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3 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Don’t Miss the HGTV ... · 4 replies · +4 points

Friday, April 29, 2016 is National Arbor Day. To celebrate, you can plant a tree, submit two entries and dream of winning Smart Home 2016 with its backyard forest of Longleaf Pines -- the North Carolina State Tree, or....

Read about Tree Talk -- parental Arbor Day advice that might be given to a sapling:

Always stand tall and proud and reach for the sky

Drink plenty of water and stay well-hydrated

Think twice before barking up the wrong tree

Branch out and make your neighbors green with envy

Enjoy the views from the top

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb

Springtime brings thoughts of the birds and the bees

The winds of change are always blowing

Autumn leaves must fall

Age is only a number -- live well and live long

Stand your ground in the face of adversity

After every storm the clouds will pass and the sun will shine

It's never too late to turn over a new leaf

Wisdom comes with age, true beauty is timeless

Most important of all, remember your roots!

The joy of being a tree... imagine all of the wonderful things you'll see: http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1106100/images/o-ARBOR-...

3 days ago @ Blog Cabin - People’s Choice Roun... · 0 replies · +6 points

Awesome! This 21 piece ensemble is rockin' it!

A totally unique coffee table that's going to take center stage wherever it's placed at Blog Cabin 2016.


3 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Don’t Miss the HGTV ... · 2 replies · +2 points

What's going on here? Something's not looking right at all...


4 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 ... · 1 reply · +2 points

PS: And, for the high-rollers, from Sarasota Magazine: What $3 Million Buys in Sarasota.


4 days ago @ Blog Cabin - People’s Choice Roun... · 7 replies · +2 points

Hope the tree house they're building is well-screened to keep those pesky bugs out at our Blog Cabin!

4 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Don’t Miss the HGTV ... · 0 replies · +3 points

Two weeks (actually 15 days) of Smart Home entries already? Time flies when you have high hopes!

4 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Don’t Miss the HGTV ... · 3 replies · +3 points

Hah! Not so quickly. This is the Smart Home, Lessie. I'll just download the Ghostbuster app that I can conveniently control from any room in the house. Zap, zap and double zap! ^_^


4 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Don’t Miss the HGTV ... · 3 replies · +6 points

These Smart Home wicker patio chairs are big enough to hold two young folks at a time! Or one very comfortable adult. I volunteer.


4 days ago @ Blog Cabin - People’s Choice Roun... · 0 replies · +3 points

Grundy, Josh and the Blog Cabin crew on the loose...

By the way, was Josh texting and (power) tooling at the same time? We won't tell. Just say you were doin' some calculatin' with that Smart Phone, Josh -- all in the line of duty!


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4 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 ... · 3 replies · +4 points

I decided to skip over Chapel Hill, NC, which holds the #36 spot on Livability.com's list of top small to medium sized US cities, for obvious reasons. It is, after all, just down the road from Smart Home 2016 in Raleigh. Doubtful that HGTV would double up and go with North Carolina for an Urban Oasis this year.

Well then, looking down the list, where to next? Oddly enough, after nixing Chapel Hill, North Carolina because of its current neighborly HGTV Smart Home, I'm going to stick my neck out, carefully, and suggest Sarasota, FL, #31 on the Livability.com rankings. To my thinking, it's a jewel of a city and a slice of Gulf Coast paradise.

But Florida again, you cry? I know, I know, we just finished out Dream Home 2016 on Florida's Atlantic Coast, but there are lots of good reasons for yet another Florida connection. Here's why: There is just so much coastline to love. Add in the Sunshine State's temperate climate for a virtual year-round outdoor lifestyle, and it's hard to ignore. Along with the exotic flora and fauna stretching South from Tallahassee to Okeechobee and plenty of surf and sand from Siesta Key to Key West, the state offers beach and bay, palms to pines, mangroves and manatees, bikinis to baggies, Rumba to reggae, mopeds to Maseratis and Prada to punk.

So keep an open mind and check out the sights of Sarasota; a place to play... a place to stay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vq9TRuV7Aw

In any event, since they say it's never to early to get a head start, here are some potential urban homes ready for that perfect HGTV renovation, be it 2016 or beyond.

Southside Village 3/3 with pool and parklands: $349,900 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2575-Hyde-Park-...

Live oaks, old Hickory and a 1926 Craftsman style bungalow: $414,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2318-Hickory-Av...

Spacious mid-century home on oversized lot... room for that pool and spa: $425,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5365-Winchester...

Charming Florida cottage with timeless appeal: $447,500 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1750-S-Oval-Dr-...

Finally, to end it all with a flourish -- What a 3-ring circus will buy you in Sarasota... The Ringling Mansion: http://www.greatamericancountry.com/content/dam/i...