Monagersky's Blog

Personal and Professional Life of a Realtor

July 26, 2011 Everything is on Hold July 26, 2011

Made you nervous, didn’t I?  What I mean is everything is on hold while I take a few minutes to dash something off in the WordPress blog.

The past month and a half  have been crazy busy – clients, contracts, dogs, wind storms, trip to Florida and yard work.  Slowly we are returning to a more consistent work schedule.  That is if we can deal with the unreal heat.  The more we have to accomplish, the hotter the weather seems.

Even if we could deal with the weather, the non-representatives in Washington DC have the whole country half paralyzed with stress and fear while they conduct their behind the doors meetings about the debt ceiling.  Do you want to know what I think is happening behind those doors?  Movie night, popcorn, brandy and cigars!  They already know what the decision is – they just prefer the drama of last minute “deals”.

We’re going to have to go to another half page in the Buyers Guide because we keep getting new listings.  In fact, my ActiveRain blog later will be about Print Media and if it is relavent to today’s real estate marketing.

The dogs and cats seem healthy right now, thank goodness – even though we are busy we still don’t have the money or time to deal  with vet’s visits.

We seem healthy right now too although burning the fires over the weekend for me and Leslie did housework in the un air conditioned house pretty well zapped our energy for a few days.

So, I guess I’ll get back to work now and just hope against hope that my most loyal reader catches this new blog and leaves me a sweet comment!  I love you and you know who you are!


June 28, 2011 Never a Dull Moment June 29, 2011

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Mothers can be funny, you know?  I’m juggling like crazy with the contracts we have up in the air, keeping the house in order, generating new business, blogging on ActiveRain, correspondence, you name it and I’m in the middle of doing it.

I get notifications via email when people comment on either blog.  I only have one reader on the WordPress blog and the comments I get are something like…it’s almost the end of the month, this blog has been neglected – so sad, etc.  Guilt trips!!! I’m in my mid 50s and my mother guilt trips me!

Just got done with dinner.  I grilled chicken and of course thought about Dad the whole time.  He was the inspiration for me to learn how to use the grill.  He would have liked the chicken tonight.  I marinated the chicken in a combination of zesty Italian and honey mustard dressing along with soy sauce.  Delicious.

We just got an email from a former client now friend that her mother had fallen back in April and had been bedridden since.  She just passed away on May 31, a few months shy of her 100th! birthday.  Just imagine.

Okay, headed off for a shower and to try and come up with a blog for the other site.


May 31, 2011 It’s Too Darned Hot! May 31, 2011

Filed under: Social networking — monagersky @ 11:15 am

It was so incredibly hot yesterday, according to the weather report it was the hottest day of the year so.  However, not as hot as it will be today. Great.

Grilled out last night, something simple – the chicken was marinated in Zesty Italian dressing.  Because of all the fires we’ve been making to burn off the excess wood around here, Leslie thought it would be kind of fun to try cooking corn on the cob in the ashes. We soaked the corn (husks and all) in water for an hour and then Leslie buried the corn in the white part of the ash.  They were pretty good, only 1/2 ear was a casualty to being burned.  Not bad odds.

Today we’ll get our new contract over to the sellers’ attorney of choice and wait for the buyer and buyer’s agent to get started on home inspections, etc.  The other contract for the lady from Washington DC already had her inspections done.  Now we need to see if there are any repairs she wants to ask for.

We’ve been away from the office for three days! That’s a record.  Probably most of our day will be spent cleaning up old emails;-D


May 30, 2011 Memorial Day, A Time for Truth May 30, 2011

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I started a fire this morning from the coals from last night’s fire.  While doing that I started thinking about Memorial Day and what it means to me.

I know what the media wants it to mean and I know what advertisers want it to mean but I don’t think it should mean an unwavering belief that all war is justified and all war-time deaths were necessary.  I really don’t think its a day for celebration and commemorating by rushing out to buy a new car, a new grill or a new summer wardrobe.

War is crap.  Ultimately the flag waving comes out and democracy is heralded but it always starts out as a land grab or a power grab.  And there are always weapons, wounded and death involved.

I abolutely honor the fallen soldiers.  I believe the majority of them served in the name of democracy, decency and fairness.

However, the fallen never start the wars.


May 29, 2011 Update to May 27!

Filed under: Social networking — monagersky @ 1:59 am

Well, duh…guess I save the 27th post as a draft instead of publish.

We have a new contract.  Looking for a closing date in mid July.

It was really hot today, but still got a lot done. Boxed up the winter clothes and straightened the drawers.  Cleaned the dog room and the basement. Vacuumed the house. Chopped more wood from the maple tree. Had another bonfire. Cooked dinner.  Now, I’m going to collapse!

After I update the 31 Days of May Challenge in the other blog!

Realty Matters


May 27, 2011 Directing Traffic

Filed under: Home Life,Real Estate,Social networking — monagersky @ 1:54 am

Now that I have the new blog figured out on ActiveRain, Realty Matters, its time to start taking care of the first blog.  It would be great if all I had to do was take pictures and blog – but, sadly that isn’t the case!

We are under contract on one house and waiting for a home inspection report, there are negotiations going on with a listing of ours, we are waiting to hear if we will be co-listing a property with an agent from another MLS, getting our ad ready for the Buyers’ Guide and keeping our finger on the threads of leads we are generating.

On the personal front, I scheduled the car for new rotors and front brakes next week, just got done burning a bunch of wood from fallen trees, had to take the chain saw and John Deere to the repair $$$hop so there are tons of grass to cut and more limbs and small trees to chainsaw.  We just picked up the chain saw so we’ll be cutting more wood and burning more fires.

I just got back from showing a house in Savannah and on the way there I saw a brand new horse baby…so cute.  I’ll blog about it tonight and post the new pictures.

In the midst of all that, we are both trying to really watch what we eat – cutting out as much processed sugar and flour as we can eating veggies and proteins mostly.

So, never a dull moment!




May 17, 2011 Neglected Post Oh So Sad May 17, 2011

Filed under: Social networking — monagersky @ 11:58 am

I’ve been so wrapped up in my other blog  that I haven’t been paying attention to this one.  This is true and I’ll try to exert more effort.

My dad is home and my mother sounds good.  I’m hoping that Dad will continue to progress with his therapy and Mom won’t have to work so hard.

Turns out that the move to go out on our own has been a really good one. We are busy with clients and contracts…making a living again!

Weather here has been freaky. High winds have been pretty scary.  We have a tree guy coming out this morning to give us an estimate to remove a 50′ tall dead poplar.  We don’t want to take a chance on it falling into the house.

So, thank goodness we are making a living again.  Seems a long way from being lucrative! Gotta go, moniter keeps winking out.