Sunday thoughts: There's always a silver lining.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

The sunshine and blue sky over Central Maryland today could easily fool you. It looks pretty and beckons you outside. If you do, however, you better hold on to your belongings because the wind is gusting at 50 mph and more. 

Old sick treeI didn't schedule any appointments today and am using the day to catch up on things. I'm not as productive as I had hoped, however, with the wind howling and things periodically hitting my windows, I find myself getting up frequently to check on all. Thus far, I've brought in chairs and planters from the back porch, moved my car to a different parking spot, out from under the big ol' tree, discovered that I have a broken window ... 

As always, my glass is half full. How can a broken window be a good thing, you ask? Well, I've been meaning to schedule a home energy audit, determined to get to the bottom of drafts I've noticed. Now, I already know one huge source of the cold air in my house. Winter is just a month away, I'll have to tackle this project now - no more excuses! 

I'll also - once again - attempt to get my association's manager to take a look at the huge tree in front of my house. It used to be pretty once and much appreciated. But it's gotten so big, spanning 6 parking spots and hurling twigs and branches onto my windows, scratching & denting my car. I am hopeful that today's wind gusts have provided enough evidence that I can finally convince our association to take down that tree. I'll happily volunteer to plant a new, small one in its place. 

Moral of the story - if there is one: attitude! Sometimes it's easier said than done but it's always your choice to have a good day and to find the silver lining! Case in point, I could have chosen to cry over spilled paint once but instead turned it into a remodeling opportunity

Happy Sunday everyone! 

P.S. Just in case an energy audit is on your to-do-list, too, be sure to check out MoCos Department of Environmental Protection and for resources, info about incentives and FAQs. 

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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi Andrea - your attitude is more important and it looks like you will be making lemons into lemonade.

Nov 20, 2016 06:21 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

You got what we had 2 days ago.  It was very wicked and we have a mess in our yard now.

Nov 20, 2016 07:27 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
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Well, anything that turns into a remodeling opportunity gets my vote, LOL. I never met a remodeling project I did not love. Unlike my husband who shudders at the thought.

Funny you did not notice the cold air was coming from a broken window.

Nov 21, 2016 09:01 AM #3
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Mine, too, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, I always have a project or 2 (or 3) going on. The window was a tricky one. The panes aren't broken but something with the mechanism and how it fits. So there was just a small gap, not noticeable unless you were standing right in front - which I did to survey the wind's damage out back.

Nov 22, 2016 06:50 PM #4
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
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I would have a tree expert check the tree for healthiness. If it looks like it going to die well then maybe cut it down.

Nov 22, 2016 08:15 PM #5
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