There are many people who have a blessing ceremony for their new home when they move. Are you one of them? What did your blessing ceremony consist of? As a student studying Feng Shui, I participated in a blessing ceremony for one of my fellow students who had bought and moved into his first home. There’s more to be said on the topic of house blessings and I’ll save that for another day.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. I’m Irish and I’ve always liked Irish blessings. Here are a couple I particularly like:
May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!
May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.
And lastly, a bit o’ green, golf course style!
“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time– a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”
Here’s an example of a home with attractive holiday curb appeal. Lighted trees flank the front door, a lit wreath hangs on the chimney, and a lit shrub on the left side balances the trees by the door.
I came home and looked at the photo on my computer’s large screen. I noticed a surprise element in the photo. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.) Can you find it? Does it put a smile on your face? Happy holidays!
Most of the snow here in the Twin Cities has melted. The days are getting longer and warmer. I was browsing through photos and came across this one from earlier in the winter. I like the signage with the name and street address in metal.
Goodbye winter and snow and cold. See you again someday but not too soon!
You can see them as you walk and drive around your neighborhoods. Icicles. They hang from roofs and can be long and short. I’ve seen some that stretch all the way down to the ground, nearly covering the entryway or a wall of a home. Yes, winter brings us not just snow but ice.
Here’s an article in the Wall Street Journal on this topic: Homeowners Beware: After Snow, the Ice Dam Cometh. People use roof rakes, RoofMelt tablets, ice-cutting, electrical ice-melt roof systems, and insulation in an effort to minimize and eliminate snow buildup. Others climb on their roofs and try removing the snow in other ways.
Care is necessary when taking on these projects. One can fall off a roof and be injured. Icicles can fall and hit people. Ice melts and leaves icy patches on stoops.
A friend lives in a 1940’s house. It’s a single story with an attic above. He had considered adding recessed lighting to his living room and kitchen while renovating. I advised against it due to the possibility of future ice dams as a result of heat from the recessed lights entering the attic. My client also wanted to retain as much architectural integrity as possible in the house. Recessed lights were not part of 1940’s architecture. Today his house is free of both recessed lighting and interior water damage from ice dams.
Of course, winter is not without its charm. There is plenty of breathtaking beauty to go with winter’s challenges. I am both enchanted and in angst upon sight of the first snowfall of the season. And the long days of winter provide more of both of these emotions in me. Here then, some photos of the prettier side of winter.
Winter is waning. I went out with my camera late this afternoon and found myself surprised by the abundance of color already on display as the snow and ice melts. These were taken at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I was in the area to check on a lockbox at my condo listing. An agent had told me it was jammed. Sure enough, it was.
Thumbs down about the lockbox. Two thumbs up for the pictures. I’ll post more later. (March 23, 2010 — Visit my flickr account by clicking on the photo in the sidebar to see more photos from this day.)