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Fire Up The Grill In The Winter!

by Sherrie Toth

 
Outdoor Griilling in the Winter. Wintertime Grilling Tips !
When winter rears its chilly head, it’s assumed that outdoor activities should temporarily cease. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. I’m looking at you, grilling enthusiasts! There’s no need to bid your beloved Weber a farewell during the winter months. With ample forethought and adequate attire, your favorite pastime can carry on as usual. Whether you reside in Ohio, Maine, Montana, or Vermont, here are some savvy tips and tricks that’ll help optimize your wintertime grilling sessions. 

Pave A Path 
Ready your shovels, for there’s nothing that can stand between you and your grill. If your walkway is cloaked in snow, you’ll want to create a path that allows you to walk back and forth with ease. After all, you don’t want to compromise the safety of your meat by walking on an uneven pathway. 

Perform A Quality Check 
Winter’s extreme conditions pose threats to electronics and essentially anything outdoors. With that said, you’ll want to ensure that your grill's hoses haven’t yielded to the cold. If your grill is in running order, you can resume business as usual. 

No Snow, No Problem 
Perhaps the most crucial tip is to remove all snow that’s coated on your grill. It’s likely that snow has crept into the entrails of the grill as well, so it’s in your best interest to clean the inside as well. If snow melts on the grill, it’ll render your efforts useless. 

Invest In Additional Fuel  
For your grill to operate at peak efficiency during the winter, it has to work a little harder to emit heat. As a result, it burns more intensely, thus exhausting your fuel resources. With that in mind, it’s advised that you keep extra charcoal or propane on hand. 

Don’t Get Left In The Dark 
During winter, the days feel shorter, and the sun is gone in the blink of an eye. Fortunately, quality outdoor lighting can offset this shortcoming. Most grill aficionados invest in outdoor patio lanterns for an efficient grilling process. 

Close That Lid 
With the grill working exponentially harder to combat the cold, it’s savvy to keep the lid closed as often as possible. Though you may be tempted to check on the progress of your meal, it’ll only prolong the cooking. In short, keeping the lid shut helps reduce heat loss. 

Don’t Postpone Cleaning 
When food freezes, it becomes exceedingly difficult to clean. It’s for this reason why grill experts recommend having warm rags at the ready when the grilling is complete. 

Warm Attire Is What You Desire 
Standing out in the cold is no fun, but it is bearable with the appropriate clothing. Some recommended clothing items for wintertime grilling include heat-resistant gloves, coats, beanies, and sturdy shoes. Articles of clothing that are ill-advised include scarfs and snow gloves.

Apple Valley Lake, Ohio Amenities

by Sherrie Toth

Welcome to Apple Valley Lake!!

Take a quick tour around the lake and enjoy!

See ALL HOMES FOR SALE  HERE

Have you seen the LIVE lake cam? www.avlakecam.com

 

Contact our team for a "real" tour of the amenities and homes! 

Toth and Team

844-411-LAKE

 

 

 

Living On The Lake in The Off Season!

by Sherrie Toth

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When you think of “Lake Living,” your brain probably automatically associates it with summertime. And rightly so!  Living on a lake is definitely at its peak during those summer months when you can enjoy boating, skiing, swimming and many other countless “summertime-esque” activities                                             .

                                           

Fortunately, Lake Living doesn’t have to die with summer.  It’s just as alive in the off season as any other time-- just in a  different way.                                                                             
 

If you’re bored or looking for “things” to do, it might be a good idea to connect with your Lake’s Social Media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).  Through these sites, you can connect with your community and stay in the loop regarding special events and other get-togethers. You might even get to know other people as a result!

 

Summer isn’t the only beautiful season either.  Each season can be admired for its grandeur.  Fall’s gorgeous leaves and colors; Winter’s quiet, white, cool, snow-filled backdrop; and the new life of spring.  Add all of this beauty to the scenery of a lake and you have double beauty.

 

So don’t rule out living on a lake just because you think you can only enjoy it for three months during the year.  Lake Living is a lifestyle that can be enjoyed all year round.

 

Check out our blog from last year about other things to do in the winter HERE

 

Contact us now so we can help you find your Happy Place any time of year!

Why Lake Living? Lets "Dive In" !!

by Sherrie Toth

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If you’ve never experienced the Lake LIving Lifestyle, then make this the year that you take that dive!  There are several reasons why living at the lake is one of the best decisions you will make-- especially if it’s Apple Valley Lake. Feel free to comment at the end of this post if you have any additional benefits to living at the lake!

Living at the lake never leaves you bored.   Even during the long, somber winter months.  There are always activities in which to participate. At any time, check out the Cider Press for ideas. You should always have something to do or someone with whom to connect.

 

Living at the lake is relaxing. Let’s face it; life is stressful.  We are juggling jobs and sports and bills and kids and whatever else it is that we juggle.  What a better way to relax and ease your mind than to sit in a chair on a dock or at a beach and take in the sights and sounds of the lake?  Just closing your eyes and feeling the breeze on your face, the warm sun, the sounds of the waves against the dock and the chirping of birds.  Ahhhh. So refreshing!

 

Living at the Lake allows you more privacy. Unlike the more urban/ suburban developments, Lake Living makes it possible for you to live in more seclusion.  Sure, you have neighbors, but they’re not all in your business. Unless, of course, you want them to be.

 

 

Traffic moves slower.  Let’s be honest. No one really enjoys cars and other motor vehicles racing up and down the streets; especially if you have children or pets.  It’s noisy, annoying and poses a real safety concern.  Here at Apple Valley, as a community, we had the speed limit lowered to 25 miles per hour.  This really helped us feel that much safer.

 

Living at the lake allows you to be the spot where everyone wants to go!  The spring and summer months bring many reasons to celebrate.  Anything from birthdays, to Memorial Day to the Fourth of July, there is basically a time and purpose for spending time with family and friends at the lake.  Dust off that barbecue and get the towels ready,  because living at the lake is a lifelong celebration.


Have you been thinking about buying a lake home? Contact our team to get you started! 

email: Info@tothandteam.com

844-411-LAKE (5253)

What are some of YOUR favorite reasons to live at the lake?  Feel free to add in the comments below.  

 

Spring Clean at the Lake!

by Sherrie Toth

Well, it is the middle of May here in beautiful Apple Valley Lake and we are JUST finally starting to experience some Spring-like weather.  This means that we can open doors and windows and let the breeze infiltrate our lake home once more.

This also means that most of us have a few spots in our homes that need a thorough Spring cleaning.  And with the Apple Valley Garage Sales coming up (May 27-28), you won’t have to throw EVERYTHING away and you can make a couple of extra dollars.

In case you’re having trouble getting started, we’ve compiled a list of ten things you can do to effectively Spring Clean your lake home or at least get you started.

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  1. Get rid of junk you DON’T NEED-  And this tip is two fold: There’s trash and there’s treasure.  If it’s trash, GET RID OF IT.  If it’s a possible treasure to someone else, set it aside to sell it at a garage sale or an online site like Ebay.  If it’s ruined or broken and can’t be fixed, toss it.  Possible treasures to someone else might be old magazines (especially National Geographic), clothes, books, jewelry, memorabilia, old or unused electronics (Amazon.com and some other sites like Gazelle.com and Nextworth.com. Will actually pay you for your old electronics). Other items like old toys, games, and simple little nick nacks are wanted as well.  DON’T FORGET ABOUT UNWANTED TOOLS!
  2. Wash your baseboards-  Imagine all that gunk that has accumulated on the baseboards: old mop water, shoe scuffs, spilled drinks, food etc.  This is like getting a pedicure-- most people won’t see it or notice, but you will and it will feel great.  Magic erasers are probably the best to use on baseboards. And get this, you can buy them for a fraction of the cost at the dollar tree right down the street in Mt. Vernon.

  3. Clean the kitchen cupboards- This can be as simple as what you did for the baseboards.  So stock up on those Magic Erasers.

  4. Wash the windows- And don’t just do the insides.  Make sure you get the outside as well.  If you have tall windows that you can’t reach or you just don’t care to even get into a project like this, Toth and Team recommends Mint Condition (419) 957-4663.

  5. Dust Dust Dust!- Dust all surfaces that you can. Remove items and get all the nooks and crannies.  Don’t forget about the top of your fan blades.  Those things can collect some major dust.  A simple trick we learned a while back was to take a pillow case and actually insert the fan blade into the case and rub the dust off that way.  You’ll save yourself an extra step by not having to clean up a table or floor full of fan dust. The pillow case makes it convenient by acting as a little dust catcher.

  6. Clean out Pantry and Fridge- That’s right! Make that stuff sparkle.  But in order to do that, you need to remove all items and toss the ones that are past their expiry date.  If you get confused by the “use by and best by” directives, check out this link for more details: the difference between use by and best by.

  7. Hand scrub the floors- Ok. You don’t have to be that crazy. But seriously; clean those floors better and more thoroughly than you have during the winter months.

  8. Wash the dishwasher-  You heard me!  Run a load without the dishes.  But first, clean out the drain and make sure there’s no excess food in there.

  9. Clean out the microwave- Add some lemon juice to a microwave safe bowl of water and cook for 2-3 minutes.  When it’s done, you should be able to wipe it clean with a rag.  And no harsh chemicals!

  10. Have Fun- Cleaning doesn’t have to be boring or just plain drudgery.  Slap on some tunes and enjoy making your Lake Home look its best.

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Now that the house is all clean, is it time to sell? If so, call us for a no obligation consultation. 844-411-LAKE (5253)

or email us at: info@tothandteam.com

Do you have any tips or tricks?  We’d like to hear about them.  Put them in the comment section below!

 

Embracing Winter, Beat The Blues

by Sherrie Toth

Embracing Winter, Beat The Blues

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The holidays are over.  The days are shorter. Our boats are wrapped in “Saran wrap” and the Lake Living Lifestyle we know and love is only a memory.  And while we’ve had a rather mild winter, it seems that Spring and Summer aren’t even in our line of sight yet.  Coming to the realization that we are in the dead of winter can bring about some undesirable effects such as:

 

  • Fatigue

  • Boredom

  • Weight Gain

  • Excessive sleep

  • Not enough sleep

  • Loss of interest in being around people

  • Loss of interest in activities that would normally be interesting

If you can identify with the majority of the items on this list, don’t reach for the phone and call your doctor just yet; you’re not alone.

While all of the aforementioned items are associated with depression, they too, are clear signs of what is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) or the winter blues.  S.A.D. affects about 10-20% of Americans-- the majority of the affected being from the more northern regions of the United States.  Although the symptoms are less than pleasurable, they tend to dissipate once the Spring and Summer months arrive.


How does this happen?  

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It is suggested that because our days are shorter, we have less exposure to sunlight; this has been linked by scientists as causing a biochemical imbalance in the brain.  For whatever reason, (one that is being studied currently) our brains are very sensitive to bright light--specifically sunlight.  When we have less of it (as in the winter months) it can have adverse effects.  Even digging deeper, the less light we are exposed to, our brain waves change.  The more they change, the less likely we are to enter into deep sleep at  night- which we all know--can cause major cranky days.

How do I treat this?

  1. Phototherapy- Phototherapy or light treatment is the use of extremely bright lights to treat those with mild depression.  This particular treatment comes in the form of boxes which are prescribed for a set amount of time and/or a certain time of day.  Possible side effects include headaches and eyestrain.

  2. Tanning- You've probably heard that regular tanning has been prescribed in the past to treat depression in the winter months.  This should only be a treatment if it’s something YOU want to do.  Tanning beds haven’t been proven to provide the right type of light-replacement to our bodies and they pose a cancer risk.  An alternative, doctors suggest, is vitamin D supplements.

  3. Vitamin D supplements- Vitamin D in our bodies is actually a byproduct of exposure to natural sunlight.  It is also found in certain types of fish, egg yolk, fortified Dairy (red cap milk), and fortified grains.  Deficiency in this vitamin hasn’t necessarily been a proven cause of depression, but Doctors have more reasons to believe it does than not.  If you’re feeling a little blue, taking a vitamin D supplement certainly won’t hurt you.

  4. Exercise- Get your heart pumping!  Exercising helps produce those “feel-good” endorphins in your brain.  Plus, going to a gym or some other workout facility might help you meet other people like you!  Once you go once or twice, you might start to feel that blueness fading away.

  5. Eating right- And, no-- I don’t mean “diet.”  We don’t even say the D word.  Eating right is simply putting into your body the nutrients necessary to be healthy and thrive.  If you’re constantly feeding your brain sugar and all sorts of other junk, your brain is going to feel like junk.  Eat to live-- don’t live to eat.

  6. Medication- S.A.D. has been proven to fade quickly and most medications take one-two months to fully kick in anyway.  If you’ve tried everything on this list and even more and you still don’t feel better, you might consider talking to your doctor.snowyoga-w.jpg

  7. 7. Yoga and meditation- Yoga and meditation might look passive on the outside..but on the inside, it has many uplifting benefits. These ancients practices have been known and proven to assist with state of mind while improving balance, tone, flexibility and more!

  8. Also check out our Blog, Winter can be an Adventure for other ideas of what to do in the winter at Apple Valley Lake.

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Get out of the blues and look for a lake home! Call the Apple Valley Lake Team, Toth and Team, to help with that! 844-411-LAKE (5253) www.AppleValleyLakeOhio.com

Email us at info@tothandteam.com

 

**Disclaimer: This information in this post are for informational purposes only.  I am not a doctor and am not certified to give prescriptive advice.  If you or anyone you know suffers from depression that lasts longer than a week or two, please call your doctor.

 

 



 

Winter Can Be An Adventure At The Lake

by Sherrie Toth

When you think of purchasing a home on Apple Valley Lake,  you immediately envision yourself enjoying your home on a nice, warm, slightly breezy summer day.  You can picture the boats on the lake, hear the children playing in the water, the birds are chirping, and you’re on your dock sipping a Mai Tai just soaking up the rays.  

 

But just as you begin to take another sip of that delicious Mai Tai, your alarm goes off and you wake up to the realization that it’s January in Central Ohio.  You can’t ride the boat, you can’t soak up the rays, the children are at school, and you’re wondering when these Canadian geese will finally go south for the winter.

 

While Apple Valley Lake summers are gorgeous and packed with fun, our winters can be too.

 

So if you’ve been contemplating flying south with those darned geese because you’re locked up in the house, you might want to reconsider because Apple Valley Lake and its surrounding areas have a slew of clubs and events to pick from while we are anxiously counting down the days until we can take those boats out of storage.

 

Friday Night Skate

Check the cider press or call Floral Valley (740) 397-1027 for  details and dates.

 

Apple Valley Garden Club

The next meeting is January 20th.  Contact Robin Rapp (740) 485-0046

 

Bird Watching

This can be done from the comfort of your own home! Make it your goal to spot one of Knox County’s many bald eagles!

 

Apple Valley Singles’ Club

Contact Mary McMasters for more information (740) 397-4936

 

Cards, Games, and Euchre

Contact Judy Reed (419) 262-8829

 

Swimming Lessons in the Valley

See the January edition of the Cider Press for enrollment form (page 10).

 

Apple Blossoms Children’s Play Group

Call Kate Fuller for details (614) 330-0129

 

Public Euchre Party (Danville)

Starts March 29th at St. Luke Community Center

 

Adopt Your Street

A “Green” way to give back all year long.  See the Cider Press Page 19 for enrollment form.

 

More!

See page 31 of the Cider Press for a whole calendar full of fun activities and events.


When the kids were young, we used to play board games, cook together, read, tell stories, ice fish.. it was precious family time - creating memories..  So, regardless of the time of year, Apple Valley Lake has so much to offer you, your family and friends. .

 

Looking for a lake home that you can enjoy ALL year round? Get your adventure started today with the Apple Valley Lake Team!

 

RE/MAX Consultant Group -at the lake

Joe and Sherrie Toth

844-411-LAKE (5253)

Contact us via email info@tothandteam.com




 

Improved Price on Apple Valley Lakefront!

by Sherrie Toth

55 NORTHRIDGE COURT

LAKEFRONT

Improved Price!!

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Our Mission

by Sherrie Toth

RE/MAX Consultant Group - Toth & Team
740-390-0735 – 844-411-5253
www.AppleValleyLakeOhio.com
www.applevalleylakeliving.com
Sherrietoth@gmail.com

Mission Statement:

With passion and compassion, our customers will receive sincere real estate counsel and tailored service. We will provide creative and imaginative marketing that reveals truly the best of the property. Our priority: earn our clients' business for life.

Vision:

Toth & Team with RE/MAX Consultant Group is a residential real estate team that believes in teamwork, self-improvement, change, innovation, professionalism and always setting the next bar in marketing. We believe in producing results for our clients while maintaining the highest level of integrity. We believe in seeking out skillful and passionate service providers that are the best in the industry and love what they do!  We believe in serving as role models in the real estate community and having fun while we do it! We believe in treating everyone that we cross paths with kindly and with respect. Each of us promises that if we ever stop loving what we do, we will recognize it's time to change.

Core Values:

• Integrity: We conduct business with the highest level of ethics and trust.
• Financial Stewardship: We take our role as a financial steward of our client's asset very seriously
• Team: We look for ways to build and maintain team spirit.  We work together with an intense focus on common goals, recognizing we can always achieve more through collaboration. 
• Community: We envision ourselves as valuable citizens in our community.  We encourage our team to engage in volunteer activities and community improvement efforts close to their hearts.
• Personal Growth and Learning: We will seek ways to stay up to date on real estate information and technology and always try to improve our professional weaknesses.
• Professionalism: We are dedicated, considerate and responsive, always maintaining the highest standards of conduct, quality and performance
• Passion: We approach everything we do with energy, enthusiasm and a sincere desire to exceed expectations.

 

 


 

 

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Sherrie Toth

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may drop down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will rise.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

 

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Toth & Team
RE/MAX Consultant Group - at the lake
22021 Coshocton Road Suite A
Howard OH 43028
Sherrie’s Mobile: 740-390-0735
Joe’s Mobile: 330-388-6293
Fax: 800-707-3176

Apple Valley Lake Team 844-411-5253