I hate the snow. I can understand how that could sound pessimistic. A few days ago it was 60 degrees outside and I was talking to all the little buds in my garden. I had shrugged off the grudge I had been holding against the red robin and we were all living in peace. I was WEARING FLIP FLOPS! And then on Sunday it started to snow again. We got 6 inches. in March. Every year I say the same thing: It’s March, how could it be snowing?! I would say the same thing when I was in the military, years ago, sliding down the airfield, testing the slickness of the runway. Why am I always surprised?…. This is Facebook’s fault. That’s right. Facebook is the cause of my grumble. They allow people in warmer states to post sun-shining pictures of themselves on the beach, in the sun, with colorful toe nails and short sleeves, in February. I’m going to go bake something while I still have the energy and then off to bed. Maybe I’ll wake up and it will be spring? Humph.
I ventured into the Matrix today. It was an exhausting experience that took…about 10 minutes. A friend suggested I change the font on my blog. Apparently the old font was tough to read, “bubbly”. I Googled “how do I change the font on Tumblr?” Who knew, there is a step by step instruction guide WITH pictures. I emailed it to myself last night because I wasn’t up to venturing into the Matrix at 10:30 p.m. I needed to be fresh, thinking straight, up for the possible disaster that I could create by attempting this. Going into the Matrix at 10:30 at night only leads to drama. First thing this morning I opened up a word document, added a text box, made the box green, made the text white, and started experimenting with text. All of that took about 20 minutes. My coffee hadn’t taken full effect yet. I wrote down my chosen text (it’s on one of the sticky notes around here…) and then jumped into the rabbit hole. I’m not kidding, it’s the Matrix. There was code everywhere. It was intimidating. But I found my current font, checked it, double checked, triple checked it…re-looked up the instructions on the… read more →
January 2014 It’s a new year, and a new website. Real estate websites, to me, feel very standardized. I’d like to use this blog to add a personal touch. Something that will allow people who visit to know, there’s a real person here, not just a website that someone else put together and posted. I hope you enjoy it. In 2013 I met someone, a client, but now a friend, who said I should write down all the interesting cases I’ve had through the years in real estate. I’ll relate my most interesting of 2013 here: A client flew in to see property over a spring weekend. She was relocating from Florida for business and we needed to solve two pressing questions: what side of the Bay Bridge she would live on and how much land/listings we could cover in two days. Day 1, hour 1, and the very first property we walked into…we discovered 2 hungry kittens, several tanks of hungry fish, 2 parched mice, a missing dog, and a dead cat in the upstairs hallway. After a few phone calls I had the owner on the phone. He and his family were on vacation. They had asked a… read more →
It’s mid March and I’m still futzing (that’s a new word I learned today) with my real estate website, getmaggie.com. I finally enlisted help from web designer Alex Mead of Clark Communications Group. Alex doesn’t have business cards so here’s a big shout out for Alex! Anyhow, Alex has been trying to figure out how to answer all my blogging needs. I want to blog to the people. I want to archive my blogs so they are readily accessible to the people. I want to email my blogs, monthly…to the people (are you sensing the sarcasm font? I hope so or you’re thinking I’m nuts!) It came down to Tumblr. So here I am. My task for today was to start a Tumblr account and then Alex would get the thing into my website. I don’t know how any of that works, that’s why I have Alex. He’s going to “make it do”. One of my favorite phrases. It captures the pure frustration a person is in when finally asking for help. Nothing real estate related here, other than I’m taking up space on the web….I guess I can’t just leave it at that. This spring market is really looking… read more →