At Last Some Rain!

While most of the Country had too much winter, here in Northern California we had too little. The plants were afraid to push them selves up through the hard, dry earth until the last few weeks we had rain, loads of it for days in a row.  In response my daffodils bloomed earlier than ever.  Their spots of bright yellow lighting up my yard and my drive to work.  Grasses and California Poppies are adding pops of color back to the roadsides. A visual feast that won’t last long here in Colfax, so I am enjoying it while it lasts.

daffodil from topforget me not grape hyacynth daffodil bud w rock

back of daffodilant on cloverToday the sun is shining & the ground is soft so I am going to go play in the dirt before the weeds take over.

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Taming the Clutter Within

hmmmm time to clean up, yes that is an XP laptop, hey it still works!

hmmmm time to clean up, yes that is an XP laptop, hey it still works!

I promised myself this year I would get back on track, get back to the basics, work the basics, play the basics, keep it simple stupid and stupidly simple.

It seems that the last decade has been alternating periods of clear focus mixed with periods of mind churning chaotic brain chatter.   The world today offers so many options (ever look, really look at the toothpaste aisle?) technology never stops changing, companies never stop offering better, faster ways to do business.  Even our phones are not so simple now. I will admit when I got my latest phone it took me several tries to even figure out how to answer it.  Since nothing comes with printed directions any more if I can’t access the phone how can I access the electronic manual!  Needless to say I can totally relate to the commercial from a few years back where the guy buys the “3D” tv only to see an ad for “4D” before his new TV is even plugged in.  It seems the next new thing comes to us daily now and any decision technology wise will be an outdated decision in minutes.

So how to cope?  Back to the basics for me.  I am going to clean up my desk, stop being distracted by each shiny new object.  Serve my clients well.  Spend real time with my family & friends.  Take some time each week for a creative project to help clear my mind and bring focus to my passions.   I will let you know how it goes.

Teri Andrews-Murch, Realtor, Ca BRE 01734030 ph 530-798-0215 Lyon Real Estate, Auburn, Ca. www.FoothillsHotProperties.com

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Oh the Beauty of Fall!

I just love Fall in the Foothills everything is one last burst of life in Fall.  My eyes soak up the fiery reds and oranges that seem literally aglow.  I just can’t get enough of the burst of color after the August and September brown dead landscapes.  I anticipate each curve and know where to look for that last blast of color before the short stillness of winter takes hold and then I have to wait until the rains feed the green of spring.

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Teri Andrews-Murch, Realtor, Ca BRE 01734030

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Lyon Real Estate, Auburn, Ca.

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Hwy 40 North South Meet 2013

We had another great event this year.  The weather was perfect, lots of nice cars & nice people!  Thank-you to everyone that came and all the helpers. See you next year……

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Early Summer Photos Sierra Foothills

One of the best parts of my job as a Realtor is all the great nature I get to see while out looking at property.

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Seniors & Youngsters Together

Spending time with Grandma

As a child I spent a lot of time with my Grandparents.  One Grandma was widowed in the early 60’s, she was the creative Grandma and I loved to spend time with her in the garden and sewing room.  She had this closet full of fabric to choose from filled with endless possibilities.  Her garden was a delight of flowers and fruit trees and in the evenings her hands were always busy making something while watching Spanish soap operas.

My other Grandma pictured above always liked to travel,   Every Sunday would be an excuse for a drive and picnic by the side of the road.  My Grandfather loved to tinker and build things in the garage, it is from him that I learned about tools and most importantly about the golden rule, treating others as I want to be treated, sharing what I have and living within my means.  The things they taught me stay with me still.

This month in the AARP Bulletin (May 2012) there was a short article about a nursing home in Oklahoma (my Grandfather’s home state) where they have incorporated pre-school and kindergarten classes into the facility.  What a great idea!  I will never forget the time I spent with my Grandparents and I think it is wonderful that this facility gives the children and seniors an opportunity to share joy and wisdom.  I hope this becomes the next “big thing” in elder care.

Happy Mother’s Day

Teri Andrews-Murch, Realtor, Ca DRE 01734030                                                                ph 530-798-0215 Lyon Real Estate, Auburn, Ca.     www.FoothillsHotProperties.com

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Reflections of Marriage & Home Ownership

Grandma Zs house

Last weekend some friends of ours celebrated their 20 year wedding anniversary with a renewing of vows.  For me going to a wedding always brings some self reflection on the past and future.  The reminder that we are in it for the good and bad.  My mind wandered to and fro and of course landed in thoughts of real estate (I can’t help myself!) and how our relationship to our homes is somewhat like a marriage.

We fall head over heels in love and have fantastic storybook dreams of our future together.     Then as we live in it for awhile we begin to notice the door that doesn’t quite shut or the color that doesn’t excite us any more.  So we begin to change and improve, reshape and re-evaluate.   Sometimes we decide to stay and sometimes we go.  Time goes by and the annoyances either get fixed, fade into the background or become quirky unique features we couldn’t live without.  If we are lucky enough to make it to our 30 year anniversary we are rewarded with a paid off house to enjoy the rest of our days in and a home full of memories and stories.

Have a great weekend.  Enjoy your home and your spouse.

Teri Andrews-Murch, Realtor, Ca DRE 01734030                                                                ph 530-798-0215 Lyon Real Estate, Auburn, Ca.     www.FoothillsHotProperties.com

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What Can I Learn from a Turkey?

wild turkey flock

Colfax is a rural area and I live on a couple of acres surrounded by pines and oaks.  I have a steady stream of wildlife traffic going by my home office window.  Every spring the turkeys come back from their winter hiding and provide me with my early morning and dusk entertainment.

There is a ritual every dawn that I have observed for several years, one lone turkey (a hen) comes down from her pine tree roost and paces about making little clucking noises, this goes on for about 20 minutes.  After awhile she begins to also make a bit louder calls to her friends still up in the trees as if to say it is safe to come down.   Eventually the other do come crashing down, loud flapping of their large wings and bouncy landings.

For a long time I have thought of the lone hen as the low one on the totem pole or the sacrificial hen sent down there to see if there were any coyotes lurking about.  This year when the ritual started up again I began to see her as the risk taker, the leader if you will.  Taking the first leap out of the safety of the pines and letting the others know it is ok, I am here to lead you on our adventure today, don’t be afraid, see I did it, you can too.  I kind of like my new version of the turkey morning ritual and wish her well every morning as she is the first to greet the new day ripe with possibilities.  So I am going to get out there and embrace the day no matter what my imagination thinks is waiting outside my “roost”,  after all if a turkey can do it what am I waiting for?

I will save the dusk ritual for another day……………

Teri Andrews-Murch, Realtor, Ca DRE 01734030                                                                ph 530-798-0215 Lyon Real Estate, Auburn, Ca.     www.FoothillsHotProperties.com

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Colfax is Blooming

All Photos by Teri Andrews-Murch

Teri Andrews-Murch, Realtor, Ca DRE 01734030                                                                ph 530-798-0215 Lyon Real Estate, Auburn, Ca.     www.FoothillsHotProperties.com

 

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