Old 6th Avenue had a Farm…EE I EE I O

Okay, well they don’t really have a farm but what they do have is one fabulous Farmer’s Market!  Now of course I may be biased as I do share the same pea patch with the awesome Prez of the 6th Ave. Business District, Mr. David Printz, however, I also am a big supporter of everything local in our wonderful community and of course around Tacoma.

Having said this, I am excited to tell everyone about the 2011 6th Avenue Farmer’s Market Harvest Festival Fundraiser!  YEEEE HAWWWW!  Now I don’t know about you but every time I hear the word ‘festival’ I think beer.  Well, I actually think beer most of the time but enough about me. 

Our locally famous pub and eatery, E-9, will be presenting specials on handcrafted beers which are not to be missed.  There will also be a knock down battle between local restaurants in a chili cook-off and home-made soups from our local farmers and vendors.  But wait, there’s more!  They are bringing  back the pie eating contest!!  Puyallup Fair, eat your heart out! (or your pie).

Mark this date on your calendars:  Tuesday, September 27th from 4 – 7 p.m. on North Pine St. between 6th Ave and 7th Ave.

Tickets are only $10!!!  How do you get one?  Contact us or visit http://www.tacomafarmersmarket.com/calendar

This is the very last Farmer’s Market of the year for 6th Ave so come on out and show some love for the people who make it happen.  Oh, and maybe buy a carrot or two and some squash and zucchinis, or homemade apple butter or chocolate covered bacon, or fresh oysters and crabs, some bling, or lavender seeds or maybe some killer cookies, a blanket, some corn, peas (if you really want to), jams, jellies, spices, fresh handmade cheese, some more carrots, a dill plant, root vegetables, fresh caught salmon or clams, fresh-cut valley flowers, then take a long beer break and buy buy buy!!

See you there! 

Hugs and Carrots.

Diva Karen

This Ol’ House

There are many beautiful homes in and around Tacoma and some of my very favorites (and of course I may be a little biased) are in the North Slope Historic District.  As an owner of a really old home I have to keep reminding myself that with all the beauty and history, there is this one really big thing that often looms in the corners of every square inch of my property; it’s called MAINTENANCE.

Now, I’m not trying to scare anyone away from buying an older home because I am a serious lover of anything old…except milk.  I am, however, here to inform you of some things you may want to be aware of when you fall in love with something that is, well, how do I say it?  Okay, old.

Here are some things that I have found to happen to these awesomely charming homes or more specifically, a home built in 1905 that I knew I just had to have (like a pair of black patent leather pumps with red soles):

Settling:  Think of it like an old man with a cane who is slightly hunched over—it’s old, and it will possibly slope a little through time but its pillars are an amazing support.

Plumbing:  Again, think of it as an old man…yes, the pipes leak a little and may need to be replaced at some point but thank goodness there are replacement options.

Heating:  This one is interesting so think of it as having a huge trash bag full of dollar bills and then opening the bag on top of the Space Needle and watching that money float away in every direction.  If you are familiar with landmarks around Tacoma, then play the same scenario at Stadium Bowl.  Houses simply were not insulated well, so planning a budget for energy efficiency is a must and a heat pump will definitely pay for itself.

Windows:  Ah, the question that always arises with my clients—should we replace the windows?  Wood wrapped windows with the original ‘wavy’ glass are hard to come by and there are restoration companies around Tacoma that focus specifically on preserving these.  Now I may sound like a grandma but they just don’t make them like they used to so please try to save them…. and on a personal note, if you are on a historic register, you most likely are not able to take them out—and the window Nazis are everywhere.

Electrical:  Fact:  it will have to be replaced for insurance as well as safety reasons.  The old knob and tube, while fascinating to look at, will need to go.  Look at it this way, when the original system was put in, or even the ‘updated’ one from the 50’s, we didn’t have microwaves, TV’s in every room, massive stereo systems and stoves that could cook five turkeys, two chickens and a whole side of ribs.  If you can’t do it all at once, try a couple rooms at a time.

Paint:  I guess the best way to describe this is like having a manicure:  it takes constant maintenance to replace the chipped polish and sometimes just putting a new coat over the old coat may just make it worse. Oh, and make sure you do it at the right temperature and right time of year because it may dry wrong and we all know how that turns out on our nails….yikes.

I know this may seem like a lot, but if you truly love an old home, just be prepared to care for it and give it the attention it deserves.  Inside those old bones lies a lot of history, craftsmanship and memories.  And as far as mine is concerned and when all is said and done, I love this ol’ house.

Karen