The following is from a direct mail newsletter I send my clients each month.
Starting this month (March, 2022), I am going to begin featuring one business from my “preferred vendor” list in each newsletter. These local vendors have earned their place on my list by providing quality service to clients of mine and/or my BHHS colleagues — service worthy of personal recommendation (i.e., they have not paid a promotional fee).
In honor of Women’s History Month, I am starting off with a woman-owned business. Amy Works, Inc. Her website says, ” We specialize in BATH, KITCHEN AND BASEMENT REMODELS and on building relationships with our customers.”
You can reach Amy and her team at 206-478-2019. AmyWorks.com
Here are more non-profit community resources:
Westseattleadventures.com: If you’re a parent in West Seattle who enjoys finding new outings close to home to do with your kids, this blog is for you.
1800recycle.wa.gov: A website/hotline with information about where you can recycle all those hard-to-recycle items (like microwave ovens).
It’s been a little over a week since West Seattle scavengers checked off the last boxes on the clue sheet. You may be wondering why it has taken so long to see the results posted here. It’s because Winder Wander was so well-received that it has taken me all week to tally scores, label jpegs, retrieve yard signs, and notify the players.
Last year, 12 teams played Winter Wander and sent in 198 selfies. This year, 24 teams took part in the West Seattle scavenger hunt and sent in 466 selfies and several social media posts. 7 of the 24 teams solved all 25 clues.
The team of Rick & Morty, aka Steve and Charlie Bierman, (pictured below) solved all 25 clues AND were the big winners in the drawing for the $100 gift card!
The names and point totals for each of the Winter Wander scavenger hunt teams are listed below. The highest point total went to Charlie’s Angels. The youngest participant was 1-month-old, Lucy. Even though I made up a couple of the team names myself, I must admit that the one that tickled my fancy the most, was Sleighing It!
Team Murray: 55 points
Beyond the Disaster: 55 points
Go Gesings: 30 points
The Happy Travelers: 34 points
The Finding Falcons: 45 points
Viking and Milady: 7 points
Team Blitzen(berger): 47 points
Sleighing It!: 18 points
Louie, Louie: 47 points
Tinsel Trio: 53 points
Charlie’s Angels: 58 points
Rick & Morty: 56 points
Raining Cat & Dog: 38 points
Gill Family: 26 points
Laura Tyler: 50 points
Kim S.:50 points
Frosty Jingle Head: 43 points
Chunn Family: 46 points
Maria Wellington: 40 points
Victoria Wellington: 40 points
Lucy in the Sky with Snowflakes: 46 points
Mark & Kiarra: 10 points
The Long and Winding Lane: 50 points
Yay! Murdock: 10 points
Special thanks to the many volunteers who helped me plan and execute Winter Wander:
Randy Winn, Barb Joseph, Tammy Contreraz, Christian Jacobson, Dora-Faye Hendricks, Kathy Blackwell, Janine Michelsons, Randy Winn, John Sweetland, Kathy Mulady, Glenn Erickson, Jeff Keller, the Bui Family, the Ga/ Jacobs family, plus the West Seattle Blog.
Local businesses who played along, and albums of photos from their wanderers, are below:
I fully intend to make Winter Wander an annual event, and hopefully a West Seattle holiday tradition, as my way of giving back to the community I proudly call my home. Save the date now for the 3rd Annual Winter Wander: Dec. 2-11, 2022.
When I’m not busy planning scavenger hunts, I serve our community as a real estate broker, which enables me to sponsor events like Winter Wander. Referrals are the foundation of my business, so please consider calling me for a free consultation when it comes time for you or your friends to buy or sell a home. SingleMindedRealEState.com
Below are just a few of the 466 selfies submitted by Winter Wander 2021 participants.
Announcing Winter Wander 2021,a West Seattle Scavenger Hunt
A FREE, LIVE, 10-DAY Adventure
designed to bring friends and families together for holiday fun!
Here’s how to play:
Download the Bingo-style clue sheet, a map and an instruction sheet from the Winter Wander web page (www.WondersInAliceland.com/winter-wander). Each of the 25 squares gives a clue to the location of a local business or home.
Gather your teammates anytime between 5PM, Friday, Dec. 3rd to 7PM, Sunday, Dec. 12th, and start wandering around West Seattle with map and clue sheet in hand.
Search for as many or as few locations as you wish. Each time you identify a solution, take a selfie in front of it, send it to email@example.com and then resume wandering.
Each selfie submitted earns an entry for a drawing to win a $100 gift card to local businesses. (Additional prizes will be awarded.)
More information under the “Winter Wander” tab at the top of the page.
We had 12 groups submit a total of 193 selfies for the contest, and countless other groups who played just for fun!
Many thanks to the 15 neighborhood businesses and institutions who agreed to participate as solutions to our clues. We hope you will pay each of them a visit and express your gratitude as well. They are:
If you’ve been participating in the Winter Wander Scavenger Hunt, but need a second clue for some of the tougher ones, there’s good news! We are now offering just that (upon request). Just call/text/email me and tell me which clues have you stumped and I’ll provide another hint. (See the flyer below for contact info.)
Meanwhile, here are some more photos of fellow Wanderers.
Are you ready to dip your toes in the pool of information about emergency preparedness, but not ready to dive into the deep end? Join the fun on Sunday, March 1st, 2020 for a 30-minute presentation to learn about small steps you can take to get yourself and your home ready in case “The Big One” hits. There will be plenty of time and opportunity for Q & A at the end, so plan to stay longer.
At our Ready Freddy Workshop, Alice Kuder, founder of Just in Case, will
share all kinds of useful information, including supply checklists, instruction
sheets and “Help/OK” signs for you to take home.
The workshop is limited to 15 participants and costs just $8/group (bring friends, family, co-workers) if you pre-register, or $10 at the door. The presentation is appropriate for all ages. To register, go to: bit.ly/3-1-20.
Everyone who attends will receive a stainless steel, multi-purpose tool. All
attendees qualify to win a “Go Kit” duffle bag full of emergency
If you haven’t purchased a home in the last 10 years (or even if you have), you may never have heard of a Home Warranty.
According to marketing literature published by 2-10 Home Warranty, there is a 68% chance that major systems or appliances in a home will fail in any given year. So, if you have older appliances, a home warranty may be worth examining.
A Home Warranty is similar to an insurance policy, but is actually a service plan. The cost of the plan, paid monthly or annually, covers the cost of repair or replacement of major systems and appliances such as HVAC, water heater, refrigerator, etc. Most companies have several plans to choose from, with fees as low as $30/month. You should expect to pay between $400-$500/year for a worthwhile plan. There is also a service call fee, which is typically about $75 per incident.
For example, let’s say that you have a service agreement in place and your oven goes out. You call the warranty company, pay the $75-ish service call fee, and they send out a qualified technician to assess the situation. Assuming the oven’s failure was due to every-day wear-and-tear, the warranty company will replace the existing oven with a new one of comparable quality at no additional cost to you. Figuring the average cost of a major appliance to be anywhere from $500 and up, you can see the potential savings.
It’s worth noting that not all home warranty companies are equally dependable when it comes to paying out claims, and consumer complaints are not uncommon. Consumer Reports offers some sound advice about searching out good companies and also some alternatives to buying a warranty.
Do not confuse a home warranty with homeowner’s insurance, which your mortgage lender likely required when you took out your home loan. Homeowner’s insurance covers the loss of your house from incidents (hazards) such as fire, storms or vandalism.
To add another wrinkle, the terms “homeowner’s insurance” and “hazard insurance” are sometimes used interchangeably. In reality, hazard insurance covers the loss of the structure, whereas homeowner’s insurance covers the loss of the structure AND your personal possessions and liability. The two are typically sold together and should be reviewed every few years to make sure that your coverage limits are keeping up with inflation. Your insurance broker will be happy to help you.
Can you use brain hacks for keeping your New Year’s Resolutions (aka, goals)? Absolutely! You will be more successful if you put yourself in the right frame of mind.
Even if you skip the whole New Year’s resolution tradition, you may still want to read this article since the information applies equally to other goals, both personal and professional. (“A rose by any other name…”)
Choose wisely: Limit yourself to one significant goal/resolution that is truly important to you. If you’re having trouble choosing, writing out a list of pros/cons for each may help.
Commit publicly: Consult others who know you well and ask them to help you choose a resolution you have a good shot at keeping. Then enlist their support. Distance yourself from any nay-sayers, and monitor your negative self-talk.
Break it down: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It’s the same with goals. They need to be whittled down to manageable steps.
Measure your progress: Check items off a list or cross out days on the calendar or any other way you want to keep track. A sense of accomplishment will keep you motivated and lead to taking yet another positive step forward.
Visualize your success: Create a vision board, create an appropriate screen saver, post sticky-notes on your bathroom mirror, etc. Whatever it takes to keep your goal in your line of vision and on your mind. Check out DesignWizard.com which has all kinds of ideas for helping you create an online vision board.
Celebrate your success: Be careful, however, that your celebration doesn’t entail anything that will sabotage your goal. E.g. rewarding yourself with a cookie may not be the best way to celebrate if you’re trying to shed pounds.
Be kind to yourself: In the words of St. Teresa of Avila, “Today, may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”