Park or UBER to Rupp Arena Event?!?

IMG_5393Ok, so you have tickets to the UK game or Rupp Arena event and have considered driving downtown thru heavy traffic to search for free parking like Pac-Man or Mrs. Pac-Man searching for a Power Pellet being chased by ghost. Problems arise when everybody else is trying to doing the same thing to navigate the maze of downtown in around the time of event to find a free parking space.

Some solutions could be to go downtown early, park for free somewhere, eat dinner, enjoy the game and then go home or just flat out pay for parking. Another consideration would be to checkout the UBER fare estimator at https://www.uber.com/fare-estimate/ and do a price comparison between UBER fares and parking prices.

For example, the Bamberger Family from Hamburg could expected to pay $11-$27 one way for their downtown event. The variation in price is due to peak time charges and/or type of vehicle request (i.e., SUV vs Sedan). Lyft may have similar costs; however, no data on their rates is available at this time.

If you want lower UBER or Lyft prices, travel early before the game, enjoy a nice dinner with your companion(s) and do the same afterwards to kill time like go for a walk downtown and grab a dessert to eat.

This message does not promote UBER or Lyft. This messages intent is to provide you the reader options to enjoy one of many delights in Central Kentucky.

Some People are Heroes By Choice

matheus-ferrero-159633Bluegrass Beauty of KY & Heroes By Choice has found that you don’t have to go far to find heroes that inspire us everyday. Heroes don’t just wear capes. They also wear uniforms, scrubs and casual shoes or baseball hats.
Because of this, a team of professionals have come together for the purpose of providing instant savings for Heroes buying, selling or refinancing a home. Go to http://www.heroesbychoice.com/ and registering using PROMO CODE 721, By signing up, Heroes can save on closing costs and receive a rebate check at closing from affiliated Real Estate Agents.  Our mission is to relieve some of the immediate financial burden when buying, selling or refinancing a home.  It’s our way of saying THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

Celebrate Everyday! (Jan 1-6th)

nordwood-themes-467442Happy New Year to all! I once heard that people live longer & fuller lives if the “have religion” and celebrate often. I can’t give you religion but I can give you something to look forward to celebrating everyday!

*Copyright Law Day (don’t let the “copy-cats” still your next billion dollar idea!): 1

*Commitment Day: 1

Divorce Monday: 1 (First Monday of year which is when most feel that divorces are filed. )

*Ellis Island Day: 1

*Euro Day (I feel ripped off every time I’ve exchanged USD for EUROs!): 1

*First Foot Day: 1

*Global Family Day: 1

*Mummer’s Parade (In Philadelphia, 120 year old tradition where 10,000 men, women & children dressed in colorful lavish costumes twirl, sashay & strut downtown on Broad street): 1

*New Years Day: 1

*New Year’s Dishonor List Day: 1

*Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day: 1 (Cony Island NY & Vancouver, BC)

*Public Domain Day: 1

Rose Bowl Game: 1

Tournament of Roses Parade Day: 1

*World Day of Peace: 1

*55-MPH Speed Limit Day: 2

*Happy Mew Year for Cats Day: 2

*National Buffet Day: 2 Link

*National Motivation and Inspiration Day: 2

*National Personal Trainer Awareness Day: 2

*National Science Fiction Day: 2

*Pet Travel and Safety Day: 2

*Drinking Straw Day: 3

Earth at Perihelion (Day we are closest to the Sun…but weird that the entire earth is still generally colder at this time): 3

*J.R.R. Tolkien Day (Lord of the Rings stuff): 3

*Memento Mori “Remember You Die” Day: 3

*National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day: 3

I Am A Mentor Day: 4

*Pop Music Chart Day: 4

*Trivia Day: 4

*World Braille Day: 4

*World Hypnotism Day: 4

*Bird Day: 5

*National Screenwriters Day: 5

*Armenian Christmas: 6

*National Technology Day: 6

*Three Kings Day: 6

Fruitcake Toss Day: 6 (First Saturday)

FIGHT HOMELESSNESS!

img_3034KNOW OF ANY COACHES, FRIENDS OR FAMILY FACING HOMELESSNESS?

The LBAR has grant money available to pay deposit and first month’s rent for households experiencing homelessness who have documented income to pay ongoing rent. Expanding Housing Opportunities

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) was awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors®’ Housing Opportunity Program to support activities that create and expand affordable housing opportunities. The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors donates $1,500 to the project. With the Rent & Deposit Assistant (RDA) Project, the grant will be used to pay deposit and first month’s rent for households experiencing homelessness who have documented income to pay ongoing rent. NAR’s Housing Opportunity Grants were established in 2006. Individual grants are awarded ten times per year. Since the program’s inception, over 400 grants totaling more than $1.5 million have been awarded. The grants support a wide range of housing opportunity activities, including housing symposia; home buyer education or housing fairs; counseling and financial literacy efforts; down payment or closing cost financial assistance programs; housing needs studies; and Realtor® affordability housing education.

What’s the Bright Idea?

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The CNET Light bulb buying guide at https://www.cnet.com/news/light-bulb-buying-guide/ gives great information on lighting options to buy; however, we should take note on what effect lighting exposure has on our homes and physical well being. From what I have experienced, older lighting with ultra-violet (UV) radiation turned my white trim and fixtures light yellow in my rooms that received no natural light. Most everyone knows lighting disrupts sleep patterns; therefore, always sleep in the dark and wean your kids off night lights asap!

Nonetheless, during a recent remodel, a smart electrician pointed out numerous instances of fading in my fixtures and trim and recommended I change to “clean light” or LEDs in all my can lights. I instantly saw the difference in brightness but was most amazed by the change in colors the room now displayed due to the new LED lights. For example on a remodeled room, the old lighting made my new gray carpet look brown which didn’t match the color scheme I was looking for. After installing the LED lights, the brown carpet magically turned gray again!

In other rooms with natural light, I already knew this would fade my furniture over time, so I installed 3M glare-reducing static cling film to reduce future fading. My first set of furniture had faded in a period of about 4-5 years. However, my second set of replacement furniture has not faded in over the past 5 years (even though it’s not Halloween, I’ll keep my fingers crossed!) Good luck with your lighting and always continually strive for new bright ideas!

Home Maintenance Dairies Part II (Furnace)

And now before the first Farmer’s Almanac predicted freeze, I present the furnace. The furnace is a work of art if it is working properly but a pain in the butt if it is not operating at it’s peak. Unfortunately, several things will reduce it’s efficiency, but there are things you can do to help your furnace do what it is suppose to do…and that is keep you warm during the winter season and cool in the summer time. Here are some common problems that can affect your heating and cooling system.
1. You need to change your filters about every 3 to 6 months depending on how dusty your home is (more often than 6 months) because if the filters are dirty this reduces the air flow then the furnace will run longer there by using more natural gas or electricity if it is a heat pump or straight electric heater and during the summer the reduced airflow will cause the cooling system to run almost non-stop and increase your electric bill.
2. If you do not know how to clean the blower assembly then I suggest calling a reputable heating/air conditioning company and have them do this. Call around and get a few prices.
3. The thermostat is the master control. Do not rough-handle this unit, if you have a Honeywell T87F type thermostat, then the mercury bulb can get out of calibration very easily. This can happen if you remove the thermostat from the wall, change the heat anticipator setting, remount the stat and not level it or mount it where there is a draft behind the thermostat.
4. The worst thing you can do in the summer time is cause the A/C unit to turn off then right back on. When the unit is turned off and right back on, you use a great deal of electricity because the compressor is trying to start under a load. It’s hard on the compressor motor which shortens the life of the compressor (just the compressor alone cost upwards of $500.00 alone, labor & material not included).
5. Keep the condensing unit (unit on the outside) coil clean, do not block/restrict the air flow.

Overall, these are but a few things that you as a home owner/landlord and or tenant can do to help the refrigerator, furnace, A/C system give you better service year round. If there are still till unanswered questions, call a service technician for whichever unit is giving you problems.

Disclaimer: I am not guaranteeing what I have said here will fix your problem, prevent, cure, or apply to your situation, to construe, to replace or be an authority in anyway on anything mentioned! Good luck, stay cool and always be warm at heart!

Home Loans for Kentucky’s Veterans

Please pass on to the veterans in your life that the KY Housing Corporation has $3 million for special funding for active duty or non-active duty veterans at 2% interest rate, fixed for 30 years! This is FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED!

Why spend $12,000 (calculated on a rent of $1,000 per month) per year on a lease or rent when you could use the same amount to own a property & build equity?!? Unsure, try this rent or buy calculator to see what works best for your situation: https://www.realtor.com/mortgage/tools/rent-or-buy-calculator/. Veterans, buyers & sellers can contact fellow veteran and Military Relocation Professional Agent Mulder at (859) 740-2035 with questions regarding home ownership. Lastly, remember, we shape our dwellings, and afterwards, our dwellings shape us! Best wishes & good luck!

Home Maintenance Dairies Part I (Refrigerator)

When your refrigerator is doing one or more of the following; water in cube tray not freezing, freezer compartment not very cold, refrigerator inside temperature warmer than usual, when refrigerator shuts off it gives a loud thump, the air that is coming from the refrigerator at the bottom is hotter than usual or you notice a burned/discolored spot on the tile or linoleum, this may indicate a blockage of airflow, a dirty condenser, fan not running, or possibly paper or other objects blocking the air flow and fan.

In some cases this can be prevented just by doing the following few things;
1. Make sure the refrigerator is not pushed up against the wall(condenser side).
2. Do not place papers on top of the fridge where they can fall down behind it.
3. Enter into your calendar to clean the condenser coil every 6 months (under the fridge in the fan area) using a vacuum cleaner and a brush that will allow getting the deeply embedded dirt/dust out of the coil area.
4. Only store leftover foods, liquids in air tight containers, this reduces the frost buildup on the cooling coil.
5. Make sure when you open the doors about 2/3rds of the way open then it should close on its own. If this does not occur on its own, the fridge needs to be adjusted by screwing the rollers. They have adjustable feet/rollers that can be screwed out by raising the unit up in the front causing the doors to close on it’s own.
6. The temperature control factory suggested settings are set @ 5 for freezer and 5 for the refrigerator area (the lower the number the warmer the temperature wil be, some use the letters A, B, C, D, E, F and so on with A being the warmest  and F being the coldest setting.
7. If you have an older box that does not defrost itself, DO NOT USE ANY SHARP OBJECTS TO REMOVE THE ICE BUILDUP from the freezer compartment because if you puncture the freezing coil you will have destroyed the box or you can have a repair shop fix it for a large sum of money (cheaper to buy another box).  Don’t be a victim of a high repair bill.

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Featured App

How do you navigate around the city traffic of the Nicholasville Road “traffic light escapades” or “escape from Newtown Pike,” and perhaps bypass the bypass in Versailles due to unforeseen road issues? Give the Waze app a try. It works well when you need to know the location and severity of traffic before and along your route. What works best with this app is when other happy “Wazers” share their knowledge of existing conditions in real-time.

There are few drawbacks in which I believe are minimal: (1) data usage if you have limitations on your data plan and (2) no walking feature on the app. Regardless, the 2-3 or traffic issues I have run into occurred when I didn’t use the Waze app on routine trips. Also, I figure the data usage of this app minimal for routine use based off a recent trip from Lexington to Lawrenceburg that used 0.3 MBs. That being said, I recommend this app for everyone and wish you all safe and swift travel throughout the Bluegrass using Waze!

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Rush hour traffic in the city center.