Kathryn Lanier-Hunt teaches pottery and Chris tours the studio.
The Potter’s Wheel
106 Vintage Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77070
Kathryn Lanier-Hunt teaches pottery and Chris tours the studio.
The Potter’s Wheel
106 Vintage Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77070
If you’re selling during the holidays, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make about holiday decorating and staging. In the words of Clark Griswold:
“The most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Griswold family Chrithmath.”
Selling during the holidays presents unique challenges in the area of home staging. You want your home to look festive and beautiful but you don’t want to turn off buyers. Here are a few tips for doing it the right way.
Selling during the holidays can be a great idea. Staging your home properly and knowing how to prepare your home for sale, which is a factor all year round, can make or break your listing during the winter months.
As temperatures begin to drop into the mid to low 40s overnight, it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep warm without sending your heating bill through the roof. Here are some great tips to get you started.
Tip #1 – Let your window coverings do some of the work. Open your curtains or blinds during the day to let in natural heat from the sun. At night, close the curtains or blinds to hold in that heat.
Tip #2 – Reverse your ceiling fans. Fans should be turning clockwise in the winter to push warm air around the room.
Tip #3 – Move seating away from walls. Exterior walls can be a few degrees cooler than the interior of a room. Moving your seating away from chilly walls can keep you warmer, even on the coldest nights.
Tip #4 – Bake! Using your oven and leaving it open when you finish baking can add warmth to the room and who doesn’t love cookies?
Tip #5 – Insulate. Adding bubble wrap, plastic or other materials to windows can provide additional insulation during the colder winter months. Adding insulation in the attic can help too.
Tip #6 – Add blankets to the beds. Consider turning the heat down a few degrees and sleeping with more blankets. Statistics show you save about 3% on your energy bill for every degree you lower that thermostat.
Tip #7 – Add rugs to bare floors. Bare floors feel colder than carpet. Adding rugs will keep your feet warm and add warmth to the room.
Tip #8 – Use weather stripping or draft blockers to block draft doors and windows.
Houston winters aren’t the worst around but everyone can use a little extra cash around the holidays. Give these tips a try and leave a comment below to let us know how they work out.
Candy, balloons, flowers, cards, chocolate…It’s VALENTINE’S DAY!! Valentine’s Day originated back to 270 A.D, with a classic clash between a priest (St Valentine) and the ruler. A priest that held secret marriage ceremonies for young men (soldiers) and this was strictly prohibited by law! All in the name of love… Valentine’s Day has evolved and changed over the years, but the basic LOVE theme has always been the reason for the celebration. Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world…here are some ways other countries celebrate:
Japan. On February 14th, women buy Hom-mei, a chocolate strictly for boyfriends and husbands. Women have to wait the whole month to receive their gift, which is usually white chocolate.
South Africa. Week long celebrations and parties take place in South Africa. Young girls celebrate the day by celebrating a tradition called “Lupercalia.” This tradition requires girls to pin the name of their lover on their sleeve.
Scotland. Imagine celebrating a romantic day with a complete stranger. A popular tradition in Scottish culture is “The Search of the Valentine Date.” The first man or woman a person sees on the street becomes his or her Valentine.
United Kingdom. Along with exchanging cards, chocolates and flowers, Brits write sonnets and verses to each other. Children also join in the fun by spending the day singing songs.
Here is the Urban Dictionary’s definition of LOVE:
The most spectacular, indescribable, deep euphoric feeling for someone.
Love is an incredibly powerful word. When you’re in love, you always want to be together, and when you’re not, you’re thinking about being together because you need that person and without them your life is incomplete.
This love is unconditional affection with no limits or conditions: completely loving someone. It’s when you trust the other with your life and when you would do anything for each other. When you love someone you want nothing more than for them to be truly happy no matter what it takes because that’s how much you care about them and because their needs come before your own. You hide nothing of yourself and can tell the other anything because you know they accept you just the way you are and vice versa.
It’s when they’re the last thing you think about before you go to sleep and when they’re the first thing you think of when you wake up, the feeling that warms your heart and leaves you overcome by a feeling of serenity. Love involves wanting to show your affection and/or devotion to each other. It’s the smile on your face you get when you’re thinking about them and miss them.
Love can make you do anything and sacrifice for what will be better in the end. Love is intense, and passionate. Everything seems brighter, happier and more wonderful when you’re in love. If you find it, don’t let it go.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.
The Chris Wylie Team has had such a wonderful year! We could not be more thankful for our clients and for our friends who work amongst us! We wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year! Lets make 2015 even more spectacular than this year! We remind you to take time out of your day and continue to give thanks, treat others with kindness, spread joy all around, and love deeply and stay safe! We are all blessed in many ways. We count each and every one of you as a blessing that The Chris Wylie Team is thankful for each year! If you need to make a change in 2015, remember that you can always Count On Chris for all of your Houston and surrounding are real estate transactions. Give us a call and let us help you jump start your new year in a new home!
This is the perfect time of the year to be telling Christmas stories!
The day before Christmas, in the year of our Lord 722.
Broad snow-meadows glistening white along the banks of the river Moselle; steep hill-sides blooming with mystic forget-me-not where the glow of the setting sun cast long shadows down their eastern slope; an arch of clearest, deepest gentian bending overhead; in the centre of the aerial garden the walls of the cloister of Pfalzel, steel-blue to the east, violet to the west; silence over all,–a gentle, eager, conscious stillness, diffused through the air, as if earth and sky were hushing themselves to hear the voice of the river faintly murmuring down the valley.
In the cloister, too, there was silence at the sunset hour. All day long there had been a strange and joyful stir among the nuns. A breeze of curiosity and excitement had swept along the corridors and through every quiet cell. A famous visitor had come to the convent.
It was Winfried of England, whose name in the Roman tongue was Boniface, and whom men called the Apostle of Germany. A great preacher; a wonderful scholar; but, more than all, a daring traveller, a venturesome pilgrim, a priest of romance.
He had left his home and his fair estate in Wessex; he would not stay in the rich monastery of Nutescelle, even though they had chosen him as the abbot; he had refused a bishopric at the court of King Karl. Nothing would content him but to go out into the wild woods and preach to the heathen.
Through the forests of Hesse and Thuringia, and along the borders of Saxony, he had wandered for years, with a handful of companions, sleeping under the trees, crossing mountains and marshes, now here, now there, never satisfied with ease and comfort, always in love with hardship and danger.
What a man he was! Fair and slight, but straight as a spear and strong as an oaken staff. His face was still young; the smooth skin was bronzed by wind and sun. His gray eyes, clean and kind, flashed like fire when he spoke of his adventures, and of the evil deeds of the false priests with whom he contended.
What tales he had told that day! Not of miracles wrought by sacred relics; not of courts and councils and splendid cathedrals; though he knew much of these things. But to-day he had spoken of long journeyings by sea and land; of perils by fire and flood; of wolves and bears, and fierce snowstorms, and black nights in the lonely forest; of dark altars of heathen gods, and weird, bloody sacrifices, and narrow escapes from murderous bands of wandering savages.
The little novices had gathered around him, and their faces had grown pale and their eyes bright as they listened with parted lips, entranced in admiration, twining their arms about one another’s shoulders and holding closely together, half in fear, half in delight. The older nuns had turned from their tasks and paused, in passing by, to bear the pilgrim’s story. Too well they knew the truth of what he spoke. Many a one among them had seen the smoke rising from the ruins of her father’s roof. Many a one had a brother far away in the wild country to whom her heart went out night and day, wondering if he were still among the living.
But now the excitements of that wonderful day were over; the hour of the evening meal had come; the inmates of the cloister were assembled in the refectory.
On the dais sat the stately Abbess Addula, daughter of King Dagobert, looking a princess indeed, in her purple tunic, with the hood and cuffs of her long white robe trimmed with ermine, and a snowy veil resting like a crown on her silver hair. At her right hand was the honoured guest, and at her left hand her grandson, the young Prince Gregor, a big, manly boy, just returned from school. Click Here to Keep Reading.
Credit where credit is due: americanliterature.com & Henry van Dyke & thefirstchristmastree.com
A note from 24 Hour Taxi of The Woodlands:
Happy Holidays. Hi there… Just a small reminder that along with the holidays come parties and bar hopping in celebration of the year’s end. We at 24 Hour Taxi of the Woodlands want you to arrive safely and remain on the right side of the law… meaning no DWI’s!! Please call us early to book your holiday rides. We are happy to serve you for your local or airport trips.
Best wishes, Kay and Staff
24 Hour Taxi of the Woodlands and Woodlands Direct Taxi & Town car. 832.403.7770
credit where credit is due: Kay & Staff @ 24 Hour Taxi of The Woodlands
Happy Thanksgiving from The Chris Wylie Team!
At this time of Thanksgiving, we pause to count our blessings: The freedom of this great country in which we live, it’s opportunity for achievement, and the friendships and confidence you have shown in us!
For all of these things, we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes to you for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is on November, 27 this year!
When we think about Thanksgiving, certain “things” come to mind- pilgrims, cornucopia, pumpkin pie, turkey, dressing, and most of all giving thanks. We celebrate Thanksgiving as a day to give praise to our higher power for all we have in life, as well as a day to spend surrounding ourselves with love and family.
Did you know- The pilgrims never actually celebrated Thanksgiving? They called it “Forefather’s Day” and celebrated that in late December. Several American presidents recognized the day but only had one-time celebrations in the White House. Thanksgiving Day did not actually come to be a true holiday until President Abraham Lincoln finally made it nationally recognized in 1863 with his “Thanksgiving Proclamation.” This holiday did not come easily though, for some. Mrs. Sarah Jacob Hale, began lobbying for this day in 1827. Thank you Mrs. Hale and Mr. President Lincoln for the recognition of Thanksgiving becoming a national celebration. How about Thanksgiving today? Why do we celebrate our thanks on the fourth Thursday of November? President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the designation to this day in 1939, but it was not approved by congress until 1941.
Edward Winslow writes about Thanksgiving in a letter dated December 12, 1621. This is one of two accounts of this holiday being celebrated. You can read how he depicts the holiday in chapter 6 of “Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of Pilgrims at Plymouth.”
The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM would like to give thanks year around for your friends, family and clients! We are so thankful to serve the Houston, TX are in Real Estate! Thank you!
credit where credit is due: mayflowersteps.co
There are many things to keep in mind this 4th of July holiday weekend. Most importantly everyone’s safety. Another thing to keep in mind is your household pets. Most dogs and cats are afraid of thunder, and like thunder, fireworks make loud sounds and bright noises which can cause stress to your animals. Please keep them in an area they are familiar with and can find comfort far away from the fireworks. Though the noises you can not avoid, at least you will know they are put up and out of harms way. Next things to think about this holiday weekend are the Kids. Children enjoy the show that comes along with popping fireworks and with that, they tend to get a little side tracked by the pretty colors. The last thing on their mind is keeping themselves safe so it is up to you as their parents to keep them away from fire and anything that could ignite close to them. Lastly, a fun time should be had by all! Let us not forget the purpose of the 4th of July- we celebrate our Independence!
A Fun Fact about the 4th of July:
Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on this day in 1826. Both men served as President and signed the Declaration of Independence.
For more fun facts click here.
Chris Wylie has proudly served the Houston Real Estate market since 1989. She has the knowledge, skills and experience you want in a Realtor. Whether you are in the market to buy or sell a home, hire Chris Wylie- she will help you begin again. Your needs will be met quickly and efficiently, giving you complete satisfaction on your new home or recent sell. Contact The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM today to get started with your Real Estate needs!
Photo credit: dreamstime.com & plananaevent.org