Just received verbal approval on this short sale! WOOO HOOO Home owners are extremely happy, they are walking away w/ $3,000 cash in hand and the new owner/investor is happy too.
Can’t wait to show you the before and after photos once the investor finishes rehabbing… Stay tuned. — in Fontana, California.
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By Bob Vila
Laying in a hammock is the epitome of summertime relaxation. Getting the hammock set up, on the other hand, can be a frustrating endeavor. Consult the tips below to make quick and easy work of the process so that soon, you will have gone from hanging the hammock to hanging out in its comfy, swaying embrace.
Choosing a location for your hammock is perhaps the most difficult part. While you probably don’t have the perfect pair (and ideally spaced) palm trees on your property, you might very well have two healthy oak, maple or beech trees that are strong enough to support your weight. Ideally, those hardwoods would be as far apart as the total length of your hammock, fully stretched out.
If the trees are too close together, the underside of the hammock is going to scrape along the ground. If the trees are too far apart, you’ll need to extend the reach of the hammock by means of an added-on rope or chain. While there’s a simple remedy for the latter problem, there’s unfortunately no fix for the former (other than to buy another, smaller hammock). Note, however, that it can be a mistake to extend a hammock any more than 18 inches at each end. Doing so leaves it vulnerable to ripping. So if you fully anticipate having to add extensions, only consider buying a hammock outfitted with a spreader bar to inhibit rips.
For obvious reasons, it’s important to establish a secure connection at each end of the hammock. One option is to use tree-fastening straps (which may or may not be included with your purchase). These straps feature a loop on one end and a metal ring on the other. Simply wrap the strap around the tree, pass the loop through the metal ring, then attach the hammock to the ring with S-hook hardware. One virtue of tree-fastening straps is that while effective, they cause no harm to the trees involved.
Though there are countless hammocks on the market, most fall into one or two design categories. First, you have traditional hammocks, and then you have hammocks with spreader bars. Traditional hammocks are meant to hang loosely between two trees, with the center dipping down. Since they get attached to points that are 6 to 8-feet high on nearby trees, you can, in a pinch, consider using tree branches, not tree trunks — so long as the branches offer sufficient heft.
The other type of hammock involves spreader bars, which force the hammock to remain open, so the occupant never becomes wrapped up in a hammock burrito. Unlike the traditional design, hammocks with spreaders hang only 4 or 5 feet from the ground. Also, whereas a traditional hammock hangs loosely, these hammocks hang taut; when unoccupied, they are virtually parallel with the ground.
Remember that the wonderful thing about hanging a hammock is that once you’ve finished the job, your reward is right there in front you. Collapse into your new favorite spot — hey, you’ve earned a break!
Stripped of all its furnishings, an empty room can be intimidating — or inspiring! For design consultant Robin Long Mayer, it’s definitely the latter. In her work as an editor for CountryLiving and New York Spaces magazines and as the principal of Robin Mayer Design, she has learned a thing or two about the optimal placement of sofas, tables, beds and accessories that fill our homes. While the ideal arrangement in your own rooms will depend on factors such as the size and layout of each particular space, there are certain guideposts that can put you on the right path. Mayer offers the following insights:
There are no hard-and-fast rules in furniture arranging, but if there is a focal point in the room — a fireplace, for instance, or a window with a beautiful view — try to place your furniture around it to draw the eye in that direction.
You always want to be invited into a room visually, without any obstructions in your path. Be mindful of the number of items you are placing in a room. Use only what you need for comfort, storage and utility, and find new homes for extraneous pieces.
Source: Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
Lining furniture along the perimeter of a room creates a very stagnant look. That being said, we don’t all have the luxury or space to float all our furniture in the center of the room. If a large piece like a couch makes most sense against the wall, float a few smaller pieces — like two comfortable armchairs — in front of it to balance the look.
No matter what size your living room is, you should always consider seating that lets you share the space with a friend. Positioning a couch and two chairs near a focal point, or even two love seats or two chaises facing each other, is a lovely way to start.
Source: Lori Brock
As a general rule, the dining table and chairs occupy the middle of a room. If there is a chandelier overhead, be sure it does not obstruct views across the table. A sideboard, hutch, console or even a chest of drawers along a wall of the room can add much-needed storage for linens and flatware, and also provide a surface for additional ambient lighting.
To determine what pieces you’ll need in the kitchen, think about how you use the space. If you love to cook and entertain, an island or movable workstation is a sensible investment. Seating is vital as well. Choose a table and chairs if you have the room, or find comfortable stools that can tuck under a counter when not in use. If space allows, I highly recommend a couch in the kitchen!
Source: Michael Trahan
It is always nice to wake up to a view outside your windows, so if you have something lovely to look at, place your bed to take advantage of it. Next, consider all the practical things you need in the bedroom: bedside tables and lighting, a dresser or armoire to store clothing, and a chair or bench. Although it isn’t necessary for the furniture finishes to match, I do like the look of soft neutral wall colors, matching lamps on side tables and linens in natural fibers. Save pops of color for decorative pillows or throws; even the art can add a little zing to the space, but keep it simple. I also like to have a rug near the bed for warmth and softness underfoot.
Take accurate measurements of your room (and the doorways and entrances) before you start shopping for furniture. To get an idea of what will fit in the space that you have, you can “tape it out” with masking tape on the floor of an empty room using the dimensions of each prospective piece. Allow plenty of room for walking about, pulling out a chair, and accommodating whatever elements you need in order to function in the space.
I do a lot of work staging homes and apartments for sale, and the biggest words of advice I give are, “Clean out the clutter!” Clutter distracts from the beauty of a room. When guests walk in, all they’ll see is a pile of papers on the counter, toys on the floor, or laundry in the corner instead of that amazing sofa or incredible table you worked so hard for. If you want to display collections or family photos, keep them “stabled” in one place, such as a bookcase, hall table, or dedicated family photo wall, so they look neat and unified.
By Marie Proeller Hueston
On Saturday 10/27, join the Victoria Gardens Kidz Club for the ‘Spooky Town Square Bash’ from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in Chaffey Town Square. This free event will celebrate the season with activities for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, a maze & other Halloween-themed games. The first 300 kids (ages 2-10) will receive a free mini-pumpkin to decorate at the pumpkin decorating station. The bash will also include a balloon artist, Halloween music, prizes, & a face painter to give spooky makeovers.
Hope Inc in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca is having their annual Halloween Event on October 26th from 5 pm – 9 pm. This event provides a safe environment where children can celebrate. This event is free. Come out and enjoy:
-Trick or Treating
-3 Bounce & Obstacle Houses
-Awesome Raffle w/Many Prozes
This will be a night to remember. Address for event is 10777 Civic Center Dr. Rancho Cucamonga, Ca 91730. Friday October 26th 5 pm – 9 pm.
Enjoy one of the country’s most top rated Oktoberfest’s. Nestled high in the San Bernardino mountains, we pride ourselves in throwing one of the best German celebrations this side of Munich.
You’ve arrived . . . now what?
Come on in, grab yourself a seat and get comfortable for a full day of fun.
Big Bear Lake Convention Center
42900 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
The Convention Center is located on the corner of Division Drive and Big Bear Blvd.
You can’t help but participate in the fun at Oktoberfest.
Put on your dancing shoes, because you’ll definitely want to do the Chicken Dance or Circle Dance. Grab one of our Gaudi’s (Hostesses/Hosts) and learn to polka.
Enter one of our free contests. Saw a log, hold stein, or slam an O’Doul’s
After a few rounds of polkas, Macarana’s, Chicken dances, etc., get outside and take a big breath of fresh mountain air. Take a stroll down the Budenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths). The outside vendor and game area features everything from antique slot machines for purchase, to handmade jewelry and candies. Have your palm read or simply enjoy an Italian Ice.
Little Oktoberfest fans will enjoy the Kinder Garten complete with bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, airbrush tattoos and carnival games.
We serve up a German feast fit for a king. All the favorites from Brats, to Sauerbraten, to pretzels, to pickled pig feets.
And, if you’re looking for something more than German food, we offer that too. Cafe Americana serves grilled 1/2 pd. burgers, monster nachos, chicken tacos, chicken strips, chili, fries, onion rings and a variety of other festival-type fare!
TICKETS,TICKETS, WHO HAS THE TICKETS?
All German food and alcoholic beverages are purchased with tickets. There are four convenient ticket booth locations within the building to purchase tickets. Ticket types include: Dinner, Sandwich, Beer, Wine and Burgermeister Bucks. Burgermeister Bucks can be used for both food and alcohol and can be purchased individually or in books of $60.00. Save time and enjoy Oktoberfest as you walk through the doors, by pre-purchasing Burgermeister Books or Ten-pack Beer booklets on line.
The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest proudly pours both German and American bier & wine, as well as a variety of soft drinks, water, coffee and sports drinks.
There are two main inside bars and two outside bier gardens – the Warsteiner Bier Garten and the Sports Garten. Looking for the best deal on beer?
Nothing better than having a great time and saving a little too! Buy a stein. The beer cup sizes are 14 oz. and 32 oz. Our steins sizes start at 16.9 oz. and increase to
33.1 oz. You do the math. We also offer mini kegs, which are 5 liter cans. Mini kegs are $48.00 and pour 11+ 14 oz. cups. And finally, we offer Beer Booklets which consist of 10 beer tickets for $58.00 (a $2.00 savings).
Be sure to stop by the Oktoberfest Shoppe and pick-up an Oktoberfest souvenir. We offer everything from Sweatshirts, to T-shirts, to hair wreaths, to magnets, to steins and much more.
After a full day of Oktoberfest fun, leave the driving to us. Catch a ride on the O’Doul’s complimentary shuttle. The shuttles begin running at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday evenings and will take you door-to-door anywhere in the Big Bear Valley. The shuttles continue to operate until the last Oktoberfest fan is out of the building! Please note: The shuttle will NOT take you to any other establishment that sells alcoholic beverages.