Thursday, August 25, 2016

Building my contact list

Family and friends:

I am building my contact list for real estate purposes. I would love to include you in my snail mail/email mailings. I promise not to share your information with anyone. Would you please click the link below and add yourself to my address book?

Thanks so much!


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Adulting is So Overrated

Sundays are days I typically look forward to. Usually I sleep in as late as my alarm clock {AKA my dog Ripley} wakes me. Even then, I have not trouble persuading him to stay in bed to cuddle for a bit. He likes to sleep in too, so most Sundays are stay-in-bed-through-two-cups-of-coffee days. {Coffee delivered by either my husband and son. Yes, I know that I am spoiled.}

Today started out like any other Sunday. I did get to do something fun and different too. I tagged along with an agent from the office to show a client a property, and then I sat in on a meeting with clients who listed their home for sale. I loved that part of my day!

Unfortunately, when I got home, I was met with a messy kitchen {Thanks boys.} I spent some time sweeping crumbs, washing dishes, and putting away snacks. I really looked forward to a cup of coffee and a book to read on the side porch once the kitchen was clean.

I went upstairs to look for my book and saw the Ripley got sick and threw up in various spots throughout my entire bedroom. Once I got that cleaned, I had to was the bedding. Well, since I was already doing laundry, I figured I might as well wash the dirty clothes that were piled up in the hampers.

Heck, by the time I did all of that work it was dark. No side porch book reading and too late for coffee.

Such is life when you're an adult.


Friday, August 5, 2016

How Long Do Your Home’s Systems and Appliances Last?

Wouldn’t it be nice to buy something for your home like an oven, washer or furnace and know that you never had to spend the money to buy one again? Unfortunately, this is not the case. These items actually have life spans.  With continued use, parts wear down, and the items stop functioning as they should. Once this happens, you end up needing to shell out money for a new appliance.

After many years of use, your air conditioner, oven, furnace, dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, etc. will meet the end of its lifespan. Their parts will fail from normal wear and tear. It’s normal, but it’s also nice to know how long each appliance or system in your home is expected to last. If you know this, you can budget for a replacement appliance, or better yet, make sure you have a home warranty covering these items prior to needing to replace them.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

He wants to be a Rapper

My youngest son Ian told us recently that he has no plans to attend college in two years. "Oh really? Why not?" I asked. He told me it just isn't his thing. Okay. I can deal with that.

I'm not the type of parent who will force her children to make big life decisions whenever they are ready to do so.

Ian's dream is to become a rapper. Now, I must admit that when he first talked to me about this, I thought he was kidding. That irritated him because he was not kidding at all. I never heard him rap before, and I asked him to freestyle on the spot. He did. Wow. He truly pulled it off.

My husband and I told him we didn't think it would be easy to do, but we know he is driven. When Ian wants something, he makes it happen.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

this thing called life

If you are a long-time reader of my blog {THANK YOU!}, you know that my family has experienced some crazy stuff in the past. So, it shouldn't surprise you to learn of the more recent events that we've had to deal with. Ugh.

First, my oldest son Jake was in an accident- a very bad accident. He had to be transported to the trauma unit of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. As a result of the accident, he suffered two broken vertebrate and virtually very little skin intact on his back. He spent a little over two weeks in the hospital. The first couple of nights, I slept in a chair at his bedside, and once we were certain he was no longer critical, my husband and I visited as much and as long as the hospital allowed us to be there.

We are grateful to our family and friends who also visited, helped care for our youngest son, and checked in often to see if we needed anything. Once Jake was able to come home, we were relieved and exhausted {really exhausted}. Jake was strong throughout those weeks, dealing with the pain as best he could.


Monday, June 27, 2016

I did it! I finally did it! I am a PA real estate salesperson {who is still waiting for her license to arrive}!


Even though I am a teacher, I have always been interested in real estate. I have always regretted not following that dream decades ago. Last summer, a realtor friend mentioned that I should consider going to school to get my real estate salesperson license. I was intrigued immediately, yet I didn't think I had the time or money to go back to school.

My husband and I talked about trying to find a way for me to attend real estate school. The same friend who encouraged me to give it a go told me that I was able to do all of the course work online. That sounded achievable. No, I didn't have too much free time. Teaching, tutoring, and being a wife and mom kept me more than just a little busy. Even so, I couldn't stop thinking about becoming a realtor.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Blog Updates Needed

I am in need of a blog designer who can help me update my blog. I want to fix the issue of the About Me wording not appearing UNDER the circular photo. I need to add some real estate community pages. I need to update my social media links. And more. If you know anyone who can help, please have them contact me.  Thanks! :)