Property Values Are Hot, Hot, Hot

Here’s an update from the Barnstable County Register of Deeds:
For May 2004, the average sale price of property in Mashpee was $378,800, not taking account of sales over $1,000,000.
That’s a 28 PERCENT increase in individual property sales value from May 2003.
By comparison, for Barnstable County as a whole, the average sale price for properties under $1,000,000 was $367,247, an increase of 14.2% from this time last year.

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Gardener’s Diary

The pansies that have been in the back porch planters since Easter weekend are doing so well that I may need to thin them out, so I dragged out the last, unused flower box and may be filling it tomorrow. Probably means another trip to the nursery, what a hardship!
Peter’s ailing holly tree appears to be responding to many inches of rain and last week’s heavy feeding of Hollytone. Hope reigns eternal.
The Fairy Rose, considered by serious horticulturalists to be an invasive species, is loaded with buds. Yesterday, I cut back a dozen or so errant, heavy branches that had no flowers.

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Chrysler Town & Country

Remind me to tell you how much I love the ads for this automobile.
The elegant little musical background transports me every time I hear it to a place where Montauk daisies grow and canapes are served at sunset soirees.
You are welcome to come to the soirees, just bring your urbane wit and a good stock of entertaining stories.
It’s a good thing I don’t have money, otherwise I’d be an even more unbearable, rhapsodic snob.


I’ve hesitated – for years – to get involved with online dating services, but a couple of months ago, decided to join eHarmony, maybe because they were running one of their regular “specials”. Also, a friend recently made a spectacular match through another online service, so I decided to give it a try.

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Unconscious Mutterings

From Luna Niña:

  1. Lover :: when you’re near me
  2. Ridiculous:: excuse (as in “the dog ate my homework” versus “excused from jury duty”)
  3. Oscar:: Peterson
  4. Tennis:: Elbow
  5. Account Balance:: zero
  6. Hickey:: James (oh, sorry, was thinking of the poet James Dickey)
  7. License:: to kill
  8. Breathmints:: Certs (branding, branding, my gosh)
  9. TexMex:: chile
  10. Stepmother:: wicked