There's a new man in my life. (Thank goodness.) His name is Phil, and his company is Pawderosa.
Not that I'm trading in my husband after 28 years of wedded bliss (okay, not always bliss, but always laughs), it's just that with the addition of our new puppy, it was definitely time to bring in a professional dog trainer.
From four, to seven, to eleven, to TWENTY(!) available listings last Sunday; that's how our Piedmont market is stacking up. In short, the Spring Market has arrived and it's in full bloom!
On Monday, there wasn't a single worker at my house, nor a truck parked out in front. Ahhh, the sound of silence.. After essentially two years of non-stop renovations, first on the inside and then on the out, I can happily proclaim that we are nearly finished.
"Dear Julie," began the note,"Thanks again for all you've done to help us get to this point. A year ago I couldn't even imagine how to begin to move . . . your knowledge confidence and resources made it all possible for us . . ."
Can I just say how much I truly love such letters?
"Congratulations on your new career," my follow-up email said to my good friend, Heidi, "It's the perfect fit!"
After years of staying at home and seeing her first two kids successfully on to higher education, Heidi returned to school herself and earned her credentials in order to help others navigate the anxiety-filled college journey as well. (Where was she when I needed her?) We had serendipitously run into each other up at Village Market and she proudly flashed her new business card, along with her beautiful smile. (Both made my day.)
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 14 years and has published more than 500 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.