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In Sandy Utah, when it comes to snow we are willing to share. We are in a lull between storms - a chance to rearrange the snow for asthetic or practical purposes, a chance to keep the roads clear. There is quite a load on most home roofs that may become a challenge if more snow falls before a melt. If choosing a roof color, you can have a choice of white. ps If you decide to visit us here in Utah, please bring a coat, and hat, and scarf, and gloves and...
With sun on the snow, our home plowing was relatively easy. My wife, Christie is a whiz with the two-handed snow blade, where I am more like Don Quixote, tilting with windmills, my left arm bearing the snow shovel and my power chair as my horse. We were going well until the City bladed our Circle and piled the snow in heaps (quickly turning to ice) in the entrances to all five driveways. There is no breaking though even with a good runup. After a call to the City and their "We have to put the snow somewhere" response, we (6 comments)
"Tis a beautiful Monday. the sun is out, the temperature is above freezing (just), but the sky is blue (in parts). What a better way to start a work week! Snow makes Utah properties look so TIDY, even prompting a seasonal retake of MLS outside pictures, or making current pictures taken for listings twelve months ago. Blading is under way, promising a link to the main road, so close, but rather tricky through drifts. Snow treads are very useful. It's Monday - it's business as usual in Sandy Utah.
ps If you plan on visiting us soon please (7 comments)
Temple Square Christmas Lights. - 11/28/10 04:57 PM
Since my marriage in Salt Lake City in December 2004 and my moving to Sandy, Utah permanently in 2006, I have considered the Christmas Lights at Temple Square as my event of the year. Many hundred of thousands of lights are turned on the day after Thanksgiving and they remain a feature of downtown Salt Lake City until the end of December. The Square is always crowded until late in the evening during this period. Temple Square is a must see place any time of the year; the lights at Christmas time make it just that bit extra special. Many musical (5 comments)
It might have been forecast as 2 -4 inches - a mere dusting of fine snow, but it looks like getting to a foot or more by early morning. This scene showing my neighbor's home across the circle was taken at 1.30pm. You can see that our garden lamps and the chimes have their own little pointy snow caps. Driving home at 7am was a little tricky as well as quite exciting. Being a Sunday, roads were not bladed, promising an interesting Monday morning commute for those unfortunates who have to go to an office, shop etc. Looks like a (5 comments)
This is scary, crazy stuff - certainly necessary of a reblog. Children with their own phones (some so very young) need the same supervision as they do with computer use. Just because everyone is doing it, this is hardly a valid defense.
Via Sarah Moore (RE/MAX SIGNATURE PROPERTIES):
Today,everyone has a mobile phone. If you are like most, you LOVE TO TEXT! I will admit that I had not really enjoyed texting until this past year but found out convenient it is! My teenager daughter texts all the time, to my frustration! Recently her phone stopped working and (5 comments)
Leftovers - 11/26/10 09:48 PM
With a conscious decision to avoid what might be called Black Friday shopping rituals, I have spent a peaceful day at home (Yes - I do have a home office too). I might have felt full yesterday, but I seem to have added to it all today. In what might be an excess of good food, my wife has kept me stoked - mostly with turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potato and "stuffing". And with this comes a strange sensation of having to close my eyes. We had a great Thanksgiving with all appropiate relatives checking in. A turkey for two, however, (7 comments)
Thawing out - 11/25/10 09:32 AM
I can just about feel my fingers again (7am - my first thankful thought for the morning). Local roads are crackly icy and very slick in patches. The temp in Midvale, Utah got down to MINUS 1 overnight, and here in Sandy we are at a warm 4 degrees (Weather Channel adds "feels like minus 4" - not that there is much feeling left at those numbers except pain). We are supposed to have a high of 17 today before another very cold night. In amongst all this frigidity (frigidness?) arise some of life's ironies. I was able to observe a (10 comments)
Cold shake up - 11/24/10 10:34 AM
In our home we are nicely warm. The white exterior looked somewhat inviting, so in shirt sleeves I rolled outside to my van. The change was quite chilling (6F). The van has its snow cover from last night's "blizzard", a slight challenge before I head out in an hour. The high winds from yesterday have abated, and we are promised snow showers for later in the morning. We can see the mountains - and they are lovely. We are supposed to experience 17F as a high today. Let's see... (11 comments)
I can choose to have a fixed viewpoint. I will always have the same perspective. However, as the insets show, even small changes in viewpoint, produce quite dramatic changes in perspective. The example shown here deals with a the viewing of a solid object. It can be extended to challenges that one faces in life. To get beyond one viewpoint - one perspective, I have the ability to change my view point on my challenge to get different perspectives on it. This then gives me choices.
I am the one choosing where I shall live. It is my neighborhood. In my case it is mountain suburbia. Regrets are expressed by people who are required to change location because of employment, especially job transfer, choice of lifestyle etc, many of which choices take them away from extended family and close friends and the "known" Fear of the unknown can lead to unhappiness - lack of friends in an unfamiliar location. The choice is to adapt or adopt - or move back to the familiar. In my case, I have changed countries, as well as incorporating a lot (4 comments)
Snow dump - Salt Lake City - 11/21/10 09:06 PM
The scene for me at daybreak(?) in Midvale Utah. Except for the color of the car headlight, you might think that this is not a color picture. My van is immediately behind the lamppost with its own blanket of snow. The gloom in the background hides the mountains of the Wasatch Front
The light in the center right is actually the western sky. The day did brighten up for me, even with a seven hour home blackout. We are promised several more days of storms. All in all, I enjoy (8 comments)
Nocturnals - 11/20/10 04:44 AM
For some time I have been examining a "different" demographic - nocturnals, people who work at night and sleep by day. I work on the supposition that they are in need of my services just the same as day-workers. You probably know the obvious ones, the engine of the city. But a pencil and paper and a little thought can open up a plethora of prospects. Granted some people may work more than one job so are not true nocturnals. They still need as much Real Estate information as the rest of the community, but tend to procrastinate because of their (4 comments)
The Worth of a Realtor - 11/18/10 04:06 AM
It is so obvious that when a seller thinks of putting his house on the market, the first thing he mentally calculates is the commission due to agents, and immediately resents it. ("After all, what could be so difficult in the process to justify THAT amount!", Bloodsuckers!, etc). This is an obvious area of savings, or immediate increasing of his bottom line. Similarly, letting a seller have an over-priced listing "We can always come down later", "Room to negotiate" etc", then any suggested price reductions, seems to the seller that the Agent is ripping off more of his money (which everyone, (9 comments)
A Good Week - 11/15/10 07:27 AM
What are my challenges? What are my opportunities? Am I well prepared for a dawn attack that will set the tone for a week of victories?I know that if I were to spend Monday recovering from a weekend of excesses, then I am destined to have a blah week that might as well begin on Wednesday... or Thursday. This is not me.I was eager and ready to go by 4am. I work to a plan that includes early action and activity. My morning physical exercises are over. The blood is pumping. I have written ten goals, my expected achievements. I have (7 comments)
Boy Scouts of America - 11/12/10 07:11 AM
My involvement with Boy Scouts of America comes about because my wife is a local Committee Chair who takes her job seriously. Her son became an Eagle years ago, my son a Queens Scout (Australian Eagle). It made sense to her that, four years ago, I filled in the paperwork to be Merit Badge Counsellor and a Committee person Christie has just completed our annual Recharter. Considering the detail required as well as paperwork, training verification for Scouts and Leaders with appropriate certificates, computation of fees and signatures and to have everything in one place at one time, she has done (6 comments)
Lest We Forget - 11/11/10 06:56 AM
For the Fallen (Laurence Binyon) They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. Lest we forget Lest we forget...
Ski Day Passes and Packages are on sale around town. These are entry to snowfields described as the Greatest Snow on Earth - dry powder at its best. Between now and early Spring the Salt Lake Valley of Utah plays host to myriads of visitors from all over the world to sample its snow sports. Ski clubs from everywhere have regular bookings at local hotels making daily excursions to popular ski resorts. Names like Snowbird, and Alta, Park City and Powder Mountain, Snow Basin and Solitude are heard everywhere. For the hardy there is the Ski SaltLake Super Pass, taking (0 comments)
My Neighbor - 11/09/10 11:52 PM
I remember the first time a friend explained the concept of social media to me. He had become addicted to the concept of personal computers and how they could "handshake' and share information beyond the use of cables and wiring. Worldwide transmission of data in many forms for personal use was a possibility. At the time I did not share his enthusiasm - you might even have labeled me a skeptic. I felt that I was destined to be, if anything, a late adopter. Times and personal circumstances have changed, and we all seem reliant on speedy, efficient communication to survive (11 comments)
Food for Thought - 11/08/10 10:32 PM
I eat my peas with honeyI've done it all my life.It makes the peas taste funnyBut it keeps 'em on my knife.(Unknown)Everyone knows that honey is for carrots, or at least I do. Food combinations have always fascinated me. Growing up I had bacon (good thick cut) and eggs as a dish with nothing else, except a lamb or pork chop or two, and sausages and eggs was just that, until I visited the US in 1982. Here the eggs and bacon came with pancakes and syrup, jelly, and hash browns. And that request "How would you like your eggs?" "Cooked (7 comments)
Whoever said that What You See Is What You Get? I have news for you. Maybe! I decided, as part of my progress in ActiveRain learning, to devote a little while to customizing my blog. After all I have been looking at hundreds of definite works of art, getting to know writers by the looks of their blogs. Sheer genius in many cases. In my time on ActiveRain I have been introduced to Picasa 3 (a whiz of a photoeditor - making collages, speed editing, adding fill lighting, "doctoring" etc), Irfanview (making panoramas, which can then be saved to the (7 comments)
ActiveRain Manual - 11/05/10 07:53 PM
Last night I "cracked an all-nighter". I don't think I have done this for the same reason since University days (long ago) when an essay was (over)due or an exam pending. I became absorbed with the ActiveRain Manual and its links. I would like to say that I have had a blogging epiphany, but I fear I have a long way to go before total absorption and practise. I have to delete some "head stuff" to find a space for all the new information. As I age I appear, also, to be short of the "read and retain" abilities of my (11 comments)
Daylight Saving End In Sight - 11/04/10 06:36 PM
So on Sunday morning we get our hour back. When 3am becomes 2am, I will get to do that hour all over again - most of you won't even notice. It could be the secret to your business fortune. The new times won't make much difference to the daily distribution of sunlight. Even now it is dark at 6am and dark at 6pm. Add to this the complication of calculating time zones as places slide into and out of daylight saving (or not, as dictated by local custom). "Hey,Bluey, wot's the time at your end?" "2am!, Crikey, I got my ay (18 comments)
Entrepreneurs Abound in Sandy Utah - 11/02/10 09:03 PM
A Revolution in Kissing. Two young entrepreneurs, Dallas Robinson and Mike Buonomo, have their wares on display at Sandy Southtowne Mall. The beautifully flavored and paired lip balms are designed to be savored by individuals who upon kissing their partner end up with the full treat, Peaches and Cream, Fire and Ice, (you get the picture). The product is well packaged, and although the marketing has a definite hook, it has a practical outdoor benefit of SPF 15 The two have a business plan that takes them to the world by the end of 2011 and are very vocal in their (0 comments)
Icepick strine - I speak Australian. You have just had a lesson in Strine. Use it to any red-blooded Australian and they would have you in a pub in five minutes for a session, a friend for life. Don't forget to use "Didjavagdwegend" (Did you have a good weekend?), "toorite, mate" (of course), and don't forget "seeya" or "ooroo" (goodbye). Also get used to ending your sentences with "but" or "eh" or after a session with XXXX (Fourex) or Fosters making no sense at all. They'll get you home orrite, mate, but.In my four years in Utah, I have become (4 comments)
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