Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Gardening Itch is Here

Now that we have had a couple of "warm" days (above 40 degrees), I have been out in the garden taking inventory of what spring bulbs might be peaking out of the soil. So far, some of my Iris bulbs are coming up and I can't wait to see if they bloom this year.

We have a lot of great garden centers here in the Twin Cities - Bachmans, Linders, etc, and it is hard to drive by them because I have that garden itch. Of course, they don't have anything right now except seeds. Speaking of which, my current indoor garden project is growing tomato plants from seeds. The first post for this year on my garden blog is my tomato experiment.

If you have that spring garden itch too and want to get some ideas of great garden centers around Minneapolis and Saint Paul, check out this forum, which has some locals give their opinions.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

To Walk or Not to Walk, That is the Question

It seems like almost daily that I hear from a seller questioning whether they should walk away from their home, or stick to the commitment they made to the bank. Across the country, thousands of sellers are potentially facing foreclosure, and many are just not sure if it is better to find a way to keep their home, or take the easy way out and damage their credit score in the process.

Sometimes I get aggravated by those who openly choose to walk away when they shouldn't, as witnessed in a post I wrote last week, but I do truly understand the whole ordeal. Today I read an interesting article from CNNMoney.com which looks at some home owners across the nation, and the dilemma they face....and the reasoning by their decisions to either walk, or not. It helps to put a human face on the issue.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lake of the Isles in Winter

I was showing homes last week around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis and noticed the ice rink on the Lake, created by clearing off the layer of snow. For those of you who don't have raging hockey fans where you live (or frozen lakes, for that matter), it is quite a common practice here in Minnesota. Some people even bring hockey nets out onto the ice to make it more playable. It costs a lot to rent ice at a formal rink, so we just go and use the ice mother nature creates for free!