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20 Mar 19
Your guide for cooking, preparing and storing all the fresh, local ingredients we deliver to your door!

  Brrr… it was cold this morning.  The air is still a little nippy out.  It hard to believe that just a few days ago, it was warm outside.  I then look at the calendar and realize that it is still March and a few cold days are still in order for this time of […]

20 Mar 19
Lumber Jack News

I'm trying to get an idea of the possibility of adding footings/foundation under an existing enclosed porch. It's attached to the rear of my 105 year old house. It has been remodeled with new windows and siding. It's about 8×12 with a shed roof and currently it sits on about 3 courses of cinder block […]

20 Mar 19
Archy Worldys

Wednesday, 03/20/2019 15:48 clock The Kohsar market in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, is a remarkable place: a row of shops with restaurants, cafés, boutiques and grocery stores selling Western products like Nutella and Filterkaffee. In front of it a place with tables, chairs and umbrellas, in between plants in clay pots, at the end of the […]

20 Mar 19
The Mozambique Resources Post

Oil and gas companies ExxonMobil and Anadarko have sent donations to aid agencies in Mozambique following a disastrous and deadly Cyclone Idai which made landfall on March 14. According to the UN, the full scale of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in south-west Africa is becoming clearer, and the emergency “is getting bigger […]

20 Mar 19
East Bay Times
I know. I know. You’re tired of me always telling you to let go of stuff, get rid of clutter, clean house and downsize. But now I have another reason to nag you. You are going to lose out on a lot of money if you don’t. A couple weeks ago, I got an email from a realtor sharing his lament. In the past year, he’d worked with several families where the adult children of the senior sellers were stuck unloading a house their parents had inadvertently left in a mess. “In a typical scenario,” wrote Jerry Weaver, a realtor in Novi, MI. “The daughter calls. Dad has died, and mom has moved to a condo or retirement home. The house she’s moved out of is full of stuff. The finances are in turmoil because Dad handled all that. And Mom needs all the money she can get out of her home. … “I like to believe I am very good at selling homes for top dollar,” he continued, “and I want to help this family get the most they can, but trying to sell these houses puts us at a serious disadvantage.”  Houses that have not been decluttered or taken care of on average sell for $50,000 to $60,000 less than they would have if they were cleared out and cleaned up, he said. Whether you leave your money to your kids or your college, use it to fund your world cruise or your long-term care, $50,000 is a crime to lose out on because you didn’t cut through your clutter. I called Weaver and asked him to tell me, on behalf of realtors across America, what he wished more seniors knew. Here’s the advice: Don’t wait till you sell. Be proactive before there’s an event. Make it a lifestyle to keep only what you need, use and love. Reap the benefits. By not waiting, you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of living in a clean, well-maintained place, and the peace of mind knowing that you will not leave a mess for your loved ones. Plus, if you have a big old yard sale, you’ll get the cash. Have those conversations. Ask your kids what items they want and if they’re willing to help you purge. Get help. If your kids aren’t available to help, professionals are. Contact the National Association of Professional Organizers to find a [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]trained organizer near you. If you’re moving, the National Association of Senior Move Managers can experts who can help you sift and sort through your stuff. Don’t be too proud. Some homeowners avoid cleaning house because they can’t do it alone and are too embarrassed by the mess to ask for help. Professional organizers have seen worse, and are trained to deal with this. Declutter, repair and clean. “Decluttering is the No. 1 task more homeowners should tackle to help their homes look, feel, and live better, and be worth more,” Weaver said. Next, address deferred maintenance. You may know how to live with the tricky toilet, but plumbing, heating or roof repairs left undone turn off buyers. Then deep clean. Some seniors stop seeing or smelling what others notice in their homes. Hire a professional to scour the place inside and out. Picture all your stuff in the landfill. If Weaver can’t sell the home to a traditional buyer, he said, it will go to an investor who will snap it up for under market value, and put all the home’s contents into a dumpster. Be a good neighbor. A low home sale impacts the neighborhood’s comps. Do you really want to be remembered as that slob who lowered property values? Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of three home and lifestyle books, including “Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save, What to Let Go”. She can be reached each at http://www.marnijameson.com.
20 Mar 19
The Mercury News
I know. I know. You’re tired of me always telling you to let go of stuff, get rid of clutter, clean house and downsize. But now I have another reason to nag you. You are going to lose out on a lot of money if you don’t. A couple weeks ago, I got an email from a realtor sharing his lament. In the past year, he’d worked with several families where the adult children of the senior sellers were stuck unloading a house their parents had inadvertently left in a mess. “In a typical scenario,” wrote Jerry Weaver, a realtor in Novi, MI. “The daughter calls. Dad has died, and mom has moved to a condo or retirement home. The house she’s moved out of is full of stuff. The finances are in turmoil because Dad handled all that. And Mom needs all the money she can get out of her home. … “I like to believe I am very good at selling homes for top dollar,” he continued, “and I want to help this family get the most they can, but trying to sell these houses puts us at a serious disadvantage.”  Houses that have not been decluttered or taken care of on average sell for $50,000 to $60,000 less than they would have if they were cleared out and cleaned up, he said. Whether you leave your money to your kids or your college, use it to fund your world cruise or your long-term care, $50,000 is a crime to lose out on because you didn’t cut through your clutter. I called Weaver and asked him to tell me, on behalf of realtors across America, what he wished more seniors knew. Here’s the advice: Don’t wait till you sell. Be proactive before there’s an event. Make it a lifestyle to keep only what you need, use and love. Reap the benefits. By not waiting, you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of living in a clean, well-maintained place, and the peace of mind knowing that you will not leave a mess for your loved ones. Plus, if you have a big old yard sale, you’ll get the cash. Have those conversations. Ask your kids what items they want and if they’re willing to help you purge. Get help. If your kids aren’t available to help, professionals are. Contact the National Association of Professional Organizers to find a [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]trained organizer near you. If you’re moving, the National Association of Senior Move Managers can experts who can help you sift and sort through your stuff. Don’t be too proud. Some homeowners avoid cleaning house because they can’t do it alone and are too embarrassed by the mess to ask for help. Professional organizers have seen worse, and are trained to deal with this. Declutter, repair and clean. “Decluttering is the No. 1 task more homeowners should tackle to help their homes look, feel, and live better, and be worth more,” Weaver said. Next, address deferred maintenance. You may know how to live with the tricky toilet, but plumbing, heating or roof repairs left undone turn off buyers. Then deep clean. Some seniors stop seeing or smelling what others notice in their homes. Hire a professional to scour the place inside and out. Picture all your stuff in the landfill. If Weaver can’t sell the home to a traditional buyer, he said, it will go to an investor who will snap it up for under market value, and put all the home’s contents into a dumpster. Be a good neighbor. A low home sale impacts the neighborhood’s comps. Do you really want to be remembered as that slob who lowered property values? Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of three home and lifestyle books, including “Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save, What to Let Go”. She can be reached each at http://www.marnijameson.com.
20 Mar 19
This-door-is-alarmed

This Door is Alarmed was nominated for this award by my cherished friend Novus Lectio . She is a very well read writer, with a curious mind for investigation. She presents a nimbly versatile blog, which includes a tranquil nemesis of enquiry through her ‘inspiring’ snapshots, her pictures, which demonstrate her unique style as an artist, […]

20 Mar 19
Ramblin' through Dave's Garden

Recent mild winters have spoiled gardeners, now expecting abundant flowers by early March, and in February in gardens that have been planted with assorted late winter bloomers such as witch hazels and hellebores. Mild disappointment is likely when flowers arrive a few weeks later (a more typical schedule), and perhaps the start of this flowering […]

20 Mar 19
Travel World Peace

Soo goood. 20 degrees, sun and three nights in the same nice place. Unfortunately I didn’t protect me good enough from the sun and got sunburned. But what a nice place this is, especially after Fez. Fez is also a very beautiful city with beautiful places, but relaxing there was impossible for me. In Chefchaouen […]

20 Mar 19
Access Winnipeg

Image by slack12 March 20, 2019 brings the Spring Equinox, or as we all know it, the first day of Spring. We’ve had an amazing melt so far and Winnipeg sure looks like the ‘slush’ capital of the world. However, here are a few things to remember: [ad name=”single-inside-content”] Hold off on wearing any white […]

20 Mar 19
Write Extraordinary

What is this a picture of? Now, you might say trees, which is correct.  You might say a meadow, which is not quite correct.  You might even say water (though I can’t image why) which is also, oddly, correct.  Lastly, you could say “A carpet of red and green plants on top of the water at Merchants […]

20 Mar 19
The Hungry Traveller

13/02/2019-15/02/2019 Guanajuato is another UNESCO world heritage site and colonial town which sprung up once the Spanish learned of the huge quantities of silver in the surrounding hills. We felt it was, by far, the best colonial town we visited. It was so picturesque with colourful, opulent building, beautiful tree filled plazas and winding pedestrian […]

20 Mar 19
Take Your Vehicle'S Carrying Power Over The Leading With A Drawback Receiver

When going on a journey, packaging and bringing whatever you need is currently a hard thing to do. This is specifically real when you don't have enough area to squeeze in all your things into your car. In some cases, the absence of area you have in your automobile makes it tough to decide what […]

20 Mar 19

Kari's Book Reviews and Revelations

With A Hitch by RC Boldt Release Date: March 19th With A Hitch, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by RC Boldt. She’s playing it safe. He’s playing for keeps. DARCY Growing up in the foster system, I learned the hard way that lasting love doesn’t always come easy. Dating in the modern era can be […]