Market activity, ideas about living more sustainably (by being more 'green', walking more), and informing on places and events in and around Vancouver, Washington.
ARCHIVED BLOG POSTS
My inexpert rendering of Market Trends in Vancouver, WA I have been tracking the data (yes, even though I haven't posted every week) and this is what it's looking like for the last 16 months. Notice, just like the detail report, we have a declining number of homes for sale and an increasing numbe...
My first jar of Ajvar I like to shop at Gateway Produce, even before I read about them in VBJ. I like that the produce there generally is from our region. I also enjoy the ethnic selection just because it's a bit different from what I'm accustomed to. That's how I ended up with my first jar of Aj...
Love's Leathers What a fun place to go! We went to Love's Leathers in Ridgefield today. We had beautiful fall weather today and I saw many fellow motorcyclists taking advantage of one of the last good days for riding. Funny what a couple days of rain will do. Today I found a nice pair of chaps th...
Our visit to Cape Kiwanda We took a little vacation to the coast. We visited the Pelican Brew Pub and climbed the sanddune. The wedding on the beach was sweet. The sunset was amazing as water sunsets always are. Whether you're looking for your first home, or possibly your last, or...
Make a Difference Day We made a difference at Make a Difference Day. Our local Watershed Council hosted Make a Difference Day. There were really two big events I wanted to go to but time for only one, so I chose the tree planting at Arnold Park. I brought my two favorite men along. They are aweso...
Scare Tactics or Education? I was talking to a lender about a mutual client. I asked her if she would send a letter to our mutual clients with a comparison of what their payments and purchasing power would be if interest rates went up a half point or a point. She said "I don't work like that". I...
Laura's Spider Babies Laura Sauermilch, of Green Drinks fame, brought "spider babies" to the last meeting. They are from the spider plant that thrives at her house. I don't actually remember where she hangs the spider plant but I do remember a bunch of seedlings on stools in the middle of the kit...
Oktoberfest - a little late We're celebrating Oktoberfest tonight. We are a couple of weeks late (and one day rather than the traditional 2 weeks!). My darling, from MN and of Norsk-German decent, has the "Beer Barrel Polka" and a about 3 dozen other polka songs playing for setting the mood. And ...
Default as a financial strategy I was reading an article recently that indicated something that makes me uncomfortable. It turns out that a sizeable proportion of people who are defaulting on their mortgages are doing so deliberately. By deliberately, I mean, they just don't feel like paying the ...