Archive | September 2014

Sugar

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Hello Friends,
I am a big fan of good nutrition because I firmly believe that your body is composed of what you consume, so the better the ingredients (fresher, more natural, less processed, fewer or no additives) the better your body. The body is important because without your body, your mind and spirit have to reside elsewhere!

Recently I have been really paying attention to what I eat and drink. I have been drinking mostly filtered water and advocate for each individual to drink the best, cleanest, most natural water possible, and to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day (if you weigh 150 lbs, then 75 oz. per day). A big thank you to Terry Givens for driving this point home!  I have also been eating fewer wheat-based and carbohydrate items: less bread, less pasta, fewer potatoes.  Also, as few processed foods as possible!  And most recently, nothing with added sugar, that is anything with sugar or its relatives in the ingredients list. Honey and maple syrup are ok.  Do you know how many packaged foods have sugar added?  It seems like almost all of them!  Peanut butter, jelly, granola, ketchup, yoghurt, pasta sauce, etc.  Lastly, a fresh fruit or vegetable salad with every meal.

As a country, we in the USA need to eat better: medical costs up, health down, people bigger.  Let’s encourage each other to take the time to shop for and prepare the freshest possible foods and drinks.

As always, enjoy the day!

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It’s Official: Autumn is Here!

 

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The Autumnal Equinox occurred here in Virginia Beach September 22 at 10:29 PM.  It is official–fall is here!  Or autumn, if you prefer the British standard.  On the equinox day and night are about equal length and after the equinox in September the days become shorter and the nights longer.  Yay, more TV watching!  Football is in the thick of it; baseball is approaching playoff time; and it’s still boxing season! (stolen joke from Frazier)… the surf is typically better and the water is still warm; the crowds a little smaller.  Fall also happens to be good for music IMHO–music is kind of an indoor sport especially for the amplified set.

In the real estate business, at least where I am, open houses become a little less frequent.  Showings become more of a weekend event versus after work during the week.  Office time up; out and about time down.

Just a quick aside–it is pouring, raining dogs and dogs.  Check out this radar image:

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It looks like my dogs Bodhi and Ziggy are going to get wet!

Wow, I’ll sign off, just about rained out.  Enjoy the day!

Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Real Estate

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Pouring!  Wow, it has really been raining.  My outdoor plants are liking it and it’s good to give everything a good rinsing!  And it’s a good idea to look at real estate in the rain–you can tell if the property has any water issues–roof leaks, water pooling next to the foundation, low spots in the yard, deficient gutters, etc.  Rainy weather is also a good time to do the bulk of real estate work–education, research, marketing, and building your network.  Thank goodness for computers and the internet, right?  Let’s get to it…

That’s it for now and have a fantastic day!

 

Labor Day and Post Labor Day Fun!

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Hello Friends,

It is a gorgeous time of the year, still hot and beautiful and yet the zeitgeist has changed from one season to the next.  It’s school time!  Children, school buses, high school football and college football!  It’s great at the beach because the boardwalk is a little less crowded and our four-legged friends are allowed after 10 AM once again.  It is a very nice time to visit Virginia Beach because the water is still warm and beautiful and there’s still a lot going on, just fewer people.

I went for an incredible bike ride at one of my favorite places, False Cape State Park.  I parked at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge lot and rode from there down the beach–a little bit tough since it was mid-tide–to the Barbour Hill entrance at False Caple.  There were so many dolphin swimming south, many of them seemingly playing, or maybe they were herding fish, what do I know?  Lots of pelicans flying low over the waves, a few osprey diving for fish–and I saw one get a fish and fly inland with the prize dangling in its talons.  I also saw a loon, or it could have been a cormorant, dive for about 45 seconds and surface about 50 yards away, pretty impressive.  Riding down the interior trail from the Back Bay parking lot to the refuge beach entrance three deer ran across the road in front of me–where’s your Winchester when you need it?  I’m joking people!

Once I was on the interior trails at False Cape I road another 2.3 miles south to the False Cape Landing trail back out to the beach.  I rode then walked the half mile or so to the beach–so beautiful, the winding sand trail through the dunes.  There was a family that had their tent set up on the beach, what fun!  And there was actually surf, nice 2-3 foot glassy peelers before the wind got on it.

I saw a water snake and a heap of frogs, plus the typical turtles and egrets.  There were quite a few hikers and bikers, and a lot of people coming in on the tram from Virginia Beach’s Little Island Park.  I’m glad a lot of folks got to enjoy it down there because it really was a nice day, and very few bugs–if they are really bad, especially black flies, they will run you out of the park!

At the same time I was riding in False Cape, the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon was happening at the Oceanfront.  Typically 15,000 or so people run and there are bands every mile or two; it is quite the event!  It coincides with the American Music Festival.  We caught Blues Traveler and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.  Great shows!  I especially liked Creedence–one of my bands plays Born on the Bayou, and they opened with it–I love that tune!

Enough rambling for now.  If you have any questions about real estate please give me a call or shoot me an email, or perhaps write a comment!

Enjoy the day!