Friday, January 30, 2009

Real Estate Friday

A classic substantial Victorian rectory 9,723 sq ft of accommodation: 5 reception rooms, 12 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms. Outdoor heated swimming pool, annexe, former coach house, mature gardens. In all about 1.63 acres.

The property is situated in the centre of the village of Doddington which is 5 miles outside the market town of March. There are local facilities within the village and shopping for everyday needs in March. The Cathedral City of Ely is 9 miles away and the high tech University City of Cambridge 32 to the south.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Quiz

Who do you think will win Super Bowl 43, Arizona Cardinals or Pittsburgh Steelers?

What is your favorite Super Bowl treat?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Barbie Couture

What happens when a 9 year old girl "borrows" her mother's camera?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kim's Corner: Do you want to touch my swale?

So the other day was a big day in the history of the United States. We have a new president and hopefully the country will be able to get itself turned around to a better direction. My boss was nice to not say anything about me bringing my laptop from home so that I could work on the work computer and watch the morning to night activities of the inauguration. I enjoy history and hearing all of the little facts, plus, I love Washington D.C. I would like to go back since it has been nineteen years since I have been there. Sigh, I’m getting old. Living in the western United States we don’t have old buildings that are hundreds of years old like in the Eastern states and definitely nothing like Europe. Second sigh, I want to go back to Europe too.

January 20, 2009 will be a great day in history but the next day, January 21, 2009, I learned a new word. I thought for a minute that my boss has lost his mind completely. I was typing a document for him when I got stopped on a word and had to ask what a “swale” is. Then I had to look it up on because “by the mouth of two or more witnesses you shall know all things.” There it was . . . swale is a real word.

swe…™l Show Spelled Pronunciation [sweyl] Show IPA Pronunciation,
–noun Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
1. a low place in a tract of land, usually moister and often having ranker vegetation than the adjacent higher land.
2. a valley like intersection of two slopes in a piece of land.

I guess if I had grown up in the northeastern United States I would have known that word but I didn’t. I live here where our oldest buildings are about 150 years old (give or take a few) and there really aren’t too many of those. Here we would call it a wash or ditch and in Kansas it might be a gully.

The funny thing is that my boss grew up here. He hasn’t lived anywhere else but here. He must have been watching a lot of This Old House on PBS and listening intently to the landscaping guy’s word usage so that he would seem more informed than others (and me).

Oh well, it’s a day for me to make down in my journal tonight about the historical day I had in a swale without the lovely landscape of 200+ year old buildings on either side of me. By the way, his use of the word swale is definition #2 because #1 just sounds nasty.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Real Estate Friday

For those of you looking for a new adventure of running a hotel and would like to spend time in Belize this might interest you. I loved Belize. It was beautiful and the people were so kind. Hope you like it.

Seaside Cabanas Belize Boutique Caribbean Hotel For Sale £180k+ per year of net offshore income.

This beautiful property has 16 bedrooms, with pool, gift shop/office and bar.

Located in Belize on the Caribbean sea overlooking the worlds second largest

Barrier reef. Turnkey operation.Management team in place.

Lifestyle change or run from abroad. British built and owned.

£1,300,000 +44-7778-337339

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday Quiz

What was the most boring movie you ever saw?

Sorry that the poster is so small but really if it had been a great movie I would have been able to get a bigger poster to show you.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Best Sugar Cookies...Ever

Thanks to Karen at Elderberry Street for the great recipe.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Look back to Thursday. . . here's the answer

The answer is George Washington. The longest inaugural address was given by William Henry Harrison in 1841. It was over 8,000 words and over two hours long.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Kim's Corner

I have been thinking about the Golden Globes that happened last Sunday. I love this award show more than any other. I actually watch every minute of it and I don’t get bored with any part of it. I love that it has a little bit of everything from movies to television and even some music stars. I love that the stars are relaxed and loud and joke around.

My only problem is that red carpet show to the Globes (and every other award show) completely SUCKS! It is amazing that I am going to say this but I miss Joan & Melissa Rivers. They talked to everyone from the A-list stars all of the way down to the D-list stars. Nothing offended me more than having to actually hear and see the Jonas Brothers being interviewed on the Red Carpet. I don’t care about them. I don’t want to know anything about them. I wanted to see Brad & Angelina. I wanted to see people that are important and not Eva Mendes three times with three different red carpet hosts.

Joan and Melissa at least you would talk to the stars old and young, pretty and not so pretty. You made us laugh and you made the stars slightly uncomfortable. I loved it but I guess you have gone too far with all of the plastic surgery so we probably won’t see you on the red carpet any time soon.

Okay, so maybe one of those pictures really isn’t Joan but you have to admit that too much plastic surgery either way makes you look creepy.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Real Estate Friday

Here's a cute little home for you to lust over. It is a small home with 14 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms located on about 500 acres. The cottage was built between 1699 and 1728.

Yester Estate lies in an outstandingly accessible location close to the East Lothian coast. The area is renowned for being one of the most highly sought after addresses in Scotland, with the edge of Edinburgh lying within 16 miles, and the city centre just over 20 miles away.

While Yester enjoys a rural location, its situation is excellent for the commuter. Edinburgh is less than 25 miles away, and offers all the cultural, shopping, leisure and educational opportunities expected of Scotland's capital, coupled with one of the most inspiring cityscapes in Western Europe. The A1 provides access into the city from Haddington, and there are railway stations at Drem and Longniddry with regular services into Edinburgh Waverley. Edinburgh Airport (30 miles) has an increasing choice of domestic, European and international flights.

The area provides an excellent quality of life and a variety of recreational activities. East Lothian is home to 18 golf courses, including the championship links at Muirfield. Gifford boasts two courses, Castle Park and Gifford Golf Club. The Lammermuir Hills have wonderful walking and cycling, whilst there is excellent sailing on the Firth of Forth.

Sorry, the asking price is not listed but if you are interested let us know and we will give you the contact information.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thursday Quiz

Which President Gave The Shortest Inaugural Address Ever?

A. George Washington
B. John F. Kennedy
C. Abraham Lincoln
D. Jimmy Carter

We will give you the answer in a couple days after you have had time to post your answers.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Real Estate Friday

I found this cute little gem online. I’ll be sure to let my husband know that Valentines Day will be arriving before we know it. This small home would be a nice gift for me!

£7,500,000 Lurgashall, Petworth, West Sussex, GU27
One of the finest views in Southern England. A superb country Estate in a spectacular position, within easy reach of London.

Main hall Drawing room Library Main dining room Sitting room Billiard room Small dining room Study Playroom Kitchen/Breakfast room Cellars Cloakrooms

9 Bedrooms 2 Dressing rooms 5 Bathrooms Laundry room Self contained bedroom staff wing

Garage Workshop Extensive ornamental gardens Tennis court Swimming pool Stables and tack room Parkland Pasture and Woodland

About 136 acres (55 hectares)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursday Quiz

In honor of the Golden Globe awards, we thought a celebrity question was in order.

Below are some of the nominees:

Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road
Amy Adams – Doubt

Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road
Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

So which celebrity (not necessarily from the list above) do you think you have the most realistic chance of having a meaningful relationship with, and why?

Monday, January 5, 2009 is still snowing.

Here are some before and after photos of today's snow storm. As of right now we have about 7 new inches of fresh powder. Hubby surprised us with snowman cookies from Dippidee Bakery-Place of Sweet Surprises. I like the color of the hat, very jazzy! I just had to use the word jazzy because I endured Richard Simmons on the Today Show.

Picture from

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Catalyst Green

Here it is, my custom bike. YEAH!!! Thanks to Kris, Jeff, & let's not forget about Wayne at Trek of American Fork. Please try not to drool on the pictures. Just kidding, even though it's super hard not to!