Today, I have the honor of speaking at my former school Greenfield Community College, (GCC). I was invited to speak in front of an E-Commerce class, with the expectation of discussing driving traffic to a website. My former Professor, Kathy Vranos was the one who invited me in. As I reflect on my time spent at GCC, I can clearly remember the times I spent in her classroom. I was actually fortunate to have her for a professor in 4 different classes, and I was driven to learn, and exceed my limitations thanks to my relationship that I shared with her. I have to laugh, because no matter how long or short the classes were, she never had enough time to share what she knew because she had such a wealth of knowledge in every subject she taught. She was always willing to listen, and give me feedback whenever I had a question for her. I only hope when students take her classes that they realize what a talented and enlightening professor that they have at their fingertips in such a small community. Hind sight shows me that I was very fortunate to have her, and when she took the time to invite me back to speak in front of one of her classes there is no way that I would pass that opportunity to speak for her class. She has devoted so much time enriching my education, the least I can do is take a couple of hours out of my day to be there for her. I only hope that I can encourage her students to challenge themselves, and find out who they really are through the education that she provides.
Here are some before and after shots of the retaining wall that was long overdue to be rebuilt. I certainly enjoy this project but it is not easy to build a flat wall with round stones.
It has been a very interesting Spring, for the weather, and it has led to some beautiful flowers in full bloom. The rain has been plentiful and the sun has made its presence felt as well. There really haven’t been any days that are in between and simply just cloudy. Typically a yard/garden/lawn will need about 2 inches of water per week to be healthy. Water and of course the sunlight helps the process. Since we have had several days of heavy rain, and then several days of heavy sun, the yards/lawns have grown at accelerated paces. Instead of having a cycle of 10-14 days between mows, it has been closer to 7-11 days between mows. I personally don’t mind it because I enjoy a healthy green yard over a dried out brown yard any day. These beautiful green lawns make the pioneer valley very enjoyable to live in.
Keep the rain coming, and keep the sun coming too!
This winter was very mild, or at least it has been so far. I can’t forget last winter, where we had six weeks of punishment from halfway thru January to the end of February. Mother Nature certainly pounded us with snow in the Pioneer Valley which led to lots of water/flooding in the spring. La Nina really has had something different to say this year, and I am ok with that. My friends/colleagues are telling me that we have another storm or two coming our way, and I cautiously agree, we will see some more snow. I just don’t see anything that we can’t handle.
I am wondering, when we got hit with flooding, a hurricane, a tornado, and then an early snow storm did we make national news? I obviously can’t tell because I am here in Amherst, but does anyone know if we did or not?
Whatever the case, I am about ready to put this “winter” behind me, and I am ready and excited for the spring. Am I being premature? Maybe, but I am OK with that. I was born and raised in New England so I think it comes natural that I “suffer” thru these winters and appreciate the spring and summer that much more. I am always up for getting back out there, and getting dirty with work. I have been putting some estimates out there already, for stuff that will be started in two months. I have always tried to stay ahead, because it seems like every day brings a new and exciting challenge and if I don’t take care of what I know I have to do, then how am I going to take care of what I don’t know I have to do?
Sincerely, “rooting for spring”!
This has been quite the experience with La Nina and her effects. WHERE IS THE SNOW!!! I don’t mind too much because I am a summer guy anyway, but I always tell people that I enjoy the summer that much more because I have to tolerate the winters in New England. In the mean time I have been filling up rooms and I am actually going to start to list properties for June 1st. By getting started with the rentals 5-6 months in advance, it will allow me the ability to focus my energy on other things when the weather allows it. Things like:
- Landscape design, which I enjoy doing with “Tierra Sustainable Landscapes“.
- Carpentery, renovation, and remodeling, which I enjoy doing with “Doolittle Construction“.
- Or clean-outs and clean-ups which I enjoy doing with “T.L.C. Cleaning“.
I also like to take on other projects like staining, painting, or maintaining a property.
Either way, this winter has been peaceful and I can’t wait for it to leave so I can get out there and get my hands dirty again!
Crunch time! September is just around the corner, and owners have been scurrying to get things done in time for the arrival of the students. This means that I have been getting phone calls at all hours of the day, and working from sun up to sun down! For those of you who know me best, you know that this is the way it has always been for me. I am just surprised how quickly it took to get to this point. I do realize that after September 1st comes and goes that things will slow down again, but man, what a ride it has been. I have been doing chainsaw work, landscaping, tenant screening, apartment showing, painting, and launching this new website. One of my assignments this week called for me to drive all the way out to Harwichport, in the cape, and prepare a home for sale. Hopefully everything goes smooth for the homeowners because I think it is a great house only 200 yards from the water. Some days have been 10 hours, while other days are 13-15 hours, and I love every minute of it! I have been able to hit my monthly quota’s already and now I think it might be time to raise the bar a little bit. We shall see…
Business is booming! Summer is coming to an end, but the work certainly does not seem to be. Special thank you to Carey Baker of Midnightsondesigns for getting the new web site off the ground and running. Who knows what the future holds now…