Friday, July 29, 2016

Pioneer Valley Single Family Homes Sales Up!

Numbers for June 2016:

Pioneer Valley
sales up 16.1 percent
median price up percent to $209,000

Franklin County
sales up 71.4 percent
median price up 17.1 percent to $225,500

Hampden County
sales up 9.8 percent
median price up 1.6 percent to $184,900

Hampshire County
sales up 16.5 percent
median price drops 1.9 percent to $269,450

Yet...inventory fell 28.5%

We need houses to sell! 

Econ70 Reports: Fed Preparing Market for Interest Rate Hike

According to nationally acclaimed economist, Elliot F. Eisenberg, PhD, the Fed is considering an interest rate hike. This was posted on Eisenberg's website yesterday:

"Yesterday’s Fed statement suggesting that “near-term risks to the economic outlook have diminished” that “job gains were strong” and “household spending has been growing strongly” indicates a Fed that’s again taking steps to prepare the market for a rate rise, probably in December.  But, if July and August employment and inflation numbers are strong, a September rate rise is certainly possible.  Listen for more clues during Fed Chairman Janet Yellen’s talk on 8/26/16."

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Mailbox Monday - July 25

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. This is the first weekend in a while--other than being on vacation--that I didn't work the whole weekend away. I definitely was on the computer Saturday, but Sunday I went to church, did my grocery shopping, and then made Yia-Yia an orange coconut cake for her birthday--which is today. Happy birthday, Yia-Yia!

No new books in the mail lately, but I did pick up some new Kindle freebies. I've also been reading A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard. 

What was in your mailbox? 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Book Review: Anna's Healing by Vannetta Chapman

Anna's Healing by Vannetta Chapman is a story of love, faith, and miracles.

Anna Schwartz has moved to her aunt and uncle's farm in the Amish community of Cody's Creek in Oklahoma. Once a vibrant young woman, when a tornado leaves her a paraplegic, she struggles to adjust to her new life.

Thankfully, she has friends, Chloe--an Englischer who writes for the local paper--and Jacob--a newcomer to town, along with her grandmother to help.

One day, Anna finds herself healed. How did it happen? And why? Soon everyone wants to know about this young Amish woman who has experienced the inexplicable.

What a fantastic, emotional novel. Chapman has filled Anna's Healing with a host of engaging characters whose stories beg to be told. An uncertain young Amish woman, a reporter who befriends her, a young Amish man who has been traveling and has no immediate plans to call any place home, a distant aunt and uncle, and a grandmother whose faith never waivers.

While the story truly revolves around these characters, the author does justice to the secondary characters in the story as well. She creates a community of people who become as real as your next door neighbors.

This is a book that will have you thinking about the amazing love God has for us. It might make you reconsider how you feel about the miracles that take place around us every day. For me, it was a reminder of being steadfast in my faith and of not taking life for granted.

You'll be moved by Anna's story. I know I was. I'm certainly eager to read the next book in this series.

Series: Plain and Simple Miracles (Book 1)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (October 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736956034
ISBN-13: 978-0736956031

I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Mailbox Monday - July 11

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Right now we are enjoying our second week on the Outer Banks. Took some photos while we were on the waterfront in Manteo this weekend.

Right before we left for vacation, Charlotte Hubbard gifted me a copy of her latest book.

Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge--and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She's going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father. And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa's suit, she can only pray the bachelor's honesty and persistence will uncover the truth--even as he's kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own . . .

Asa can't understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He's determined to clear his name--but Edith's caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust. In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive . . . and claim their own hearts' joy.

That's it for my mailbox. Though it has been tough, I've managed not to buy any new books while vacationing. That might change when we visit Duck tomorrow. They have at least two bookstores where we will be.

Let me know what was in your mailbox too. Hope you enjoy your week!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Outer Banks Traveler

Well, it's that time of year again. We landed in the Outer Banks on July 1.

First stop along the road was at Powell's Roadside Market. That's where we get our first batch of locally grown fruits and vegetables each year.

After unpacking, you know we had to visit the beach. The next day, some of our family joined us. It's been very hot and humid the past few days, but last night's rain has made things a bit more comfortable. 

We've visited some of our favorite places already:

And of course, we couldn't miss fireworks at the Waterfront Park in Manteo, where we got a chance to hear the 440 Army band play.

I'll share more from our trip soon.

Monday, July 4, 2016