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Real Estate Thursday - Buying or Selling a Home is a Family Affair

Real Estate Thursday - Buying or Selling a Home is a Family Affair

Team Hampton and Robbins understands that selling a home or moving can add additional stresses on the family.  Here are some tips for helping the family and children cope with the selling and buying process.

1 - Different ages bring on different challenges when it comes to how a child may handle the move.  Very young children and infants may be confused.  Explain to them what is going on in an age appropriate conversation.  School age children will be worried about making new friends and teenagers will find it the most difficult as they have developed friendships that are extremely critical to their identity.  The idea of leaving their friends and having to make new can be very stressful.  Be understanding, reassuring and share all the positives of the move.

2 - Make it fun.  When a real estate agent calls to schedule a showing everyone needs to help out to get the home in showing condition.

The Little Gravely that COULD!

The Little Gravely that COULD!

My main Gravely Tractor is undergoing transmission work at the moment.  So last night I pulled out my back up tractor to do some snow blowing.  This tractor is the antique Model Li that I featured in THIS blog post.  And so because of the genius of the Gravely design all the attachments are interchangeable across several years of two wheel tractor models.  That means I can put the snow blower on this little guy!  And let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised with just how hard this little Gravely can work!  Even at less horsepower, 6.6 horse as opposed to 8 horse on my main tractor, this tractor was really doing a good job and holding it's own!  Of course my neighbor showed up with his Commercial 12, a giant of a tractor, using the same blower attachment.  It is a sort of  "Gravely Club" after all!

Homemade Lard!

Homemade Lard!

OK!  I know!  Why would anyone want to do this, RIGHT?  Well the point is I've actually done some research and I personally feel like the risks for heart disease are actually higher when you consume partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in the form of shortening and margarine.  Do your own research and come to your own conclusions.  For me when I need a solidified fat, or shortening that is stable at room temperature, like for a pie crust or pastry, I reach for the real deal, LARD!  Just like anything you must use lard in moderation so don't go "hog" wild, pun intended!  Also lard is the key ingredient in homemade soap so there are other uses for this old fashioned product than just enhancing your middle!

With THAT out of the way I'll step down from my "soap-box", haha, and show you how I make lard at home.  A word on ingredients here.  In this video I'm using suet which is beef fat.  I saw it in my grocery store and snagged

Weekend Fun Friday - What's going on this weekend?

Weekend Fun Friday - What's going on this weekend?

 

Friday - January 6th

Children's Museum - Auditions for Troupe Auditions - Youth Voices on Stage and Kids on the Block - Children ages 11 through 17 3;30 - 5pm FMI visit 

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Benefits of buying a home in the winter

Typically, home sales are strongest in the spring and summer months; however, there are several advantages to shopping for homes in the fall and winter. Sellers are often more motivated in the winter and may be willing to negotiate terms such as price, repairs, and even a closing date.

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Real Estate Thursday - Benefits of buying in the winter and more

Benefits of buying a home in the winter

Typically, home sales are strongest in the spring and summer months; however, there are several advantages to shopping for homes in the fall and winter. Sellers are often more motivated in the winter and may be willing to negotiate terms such as price, repairs, and even a closing date.

Chickens in the cold! Winterizing the coop.

Chickens in the cold!  Winterizing the coop.

A lot of people ask me, "What do you do with your chickens in the winter?"  With a few modifications to the chicken coop itself a chicken can be kept quite comfortably outside all winter long.  First and foremost a chicken must be kept in a coop that is free of drafts and moisture.  Without this your chickens will not do well in the winter.  Second it is important to note that a chicken, especially one that is cold weather hardy, possesses all the neccessary equipment to survive the cold temperatures.  They have a remarkable ability to fluff up their feathers and conserve heat.  When they roost they cover their toes with their feathers but the roost itself shouldn't be narrower than about 1-1.5 inches or their toes will actually hang too far below their feathers and get cold.  The chicken will also borrow heat from her fellow flock members and they almost always bunch up on the roost to get the full effect of group warmth.  The only thing a ch