April 4, 2014

Free Giveaway

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Jungle by S. Jackson Rivera

Jungle

by S. Jackson Rivera

Giveaway ends May 18, 2014.

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Filed under: Blogroll,Personal — Susan @ 11:57 am




March 24, 2014

My New Novel and 13 Others on Sale!

As some of you know, I finished writing my novel and was able to make it available to the public in December 2013. I am so excited to be asked to be a part of this promotion with such outstanding authors . . .

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Yay! It’s time for a book sale and we’ve got 14 titles here. Some great new choices for you, so make sure you scroll clear to the end. Some of these books have never been discounted before, some are new, and some are back because readers are asking for them. You should find something great to read! We have everything from children’s books to adult novels, from romance and speculative fiction. If you do find a book you enjoy, we hope you will take the time to give the author a nice review and maybe check out their other books. These prices are good through April 1st unless otherwise stated, so feel free to pass them along!

 

 

The Whispering Ruins by S. Jackson Rivera

 

Jungle Series – YA fantasy – 421 pages

 

99 cents on Kindle (3.99)

Or buy for print

 

A mysterious whispering from ruins deep within the jungle pulls Sunna from the trance that has been holding her mind hostage for years. Kael, the young prince, seeks adventure outside the palace walls and is also drawn to the jungle. There he meets Sunna, and their fates become intertwined. When three dangerous men come to their land and begin their hunt for a missing fugitive, the secrets that have shielded both Sunna and Kael are nearly revealed, and supernatural events threaten to destroy everything they’ve worked to create—leaving their lives in ruins.

 

The Cure by Teyla Branton

Unbounded Series – Contemporary Urban fantasy with over 100 four- and five-star reviews! – 298 pages

99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99)

Or buy for print

Erin Radkey’s life has altered completely since her Change made her one of the Unbounded. Yet she has learned the hard way that some things never change.

Over the centuries the long-lived Unbounded have divided into two groups, the Emporium who craves money and power and will do anything to achieve its ends, including experimenting on its own people, and the Renegades who protect humanity. Erin’s new abilities are tested as she and fellow Renegades fight the Emporium in a struggle that soon becomes all too personal, and where lines of loyalty are blurred by relationships of the past. Everything is at risk, including the lives of her friends—and the love of Ritter Langton, the Renegade Unbounded who both infuriates and excites her.

 

 

The Ember Gods by Andrea Pearson

 

Kilenya Seies – Middle grade fantasy with 19 five-star reviews! – 282 pages

99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99)

Or buy for print

 

Jacob Clark has just returned from the world of Eklaron, where he frustrated the evil plans of the Lorkon and returned the magical Key of Kilenya to its rightful owners. His quest is far from over, though—Aloren is trapped in Maivoryl City by the Ember Gods, and Jacob can’t return to save her until he receives the potion that will protect his team from the corrosive influence of the Lorkon. Balancing between this new world and his own proves tricky. Not only has he started his first year of high school, but his magical abilities are bringing him too much attention. He feels pulled by both sides, hoping he’ll figure out his special powers to save Aloren in time. BTW, the first book The Key of Kilenya is FREE on Kindle March 26-28th during this promotion.

 

To Love and to Promise by Rachel Ann Nunes

 

Inspirational Romance – 298 pages

 

99 cents Kindle (reg. 3.99)

Or buy for print

 

When Brionney Fields marries handsome and charming Derek Roathe, she feels like her life is a fairy tale come true. And when baby Savannah comes along, she’s sure of it. Then, with a horrifying discovery, the dream is shattered and her fairy tale begins to unravel. Trying to pick up the bits and pieces of her life, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to take a chance at love again. The answer finally comes, but is Brionney ready for it? Can she set aside a world of pain for the hope of true love? She’s heard all the promises before, but they’ve been empty and tainted by lies. Why should she believe them now? Join Brionney as she learns that the road to true love and happiness is never easy . . . but in the end it’s worth every prayer, every tear, and every leap of faith along the way.

 

A Heartbeat Away by Rachel Ann Nunes

 

Inspirational – 212 pages

 

99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99)

 

“You think it’s never going to happen to you. I know because that’s how I was—untouchable. Bad things only happen to someone else. Or if something bad actually did happen, it was always something the doctor could fix with fiberglass or a pill. That’s the way it was with my family—at least until the year I turned thirteen.”

When their young daughter, Kristin, is kidnapped, Gary and Angie Marshall struggle to make sense of the unthinkable. Who could do such a thing? And why Kristin? As more time passes in their desperate search for their daughter, their hopes slowly dwindle. They are left with “if onlys” and a glaring uncertainty that damages their marriage and their relationships with their other children, especially their oldest daughter, Meghan. Meanwhile, Kristin’s first job in her new “life” is to heal the hearts of her family. But doing so turns out to be more of a challenge than she ever expected. But time is running out. As she blames herself for Kristin’s disappearance, Meghan turns down a road that can only lead to more unhappiness. Kristin must find a way to help her sister find healing—and perhaps love.

Behind the Mask Part 1 by Anita Stansfield writing as Elizabeth D. Michaels

 

Historical romance – 294 pages

 

FREE for Kindle (reg. 99 cents – Free March 26-30 only)

 

Part 1 of Behind the Mask for an introductory price. There are three parts of this extended saga and each part is like a full book.

Abbi has the gift of dreams. But her uncanny ability to see glimpses of the future has no apparent purpose or meaning until a dream leads her to a man on the brink of despair and destruction. Cameron is a man without a name and without a country, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Long ago forced into exile and believed dead, the passing of years have defaced him of all hope. The country of Horstberg suffers beneath the weight of tyranny, and only Cameron holds the secret that could see her ruler undone and restore the people to peace and prosperity. While revolution brews and whispers of treason threaten all that is dear to Abbi, she remains unaware of her own ability to answer a nation’s prayers. Trusting only her heart and the power of her dreams, Abbi gives all that she has to lead Cameron back into a civilized world, where love is real and freedom comes only in facing what hides behind the mask.

 

 

 

Breathtaking Box Set – 7 Full Novels!

 

 Clean Romance and Suspense

 

99 cents on Kindle through March 29th only

Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru – A weekend trip to New York takes a dangerous turn when Rachel’s luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent.

A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis – Cami DiCarlo wasn’t happy about being coerced to work at her father’s latest hotel in the Rocky Mountains, but her expectations of a boring year are blown away by sexy landscape architect Vince Talmadge, and someone in the shadows who is out to bring her family down.

Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt – When country music star Daleigh McDermott digs deeper into what she believes is the murder of her father, the only person who gives credence to her concerns is small town mechanic Nick Shields.  As they dig deeper into things best left alone, they realize they must rely on each other or the darkness they discover will swallow them whole.

You Belong With Me by Shannon Guymon – Love could restart a stalled heart. Love could comfort and cleanse. Love could renew. Love was a miracle. Burned out social worker, Layla Kendall is about to learn exactly what love can do.

Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon – Unbelievable, Book 2 in the Port Fare Series. A firestorm named Delilah Dreser is about to ignite Cole Colter’s quiet little world. But will he and his friends survive?

Blog This by Cami Checketts – In a race against time, can Natasha evade a hitman and expose her enemies before the assassin murders her family and shatters her world?

Cassie’s Cowboy Crave by Kimberly Krey – This fun western romance features a Seattle editor, a handsome cowboy, and a witness protection program that has them posing as husband and wife.

 

 

Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson

 

Contemporary Romance – 344 pages

 

99 cent Kindle (reg. 2.99)

Or buy for print

 

Ellie Garrett never planned on being a divorced, single mother—she also never planned to get married again. Ever. Her ordinary life changes when the house across the street is sold. The new owner is Nick Coulter—quarterback and MVP for the Sacramento Defenders. Oh yeah, he’s also one of People magazine’s top 100 most beautiful people and America’s most eligible bachelor. So why would she pick him to have her first crush on since her divorce? Recently retired from the NFL, Nick is more than ready to find a wife and start a family. He’s tired of his high-profile lifestyle and moves to Pleasant Wood, Colorado, hoping to finally settle down and focus on his foundation Kids Come First. It would just feel nice to be a normal guy. Of course being rebuffed by Ellie the first few times he meets her makes him feel a little too normal. As Nick and Ellie become acquainted, their mutual attraction is hard to ignore. But Ellie’s been hurt before by her womanizing ex-husband. She’s not sure that Nick has left behind his playboy reputation. Can she risk falling in love with the celebrity football player or will she miss her chance at scoring big in the game of love?

Gathering  Storm by Kenneth R. Tarr

The Last Days Series - inspirational apocalyptic – 312 pages

 

FREE on Kindle (reg 3.99 – Free until March 26-30 only)

Or buy print

 

THE FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY IS UPON US

Steven Christopher struggles to make sense of his life after his wife abandons him and their three children to join a polygamous cult. He meets Mary Fleming at his new LDS ward, but his bitter experience with marriage makes him feel unworthy and afraid to give his heart to another woman. Mary, recovering from her own failed relationship, sees something in Steven that even he doesn’t realize exists, but how can he trust her? Then the first great catastrophe strikes. Steven and Mary soon find themselves in the midst of apocalyptic prophecies regarding latter-day events—both terrible and marvelous—that unfold shortly before the Second Coming of the Lord. As natural disasters, plagues, anarchy, and the collapse of the American government lead to the degradation of civilization throughout the world, a great worldwide secret combination expands its evil influence. The people of God are the only power that can stand against this evil, people like Steven and Mary—if they will accept the challenge.

 

 

Samara (A Kilenya Romance novella) by Andrea Pearson

YA romance - 58 pages

 

Buy for Kindle here (99 cents)

When Samara Oldroyd takes a break from her somewhat insane family to browse a music store, she meets the funniest, most attractive and awesome guy ever. A phone call interrupts their conversation, and she has to leave before she can find out anything about him—what his name is, where he’s from, and why his smile is so familiar. Her wishes that they’ll run into each other again come true, but not how she expects. When her older sister finally lets the family meet her new boyfriend, Samara is shocked to see it’s the guy from the music store! Awkward and hilarious situations thrive as Samara tries—in vain—to undo the crush she’s formed. Inspired by the film Dan in Real Life, this novella will tickle you pink.

 

At Midnight by Stephanie Fowers

 

Twisted Tales Series – YA fantasy – 383 pages

 

99 cents on Kindle (Reg. 2.99)

Or buy for print

 

Stop the Clock from Striking Twelve!

 

Bridgette has Cinderella complex big time. She has to find true love’s kiss to get some weird guy off her back who claims to be her faery godmother. But who is she really? Loser of Omak High? Victim of the evil stepmother who runs the group home?

Not-so-proud owner of a hearth where fire-starting goblins live?

Asylum wannabe with occasional schizophrenic episodes? Not even Bridgette knows. Even if her faery godmother wasn’t some guy who knows nothing about romance, how is Bridgette supposed to get true love’s kiss if everyone she cares about disappears? Bridgette must find out who she really is in the faerytales or she’ll lose everything.

 

Mansfield Ranch by Jenni James

 

The Jane Austen Diaries – YA Romance – 144 pages

 

99 cents on Kindle (reg. 4.99)

 

 Does true love really prevail?

All Lilly Price has ever known is living in the shadow of her widely successful foster family. But when a twist of fate deals Lilly the hand of Harrison Crawford, the most popular guy in Bloomfield, NM, everything flips upside down. Sean Benally is a hard worker, he’s funny, he’s generous, and he’s kind. He’s also the most amazing guy Lilly has ever known. And she’s totally fallen in love with him. But he’s her foster brother . . . Now she must choose between the unavailable love of her life—or the guy who promises to be available forever.

 

Awakening by Christy Dorrity

 

The Geis Series – YA fantasy – 300 pages

 

FREE on Kindle (Reg. 3.99)

Or buy for print

 

. . . because some Celtic stories won’t be contained in myth.

A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery’s family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a clairvoyant for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn’t think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has an amazing best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital, and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way. When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled, janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities. After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened. When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy.

 

 

A Challenge for Brittany by Lisa J. Peck

 

CTR Club ages 6-10 - 85 pages

 

99 cents on Kindle 

FREE on Nook

Brittany Stevenson, her little sister Christine, and her best friend Meagan have been asked by their bishop to be friends with Parker—a new kid in the ward. But Parker is autistic and loves to play with Brittany’s braids. He even tries to stick them in his mouth! Brittany isn’t sure anyone can overcome that kind of embarrassment! Or is there a way?

 

That’s all for this time! I hope you find a lot of enjoyment in these books. If so, please pass word on. And remember that a kind review really helps authors spend more time writing and less time begging random people to buy their books THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Filed under: Blogroll,Personal — Susan @ 5:16 pm




July 13, 2012

Get Connected!

When you are moving, you will need to call your utility companies and inform them of your move. You will want to disconnect your service if you are moving out or get connected when you are moving in. It can be tedious to look up all the numbers necessary so I have compiled a list that I hope will make things a little easier.

Please let me know in the comment section if I have overlooked anything or if I have the wrong information for something. I would love for this to be correct and include anything that would be of help to the most people. Thanks

Get Connected: Utah County Utilities list

Rocky Mountain Power

201 S Main St Ste 2300
Salt Lake City UT 84140
Tel – (888) 221-7070
Fax – (888) 800-2851
Power Outage – (877) 508-5088
Web – http://www.rockymtnpower.net
Web – RMP Utah Regulatory Information
Questar Gas Company

180 E 100 S
PO Box 45360
Salt Lake City UT 84145-0360
Tel – (801) 324-5555
(801) 324-5111 Customer Service
Fax – (800) 324-5131 Legal
Web – www.questargas.com
24 Hour Emergency Service (800) 323-5517
Centurylink (formerly Qwest) Phone, Internet

250 Bell Plaza RM 1603
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 237-7200
Fax:
Toll Free: (888) 642-9996
Customer Service: (800) 244-1111
Web: www.qwest.com
Comcast (Phone, Internet, & Cable TV)

One Comcast Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: (215) 286-8667
Toll Free: (800) 288-2085
Fax: (215) 286-8414
Web: www.comcast.com

Orem City Utilities (Water, Sewer, & Garbage):
58 North State St. Orem, UT
801- 229-7275
Provo City Utilities:
351 West Center, Provo UT 84601
801-852-6000
Payson Utilities:
439 West Utah Ave, Payson, UT 84651
801-465-5200
Lehi:
153 North 100 East, Lehi, UT 84043
801-768-7100

Alpine:
20 North Main Street, Alpine, UT
(801) 756-2378
American Fork:
Uinta Water Systems
947 S 500 E # 216, American Fork, UT
(801) 492-4900 ‎
Pleasant Grove:
70 South 100 East, Pleasant Grove, UT
(801) 785-5045
Springville:
10 South Main Street, Springville, UT
(801) 489-2706
Spanish Fork :
Eagle’s Landing Water Company, LLC.
1094 North Ridge Way
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Tel: (801) 794-9559
Fax: (801) 794-9669
email: hearthstonedevelopment@hotmail.com

Schools:
Alpine School District: Orem and North Utah County
801-610-8400
School Boundary Map:

http://bus.alpinedistrict.org/stopsandbounds/stopsandbounds.html

Nebo School District: South of Provo
(801) 354-7400
350 South Main
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Provo School District: Provo
280 West 940 North, Provo, Ut
Phone: (801) 374-4800
Fax: (801) 374-4808

Filed under: Blogroll,Buying,Community,Personal,Renting,Selling — Susan @ 9:00 am




May 30, 2012

Oh No! Not a new roof!

We have had an ominous feeling hanging over our heads for the past few years, literally! You know; the dreaded conclusion that it is time to get a new roof. Every homeowner hates the thought but even more, they hate the expense. Even when you know it is time, you close your eyes and cross your fingers that you can squeeze by just a little longer. That was us.
Well, a few months ago, our neighbor’s roof suddenly transformed into a beautiful form of art and gave us the boost we needed to bite the bullet. We called the name on the little sign in their yard; you know those signs that say, “This roof brought to you by…” and now, our roof is a work of art too.

It is funny, I’ve never been ‘in’ to roofs all that much. My hubby notices them on occasion but lately, I am surprised at how my “roof awareness” has peaked. Since all the homes in my neighborhood are around the same age, I can’t help but feel sorry for so many of my neighbors as I drive by and think, “Oh wow, I wonder if they know how close they are to water damage?”

I know how hard it is to do it. I know what drives homeowners to put it off because it is a big expense and there are always other more important things to do with that money, right? But, if you lose the gamble, you can find yourself with water damage inside your home which is also expensive to restore PLUS, you then have to buy the new roof on top of the water damage repair expense or it will just happen again.

We made the jump and not only replaced the old roof but went the upgrade and found a roofing system that looks great and is very functional as well. I have no doubt we would recover the cost if we had to sell and the added expense also added many years onto the warranty. Instead of the typical 30 year roof that is really more like 15-20, we have a 50 year roof. It is supposed to save on the energy bill, (too soon to see it yet) and is more fire and wind resistant than average.
If you are thinking you need a new roof, here is the information on the one we chose.

http://www.contractorfind.net/roofing?network=g&type=gerard+roofing&gclid=CNjkkr-dqbACFcYBRQoddCdtSQ#welcome

And if you are in Utah, I recommend the company that installed our roof. They were great to work with.

www.warburtonsinc.com

It might be important to remember, a lender will not give a buyer a loan on a home unless the roof has at least 3 years of life left.





February 24, 2011

Coyotes, Bobcats, Bears…and Sharks!

Shark Pic taken by my husband, June 09, Roatan Honduras

If you know me then you know that I love to scuba dive. When I am not diving, I am trying to figure out how I can get somewhere so I can dive. I like to try new places and have been to many different vacation destinations. When I travel, I always pay attention to the real estate atmosphere of the area we are in. I take pictures of homes for sale, I grab brochures, talk to the locals, and have even visited the local real estate offices in order to educate myself on the market wherever I visit. My knowledge and experience have come in handy for many people over the years as they consider buying a vacation home. If you are considering buying a vacation home in a tropical area, give me call or email me. I would love to share my thoughts on the places I’ve been.

Now, back to diving…

Since I love to dive, I talk about it… a lot. I hope I am not one of those people that go on and on, boring everyone that will listen with every detail… but I probably am.

Since I talk about it a lot, the most common response I get is, “I would like to try diving but I am afraid of sharks.”

That is such a common statement but my husband recently made an analogy that I wanted to share. I can’t remember word for word so I will put it in terms I can remember and explain, but the idea was his.

Many people say they won’t dive because they are afraid of sharks but few will say they will not go to Yellowstone because they are afraid of all the wild animals. Millions of people go to Yellowstone in spite of the fact that it is full of wild beasts that can and have killed people over the years.   (While we were there for a family vacation a few years back, we bought the book, “Deaths in Yellowstone” and took turns reading it out loud during our visit so we are acutely, and a bit humorously, aware of how dangerous Yellowstone can be.)

So, we visited Yellowstone and while there, we were excited to see a coyote. You don’t see them everyday so it was a treat for us and while Coyotes wouldn’t frighten too many people, no one is going to go try and pet one, right?

Ok, next, we saw a lot of Buffalo. They are magnificent creatures. They may seem harmless from a distance but again, you wouldn’t want to get too close and try to pet one. They have been known to hurt many a tourist when approached.

We saw several black bears that trip. Talk about exciting. There was even one that came over the ridge while we were fishing. We were all spread out along the bank of the river and I quickly rounded up my little kiddies and moved to a safe distance from our car and my big strong husband. In the end, there was no cause for alarm, but I do not regret taking caution.

Finally, while we were driving along on the North end which is less traveled than the rest of the park, we spotted a bear and her cub crossing the road. My husband wanted to get a picture so he got out the car and walked down the hill a bit trying to get a good shot. It didn’t take long before he realized this was not just a Black Bear but rather a Grizzly, and a mother Grizzly at that. He carefully backed away and got into the car and was happy to have experienced that sighting without harm. Grizzly bears are much more aggressive and attack more often than Black bears.

So, my husband’s analogy about diving with sharks is kind of like our trip to Yellowstone. There are many different kinds of sharks. There are Coyote sharks, there are Buffalo sharks, Black Bear sharks and …Grizzly Sharks.

Most sharks have the ability to harm a human, but will not. People have been harmed, just like at Yellowstone, when they do not exercise caution, and try to pet them or molest them in some way, but in most cases, they will run, or swim the other way when you approach.

I have come across several species and some, such as a Nurse Shark, are almost docile and just want to be left alone to sleep in the sand on the bottom. You can look from a distance but if you get too close, they swim away, I am sure annoyed at being disturbed.

I have seen a few different Reef Sharks as well. They look more menacing but I have yet to see one that didn’t want to just get away as we approached.

There are 3 kinds of sharks that I would be happy to never run across. The Bull Shark is one of them and there is a possibility that I will see one someday since they are often found in clear, tropical water. They are big and while harmless, most of the time, can be onery and aggressive.  I am pretty sure I would live to tell about it but I would still rather not see one.

The others are Great Whites and Tiger Sharks. I believe the odds of running into these are slim. Great Whites tend to like murky water so they can ambush their prey. There isn’t much point in diving in water if you can’t see anything.

Tiger Sharks are just hungry. They will eat anything, anywhere. The possibility of running across one of those is higher if you are in Hawaii and I am still  not sure that shark we cornered, albeit accidentally, in the cave off Lana’i wasn’t a Tiger. In person, it looked like it had stripes but the camera/pictures wasn’t able to prove it. If it was a Tiger, we were lucky that it wanted nothing more than to get away from us and out of that cave.

I also take comfort in the statistics. Scuba divers have rarely, very rarely, been attacked by sharks and even of those, the diver was trying to pet the shark, ride it, or molest it in someway. Most shark attacks happen on the surface so before I surface, I take a good look around before I head up to the boat. ha ha

Then there is always my final strategy. You should never dive without a dive buddy. It is unsafe to do so. I always carry a dive knife as well. I figure if I see a hungy shark coming my way, I can just use my knife.

Some say it is best to aim for the gills and others say aim for the eyes. I say, aim for my dive buddy and while he is bleeding, I should have plenty of time to get away.   :D





September 8, 2010

Google

For all you “Google” people that aren’t really “Google” people… at least that is what you tell me when I remind you on my CELL phone that I am on the “DO NOT CALL LIST” and that I have already asked to be removed from your list…

I AM NOT INTERESTED IN PAYING YOU TO INCREASE TRAFFIC TO MY WEBSITE!!!

It is frustrating that so many of you are using my website to “prospect” me. 

Please stop making comments on my posts that just tell me what  you can do to increase the traffic to my site,

Please stop stop making comments just so you can advertise your own websites,

and

Please stop calling me to tell me how you can increase the traffic to my website.

So, let’s see how many of you are actually reading my blog… you always tell me you are …

Filed under: Blogroll,Community,Personal,Technology — Susan @ 6:56 am




September 5, 2010

Pergola

Too many of us have a long list of things we would like to do to improve our homes. Some of those items on the list are repairs that really should get done and others are things that we desire to do for the sole purpose of improving the home or making our lives more enjoyable.

Not knowing how to get started, lack of time, lack of money are all reasons we put off getting these things done. But I think the most common reason is simply procratination. Isn’t it in our nature to just put things off, knowing, or hoping that tomorrow will be a better day. However, it never is. Life continues to pile things onto our schedules, inundate us with menial tasks which cause us stress and make us want nothing more than to vege out on the couch in front of the TV if and when we do finally find a minute.

Of those that have sold a home, how many of you put “the list” off the whole time you have lived in your home, then when the time came to sell, hurried to get them checked off?

I raise my hand… I am guilty too.

We decide to put our homes up for sale then race to finish all those things we could have done sooner and actually have enjoyed them while we lived in that home.

We have a fantastic deck at our house. I often joke about how we bought that deck …and it just happened to come with a house too. However, it faces the West and has, through the years, to our disappointment, been nearly unusable because of the heat in the summer months. We talked about different solutions when we stumbled upon the idea of Pergola. We decided that was the right option for us but never got around to it for the same reasons mentioned above.

This Spring, we decidIMG_2211ed it was time. We did it. We invested in the Pergola and have since wondered why we didn’t do that sooner. We have used our deck more this summer than all the other years combined. While the Pergola may not have added a monetary value to our home in the event we need to sell, I know it will make my home more appealing than the competition. It is like we have added a new room, a fantastic room.

So, my point today is, don’t procrastinate those little things you’ve always wanted to do to your home. Get them done while you can enjoy them. You know they need to get done, you know you will race to get them done if you need to sell so why not invest in yourself while at the same time making your home investment better. Life is too short to put off enjoying the little things.

p.s. I am sitting on my deck, enjoying the view of the valley and the lake as I write this.  Are you jealous?

Filed under: Blogroll,Luxury Home Market,Personal,Real Estate,Selling — Susan @ 8:12 am




September 1, 2010

A Crazy Year

I can’t believe it has been so long since my last post. It has been a crazy year. I have been reflecting on life; health, finances, relationships… all the things that present the greatest challenges to our lives and yet the greatest blessings as well. We too often take them for granted but when one or more get a little off-track, it doesn’t take long to realize how important they are to us and how essential it is to work on them.

I am grateful for good health. I am lucky that my challenges the last year were temporary and resolved but I have a new outlook on how important it is to take care of ourselves, eat right, exercise, etc.

I am grateful for my family and friends. I lost my father this summer. It has been a sad and reflective time since I lost my mother long ago. As I grow older, these bonds get more and more special to me. My siblings have grown closer since his passing and have an even greater place in my heart. My husband and children seem to be the essence of my existance. I do not know how I would survive without them.

I am facing the prospect of becoming a grandmother and get more and more excited as the time goes by… also worried as I think of my own baby facing the challenges of motherhood. Physically, getting older stinks! Yet, life gets sweeter as time goes by and I learn valuable life lessons that I was too young and ignorant to appreciate in my youth.  I do not look forward to watching my body get more and more wrinkles  with each passing day, but I have learned that there are still many opportunities ahead for laughter, learning, and LOVE.

Filed under: Blogroll,Community,Personal — Susan @ 6:25 am




October 1, 2009

New Keybox for Utah County REALTORS®

Insist your agent use this keybox!

Insist your agent use this keybox!

Utah County has changed their Lockbox system recently and even though I’ve written on this subject already, I want to write again to stress the importance of this issue.

Utah County Association of REALTORS® (UCAR) has switched from using Risco to Supra boxes. These boxes are what we agents use to store the key to the home so that other agents can bring their buyers by our listings for showings when the buyers are not home.

This makes it more convenient to get more showings on a home, increasing the likelihood of the home sellling.
(A home will not sell if buyers can’t see it.)

I noticed a trend when we switched our system last time. Many homes that I took buyers to for showings did not have the UCAR approved boxes. Too many agents were choosing to use a cheaper “contractors” box that can be easily purchased at home improvement stores. These boxes can be opened by using a 4 digit number code. Agents that want to show these homes must call and get the code from the agent or sometimes these agents publish the code on the internet so we can get access. Once the code is learned, the home can be entered as often as desired and the listing agent may not know how many times the home has been showed by the same buyer’s agent.

Also, there have been documented cases around the country where the wrong people get access, somehow, to these “contractor” box codes and homes are being robbed and even gutted in some cases. Often, an agent has mulitple listings and uses the same code on all of them. Once one home is violated, several more usually follow.

The new approved Supra boxes store the key securely, can only be accessed by REALTORS® who own a computerized code key, keep a record of who uses the key to gain access to the home, and electronically informs the agent that his/her listing has been entered.

If your agent is not using the approved Supra boxes, you are not getting the necessary information about the number of showings on your home, and your valuables and your home are at risk! You should insist that your agent get a Supra box and use it for your home.  

If you are considering hiring an agent to sell your home, ask him/her if he/she uses the Supra keyboxes.

If they do not, that should be reason enough to consider using a different agent to list your home.





September 23, 2009

Another Thought Provoking Email

The following is an email sent to me from a friend. I often enjoy Ben Stein’s take on things and this is a good one. It actually choked me up a little.

 

ben-steinThe following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession :

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees.  I don ‘ t feel threatened.  I don ‘ t feel discriminated against. That ‘ s what they are:  Christmas trees.

It doesn ‘ t bother me a bit when people say, ‘ Merry Christmas ‘ to me.  I don ‘ t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn ‘ t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu   If people want a crèche, it ‘ s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don ‘ t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don ‘ t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can ‘ t find it in the Constitution and I don ‘ t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren ‘ t allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that ‘ s a sign that I ‘ m getting old, too..   But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke;  it ‘ s not funny, it ‘ s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham ‘ s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘ How could God let something like this happen? ‘ (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.  She said, ‘ I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we ‘ ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.  How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone? ‘ 

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O ‘ Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn ‘ t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn ‘ t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock ‘ s son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he ‘ s talking about.  And we said OK.

Now we ‘ re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don ‘ t know right from wrong, and why it doesn ‘ t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with ‘ WE REAP WHAT WE SOW. ‘ 

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world ‘ s going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send ‘ jokes ‘ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you ‘ re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.  If not then just discard it… no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don ‘ t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.  
My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein

Filed under: Blogroll,Community,Humor,Personal — Susan @ 7:33 pm




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