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Lake Swimming Safety Tips

by Desi Sowers

With summer fast approaching, families will soon be spending happy, sun-filled days frolicking at the lake.  It’s important to be aware of any hidden underwater dangers at your local swimming hole.  If you aren’t familiar with the area, do your research first to find out where the safest place to swim is located. Always follow the rules for swimming and check out these safety tips:

DON’T DRINK THE WATER! You never know what may be lurking in the lake water. There could be a plethora of microorganisms just waiting to take up residence in your tummy.  Untreated freshwater can contain some especially vile microbes, including the deadly, “brain-eating” amoeba Naegleria Fowleri.  It’s vital that you avoid letting the water get in through your nose as well.  Every year a handful of Americans get one of these killers lodged deep in their sinuses by plunging into water with plugging their noses first.  The amoeba infects the brain by working its way up from the nasal passages and there is not a lot doctors can do about it.  This, of course, is a worst-case scenario…but the truth is you don’t want any of those nasty organisms in your body.

EVEN EXPERIENCED SWIMMERS NEED A LIFE JACKET.  Even Olympic swimmers wouldn’t be able to prevent an under toe from pulling them under a rock or underwater cliff.  A life jacket will keep you afloat and help you to pop back up to the surface should something be pulling you down.  If you have to wait for a boat to rescue you for any reason, you will be glad you have a life jacket so that you don’t have to tread water for an exhausting length of time.

AVOID BOAT EXHAUST AREAS.  If your swimming near boats, steer clear of the motor exhaust. Carbon monoxide fumes hovering on the surface of the lake can be deadly if inhaled as you are slipping under the water.

NEVER SWIM ALONE.  This cannot be stressed enough.  ALWAYS HAVE A SWIM BUDDY! 

THINK BEFORE YOU JUMP! This is the number one lake swimming safety tip!  Blindly running and jumping into a lake from a boat or dock looks like loads of fun in the movies, but in real life it is dangerous.  Someone should always check the water for depth and debris before anyone takes a running leap. 

Follow these tips and lake swimming this summer will be fun and safe for you and your family!

Thank You For Your Service - Happy Memorial Day!

by Desi Sowers

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

National Moment of Remembrance

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

Join Historic Smithfield Plantation at their annual Flags and Flowers Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  There will be an observance of Memorial Day at the Preston Family Cemetery to honor our veterans.  The event will also feature an Honor Salute by the 24th Virginia Infantry / 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry and bagpipe music from Andrew Meeks.

After brief remarks, the public is invited to place flags and flowers (provided) on the graves of veterans. You are welcome to bring your own cut Peonies and American Flags, but we will have plenty to share.

Blacksburg VA Home Sales April 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Radford VA Home Sales April 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

If you love the idea of living in a home with an interesting history, you should consider buying…a church?  Yes!  Churches provide great spaces for home-conversion buffs, and luckily, there are an abundance of properties available that once were home to congregations. Stained glass windows, soaring ceilings and lavish open floor plans appeal to those looking for an unconventional living space.  Check out these church-to-home conversions:

Church of Living - This church’s architectural details, such as high ceilings and stained glass windows, have remained while a modern interior style was created featuring a white color scheme and wood flooring.  Note the preserved organ and large cross above the entrance.

 

St. Jakobus Church - This abandoned church built in the gothic style was transformed into a modern home while preserving historical details.

Church in South Australia - This charming 1850s church was transformed into a contemporary dwelling with three bedrooms, kitchen/living/dining area, theatre room, patio and garden. It features tile flooring and built in lighting.

      

San Francisco Church - Built in 1909, this church overlooks Mission Dolores Park. It has been revamped into a luxurious residence with wood ceiling décor and exposed brick walls.

  

Churches converted into homes offer unique, spacious and appealing dwellings.  This amazing renovation is available in Christiansburg VA right now:

http://www.desisowers.com/Property/870-Walton-Road-Christiansburg-Virginia

 Contact Desi Sowers for a tour today!

 

 

 

The Montgomery Museum presents the 2nd Annual Cruisin Downtown Christiansburg on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 4:00 - 7:30 PM, on Main Street in downtown Christiansburg, VA.

Walk down Main Street enjoying classic cars and the Pinewood Derby track.  The Pinewood Derby track is brought to you by Cub Scout Pack 145.  The Pinewood Derby track will be setup from 4-6 pm on Hickok Street for the public to race.

Current and former Cub Scouts and the general public are invited to participate in the Cruisin Downtown Christiansburg's inaugural Pinewood Derby. If you do not have a Pinewood Derby car, kits are available for purchase at the Montgomery Museum for $5.00. All children who race will receive a special Pinewood Derby patch.

The 2006 animated film Cars will be screening inside the old Main Street Baptist Church on Main Street for families and their children. The film is rated G.

Photo provided by Montgomery Museum

Christiansburg VA Home Sales April 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

New River Valley VA Real Estate:

40 Gavins Court Christiansburg VA 24073

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Welcome to Senneca Springs in Christiansburg VA where homes match the taste and lifestyle of anyone who loves low maintenance living. The Rendition Grande model offers main level living, Timberlake cabinets, a brick/vinyl façade with stucco accents, hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, granite counters, tiled backsplash, Stainless appliances, recessed lighting and two car garage. Gorgeous open floor plan offers comfort and quality to meet today’s busy lifestyle with a living, kitchen and dining room combination plus a large sunroom. HOA features lawn maintenance, snow removal and common area maintenance. Only minutes from Blacksburg, with the charm of country living and a small-town feel, yet just minutes to VT, mall, shopping and recreation. Come see this new construction home!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Christiansburg VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale. 

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Juggling real estate responsibilities with carpools, school schedules and extra-curricular activities can be challenging.  But it is possible to do so successfully.  While a career in real estate offers flexibility that can’t be found in other industries, it is still demanding with you being on call 24/7. It is important to find a balance between work and life that enables you to enjoy both. Time management is the key to finding the balance that works for you.  Here are some strategies to help:

  1. IDENTIFY YOUR PRIORITIES - Make a list of what is most important in your life. Divide the list into categories such as business, family, health, and spirit.  Then think about how much time and energy you spend on each of these areas.  Try to write down what percentage of your time is being used for each.  If you find that the majority of your time and energy is going to one area, that means the others are likely suffering.
  2. ORGANIZE YOUR PHYSICAL WORK SPACE - A cluttered work space can be detrimental to decision making. Set your work space up to promote focus, especially if you work from home.  Make sure you have a dedicated space for your work that is separate from your personal living space. 
  3. CREATE MORE THAN ONE TO DO LIST - Three different types of  to do lists will help keep you organized.  The first should be what you need to do TODAY.  The second should be what needs to be done THIS WEEK. Finally, you should have a master to do list of things that are coming in the future. When a task comes at you, you can plug it into whichever list is appropriate.  Make sure to include family activities in your list as well so that you don’t have conflicts.
  4. UNPLUG AND UNWIND - Sometimes you need to unplug from technology to work at a deeper level.  You will be amazed at how much you can get done when you slow down and let your creative juices flow.  Set aside an hour here and there during your week to break away from email, social networks and texting.
  5. PLAN AHEAD - Take time at the end of each day to look ahead at what is in store for tomorrow. Tie up loose ends so you can make a clear break while transitioning from your work life to your personal life.   It is in your best interest to control your own time and how you use it rather than letting clients dictate it.

The truth is, nobody can do it all.  When you allow yourself to become overwhelmed with tasks and to do lists, everyone suffers; your clients, your family, and especially you.  Finding your work-life balance is the most important step you will take toward finding success and fulfillment in all areas of your life.

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