Environmentally safe weed killer. It actually works.

With two dogs walking around my yard sniffing and chewing on everything in sight, I am a bit cautious about what I put on weeds and grass that I’m trying to get rid of.  This weekend, I tried a weed killing formula that I picked up online.  It’s not harmful to animals.  Actually, the smell is more  likely to run them off rather than inspire them to eat.

Take a gallon of white vinegar, one cup of salt and a few drops of dish washing detergent.  The dish-washing detergent is designed to help the formula adhere to the plants you’re trying to get rid of.  Put your concoction in a spray bottle or garden sprayer.  Thoroughly soak the plants you’re trying to get rid of and in the next few days they will be dead.  One not of caution, the formula also kills grass.  So, be careful if you don’t want that to happen.  Happy Sunday.


A dozen hours later.


Lafayette, we are here – July 4, 1917

July 4, 1917 – “Lafayette, we are here.” 

On July 4, 1917, General John J. Pershing marched American dough-boys into Paris in the first public display of American troops as the United States officially entered WWI.  The American troops continued their march through Paris until they reached the tomb of Marquise de Lafayette.

As the Parisians looked on, Colonel Charles Stanton stopped at Lafayette’s tomb and declared, “Lafayette, we are here.”  General Pershing announced that the Americans were there to return the favor.  The independence of America has aided many in their own independence.  God bless this great country, and happy Independence Day!

General Pershing also brought a layer of American soil which he placed on Lafayette’s grave.  At the completion, he said, “Now Lafayette is buried under American soil.”

The Winchester, VA real estate market is getting stronger every month

The Winchester, VA real estate market is getting stronger every month.  At the end of the first six months of 2013, there is solid evidence that the market has made substantial gains in recovery.  The number of closed sales for the first six months is up 9% from 654 in 2012 to 720 in 2013.

That’s great news, but there is better news in the numbers.  The first six months of 2012 Winchester VA Market Chart 7.3.2013saw 90 short sales and 161 foreclosure sales.  The 2013 numbers are where the really good news shines.  Of the 720 closed sales in the first six months, only 66 were short sales and 118 were foreclosure sales.  Short sales are down 26% from the same period last year, and foreclosures are down 27% in 2013.  That’s significant.

The market seemed tenuous in the early days of 2013, but as the year has progressed, it appears to be strengthening.  What’s behind the improvement?  There are number of things that have sparked buyer involvement.  The Federal Reserve’s comments about the end of quantitative easing caused a sudden increase in interest rates.  That news, along with the slow but steady climb in real estate prices has caused a lot of fence sitters to get in the game.

The local real estate market started to transition from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market late in 2012.  By all appearances, sellers are in charge today.  Prices are more stable.  Sellers are less likely to give concessions at the level they would have two years ago.  Foreclosures and short sales are selling closer to list than just 3 months ago.  It is becoming a solid sellers market.

The good news for buyers is that the inventory is coming up.  After a low inventory first quarter, inventory is climbing.  Sellers are finally realizing that market has turned to their favor.  That means more properties on the market which increases competition and potential  price savings for buyers.  No matter how you look at it, the Winchester, VA real estate market is getting stronger.