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Monday, September 29, 2014

I now have my own YouTube channel to help people buy homes, sell homes and learn about the real estate market. My assistant had me do it. I can't watch it as I hate watching myself. It would be awesome if my spark friends could help me get it going by subscribing to it. www.youtube.com/channel/UCHU88HgMB-7
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We did end up going out for pizza last night for my birthday. We got home and, while I was out with the dog, the kids put out a Turtle Cheesecake. It was very rich so I only had a little bit of it. For a present, they got me a huge bag of peanut M&M's. Definite sugar overload. I only had 10 of them.

JC seems healthy again. I am going to go out and see him as soon as my day calms down. It is definitely Monday. But, work is picking up again so that is a good thing. I may have two offers coming in on two of my properties and I did get 2 new buyers.

My house showed very well on the Parade of Homes and everyone liked it. I'm hoping maybe someone will come back and make an offer. I'm not in a huge hurry as we still have not found another home we like.

Did the treadmill for 65 minutes yesterday. I am trying to follow the sparkguy's advice and try and do something for at least 10 minutes every day. All we can do is take it one step at a time :)

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 9/30/2014 10:34PM

    Great idea and set up. Love the educational format.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/29/2014 11:43PM

    viewed some of the videos...... you did a wonderful job. You are also doing a wonderful job getting your fitness in.

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What's In a Number?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nothing. A number is simply that. Today, I turned 50. I don't feel any different than I did yesterday at 49. It's cool that I can get AARP discounts.

My husband and I were laughing last night because he celebrated my 20th, 30th, 40th and now 50th birthdays with me. I don't feel older. I feel a lot smarter. Oh my, it so true that the older we get, the wiser we get. If I had known even 20 years ago, the things I know today. I would be in a completely different place.

I am also wise enough to know that I make my choices. I choose to have the Cosmo or the Chocolate Martini. I choose to eat the chicken or the macaroni and cheese. I choose whether to exercise or not.

I remember the years may have been late teens through 20's when everything that happened was everyone else's fault. Well, you know what, I still have people around me who cause things to happen differently than the way I want them to, but now I know it is up to me to turn it around and make it go the way I want it to.

Ten years ago, I was in a job I hated going to not because of the students, but because of the people running the district. I think the day I got beat up was probably the best day of my life. It was the best day because it turned my life around. It made me realize that I could do something else with my life.

I think the day when the neighbor girl slapped me was another good day. It was good because it made me realize that I no longer have to stay here. I can move and we can start remodeling another house. Brian can do what he loves. He loves to remodel. He is a carpenter at heart and always has been.

The day my brother showed up to my house was another turning point for me. It was that day I realized that I was nothing to my siblings and never would be. That was actually good for me because I could stop feeling guilty for not wanting to be around them. They didn't want to be around me either. I have learned that I don't need them. I have my husband and my children. The sad part is that they really never knew me. I always knew them. I saw what they were for a long time because I observed them and their greed and the bad way they treated others including my parents.

I realized last night that aside from my husband, my other best friend is my daughter. Like I used to spend time with my mother not because I had to, but because I wanted to, Sarah and I spend time together. My friends think it is wrong. They believe she should be out with her friends. I feel safe knowing Sarah is right here and not getting into any trouble. We have so much fun. We laugh together; we go shopping together; we walk together. I told her now that I'm 50, she has to help push me to get my exercise done or she will end up pushing me in a wheel chair.

I am old enough to have learned that so many things I thought were bad were actually good. I finally realize that I am one really lucky person! I am so grateful to my husband, my children and all my wonderful spark friends for just being you!

So what's in a number? Wisdom. That's all. Otherwise, it's just a number. Whether it is a number on a scale or the number of years you have been alive, it doesn't define who you are as a person. The only thing that defines you are the choices you make and how you choose to treat others :)

  
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SNOWFILLY 9/29/2014 7:55AM

    Happy Birthday!!! So glad that you are looking at things the way you are. You are awesome.
I too got wiser last week, at least I hope I got wiser and not just older. LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAZZEJR 9/29/2014 3:02AM

    emoticon Yeah, that's a lot of knowledge you've garnered. Good for you. My daughter and I still love vacationing and shopping together and she's in her forties. When your daughter wants to spend time with friends, I'm sure you allow her to. There's nothing wrong with the two of you enjoying each other. Most mothers and daughters try to cultivate that closeness, so that all her life she'll know she can count on you. Way to go, Lasarre!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/28/2014 10:32PM

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!! You are indeed wise.

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SO_WORTH_IT 9/28/2014 5:31PM

    You ARE wise. I like your writing style too! Happy Birthday! emoticon

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I Feel Lost

Friday, September 26, 2014

I feel like I lost my friends. Not my online friends, but my friends that have been with me through so much stuff. It is like, since I quit teaching, I only see them when bad stuff happens. I know that, no matter what, they will always be there for me, but I feel kind of sad that they never pick up the phone and just call to say hi. I call them.

I hear about them all going out together and I have said that we would love to join them, but the answer is usually, "well it's a teacher thing" or "we all got together for XXX holiday and you are Jewish." I don't know. It is weird.

Then I wonder if I have moved on too. I am always busy with work. I also just spend a lot of time with Brian. Lately, it has all been about fixing up the house. Yet, I did call one of my friends tonight and she picked up immediately and we talked for about an hour. I know she has a lot going on. I talk to her husband on Facebook quite a bit.

Maybe I just have so much changing in my life that I am noticing their absence more. Who knows.

  
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JAZZEJR 9/29/2014 3:10AM

    You know, Bibi is right--sometimes people get so caught up in something new that they've taken on that they don't realize some friend is feeling neglected. I once did it to a very devoted friend. She finally told me how left out she felt, and I was just horrified, but she was right. Now, if too much time goes by, we make a point of connecting. Why not pick one of the friends you most want to reconnect with and just tell her how you feel. Worse case scenario is she won't respond positively. In that case, no problem--let it go.

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BBONET 9/28/2014 3:33PM

    People are funny like that sometimes. People do forget and move on in their own circle and forget old friends. Sometimes we don't even know we are doing it. Talk to those you can and try all you need sometimes is one good person that will be there always. Remember not to blame yourself - it is truly their loss.

Stay focused and positive on your things, your goals and things will eventually fall in to place. Know that we are here for you! emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 9/28/2014 10:12AM

    I can SO identify. As you know with my circle of LONG time friends...I find that I have less and less in common with them. Maybe it's because I'm ALWAYS working and they live the life of Reilly...maybe it's because I'm no longer interested in material things and more interested in the spiritual side of people. Maybe it's because I'm meant to move on and meet more like minded people.

All the same...I know how your feel. I'd express your feelings to the one that you feel closest to...tell them it's important to you to see them if you want to. If they respond fine...people can be so self centered sometimes they can't see the forest for the trees...if they don't respond...I say it's THEIR loss!

You are a beautiful person and one that I CHERISH knowing! Sometimes I'm closer to my on-line buds than people I see every week...it's just the way it is...and I'm not so sure it's a bad thing.

Huggers!

You will ALWAYS be my friend and I'll ALWAYS be cheering you on..but then you know that by now don't you?

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LYNCHD05 9/28/2014 2:40AM

    The older we get the harder we time we have with change. You have made so many changes in your life which I am sure you are happy about. Enjoy the times that you do reconnect but also enjoy the fact that you have ope ended up a whole new world for yourself. I think it is wonderful that you could do np this. And so successfully!!! Awesome girl!!,

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TXGRANDMA 9/27/2014 7:08PM

    I think it was unfortunate that your friends excluded you from their get-together just because you are no longer working as a teacher! After all, you were a teacher for so long that you totally understand "teacher things!" As far as the Holidays go, if it doesn't bother you, it shouldn't bother them, either!

I also think it is a good idea to find a like minded realtor or two and get a friendship going with them. Your life totally changed when you took on a new occupation. I think real estate is infinitely more interesting than educating someone else's children, especially with all the discipline problems inherent in teaching these days. Don't get me started on that, LOL!

Spending more time with your husband and family is not necessarily a BAD thing, in my book! emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 9/27/2014 10:46AM

    So sorry you feel this way, but it sounds like you had a great chat with one. I'd wait until your next get together... Real friends you can be apart for years and when you get together it's like no time has gone by

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JUSTME29 9/27/2014 9:42AM

    Change is hard, and people do lose touch. Plus you know how busy teachers are during the school year. Maybe you'd have better luck connecting over Thanksgiving or winter break. I understand how you feel though and I'm sorry.

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LOPEYP 9/27/2014 6:02AM

    I hear ya! I have a few close friends but they don't like close. DH & I are looking into activities for our age to meet new people. emoticon

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RENATA144 9/26/2014 11:37PM

  Sometimes it seems that certain people come into our lives to help us to learn a lesson or two to help us to live a better life. We can outgrow people with whom we have stopped growing with.
Yes sometimes we have a lifelong friend with whom we can visit with long stretches of time in between & talk with them in a way that feels like you are picking up the conversation that you had left off some time ago. emoticon
Try not to feel bad about the friends that you have lost contact with & do your best to find new friends - people that you & Brian have a lot in common.
Do Enjoy your husband & marriage as he is your Most Precious Friend. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/26/2014 11:37PM

    Glad you found a listening friend. I understand that getting to goal weight, of growing with a passion the career that we love, will often cause us to be left behind. Apparently it's about the quality of friends and prayerfully you'll find new friends through other avenues in life. Hug, hug - Evelyn

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/26/2014 11:37PM

    It does seem that in times of change we notice things more. If you want to have more contact with your friends call them, doesn't matter who calls as long as contact is made.

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So It Begins...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Being a Realtor, I deal with buying and selling homes everyday. I've discovered it is a lot different when it is your own sale and purchase. I keep second guessing myself as to what our home is worth. We don't get a lot of homes for sale where we live. Most of the same people are still here from when we moved in 21 years ago. We have a lot of updates in our home that most of the homes here don't have. I'm not sure that is worth anything in this market as I'm not 100% sure how much this area will carry. I'm following the advice I usually give my sellers which is to start a little high and then drop the price according to what the feedback says. The house is supposed to go on MLS today. There are still lots of little things we could do around here, but I fear we will never get it on the market. We can continue to be a work in progress. Is not like we are in a hurry. We have not yet found a house.

Speaking of which handling your own purchase is another interesting experience. We wrote an offer on a property that needs a lot of up dating. The sellers are priced $40,000 higher than anything has sold for in that are. I ran CMAs and I had my assistant do the same. I still wrote the offer $10,000 more than the home is worth. They wouldn't even look at my offer. They have been on the market since March. That is really long for that area. That is one of the most sought after areas around. Oh well. Back to the drawing board.

Our Home for 21 years:
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8th-St-Milwaukee-WI-53216.aspx?IsBrand
ed=1&AgentID=6762

  
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FLORIDASUN 9/28/2014 10:21AM

    I just LOVE your home Nina...such charm and it has a nice traffic flow and new appliances and a beautiful back yard! I think the price is SUPER cheap...but then I live in FL where EVERYTHING is WAYYYY overpriced. Did you break it down to so much psf? Or did you do a Zillow search...not that I think those are super accurate but it gives you some com parables. I would just declutter...declutter and declutter. The more space a buyer can see...the BETTER for you! Even if you have to rent a storage unit..this strategy works! Also they say take away all personal photos and stuff that will steal the attention of the people looking. Some people just can't envision what the space would look like with their own stuff in it...so the less they are distracted with the better.

I know you will sell it and stick to a good price...after all it's BEAUTIFUL!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/25/2014 12:34AM

    Your home is gorgeous . . . seems like an excellent price, too! Hope yu can find and obtain just what you're looking for (and perhaps more).

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/23/2014 10:08PM

    People can be irrational when it comes to selling their homes. You house is lovely!!!

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TXGRANDMA 9/22/2014 8:43PM

    What a gorgeous home! I loved every photo! I think you are priced low, but you know better than I what the market is up there. Looks like it is plenty big, too! Another plus! Loved the fireplace, very intriguing design.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/22/2014 1:23PM

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Good luck with both endeavors. You will find the right home in time and this one will sell. You know the business and so understand the trends and time it takes better than most. Have fun finding your new home!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 9/22/2014 10:10AM

    Many people have emotions or sentimental feelings with their homes which they feel are $$$$$$ worthy.

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JAROL7 9/22/2014 9:37AM

    You know the short answer ... your home is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, not what your sweat energy is worth to you.

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New 5% Challenge

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I really fell off this summer and it is time to take back control. I am so ready for this challenge. I need to get back in the habit of exercising daily. It does seem like every time I do, I end up hurting something lately. It is really hard to stay motivated to exercise when you hurt.

I am going to pull out my Wii and Leslie Sansone DVDs and use those again. I used to use them all the time. Then I got frustrated with those because I couldn't raise my heart rate enough. Now, I think any movement is good movement. My goal is to get in at least 30 minutes of any type of exercise per day. Of course, JC is always my favorite exercise.

I also know that I need to make better food choices. With everything going on to get the house ready to sell,we have been eating out almost everyday. I can't wait until this whole house thing gets done and we have a place we enjoy so much that we don't go out to get away from it.

Had to call the police again at 3:30 this morning. We think we found a house we like. It needs cosmetic updates, but nothing more than we were going to do here except the upstairs. That is still original and we would need to put in a dormer to finish the space.

Oh well, looking forward to the new challenge and I really want to be successful this time. I think sometimes I get overwhelmed and think I have too much to lose so I give up and convince myself that I am good right where I am. I know that is not the case. I don't think everything would hurt if I lost some of this weight. I am definitely a work in very slow progress.

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/21/2014 10:02PM

    My friend I know you can do this!!! One step at a time, as long as you are moving and thinking about what you are eating, you are heading in the right direction

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/20/2014 11:55PM

    You have a plan and now it's implementation time. Let's rock this challenge together as we make healthier bodies.

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FLORIDASUN 9/20/2014 12:03PM

    You KNOW you are in my BEST wishes for your success! I know you can do this and I know I can too. Together we are only stronger! Good luck my sweet friend I know your life is as chaotic as mine...but we can't loose sight of our goals and dreams! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/20/2014 10:41AM

    **HUGS** I can not exercise daily. I need at least one to two rest days even from Leslie or I hurt myself. Everyone is different, though. I try not to think about the big picture. I try to focus on just the next 5 - 10 lbs. Taking off that much helps with my pain.

Have fun!

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JUSTME29 9/20/2014 10:17AM

    I'm sitting out this round - but I'm still rooting for all the teddies. Good luck this round! I know you will grab control again. You've been able to make good choices eating out before, and you can do the same again. I hope the house you like works out and that you are able to sell your current house despite the neighbor issues.

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LAVHUGSNY 9/20/2014 10:14AM

    Slow and easy wins the race !

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