To be, or not to be, an Italian Citizen!

I just came back from the Italian Consulate in Chicago, where my brother, sister, and I applied to become  Italian Citizens. The reason we had this opportunity is a  little complicated to try to explain here. But it has to do with my Great Grandparents not considered Italian Citizens around World War One. Their culture was Italian. Their language was Italian. But they were considered to be in part of Austria, and therefore, Austrian Subjects. Recently, to benefit their descendants, the Italian government has offered us the ability to become Italian citizens, along with our children, and their future descendants. It will take three months to three years for the process to be complete. I am very honored to be a part of this opportunity!

Nick Nolte Should Have Stuck With Me!

A few years ago when I was 24, (so lets say six years ago?) I met Nick Nolte at a party.

He was so dreamy. I could look into those handsome eyes all night long. We talked a little about home life and friends. I think my meeting him left such a wonderful impression on him. I know it sure did me. I left that party on cloud nine. I have always been able to picture those handsome eyes perfectly in my head.

I must have really touched him because from that point on he has never quite been the same…


I think if he would have stuck with me at least he would have had a better chance for this…

Oh well Nick. You had your chance…

Virginia Lord

Raising the Bar in Real Estate

Virginia@virginialord.com

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612.799.1700

Strange House

I found a few pictures of some other strange houses.

This first one looks as if it is made up of cargo containers. I would be afraid to stand so close to the windows or put any heavy furniture in that room.  I also would have built it right on the edge of the water so the top would hang right over the water.

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This next house is very precariously placed.  I would hate to be sleep-walking around the yard.  I think it would be cool to have transparent floors so you could watch the boats go by.

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Virginia Lord

Raising the Bar in Real Estate

www.virginialord.com

612.799.1700

Fun things to do in Minneapolis

There are so many fun activities to do in the twin-cities in the summer.  I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the fireworks over the fourth.  On Sat and Sun at 7:00 pm  – 8:00 pm South of the Broadway Bridge, near 17th Avenue on West River Parkway The Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team will perform free, hour-long water ski shows on the Mississippi River on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th, at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM each day.

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This is a great event for budget conscious families.

Don’t forget, the Minneapolis Aquatennial is fast approaching as well.

081I am working on my milk-carton boat as we speak.  Ok, that’s not true, but I do like to get out and see all the creative entries!  Another must-see event for the twin-cities enthusiasts.

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On Sat July 25th is the big fireworks show.  This is the best display of fireworks you will see all year!  It is the largest annual fireworks show west of the Mississippi River, and the fourth largest annual fireworks show in the United States!  So if you like loud booms and bright lights, get out there and check it out!

Virginia Lord

Raising the Bar in Real Estate

www.virginialord.com

612.799.1700

When will the ice be off Lake Minnetonka? Ice melting off a lake means spring and melts away spring fever.

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Everyone is anxious for the ice to be off the lake. We live in an area where we get cabin fever at this time of the year and we just can’t wait for one of the first signs of spring; the ice totally melting off the lake. istock_000005379973small1istock_000001025366small

Many people try to predict the exact date, people have “Ice Off” parties, and the winter blaas just seem to melt away along with the ice!

It is tax time. Deductions, exclusions, rebates, expenses, can I just get an extension?

I'm over my head. It's tax time!
I’m over my head. It’s tax time!

So I’m starting my taxes and it’s a little overwhelming. When you have your own business, and when you are your own business, it seems to take a long time to go through all the paperwork to get your taxes to the accountant. I think I will just go take a nap!

Do you want to move off the lake…

If you want to move off the lake, it is easier to just move yourself, not your house too!If you are moving off the lake, just move yourself, not the house. It's too much work!