Jennifer Ross -
My Father and his lovely wife
were visiting this weekend and I viewed San Diego
through a visitors eye. We decided to try a
new restaurant in Little Italy called "Po Pazzo"
located at 1917 India St. ('a little crazy' in
Italian). The ambiance was wonderful and the
cuisine fantastic! The ravioli stuffed with sweet
potato and topped with cream sauce...the
best! My Dad loved the steak and traditional
ravioli. Out the door for about $60 per
person. Just around the corner on Cedar is
my favorite gelato stop for dessert
at Pappalecco. We are lucky to live in
America's Finest City!
Here is some Memorial Day trivia
in honor of this upcoming holiday weekend.
- Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of
those who have died serving our country.
- Memorial day was first celebrated on May
- On Memorial Day, the flag should be at
half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top
of the staff.
- New York was the 1st state to officially
recognize Memorial Day.
- Flowers and flags are the two most popular
items people use to remember soldiers.
- The south refused to honor the dead on
Memorial Day until after World War I when the
meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring
civil war dead to honoring Americans who died
fighting in any war.
- Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday
As expected, existing home sales rose in
April as the rush to buy before the end of the
federal tax credit for first-time home buyers
expired pulled activity into the month. The
National Association of Realtors said sales rose
7.6 percent in the month and are 22.8 percent
higher than the same month a year ago. What caught
some by surprise was an increase in homes for sale
as inventories rose 11.5 percent.
The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate
mortgage fell 11 basis points this week, to 4.96
percent, according to the Bankrate.com national
survey of large lenders. That's the lowest it has been in the
nearly 25-year history of Bankrate's
survey. And Freddie Mac says the average
rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan declined to 4.84
percent, the lowest level since December. The rate
on one-year adjustable rate loans dropped to 4.0
percent, the lowest level in more than five
Your Home Can Make You Happier -
The burgeoning field of
evidence-based design -- backed by science that
studies the effect of built spaces on our brains
and bodies -- indicates that neither tons of space
nor high-end furnishings are key to your home
satisfaction. Much more important are things that
may seem minor but that pack a big emotional
wallop. Here are specific suggestions you
can use to apply design research to make key rooms
work harder for you
Bedroom: Get double-paned
windows... to muffle sound, advises Eve
Edelstein, a neurophysiologist and president of
Innovative Design Science, a San Diego firm that
uses clinical research to improve the design of
buildings. A 2007 study by a consortium of
European scientists shows that exposure to
irregular sounds such as sirens when you're
sleeping can cause hypertension.
$180 for a standard double-paned model.
Bedroom: Ditch a tall
...for a long one that's waist
high. Surfaces about that height become easy
places to put things down, says Jacobson. A spouse
who has lots of such space is less likely to drop
stuff all over the bed, chair, or floor, thus
stopping arguments before they start.
Bedroom: Hang light-blocking
...plus heavy draperies that
together will repel virtually all outside light
when drawn. Even a little light at night can
interfere with the body's production of melatonin,
a hormone that helps you sleep and can keep you
healthy by suppressing the growth of some tumors.
While you're at it, remove anything that emits
light, such as a charging computer or glowing
Cost: As low as $68 for a
35-inch-by-60-inch blackout shade
Bathroom: Add some
- Neuroscientists at Harvard
Medical School found that people prefer objects
with rounded edges to those with sharp ones.
Another study found that the amygdala, a part of
the brain associated with fear, is more active
when people look at sharp-edged objects. So choose
rounded sinks and mirrors, for example.
$309 for a frameless oval pivoting mirror at
Bathroom: Install his-and-hers
- If you share a bathroom with your
spouse, you'll lower stress by avoiding the
morning jostle for tooth-brushing space.
About $1,200 for two standard sinks, installed
Home office: Buy a bigger
- Researchers at the University
of Utah have found that people using 24-inch
computer screens worked 52% faster than those
using 18-inchers when doing tasks like editing a
document and copying numbers between spreadsheets.
That's a huge difference.
Cost: As little as
$199 for a 24-inch monitor at dell.com
Home office: Use the right
- Fluorescents are good for your
wallet but not always so great for your brain. A
2007 British study found that replacing typical
office fluorescents with warmer bulbs reduced
fatigue 27% and increased alertness 28%. Look for
a fluorescent designed to mimic natural light.
Cost: A few dollars per bulb
Home office: Place desk chair in
- You should be able to see
the door and a window. No view? Hang a photo or
artwork that depicts nature. Says Sternberg: "Even
images of nature have a positive effect" -- not a
bad thing when you're sitting down to pay the
bills. Cost: Zero
Man often becomes what he
believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to
myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is
possible that I may end by really becoming
incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall
have the belief that I can do it. I shall surely
acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not
have it at the beginning.
If only we could be as
spunky and confident as Jessica, a little girl who
got up in front of the mirror one morning and
danced and gave herself the cutest motivational
|As always, feel free to give me
a call 800-913-7677 with your real estate
needs. I appreciate your referrals.
Happy Memorial Day! |
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