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August 23, 2019

Quote of the Day

Elders always lament change – and the young cannot wait for it.

 

– Malcolm Forbes

This Day in History

August 23, 1902 – Fannie Farmer opens cooking school:  On this day in 1902, pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer, who changed the way Americans prepare food by advocating the use of standardized measurements in recipes, opens Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston.  In addition to teaching women about cooking, Farmer later educated medical professionals about the importance of proper nutrition for the sick.

Farmer was born March 23, 1857, and raised near Boston, Massachusetts.  Her family believed in education for women and Farmer attended Medford High School; however, as a teenager she suffered a paralytic stroke that turned her into a homebound invalid for a period of years.  As a result, she was unable to complete high school or attend college and her illness left her with a permanent limp. When she was in her early 30s, Farmer attended the Boston Cooking School. Founded in 1879, the school promoted a scientific approach to food preparation and trained women to become cooking teachers at a time when their employment opportunities were limited.  Farmer graduated from the program in 1889 and in 1891 became the school’s principal. In 1896, she published her first cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, which included a wide range of straightforward recipes along with information on cooking and sanitation techniques, household management and nutrition. Farmer’s book became a bestseller and revolutionized American cooking through its use of precise measurements, a novel culinary concept at the time.

In 1902, Farmer left the Boston Cooking School and founded Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery.  In addition to running her school, she traveled to speaking engagements around the U.S. and continued to write cookbooks.  In 1904, she published Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent, which provided food recommendations for specific diseases, nutritional information for children and information about the digestive system, among other topics.  Farmer’s expertise in the areas of nutrition and illness led her to lecture at Harvard Medical School.

Farmer died January 15, 1915, at age 57.  After Farmer’s death, Alice Bradley, who taught at Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery, took over the business and ran it until the mid-1940s.  The Fannie Farmer Cookbook is still in print today.

 

Ojai Weather

Eventually sunny  –  High 82 / Low 59

Friday, August 23, 2019
4:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for this weekend has been updated!  (There will be no update Saturday or Sunday).  We’ll be holding 1003 N. Drown Avenue open on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 and 501 Vallerio Avenue on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.

Our usual “Things to do” list hasn’t yet been forward to us by our friends at Ojai Hub.  Here’s a different version – courtesy of the The Ojai Valley News.  Have a great weekend! 

9:30 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
5:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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10:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Oh, how the neighbors can gossip
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
6:10 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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9:05 a.m.
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This sign pretty much guarantees I will never touch one of those buttons
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
4:10 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.
10:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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“I’m embarrassed to ask…can I borrow a cup of milk?”
Monday, August 19, 2019
6:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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11:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Ha ha, I get it.  Now let’s have a look at the Männer parkplatz…
Saturday, August 17, 2019
12:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding open houses today at 501 Vallerio Avenue and 1003 N. Drown Avenue from 1:00 to 4:00.  On Sunday we’ll be holding 501 Vallerio Avenue open from 1:00 to 4:00 as well.

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Amazon, I beg of you…stop delivering Miracle Gro to this household
Friday, August 16, 2019
3:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Have yourselves a great weekend!  I’ll see you here tomorrow morning with the updated open house list.

8:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

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Pointless curtains
Thursday, August 15, 2019
10:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 501 Vallerio Avenue – $880,000.  This is our newest listing, which we teased about yesterday and must be seen to be appreciated!  You can catch a sneak preview tomorrow morning (Friday) from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Shockingly, that’s all we have for the rest of today.  Typically, Thursday evening will see a flood of activity and new listings.  Have a nice night!

 

10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Enjoy your visit to the Golden Gate Bridge!
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
5:35 p.m.
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10:55 a.m.
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On Monday I took photos of a new listing we have coming up this week; it’s a custom 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,893 sq. ft. home on .34 acres in the Ojai Terrace area of Ojai, typically referred to as “The neighborhood behind Von’s.”  This is a gorgeous home with a huge family room for entertaining.  This, in turn, leads out to an expansive yard that lends itself as the perfect wedding setting.  In fact, a wedding was held here last year!.  Look for it to come on the market Thursday afternoon/evening.

~ Ray
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Jeff Spicoli opens a sign shop
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
7:40 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Darwin Award winner for worst bathtub placement
Monday, August 12, 2019
6:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
12:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Friday, August 9, 2019
3:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
We’ve updated the open house list a day early, as there will be no update on Saturday or Sunday.

We’re excited to announce the addition of new team member, Alex Grush.  Alex has been an Ojaian for almost 30 years and we feel he’ll be a great asset to the team.  Welcome aboard, Alex!

 

Enjoy the rest of your Friday and here’s hoping you have a wonderful weekend!

10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

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When “ascending the throne” isn’t the promotion you thought it was
Thursday, August 8, 2019
5:40 p.m.

Well, I have to apologize.  I got a little ahead of myself, a little too excited…about the new layout I blabbed about this morning.  Turns out, it’s not as simple as I thought.  Oh, it was fine for the two entries under the category “changes to the all listings page” at 10:50 a.m. this morning.  However, once I started dealing with the possibility of several entries (see yesterday’s 7:35 p.m. update for an example), everything went haywire during the testing phase.  As I’ve said before, I am no webmaster – I don’t know HTML or CSS and am at the mercy of trial and error and whatever plugins WordPress can give me.  So, I’m sorry to say that we’re back to the old layout for a while until I can figure it out.  Onward and upward…

Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:50 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1002 Drown Avenue – reduced from $929,000 to $899,000

510 E. Ojai Avenue – reduced from $1,500,000 to $1,325,000

In an effort to make the site more user-friendly, you might have noticed that we’re trying out a new format with photos and links instead of text/links only.  Our hope is that this will make the site much easier on the eyes.  This format will be followed on the Newest Listings page/tab as well.

 

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“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
7:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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Beautiful sunset tonight…did you see it?

9:00 a.m.
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When washing your hands leads to the infinite
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
5:45 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:25 a.m.
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So, the sleeping guests will instead be roused by flames licking at their feet?
Monday, August 5, 2019
3:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Congratulations!  When is your due date?
Saturday, August 3, 2019
2:10 p.m.
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Finally for today, I’d like to give a shout out to Ben Kohn at “From Sinks to Sewers.”  We had an issue with our master bathroom toilet that went on for about two years:  After flushing, it would make gurgling sounds from other sources in the master bathroom, namely the bathtub, bidet, and once in a while – the sinks.  We had two plumbers come out to inspect the problem.  The first plumber explained that the piping was inferior and that we’d have to rip out all the pipes in the walls and re-plumb the system.  I didn’t buy that, as the “inferior” piping seemed to work just fine through the first 28 years of the house’s existence.  The second plumber earnestly snaked the toilet and bidet; while that seemed to work initially – the fix only lasted about a month.  Then we had a handyman climb on our roof (a difficult task considering the height and pitch of the roof) and proceed to clear out the vent pipe.  Again, this worked for about a month, then the gurgling started once again.

I met Ben while he was performing a sewer lateral line inspection at one of our listings.  I was impressed with how thorough and honest he was and asked if he might be willing to take a look at our issue.  Ben arrived at our house and spent seven hours diagnosing and running a camera through the pipes – until, voila, he found the issue!  Roots had penetrated the area where the cleanout valve pipe had cracked, right near the outside of our house (which was only about 20 feet of piping from the troublesome toilet).  Enough time has passed and no further gurgling has occurred to where I believe the issue has finally been resolved.  Ben was the only plumber who took the time to properly diagnose the issue, and considering the time he spent at our house, his bill for services was totally reasonable.  We highly recommend Ben and have added him to our Trusted Professionals page!

12:35 p.m.

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding two of our listings open on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. – 1442 S. Rice Road and 1003 N. Drown Avenue.  I wanted to get the open house list to you as soon as possible; I’ll have a second update with possible new listings or changes in the market for you shortly…

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It was an easy day for crosswalk-paint-stripe guy
Friday, August 2, 2019
1:10 p.m.
  • No other changes for today; see you tomorrow with the updated open house list.  Enjoy the weekend (catch Michael McDonald at Libbey bowl Saturday night)!
9:05 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:

 

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

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Impending disaster looms
Thursday, August 1, 2019
5:00 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed.  Click here to check it out!

Changes to the All Listings page:
2:00 p.m.
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I’ll be running the numbers for July for the Ojai Market Data update as you read this; check back here in about an hour or so to see what happened in Ojai real estate last month!

9:15 a.m.
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