What happened to May Day?
First, a little history. May Day is rooted in agriculture in Celtic countries (Scotland & Ireland), when you sow the fields and put the cows to pasture. It also marks halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice!
Louisa May Alcott wrote about May Basket Day in the late 1800s book, Jack and Jill. In the 1930's, schoolchildren gave Eleanor Roosevelt a May Basket filled with flowers.
An NPR start found a writing in the Humboldt, Iowa, Independent in May 1976, the local extension home economist reminisced:
"What a gallant occasion Mother made of May baskets. Lists were made and rewritten. It became almost as exciting as Christmas."
Her family used old milk cartons for containers and they made popcorn and Boston cremes for each basket. People in her community returned May baskets to their owners at Halloween.
But what about now? Like May flowers, the tradition of May Baskets has faded away. Maybe its a sign of the the innocence of the times fading away too. Or simple acts of kindness? I am not sure.
I do hope that May Day Baskets make a comeback. Its a great day to remind us all to be kind. See above for the May Basket the kiddos made for me yesterday.
This walk down memory lane has confirmed it. I am an old soul.
Here are my lessons learned about working from home FT with kids.
Have a great weekend peeps.
Learning to love your HOME in a whole you way: Quarantine.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay calm. Stay sane. Signing off.
SOOOO...what is your favorite thing about Spring Cleaning?
Where do you start? What do you do?
Is it only physical things you clean?
It depends on each person--on glorious days like today, cleaning included outside too. We trimmed fruit trees & cut down dead trees too.
But I am getting ahead of myself--make your plan of attack so you don't get overwhelmed.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, its a LIST you can use to spring clean.
I go by room or task. For example, this morning, I wiped down all ceiling fans & hanging light fixtures.
Tonight I am going to weed out the file cabinet (yes, sadly I still have one).
BUT HONESTLY, my FAVORITE part of spring cleaning? Being able to check it off my to do list. It makes the wine somehow taste better too.
BENEFITS of SPRING CLEANING
Have a great spring cleaning season peeps.
If you have been listening to NPR as super Tuesday approaches, you have heard mention of housing needing to be discussed by the candidates. Why you might ask?
Well as the closing of 2019, senior economist George Ratiu says:
Real estate fundamentals remain entangled in a lattice of continuing demand, tight supply & disciplined financial underwriting. Accordingly, 2020 will prove to be the most challenging year for buyers, not because of what they can afford, but rather what they can find."
In 2019 numerous class action lawsuits were filed again NAR (National Association of Realtors), who control the MLS.
The lawsuit alleges NAR & the named real estate brokers & franchisors have violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by “agreeing, combining and conspiring to impose, implement and enforce anticompetitive restraints that cause home sellers to pay inflated commissions on the sale of their homes.”
This lawsuit effectively claims the MLS is pricing fixing commission rates & weakening the bargaining power of sellers. The seller & the the agents are the ones feeling the brunt of this current system. The median gross income of realtors has been falling, down from $55,000 in 2012 to $39,800 in 2017, according to the national association.
Internet-age companies that aren’t part of the MLS, are small in numbers, but some like Opendoor & REX are slowly chipping away at the status quo from a variety of angles, albeit for the high-end market only.
The residential real estate industry might not be a tear-down, but it’s definitely overdue for a complete renovation.
Watching all the outcry makes me appreciate the difference between a realtor and real estate agent, and being the later.
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!