Today was the first time back on my bike since my crash 6 weeks ago. After breaking 4 of my ribs and collapsing a lung, I was a bit anxious as I approached the 1st hill (deep breaths).
Up to this point I was reminding myself of all the basics: ‘pull up on the back stroke, push down over the top, use the gears and save the legs‘ etc. That was on fairly flat roads. Quickly, the ‘mental’ messages gave way to familiar muscle memory. Shortly after starting the 1st hill, I thought: “okay, here comes the test“.
But, I remembered the breathing technique I learned in a Yoga class, “ujjayi“, where you use your diaphragm to inhale and exhale. I had no discomfort! It’s like the ribs get bypassed and the diaphragm does all the hard work. It was a relief and empowering.
It is amazing how in just 6 short weeks the techniques, which had been automatic, reverted to a deliberate, mental process. I had been practicing ujjayi breathing before my accident and was relieved this AM when I remembered it on my first ascent.
Truth be known: THIS time, as I began the big descent, I actually touched my brakes. Well, “touched” is not correct. I used them for nearly half of the crest down, where I normally love to fly. Now I understand, a little more clearly, why seasoned riders always go so much slower down steep hills than I do, er, DID.
So, am I chicken or more wise?
On Saturday, 5/16, we will be holding an Open House for 1711 Morning Glory Dr. in Hollister, CA.
If you can’t stop by between 1 – 4 PM for your own tour of this 5 bdrm, 3 bth, 3 car garage, 2,650 sq. ft. home – watch this VIDEO Tour. It is almost like walking through the home itself.
“1711 Morning Glory” is just 18 mths ‘new’. The significantly upgraded walnut hardwood flooring and great carpet still look and feel fresh. This home also sits on nearly 7,500 sq. ft. so there is plenty of room in the back and both side yards.
Since Hwy 25′s extension is just .5 mile away, the drive to the Bay Area is surprisingly comfortable. When I moved to Hollister from San Jose people asked: “moving way down there“? It wasn’t long before I just smiled and said “yeah, way down there” with a subtle secret in my smile. The little extra drive yields so much more of a home and lot. It is absolutely worth it.
Some, even catch CalTrain in Gilroy for an even easier commute.
What has been your experience with living in South County while working in the Bay Area?
If you are looking for a nice family home which is well located for an active family you are going to want to see 1711 Morning Glory Drive in Hollister, CA.
As you will see in this VIDEO Tour this 18 month ‘new’ home offers a lot of comfortable living for this price. And, with Hwy 25 just .5 mi. away the Bay Area commute is very convenient.
Often families have other family members living with them. The downstairs bedroom and full bath offer a blended family option. Some have friends or relatives who visit regularly. Again, the 1st level bed/bath provide for a comfortable visit time.
We are hosting an Open House for this home on Saturday, 5/16, from 1 to 4 PM. Why not stop buy and see this home for yourself.
Often I will have 4-6 homes to show buyers. Each time we arrive in front of a prospective home the buyers nearly always comment on what they think the home will be like – based on what they first see from the curb. And, typically an impressive front of the home opens to a similarly maintained home on the inside. The opposite is also true. There have been times when the buyer doesn’t even want to get out of the car, because the front of the house is shabby, overgrown, or in need of paint.
There are several simple and inexpensive things you can do this Spring to make your home very appealing. Click here for 13 suggestions. Each of these easy to do tasks also provide the most added value - to – investments you can do to the outside of your home.
Lastly, your neighbors may be a willing source of help if you announce your ‘sprucing up’ plans for the ‘tired’ front appearance of your home.
Has your concrete patio sunk or pulled away from your home? Has your driveway lowered at the base of the garage? Would you like to level a sidewalk?
To remedy these and related challenges has been daunting and, for me at least, has fostered procrastination.
What have you done to level things up?
I found this this remarkably simple way to raise sunken sidewalks, driveways, patios etc. Watch this video.
This VIDEO Tour of a great home feels like you are walking through the home and grounds. 381 Via Vaquero Sur, in San Juan Bautista boasts of 3,500 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 4 car garage and it sits on a 22,000 sq. ft. (.5 ac) lot in the foothills. As you saw in the VIDEO there are many remarkable appointments and features included in this home.
The location of 381 Via Vaquero Sur could not be more ideal: just 3/4 mi. from Hwy 101 for an easy commute to Monterey or Santa Clara counties. CalTrain and Gilroy Premium Outlet Center is only 15 min. from here. The beaches and Monterey – just 30 min. “San Juan Oaks Golf & Country Club” is a short drive down the road. Play tennis on this gated community’s own tennis court.
The Open House for this home is Saturday, 11/22 from 1-4 PM. Why not stop by for your own, personal tour. You will see a remarkable home and, enjoy freshly made chocolate chip cookies.
Let me know what you liked about this house.
I love simple ideas that are fun and make our homes more inviting.
Do you have an old, ugly fence in the backyard? Try replacing the boards which are shot, then spray on fence/deck cleaner (actually a bleach). With a focused nozzle spray offf the the deck bleach. When it is dry spray the fence with you favorite color stain. I did this to our 17 year old cedar fence and it looks new.
You could also use your fence as a natural canvas and paint on it images like bushes or trees. This short video shows you just how easy, and fun this project can be.
What ideas have you come up with?
Watch this VIDEO Tour for an intimate view of the inside of the home and private backyard. 2451 Fairhaven Court in Hollister, CA is a beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 full bath, 3 car garage home with 2,700 sq. ft. in Hollister, CA and shares a private court with just 7 other homes.
It is a casual walk to Cerra Vista Elementary, a neighborhood park and playground, and a short drive delivers you to “Ridgemark Golf and Country Club”. South of here is the famed “Hollister Hills (off road vehicle) State Park”. “Gilroy Premium Outlets” and “CalTrain” is just 20 min. North of this gorgeous home.
In addition to the features mentioned in the VIDEO Tour there is a whole house, reverse osmosis and soft water system in the spacious 3 car garage.
This is a home you are going to want to see. The first Open House is scheduled for Sat. 11/1/14 from 1-4 PM. Check this site for additional dates for an Open House. Or, text, email or call me for your own personal tour of 2451 Fairhaven Ct., Hollister, CA.
What did you think of this VIDEO? Do you have any questions? Feel free to call me.
Here is a quick glance, one page summary of year-over-year values for of our Bay Areas.
The median prices increased slightly in Santa Clara County (up 9%) and Monterey County (up 6%) but dropped 1% in San Benito County.
At the bottom of the summary page we see some indicators which suggest San Benito County values may rise in 2015: Inventory of homes for sale increased 14% 9/13 to 9/14 which is one of the causes of the median price to drop. However, the Days on Market (DOM) dropped a whopping 46%! Since homes sold significantly faster year-over-year we may see San Benito County single family prices rise next year.
With one eye on these opaque indicators and one on “the holidays” disengagement many get caught up in – a shrewd buyer should buy a home before the year is out. And, with interest rates around 4% for a home loan, you could be one of the few others admire in the future: “You bought at the end 2014? You really ‘lucked’ out”.
Why not text, email or call me? With your answers to 4 simple questions I will be able to compute for you how much of a home you can qualify for and provide you with a list of those homes in your price range.
“Happy (Holiday) shopping”.
I have had a pool. It was a lot of fun on those hot days. It looked nice (most of the time). It was another chore – to keep clean and the chemicals balanced. It took up most of our backyard and, it could only be used for one thing – getting wet.
Check out this cool pool. I wish these were available back in the day. How cool is this? It’s a pool and decorative patio you can use for more than – just getting wet.
Do you have a pool story? Did you become familiar with “black algae”? Ever forget to turn the water off? Did it change from blue to lily-pad green?