Tough Winter 2018

We enjoy winter and summer on Jewett Lake. Most of the time we don’t get enough snow. Last year we got so little snow that I could only get out snowmobiling a couple of times. It seems I never win. This year I couldn’t get out because there was too much snow.

One of my snowmobiles is completely covered by a winter storm.

So I had trouble getting this one started as I often do. Then it got cold. Then we got snow. Lots of it. Even if I had started this one, I would have gotten stuck and at my age it is no fun trying to unstuck a snowmobile. My other one, the lighter one, the 340, did get stuck and I had to use all kinds of ingenuity to get it out of the backyard to the front of our house. Come-along. Chains. 4-wheel drive pickup. Lots of work. Then I took it out for a quick ride without “snowmobile clothes” and I went thru a ditch and sunk at least four feet. And not only was the snowmobile stuck, I was stuck, and I couldn’t walk, and I had to roll and swim and worm my way out. Cold experience felt like a bad dream. So anyway, even with all the snow, I didn’t have a good snowmobiling winter.

The drifts were high everywhere. The entrance to 310th street from Highway 27 was drifted across several times. Got stuck once – even with the 4-wheel pickup.

So much snow on my deck. Finally warmed up enough in early March to get out there and shovel it off. I wonder why I have a sore back. So much shoveling this winter. I hardly used my snow blower more than once a year on the previous years, so when my starter went out at the end of last year, I thought, “I’ll wait – probably won’t snow anyway” Oh yeah. Right! Used that baby at least ten times this year. And I had to pull start it every time and dump gas into the spark plug hole to get it going. Next year. Get that blower ready! So much shoveling! Ouch my back still hurts.

And then I had this bright idea to put the dock stairs down onto the ice, so I built a little step for it to rest on. A week after I put it in last December, we had a little thaw and the steps sunk into the water. There was so much snow on the lake that we didn’t even go down and play. Didn’t use the stairs once. A lot of sore back for nothing.

I did manage to sell a couple of listings though over the winter. Not the easiest time of year to show houses. But not many available either. And lots of lookers.

If you do read this stream of consciousness blog about winter, write a comment. I’m curious if anyone really reads this far.

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Rookie of the Year

Looks kinda old to be a rookie!

I have just completed my second full year as a real estate agent for Century 21 Vista. I was honored at our annual Lakes Area Realtor Get-Together at the Otter Supper Club with the “Rookie of the Year” award for 2018. I have much to be thankful for after changing careers at the age of 60.  God has blessed my family.

So first, I am thankful to God who has provided for all my needs everyday. Each day I pray The Lord’s Prayer, which includes the petition to God to “give us this day our daily bread” and he has answered that prayer and has blessed me with family, home, church and vocation.

Second, I am thankful for the clients that I worked with this past year. It was such a joy to walk alongside them as they searched for a home, or looked to sell their home. I’m thankful for these friendships that were formed and hope that my work with them provided help, joy and benefit.

To change vocations at sixty years of age is a scary proposition. So third, I am thankful for the support I received from my wife (an HGTV junky) and close friends who gave me confidence that I would be successful as a realtor.

Fourth, I am thankful for my broker at Century 21 Vista. Alan Olson, from the first interview until now, has constantly given me encouragement. I remember that interview, being very nervous about having to rely totally on sales commission to live. As a teacher, each year I had received a contract telling me how much salary I would receive each month. Now I really needed to step out in faith and trust God to provide and also trust that Alan’s prediction for me was correct. He told me that in two years I would be earning an amount that was higher than I had hoped for. It turns out he was right. Last year I did earn what he had predicted. Thank you, Alan, for the confidence you instilled in me.

Fifth, I am so grateful for the agents that I work with at Century 21 who truly do work as a team. From Linnae Leary I have observed how important it is to be caring and to go out of my way for clients. From Leslie Flugstad I have learned to always strive for excellence and to be loyal to the C21 brand and cheer one another on. From Gay Folden, my mentor, I have learned the important details of how to successfully navigate a sales transaction from start to finish. He was always ready with insight and a short story from his experience when I would bring my questions to him. And his thoroughness with the details has been a great model for me. Finally I am grateful to John Olson, a man whom I have admired greatly in the 40+ years I have known him. He has been such an encouragement, so quick to give a compliment, and such an inspiration to me. I strive to treat people in the same way John has treated me.

Finally, I am so thankful for my SPHERE OF INFLUENCE, the marketing term for my family, relatives, friends, former associates, people I know. As I look to who I did business with in 2018, over 60% came from my sphere of influence.

I am hoping that as I gain more experience that I continue to earn your trust so that you will use me as your real estate agent for your selling/buying needs or that you will refer me to someone you know who needs realtor assistance.

I Love My Job! Fergus Falls | Century 21 Vista

Many times people ask me how I like the change that I’ve made in occupation, going from teaching to real estate sales. After a year-and-a-half, I can honestly say I love what I’m doing right now. I’ve had a good year in 2017 considering it really was my first full year. Many say it takes two to five years to get established, but God was faithful to provide many opportunities for me right away. Continue reading “I Love My Job! Fergus Falls | Century 21 Vista”

Jewett Lake | When Will It Freeze?

Watching the lake and its changes.

These pictures were taken on December 2nd. The lake had been frozen over completely at the end of November. 

Then we experienced several days of mighty winds, and all the ice broke up and was pushed to our shore, making beautiful patterns of ice, but not boding well for the future skating rink. When the sun hit these chunks of ice, they looked like some sort of jewel. Very beautiful!

Finally, on Dec 14 everything was frozen, but the ice looked suspicious. Still several brave fishermen had their houses out, supposedly on 8″ thick ice.

Now after many below zero nights the ice is safe and we hope to have some fun out there during the New Year’s weekend.