Thursday, March 15, 2012
Well this weather is nice, almost to the point of being boringly nice. Here it is mid March. Should still be getting cold spells and a few hints of spring. Instead they are predicting 70 and 80 for the rest of the month. That will take us to April when farmers start to plant crops. So I am thinking planters will roll come next week. Why not? If it going to be warm till April it probably will go right into spring...Yes I think we will see corn and beans planted this month and starting as early as Monday. We will see but if I have to I may just plant a few beans myself just to prove my point. I remember a farmer planting beans on March 14th about 20 years back and they did real well...and I am sure corn will be in the ground next week also in many area's of our state.
This surely is my favorite time of the year. I love it when winter dies away and things start to grow and green up. Buds come out on the trees, flowers bloom, grass grows and mowers roll. The smell of new mown grass that first time over, there is just nothing like it..Well for New York City people maybe not, but for Hoosiers that is where it's at for sure....
I remember as a kid getting out for the first time and walking along the little stream that wound its way through our farm. Just looking at things in the water. Maybe launching a few short sticks that were pretend boats and watching them work their way down stream. It don't take much to entertain and Indiana farm boy you know.
But it was great especially those early days of spring. Frogs would start to make their froggy sounds that are so familiar but don't ask me to reproduce it. We had a swampy area about a half mile west of our house. I remember lying in bed those first nights you could open the windows and listening to those crazy frogs. There must have been thousands of them all competing, finally putting me to sleep.
Today I saw a pair of ducks on my pond. I hope they are about raising a family here, as I have not had any baby ducks here to watch for maybe 6 or 8 years. I keep hoping, I saw them come out of some tall weeds before they went into the water, maybe they were making whoppee, we will see in a few weeks. And the pond does provide a few of the froggy guys to help me reminise of those early years. I got a few giant bull frogs and they are fun to listen to.
Anyway glad that spring seems to have sprung here in the midwest, I think farmers will be about the farming business real soon..the pictures above are what I will be doing next week with the farming and also a pic of a nice white crane from 3 years back in my pond...and that is about it from Lake Wobegon for tonight, where the women are strong, the men real good looking and all the children are above average.....
Monday, March 12, 2012
Gosh it has been awhile since I have been on here. A couple folk have pointed that out to me so tonight by golly by hook or by crook I am going to say something on here.
The main reason I have been absent has been during my stay in Florida this year and a year or two before this year I have spent a fair amount of time looking at Florida property. And this year before I left I did in deed make the plunge and purchased a small condo in south east Naples. I love the location, it is not gated but it seems very secure and safe. Is well lit at night with really nice decorative street lights. Driving in at night almost reminds me of a movie setting or maybe Christmas time maybe a combo of both. If you click on the title above it will take you to the site of the condo and then click on photo's and you can look it over...both the exterior which is dead center in the building and the upstairs unit..And then there is several inside shots of the furniture. Susan and I hope to use the condo next winter as much as possible. And we hope to share it with the kids from time to time also. And maybe some relatives and special friends also.
It has a nice golf course running through the neighborhood of which I don't have to support with any type fees, which suits me fine as I am really not a golfer at all. I play maybe once a year if somehow that happens...sometimes it does not. But the course playing through the condo's is attractive and I am glad it is there. Probably won't hurt the resale value at all. The roof was replaced on the building just last year and that is a plus to me also I think. Probably won't need it again in my life time and if it does I probably won't be cognisant of it happening. The unit is located about 10 miles from the Marco Island beaches and about 11 miles from the Naples beaches. So not a far drive to both of which we will probably just flip a coin when we feel it is beach time as they are both very nice beaches. Also a really sweet swimming pool just out the back of the condo in which am sure we will use a lot.
I had looked at a couple other units in this complex and my realtor Kathleen was very much on the ball finding this unit just 5 minutes after it was listed. We looked at it the next day and purchased it on the spot. It was priced in the low end of the range for this area so we did not dilly dally around...I am happy with it all and have no buyers remorse at least at this juncture.
Sorry I have been lax on blogging of late, but homework on real estate is very time consuming and I am glad I did all of it because it is because of that that I am confident in this endeavor...But from here on maybe I won't have and excuse so you may be seeing me here more often ...I hope so...