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Daylight Savings Reminder

by Melissa Thompson

With rushing winds and gloomy skies

The dark and stubborn Winter dies;
Far off, unseen, Spring faintly cries,
Bidding her earliest child rise;
MARCH!”

~Bayard Taylor

 

Get ready to spring forward this weekend!  Daylight Saving Time is upon us again and this Sunday, March 12 at 2 AM it will be time to move our clocks ahead one hour.  While losing an hour of sleep is never fun, it does come with a perk…the end to dark winter nights as evenings see more light.  This springtime clock change continues the long tradition started by Benjamin Franklin to conserve energy.

Have you ever wondered why we change the clocks at 2 AM?  Most people aren’t awake at that time, but there are good reasons why we do it then. One reason is that it is late enough that most people will be at home, with few bars and restaurants being affected.  Also, it prevents the date from switching to yesterday; imagine the confusion if we changed the clocks at midnight back to 11 p.m.!  Finally, it’s early enough to decrease the impact on early shift workers and early churchgoers.

With today’s technology, many of our clocks change themselves (our phones, cable boxes etc.), but nonetheless, don’t forget to SPRING FORWARD this weekend!

Welcome home to 6036 Willoughby Oak Drive, an amazing Bartlett estate situated in the elite private community of lake homes of Willoughby Woods. One of 6 homes in this secluded subdivision, this home sits on 2 beautiful acres overlooking the gorgeous lake. Built for entertaining, this spacious home offers an open floor plan with impressive formal rooms, plus comfortable everyday living spaces. Quality features include gleaming hardwood floors throughout downstairs, cozy fireplace, crown molding, soaring smooth ceilings, 5 bedrooms plus a huge bonus room, 4.5 baths, updated fixtures, 3 car garage, attics, laundry room with cabinets, and so much more! Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating great room flaunting a cozy gas log fireplace, huge picture windows overlooking the backyard, loft overlook, and built-in bookshelves with cabinets. Cooking will be a delight in this incredible gourmet eat-in kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, large pantry, breakfast bar, full complement of appliances including double ovens, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, double sinks and cook-top. In addition, this kitchen offers a sunny breakfast area with tons of windows overlooking the incredible backyard. Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room with a dazzling chandelier. Family and friends will enjoy gathering in the splendid living room illuminated with tons of natural light beaming in through the windows. You will rest easy in your downstairs master retreat with a sitting area, and walk-in closet. The spa-inspired luxury master bathroom boasts double vanities, make-up area, durable tile floor, relaxing whirlpool tub and a divine walk-in shower. Upstairs you will find this fabulous bonus room offering a great space for a home office and recreational fun. Relax outside in the spectacular iron and brick fenced backyard featuring a sparkling in-ground gunite pool with a waterfall overflow from the hot tub, large patio, fantastic gazebo with a ceiling fan, and not to mention an incredible view of the lake! Don't miss out on this spectacular home!

Welcome home to 441 Shambala Drive, a stunning home in the Spring Creek Ranch Subdivision that you will have to see to believe! Built for entertaining, this spacious home offers an open floor plan with impressive formal rooms, plus comfortable everyday living spaces. Quality features include gleaming hardwood floors, irrigation system, neutral colors, fireplace, crown molding, 4 bedrooms plus an office, 4.1 bathrooms, bonus room plus a bunk room, plantation shutters, smooth ceilings, designer fixtures, granite throughout, laundry room with lots of storage space, oversized 3 car garage, and so much more! Cooking will be a delight in this incredible eat-in kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, beautiful granite countertops, tile backsplash, crown molding, gleaming hardwood floors, breakfast bar with designer pendant lighting, neutral colors, recessed lighting, large pantry, full complement of stainless steel appliances including double ovens, dishwasher, and a 6 burner gas range. In addition, this kitchen offers a scullery with extra cabinet space and a stainless steel microwave. Located off the eat-in kitchen you will find this sunny breakfast room, which is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee! The breakfast room is enhanced with a vaulted, smooth ceiling, hardwood floors, neutral color palette, and a chandelier. Family and friends will enjoy gathering in the splendid great room open to the kitchen illuminated with tons of natural light beaming in through the windows, plus French doors leading to the fenced backyard, crown molding, recessed lighting, smooth ceiling, gorgeous hardwood floors, and an eye-catching cozy fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier, hardwood floors, smooth vaulted ceiling, and neutral color palette. Enjoy working from home in your very own home office complete with hardwood floors, neutral colors, crown molding, plantation shutters and recessed lighting. You will rest easy in your downstairs master retreat featuring plush carpeting, vaulted ceiling, his and hers walk-in closets, recessed lighting, and a cooling ceiling fan. The spa-inspired luxury master bathroom boasts durable tile flooring, his and hers granite vanities, relaxing soaking tub, and a divine walk-in shower complete with tile surround and bench. This home offers one additional bedroom downstairs and two more bedrooms upstairs. Each comes complete with plush carpeting, smooth ceiling, plantation shutters, recessed lighting, cooling ceiling fans, walk-in closets, and attached bathrooms with granite vanities, tile flooring, and a tub/shower combination. Upstairs you will find the fabulous bonus room offering a great space for recreational fun with soft carpeting, neutral colors, smooth ceiling, recessed lighting and a soothing ceiling fan. Located off the bonus room is the amazing 14x12 bunk room enhanced with two sets of built-in bunk-beds with enhanced reading lighting. Relax outside in the large, fenced backyard featuring a delightful covered patio with a cooling ceiling fan and outdoor surround sound, which is perfect for cookouts and parties! Collierville’s best in elegant country living, Spring Creek Ranch has a wonderful home owners association with amenities which include a swim club, tennis courts, lake, miles of natural trails and walking paths in a beautiful serene setting unlike anything else in the region. Spring Creek Ranch residents enjoy low county-only taxes in the Collierville reserve area!

101 Things To Do In Memphis #56: St. Patrick’s Day 2017 Guide

by Melissa Thompson

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, 2017. Here are a handful of ways to enjoy the festivities.

– Silky O’Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Beale Street, March 11, 3 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
When your bar claims to make every day like St. Patrick’s Day, you’d better go buck wild for the real thing. In this case, Silky O’Sullivan’s delivers. A few years ago I caught a cabbage. It’s festive and people are drinking, but overall it’s family friendly.

– Celtic Crossing’s St. Patrick’s Festival, March 17-19, prices vary, 21+
Celtic is going all out for a three-day, green-tinted throwdown in midtown. Details forthcoming but judging by years past, I would expect a big tent, beer and booze specials, live Irish music, lots of Irish food, and cover charge.

– Cooper Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Cooper St., March 17, 10:30 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celtic Crossing and the Memphis Irish Society will co-host the 2nd annual Cooper Young St. Paddy’s Day Parade. Starting at 10 a.m., they’re shutting down Cooper from York to First Congo. Expect “floats” from the Grizzlies’ Claw Crew, Wolf River Pipes and Drums, bands, mounted police, and more.

–  St. Patrick’s Day Party, Flying Saucer Downtown, March 17, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., free to enter, 21+
Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day at the downtown Flying Saucer with $3.50 beer specials, Irish food menu, 5 p.m. “blessing of the kegs”, and live music like the Gallowglass bagpipers and Snozzberry.

 St. Patrick’s Day at Huey’s
Huey’s usually has plenty of drink specials at all/most of their locations for this esteemed holiday. Last year it was a dollar off all Bud Light pints, Guinness, Killian’s, Jameson shots, and Irish Car Bombs.

– Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Beale Street, March 17, 5 p.m., prices vary, 21+
Start off the party with the Raising of the Goat and Blessing of the Kegs in Handy Park at 5 p.m., followed by a pub crawl on Beale Street and general debauchery at Silky’s all night. Silky’s actually has several St. patrick’s events throughout the month. Check out hte list here.

– Tweed Ride on St. Patty’s Day, Peddler Bike Shop, March 17, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Don your tweed and go on a bike ride from the Peddler Bike Shop (Walker) downtown to High Cotton Taproom for beer and food, then back. Lights and helmets required.

– The MD’s St. Patrick’s Show, Local on the Square, March 17, 10 p.m. – midnight, no cover that I know of, 18+
The MD’s perform their first show at Local on St. Patrick’s Day.

– Suds & Stories, Elmwood Cemetery, March 18, 1 p.m., $15 per person, all ages/kid-friendly
Get a history lesson on the Scots-Irish who rest at Elmwood Cemetery, plus beer and snacks. You must register in advance: call (901) 774-3212.

By and photo credit: ilovememphisblog.com

Open House 1096 W. Perkins Sunday, March 12 from 2:00-4:00

by Melissa Thompson
: Please join us for an Open House Sunday, March 12 from 2-4 at 1096 W. Perkins, an amazing completely renovated, move-in ready, 4 bedroom, East Memphis home located in the Colonial Acres Subdivision, you will have to see to believe! Quality features include updated fixtures, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gleaming hardwood floors, walk-in attic, smooth ceilings, built-ins, security system, new plumbing, new carpet, fresh neutral paint throughout, gracious entry, lots of closets, updated bathrooms, subway tile backsplash, cozy brick fireplace, charming front porch with slate, delightful patio, and so much more! Welcome guests as they enter through the front door into the gracious entry leading to the living room and kitchen. Spacious, warm and inviting living room and dining room combination comes complete with tons of light beaming in through the wall of windows and a cozy fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Style and utility are masterfully fused together in the wonderful updated eat-kitchen complete with pristine white cabinets, subway tile backsplash, durable tile floors, desirable granite countertops, and a full complement of NEW stainless steel appliances including an oven, range, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer and dryer. Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating great room located off the kitchen featuring built-in shelves and cabinets, wonderful for storing all those extras. This home has two bedrooms downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs, each complete with closets, hardwood floors, and neutral colors. The two updated full bathrooms are enhanced with durable tile floors, new vanities, updated fixtures, and new tub/shower combination with a complete tile surround to the ceiling. Relax outside in the fenced backyard with a nice storage shed and a delightful patio, perfect for cookouts and parties! Do not miss out on this amazing East Memphis home! Listr Price: $224,900.

Open House 5315 Spruce View Way Sunday, March 26 from 2:00-4:00

by Melissa Thompson

Join us for an Open House Sunday, March 26 from 2-4 at 5315 Spruce View Way, a breathtaking Lakeland home you will have to see to believe! Quality features include 4 bedrooms (2 down), 3 bathrooms, gleaming hardwood floors, open floor plan, arched doorways, smooth ceilings, and so much more! The gourmet kitchen has granite counters and a full complement of stainless steel appliances, as well as gorgeous wood cabinetry and an attached keeping room with beautiful tile floor. The spacious great room offers a vaulted ceiling and cozy fireplace perfect for cool nights. Host the finest of dinner parties in the dining room with hardwood floors and an elegant chandelier. The master suite offers plenty of space to rest and relax, and the master bath features double vanity sinks, whirlpool tub, separate shower, and a tile floor. The 3 additional bedrooms feature large closets and plush carpeting. The large playroom gives you plenty space to entertain and play. A 2 car garage, fenced backyard, laundry room, and Lakeland schools make this a home not to miss! List Price: $289,900

Spring Fever Already?

by Melissa Thompson

Three Home Maintenance Projects You Can Do to Chase Away the Winter Blues!

March is here and chances are the winter doldrums are getting to you.  Now is a good time to start tackling some home maintenance tasks that will remind you that spring is right around the corner!

Clean Your Gutters
Once the last frost of winter has passed, it is important to have your gutters and downspouts cleaned and, if necessary, repaired.  Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause wood trim in the eaves to rot and that can leave and opening for all kinds of critters to invade your house.  If you’re not sure what to look for, you can have a home inspector come and look for you. 

Another benefit to cleaning out your gutters and downspouts early in the season is that it can help to prevent damage from spring rains. If they are installed and cleaned properly, they will divert water away from the house and keep it from collecting around your foundation.

Prep Your Yard

Your lawn may be looking sad as the winter months have taken their toll, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.  Giving your lawn a little attention toward the end of winter will make for a lush, green lawn this spring and summer.

The first step is to aerate your soil.  When soil is compacted, it is too hard for water, air and roots to penetrate.  That makes it hard on grass.  You can rent a core aerator from a local equipment rental store. A half day’s rental generally costs about $40.  This machine, which resembles a large rotary tiller, uses steel tubes to take plugs of soil from the lawn and deposit them on the ground.  You can reduce compaction by aerating once a year and this will increase the vitality of your lawn.

 

The second step is to mow the old grass low.  If you have cool-season grass such as bluegrass, fescue, or perennial ryegrass, you can skip this part.  But if you have warm-season grass such as Bermuda, buffalo grass centipede, St. Augustine or Zoysia, you will want to mow that old, brown grass low at the end of winter to remove the accumulation of thatch, an accumulation of dead stems and leaves.  If you leave the thatch, it will prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots and will encourage disease.  Cut Bermuda lawns to ½ inch and leave the clippings in place to decompose.  Mow other types to 1 inch.  If you use a regular mower, bag the clippings; then compost or discard them.  Mowing low allows more sun to reach and warm the soil which helps the grass to green up.

The final step is to stop weeds.  As the temperatures rise and reach 70 degrees, the seeds of lawn weeds begin to sprout.  Late winter is a good time to stop them by applying a pre-emergence lawn weed preventer.  When used properly, it creates a barrier atop the soil to keep weeds from sprouting.  Make sure not to aerate after using the weed preventer or you will break the barrier.  Do not use this type of product if you are planting new grass though, because it will keep grass seeds from coming up as well.

Caulk Windows and Doors

Winter can be hard on your home.  Now is the time to inspect the caulking around your windows and doors and to repair any damage left behind by old man winter. Check around your windows, doors, and corner trim to prevent water infiltration and avoid costly repairs.

Using high-quality siliconized acrylic latex caulk that is rated for exterior use will cut down on the amount of caulking you will have to do.  It has good adhesion and flexibility, cleans up easily with water, and is paintable as well.  Make sure you know what you are doing and avoid common mistakes in caulking.

 

 

 

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Making-Your-Home-More-Desirable-in-2017-Home-Improvement-Projects

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/No-Matter-What-the-Groundhog-Says-Here-are-5-Reasons-to-Sell-Before-Spring

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Fixing-Up-the-House-End-of-Summer-Style

 

Welcome home to this amazing, move-in ready, two-story, 5 bedroom, 3 bath home located in the Riverwood Farms Subdivision featuring a 35 acre lake and a 2.5 mile walking trail. Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the spacious great room located off the gracious entry. Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier, gleaming wood floors and a chair rail. Open to the kitchen is the fabulous, vaulted hearth room featuring built-in bookshelves, TV niche, and a cozy fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Style and utility are masterfully fused together in the wonderful eat-in kitchen equipped with durable tile floors, beautiful cabinetry, pantry, and a full complement of appliances including a dishwasher, double ovens, cook-top and microwave. The sunny breakfast area is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee! Relax in your very own private, downstairs, master retreat featuring a vaulted ceiling, cooling ceiling fan, walk-in closet, and a spa inspired luxury bathroom enhanced with tile floors, walk-in shower and a whirlpool tub. Downstairs you will find one additional bedroom and three more bedrooms upstairs. Play, party or entertain in the huge bonus room upstairs with a closet. The delightful backyard has a nice patio, perfect for cookouts and parties! This spectacular home also features neutral colors throughout, updated fixtures, soaring ceilings, 3 car garage and so much more! Don't miss out on this one of a kind home!

Where Did Americans Move in 2016?

by Melissa Thompson

Where Did Americans Move in 2016? | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights:

  • For the 5th year in a row, the Northeast saw a concentration of “High Outbound” activity.
  • For the first time ever, South Dakota held the top spot for “High Inbound” states.
  • Much of America’s outbound activity can be attributed to Boomers relocating to warmer climates after retiring.

 

 

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Build your dream home on this amazing wooded 2 acre lot situated in a quiet cove with little traffic in Bartlett TN. This lot is secluded yet convenient to shopping and dining. It is nestled among other stately estates. For more information on this terrific lot contact Melissa Thompson at 901-729-9526.

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