The 1885 Stewart House in the Village of Arroyo Grande

Victorian housing Four Units in the Village of Arroyo Grande

 

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Ringing the ‘Bell’ and Eye Contact

Ringing the bell for the Salvation Army

This year I was invited to ring the Salvation Army Bell, I jumped at the chance.

Christmas shopping with the sound of the ‘bell’ is a memory from childhood thru today as I rush in and out of stores with my Christmas packages or groceries, the Salvation Army bell-ringer is there. Do I always see them or acknowledge them, no….

The Salvation Army began in the late 1800’s and as we know they work diligently to help at disaster relief with shelter, food and counseling. What I didn’t know about the Salvation Army were the personal stories of people who have been touched by the Salvation Army.

I told friends that I would be ringing the Salvation Army bell in Los Osos and in San Luis Obispo and they shared with me their stories. One friend mentioned that her uncle was an alcoholic and many times her Dad did not know where his brother was. He was found in his car by a Salvation Army worker in L.A.’s Skip Row, given food, shelter, counseling and he was able to see his brother again before he passed away.

Someone else said his sister had been a heroin addiction for over 20 years in San Francisco when she asked for help at the Salvation Army and has been clean for the past 15 years.

Another friend said, his brother had vanished, a trouble soul who just walked away from his family. The Salvation Army has helped to keep them in touch, giving the family peace in knowing their son/brother/friend is safe & alive.

The Salvation Army ‘Bell-Ringer’ I discovered is more than someone asking for money, they are a welcome friend of the Holiday Season. The people of Los Osos have been very generous dropping dollars to coins as I ring the bell and wish them Merry Christmas.

I also discovered people like me who are too ‘rushed’ or ‘busy’ to see me, and do not want to make eye contact with me. They walk past without acknowledging me or look the other way. To those people, I’d like to say, its okay you do not have to donate, I’m not pan-handling, I’m a volunteer for the Salvation Army! I understanding being over-whelmed at this time of year and with organizations asking for donations, no worries share your best attribute, your beautiful smile, that’s what I will be doing if I don’t have change to donate.

Stop by & meet me, give me a ‘smile’ or some change at the following locations:
• Von’s, Los Osos from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
• Beverly’s, San Luis Obispo Downtown, Higuera Street, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
• Beverly’s, San Luis Obispo Downtown, Higuera Street, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

E-Recycle Day in Los Osos

Rotary E-Recycle Day

Rotary E-Recycle Day

The Rotary Club of Los Osos will sponsor a Community Service Project & Fund-raiser today, Saturday June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Collection Center will be at the Trinity United Methodist Church ‘parking lot’ on Pine at Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos.

What is E-Waste?  E-Waste is electronic equipment that is no longer being used.  These items include: TV’s, Computer monitors, computers & accessories, scanners, keyboards, printers, copiers, DVD’s, VCR’s, camcorders, cell phones and stereos.

No appliances or batteries.

This is a fund-raiser, all proceeds to benefit the good works of the Rotary Club of Los Osos.  http://www.RotaryLosOsos.org

Shirley Hulin is an active member of the Rotary Club of Los Osos and past-president.  She has also recently completed the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) GREEN Designation course.  Her new tagline is Reuse, Recycle, Reduce.

“If this is your kind of town…let me show you the neighborhood.”®   Live the ‘slo life’ in San Luis Obispo County.  Shirley Hulin is a full-time REALTOR® and manager for Century 21 Hometown Realty she works with a team of professionals who are ready to help you with all of your Real Estate needs in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.  Thank you, for your referrals.

Contact Shirley at ShirleyHulin@gmail.com www.ShirleyHulin.com    

Happy Mother’s Day

This poem was read by our Rotary Club president and has been sent to me via e-mail for the past week, incase you did not receive it I’m posting it for you to read today.  It made me teary eyed.

Before I was a Mom,

I never tripped over toys

or forgot words to a lullaby.

I didn’t worry whether or not

my plants were poisonous.

I never thought about immunizations

 

Before I was a Mom,

I had never been puked on.

Pooped on.

Chewed on.

Peed on.

I had complete control of my mind

and my thoughts.

I slept all night.

 

Before I was a Mom,

I never held down a screaming child

so doctors could do tests.

Or give shots.

I never looked into teary eyes and cried.

I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.

I never sat up late hours at night

watching a baby sleep.

 

Before I was a Mom,

I never held a sleeping baby just because

I didn’t want to put her down.

I never felt my heart break into a million pieces

when I couldn’t stop the hurt.

I never knew that something so small

could affect my life so much.

I never knew that I could love someone so much.

I never knew I would love being a Mom.

 

Before I was a Mom,

I didn’t know the feeling of

having my heart outside my body..

I didn’t know how special it could feel

to feed a hungry baby.

I didn’t know that bond

between a mother and her child.

I didn’t know that something so small

could make me feel so important and happy.

 

Before I was a Mom,

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night

every  10 minutes to make sure all was okay.

I had never known the warmth,

the joy,

the love,

the heartache,

the wonderment

or the satisfaction of being a Mom.

I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much,

before I was a Mom.

 

On this Mother’s Day,

Bless all the Mothers and those she loves

Bless all the Mothers on earth and above.

“If this is your kind of town…let me show you the neighborhood.”®   Live the ‘slo life’ in San Luis Obispo County.  Shirley Hulin is a full-time REALTOR® and manager for Century 21 Hometown Realty she works with a team of professionals who are ready to help you with all of your Real Estate needs in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.  Thank you, for your referrals.

Contact Shirley at ShirleyHulin@gmail.com www.ShirleyHulin.com    

Loan Modification Help

As a REALTOR® and professional business person our duties are held to a higher a higher standard by the ‘Code of Ethics’ with that said, I would like to clarify our roles as real estate consultants.

We can offer a variety of services from working with first-time home buyers, to investors and sellers of residential or commercial properties.  There are agents who now specialize in ‘Short Sales’ and REO’s bank real estate-owned properties.  This is their niche and that’s all they do many have teams and have built a good business.

A few have moved on to the next level to include ‘Loan Modification’ for homeowners who are upside down in their loans or their property’s value has dropped below market value.  I hear this all the time on the radio and occasionally on TV agents advertising that they can help homeowners with their loan modifications some charge a fee for this as well. 

Agents are required to have a real estate broker’s license and if they work under an agency they must have the approval of their own broker or be an attorney.  To collect advanced fees they are required by the CA Department of Real Estate to get an Advanced Fee Agreement form approved by the state. And the Errors & Omission insurance policy should include a policy for foreclosure consulting services.

HUD is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and they want REALTORS® to assist in getting the word out that there is help for homeowners through the government’s program, “Keep your Home”.   You can learn more by going to: http://www.hud.gov/keepyourhome/ or calling 877-483-1515.

There is also another government website that has detailed information and self-assessment tools for you to evaluate if you are eligible for the new loan modification or refinance programs.  To learn more go to:  http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/about.html

And most importantly remain in contact with your lender, gather your loan papers together, review them and stay informed.  There is hope in these tough economic times.

 

“If this is your kind of town…let me show you the neighborhood.”®   Live the ‘slo life’ in San Luis Obispo County.  Shirley Hulin is a full-time REALTOR® and manager for Century 21 Hometown Realty she works with a team of professionals who are ready to help you with all of your Real Estate needs in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.  Thank you, for your referrals.

Contact Shirley at ShirleyHulin@gmail.com www.ShirleyHulin.com