The crystal ball says....

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

There is a saying that the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray. I am not sure who said that originally, but I had plans and then ...well you know that part.


Yesterday, we had two major storms come through our area. I was without power most of the day and night. This morning I had to drop off a check to my office, and swing by a client who has a home inspection scheduled for today. Three trees had come down and they have no power and no likelihood of any power other than their generator till tomorrow. The inspector is so busy, the buyer's agent does not want to delay the inspection. I stopped by to see how it looked. Well, it was hard to get to their house as so many roads are blocked off due to downed trees. I saw one homeowner's shed completely demolished. Trees lying on power lines, wires down lying in the road. 


Today, their is a march planned to show support for those protesting against the death of George Floyd. Not sure if it will be delayed due to our first responders being stretched thin with responding to people from the storm.


None of us ever knows what the future holds, what the crystal ball, or even the Magic 8 ball really says. One way I look at life is to see it as a sailing boat, sometimes there are storms, wild waves, other times calms and light winds with blue skies. After a storm, you may have got blown off course, and need to make some adjusments to the tiller or the set of the sails. But, it doesn't necessarily change your destination.

 Sailing boat with Nick

However, you do need to know your destination and where you are going and why?


My plan was to move back to Europe and renew my dealing in antiques, with Brexit happening I had a limited time to achieve that, only till the end of this year can I settle in a European country as a British citizen with European rights. I do not wish to move back to the UK. Now with the virus, that plan has been adjusted. With borders closed, it does not look as if that plan is going to be possible. So, I am readjusting. 


I am going to stay in the US, continue with my real estate career, but travel often to Europe, whenever I can, enjoying the different lifestyle and look for antiques I can sell over here. Maybe, I will offer trips to others guiding them through the places I know that will provide them with the opportunity to purchase what they like.


Not my original plan, but it works, it may even be better than the original plan, makes sense and allows me to still enjoy my life, be present and be happy.

Posted by


Nick Vandekar
Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

Giving you the confidence to make
the right decisions.

92 Lancaster Avenue
Devon , PA 19333
Mobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]
Email Me


My Blog


If you are buying or selling on or around
Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, 
we can help you, contact us.

Comments (42)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Brian England I cannot believe the damage everywhere, and our electical and cable lines are all above ground so lots of people still without power.

Jun 05, 2020 08:04 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great post you are right we have to be able to adjust to any situation to succeed. Thanks for sharing, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Jun 05, 2020 09:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Nick- I loved your post!!!!! And yes, you are a wonderful example of adjusting your sails to the current winds and seas. I honestly would have missed having you here. 

Jun 05, 2020 10:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ,

'isn't  it amazing the twists and turns life has for us? Your making things work by  going with the flow and not freaking out. You are adjusting what you can and have control of.

Jun 05, 2020 06:15 PM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

We never know what lies ahead of us. Even though we might have big plans to head in a certain direction, life sometimes has other plans for us. I like that you are adapting to the circumstances! Best of luck to you!

Jun 05, 2020 09:32 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Pat Champion thank you, I intend to enjoy each and every moment of this weekend. Hope you enjoy yours as well.

Kathy Streib I may very well have still posted, I enjoy my time in the rain.

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR if we cannot control it, there is no point getting wrinkled up about it, so going with the flow is much easier, sometimes you end up in a better place than  you originally intended.

Rose King thank you, that is true, we never really know what lies ahead, so learning to adapt is key to success.

Jun 06, 2020 04:21 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, sounds like Plan A and B may have had to be adjusted, and hope your new plans works well for you.    

Jun 06, 2020 06:20 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Our original plan was to visit Croatia this July, a real bucket list item.  We just had to pull the plug on that trip.  A change in plans for sure, but we will fill the time with something else.  I am sorry you had to change your plans so dramatically.  

Jun 06, 2020 09:39 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Joan Cox and Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI I never worry about changing plans. I always feel the universe wants the best for me and everything will work out fine. I just try to enjoy the ride.

Jun 06, 2020 12:45 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543

Great attitude!

Jun 06, 2020 04:54 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Adaptability, going with the flow, riding out the storm,  one door closes another many ways to look at changes in our plans.  Wishing you much success in all your decisions Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 What is your music theme for today?

Jun 06, 2020 09:15 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Congratulations on your FEATURE! Adjust your sails, keep moving, do what you gotta do. Plans were made to be broken - make corrections - never give up. 

Jun 07, 2020 04:11 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

sometimes it feels like all we do is adjust the sails and move on. Life is kind of funny that way isn't it?

Jun 07, 2020 05:17 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I think agents especially are made for adaptability and change.

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP good way to look at it, plans are made to be broken.

Always adjusting the sails Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector 

Jun 07, 2020 08:04 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Best of luck with your plans, at least you do have a plan.

Jun 09, 2020 02:11 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert till it has to change again. But, yes there is a plan.

Jun 09, 2020 05:22 PM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

That is tough. Real estate transactions post storms can wreak havoc on deals. I hope it all works out. But yes we all need to be flexible on this long (but short) road we call life.

Jun 10, 2020 05:34 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Erik Hiss welcome to the Rain, thanks for reading and commenting.

Jun 10, 2020 06:19 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

It's a good thing you're flexible!  Thanks to Covid many plans have changed.  Moving abroad is a big move, but not to you!  Good luck to you whatever you figure out :)

Jun 16, 2020 08:56 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Flexibility is a major hallmark of life, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543. If we are not able to change course when it is neccessary we can expect many collisions.

Jun 27, 2020 06:08 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Jan Green thanks for the comment, I sometimes think my middle name should either be adventure or something else.

John Juarez I think it is a requirement of all realtors to be able to adapt and be flexible.

Jun 27, 2020 11:09 PM

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?