Monday, October 11, 2021

Living in Lake Oswego


A Snapshot of Lake Oswego 



Lake Oswego is situated just  7.9 miles from Portland and situation with easy access to most suburban areas.  Home to the largest man made lake in Portland, Oswego Lake,  is outlined with multi-million- dollar lake front homes.  Lake Oswego is also known for it's fantastic schools from elementary through High School.    Downtown Lake Oswego there are many restaurants and shops to visit as well as the fantastic summer farmer's market. 

Homes in Lake Oswego average price is $825,000 ('21) but don't think that will even get you a peak of the lake from your kitchen window.  The homes on the lake will sell over 3million plus ('21) and climbing.  Even if you don't live on the Lake or have a view of it, Lake Oswego is a wonderful place to live and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  

The lake is private and although you have a Lake Oswego address it doesn't mean you will be getting your boat on it.  First you have to be part of a neighborhood that has an easement and even still there is a very long waiting list.  There are 22 easements you can find here by visiting the Lake corp  to see if your address or home you are buying has access.  The only swim park for Lake Oswego residents to enjoy without an easement is the Lake Oswego Swim Park located off Ridgeway.  Proof of residency is required. 

George Rogers Park is another fun destination in Lake Oswego where you can put in your paddle boat, or kayak into the Willamette River off the beach area.  Great for picnics and Pickle Ball the park is also home to the Lake Oswego Festival of the arts.  Luscher Farms off Rosemont and Stafford Rd. will allow your dogs to play and also a great place for a long walk along the paths.   Foothills Park along the river will frequently host summer concerts and has nice walking trails and views of the Willamette River.  


Recent renovation of upper Lake Grove area off Boones Ferry has bridged the style and design of the city as a whole.  It's new luxury apartment homes on the corner of Kruse and Boones Ferry are home to some great restaurants and other shops. Lake Grove boasts great restaurants and easy access to the business district off Kruse Way and Meadows. 

If you are a resident of Lake Oswego please comment below and tell others what you like about living there. 

Lake Oswego is 1.15 hour to Mount Hood, and 1.30 to the Oregon Coast!  Easy commute to Nike, Intel, Downtown Portland.  


Courtney Spears is Licensed Real Estate Agent in Lake Oswego Oregon, for Coldwell Banker Bain
All photos copyright Courtney Spears 








Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Getting Your House Ready For Listing Pictures

It's Time For Pictures What Should Sellers Do?

The best thing as a listing agent by far is walking into the first appointment and realizing the home owner is a designer.  I LOVE this moment because the ease of getting the house ready is a matter of cleaning and putting a few things away.  I'm already imagining how amazing the pictures will look online.   But if you're not a designer I wanted to give you some helpful tips that make your pictures pop online.  Even if you have that gift of design, these tips are a must when getting ready for pictures and selling your property. 


1. Clean off the counters and put away stuff.   Less is way more in this case we can always add things as needed.  The pictures look way cleaner and less distracting and the home will feel more expensive.   Buyers will be confident in how well the home has been taken care of.   This is also a good time to sell any furniture you don't want as it will make the rooms look bigger.   Snap a picture with your phone and see what pops out at you and is distracting then remove it. 

2. Take down all the family photos.  You are selling a property no your "home" anymore.  As cute as your family or furry friends are, people really don't care as much as you do and it just looks cluttered and not show ready.  This process can be hard for some, especially if they don't want to move but have too, but it needs to be done. 

3. Turn on all the lights.  A good photographer wants this and it will make your pictures stand out.  This should be the case for all of your showings as well.   We also extend this rule to the inspection as this is the 2nd time your buyer will be in the house and you want to re-sell them on the excitement and bliss, they had the first-time walking in.   Take it further and welcome the appraiser with this same way and I bet you will get the value you need to close.  

4. Whatever you decide to change, please pick neutral colors when redoing a space for sale.  This is not a time to pick colors you love but rather what is neutral and trending at the time.   Assistance with these choices is always best so never hesitate to ask for help. 

5.  Once everything is cleaned out it is a good idea to bring some fresh white towels to space, some small greenery and candles.  We love the Volcano candle from Anthropology it smells so good and homey. 

I hope these 5 tips helped you.  As a bonus close those toilet lids!  






Courtney Spears is a Licensed Professional Real Estate Agent in Lake Oswego and the Portland Metro Area of Oregon. 
courtneyspears@cbbain.com



Thursday, September 2, 2021

2020 Didn't Break Us!

Right before we all shut down in 2020 I decide to launch a new branch of my Real Estate business and bring on Luanne Jaramillo to my corner of the Real Estate world.   At the time I didn't do it because I was overwhelmed with my currant capacity of work or job, but rather just creating a group of two individuals that wanted to work together for a common goal.   Entering a business in a pandemic was a tough start for Luanne but we still had our eyes set on helping people buy and sell, and it seemed like even though things were different in the world,  Real Estate didn't get hit too badly rather it just required us to adjust certain elements.  In fact with the low interest rates and people realizing that remote working meant from anywhere, it created a new option for people to move around.   

One thing about our new arrangement is that it makes it easier to have our clients covered no matter where life takes us.  Being that we both like to travel this partnership creates that
space to have things covered no matter where we are in the world.   Luanne and I make a great team where we get the job done for our clients, take great care, have lots of energy and willingness to help, and have fun while doing it.   The best part of our job is helping our clients find their new space or selling their home and having them so happy they decided to use our services.   We couldn't ask for a happier moment when we get that great review at the end of a sale.  If you are wanting to buy and or sell in the Portland Metro Area including the Willamette valley to Salem we are your gals!   You can certainly trust us to take care of you and your family so that you get the best treatment and results possible.  

Lake Oswego Oregon 




Monday, February 4, 2019

Crushing Negativity

This morning I went to a presentation.  I could tell the people putting it on went to a lot of trouble and also have been working hard for a long time to provide new tools for our business.   It's exciting to have a company that understands when change is needed to maintain relevancy and provide tools that work for us.   It was a good change, a classy change and all for us to get excited about and use in our business!! YES!!... and then I went to the ladies room.   Out comes an attendee with her combed over 1976's hairstyle complaining about the new.  LOL!! I'm dying inside because of the obvious symbolism.  Well, the 1976 hair is a huge indication of someone who is stuck and doesn't want to bring on change... of course, she is going to be negative.  It's really going to be okay.. step away from your typewriter and join 2019!

But the biggest reminder for me is that negativity is so unbecoming and brings others down.  When she would ask others "well what did you think of that?" in her tone of distaste she was wanting to have her rebellion to change, be validated and accepted.  The responses were actually working against her though as people actually liked the forward momentum of the company.   I get it, change is hard but some people just like to complain about everything.

For example, back in the day, I was a High School Secretary.  I was about 3 years older than the Seniors, so I'm sure me enforcing the rules was laughable.  My co-worker and I became quite negative about our thoughts and comments about annoying things, and it became more frequent and hte norm.  If you have never worked in a customer service kind of job, you have missed out on exercising your extreme patience muscle.   One day we both had a light bulb moment realizing that our negative attitude wasn't helping take the issue away, it was just making us hate our jobs, making us grumpy and ruining our day.  We instantly flipped a "no negative comments switch" and we noticed quite a difference.   We were happier and laughed a lot more.   I think we became closer friends that day,  understanding that our imperfections are okay to discuss as we worked on them together.

So I challenge myself and others not to be those downers in the world.   It's amazing just thinking positively and looking on the bright side of things how it can change your whole outlook on your day.



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Thursday, January 24, 2019

He Retired Finally at 76!

It's hard to wrap up a lifetime of work into one evening.  There were definitely tears from Dad, and us, as we watched the emotional crossover happen.   A lifetime of getting up early, routine, dreams, worries, accomplishments and defeats.  Self-employed for most of what I remember, a coach and teacher before that.  Some of my fondest memories of childhood were Saturday's when we would get up early for gameday at Lewis & Clark College.   This perhaps, why the sound of football is still comforting on crisp fall mornings.
Spring came and so did the crack of the bats.  I was so proud of my Dad being the coach, and my older sisters even more thankful he chose to coach college boys.  My dad coaching at 3rd base wearing the same uniform as the college boys, studying the game, us kids and cousins waiting for the next foul so we could run and retrieve the ball.  Rewards included free snow cones.  Additionally, a 5th inning dip into Grandpa's brown bag where we'd each get one full candy bar or money for the snack shack. The little things that make big memories.  Dad worked extra jobs so he could take us on fun summer road trips.  We all remember road trips of the 70's, leg skin stuck to the vinyl, no seat belts and always overheating on the way over the California Grapevine.  Surviving the mountain meant a world of fun on the other side.  One day Dad announced he was leaving Lewis & Clark.

Trading in the whistle for a suit and tie we suddenly had a different kind of life.  Saturday's were now reserved for cartoons, sleeping in and hanging out with friends.  We all played our own sports and we still had our coach handy, he just didn't wear the funny baseball pants.  A few fancy trips with the new company carved lasting memories for all of us.    The suit and tie job took us on an airplane to Europe and Hawaii for company conventions,  Suddenly, I didn't miss those free snow cones and instead replaced them with what we thought were free smoothies and part of being in room 525.  Dad's bag of quarters he saved for us to play video games and other kid things quickly ran out that trip. Once he realized 3 girls with his same last name and room number, were enjoying way too many smoothies, we were quickly limited to 1 each, per day.  The little things that make big memories. 

With the suit and tie also came more stress and a few years of some heavy tears from my parent's room.  This is where as a child I learned that you can't trust everyone's word that even though someone has high integrity like my hero Dad... other's well not so much.  That's when life turned pretty heavy for my Dad and Mom and God and His sovereign hand on our lives really big and present.  Opening my Bible, writing a verse on a small piece of paper for my Dad to find on his pillow, did more than my 13-year-old understanding could imagine. The little things that make big memories.  I also learned what never giving up, perseverance and humbleness looks like.  Hard, painful lessons learned for all and a fresh new start on the horizon,  however, Dad would never be the same spiritually or physically.

Three Heart attacks and quadruple bypass at 54 didn't take him out of the game.  In fact, he had 22 years of work still left in him.  Long passed the regular age of retirement Dad kept going.  Helping his clients set up for their own retirement but bypassing his own each year.  Well at 76 the time has come to put away the suit and tie, to pack up the office and fill the box with the final things of a lifetime of awards, diligence, and perseverance.  Now having time to create new memories and try new things that the office space couldn't provide.  Hopefully, he'll be able to find a secret drawer at home where he can stash his favorite snacks that are off the approved list.  Thank you, Dad, for your excellent example to our family you are truly an inspiration and we are thankful for your hard work and sacrifices!    



Monday, January 21, 2019

The Codex Planner

I'm so excited to feature my first "You Matter" video. 
I really think it is important to celebrate others
 and the good things they are involved in.   

Taking the leap of faith to develop your own business can be a very scary step.  Several years ago, Carrie Postma had a little idea that has turned into something pretty amazing.  She created the The Codex Planner, A Study Binder that gives you tools to be organized, while helping you in your faith journey through study breakouts and quotes.   Along with the daily planner, there are other beautiful products and surprises along the way that Carrie creates.  When you order a binder you not only get the product, but you get an online resource to help you along your journey of faith, and and instant cheerleader on the other side when you join Carries online group.  Carrie has thoughtfully and prayerfully created the most beautiful products and her heart for you might be even more beautiful.   Follow Codex on Instagram YouTube and Facebook and start your journey to be the best you.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

I Found A Surprise Hobby, It Was Right Before Me.




Last summer I figured I needed a hobby.  I mean, if you ask my friends they would probably say I have a lot of things I do and am involved in.  While that is true, I guess I needed to find something new and interesting.  I really thought deeply about what and where I like to spend my free time and checked the lists of ideas, some of which were quite comical and I didn't realize were hobbies (see previous post).
On a sunny Oregon afternoon, I sat at the beach watching my husband do his new hobby of Paragliding. I realized right at that moment that just sitting, looking at this vast body of water with the cool ocean breeze was enough.   I don't have to strive to be or do more things, and that God loves me regardless and that I am enough regardless. At that moment no one needed me to be anything or anywhere.   That feeling was amazing to know all I need as a human on this planet is food, shelter, and water...to love and honor God, and to be thankful for life. If I didn't do another extra thing in my life it would be okay!  At that moment, I didn't have to do or BE anything more than a human on the beach, soaking in the sun and breathing in the air.  Now that was a nice memorable spiritual moment, but not exactly reality in the big picture of working to obtain food and shelter, being relational and having friends, enjoying the life God gave me to it's fullest.  After all,  I want to look back when I'm 95, if I make it that far, and know I didn't waste years or opportunities or not use the gifts I was given, just because I wanted to be alone on a beach with no responsibilities.  I must have been stressed and overworked that week.

But do I need to find another busy-body hobby??  What I found is that I naturally came back around to the things I already do and love, the things that make me ME and bring me joy.  Music, writing, spending time with friends, family time, cooking new things, travel, taking a pretty drive, watching movies, date nights to small local restaurants and sometimes the hobby of just sitting on a beach doing nothing and soaking in the air, the beauty of creation and reflecting on life.










Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Long "B" list of Hobbies

Wow there are a lot of "B" categories of Hobby's  which is funny because there are 2 B's in the word Hobby.  Taken from the blog http://www.notsoboringlife.com/list-of-hobbies/  I will explain and eliminate the list here in my quest to narrow down the list of things to try. 
Here we go:

Badminton-  This is the strangest sport and I don't like birds anyway.   Actually I played this for a little bit last summer and it was not my thing... NO
Baseball-  I'd eat too many Hot Dogs.. NO
Base Jumping- NO WAY
Basketball- This used to be my hobby in my younger years and I wish I could find a middle aged league but thinking about the sweat and the side ache where basketball is fun to play again... NO
Beach/Sun tanning-- UM this is a hobby??? -Adding it to the list
Beachcombing- maybe if I lived by the beach.
Beadwork   I have a hard time texting with my thumb nubs let alone the ability to intricately bead. .NO
Beatboxing- NO
Becoming A Child Advocate: this should not be a hobby we should always be advocating for children.
Bell Ringing- What the? These people need to check out this list
Belly Dancing- This would be a hilarious comic relief.
Bicycling-  Gosh those outfits are ridiculous... I do like biking but there are some limits for now will keep.
Bicycle Polo- Must be polo on bikes instead of horses. PICTURE
Bird watching  I watched some birds in the backyard the other day and pondered about making bird watching a hobby... the answer was NO. 
Birding-  Similar hobby here to the above- No
BMX- NO
Blacksmithing: It would be amazing to say "I AM A BLACKSMITH"  but No. too black and dirty
Blogging- currently doing this.
BoardGames- This could be fun.
Boating- I guess I could involved everyone I know to get on their boat, but since I don't own a boat it will have to be no for now.
Body Building- maybe in some form but this sounds super  intense and probably involves a string bikini.
Bonsai Tree- This feels like beading for plant lovers.. intricate delicate and not for me.
Bookbinding- Huh? ...NO
Boomerangs- Hey Mate... I'm into boomerangs... NO
Bowling- Oh my gosh I actually love bowling.
Brewing Beer
Bridge Building- No
Bringing Food To The Disabled  I feel terrible crossing that out.. but I just know i would let them down and forget to bring them the food.
Building A House For Habitat For Humanity- interesting but seems like a one time event...NO
Building Dollhouses-
Butterfly Watching- They are very pretty but flutter too fast
Button Collecting-  are we in the 1940's?
Backgammon-  I will carry my leather case to your house and play you with a glass of Chardonnay and a cigar.  NO








So for now:  Boardgames, Blogging, and Bycycling and Beach/tanning :)

The Quest to Find a New Hobby the "A" List

Ok, So here is the first set of Hobbies starting with "A" that seem to be options for people.   My thoughts going through this list I found at http://www.notsoboringlife.com/list-of-hobbies/.

Aircraft Spotting - It is true when I go near an airport I am highly intrigued by an airplane landing and taking off and the rush that happens when it goes directly over head is amazing!!!  However I don't see this as a hobby of mine.  
Airbrushing - not sure what I might air brush
Airsofting- shooting with airsoft guns.. no
Acting-  This has always been high on my dream list but I realize I'm past my prime, tall and do not live in LA. and have never taken an acting class.  I have been in a few plays and maybe will look into this further.  For now it's on the long list. 
Aeromodeling- What in the world? looking it up- Aeromodelling is the activity involving design, development and flying of small air vehicles. It is a very exciting and interesting way to learn, apply and understand science and engineering principles.  Okay No.
Amateur Astronomy-  the stars are nice to look at but I really have never been drawn to the skies and beyond. 
Amateur Radio- "Ham Radio"  strangely this interests me... maybe because I spent hours and hours eating M&M's with my Papa listing to police scanners and talking to long haul truckers from his living room.  For now I'll keep it on the list.
Animals/pets/dogs- Cute but not hobby related... No
Archery- tried this at camp year after year and it's a weird event in my mind.  Although after watching hunger games it was a little fascinating. No
Arts- The arts, pretty broad title here.  If your hobby is "the arts" that seems like you might have to really bee involved in LOTS of arts and various elements which sounds like a lot awkward moments and laughter might happen. 
Aquarium (Freshwater & Saltwater) -Fish scare me .. NO
Astrology  no interest at all.
Astronomy-
I already said no to amateur Astronomy ..NO

Looks like I have 3 options of A's to add to the list.  Acting, Amateur radio, and Arts of some sort.  

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Finding A Hobby- the Rubiks Cube Challenge



The Rubiks Cube Challenge!!!

Ok, who's in!! I challenge you to once an for all master this puzzle.  I'm doing this for a few reasons.. 1. I was around when this puzzle was invented. 2. I never solved it only got all colors but one square on each side.  3. My husband can solve it really fast, grr, and  4. It's just time.. time to put this cube to rest defeat it!!.. Let's go!

RULES:

1. You have to be apart of the group that has NEVER solved it.. only you will be your judge and I hope your conscience will have the best of you.  Otherwise, cheaters and wanna be's -I hope the Rubiks cube haunts you and night.

2. You can use Youtube videos to figure it out.  I mean really.. it's there and life is to short, and we have other challenges to accomplish.

Have fun and comment that you are doing it and post a pic of your cube when you're done! :)

TIME: 2 weeks

Rubiks Cube Website : https://www.rubiks.com/

UPDATE:  Heading into week 2 I have layer 2 done.


DONE!!!!! 7/27/2018






Friday, July 20, 2018

Finding A New Hobby

This is my husband doing his new hobby
It's not that I really have a ton of idle time, but the time I do have I wonder sometimes if I could be spending it differently.  My husband recently started a new hobby and earned his Paragliding license.  I know for sure that opposites attracted when we met 23 years ago.  Thankfully he will spend a lot of time at the beach, which I love.    But this made me question the things I like to do with my time outside of work.

So I am on a quest to find a new hobby!

Com to find out, there are a ton of hobbies to choose from, more than one would imagine.  I found a list here on the blog Not So Boring Life  that came up with 308 different kinds of hobbies.   Maybe a final exhaustive list of hobbies, maybe not, but relaxation and sunbathing are on the list so I'm guessing exhaustive!

The blog should add "finding a hobby" as well as "blogging about finding a hobby" to the list because this in itself is turning into its own hobby.

Stay tuned.
Courtney

Saturday, November 21, 2015

OH Facebook Why I Hate You and Love You Part 3



Love:  Here's why I love Facebook.. 

Love in this category should result in a snarky comment of 
"Well why don't you Marry it"

In my previous posts Part 1 & 2 which you can read if you click Here  I talked about about the reason I hate Facebook. Hate is kind of a heavy word, I don't really hate it.. I hate evil, Facebook is not Evil.   Maybe annoyed with some things is a better word but I thought to bring it back full swing I'd post why I do really love Facebook.


I love seeing people enjoying life!
I LOVE the connections that are made that would have never been made in the natural world.

I Love the friends from LONG AGO that have popped up to say Hi.

I love the people that I didn't know before very well only to find common ground now

I love seeing who knows who and making connections

I love that in times of desperate need...
we can ask what we can do to help.

I LOVE the transparency of friends and asking for help

I love that we can pray for each other and encourage one another

I love that we can quickly find someone and send a quick message
I LOVE that we can watch your children grow up and not just a once a 
year Christmas Card if 
we are even lucky enough to be on the list.

I love that we get an opportunity to share other's pain and joys and respond as friends do.. 

I love that it can change lives and alter courses!!

These are all good things that without Social Media may not have happened.    That's why I love Facebook.    Facebook allowed me to step into someone's life and be part of a miracle, I have loved seeing faces of Childhood Friends, High School Friends, College Friends, teachers, pastors, neighbors ect.   I love being connected with a wonderful community of people that I know many of them in time of need would be at my doorstep... it's happened.   Thank you Facebook for getting us out of our shells and while we are in this generation of computers and devices  we are connected to each other.  Now go take someone to lunch and see them face to face :)  

Friday, November 20, 2015

Oh Facebook Why I Hate You Why I Love You Part 2

Disclaimer: I write satire most of the time.. I have learned these many lessons myself.. I'm not pointing my finger at any one person just relating what I feel and hear from others in general.  If this strikes a cord with you personally than it might be something you need to deal with in your own heart.  It's just observations people... just observations.. just go with it and then take a walk. 

Part 2 of a 3 part series. 

AVOIDING FACE BOOK SOCIAL MELT DOWNS 

Me On Vacation 2014 
I've heard and seen the good bad and the ugly.   I totally get that it hurts to see the group of friends you thought were your friends all together smiling in Hawaii together with their skinny bodies (that you've seen transformed week by week on your feed) holding up their drinks when you struggle with alcohol and all sporting their "Jamberry nails"  I get it!   Yes it's hard to see all the pictures on Father's day if you don't have a Dad, Mother's day if your mom has passed,  Sisters Rock day when you didn't get to have a sister, anniversary's, new ultrasounds,  new cars, houses, pets, plastic surgery, yet another championship from the sporty family (as your kid is sitting on the couch yelling at some video game or and eating lard).   You see the tension.. it causes people to hate Facebook because it points out what is lacking in our lives if just for a moment, a feeling of I am less than.

STOP IT!!! 
You are not less than!! You have a different story and one that can't be compared to others.   I know it's hard to stay connected online when you see things that you wish had transpired in your life differently, or that you didn't get, it's a constant reminder.  I have those things in my life.

When I step back from the painful in  my face "this is not your life" , I realize that my jealousy of someone else's good thing is an issue that is in my heart!! It would be the same if I was jealous of someone's fancy house I drive by.. it's not their issue it's mine!!   If we can't rejoice in other people's good things in life then we are only feeding the monster inside of us that is discontent or of past un-dealt with feelings.  When I see that group of friends that a singe of jealousy comes up inside of "wow that would be nice", or a group that I used to be a part of but for some reason the invites stopped,   I began to ask the hard questions.   What in my life is lacking or a hurt that I am not moving on from.

For those who seem to have that "Perfect Life" (whatever that is)  be happy for them, they don't know they are over posting!!   You know that it's not all rosy all the time, they are human too and maybe their fun will inspire you to go do something different or fun or think outside the box.

I know that there are just plain hard things to see so here are a few tips I think would help the Facebook community of posters, stalkers, pokers, likers and on the fence haters.

FACEBOOK TIPS FOR LESS SOCIAL MELT DOWNS

1.  Think about others but don't let it cripple you from posting at all.    People love seeing your pictures but keep in mind if you post your raging party and leave a close friends (or what they thought was a close friendship) out, they are going to see it and be hurt.  Just have your stupid party and enjoy your friends and don't post it.  Nobody really cares.. except the people you just dumped.   (by the way you know there is a filter for "share with only these people")  If you want to share your pics with that group then you can do that without the world needing to see it.  Sorry if that sounds harsh but think about it.

2.  There are days that maybe staying off Facebook is better for our hearts.  Just don't go there where Holidays produce picture after picture of something you miss.   I've been there it can hurt and it's time to focus on other stuff and be thankful for other things in your life.

3.  Vacations, I love to see where you go!! If you go on 4 or more vacations a year,  please explain on the 5th vacation how you do it.  I mean I  think that might help... For instance:   Hey I received an inheritance! or Hey we Charged another tropical vacation!  Hey we are heading to the China because we love fortune cookies and we've been to every other country and never work!   "Hey we get up every day and work our tails off so we are vacationing again!!... Get a job or two or three so you can too!   Really we onlookers just need one and that's our deal, but some explanation would be helpful so we can get there.

4.  You don't have to be friends with everyone!! If they stir up turmoil in your heart block them.  If their posts are annoying unfollow.   There is a little arrow on the right side of each post in the feed that you can choose your own destination with that persons post and future posts.. just saying.  I know I have probably been blocked or unfriended.. it happens move on.

5.  Don't be my friend ONLY to solicit your online party or business.   This is a no brainer people..   I will speak no further.

6. Don't over post about one thing.  It's great and important you are doing blah blah blah.. and I know it's important to let people know you did blah blah blah  but MIX IT UP!!!  Throw in a cat picture for Heaven's sake!!!  Just be you and be real and all that will fall in to place naturally, don't force it down people's throats.    This goes for business, kids, pets, news, political issues, faith, reposts and shares, ALL of it!!

7.  Hard lesson of not exploiting our children:   I have been GUILTY myself.  I humbly say I have learned and regretted some of my posts in the past.   If I post something about my kids or pictures that are goofy I get their permission first.   Their whole life does not need to be displayed.  Again I stand guilty of this in the past and I stand firm with asking them first as a filter for my own over posting parental mistakes and what I think is "cute".

8.  Be able to walk away without announcing it as if you are divorcing everyone.  Most people think that's super dumb, you know the "break up status post".  We all know you will be back when you want something or realize that you've missed a bunch of important events.  I mean Facebook is like not checking your mail box back in the day.   It's where people are and where things are known and where you can interact on a different level.   Walk away but don't be so dramatic.. geesh!  (Again guilty in my formative FB years)

9. Sharing Links about False News  So if something seems off it probably is.. go check out snopes.com before you stand behind it.   People get all freaked out about things and then come to find out it wasn't even real, it was just some bored person trying to get click throughs... Please Please stop sharing these ridiculous stories and giving these people fuel.

10.  The Chain Posts:  We've seen them.. If you truly believe this than post it on your wall, like it, share it if you truly love Jesus.   Please Stop.. We shouldn't have to follow those stupid rules and sharing posts that publicly make other people roll their eyes.   There is not magic in any of those posts.  God knows my heart and I should be living a life that reflects my faith not have to use scare tatics on a Facebook photo, that probably is collecting data on everyone who clicks on it.. by the way.

I can't think of any more right now, I'm sure they will come.  I think the best thing is to work on loving others, not being jealous of what we don't have, be considerate of other's ideas and thoughts, like what we like, block what disturbs us. and by all means if you really don't like being there don't be and don't make everyone else feel shamed for liking it.  Run your race, I'll hand you water when you need it.   I won't be booing you holding up my flag that reads "gluttony rocks" just because I don't like running! I may not do it well or understand why others would want to do such a painful thing or want to, but Seriously.... if I choose not to run I better not be complaining to others about it or sad when all my friends are in shape and look good in their skinny jeans!! (I however unfriend runners).

 Stay tuned for Post 3 about why I LOVE and think Facebook is a good thing.  

Please feel free to comment below and let's get the dialogue going. 

If you didn't read Part 1 here is the link.  PART ONE