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Happy August!

Summer sure has a way of flying by when you're having fun!!! I bet you are wondering where did all the time go? Well, lucky we have our cell phones to capture the moments, right? While the weather has been hot, we've had a good quantity of rain too, and you can tell just be visiting a local farm who is displaying their freshest produce. 

I've also noticed we are spending more time outdoors whether it's because we're fine tuning our gardens or riding our bikes through the neighborhood. And hey, how many of you have had garage sales or went to one yet? I love scoping them out on my weekend road trips. Speaking of getting rid of stuff, below you will find a great checklist in case you plan on hosting a garage sale.

Have a wonderful month!!

Fleming Realty Inc. Brokerage
Broker of Record/Owner
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National Goat Cheese
National Panini
National Read A Romance Novel
National Wellness 
Tomboy Tools 
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Daily Celebrations
Aug 2 - Civic Holiday 
Aug 5 - National Underwear Day
Aug 8 - The Date to Create Day
Aug 12 - Home Sewing Machine Day
Aug 14 - National Garage Sale Day
Aug 19 - World Humanitarian Day

Aug 21 - Chef Appreciation Day
Aug 27 - Just Because Day
Aug 30 - National Matchmaker Day
Sarah's Collaborative Circle

Are you looking to update the look of your stairs, flooring or railings? 

Well, let me introduce you to The Dupont Standard that is run by a husband and wife team. When they created The Dupont Standard they had a clear vision:

~ Quality Craftsmanship
~ Value Added Service
~ Efficient Management

In an industry filled with transient workers and fly by night contractors, there is a growing need for people you can trust, to provide the services you need, in the timeline you need it. Jeremy is known in the industry for his meticulous workmanship. As a sub-contractor he has an excellent reputation with the Big Names in Flooring, but by working with him directly, you save the overhead and mark-ups that come with the name brands, without compromising on the product -and that's what the Dupont Standard is all about.

We asked Jeromy to update our stairs and we were amazed at his craftsmanship - here are the before and after photos!

Buying and selling a home takes a tribe of qualified professionals to make it all work. In the last 16 years, I have had the privilege of collaborating with reputable lawyers, mortgage agents, electricians, plumbers, painters, home inspectors, home stagers, and contractors, just to name a few. Please note the following individuals are not employees with Fleming, they are professionals in their specific fields.

Check out Sarah's Collaborators list and keep in mind, if you don't see something you are looking for, simply send me a note, I'm sure I know someone!!

Garage Sale Checklist

In honor of National Garage Sale Day on August
14th, here's a Garage Sale checklist for you.

3 to 6 Weeks Before the Sale

  • Set the date
  • Purchase any permits your city requires
  • Check on local rules or restrictions for yard sale signs
  • Gather definite yard sale items into one area of your home or garage
  • Attend a few yard sales in your area to get a feel for local pricing on common items
  • Research pricing on antiques, collectibles and other items of value
  • Start saving shopping bags, boxes, and newspaper
  • Arrange to borrow or rent folding tables if you don't have any
  • Post on all social media outlets

2 Weeks Before the Sale

  • Drive the neighborhood and decide where you'll place your yard sale signs
  • Buy supplies for yard sale signs: neon poster board, thick black marker, staple gun or duct tape, and wooden stakes if you can't hang signs on telephone poles or street signs
  • Buy pricing supplies: preprinted neon price stickers or blank neon stickers and a fine-point permanent marker
  • Buy or borrow an apron with lots of pockets or a fanny pack
  • Clean, polish, and wash your yard sale items as needed
  • Continue to post on all social media outlets

1 Week Before the Sale

  • Place yard sale ads in local newspaper classifieds and online shops (ie: Craigslist, Kijiji), schedule to start running a day or two before the first sale day
  • Price and tag every item you plan to sell
  • Make yard sale signs
  • Decide what you'll do with unsold merchandise: schedule a thrift store pick-up or make "Free" signs to place on curbside leftovers

2 or 3 Days Before the Sale

  • Get change from the bank; 25 to 50 one dollar bills, a few fives and tens, at least one roll of quarters, and a handful each of dimes and nickels

If you're having the sale in your garage:

  • Move non-sale items out or mark them with "Not for Sale" signs.
  • Set up your sale tables by item type
  • Reserve a few big showy items for the driveway to attract customers
  • Set up small, expensive items in an easy-to-watch area or by the cashier's table, if you're having one
  • Set up a table or box for shopping bags and newspapers so customers can wrap fragile items

The Day Before the Sale

  • Pack your apron or fanny pack with your change, a pen, and a small calculator
  • Hang or place your yard sale signs
  • Mark or move non-sale items, like planters, garden hoses, and statuary, from your yard and porch
  • Rope off any areas where you don't want customers to go
  • Charge your cell phone

The Morning of the Sale

  • Lock the house
  • Put your cell phone in your pocket

If you're having the sale in the yard or driveway:

  • Set the merchandise out and arrange it by item type
  • Place furniture and other showy items nearest the street to attract customers
  • Display small items such as jewelry close to the house or cashier's table so you can keep watch
  • Put your bags, boxes, and newspapers next to your checkout area

After the Sale

  • Gather leftovers for thrift store pick-up or place them on your curb with a "Free" sign
  • Take down all of your yard sale signs

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  • 4 large Zucchini
  • 15 oz Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese shredded (divided)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups Marinara homemade or store-bought sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a sheet pan with 1 tablespoon oil and set aside.
  • Slice zucchini into 1/8'' thick slices. Lay zucchini slices on grease sheet pan and oven roast for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before handling. Leave oven on for cooking the casserole.
  • While the zucchini is roasting, mix the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 egg, and salt & pepper to taste. Stir just until combined.
  • In a 9x13 casserole dish, spread some homemade tomato sauce on the bottom.
  • Assemble zucchini roll ups by laying a zucchini strip on a flat surface and spread about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture first over each individual zucchini strip. Top with a tablespoon of marinara sauce and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Roll up and place in casserole dish. Repeat with remaining rolls. Drizzle remaining sauce (if any) on the rolls and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes at 400F or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
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