October 2012 Connection

At 3 years old, our younger boy Charlie has now become aware of his Daddy as a source of fun that Mommy just isn’t.

When he gets tired during our family walks, he no longer opts for Mommy to carry him, preferring my carrying method of throwing him up on my shoulders and trotting along, making his ride precarious, uncomfortable and lots of fun!

 One morning ritual has evolved recently between Charlie and I.  When I take my vitamins in the bathroom every morning, Charlie, hearing the pills rattle in the bottle, comes running into the bathroom calling, “Vites!  Vites!  I do it!  I do it!”  I pour myself a glass of water, sit on the edge of the bathtub and wait as Charlie wrestles open the tightly sealed vitamin container (He likes it when I twist the cap on tight, as it allows him to “use my strong mushles”). 

Cap off, I cup my hands for Charlie to pour out 2 vitamins.  Not surprisingly, Charlie usually pours the entire contents of the bottle into my hands.  He then begins the slow, methodical process of putting the excess pills back, one at a time, into the bottle.

I once made the mistake of pouring the pills back into the bottle myself – a rookie mistake, given how procedure driven my obsessive-compulsive little one can be).  After half a minute of screaming protest, I spill the pills back into my hand to let Charlie replace them back in the bottle, one pill at a time - VERY slowly this time, I believe,  to teach me not to mess with his processes.

 Two pills go into Daddy’s mouth, then quickly, quickly get him the water glass, because holding the pills too long in my mouth will give Daddy a “stummyache”. 

Charlie thrusts the glass to my mouth, spilling water into my toweled lap (I learned to take my vitamins before dressing, for this reason).  I drink most of the water, leaving some for Charlie, “because I’m shirshty too.”

Charlie leaves the cleanup to me (“You do it”) and heads back to whatever occupied him earlier with a very polite, “You’re welcome,” before I can blurt out a thank you.

 I’m going to miss this ritual when Charlie inevitably grows out of it.  Even now, there are some days when he’s so heavily involved in either a Lego project or favourite TV show, that he is simply too busy for Vitamin duty.  On these occasions, Charlie still takes the time to drop what he’s doing, run into the bathroom and tell me he’s too busy to help today and I’ll have to do it myself.

 

 

REAL ESTATE NEWS

 

North Okanagan Monthly Home Sales 2012 *

           

 

                                         

 

 

May

May %

June

June %

July

July %

Aug

Aug %

Sep

Sep %

TOTAL

TOTAL %

               

 

Under $100,000

4

3%

4

3%

4

3%

6

5%

4

4%

40

4%

               

 

$101 - $200,000

26

17%

23

17%

22

17%

23

17%

19

17%

168

16%

               

 

$201 - $300,000

34

23%

40

29%

37

28%

36

27%

41

37%

288

28%

               

 

$301 - $400,000

44

30%

35

26%

38

29%

38

29%

20

18%

274

26%

               

 

$401 - $500,000

19

13%

14

10%

12

9%

13

10%

8

7%

123

12%

               

 

$501 - $600,000

12

8%

12

9%

10

8%

7

5%

7

6%

65

6%

               

 

$601 - $700,000

8

5%

5

4%

3

2%

2

2%

7

6%

34

3%

               

 

$701 - $800,000

0

0%

1

1%

2

2%

3

2%

3

3%

20

2%

               

 

$801 - $900,000

0

0%

1

1%

1

1%

1

1%

2

2%

7

1%

               

 

$901,000 +

2

1%

1

1%

2

2%

4

3%

1

1%

16

2%

               

 

Totals 2012

149

 

136

 

131

 

133

 

112

 

1035

                 

 

2011 Sales

115

 

126

 

131

 

102

 

108

 

922

                 

 

2010 Sales

151

 

109

 

102

 

100

 

132

 

1054

                 

 

                                         

 

* Statistics are gathered from Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) and subject to verification.

 

Details of Sales search parameters are available from Ken Dickson.

                       
                                                     

 

2012 summer sales levels have been decent, although they slowed surprisingly in September, which traditionally shows stronger sales numbers than August.  The number of listings dropped throughout the summer, giving the average buyer fewer houses to choose from, which may have impacted September sales as buyers continue to be picky in the face of fewer choices.

 

Total sales to date for 2012 is 1035 units, up significantly from 2011 and close to 2010 levels.  We are on track to overtake 2010 sales figures.

 

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