SOLD! | 656 E. 9th Steet. | Chico, CA | $380,000

RARE OPPORTUNITY to own a beautiful 1929 historic Orville Tracy home secluded among Chico’s famed “Storybook” homes. Step through the entry gate (beyond a 13′ privacy hedge) into an enchanted secret garden and lose yourself in its lush setting. This home has it all! The owner has updated this true Chico Charmer to maintain its original vintage character, including gleaming hardwood floors, dual-paned windows, two walls of custom four-panel French doors and 40-year roof (in 2007). Insulation recently added to R-30. Check out the stamped “tin” ceiling in the main bathroom! The light-and-bright kitchen was beautifully remodeled to showcase the stunning reconditioned Merritt & O’Keefe range and features solid surface counters and integrated sink. There is 400 s.f. of additional laundry and climate-controlled storage, with washer/dryer & sink. Private outdoor living areas feature garden patios (perfect for sipping your morning coffee!), spa and hot-and-cold outdoor shower. Plenty of other storage areas (including a basement and enormous attic space with plans drawn for a lovely addition). Extra off-alley concrete parking area in the back with custom security gate. Coffee shops, restaurants, farmer’s market and the magnificent Bidwell Park nearby. This home is in the heart of all of the wonderful things Chico has to offer!

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SOLD! | 1281 E. Lindo Avenue | Chico, California| $370,000

1LOVELY LINDO CHANNEL location! This very special home features a gorgeous 2014 custom Tahoe Blue Pebble Tec pool with Baja shelf, deck jets & multi-color-function pool lights. Many upgrades done since 2009: Roof, HVAC, dual-paned windows, tiled (& refinished hardwood) flooring, exterior paint, upgraded 200 amp electrical panel, and whole house fan. Remodeled kitchen, including granite countertops, glass-tile backsplash, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances (fridge stays), cabinets, and self-closing drawers. Master and guest bathrooms have also been remodeled, w/ granite vanities & tiled bath/shower. Newer wood stove insert will make for cozy winters, and the whole house fan (along with ceiling fans in all bedrooms) will help with your Chico summer utility bills! Roomy bonus room looks out to the back yard, which has been beautifully redone and is perfect for either private reflection or entertaining, with lush-yet-drought-tolerant landscaping, new perimeter fencing, drinking fountain, and a spacious (525 sq ft) composite deck with iron safety railing and shade sail anchors. Near schools, shopping, and In Motion Fitness…this gem of a home has it all!

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What I Love About My Job! (In 60 Seconds or Less) – Dustlight Productions

Movies.  I love them.  Especially those that capture the “3 Es”  (enlighten, educate AND entertain).  It naturally follows that one of my favorite genres is the documentary. With a lifelong fascination of the movie making process, I am one of those people who always stays until the end of the movie.  And by the END, I mean the REAL end, after all of the credits have stopped, we’ve been assured no animals were harmed in the making of the film, and the popcorn sweepers are storming the theater.

In considering whom I should approach for my next “What I Love About My Job!” 60-second interview, my friend Jeanne Rawlings immediately came to mind.  A beautiful, talented filmmaker (who also happens to love and live in Chico), Jeanne’s impressive 30-year background includes being honored with TWO Emmy Awards (nominated for SIX) and working with the likes of National Geographic Society, Discovery, ABC, and the Army National Guard,

Jeanne’s company, Dustlight Productions, also offers commercial production, writing and editing services.

And what does Jeanne love about her job?  Take a 51-second listen:



If there is one thing I love more than documentaries, it’s animals.  Check out Jeanne’s promotional video for Butte Humane Society’s recent fundraising gala:

Like big tractors and earth-moving-type machines?  Check out the interesting story of “Linetrac 1“:

Click here to view Jeanne’s impressive portfolio and here for her contact info.


What I Love About My Job! (In 60 Seconds or Less)

Sometimes (especially these days) it’s nice to stop and reflect on some of the positives in our lives.

While sitting in our  local Cal Java coffee shop a while back, I couldn’t help but notice the gentleman roasting the coffee. He just seemed so darned HAPPY to be there, doing what he was doing.   Nearly everyone who walked in the door was greeted by this jolly fellow, many by name.

It got me thinking about people who just flat out LOVE what they do, and what a wonderful thing that is. (I recall telling my sons when they were young, “Try to find some kind of work that you really like doing, because you will spend a LOT of your life doing it!”)

Which also reminds me of a recent conversation I had with my husband recently, exchanging stories about our day. When he commented that he had enjoyed the day’s activities, I replied “Good! Because you traded a day of your life for it.”

But I digress.  Back to the coffee shop.  After watching the aforementioned interactions for a while, and being the shy, retiring person I am,  I grabbed my newish iPhone, set it to “video,” and sauntered up to our bubbly, bantering bean roaster and introduced myself, saying “I’m working on…” (yeah right, as of 10 seconds ago!) “…a blog about what people enjoy about their jobs.  Can you tell me in 60 seconds or less what you like best about your job?”

Now, I have noticed over the years that oftentimes people will do something for you if you ask nicely, even if it may be a bit out of their comfort zone.  I like to believe it is just human nature to want to help others. I’m sure you can think of examples of this from your own experience.

So herewith my first official What I Love About My Job (in 60 Seconds or Less)  video.  Many thanks to my cheerful and willing “first” subject:


Chico Food Project

It’s that time of year, when we tend to be a bit more aware of (and giving toward) those less fortunate than ourselves. But what if we could easily make a difference year round?

That was a question local Chicoan Wendy Smith asked herself one day, when she read a statistic about the number of people in this country who don’t have enough to eat (many of them children).

According to the “Feeding America” website, in 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in “food insecure” households (33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children).

Wendy Smith and Francine Kenkel of CHICO FOOD PROJECT

Very troubling indeed. But what can one person do?

Wendy shared a wonderful program with our Soroptimist of Chico club this week. Called simply “Chico Food Project,” it is an amazingly simple concept.

1. The first step is to sign-up on the white card included in The Chico Food Project brochure. The Food Project volunteers will then give you a blue, reusable grocery bag.

2. Whenever you shop, buy one extra non-perishable food item to put in the bag.

3. On the 2nd Saturday of every other month, a volunteer picks up the bag from your front porch and leaves a replacement bag.

4. The food is delivered to LOCAL food pantries, to be distributed to those in need.

That’s it!  Such an easy way to help others throughout the year, rather than just during the holiday season. And no worries about how much of your donation is going to some nefarious  “fat cat” at the top of some “charitable” organization. All food donations go straight to people truly in need, right here in Chico. And the program is overseen by the awesome North Valley Community Foundation.

For more information about this simple and worthwhile project, please email or call 530-230-7232.  While you’re at it, ask for a BLUE BAG!

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