Shopping for real estate is like opening a box of chocolate, you never know what you are going to get. When Gladys and Carla Spizzirri, two Toronto-based realtors, were hired to represent the seller at 148 Jane Street, they didn’t know what they were signing up for. However, after stepping into the building, they were blown away by what they found. Instead of a 100-year-old home in need of repair, they ended up finding a living time capsule.
Life of a Real Estate Agent
Working as a real estate agent can be riveting or boring, depending on whom you ask. Most real estate agents get called in to help move your average home. When Gladys and Carla Spizzirri were contacted by an elderly woman named Joyce, in Toronto, they assumed that a similar process would play out. If you keep on reading, you will quickly learn that this was anything but the case!
Selling Property In Toronto
Toronto’s housing market is almost always booming. Toronto is the capital of Ontario as well as the largest city in all of Canada. As a cultural hub, Toronto is considered an international destination for art, food, and business. With a high quality of life, people are always looking for a place to live in a nice neighborhood.
Meet Our Real Estate Agents
Before we learn more about Joyce and her fascinating home, let’s take a moment to introduce Gladys and Carla Spizzirri. Both sisters and real estate agents, Carla and Gladys had been working in the Toronto market for years. While they weren’t considered a real estate team, the Spizzirri sisters decided to stick together when they were contacted by Joyce. In all of their years in the real estate industry, they had never come across a home like this!
The Iconic Property
Here we see the iconic home at 148 Jane Street. With a relatively inauspicious exterior, there is really no hint as to what is inside of the building. Fortunately for us, Gladys and Carla had stumbled across something quite magical. Instead of this property being overlooked by the world, their work would bring Joyce’s incredible home, and story, to people everywhere.
A Time Capsule Home
In the real estate world, there are all kinds of different homes. You’ll run across properties that are completely updated, you’ll find retro homes, you’ll even find homes that are soon-to-be-condemned due to their structural integrity. What Gladys and Carla had stumbled across was a time capsule home. Incredibly rare and extremely exciting, very few realtors get to come across these properties. We’ll get more into this later, so keep patient!
Reasons For Optimism
When talking to potential clients, real estate agents know not to get excited too quickly. Many sellers end up backing out of the process, especially elderly homeowners who don’t need to get rid of their property. Still, Gladys and Carla were feeling pretty good. Joyce had reached out to them and that had to mean something!
Meet Our Protagonist, Joyce
Meet Joyce, the 96-year-old woman who created this wonderful story. Joyce and her husband had purchased the property on 148 Jane Street as a wedding gift, over seventy years ago. The couple would live their entire lives inside of the home, so it obviously was a very important place to them. Deciding to sell the house was a big deal. All of a sudden, the Spizzirri sisters realized that they were selling something dear to Joyce’s heart.
Growing Area of Toronto
Despite how important the home was, Joyce knew that she was ready to move on. After revealing the location of the property, the Spizzirri sisters were overjoyed. As we mentioned before, Toronto has long been a world-class city to move to. Additionally, Joyce’s home was located in a region of Toronto that had become very trendy. Carla and Gladys knew that they could help Joyce to get a great price.
Deciding to Sell
After talking further with Joyce, the homeowner revealed that she was ready to ‘retire’ and ‘move to Florida’. While Joyce dearly cared for the home, she admitted that it was time to be close to the rest of her family. Besides, at 96-years-old, she felt like she deserved to take it a little easier. What could Carla and Gladys say to that?
Seeing the Home in Person
Now, our story takes off. Gladys and Carla arrived in front of 148 Jane Street on their momentous day. Ready to photograph the property for the listing, they made their way to the front door of the home. What would they find inside of the property? Would the building be decrepit inside? Was Joyce secretly a hoarder? Was the home actually a complete mess?
Managing Their Expectations
While Joyce had sounded strong and confident on the phone, the realtors knew that there could be any number of ways that this sale could be derailed. While they were sitting on a potentially huge sale, they knew that real problems could still manifest. What if Joyce changed her mind? What if they couldn’t agree on a price point?
Confidence From Joyce
Despite their initial skepticism, the Spizzirri sisters drew optimism from how Joyce comported herself. Clearheaded and ready to get the sale done, Joyce was an anchor throughout the entire sales process. With nothing to lose and nothing left to do, the Spizzirri sisters took a deep breath before entering the home.
Walking Into the Foyer
As you can see, upon stepping into the home, the Spizzirri sisters were blown away. Far from some sort of hidden disaster, Joyce’s home was pristine. The entrance to the property felt like a portal to the past. Suddenly, Gladys and Carla were standing in a beautiful new home from the 1950s.
Incredible Themed Rooms
As Gladys and Carla began their tour of the property, they were blown away by what they saw. Joyce had taken time to give each room in the home a unique theme. From beautiful pink curtains to the accented wallpaper, Joyce had made sure that every little detail was perfect. How could you not love what you saw?
Authentic Antiques In Every Room
While making a theme room was impressive, Joyce took her interior design skills to the next level. Each room was filled with the original home decor that she had purchased over fifty years ago. The home was a museum, a time capsule, and an antique-filled wonder.
Beautifully Preserved Dining Room
Here we see an extension of Joyce’s talents as a housekeeper. This beautifully preserved dining room looks exactly like it did fifty years ago. Could you see yourself sitting down for a relaxing dinner here? From the beautiful decor to the hanging chandelier, we can’t help but be impressed by Joyce’s work.
Purple Theme Brings Nostalgic Dreams
As the realtors continued their tour of the home, they came to realize that they had walked into something quite special. This beautiful purple-themed room was another extension of Joyce’s artistic design talents. Each room had a unique personality that set it apart from the one beside it.
Joyce Reveals Her Career Passion
Speaking of beautiful antiques, Gladys and Carla were knocked off of their feet by this gorgeous dining room. The Spizzirri sisters would soon learn that Joyce had a passion for interior design. Joyce had grown to love designing and maintaining her home. It was clear to see that she was meticulous and thorough in her approach!
Heading to the Basement
As the Spizzirri sisters toured the property, they came to appreciate and grow concerned by Joyce’s design choices. While Joyce had done an incredible job in each room, the house had an overwhelmingly feminine feel to it. This all changed when they went to the basement. Joyce revealed that her husband allowed her to go wild designing the house, so long as he could have the basement. Even after he had passed away, she preserved how he had kept his favorite room.
Home Filled With Memories
When Joyce and her husband had first moved into the property, they were young newlyweds. Now, 70+ years later, Joyce was looking to leave the home for the last time. Such a momentous occasion was surely weighing on Joyce’s conscience. Despite how much love she had for the home, she still knew that it was the right time to move on from 148 Jane Street.
Stepping Outside to Think
Here we see the picturesque backyard of 148 Jane Street. Not confined to the interior of the home, Joyce had showcased her design talents outside, as well. The backyard was cozy to be sure, but it was meticulously groomed and as adorable as ever. Could you see yourself relaxing out here?
Touring the Bathroom
After taking a brief respite, the tour had to continue. Here we see one of the guest bathrooms in the home. From floor to ceiling, Joyce had spared no expense when it came to designing her home. It is easy to see how she could fall in love with the property for so long. What do you think? Would you be willing to live in a 50’s era home?
Elaborately Themed Living Room
By this point in time, Gladys and Carla knew that the home was going to be easy to sell. Their concerns over a potential disaster were pretty much put to rest. Joyce clearly respected her property and had made sure to take care of it. After all, she had been living in this home for almost one hundred years and it was still in great condition. So why were the Spizzirri sisters still hesitant to celebrate?
Home Inspection Worries
As it turns out, old homes have trouble passing modern inspections. Often, older homeowners simply forget to perform the updates that are required to ‘meet code standards’. When this happens, costly repairs and upgrades are required for the property to be sold. While the realtors were happy with what they saw around them, they were worried about what they couldn’t see!
Dealing With Doubt
While the inspection was still looming, the realtors had to put a price tag on the home. After detailing similar listings around the area, the Spizzirri sisters settled on a price of $968,000. Suddenly, Joyce’s dream home looked like an amazing investment. Not only was Joyce going to be rewarded for her hard work, but she was also going to become a millionaire as a result!
Good News on the Way
Despite their concerns over the inspection, Gladys and Carla plunged on with their work. As they would soon find out, their worry was for nothing. The house passed its inspection with flying colors. The inspector even noted that Joyce had done a fantastic job at keeping the property in good condition.
Posting the Listing Online
With the inspection approved and a sale price settled on, Carla and Gladys took their listing to the internet. It wouldn’t take long for 148 Jane Street to start making some noise online. The listing quickly went viral and suddenly potential buyers were pouring in from all over the place. People were stunned and impressed by Joyce’s story and her love of the property.
Making the Hard Decisions
Now that a potential sale was on the table, Joyce had to give her final approval. This was the final test that had to be passed in order for 148 Jane Street to find a new owner. After having lived in the home for 70+ years, Joyce was ready to move on. Instead of wrestling with the decision, Joyce decided to stick to her guns. She was ready to rejoin her family in Florida but before she did, she wanted to look at her old room again.
Visiting Joyce’s Bedroom
For her own bedroom, Joyce had settled on purple as the primary color theme. It is easy to see how she could fall in love with the property. Joyce’s bedroom featured a unique wall-mounted dresser as well as a massive closet. Did we mention that she even had her very own master bathroom?
Home of Many Memories
While we can look at Joyce’s bedroom and be impressed by the condition, Joyce doesn’t see the property the same way. For Joyce, each home possessed decades worth of memories regarding the people she loved and grew up with. The house was a time capsule for Joyce. Each room meant something special and had been there during an important time of her life.
Master Bathroom in Great Condition
Though Joyce cherished the memories that she had made in the property, she was still ready to move on with her life. Instead of being saddened by the sale, it became easy to be impressed by what she had accomplished. Here we can see Joyce’s private bathroom. The unique counters and large bathtub make this perfect for just about anyone!
Joyce’s Fingerprints on Every Detail
Even if Joyce had restrained herself from over-decorating her home, she still made sure to include plenty of details. If you look on the wall to the right of the door, you can see a collection of family photos. As a 96-year-old woman, Joyce had authentic antique photographs of her parents. Isn’t that something?
Key Upgrades When Needed
Among the many minor details worth pointing out is the laundry area. Despite Joyce’s commitment to authenticity, she understood that it was important to keep certain aspects of her home more modernized. This gigantic laundry room features pretty much everything you’d need to get through your chores. Can you imagine a 22-year-old Joyce working in this laundry room?
Sellers Inspired By Location
As Joyce reflected on her life in the home, Carla and Gladys continued to rally buyers in order to come to a deal. While many buyers were inspired by Joyce’s story, the majority of them were interested in the home primarily due to its location. When Joyce had purchased the property alongside her husband, they had struck gold without knowing it.
Closing on a Deal
Eventually, the Spizzirri sisters were able to settle on a number that left both Joyce and her new buyer happy. With the sale officially complete, Joyce and the Spizzirri sisters were ready to depart. Despite the relatively short relationship that they had shared, Joyce and her realtors had accomplished something special.
More Than a Home
Even though Joyce couldn’t take the home with her, she had managed to live in a property that she had loved for her entire life. The Spizzirri sisters had made sure that Joyce was able to get the best price possible, and they also were instrumental in helping Joyce’s story go viral. Now that you have heard Joyce’s story, do you have one of your own?
Talking with Animals: Psychic Communication with an Unexpected House Guest
Have you ever noticed that animals seem to be able to notice subtle changes in the energy of a room? Have you ever seen a cat slowly raise their dander for something that you are not even able to see? This is because animals have evolved to be able to sense different forms of energies that humans cannot, such as the magnetic and electrical fields that exist out in the world. This esoteric knowledge may have saved Ashland, Oregon local Lauren Taylor’s life as on a July morning in 2018 she found a mountain lion had taken residence in her living room. The creature had apparently wandered into her backyard from the surrounding hills after spotting her pond and deciding it was time for an early morning drink. After this, it continued to wander up her stairs and into the open backdoor of her home before it decided to lay down for a catnap.
However, it was not long before it was discovered taking. Now, the first reaction to finding a large cat in your home might be to freak out and panic; this is exactly the reaction Taylor’s roommate had as she discovered the visitor to their home. She screamed, slammed the door, and ran for help. While this is all a very understandable reaction, it still managed to put the wild animal on edge, a very dangerous prospect if they wanted to get it out of their home. However, Lauren Taylor knew exactly how to calm her guest down. Taylor has “extensive experience working with animals” and as such knew the kind of body language to adapt to show the creature, she meant no harm. In addition, she knew that cats were perceptive of energies and intent by nature. As such, she raised her personal brain frequency to a higher level to radiate a calming aura and began a slow blinking pattern combined with a soft gaze to translate her trust and goodwill toward the cougar. As a result, the cougar responded in kind, it repeated the blinking pattern back to her and rolled over to continue its nap.
In her Facebook post about the issue, Taylor stated that “she seemed to feel safe, was relaxed, and showed no inclination [of leaving].” This was a major step toward avoiding potential disasters, but the situation was still far from over. After the mountain lion woke up, Taylor re-introduced her roommate to the large cat being careful to repeat the same calming energy that had comforted the beast before and telling her roommate to do the same. The mountain lion, again, responded in kind; she slow blinked at the roommate to express her goodwill and rolled over for yet another nap.
The two decided that the best course of action would be to leave the cougar be and open the doors in the room so that she could escape when she woke up. However, when they returned, their guest had still not left. Taylor, seeing the success of her telepathic attempt before, began to send psychic images to the creature of the way out of the house and back to its home. At her roommate’s suggestion, they also channeled their native ancestors for support and started a rhythmic drumbeat to rouse the creature and further translate their feelings. The mountain lion guest stirred and immediately began to take the route they had set for her out of their home. The cougar found its way back to the hills outside and set out for home.
Understanding the Power of Love Languages
What is a love language? The classicists would think of the fictional Cyrano de Bergerac and his love for Roxanne. Modernists might look in a dictionary to search for a definition. However, in reality a true love language is a combination of words, actions, behavior and omissions. It is a sense of purpose and being that culminates in bringing two people closer together with each other. And it evolves over time. What starts as a love of the moment and infatuation transforms eventually to a love of the mind and a fundamental bond one is willing to sacrifice for, even one’s life if necessary.
Simplifying the Concept a Bit
But to make it easier to understand and apply, a love language falls into five common categories people practice all the time. They can be acted on independently or, more likely, together and in different combinations at different times. The key point to remember is that regardless of which one is chosen to act on, it’s about communicating love from one to another. The act itself is simply a tool of that messaging. Gary Chapman defined these categories in a concise approach in his book, The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts.
Specifically, the five main love languages include the following:
- Acts of service
- Physical touch
- Quality time, and
- Words of affirmation
The category names might sound a bit ambiguous but, in detail, they are very straightforward. For example, speaking in affirmation means literally just that, giving words of affection, compliments and praising your partner on a regular basis. It’s extremely easy to do and has a powerful effect on the recipient. Gifts are pretty obvious as well, but they don’t need to be bank-busters. A small candy, or a treat in one’s lunch gets noticed just as much. Contact is absolutely an essential love language. One can’t feel close without it. And dedicated time giving one attention makes them realize they are the focus of your love versus just alone and generic like anyone else.
Practice Makes Perfect, So Practice a Lot
Keep in mind, just as there are different love language categories, people favor some over others too. Some folks really like to express themselves with physical touch and physical gifts. Others are verbal-oriented and may seem reserved but a few words can convey powerful love messages. Still others like to bounce back and forth irregularly. The point that they all have in common, however, is that each type of person using a love language uses it repeatedly and a lot. And they shake things up too. They don’t just keep doing the same thing over and over again, like a broken record. They incorporate surprise and randomness frequently to maintain that in the moment alive feeling that makes a love language so emotional versus logical.
Finally, love languages are not a one-way street. You and your partner evolve and change constantly over time. So will your love language. Learn each other’s style and build on it. Share ideas from outside the relationship and play with variety to find a better understanding of what really works for your own communication and expression. Gary Chapman’s book and categories are just tools to get the conversation going. The actual love language that works for you will be what you put into action and make happen again and again with your partner.
Saying Thank You For Saving His Dog
Veterinarians are normally seen at one of two different situations: when an animal needs medical care, or when a pet needs to be put down. They provide just as much an impact as a regular human doctor, being able to guide people on their pet’s diet, health and maintenance as well keeping them happy and content. However, again, because they don’t treat humans, veterinarians frequently don’t receive the connection to our entire lives as other roles in society. Their care is to our pets, not us, so it’s a service once removed, so to speak.
However, for one fellow, veterinarians are the reason his best friend, a gold retriever, got a new lease on life. The fact is, his dog was dying. David MacNeil’s seven-year-old friend was dying from cancer. However, David was typical dog-owner; he is the CEO of an amazingly successful company, WeatherTech. So, when his furry best friend suddenly fall down and couldn’t get back up on a warm summer day in 2019, David wasn’t just going to accept the situation after the cancer diagnosis.
The challenge wasn’t easy by any means, even for someone with means like MacNeil. That was because his dog, Scout, was given one month to survive; the dog was well in advanced stages of cancer. The dog had a generic 1 percent chance of reversing the situation. But that was enough for David to keep fighting anyways. It was an easy decision for MacNeil, even when despite the animal’s condition, he looked up at David and Scout just kept wagging his tail in the clinic. So, David got a second opinion, specifically from the Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Wisconsin. With the latest technology the tumor was identified, the dog was given chemotherapy as well as radiation treatment, and everything seemed to unbelievably work.
Months after the fact Scout’s tumor hasn’t manifested again. And, like a patient who just keeps quietly fighting on, the dog dealt with all the tests and treatment without anxiety or aggression. That seemed to go just right with everything else that seemed to be working in Scout’s favor, including the tumor’s positive response to the treatment provided.
In response to the literal miracle work the University’s staff provided for David and Scout, MacNeil has expressed an amazing thank you in the form of a $6 million commercial during the NFL’s Super Bowl game. The marketing spot provides a simple but powerful message; donate to the University’s program so that their veterinarians can help other pet owners as well. Dubbed “Lucky Dog,” the commercial is designed to highlight the capability of the University in animal medicine as well as increasing awareness on the latest vet technology now available.
The University is quite pleased with the attention. It’s a huge market awareness booster for the Veterinary Medicine program as well as highlight how significant the work of a veterinarian can be to a pet as well as the pet owner’s life. It also shatters the myth that the only time one sees the vet with their dog is when bad things are unfortunately going to occur. Yes, it was expensive, but for David the cost pales compared to how much love he has for being able to have more time with Scout versus being cut short prematurely. Scout’s cancer fundamentally rocked MacNeil’s world. And he had to respond to it to save Scout, or at least try as much as possible. Interestingly, for a fully recovered patient Scout is pretty modest about the whole affair, still just panting and wagging his tail at the sight of David.
Say Hello to the Ultimate Palindrome Baby, Born 02/02/2020 at 20:02
People are always looking for signs. They are looking for evidence of a higher power because this provides them with comfort that someone more intelligent is in control of the crazy thing we called life. Perhaps no greater sign is present in the world than that of a baby. A baby is a blessing. People work hard to have babies. Some people try and try, yet never give birth to a healthy child. For those who have a baby following a miscarriage, this is an even greater blessing.
Miscarriages are tough and they are not discussed often enough. They get lost somewhere between the discussions of healthy births and the loss of loved ones. Miscarriages make people feel broken. They often feel that their body somehow wasn’t good enough. They think that this is a message that they just aren’t meant to have children. This is sad and depressing; however, this is often how people feel. In reality, there are lots of reasons why someone might suffer a miscarriage. Having a new, healthy baby does a lot to ease the pain. The term used to describe this is typically a rainbow baby. A rainbow baby is a child that is born to parents who had a miscarriage or infant loss in the past. A rainbow is universally seen as a sign of happiness. That is why the term is appropriate.
For one couple, they gave birth to a baby that was much more than a rainbow baby. In reality, it was a palindrome baby. For those who might not know, a palindrome is typically a term that is used to describe a word that looks the same both forward and backward. In this case, the term is applied to the baby’s birthday. This child was born on Feb 2, 2020, at 20:02 (8:02 PM).
The family was clued into what was happening. They took a picture of the clock, hoping that there was a way that the clock would sync up to make this happen. Sure enough, that is exactly what happened.
The story of this baby is even more interesting. This child’s birth comes on the back of what happened to the child’s sister. The birth was happening during the halftime show of the super bowl. This is a game that typically brings a tremendous amount of joy to people all over the world. Sadly, this isn’t what happened during the halftime show two years ago. In 2017, this new child’s sister was killed during a terrible car accident. This car accident took place during the super bowl halftime show. Typically, most people look at the halftime show as something to look forward to. Now, the halftime show is a reminder to this family of what happened to their child. Now, the halftime show is going to be even sweeter. Finally, the halftime show will be remembered for the birth of a child. Even the name of this child is an homage to ancestry. This child’s name is a blend of family members who passed away.
A palindrome baby is unique. It does not happen very often. A palindrome is even easy to remember. It is happened in the past, so many people think that having a baby in this manner is a sign of good luck. Regardless, this baby is still a blessing to a family that certainly needed one. It is nice that this child has family members who love and care for her. It will be exciting to see what other heartwarming stories develop this year.
Alec Baldwin and Ireland Baldwin Are Mending the Rift
Alec and Ireland Baldwin have always had a tumultuous relationship. Ireland commented on the supportiveness of her family and friends in 2015 when she voluntarily checked herself into rehab for stress and emotional trauma. She didn’t share many details of her stay but did include that it was not related to drugs or alcohol. However, we can glean that some of her trauma was likely related to her relationship with her father. Some of that trauma was brought to light in 2007 when Alec Baldwin left a nasty voicemail on her phone after she didn’t answer a scheduled phone call. In the voicemail, he called her a “rude, thoughtless little pig” among other insults. In 2019, Ireland went on to roast her father on Comedy Central saying that she knew as much about him as the audience did, alluding to their distant relationship. While that was her chance for a little revenge, it was also a moment for her to share some biting truths about the toxicity shared between them.
Recently, Ireland talked in an interview about how she is repairing her relationship with her father. She described going to therapy with Alec and the long process of unpacking years of verbal abuse, teenage acting out and the toll that the media took on their already rocky dynamic. She described that the media often inflated any tensions between them, putting a spotlight on their troubles. This made any kind of healing nearly impossible when their worst moments were publicized. She also emphasized the importance of sharing bonding experiences and traveling together. This seems like a real change of heart from what we’ve seen in the past. She mentioned that Kobe Bryant’s death was a profound wake-up call for her about the fragility of life and the importance of forgiving and staying in the present. His death caused her to introspect about what might happen if she lost her Dad. After reflecting, she felt that it was important to repair that relationship and live in the present instead of the past. She was quoted saying that “family is everything” and she is living those words while mending the rift with Alec.
Publicly, both of them have admitted that there was blame to share for their dysfunctional relationship. After his nasty divorce with Kim Basinger, Alec felt that it was difficult to stay in Ireland’s life based on the custody agreement. These tensions likely lead to the anger and frustration when Ireland missed his call. Ireland herself admits that she was rebellious and she naturally sided with her mom through the divorce proceedings which made things difficult for Alec. Kim has said that she has no problems with Alec anymore and that they’re amicable. With Ireland and Alec working on their relationship and Kim at least in neutral territory, the Baldwin family is off the battleground and working towards a better family future.
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