I have been reflecting, as we start to see the first signs of the holiday season, about blessing others.
I want to encourage everyone to do something to pay things forward. I will share something that my husband and I did last year. We wanted to give "some money away". I thought about getting some bills and when I came upon one of the people with a sign on the street, giving them a bill of a certain amount. I didn't like that too much because I don't like mooching and as I shouldn't judge, It is still hard to see someone trying to make a living begging. So we struck on an idea of adding one of the bilss of a certain amount to whatever tip or fee we would be paying someone. So when we picked our car up from the valet parking at the hospital, we added that bill to our regular tip. When we went out to eat and we left our regular tip, we added that bill to our regular tip. Trying to bless people who were working to make ends meet. Maybe giving them a few dollars more to pass on in a gift or get a bill paid they were wondering how they could. It felt good to do it. It is one of those things that you get more than you give. Our intent was to give and bless others, and we got much more in return. My plan is to do it again this year. And give more. It cant hurt. I would rather go without a coffee or a fancy meal (which I don't buy anyway) so that someone else might breath a bit easier about a bill or making ends meet. Pass it forward. Give it a try. Be sneaky, don't get noticed. Enjoy the holidays for giving! That's what it is all about!
We've been dealing with a very sick dog since friday. Because we have no birth children, he is the closest to family we have living with us right now. And it is very hard. Some of you know. We both have said, "how do people do this with children?" your life must just stop! Trips back and forth to the hospital and being numb in between. My husband says that if it's hard, it's because we care. If we didn't care, and didn't treat him like family, then why have the pet and the attachment.
Our whole world is better when we see his tale wag and when is ears perk up.
I think it is about unconditional love too. Something that I wish I did better and hopefully these last 9+ years he has been teaching me. Expecting the best of everyone he meets and greets and always accepting of whatever he gets in return. No expectations. Total acceptance and unconditional love.
A good reminder to me now and everyone else also.
According to Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors. new Listings in the Twin Cities region decreased 0.3 percent to 6,922. Pending Sales were up 12.2 percent to 5,347. Inventory levels fell 13.6 percent to 16,398 units. Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 2.7 percent to $224,900. Days on Market was down 5.9 percent to 64 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 23.9 percent to 3.5 months. Statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development indicate that privately-owned housing starts in July 2015 rose 10.1 percent compared to last year to the highest level the market has seen since October 2007. This bodes well for the eventual landing of a flock of potential buyers currently holding in a rental pattern. As ideal summer weather diverges toward autumn, we will begin to see some seasonal relaxation, but the market should still look positive when compared to last year.
Labor Day seems like a distant memory and we are now in early October with the first frost around the corner. The Twin Cities market is still going strong in several of the distinct price ranges. Properly priced property is still selling quickly in those lower ranges. We still have new listings coming on and serious buyers out looking. It is a great way to head into the beginnings of winter. If you thought about selling but didn't get your home together for summer, It's not too late to join the party!
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