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Market Check-In + Spring Maintenance Tasks

Friday, April 24th marked 30 full days under WI Governor Evers’ Safer At Home Order, where all non-essential businesses were forced to close their doors in alignment with our nation’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. While real estate is considered an essential business, there’s no denying we have been impacted.

The Impact of 30 Days of “Safer at Home” in Walworth County:

From March 25th to April 24th, 2020, there have been 892 showings in Walworth County. Last year, during the same time frame, there were 1,769 showings. That’s a 50% drop in the number of property showings. Granted this number includes all types of property showings (from condos and single-family homes to commercial property and vacant land). Here’s a graphical breakdown for more clarity:

That being said, week over week, things are looking up. This past week (4/18 – 4/24) we had 242 showings, where as the previous week (4/11 – 4/17) there were 190 showings. Since a property takes anywhere between 30 to 60 days or more to close after accepting an offer, the overall effect on home sales is yet to be determined. However, so far, closings have only dropped to 92% of last years levels. Last year there were 113 single family homes sold in Walworth County from March 25th to April 24th, 2019. This year, from March 25th to April 24th, 103 single family homes have sold. Follow this link to see the listings: Sold in the Last 30 Days


On April 16th, WI Gov. Evers extended the stay-at-home order to May 26th. With that in mind, I thought it would be a great time to offer some spring maintenance tasks and projects to tackle while folks are still stuck in the house.

Springtime Home Maintenance Tasks

  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts
  • Pressure wash your siding
  • Inspect your roof & foundation – schedule repairs
  • Trim/Prune your bushes and shrubs
  • Schedule air conditioner cleaning
  • Clean your windows
  • Check for/repair holes in window screens
  • Reseal deck/porch
  • Paint your house – inside and out!
  • Switch out winter clothes for spring/summer clothes – don’t forget to make donation piles!
  • Spray insecticide along windows and doors, and remove bee hives!
  • Bonus Projects: Paint old tables, hang photos, add more greenery indoors!

Inspired by Spring Maintenance Checklist – More Than Cleaning by HomeAdvisor & Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist by Family Handyman (houzz)


Slowly but surely, things are improving. As long as we each continue to do our part to stay healthy, we will make it out of this. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything – groceries, vendor contacts, or even just someone to talk to. I’m here!!

I’m here if you need anything, just let me know!

Stay healthy ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


Sources:

Safer At Home Order

extended stay-at-home order

Spring Maintenance Checklist – More Than Cleaning by HomeAdvisor

Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist by Family Handyman (houzz)

4 Weeks Later…

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The Psychological Effects of Quarantine

+ Charitable Mentions & Employment Opportunities

It has been four full weeks since the President announced COVID-19 was officially a pandemic disease infecting people around the globe (see video that aired on March 11, 2020 here). The word ‘quarantine’ has officially become part of my daily vernacular, and fear of the unknown has spread like wildfire. From the economy to our school systems and interpersonal relationships: everyone’s day-to-day life has been impacted in one way or another. There are those that argue the changes taking place will be for the better in the long run, but there is no denying the pain and hardship this pandemic has caused to the majority of people.

for those of you at home alone, reach out... 'this too shall pass...'
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As far as our nation goes, specifically, according to the New York Times,

“At least 316 million people in at least 42 states, three counties, nine cities, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are being urged to stay home.”

“…Wisconsin: About 5.8 million people”

See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home By Sarah MervoshDenise Lu and Vanessa Swales

I find myself obsessing over this virus’ short and long term psychological impact. After all, that was my major in college (graduated in 2009 from Marquette University). Specifically, I recall Erik Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development. According to this theory, personality is determined by how he or she deals with life’s many crises. We should all recognize, there is one guarantee in life: change. The way in which one assesses, and subsequently deals with, the inevitable changes of life over the ceaseless forward motion of time determines a person’s personality.

His theory helps illuminate and clarify how an individual meets and processes intrinsic change and, by inference, may contribute to an understanding about whether or not an individual is able to rise to the task of making change for him-/her self in the world.

The Nature of Change: Finding the predictable in the unpredictable by Abigail Brenner M.D. of Psychology Today

I’ve been watching the press conferences from the White House, taking vigorous notes while watching news on the stock market, and, obviously, I’m still active in the real estate market. Never before has the world been impacted like this, all at once. We’re all on the same playing field; everyone will look back and remember how they handled the Corona Virus Pandemic.


Memories of the months I spent analyzing psych research data, on behalf of Dr. Kristi Nielson, have resurfaced creating an insatiable hunger to hear how people are handling all of this, mentally and emotionally. My awesome nephew helped me create a google doc where I asked folks to tell me his/her three favorite and three least favorite things about the quarantine, anonymously. I wanted to point out a few, but I hope to get more responses (please feel free to submit your answers by following this link).

Least Favorite Things About Quarantine:

“This is very isolating for those with family issues or who depend on their friends for support.”

“Losing track of what day it is”

“craving routine & earning money”

“I do not have the patience to be a teacher”

Thank you for your honesty…

Favorite Things About Quarantine:

“More time with Online friends”

“I’m not the odd ball. Apparently my lifestyle has a name – quarantine!”

“Online school is a lot more student-led, and we can do things at our own pace.”

“seeing my coworkers MORE! due to virtual conference calls”

Submit your anonymous response here, and see what others are saying!

I sincerely hope you are being safe and staying healthy, during this uncertain time. Reach out if you need anything; I am here for you. I’d like to help in any way I can.

On that note, I’d like to point out some amazing local charities and opportunities that are rising up out of this disaster, in hopes it brings light to your day. Although we are physically separated, we are all in this together.

Charitable Mentions:

United Way of Walworth County

Eat Well, Support Local Restaurants: Lake Geneva Area Take-Out by Visit Lake Geneva

Distance Dining in Walworth County by Visit Walworth County

Buy Now, Spend Later: Lake Geneva Area Gift Card Directory by Visit Lake Geneva

Six Ways to Support Small Business From a Social Distance by Visit Walworth County

Charity Navigator: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

GoFundMe: COVID-19

Employment Opportunities:

Amazon Jobs: Wisconsin

Working at ALDI

Temporary Positions at Brunk Industries

National Retail Foundation: Job opportunities for workers displaced by COVID-19

Job Listings on Facebook


If there are any other organizations/opportunities that deserve a mention, please feel free to mention them below. Let’s finish this fight strong! And, again, please don’t hesitate to ask me for help – be it groceries, prescriptions, or just a phone call. I want to hear from you. I want to be there for you, in whatever way I can.

Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy Weekend in Wisco, across this great nation, and beautiful planet… ❤ , Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com



Sources:

President Trump Addresses the Nation

See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home By Sarah MervoshDenise Lu and Vanessa Swales

The Nature of Change: Finding the predictable in the unpredictable by Abigail Brenner M.D. (of Psychology Today)

United Way of Walworth County

Eat Well, Support Local Restaurants: Lake Geneva Area Take-Out by Visit Lake Geneva

Distance Dining in Walworth County by Visit Walworth County

Buy Now, Spend Later: Lake Geneva Area Gift Card Directory by Visit Lake Geneva

Six Ways to Support Small Business From a Social Distance by Visit Walworth County

Charity Navigator: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

GoFundMe: COVID-19

Amazon Jobs: Wisconsin

Working at ALDI

Temporary Positions at Brunk Industries

National Retail Foundation: Job opportunities for workers displaced by COVID-19

Job Listings on Facebook

Weekend in …

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Wherever the Heck You Are STAY THERE!

Weekend in Wisco | March 22nd, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Last week’s edition of Weekend in Wisco! went live on a Friday, instead of a Thursday, for the first time. To even mention any local events would feel criminal now. As of this week, Weekend in Wisco! has been suspended until further notice, in light of COVID-19.

Rest assured, there are many things to discuss! Here are several blog posts in the works:

  1. February Market Report (Pre-Pandemic Presidential Address)
  2. Effects of Quarantine on Local Real Estate Market
    • Restrictions, Options & Opportunities for Sellers & Buyers
  3. Honorable Charity Mentions
  4. Home Décor Projects & Spring Cleaning

How are you doing? How has this virus infected your life and/or loved ones? Let me know how I can help. Shoot me a quick email here (anniezrealty@gmail.com) or give me a buzz (262-215-1982) and keep me posted, please.


My mind is racing, but I am physically still and tense. Repeating in my head is the mantra: be prepared, not scared. Since the day this went pandemic status (Wednesday, March 11th),  I’ve done several virtual tours, an in-person property tour (of 2 properties) with a mask and gloves on, and hand sanitizer in my pocket. I have even done one virtual open house! On the 2 occasions I had to go into public places, I wore gloves, and used the hand sanitizer afterward. As of today, I’m only using delivery or drive up services (i.e., instacart), and only for necessities.

Additionally, from this point forward, I will require showings to be virtual, or with no more than 2, established clients at a time, if I’m 100% sure everyone’s healthy. This may change soon, as more advice comes in from my brokerage, Keefe Real Estate (which has been absolutely amazing, taking our weekly meeting online, keeping communication open and staff working remotely) and fellow agents.

Eventually, Weekend in Wisco! will return, but until then I just want to urge you: don’t panic. Do your part: stay home if you can, be smart if you can’t. Make a to do list of stuff you have previously said you “don’t have the time to do.” Get a hold of your loved ones, long lost friends, distant relatives, neighbors and friends – now is the perfect opportunity to reach out in so many ways.

Stay healthy ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


During this time of pandemic panic, it is crucial to stay properly informed. THE source of accurate information, prevention and treatment of the corona virus can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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Weekend in Wisco | March 12th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

The last few days of upset and out roar, with events being canceled all across the globe, and some countries enforcing quarantines, I’m reminded of the book (and movie) “Into the Wild.”

Happiness [is] only real when shared…

Christopher McCandless

Regardless of whether or not you get to see your favorite band live in concert, watch your favorite sports team play ball, or go on vacation, it is not about the places we go, but rather the people with which we share our lives. Remember: all of these actions are being taken to protect our loved ones.

If your plans are a ‘no-go’ this weekend, and you need to stay home, maybe call someone you haven’t talked to in a while! If you’re healthy, visit a friend or family member you’ve been meaning to catch up with. You could bake some cookies for your neighbor, write some thank you cards, read a book. There’s no shame in staying home to preserve the lives of those we love.


Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy weekend. Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

Here’s the forecast for this weekend…

The following are some events I have found happening in Walworth County this weekend (please note, these events may or may not be canceled, please follow the links for confirmation).

Friday, March 13th  

Saturday, March 14th

Sunday, March 15th  

Multi-Day & St. Patrick’s Day Events:

Geneva Steam Convention March 13th, 14th & 15th @ Lake Lawn Resort (Delavan)

DanceScapes’20 March 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th @ Barnett Theatre (Whitewater)

2nd Annual St. Pawtricks Day Party 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday, March 17th @ Lolli Pup Resort (Delavan)

St.Patty’s Day Open House 4 to 6 pm Tuesday, March 17th @ Avant Cycle Café (Lake Geneva)


Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules

Open Houses:


But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


During this time of pandemic panic, it is crucial to stay properly informed. THE source of accurate information, prevention and treatment of the corona virus can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Other Things You CAN DO This Weekend, Instead:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

Weekend in Wisco!

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Welcome! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Walworth County this weekend, you’ve come to the right place… Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

Weekend in Wisco | March 5th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Apparently, it’s spring already! Well, meteorological spring, at least! We’ve made it through another winter… Follow this link for the weather forecast.

Here are some great events I found in our neck of the woods for this weekend:

Friday, March 6th

  • 5 to 8 pm Eat, Drink and Shenanigans: Calling All Characters @ Monte Carlo Room (Elkhorn)
    • Dress as your favorite super hero, movie character, cartoon, historical figure, or athlete, and check out this annual event featuring more than a dozen vendors offering samples from local wineries, distilleries, breweries, upscale butcher chops, bakeries, gourmet food stores and more. Read article here…

Saturday, March 7th

Sunday, March 8th  


Side Notes:

The Best of Walworth County (2019): Fish Fry

For the other “Best of Walworth County” spots: follow this link

                      This event sells out every year!

                      February 27th through April 12th

Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules

Open Houses:


But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around!

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:

see last blog with moving tips


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

Moving Tips

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Overall, this most recent moving experience was… not fun. My place was a complete disaster for two solid weeks. I couldn’t find things I needed when I needed them. My daily routine was thrown out of wack! That said, I do have some pointers for those of you about to, or wanting to, move.

Disclaimer: Just like Spring cleaning, things are about to get ugly… Accept the chaos as part of a bigger, better picture: onward and upward…

#1. Designate 3 Bins (or Bags): a) Trash b) Donate c) Keep

Tossing or giving away items you no longer want, use or need will lessen the time it tacks to UN-pack and settle into your new destination.

Ask yourself: If I saw (fill in the blank) in the store now, would I buy it?

#2. Pack up the decor first.

To decrease my resistance to packing, I tackled the obvious, first. I do believe that taking down the items you see daily will serve as a subconscious prime to your brain to keep pushing through the process. Think of the snowball effect. It’s ok to start small!

#3. Make piles before boxing.

In order to whittle down the sheer mass of stuff you have to move, put all like items together in one pile, gathered from all the rooms, together. For example, you may have a stack of small post-it notes in the office, a legal pad of paper in the kitchen drawer, and another stack of in-between sized notepads by your bedside. As you go through these rooms, you add the notepads to the notepad pile. This allows you to put the notepad you never use in the donation pile, because you now know you’ve got 2 other notepads for future use.

#4. Use boxes you can move!

Don’t stuff a box heavier than you can pick up and move. Yes, you may hire someone to do the actual moving, but I found it useful to move the finished boxes into one common area. Doing so allows you to clean emptied out rooms, once cleared.

#5. Label boxes by room. (&) #6. Don’t tape the boxes closed until you’re done.

Basically, I went through each room, making piles of keep/toss/donate, then loading the ‘keep’ items into (room-labeled) boxes, and then moved the completed (but unsealed) boxes into the front entrance. I went in the following room order (after taking down all wall decor): kitchen, linen closets, 2nd bedroom, master bedroom, office & bathroom (…and then garage, but I almost forgot it).


Side Note: Don’t bother taking your clothes off their hangers – wrap large garbage bags around the hung clothes, and tie the bag at the top. Add a rubber band around the hangers to make it easier to pick up and move. See photo below for example.


#7. Keep your daily toiletries and several days worth of clothes in a big bag or laundry basket; do not pack necessities!

Having your face wash, makeup, lotion, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, etc., will come in handy during the final days of packing, moving day, as well as the first day or two of unpacking. 

#8. Clean in a top-down direction (after move out is complete and before unpacking begins).

Dust falls down! Start with the ceilings (light fixtures/ceiling fans), then wipe down walls. Clean all cabinets, appliances, sinks, windows, railings, and counter-tops next. DON’T FORGET the outlets, light switches, and thermometers. Finally make sure to mop and vacuum the floors.

#9. Make a list of things you’ll need to do at your new location, but don’t wait to unpack.

Having a place to call your own is the cherry on top. There is a deadline for moving out, but not for moving in. Therefore, once you’re out of the old location, and into your new home, now is the time to catch up on sleep, and get back into your daily routine.

This is what stage I am in right now. While I wish I had a bunch of reveal photos to share, I am still proud of myself. I’ve have not done any decorating yet, however, I have unpacked the bare necessities, and that’s good enough for today. I’m was pretty banged up after that move… the hardest part is over, and I can finally catch my breath!


Here are a couple things that I think would’ve made the process easier:

A) Don’t buy bubble wrap – use packaging envelopes or anything soft you have to wrap dishes, plates, cups, etc. See photo below for example.

B) Don’t stop doing your yoga or meditation. I am still recovering from the disruption in my morning routine, and it has been over a week now.

C) To Prevent Injury : #1. Don’t Forget the Garage & #2. DO NOT KEEP items that will “sell quickly” at your old place, so you “don’t bother” the movers with items you’re not keeping.

I don’t think I incurred a concussion, but I did get an enormous goose egg AND a dozen or so big bruises. There wasn’t too much blood shed, but there were plenty of tears… and I even saw stars at one point! I fell down with a book cabinet and dropped a large table. I am technically fine, but my ego is/was a little wounded, for sure.


In the end, the outcome was worth the agony. Uprooting your home from one location to another is not easy! However, having a place to call your own is so gratifying. Hopefully, if you plan to move soon, you’ll find these tips useful.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any additional words of wisdom to add!!!

❤ always,

Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 

Weekend in Wisco!

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Welcome! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Walworth County this weekend, you’ve come to the right place… Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

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Weekend in Wisco | February 27th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Multi-Day Events:

                      Friday and Saturday ONLY

  • Stolen Sisters @ Crossman Gallery (University of Wisconsin – Whitewater)

                      Ends Sunday, February 29th

                      February 27th through April 12th

                      This is the Last Weekend

                      Ends Sunday, February 29th

                      Call for availability 800-225-5558

                      Purchase tickets ONLINE ONLY ß follow link– cannot purchase on site


Heat wave a comin’! Follow this link for the weather forecast.


Here are some great events I found in our neck of the woods for the weekend of Friday, February 28th through Sunday, March 1st

Friday, February 28th

  • Fish Fry Season has Arrived! Check out all the local establishments serving it up:
    • Pier 290 (Williams Bay)
    • The Waterfront @ the Abbey Resort (Fontana)
    • Popeyes (Lake Geneva)
    • Evergreen Country Club (Elkhorn)
    • Hawk’s View Country Club (Lake Geneva)
    • Lookout Bar @ Lake Lawn Resort (Delavan)
    • Ye Olde Hotel Bar & Restaurant (Lyons)

Saturday, February 29th

Sunday, March 1st

Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules

Open Houses:

But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

Weekend in Wisco!

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Welcome! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Walworth County this weekend, you’ve come to the right place… Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

Weekend in Wisco | February 20th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate

Here are some great events I found in our neck of the woods for the weekend of Friday, February 21st through Sunday, February 23rd … enjoy!

Multi-Day Events:

                      This weekend (Saturday & Sunday, February 22nd & 23rd) ONLY!!!

                      Ends Sunday, February 23rd!

  • Stolen Sisters @ Crossman Gallery (University of Wisconsin – Whitewater)

                      Ends Sunday, February 29th

                      Ends Sunday, February 23rd!

                      This Weekend & Next Weekend – ONLY!

                      Ends Sunday, February 29th

                      Call for availability 800-225-5558

                      Purchase tickets ONLINE ONLY ß follow link– cannot purchase on site

It is bitter cold outside today, but temperatures are supposed to go up tomorrow! Follow this link for the weather forecast.

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

  • 10 AM – 4 PM LBA Home Improvement Expo 2020 @ Evergreen Country Club (Elkhorn)
    • ALSO open 10 AM – 4 PM on Saturday, February 22nd
  • 11 AM – 2 PM the 11th Annual Bridal Show @ Veterans Terrace (Burlington)
  • My birthday! No, I’m not throwing a party – but I will in fact be turning 33! My OCD loves multiples of 3 AND my lucky number is 11 ( 3 x 11 = 33), so I’m pretty pumped!

Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules


Open Houses this weekend – extended area:


But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around! ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT    |    KEEFE REAL ESTATE
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com 


What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events

My Valentine

My Hound Dog, ❤ Driver…

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day Events, check one of the following resources:

a) Visit Walworth County website b) Facebook Events c) My Last Weekend in Wisco! Post


I’d like to share with you a little ditty about my Valentine, my best friend, Driver the hound dog…

If you ask me, dogs are the ‘cure all’ for a good portion of life’s hardships. Be it devastating grief, all-consuming depression, or crippling anxiety, being a dog owner will remind you of life’s basic necessities: sleep, eat, go outdoors (play & cuddle, too).

Like a baby (human), dogs need help doing certain things to stay alive. You’ve got to feed them, trim their nails, brush their teeth, take them outside to relieve themselves, etc. These simple activities of daily living are ones we humans could (technically) neglect or deny ourselves, in the aftermath of a traumatic event.

Regardless of where you are mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or physically, a dog is a dog is a dog. You technically don’t have to take a shower for a month, but once you’ve taken your dog outside, and your blood is flowing, you’re more likely to have the energy to take care of your own basic needs while you’re at it.

Similarly, you can’t be upset at a dog for urinating inside, if you neglected to take him/her outside to do so, right? Tim Ferriss said something like this in a recent recorded podcast (follow this link to view How Getting a Dog Changed Tim Ferriss’ Life):

“Caring for a puppy takes your attention outside of any type of self-indulgent reflection/obsessive-compulsive rumination. If your dog chews on your shoes, that’s your fault. It’s a dog, and you left your shoes out. If you don’t want your dog to develop a taste for chewing on shoes, don’t leave your shoes out.”

The first result from a quick google search reinforced this. In an article called, “Can Dogs Help with Grief?” by Mary Alane Whalen, she cites several scientifically-based research findings to support this belief, as well:

“A recent study published in the Animal Cognition journal states that dogs are more apt to walk up to a person who is crying than when that person is exhibiting “normal” happy behaviors. The researchers concluded that a human crying had more of an emotional pull for the dogs – the dogs seemed to empathize with the crying human not from curiosity, but from pure concern. Dogs respond to the crying person’s need, not their own.

… It has also been proven that people that interact with dogs get an increased dose of oxytocin aka the love-feel-good-vibe hormone. Just by making eye contact with a dog, your oxytocin level will increase.”


Here are just a few of the photos that warm my heart of my dog and best friend, Driver. ❤


Today, I’ve got an appointment this afternoon, and then we (Driver and I) will be headed to my folks house – one of his favorite field trips – for dinner. Tomorrow morning, since it will be less dangerously cold outside, we’ll go to the dog park. While I don’t know if Driver understands his role in my life, especially in my recovery from the hard times of 2017/2018, I will surely never forget.

Driver, my hound dog, has saved me from myself, and my grief, by simply being his hound dog self. This year, my dog is my Valentine, and that is that. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day & Weekend! Remember to eat, sleep, and go outside 🙂

❤ ❤ ❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT
KEEFE REAL ESTATE  |  LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147
PHONE 262.348.3253   |   262.215.1982
EMAIL   azambito@keeferealestate.com  |  anniezrealty@gmail.com
OFFICE   262.248.4492  |  www.keeferealestate.com    


Sources:

How Getting a Dog Changed Tim Ferriss’ Life by Tim Ferriss and Ryan Holiday

Can Dogs Help with Grief?” by Mary Alane Whalen

Weekend in Wisco!

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Happy {almost} Valentine’s Day to you all! Whether you’re looking for something special to do with your significant other, or need an activity or two to shake the winter blues, you’ve come to the right place… Have a great Weekend in Wisco!

Weekend in Wisco | February 13th, 2020 | Annie Z Realty | Keefe Real Estate


Valentine’s-Day Themed Events:


Multi-Day Events:

The 7th Annual Sky Circus on Ice @ Lake Lawn Resort (on Delavan Lake) is this weekend (0nly)!!! Fri., Feb. 14th through Sun., Feb. 16th (follow link for each day’s activity schedule)

Elkhorn Mini Makers Faire 2020 @ Elkhorn High School (Elkhorn) is this weekend (only)!!!  Sat. & Sun., Feb. 15th & 16th

A Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Winter Carnival @ Pier 290 (Williams Bay) Fri./Sat./Sun. for 3 more weekends (follow link for this weekends list of family fun)


Here are this weekend’s local events that caught my eye; I’ll see you out and about!

Friday


Technically, it is still winter; I should have expected this snow, but thankfully the temperatures are supposed to go up this weekend. Follow this link for the weather forecast.


Saturday

Sunday


Follow Link for this Weekend’s Sports Schedules



But wait, there’s more! As per usual, there are plenty of other options of activities going on this weekend. These are just my fav’s… what are you up to?! Leave a comment ~ let me know! I’ll see ya around!

❤ always, Annie Z.

ANNIE ZAMBITO
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What I’ve Been Up to This Past Week:


Sources include: Visit Walworth County & Facebook Events