semonin realtors: So How Was the First Day of School - 08/14/08 08:30 AM
Many of the schools in Kentucky started back to school this week, Oldham County Schools included. I spent my morning at Locust Grove Elementary yesterday - I'm on the PTA Board. Our first day of school was fantastic. The school mascot is a Lion, so we set up a safari theme for the kids and handed out Locust Grove bookmarks to each student as they walked into school.
This was a huge deal for us, because Locust Grove is brand new to Oldham County and opened it's doors to students for the very first time yesterday. It is slated to hold … (0 comments)

semonin realtors: Localism Land Rush is not what I thought...that's a good thing! - 08/05/08 08:11 AM
Ok, so I waited with anticipation today because it was Kentucky's turn for Land Grab. In all honesty, every time I heard "register for a community" I was thinking City. For example, I live in LaGrange, KY, which is a small city outside of Louisville.  So, I thought I was going to be registering for LaGrange, KY when I signed up.  But instead, I was pleasantly suprised when I realized today at Land Grab that they actually meant Neighborhoods or Subdivisions. 
This is a great thing! 
What this means for you (and me) is that if you live in an area … (8 comments)

semonin realtors: Visit Historic Middletown in Louisville, KY - 07/14/08 02:01 PM
Middletown is a suburb of Louisville, KY located on the east end between I-265 and I-64. I have always enjoyed this area of town and find Main Street to be a hidden treasure to many. The street is lined with historic places, quaint shops and cozy places to eat and watch the day go by. If you have never spent much time in Middletown, stop by and give a few hours to the history that is Middletown, KY.


semonin realtors: Happy 4th of July - 07/05/08 02:48 AM
I wasn't going to watch any fireworks last night, but was pleasantly surprised by the fireworks show we got just by sitting on our front porch last night in LaGrange, KY. The show was fabulous and pretty much any direction we looked there were huge fireworks in the sky. I took lots of pictures to share with you. I hope you enjoy some of the show that I saw!


semonin realtors: Preparing Your Home To Sell - Top 5 Most Over-Looked Things to Do - 07/01/08 04:21 AM
This may not be everyone's Top 5 list, but it is mine.  I run across these things on a regular basis and even though some of them aren't huge, they can be important.  When you're preparing your home to sell, it's always good to look at the home from the Buyer's perspective.
This isn't a complete list of things to do to prepare your home to sell; this is just a small list of things that people usually forget about in the rush to get their house looking "Better Homes & Gardens" perfect.
Dust all of your picture frames. Vacuum up … (4 comments)

semonin realtors: Looking for a Local Thai Restaurant - 06/25/08 01:34 PM
I love Thai food, it's a weekness.  I also love Indian food - If you've never tried it, you should.  Granted, I must say that the first time I tried Indian food, I wasn't a fan. But there is something in the food (I swear there is), that makes you crave it.  When I left Shalimars (my favorite restaurant) the first time I was there, I wasn't planning on going back; but over the weeks I started to crave it, so I tried it "just one more time" and have been hooked ever since. Now I go whenever I can.
My … (0 comments)

semonin realtors: Locust Grove Elementary School, La Grange, KY - 06/25/08 01:31 PM
Can you believe that Summer Vacation is almost half over? It's hard to believe that in about a month and a half school will start again.  If you're going to the new Locust Grove Elementary School, you're probably even more excited (or nervous), because the school is brand spankin' new, and there are questions about whether it will be ready in time or not.
According to the Principal, Mrs. Arnold, the school will be open and ready for children on the first day.  Some of the areas may not be ready for use, but the class rooms will be ready.
Registration … (0 comments)

semonin realtors: Garbage, Cigarettes, and Clothes - Oh My! - 06/17/08 12:49 AM
Over the weekend I showed a home to one of my buyers. They were so excited to see this house.  It showed well on the MLS - photos were nice and the house looked like it was in great shape!
But, when we got there, we were shocked.  The garage was full of junk (not furniture, like they were trying to make space in the house, just junk) and the house was a disaster!  There were ash trays that didn't look like they had been cleaned out in days, dirty towels hanging off the shower, dirty clothes in piles on the … (5 comments)

semonin realtors: Arts on the Green in Downtown LaGrange - 06/10/08 11:02 AM
This past weekend was Arts on the Green in historic downtown LaGrange, KY. If you're familiar with the St. James Art Festival held in Louisville every year, Arts on the Green is just like it only on a smaller scale. Vendors from across the state come to LaGrange to share and sell their creations to the public - some are just amazing!  I went to Arts on the Green with my family and took a few pictures of downtown LaGrange to share with you. I hope you enjoy the show!

semonin realtors: Coming Soon...Photos Of Kentuckiana - 05/29/08 08:33 AM
Ok, I'm SOOOO excited I can hardly stand it.  My old digital camera broke about 6 months ago.  I've been holding off on purchasing a new one because I just couldn't decide on what I really wanted.  So, after reading the reviews online and here no ActiveRain, I finally made a choice.  I ordered the
It's supposed to ship sometime next week and I'm just dying to get out and use it.  My first project is a photo tour of the LaGrange, KY area, so be watching for it in the next few weeks!  We're going to have fun!

semonin realtors: 2008 Mother's Day Out Guide - 05/05/08 07:07 AM
Last year about this time I posted a Mother's Day Out guide of nice places to take Mom on Mother's Day. It was so well received, I'm posting it again. 
Here's your 2008 Mother's Day Out Guide
Special Gifts for Mom
Blow Mom a Vase at GlassworksGlassworks - 815 W. Market Street, LouisvilleReservations: 502-992-3056Cost: $60Dates:   Saturday, May 3           10am - 5pm            Saturday, May 10         10am - 5pm            Sunday, May 11           12 pm - 5pm (Mother's Day)            Saturday, May 17         10am - 5pm
Dining Events for Mom
Mother's Day Brunch - Locust GroveLocation: Locust Grove - 561 Blankenbaker Lane, LouisvilleReservations: 502-897-9845Cost: $27.50 (adults); $12 … (3 comments)

semonin realtors: How about that earthquake, Kentucky? - 04/18/08 03:29 AM
OK, so the earthquake was actually centered in southern Illinois.  I don't know about you, but I felt it quite well in my little LaGrange, KY home.  My husband and I woke up to a shaking house and a bed that felt like we had just dropped a quarter into one of those old (and a little questionable) hotel beds! 
Now, if you are from out west where earthquakes are common - you have to remember that like a foot of snow in the winter, earthquakes just don't happen all that frequently here in the midwest (they probably happen just as frequently … (4 comments)

semonin realtors: The Gratitude Campaign - 04/11/08 05:47 AM
This email is for those of us who appreciate all the hard work and dedication our service men and women have, are, and will do for us. Take a moment and thank them when you see them.


semonin realtors: Kentucky Derby Time is Here Again! - 04/04/08 07:41 AM
Spring is here and the buzz is starting - no not bumble bee's - the Kentucky Derby!  In just a few short weeks, the 134th Running of the Kentucky Derby will be upon us.  If you live in or near Kentucky you know we live and bleed the Derby.  It's amazing the events that go on between now and the "First Saturday In May".  Derby events kick off next weekend (April 12) with Thunder Over Louisville, "the largest annual pyrotechnic display in North America" ( It really is amazing if you've never seen it.  People come from all over just for … (6 comments)

semonin realtors: Do You Remember Hunting for Easter Eggs? - 03/13/08 06:50 AM
Hunting for Easter Eggs is always fun - it doesn't matter if you're 2 years old or 80 years old.  Finding a prize is always fun. I remember one Easter in particular. My sister and I had to be about 7 and 5 (I being older) and we were out in the back yard playing and we kept finding black jelly beans in the grass. It was the coolest thing (you know, back in the good old days when no one was really paranoid about eating things that fell in the dirt?)!  My sister and I ran around the yard collecting … (1 comments)

semonin realtors: New Contact Management Program Available - 02/04/08 05:23 AM
I received an email the other day, one of the thousands of emails that I get from random companies marketing their Real Estate Services.  I'm sure you get them too.  There was one that actually caught my eye and instead of deleting said marketing email, I opened it and I'm glad I did. 
Like so many of us, I signed up with Top Producer as a Contact Management Program.  I really NEEDED a contact management program. I tried ACT and WiseAgent, and they just weren't what I was looking for, so TP wrangled me in and low and behold I'm in … (27 comments)

semonin realtors: Wedding Season is almost here! - 01/16/08 04:54 AM
Spring time is right around the corner and wedding fever is starting to show itself around the Louisville, KY area!  For those of you who are preparing for the "Big Event", here are a few links and numbers of places to buy your wedding dress, rent your tuxedo, event/reception halls, etc.  Congratulations to you and your significant other on your engagement and upcoming marriage! 
Bridal Fair
January 20, 2008
11AM - 5PM
KY International Convention Center
Whitehall Bridal Show
3110 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY
January 26, 2008
11AM - 4PM
Oxmoor Bridal Show
January 27, 2008
12PM - 5PM
Oxmoor Mall
Brown Hotel Bridal Show
January 31, 2008
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Brown Hotel … (11 comments)

semonin realtors: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition comes to Louisville, KY (edited with air date/time) - 11/08/07 03:50 AM
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is in town this month. They here because of one very special young man – Patrick Henry Hughes . Patrick is 19 years old, plays the in the University of Louisville Marching and Pep Bands, plays the piano (he began playing at the age of 9 months), plays the trumpet, and sings.

What’s so special about Patrick?

Patrick is blind and unable to fully straighten his arms and legs, which makes him unable to walk. With his fathers help (Patrick John Hughes), Patrick is able to participate in the Marching and Pep Bands. … (22 comments)

semonin realtors: You should have been there! Trick or Treating at Yew Dell Gardens - 11/07/07 07:08 AM
A few weeks ago I had a "trick-or-treat" booth at Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, KY for their Boo Dell Halloween event. This was the first year that they've done trick-or-treating at this event, and it was a HUGE success. They offered a free table to community businesses if they would hand out halloween candy to all the kids that came by. I bought 8 giant bags of candy from Sam's (in 3 different trips), because I had no idea and since they've never done this before, what kind of turn out there was going to be.

I put … (2 comments)

semonin realtors: I Want To Go To One Of The Scariest Places On Earth! - 10/25/07 07:09 AM
I Want To Go To Waverly Hills!          
Right now a local radio station here in Louisville, KY is holding a contest.  Yes, I know. Radio stations always hold contests - no big deal, right?  Wrong! Every year for Halloween they give away free tickets to tour Waverly Hills Sanitarium.  What's Waverly Hills, you ask?  Well, for those of you who watch Ghost Hunters religiously like I do, you probably already know, but for those of you who don't - a little history.
Waverly Hills Sanitarium opened in the early 1900's as a tuberculosis hospital. Before the creation of streptomycin, an antibiotic created … (9 comments)


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