Room for a Pony

Another half-overcast day came and went, while this chill continues to remain in our air. I actually noticed a clump of tulips blooming in a very well-protected area of a building which offered some natural color to its dull landscape. I think we all got ourselves spoiled with those abnormally high temps of several weeks ago.

I arrived at office about an hour earlier than normal, just so I could get more un-interrupted research done on a property I’ve been asked to give an estimate of value, and a good thing I did, because I finally became comfortable with the comparable sales I’d found. Yes, I knew it was going to be a task, and thus it was, but at least I didn’t consider myself overwhelmed to the point of firing yours truly from that project.

The rest of my morning was spent working on closing files that are coming up the end of this month, and it looks like I’ll be getting some signatures over the weekend from some parties involved in one of those transactions. For the strangest reason, these past three weeks seem to have flown by, and likely due to how busy I’ve been.

Around noontime, I decided to go out and check on a project one of my clients is working on, so I called to see if he was there, and sure enough, he was. I first asked if I could stop by, which was fully welcomed. When I walked in, I could tell he wasn’t in the best of spirits, and then confirmed, when later hearing how he wished he’d not taken on such a daunting project. All I could say was, “Just think back and remember what you started with.” As I’ve said before, the problem most people have, is their continually looking at what’s left to be done, rather than looking back and reminded how far they’d already come, which is why I strongly encourage people to not make big messes, as it creates even more chaos, which in turn becomes a pile of disappointments.

Just recently, a colleague of mine mentioned how nearly every room in a home she’d just shown, was in need of completion. I couldn’t imagine living in a home while working on it and have every room tore up to the point where there are no areas left to rest and get comfortable. Believe you me, I’ve many times over, seen such dysfunctional sites.

While out, I grabbed a small sandwich from a drive-thru and headed back to office for a quick bite, and by the time I finished-up, it was nearing the hour for me to head out to my listing appointment, so I grabbed a yard sign, my camera, lockbox and headed out. Just to be on the safe side, on my way over, I stopped to make a quick check on a vacant home. All was well, so I continued on with my journey.

I’m sure many of you who’re watching our real estate market, have seen my new listing at 1724 S. Kentucky which is one heck of home for a young family who enjoys our great outdoors. That big raised ranch home is situated on just shy of 1 3/4 acres, and borders a slow-moving creek. I was wowed.

I found out today, that the current owners have been the only ones living there with their growing family since it was built back in 1975. It came as no surprise they’ve been there so long, as it really does have a good set-back from S. Kentucky, along with a yard which is akin to dooryards of our rural acreages. That particular home has been one that’s caught my eye for years, and a delight, I’d been the one chosen to list it.

Anyone who’s into gardening, raising chickens, and wanting room for berry bushes, fruit and nut trees, and even a grapevine or two, that would be the in-town acreage to own. What’s also a selling point, is there being a huge bedroom and bath on the lower level, which would make a perfect home office. I can assure you, I didn’t use one of those fish-eyed lenses on my camera as do my competitors. Those rooms really are that big.

The only struggle I’m going to have with that listing, is finding something for the sellers to purchase if they get an acceptable offer. I’m just hoping all will come together as it should, as it’ll be unfortunate if we get a good offer it, but then unable to find something for them to buy, which would put and end to a possible sale. We already have a showings set for tomorrow. I kiddingly said to a friend of mine, “There’s so much available land there, a person could have an outside dog and cat, chickens, a goat or two, and maybe even room for a pony.” Too funny.

It looks like I’m going to be a busy little bee tomorrow with my early morning inspection of a home, getting signatures, and likely fielding calls on today’s new listing. Oh well, it’s that time of the year, so we Realtors must make hay while the sun shines.

Here’s another mouth-watering recipe I found that’d take the chill out of anyone’s bones.

Five Hour Stew

  • 2 lbs. of either cubed beef, pork, mutton, or a third of each.
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice or sauce
  • 2 cups cubed potatoes
  • 2 cups carrots, cut into 1 inch or less pieces
  • 1 cup celery, cut into 1 inch or less pieces
  • 2 medium onions, chopped either coarsely or fine; only as you’d prefer
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon sugar if desired
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Optional: Add either ground hot pepper or regular–but only to you own family’s tastes

Mix all ingredients together. Place in large casserole dish and cover. Bake at 275 degrees for 5 hours, and DO NOT remove its cover during cooking. Yields 6 – 8 servings.

Tonight’s One-liner is: The United States is the only civilized country in the world to class teachers at the bottom of its social scale.

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