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Fixes Light Sets - 11/30/08 11:22 PM
We just bought the most wonderful gadget ever! It actually fixes your Christmas tree lights. It is like magic. I was so impressed! We got it at Lowe's and it is called "Light Keeper Pro". We fixed three sets of lights in about twenty minutes. It has a feature where you can check the bulbs to see if they are good and another feature that checks the entire string and it fixed our lights. One of the things we always dread about putting up the trees is getting all of the lights to work or taking part of a string off (2 comments)
Trimming the Tree - 11/30/08 02:45 PM
We are getting ready to make the traditional trip to the attic to search for our Christmas trimmings. Do any of you have trouble remembering what you did or what you bought on sale last year after Christmas? We usually do something different every year - do most people to the same thing or use the same theme every year. Do you have traditions about trimming you tree? (2 comments)
Packing too much! - 11/30/08 02:42 PM
How many times have you went on vacation and had to go out and buy things that you had forgotten or that you found you needed after you got to your destination. This has happened to us many times and as a result of this - now we pack any and every thing we think we could possibly need. Do any of you have any suggestions on how to reduce what you pack? We always mange to take too much food and either end up wasting it or taking it back home with us. Look forward to your suggestions. (2 comments)
Dollywood - 11/30/08 02:37 PM
We just got back from Dollywood! It was wonderful. We went with my niece and her little boy. We stayed in a cabin outside of Pigeon Forge. The lights in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg were beautiful. We rode the trolley through Gatlinburg to see the lights. Dollywood was better that we expected. The shows are very professional and the performers are excellent. It is a great family vacation and we would highly recommend going. (2 comments)
126 Darmondale Drive, Moore, SC 29369 - 11/26/08 11:34 AM
This is a great house with 4 bedroom and a huge bonus room. The bonus room is 34 x 17 and could be used as an in-law suite! There is a full bath upstairs. The master bedroom is spacious and has a nice full bath and a great walk-in closet. This house has a wonderful backyard - it is flat and has a wood fence. There are 2 decks! It has a retractable sunsetter awning - it makes this like an outdoor room. The colors are neutral and this house is in like new condition! There is a bedroom with a (0 comments)
A Good Ladder - 11/26/08 02:08 AM
While we are working on painting our den I have been so thankful for my ladder. It has very wide steps and a large tray with several compartments I think we bought it several years ago at Home Depot. The top step is so wide you can actually turn around and not feel like you are going to loose your balance. It's also great for decorating the tree! (2 comments)
The Right Brush - 11/26/08 01:31 AM
There are some positive things about our business being slower than we would like this time in the year. One of them is that you get to catch up on all of the things you have been putting off or just did not have the time to do. My husband and I enjoy doing our home improvement jobs ourselves and we are currently painting our den. I have painted the crown, chair and baseboard moldings - trust me always buy a good paint brush - it makes all the difference! (2 comments)
Remembering My Sister - 11/26/08 01:26 AM
My Sister always made her deviled eggs for all of our family gatherings. She passed away in 2002. I just finished making her deviled egg recipe. I always think of her from the time the eggs go into the pan to boil, while filling the eggs and until we eat the last one. (2 comments)
My First Turkey - 11/24/08 09:33 PM
Way back when I was young and cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner I was so excited. I gathered together the recipes, made the shopping list and started to cook. My family was surprised when I served dinner - on time. Then came the carving of the turkey. Have you ever forgot to remove the giblet bag? (2 comments)
Thoughts Before Thanksgiving - 11/24/08 09:29 PM
As we all make lists of what we are going to the grocery store to get for our Thanksgiving and how many places that we have to go, let's just take a minute to give thanks for all of the wonderful things we have in our lives. Our profession has really taken a hit this year - but that is small in comparison with what so many are going through. Most all of us have plenty to eat, a place to live and transportation. How many people don't? (2 comments)
I Just Passed the SC Broker's Exam! - 11/19/08 04:35 PM
Whew! I am so glad that it's finally over with! I just passed the South Carolina Broker's exam. Studying has been a big part of my life for the past few weeks. I can't say that I will miss being concerned about the test - but have really enjoyed re-visiting the subject material. I really do love real estate law. No matter how long we have been in this business or how much experience we have - we can always learn more. I don't know if a situation will arise, where being able to calculate how much concrete is needed to (2 comments)
How Important Is Self Talk? - 11/18/08 11:05 AM
We have all heard the expression: "You are what you eat." Well, with that being said and generally accepted, are we what we tell ourselves we are? Any situation is just as good or bad as we perceive it to be and how we react to it. During this shifting market we need to find things to be positive about - and focus on the POSITIVE!!! Certainly we don't have control over the big rocks like gas prices, terrorism or the economy - but we do have complete control over what we tell ourselves. For anyone who has ever been on (0 comments)
A Costco Chicken - 11/17/08 12:54 AM
We love the rotisserie chicken from Costco's. I always choose the largest one. From the last chicken we sliced the breast meat and ate 7 sandwiches, picked more meat off, heated it and made 4 chicken salads (chicken on tossed salad), then took what was left put it in a pot - boiled it - took out the bones and made 3 bowls of chicken soup - of course we added cooked egg noodles! That's a lot of chicken!!! (2 comments)
When No Becomes, I Told You SO! - 11/17/08 12:52 AM
When No Becomes, I Told You So! Don't you just hate it when one of your good friends or family members tells you: "No, you should not do that," and of course being stubborn you do it anyway, only to find that they were right. You sit in an open house on Sunday and no one comes or you run an ad in the newspaper and no one calls. It's then that you realize you have spent your time and resources for nothing. That is when NO, becomes, "I told you so!" (2 comments)
Empty Ponds - 11/17/08 12:50 AM
Why Do We Continue to Fish In Empty Ponds? Advertising in the printed media is like going fishing in an empty pond. There are no more fish left there to catch! They have all gone on to better places. Unless they don't have or don't use a computer they have all gone to the internet. People don't want to wait for papers to be published or magazines to be printed - they want the information now and they want it when they have time to use it. They don't want to look at small pictures with limited verbiage when they can (2 comments)
My Sister's Deviled Egg Recipe - 11/17/08 12:47 AM
My sister passed away in 2002. I remember and honor her every time I use her recipe. Deviled Eggs Place eggs in pan of cold water and bring to a boil over medium heat Boil for 20 minutes, then take off the burner, cover and set to the side to cool Rinse and peel the eggs in cold water Cut the eggs in half and remove the yokes Put the yokes in a mixing bowl - mash and add the following to taste: Sugar Pepper Hellmann's mayo Fill the egg halves, chill and serve If you would like sweeter deviled eggs (2 comments)
4 cups of raw shredded cabbage Salt & pepper to taste 1 can cream of celery soup 1 ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup evaporated milk 1 cup cheddar cheese
Topping: 3 cups of crushed corn flakes 1 stick of butter Mix both together
In a 9 x 13 casserole dish spread 2/3 of the corn flake topping mixture on the bottom, then put the raw cabbage on top of the corn flake mixture Mix together: Salt & pepper to taste 1 can cream of celery soup 1 ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup evaporated milk (2 comments)
Super Easy Treat - 11/17/08 12:42 AM
Pineapple and Tang Ingredients: 2 cans pineapple chunks 1 package Instant Vanilla Pudding 3 Heaping tablespoons of Tang Red Maraschino cherries Drain the pineapple Mix all of the other ingredients together except for the maraschino cherries Put in a covered glass or plastic container and refrigerate overnight
Add as many cherries as you desire
Serve with toothpicks (2 comments)
Tigers with Teeth - 11/17/08 12:38 AM
The Gardner Team posted a blog about Dinosaurs and Saber Tooth Tigers that really inspired me - to the point my comments turned into this blog! I fully agree that if we don't change our old way of doing business and get with the technology we will be left behind, no doubt. But let's think about the dinosaurs - yes they did turn into a glob of goo and were wiped from the face of the earth - but their globs of goo turned into what fuels us today! Let's not throw the dinosaurs away altogether- let's learn from them! Let's (2 comments)
Water Conservation! - 11/11/08 10:11 PM
In previous blogs, water conservation has been a topic. By harvesting water from showers and just plain cutting back, our water consumption from last month was almost exactly one half of what it was for the same period last year! If our rain situation continues to be less and less - then we all may see a change in our lifestyle and our pocketbooks! (4 comments)
Know Your Numbers! - 11/11/08 09:58 PM
At a professional class an instructor stated that: The one who knows their numbers usually wins! I think we should strive to know our market numbers. The more informed we are about our market the better we can service our clients! The buying and selling public are thirsty to find agents who have their thumb on the pulse of this ever changing market! (2 comments)
Education in Real Estate - 11/11/08 09:54 PM
Knowledge is power! Real Estate is a business where you cannot have too much education. Keller Williams Realty is committed to education and to sharing our education with agents not only at Keller Williams but all agents - no matter what company you work for! The more knowledge we have - the better equipped we are to serve the public. The better we serve the public the better our observation by the public will be! (2 comments)
Printed Advertising! - 11/11/08 09:30 PM
Does print advertising even work anymore? Our Sellers still like to see their homes in the newspaper and in the magazines - But is anyone looking? And if they are - is it only because they don't have access to a computer? Is the day rapidly approaching that all printed advertising will fade away? (2 comments)
Another Tasty Treat! - 11/11/08 09:15 PM
Strawberry Congealed Salad Dissolve 2 3oz. packages or 1 6oz. package strawberry jello in 2 cups of boiling water Add 2 10oz. frozen sliced strawberries - thaw first Stir these 2 ingredients together Add: 13.5oz. crushed pineapple & juice 2 large ripe bananas - finely chopped Pour in a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish Let setup over night in refrigerator Topping: 1 8 oz. cream cheese ½ pint sour cream = I cup ½ cup powered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring (2 comments)
Tasty Dessert for Thanksgiving! - 11/11/08 08:58 PM
Blueberry Congealed Salad 1 21oz. can blueberry pie filling Dissolve 2 3oz. packages or 1 6oz. package grape jello in 2 cups of boiling water Add: 20oz. crushed pineapple & juice Mix together all above ingredients together Let setup over night in refrigerator Topping: 1 8 oz. cream cheese ½ pint sour cream = I cup ½ cup powered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring Enjoy!
Water Harvesting - 11/11/08 08:29 PM
My first blog was on water harvesting with more to follow promised. If you are interested in water conservation, please contact me and I will provide you the contact number for Mitch at SJWD water works. They have an impressive program and are willing to speak at any function. Water conservation is something that I am passionate about and would welcome your comments and any information you would like to share. (2 comments)
253 Preston Drive, Moore, SC 29369 - 11/11/08 08:20 PM
Super location! District 5 schools! Shendoah III! 3BR, 2.5 BA home with large bonus room. Bonus room features a walk in closet and 2 storage areas. Well equipped kitchen has been updated. Den has fireplace. Formal dining room!!! Large corner lot! 2 car garage has a workshop area. Alot of house for $198,900! (2 comments)
126 Darmondale Drive - Moore, SC 29369 - 11/11/08 12:11 PM
126 Darmondale Drive in MillBrook subdivision is one of our listing. This is a beautiful home! It has a wonderful FLAT, wood fenced private backyard - perfect for entertaining - it is like an outdoor room. It has a sunsetter retractable awning over the upper deck! The house is perfectly staged with neutral colors and pleasing decor. There is a bedroom down stairs with a full bath that could be an in-law suite! Home features 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. The bonus room is really HUGE - 17 x 34, with 2 closets! Please take a look on realtor.com, MLS # 171205 - (2 comments)
Hello Active Rain! - 11/11/08 11:44 AM
Since this is my first time on Active Rain - Rain will be the topic! Since we have been in a drought situation this summer water conservation has been on the minds of many. We have seen our yards turn brown and our outside plants wither away! Mitch from SJWD water works gave a program at our ladies group in my neighborhood - it was very informative! Water harvesting was one of his topics. Water harvesting can start with simply setting buckets outside to catch rain water - to setting a bucket in your shower to harvest your shower water. Your (10 comments)
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