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March 26th, 2009 categories: Service ProfessionalsI have an older SUV, a Ford Explorer, AND I have a wonderful Auto Repair shop that takes care of my hardworking Explorer...Marks' Expert Auto. Bianca-saur (my white Explorer) has been feeling a little under the weather. Later, I described her symptoms to Marks' wife Lisa, as having bronchitis. A few days before I was having a marathon day of touring houses for sale, and Bianca-saur, who had been suffering for a bit, seemed to be much worse. *sigh* Time to take her to Marks'...oh how I hate being car-less in Seattle! So I left her at Marks', and later in the day got some bad news..... Bianca-saur's days are numbered as she is in need of an engine transplant. *sigh* Mark told me that I might be better off replacing Bianca-saur rather than getting into the expense of an "engine transplant" and who knows what else might be discovered. *sigh* THIS, I needed to think about.... Later when I called Mark back, I said well, lets just do an oil change for now, and I'll pick her up afterwards. Later, I get a VM from Lisa telling me that Mark made a "Miracle"... Bianca-saur was running better! When I picked her up, she was running sooo much better, not exactly purring, but without the recent "bronchitis" straining. Yay! Lisa did not know what Mark had done, and I only know that something wonderful had happened. You don't question the nature of a miracle, you just have faith! I have been taking my cars to Marks' for a least a decade, I even followed when Mark moved his shop to Burien. You know, it's so important to have a trusted auto mechanic. TRUST is an important asspect in all professional service realtionships: Trusted Accountant, Trusted Auto Repair, Trusted Electrician, Trusted Plumber, and...ahem, Trusted Seattle Real Estate Agent! Thanks Mark, Lisa and let's not forget Nate!
Discussion: 8 Comments »| Seattle Times", real estate columnist Kenneth Harney wrote an article called "'Jumbo' Mortgage Market Reviving". Harney writes that Bank of America is entering into the very under-served Jumbo Home loan market this spring. This will really help the Seattle / Bellevue real estate markets, which have high median home prices. The median home price in King County for both single family homes and condos for Feb. 2009 was $348,000 (Feb. 2008 was $395,000, down 11.9% courtesy of the NWMLS). Jumbo loans are loans above the Conventional loan limit of $506,000, and we have been waiting for that limit to rise again to $567,500. Christi Meats from Evergreen Home Loans sent me an email last night to let me know that "We expect in the next week or 2 to see Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sort out the final details for the increased loans amounts for Conventional loans from $506,000 to $567,500". Christi also let me know that she will have more Jumbo loans available from B of A too, since Evergreen Home Loans; " will be participating in this when it happens through our correspondent relationship with Countrywide." Countrywide is part of B of A and according to Harney in the article, Countrywide will be changing it's name to Bank of America Home Loans. The availability of Jumbo loans for high-end home-buyers began to contract in August 2007, so this is Good News!
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March 15th, 2009 categories: Weather in SeattleThis is what Seattle woke up to this morning...HUGE snowflakes falling! Even though Spring officially begins this coming Friday (just 5 days away) the Seattle area is being dusted with more snow. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_6RkexJ7Rk[/youtube] Here is what I saw on my patio this morning...snowfalling, so HUGE you can hear it land!
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March 10th, 2009 categories: AlkiThis evening's walk on Alki was clear and COLD. Since last Sunday was "Spring Forward" one hour we also had sunshine...Yay!
The walk also had a few funny surprises this evening: we saw a woman walking her skate boarding dog, and a man holding his indoor cat in his arms because he told us the cat enjoys being outside occassionally for fresh air!
On the way back the sun had set, it was even colder, and as we were rounding the curve of the point, we were surprised by the HUGE rising full moon coming up over the SafeCo Field....it was Awesome!
The moon rising...
Discussion: 5 Comments »| First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square and it was a fine evening to be out enjoying the Art in the Galleries with a couple of friends. I met a friend at her office and we to Pioneer Square and met up with another friend in one of the Galleries. So, every month I allow myself to pick which artists' whose work catches my eye and appeals to my "would I want to see that artwork in my home" criteria and this month I found my favorite Artists for the evening in this order at Artforte, Linda Hodges and Marni Muir Galleries. My favorite artist for the evening was Flora S. Bowley at Artfort Gallery. I noticed her paintings last spring and was happy to see more of her gorgeous surreal/abstract landscapes. These color drenched, organic natural abstracted shapes are beguiling.... Yes, I think Flora's paintings are candy yummy and would love to see them in my home or yours! Linda Hodges Gallery was showing mixed media collage and oil paintings by Patrick LoCiero . These paintings quietly draw you in as you begin to notice the details of the background collage (which almost begin to tell a story) and realize the paintings are not a flat as they first appear. The paintings have almost quilted, rich burnished surface from the collage and set against that surface are the painted (and collaged) floral subjects. At first glance the paintings are quiet, then as you look deeper, you are drawn into seeing stories in the images of the collage backgrounds. Marni Muir Gallery was showing the dreamlike, surreal paintings of Scott Goodwillie . Technically amazing paintings in oil with dream-like images (and dreams often have disturbing imagery) that first catch your eye, then as you settle your gaze on the subject you realize *oh* and wonder at what you are seeing, you are perhaps a little unsettled at that point. The painting that appealed to me in the show was a large painting of a life-sized woman surrounded by writhing ferrets that reminded me of a few favorite Frieda Kahlo self portrait paintings. It was an engaging evening of Art!
Update: Flora S. Bowley emailed me April 3rd, to let me know that she has been asked to make, "5 or more really large paintings to go in the lobby and restaurant of the new Escala condo building up in Seattle." Congratulations Flora! I will check them out.
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