Fern Ridge Resevoir

There is no time like the present, and so we decided to take the boat out during the first week of May.  It was cold, but we were ready to get the season started!

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Me and the hubby on Fern Ridge Lake!  We took all 4 kids, and the dog.

 

6338fe069a64aee1c830f4bfd21cf76f--ferns-explorationWe went to Fern Ridge Reservoir which is located just 12 miles west of Downtown Eugene.  It’s a quick drive and we frequently have the lake all to ourselves.  Fern Ridge is 9,000 acres, which makes it southern Willamette Valley’s largest reservoir.  It can be accessed by heading west on Clear Lake Rd just less than 6 miles from OR-99 N.

 

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Beautiful, smooth water, all to ourselves!

 

Fern Ridge is popular for various water sports including:

  • windsurfing
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • flat water kayaking
  • stand up paddling
  • swimming
  • fishing

We have seen all of these activities while out on the water.  I haven’t tried them all.  Have you?  I would love to give windsurfing, paddle boarding and sailing a try!  They are the only ones I have not done.

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Another great thing about Fern Ridge, the boat ramp is one of the easiest we’ve seen.  The ramp itself is short and there are two ramps to prevent congestion.  The staff at the lake have always been friendly and willing to help making each trip enjoyable!

If you do not feel like hauling your boat each trip, they also have a marina you can store your boat at for a monthly fee.

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A great overcast day, even though it was a little chilly.

 

We have always had a great time at Fern Ridge, whether it is just us or we bring a crowd, everyone has a wonderful adventure.  Hopefully I’ll see you there!

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Approved by kids and dogs alike!

 

PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE IN

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.

Steam clean the carpets

It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.

Call an exterminator

Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.

Clean out the kitchen

If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.


Ceramic Tile Supply NW

logoGood quality materials and outstanding customer service are what you get at Ceramic Tile Supply NW.  The owner Chris opened the retail store in 2009, but he has been selling tile wholesale since 1999.  That is 19 years of experience!  Whether you are working on the project yourself or whether you are working with a contractor, the very knowledgeable staff at Ceramic Tile Supply NW are there to serve you the minute you walk through the door.

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They have a vast selection of tile.

My husband and I recently renovated our bathroom and were in need of tile for the flooring.  We had never done a project like this before, but we are surrounded by wonderful people that lent us their expertise.  Once we walked into Ceramic Tile Supply NW we were welcomed and they listened to what we wanted and were looking for.  They gave us suggestions based on what we wanted to do, and stuck with our budget.  Serving our needs was their priority.  The staff helped us to understand how to lay the tile, what additional tools and supplies we would need, and the different characteristics of the tile (such as amount of slippage when wet).  The whole staff truly knows their product!  We left feeling confident that we got the right tile for the job, and that we were on the right track for installing it.  And better yet, that they were there for us if we were in need of more help.

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Ceramic Tile Supply NW viewed from W. 7th Ave in Eugene, OR
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Ceramic Tile Supply NW viewed from Fillmore St in Eugene, OR

What really went above and beyond was when they rang up our purchase and it was one of the lowest sales they had done in quite some time, and the customer service did not change!  It did not matter to them that we were a small sell; they still made sure we were well cared for.

The level of customer service leaves you wanting to find another project so you can go and visit them again.

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The owner Chris and me.  He’s friendly, knowledgeable, and happy to serve.

Focus on: Valentine’s Day

As a Real Estate Broker I want to find you a home!  And I also want to help you build a community!  I’m here to show you what Eugene has to offer, there is so much, all you need to do is get out there and enjoy!

There are lots of things to do for Valentine’s Day, and each couple is unique, but here are a few things going on today that might be of interest.  Some of them may be a good idea for this year, while others may be good for next year when you can plan ahead more.  For me, it’s the thought that counts, as long as I know you were thinking of me, I am feeling the love!

The Register-Guard has a wonderful article about all of the upcoming events focusing on Valentine’s Day.  Here is a quick recap, but click on the link to get more details:

  • L.O.V.E. Multimedia Show – music and stand-up comedy
  • Singing Valentine – delivered by Greater Eugene Chorus (thegreatereugenechorus.org)
  • Ceremony of Renewal and Commitment – Little Log Church
  • Step Back in Time Vow Renewal – Shelton McMurphey Johnson House (sjmhouse.org)
  • Chocolate Buffet – Willamalane Parks and Rec for ages 50+ (willamalane.org)
  • Valentine’s Passport Bar Tour – Expressive Exploits
  • Crystal Singing Bowls Concert  – at Unity of the Valley
  • Music event/one-man show – The Opal Center in Cottage Grove (adult themed) (opalcentercg.org)
  • Snow Lover’s Loop – Feb 17th.  Snowshoe trek or 2 person snowshoe relay at Odell Lake Lodge and Resort in Crescent (level32racing.com)
  • Noble Night of Passion – Noble Estate Urban.  Wine, music, food to purchase, and chocolate. (nobleestatewinery.com)
  • Romantic Valentine’s Getaway Event – McKenzie Orchards Bed and Breakfast Inn
  • Eugene Salsa Festival – Feb 23-25 at Valley River Inn. Dance workshops, live music, and performances. (eugenesalsafestival.com)
  • Tease, Burlesque Revue – Feb 24th at Florence Events Center (eventcenter.org)

Here is hoping that you are feeling loved today!  And know that I love you.  Everyone has value, so even though we might not have ever met, I know you are someone very special!

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

 

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9Round

I am a Real Estate Broker in the Eugene/Springfield area, and I want to not only find you a

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No make-up, but I’m happy to be there!

home, but I want to find you a community!  Right now I am on the hunt to find all of the places I can to exercise in the area and to let you know the great things about them!

Today took me to 9Round in Springfield Oregon.  At 9Round you go through 9 stations at 3 minutes a piece with active breaks between each station.  By active breaks I mean such things as squats, lunges, calf raises, etc.  The personal trainer keeps you moving through the stations, makes sure you are performing the moves correctly, and motivates you to power through.  They do all of this in a supportive and upbeat manner.  A bonus is that they have a free introductory lesson!

The personal trainers explain each of the different moves so you can confidently do them, and they watch over you the whole time, making sure the moves are done in a manner that will give you the most benefit.

The full body workout is quick, in a great facility, with supportive and friendly staff.  Each workout is unique, so you never get bored or reach stagnation.  But for today, I did the following stations to give you an idea of what the workouts are like:

  • Station 1 – jump rope
  • Station 2 – Squat kicks while holding an 8 lb ball
  • Station 3 – Working on Jabs and Crosses against a double-end bag (they have you wear gloves)
  • Station 4 – Front kicks against a heavy bag
  • Station 5 – Upper cuts against a bag
  • Station 6 – Side kicks against a bag
  • Station 7 – Knee kicks against a horizontal bag/ shin kicks against the same bag
  • Station 8 – Speed bag
  • Station 9 – V sit-ups, where you are in a sit-up position with a 10 lb ball over your head, and then you sit up so the ball goes up, one foot comes up, and they touch.
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    That ball near the front of the picture is the 8 lb ball I did squats with.
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    Double-ended bag for jabs and crosses.
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    Bag for front kicks.
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    Upper cut bag
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    Horizontal bag for knee kicks and shin kicks. These were my favorite!

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    The bag I used for side kicks.

They made me sweat, they made me laugh, they let me try things I had never done before!  A great experience I would recommend to just about anyone!

What other exercises should I try?  What is your favorite?

Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System

I’m a Realtor and I love the town I live in, Eugene Oregon.  I would love to show you some of the ways that I have been impressed with this town.  I am exercising in as many ways as I can and sharing what I find.  Here is Day 16!

Today was another day of exercising in Eugene.  I hopped back on my bike and headed down the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System.  Following along the Willamette River, and going right through Alton Baker Park, this path system connects a large portion of Eugene.  It makes it safe to travel around the town without having to share the road with vehicles (occasionally the path system does merge with the roads).  Heading northwest from Alton Baker Park you reach Skinner Butte Park; one of my kid’s favorite parks with a large play structure and water features to play on.  Skinner Butte Park was the first park that we visited when we moved to Eugene in 2016.  We were out for a bike ride on the Riverbank Path and happened upon it.

I love being able to follow the water and see the ducks and geese while I ride.

The path is always populated, but never so much that it feels crowded.  There is a great running and biking community here in Eugene.  You can see it on the trails and how well they are maintained, and you can see it on the buildings as you drive through town.

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For me it helps remind me, and motivate me, to get out and move!

Rain or shine, Eugene is on the run!

Where shall I go next?  What haven’t I tried that I should?

Which down payment strategy is right for you?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders.

But there can actually be financial benefits to putting down a small down payment—as low as three percent—rather than parting with so much cash up front, even if you have the money available.

THE DOWNSIDE

The downsides of a small down payment are pretty well known. You’ll have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance for years, and the lower your down payment, the more you’ll pay. You’ll also be offered a lesser loan amount than borrowers who have a 20-percent down payment, which will eliminate some homes from your search.

THE UPSIDE

The national average for home appreciation is about five percent. The appreciation is independent from your home payment, so whether you put down 20 percent or three percent, the increase in equity is the same. If you’re looking at your home as an investment, putting down a smaller amount can lead to a higher return on investment, while also leaving more of your savings free for home repairs, upgrades, or other investment opportunities.

THE HAPPY MEDIUM

Of course, your home payment options aren’t binary. Most borrowers can find some common ground between the security of a traditional 20 percent and an investment-focused, small down payment. Your trusted real estate professional can provide some answers as you explore your financing options.

Aerial Silks!!!!

I’m a real estate agent, a mother, a wife, and a woman!  I love to take care of myself as well as all of those around me.  One way I love to take care of myself is by exercising.  I am trying out as many different ways to exercise as  I can find in the Eugene/Springfield Area.  Here is day 12 in my quest to exercise more!

I’ve just got to say that this activity was so much fun!  There were about a dozen of us there and all of the ladies were so supportive of each other.  It was a super fun activity and a very safe atmosphere.  You can find the class inside the Northwest Ninja Park in Springfield Oregon (the Ninja Park could be another possibility for a fun activity).  There are adult classes and children’s classes for both the silks and the Ninja Park.IMG_20180126_193829899

It was my very first class, EVER, and I felt like I was able to do so much.  The first few minutes are stretching and warm up, but then they put you right on the silks.  They teach you a few ways to climb the silks and you do that until it feels like your arms are jello, and then they teach you a few tricks.  At the very end, they demonstrated A DROP, but said it would take too long to get over the fear for any of us to execute that move.  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!  It was definitely scary, but I saw the more experienced members of the class doing scarier things, so I figured I would just give it a try.

Sorry there is so much of my derriere in the video, and I need to smile while concentrating.

A great night in all, and now to take care of some fabric burns!

What else sounds like fun!  I’m up to a challenge.