Helping Those Who Need Help

Friday, January 13, 2017

Our good friend, Dotty Metcalf (who opened her home to us when we traveled to CA to cruise), is participating in THE PGA TOUR VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE for a chance to win $10k dollars for her charity, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.

1. Go to:
2. Click on "Select a Tournament" under the Career Builder logo
3. Click on "Vote Now"
4. Find "Sammy's Mom" on the list and select.
5. Fill in the blanks
6. Hit "Submit" and confirm your email to validate your vote.
They will ask for your name, address, sex, DOB and email. There is nothing that says you have to use anything exactly factual other than your email - you must reply to their email for your vote to count. I hope you will help!

Ciao for now!

HaPpY NeW YeAr - 2017!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ciao for now!

Christmas? New Year? Valentine's news?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

I guess it's all three holidays wrapped into one. It's official - we are going to be snowbirds! Remember our quick trip to Tennessee back in September? It served two purposes, first to see our good friends who moved from Maryland to Tennessee. Second, to look at houses in our area.

Why? We realized that we are getting older and the cost to build on our property is getting higher. The housing market is still good, so why not look at something with a finished house and land for Stu to build his pole barn. So off we went, several days of looking and wouldn't you know. The last house we looked at was IT. The same thing happened with our property back in 2009 (incredible that was over seven years ago).

The house sits on 2.3 acres, open (no chance of forest fires, which was not the case with our property), fenced for horses with a nice pond at the back of our property line. There is a barn with stalls and a tack room, that may become a woodworking shop area for Stu. There is also a nice shed almost as large as ours on the property. Three bedroom, two bath, small front porch and nice deck on the back where we get the morning sun and afternoon shade.

Some of the extras we loved: double vanity and a HUGE shower in the master bath (of course, there is also the red heart jetted tub), room for a king bed in the master bedroom, coat closet by the front door, double doors to the deck, pantry in the kitchen, window over the kitchen sink, HUGE utility room with two storage closets (room for washer/dryer AND freezer), good sized garage with driveway for three (that's where the RV will park initially), septic clean-out for the RV (original owners had an RV) and great sized rooms.

So we put in an offer and after some negotiation, it was accepted. We close on January 10th so will be driving to Tennessee next week to finalize everything. That will make us officially snowbirds. Winter in Florida (or somewhere warm if we decide to go west one year), back to the house for spring, MD for June timeframe, back to the house until November or so (weather dependent).

Oh, you want to see photos? We uploaded both the listing photos and the ones we took HERE. But just to whet you appetite.....

Front view from the road

Looking back from halfway down to the barn

All the land on the left is ours, you can see three fence lines. We own from the two outer ones. That's the barn and the pond is almost at the tree line.

Living room (doors to deck)

Eat-in kitchen

Refrigerator, stove, microwave & dishwasher stay, all fairly new

Master bedroom

Future guest room

Future office and extra guest space


Ciao for now!