This room was small, and, a bit “cold” feeling… so we warmed it up! Electric fireplaces have reached a technological point of satisfaction – that is, they look and act really great now, whereas they used to be a bit “hokey.”
This is simple white oak plywood, with a dark walnut mantle, and a 42″ electric fireplace (that looks and feels real, and delivers lots of heat!).
Every home buyer and shopper will be amazed what little things about your house make a big difference in your life! Did you know…
– …The presence of one item on your street can make your children significantly safer?
– …Which sex has a much more difficult time dealing with “clutter?”
– …What it costs to maintain your home, per foot?
These are the first of many interesting topics covered in
Real Estate Smart:
What Your House Does To Your Life, And Why You Should Know About It.
Coming soon in Kindle and Audible, available for purchase at: Amazon.
Here’s a sneak peak of a short article about my dad and his Vietnam experience. It will be published in a series of articles about war veterans from his high school, in Evanston, Illinois:
Horace Parker, ETHS ’63, saw my Blog on Ralph Chute ’50, who died in the Korean War. With that, he wrote to ask me to do a series of articles on ETHS athletes that died in the Vietnam War. I usually stick to pre-1960 stories but this is an exception. Horace Parker was All-State quarterback at Evanston in 1962, so he was in that era of young men that were headed for Vietnam and, in fact, participated himself. He says, “Picture on the left of our great Coach Lazier, providing me with some much needed and very clear advice on my play calling abilities.” (Game shot: Parker, 11, vs. Waukegan).
We just had a chance to do a small space cosmetic update — we really like small living spaces, for there ease of lifestyle. What’s just as cool, you can really freshen them up on a small budget. Granted, the photos of “after” here go a long ways to showing improvement, but it feels that way inside too.
We did a bit of research on what makes small places bigger, and also brighter. The former because we grow to rue being inside in the winter in Seattle come about February. Enjoy!
Honored to be a guest at The Real Estate Mastery Summit, a virtual summit for brokers to business plan, motivate, and actualize in 2016: http://remasterysummit.com/comingsoon/.
Host is Mario Jannatpour, from Colorado, with speakers/guests from all over the U.S. Twenty-five minute sessions will be educational, motivational, and I am sure, funny!
For vacations that bring you back more refreshed, positive, productive, and happier than ever at work, the Grand Canyon has blown my mind. Having recently gotten back, here is my updated list of adventures of a lifetime, in order, if you are looking for an experience that will change your life.
- Raft Grand Canyon*
- Trek Machu Picchu
- Standup Paddle Maui to Lanai (Downwinding)
- Climbing Mt. Rainier
- Night time surfing, Santa Barbara, CA
- Kings Canyon National Park, CA (winter hiking, also Sequoia National Park)
- Climbing Aconcagua, Argentina (with wine tour)
- Open water commercial fishing, Alaska
- Standup Paddle Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico
- Amazonia raft, trek, bike, Ecuador (do not do the Shaman cleansing)
- Hike Yosemite, including Half Dome
- Standup Paddle Hood River, OR (multi-days, both sides of river)
- Trek Rogue River Valley
- Wildlife rehabilitation, Midway Atoll, National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii
- Na Pali Coast hike, Kauai, Hawaii
- Bike Napa Valley
You can’t lose with any of these, and, I wouldn’t wait a day longer to book one!
Photo – Margie Miller, 2015, Grand Canyon
*I just took this one, so, to some degree, the jury is still out!