Here’s a way to get a group of friends together and have fun outdoors: hold a scavenger hunt.
There are many things you can put on your list to check off, or find and take back to the group: business card of an attorney, a yellow cupcake, an acorn, an item in a shoe store made of wood. Tons of ideas can be found on Pinterest.
Did you know there are 43 historical markers in Lafayette County? Some are on the University of Mississippi campus while others are inside the city of Oxford. More markers exist way out in the county. Why not do a search including all of them? Benefits of an historical marker hunt include:
- having fun with friends and family
- getting to know your county’s geography
- teaching younger family members how to read a map
- learning valuable history of the area
- getting out of the house or dorm room
You can find the list here. Now go find them and read all about why that spot is important to local history.
How long will it take? Plan to spend the whole day. Start early, take photos of each one. Don’t forget that while most signs are one-sided, some have information continuing on the other side. Since many are within walking distance of each other, consider a walking tour. Stop for lunch to talk about what you’ve found. If you have a large group going in separate cars plan to meet up mid-day to share which ones you’ve located.
As with any scavenger hunt you do, be respectful of property including neighboring property and businesses. Park in designated areas. Be aware of traffic and stay safe when you approach a sign, that sits near a busy road, to get a photo.
The Blues Trail Marker, located in the city of Oxford, is one of many related to the Blues Trail around the state. Finding all of them might be a cool day trip in your region or definitely road trip for several days. Check out the map for a complete list. Plan to visit the blues museums as well.
Have fun and comment below when you’ve done your search. Be For more ideas on what to do around Oxford download the list of 100 Things To Do Oxford MS 2017 #100ThingsOxford
Eileen Saunders, SRES REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford MS 38655 | 662-234-5344 | 662-404-0816 | Equal Housing
Field trips are not just for school children.
October is National Go On A Field Trip Month. Field trips are wonderful ways to get outside, go do something different, explore something new. Take a field trip with a friend, family member, group or some kids.
There are plenty of places in Oxford MS to go on a field trip. Here are some:
Outdoor field trips can be educational. Take a journal or art book with you. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars. This month in Oxford go to one of the many parks, tour Rowan Oak, Cedar Oaks, Historic Burns Belfry and more. Take an historic walking tour, a walking tour of haunted landmarks, or walk the tree trail. Get some exercise along the Bailey Woods hiking trail or the Whirlpool Trails.
Indoor field trips can keep you busy, too. Visit the political archives of Mississippi at the University Library. Check out the latest exhibits at the University Museum or investigate the Blues Archives on campus.
Other field trips can include participating in the open nights at the UM Observatory and the monthly art crawl through town. You can always explore history with a visit to St. Peter’s Cemetery.
There are plenty of things to do in Oxford…plenty of field trips to take around town. Pick up the list of 100 Things To Do In Oxford, MS Fall 2017 at the Visitor’s Center on the Square or download and print a copy here.
There are also plenty of day trips outside of Oxford that you can take as well. Find some ideas here.
Eileen Saunders, SRES REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655 | 662-404-0816 | 662-234-5344 | equal housing
October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
It is truly amazing the love a dog can bring to you and your family. And a Shelter Dog is even more special because it is a homeless pet that you have rescued. I won’t go into the statistics or the horrors of a shelter life or the life of an abandoned dog. But I will help you get your house ready for your new pet.
Things You Will Need
While all dogs are so different in personality, size and demeanor, there are basics that you will need before welcoming your new dog to your home.
- Food Bowls
- Containers for dog food and treats
- Comfy bedding your dog can grow into
- Lots of chew toys
These are the bare necessities. I’m sure you can find other things to purchase for your new dog. When it comes to crates, older dogs generally do not need one unless you want one. Puppies will need one if not for a safe place away from energetic children in the house, also for a safe place while no one is home. Crates also make travel safe if you have one that can fit into your car.
Protecting Your Investment (your house) From Your New Dog
Dogs get bored. Some breeds need to chew on things. To avoid damage to your home, be sure to keep your dog busy with chew toys.
As I show houses that are for sale to clients, there have been several times recently when I’ve seen an interior door frame, door, the trim at the base of a support pillar or even the baseboard in any given room that was chewed by the seller’s dog. This is the kind of damage a bored dog can do to a house so watch your dog carefully the first year (if a puppy) or the first few months (an older dog) to avoid this type of problem. On a personal note, one of my puppies chewed the carpet off the bottom step in my house one day when we forgot to leave him gated in the kitchen. Anything can happen.
If your dog chews your house, discourage the behavior and fix the damage. Leaving it may encourage further chewing. And you may forget it’s there is the damage is partially hidden or easy to hide. If you need to sell your house, fixing old damage is necessary. It’s best to fix it quickly after it happens.
Raw hide has been controversial lately as it has been found hard to digest and can cause some health issues. If your dog’s stomach cannot digest a rawhide treat or any other “digestible” chew, you will find it thrown up on your floor which isn’t good on carpeting. Carpeting will need to be checked regularly for any pet damage from body functions, including throwing up. Carpets can hold in bacteria, too, so with a pet try to steam clean the carpets on a regular schedule. Wood floors can also damage when “accidents” are not cleaned up timely. Tile and both the new porcelain and the vinyl wood-look floors are the easiest to keep clean. So be diligent and perhaps limit your new dog’s time to certain rooms until his personal habits have been satisfactorily been trained.
The Outdoor Dog
A good fence in the back yard provides safety for your dog. It may also add some value to your house when you decide to sell it. Up-keep is important, though. A digging dog can escape under the fence. Fixing the areas correctly the first time will eliminate further compromise to the integrity of the fence and keep the backyard looking nice. Poorly maintained fencing can be a hazard to the dog. And remember the added value? Not with poor or damaged fencing! If you decide to sell the house, repairing the fence will either fall on you or the purchaser and with the added expense to the purchaser, the amount offered for your home might be lower than you expected. So stay on top of maintenance for your dog and your bottom line, should you need to sell your house.
Your New Dog
Enjoy your new shelter dog. I’m so excited for you to rescue a homeless dog and hope you have many years of enjoyment with the furrball. I’ve got my shelter dog…straight from a shelter in W. Tennessee 11 years ago. She’s been a joy.
Eileen Saunders, SRES REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford MS 38655 | 662-404-0816 | 662-234-5344 | firstname.lastname@example.org Equal Housing
How many times have you moved in your life? Count the times you moved as a child into that number.
My adventures have included 20 moves in my adult life and 4 as a child. This does not include moving to college and back home since my main residence was my mom’s house during that time. That’s 24 total moves and I’m definitely not done yet. I started in Towson, MD and currently live in Oxford, MS.
Can you beat that? I’m sure many of you can so share your number with me and my readers stating where you started and where you are right now. It’s fun to learn people’s moving habits and where they go.
Here is a map of my major moves. As you can see, I’ve mostly stayed south of the Mason-Dixon line. Some states I’ve moved in and out of a few times. Several involved multiple moves within the area so I can’t place them all on this little map. These short moves were times we went from a rental to a home we purchased.
Moving is an adventure. The logistics are just a beginning. Then there are people involved; new friendships and business associations. New things to do can keep you busy. I have generally viewed each new location as a vacation, or a stay-cation, but one that is fresh and new. If you view your new home as a place you may never get to again, you will be more apt to take the time to explore. For example, neither my husband nor I expected to stay in Illinois very long or ever need to get back to that part of the country so we made sure we went to Chicago and St. Louis. We visited small towns with history along the Mississippi. To make sure I got a particular state on my bucket list, we made day trips or weekend trips out of the way so we could cross a state line. We hit some state parks, historical centers, ate local food we knew we wouldn’t eat again and found ourselves in some cool places. When the next move opportunity came, we didn’t regret not exploring.
Find out what there is to do in and around Oxford (if you live here) by downloading the “100 Things To Do In Oxford MS Fall 2017”. Check this list of day trips, too. See how many things you can do before your next move.
Eileen Saunders, SRES REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road Oxford MS 38655 | 662-404-0816 | 662-234-5344 | equal housing
It’s here: the Summer 2016 edition of “100 Things To Do In Oxford MS”.
Then have fun this summer.
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655. 662-404-0816/662-234-5344 Equal Housing
Happy Dr. Seuss Day!
Dr. Seuss’s imagination is the influence for many unique houses. Click here for one of them located in Alaska, close to the North Pole and, I’m sure, the Grinch’s lair.
You can find Seuss houses in his books and books-turned-movies, too.
While there aren’t any Seuss-inspired houses in Oxford, MS, I’m sure there are many kid’s bedrooms that have a Seuss twist to them.
When my boys were younger we decorated a baseball-themed bedroom with a Seuss poster. The walls resembled a baseball field outfield wall with advertising on it. In place of advertising we put cool, kid posters, one of which was of the Seuss books which is the closest we ever got to a Seuss-inspired room. Other bedrooms we’ve seen resemble Seuss-style and you can find them on the internet.
Seuss had some things to say about housing in his Green Eggs & Ham story:
“Would you like them
in a house?
Would you like them
with a mouse?
I do not like them
in a house.
I do not like them
with a mouse.”
Click here for another Seuss-inspired house.
“Whoville” may be a cool place to live..
but, when I really get to thinking…I am happy in Oxford and hope you are, too.
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Suite 101, Oxford, MS 38655 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing.