today which may fit their needs, while the other one being nothing less than a jumbled-up mess that would take thousands just to get it readied for re-building. Since I’ve shown it already, whomever came up with those bright ideas about altering its original floor plan, must’ve been smoking crack. I dare say the only sound portion of that home, is it’s 100 plus year old basement. Whenever showing homes in such condition, makes me want to burn my clothes and disinfect my hands before returning to office.

We received another offer on 404 S. 9th St. in Clear Lake today, but still unable to come together on price. Thus far, we’ve had three offers on it, so perhaps once Clear Lake’s market does kick into high gear, it’ll get sold. The seller is working diligently at getting it more de-cluttered, as most of today’s buyers really can’t see past the personalty of others.

There were an unusually high number of calls coming in at my office today which had me running for the phone every 10 minutes. Most of them were legit calls, but there’ve been two spam callers that are showing up as Nashua and Scarville numbers. The one from Scarville has been calling the most, and one of the times I answered, I got pretty testy by demanding my office number be taken off their call list. So much for that demand because it’s been continuing on these past three days. I can’t help laughing to myself when thinking those callers have absolutely no idea how small Scarville is, and how few people live there. I’ve been thru there only once, and if I were to blink hard, I would’ve missed it. Now that’s a town, truly out in the hinterland of Winnebago County.

I really don’t know where the hours went this afternoon, as when I finally finished-up on posting my new listing’s info out in our cyber universe, it was already past the hour of 5:00, but at least I did get everything loaded, and all I have to do now, is place my for sale sign out in its front yard early tomorrow morning.

While visiting with a colleague today, I couldn’t help sharing my story about those hairy blades on those ceiling fans I was cleaning yesterday. He got a good laugh out of it, along with asking how anyone could live in a home with them being that visibly dirty. All I could say was, “Either they were stink-lazy or they never looked up.” It’s no wonder people get sick more often than they used to, and most likely due to their germ and virus-filled living quarters.

It’s going to be a catch-up morning for me tomorrow, just so I can keep up with the recent activity in our market. Of course all the more real estate agents are using text messages as their primary means of communication, which becomes more time-consuming for me. Yes, this social distancing that’s been taking place these recent years, is creating more anti-social behaviors. If you stop to think and compare, you’ll find most of the older ones still calling, while the bulk of our younger, texting. I’m even noticing how those in their early 20’s and younger, noticeably struggling while in conversation. Very curious don’t you think?

Oh, I found another recipe in that vintage cookbook which caught my eye, and it being a recipe for catsup which I’ll have to try when I have fresh tomatoes this growing season, so here you go:


  • 4 quarts sliced tomatoes
  • 2 level tablespoons white pepper
  • 8 green peppers
  • 3 level tablespoons mustard (see below)
  • 4 level tablespoons salt
  • 1 level tablespoon allspice
  • 1 quart vinegar.

Cook the tomatoes and peppers in the salt and vinegar till tender. Rub through a sieve, passing through all the pulp possible; add the spices and seasonings, and boil all slowly for three hours. Bottle and seal when cold. (Most likely meaning dry ground mustard.)

Now I’d say this one’s worth trying, as my mother made catsup many years ago, but not with such added ingredients. Maybe we’re onto the secret ingredients of Heinz Catsup.

Tonight’s One-liner is: Whenever offering those what they secretly want, I’ve found them to immediately become panic stricken.

Related Property:
422 S Tennessee Pl #2 404 S 9th St – Clear Lake
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