Unless you live on Vancouver Island or in Calgary where a foot of snow fell on the weekend, you are probably FINALLY starting to notice spring's arrival. Little leaves have opened on the trees and flowers are adding some much needed colour to the landscape and you can leave the house during the day without a jacket. But for me, the true sign of spring happened last week...
I was about to make pancakes one morning when I caught something out of the corner of my eye, moving across the middle of the living room floor. It was a spider. Not a cute itty-bitty one looking for a water spout but a big ugly black one with tattoos on all eight legs. Now I appreciate spiders. I marvel at their web making ability and their engineering masterpieces, but my house is MY HOUSE and I will use whatever force necessary to remove uninvited guests. I think the word was out in bug-world because you should have seen the deer-in-the-headlights look that came across his fly eating face when he realized he had been spotted. For those who believe in not hurting a spider, you can scoop him up and toss him/her outside. There is even a gadget to help you ( www.spidercatcher.net ). For me, I find the largest movable object possible and make it quick and painless as possible for both of us. Living on a greenbelt its understandable that we must learn to live together. Just not under the same roof.
Now before you judge, later that day my daughter says "Daddy, what's that?" This question by a three year old gets asked a lot and is encouraged, but by the worried tone in her voice I knew this couldn't be good. There, buzzing by the balcony door was a bee or hornet ( I didn't ask for I.D).
And you think to yourself "How the heck did that get in here?"
Doesn't matter, but unlike the spider scenario, the buzzing and knocking of its little bee head against the glass clearly indicated it realized it had made a terrible mistake. It wanted out and was desperate to find an exit. No problem, I simply opened the door and away he went - screaming like a little kid running from a haunted house at the PNE. Probably some strange bee initiation. Congratulations little buddy - you made it!
The other sure sign of spring is all the "For Sale" signs popping up around the neighbourhoods. There is a lot of product on the market right now and it seems to many that buyers are taking a little longer to make offers than they have in recent years. I also get the sense that some sellers are thinking "I better sell now and get my money out". Whatever your motivation for buying or selling, if you would like to talk about your options or would like a comparative market analysis done on your home, please give me a call...604-New-Home (639-4663).
Enjoy the spring, the warmer weather and getting out and enjoying nature. Just don't bring it home with you.