Selling Your House is Like Picking Your Nose in Public

Currently, we are selling our house to be able to relocate south. This is the first time we’ve ever sold a house, so all this ‘fun’ is new to us. We’ve spent a couple months de-cluttering (see post Clutter: Where did it all come from? ), fixing minor tasks and updating (see post Giving our kitchen a makeover) and now we are in the selling phase.

for sale sign

There are so many decisions to be made:

  • Pick a realtor among hundreds of qualified people
  • Decide on a listing price after researching current market values and trends
  • Staging the house for photos
  • Deciding where to go with an indoor cat while the realtor shows your house to buyers 🙂

I never realized that selling your house would be like picking your nose in public. In other words: EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR BUSINESS. They not only know all about your finances, as regards the house and property, but they also get to walk through your home, peeking in your cabinets and closets.

That means no more hiding your grungy 1980 collection of Tupperware containers because you’re too cheap and lazy to buy new ones. And no more shoving clutter into your closets every time the in-laws should up. Your cabinets and closets must look as if you are a frugal and organized person, even if you are far from it 🙂


Then there’s the weeks of waiting, just waiting for that sweet offer. The waiting is frustrating, let me tell you. House buyers expect to find a house instantly perfect to suit them, right down to the wall color and lighting arrangement. That’s what Lowes and Home Depot are for people!

Anyone have any house selling tips for us?

Signed Pulling My Hair Out in Pennsylvania


Photo Challenge: Partners

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is on partners. Here are my partnerships:


reading at the beach

Me and a book – lifetime partners


Jim and I

My husband and I – lifetime partners



Gargoyles guarding the old prison



Partnership of these penguins and their handler at Pittsburgh National Aviary


cat in a box

Aggie and her boxes – partners for life


What are some of your partnerships?

If you missed last week’s photo challenge, click Photo Challenge: Let your curves show

Photo Challenge: Let Your Curves Show

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is on curves.

Here are some of my curves:


Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market In Philadelphia, PA



The curve of the letter D in rocks



The curve of Buddha’s belly


stone stairway

Curved stone stairway in Letchworth State Park, NY


So don’t be so square, show us your curves 🙂

Different is Good!

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Why do some people feel they have to hate anyone that is different from them?

Different is Good

How boring life would be if everyone looked the same, acted the same and believed the same way. We’d be robots.

Always take the opportunity to talk to someone who is different from you. Ask about their culture and traditions and don’t judge them by your own culture and traditions. How could you possibly think that your way to be, is the only way to be?

Different is Good

My best friends in college where a girl from Japan and a girl from South Africa. Boy did we have fun learning about each other and the world around us.

Okay, I’m done ranting for today 🙂

Just wanted Orlando to know that there are many, many people grieving and praying with them.

Feng Shui for Children

Have children? Here are a few tips to create a happy, nurturing environment for them. Do you have tips to add? Please comment and share them.

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

This article was taken from my June 2016 newsletter. All material is copyright protected and may not be copied without written consent. To read the newsletter, please click here.

In addition to this article, more information on feng shui can be found in my #1 best-selling book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense.


Ten Ways to Help You Create an Optimal Environment for Your Child

While most feng shui information pertains to adult living and working environments, children can also benefit by applying feng shui principles to their sleeping, studying, and playing areas. Below you’ll find great feng shui tips for making your child’s room a nurturing place of happiness and comfort.

1. Wall Color
Color choices are highly subjective, but one study shows that rooms that are painted bright yellow tend to increase tension. Babies cry louder, longer, and more often in bright lemon yellow rooms and adults tend to argue more often in…

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