personal thoughts: Thoughts For The New Year - 01/03/13 01:03 PM

California has the most beautiful coastline which I enjoyed during the holiday week.  Let yourself be taken away to this peaceful space.  Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Photo courtesy of Arvin Design
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personal thoughts: Daylight Saving Time - Is It Over Yet? - 10/27/11 03:15 PM

At the risk of sounding cranky, I can’t wait for Daylight Saving Time to be over.  I am looking forward to getting up in the morning with dawn already breaking rather than getting up in the dark.  I don’t even mind the fact that the evenings will be darker sooner; it will just remind me to finish up earlier and get to bed at a reasonable time.
This year the clocks will be moving back one hour early Sunday morning, November 6, 2011.  Halloween Trick or Treaters in Palos Verdes this year will be starting out while it is still … (4 comments)

personal thoughts: I Love Cookies! - 03/25/11 03:05 PM

Those who know me know I love cookies.  I love to bake them, eat them, research recipes, try friends' cookie creations and talk about cookies.  Cookies are my passion.
On Tuesday's Palos Verdes real estate Broker's Tour, an agent made cookies and was serving them during her open house.  I asked if they were made from scratch and thus began a discussion about the nuances of cookie baking.  The agent suggested that I write about cookies on this blog as I am both knowledgeable and passionate about them.  Some years ago, I had a commercial bakery called Carlson's Cookies;we packaged … (7 comments)

personal thoughts: Declutter Your Home - Declutter Your Life - 03/24/11 02:35 PM

I am sure you have read those words before and it is really true.  My clients who are selling their Palos Verdes homes usually go through a process of decluttering and staging their home before putting it on the market and I often hear, "I wish I did that before; my house looks so good and I feel so liberated!"  I have taken that to heart and have gone through my own home and put some of those "treasures" away in boxes.
However, I still have an issue with my clothes.  I did read a helpful tip - Every time you … (4 comments)

personal thoughts: Take A Beauty Break! - 03/15/11 01:54 PM

I want to share with you a photo of the beauty and serenity of the Owens River in California.  Winter is so peaceful in the Sierras with its muted colors.  I took some time to relax and recharge in the tranquility of nature.  What a stunning location!
Photo courtesy of Arvin Design
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personal thoughts: Palos Verdes Agent of the Week - 06/03/10 12:30 PM
Here is a reprint of an article that appeared last week in The Peninsula News:

Elaine Murphy Carlson, Agent of the Week, Palos Verdes
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personal thoughts: Happy New Year! - 12/31/09 07:34 AM
                                   
I appreciate your friendship, your business, and the opportunity to serve you.  Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year.
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personal thoughts: A Moment to Reflect...... - 06/23/09 04:42 AM

Today, I was inspired to take a moment to walk a new path and reflect on all that I had to be grateful for.   Try it yourself!  
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personal thoughts: Happy New Year! - 12/31/08 09:26 AM
 
This has been such a "full" year and as it draws to a close I want to share my thoughts on 2008.  Even though many of us have experienced some negative impact from the financial issues of our country and the world, I wanted to pass on a comment from my Yoga teacher.  "These are first world problems," she says.  She is right.  People in other countries would gladly trade places with us.  We live in a safe environment, we have comfortable homes, we are warm, we are well fed and really have all our basic needs met.
And so I want … (5 comments)

personal thoughts: Good Plastics/Bad Plastics - 12/29/08 03:31 AM
 
Are You Confused About Plastics?  That is the questions posed in an excellent article from C.A.R. Newsline from California Association of Realtors.  I was confused and found this article informative and I pass it on to you:
You're not alone. Experts have reached a consensus and recommend that you avoid these varieties - identified by a triangle and number on the bottom of most containers - for the following reasons: Click here to read more:
 

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