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Deep pink or light red ones Columbine without the usual spurs A deep lavender color
Photos of my columbine since daughter Val asked about them.....lots more than these in all shades of lavender and red etc.
I googled my address and found the MLS (multiple listing thingy) had wrong information about my home's square footage. They had the total much less than it is....just the main floor! Since so many search real estate online to find appropriate homes, I complained about it and put a little pressure on the real estate agent I'm working with. She assured me corrections would be made and later the same day called me about having another "Open House", so another is being scheduled for this coming Sunday.... opportunistic timing since the condo across the street from me is having one the same afternoon. My agent knows my agreement with her will run out in late June and I've told her I may take it off the market, try to sell it myself or sign with another real estate company. My cousin, a very successful retired realtor will be visiting me this month and I'll ask her what she recommends doing in my case. I've come down in price already and don't want to or can't afford to come down very much more. I'll be spending the week cleaning good and getting some flowers for the front steps and maybe some for the upstairs deck too.
If I were like my daughter, Murisopsis (aka "Val"), I'd write a poem about this. However, I'm too tired and too old. My dad and my maternal grandmother wrote many poems during their lives. I think Val got those "poet genes" but it seems they skipped my generation...I wrote a few but it was difficult for me! I wonder if it IS maybe a genetic thing. Well, Val did get my red hair genes and shape of my hands.
I took some more photos for the realtor's online Multiple Listing website. The Remax realtor has been only so-so about these things and I had requested better photos for the online viewing. Many people DO check out the listings online before they go house hunting, but my particular agent isn't all that tech savvy or else she is just more interested in selling houses priced in the $500,000 and up range. Here are some photos I'm sending to the company's employee who is in charge of the online virtual tours of homes on the market.
I have "uncluttered" my rooms so much, I'm having problems in finding stuff. Friend Elaine came over to drive us out for dinner a couple of weeks ago and asked me where husband Leonard was (she meant the container with his ashes). I had to think hard. I'd moved the ashes and a nice small olive wood carved statue of Jesus the Good Shepherd from their usual places on an end table...it took a couple of seconds to remember but then said before thinking how it would sound, "Oh, he's in the hall closet with Jesus." Elaine burst out laughing and came back with, "Well, good! Maybe they can talk to one another in there." We've both lost our husbands but not our sense of humor, thank goodness!
My front yard looks really nice this spring with all flowers coming up and the tree and lilacs blooming. I'll add some photos of the kitchen, bedroom, office, family room and other bathrooms...but this is a start. If the agent with whom I signed doesn't do anything, I'll get someone else at the end of June. I'd really like to relocate during nice weather if possible....and have the girls take the furniture they'd like of the pieces I won't be keeping. In the meantime, I'm keeping fit by exercising 3 or more times a week at the cardiac rehab center....for selling one's home and moving is darn hard work!
Daughter Val's blog reminded me of the research I did a some years ago on the types of feet....all kinds of names for the various styles of feet we humans have been given. The Greek type supposedly is the least common with only 1/6 of people having the 2nd toe the longest. I've heard the straight across even length toes on a foot described as a Celtic foot or toes. My 2nd toe, the stay at home piggy, is longer than the piggy that went to market, so according to the above diagram, I have Greek style feet...like the Statue of Liberty and the statue of David by Michelangelo.
And here is some information I found on the internet on the subject:
"According to anatomists three quarters of the population have a so-called Egyptian foot which is characterized by a great toe longer than the second toe, 1/6 of the population have a so-called Greek foot where the great toe is shorter than the second toe, while the rest of the population have a square foot where the great toe has the same length as the second. The reference to Egypt is due to the fact that in Egyptian paintings (where usually feet were shown from a profile point of view) the great toe appeared longer than the second toe. The reference to Greece is due to the fact that Greek statues showed feet having the second toe longer than the great toe.
Notwithstanding the prevailing anatomy, nearly all the Roman statues, often copies of Greek originals, have Greek feet. It is not easy to find a statue with an evident Egyptian foot, because even Egyptian statues have Greek feet. .........Neoclassic artists had such an admiration for Greece that their statues have Greek feet bordering deformity." http://romeartlover.tripod.com/Feet.html
I'm not sure if it is an ethnic DNA thing that influences what style of feet we have or not. A lot of us are such a mixture of different ethnic groups or nationalities...I know I am Irish, English, German, French, Welsh among others; and here I am with my so called "Greek feet!" What kind of feet do you have?