You all may be thinking I’m beating the subject of our weather to death, but I just can’t get over how pleasant it’s been for the first half of January.  I’ve been telling everyone to savor every moment of it because it could change very quickly.

My first little job this morning was to set out my open house signs on street corners so to help with driving potential buyers to that home this afternoon.  My newspaper ad, the online advertising, and those “pointer” signs must’ve done the trick because I had people coming and going the entire time I was there, and believe me, there was some definite interest.  If it weren’t so muddy outside, I would say it would’ve been considered a perfect day for a public open house.

I did manage to get over to the visitation for that dear lady I spoke about just so I could pay my last respects and spend some soulful moment with a long-time friend who happened to be one of her sons.   Thinking I was there for only 15 – 20 minutes, when glancing at my watch, I noticed it was over 45.

I’m really glad I had time to go there because it gave me time to play catch-up with my friend and his now fully grown family.  They’re such a handsome group, and by the sounds of it, they’ve all become successful in their own right.  One of his sons who I couldn’t help but tease, happens to have a musical career which in these times is exceptionally difficult to break into.  I couldn’t have complimented him more on his work which sounded exceptionally diverse to the point where every day must a new experience for him.

I only wish I could’ve stayed for the funeral, but there was an appointment I absolutely had to keep with a person who was driving here from out of town which I’d already scheduled a week ago.  I’m hoping in time I’ll be able to stay in contact with my friend and his charming family.

My pre-listing appointment went well today with a seller who’ll be listing a mid-priced ranch home in a very much sought after neighborhood.  There certainly are cosmetics that a given buyer will want to do, but when considering what it’s going to be priced at along with the neighborhood it’s in, it should sell relatively quickly. The one thing I really don’t like to see are homes being over-priced and then sitting on the market for months and months which then makes potential buyers think there’s something more wrong with them other than their pricing.  I thought I’d have it listed today, but it’s not quite presentable enough for photos to be taken, so we decided to wait until it’s ready.

My office listing that’s had an offer going back and forth on it this past week did finally get sold this afternoon. Yeah! I called the seller to say we’re now over the big hurdle and hopefully the financing will go thru and then the sold signs will go up.  I’m glad it’s sold, but I am a little disturbed that it took until now.  It’s telling me all the more that today’s buyers really don’t want to make any improvements and more than willing to pay top dollar to get what they’re demanding.

Having no appointments after my open house and since it was so warm and sunny, I decided to drive to a more “far away” church I attend on occasion.  I made it there just as their bells started ringing and luckily before the music started.

Since this is Epiphany Sunday, there were a number of songs being sung based on the star of Bethlehem and the Magi.  The sermon was interesting due to the pastor speaking about miracles that have taken place over the centuries which tied in with the Virgin birth of Christ.  The combination of the beautiful hymns and great sermon, I’m glad I drove those extra miles this afternoon.  In spite of everything else, I still believe there’s a great reverence/holiness that’s alive and well in that church and sometimes wishing it was only a few miles away from our City.

Before driving home, I thought I’d stop at a grocery store to pick up a few things and while I was scanning the vegetable section, to my absolute surprise, they actually had celeriac for sale.  I had to look at it all the closer to make sure I wasn’t seeing things because it’s been years since I’ve seen it being offered in a grocer’s vegetable section.

If any of you like celery, you’ll love celeriac because it’s not stringy like celery and can be used in just about recipe that calls for celery.  I’ve always considered celery nothing but a stringy green stick you slice along with carrots and serve on a dip tray.  Whenever available, my mother used to put diced celeriac in her famous potato salad, but its uses are endless.  Since most of you don’t know what it looks like, I made sure to take a photo of the two I purchased after cutting into one of them and use it as tonight’s journal photo.  If you’ve never had it, give it a try because its stringless celery taste will blow you away.  Bon Apetit!

Tonight’s one-liner is:  It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who get’s the credit.

Joe Chodur

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