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Are you ready for bathing suit weather?

by Sherrie Toth

Starting a New Workout Routine

The weather is still cold and we are still experiencing record low temperatures, but there is sunlight on the horizon. Literally. The summer is coming and the gradual lengthening of the days will mean more than a reprieve from an intense Ohio winter. It will mean shorts, swimsuits, and days spent swimming at the lake. 

That means that now is the perfect time to start working on your summer body. We are now officially beyond the point where most New Year's resolutions turn to naught, and we can begin working on making real changes that will carry us through the years. Hopefully. And the first thing on most people's lists is to shed the pounds that they picked up during the cold winter months, and maybe a few more. Equally common is the desire to take better care of your health. But, cold weather and comfort foods seem to be working against you. 

This can be all the more daunting if swimming is part of your fitness routine. The prospect of taking a dip in the lake loses its luster in the fall and by the time the winter gets into full swing, the specter of sickness keeps all but the most dedicated out of the pool. But there are ways to get fit and avoid the pull to abandon the water until the summer time.  

Start off small. 
If you have never had a workout routine before, it's important to start off slow. Doing thirty-minute workouts regularly is better than sporadic bouts of intense exercise or worse...sitting on the couch. Remember, even if its just a twenty-minute walk after dinner, the objective is to get moving. 

Extend your summer swim. 
If you swim outdoors, now is a good time to invest in a wet suit if you don't already have one. They come in many different designs and thicknesses. Find one that is thick enough to help stave off the cold in the early fall. Take advantage of the protection a wet suit offers to keep you swimming in the great outdoors until the cold forces you indoors. 

Cross train. 
Regardless of your primary form of exercise, you can benefit from cross training. If you are a swimmer, a few sessions at a Zumba class might be just what the doctor ordered. Cross training helps you to exercise muscle groups that you may miss and it will help you crawl off of the plateau that we all find ourselves on at some point. This is because cycling through several different routines and types of exercise create muscle confusion, forcing your body to work harder. Don't be afraid to move your swims to an indoor pool and reduce your days in the water to just one or two. 

All across Ohio, people are getting ready for the warm weather. But be sure to take the time to bundle up. It's easy to forget to dress appropriately. With the burst of endorphins and the sense of well-being associated with exercise, it can be easy to forget your hat and gloves. Bundle up.
 
Other ways to get ready for summer is to get your lake house! We can help with that! Contact us HERE

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.

Tiny Homes VIA Amazon!

by Sherrie Toth
We are always amazed at all the things you can buy on Amazon. However, we wouldn’t have thought to look for a house on there...

Apparently, we were wrong. They have “houses”, too!



If this looks a little like a shipping container with windows, that’s because it is a shipping container with windows. Which makes us wonder what they ship it in - Shipping costs approximately $3,800 doubt any of their brown boxes are big enough to hold this!
For $36,000, this fully furnished 320-square-foot home can be yours. And while you’re at it, you might want to add some paper towels and toilet paper to your cart so you can move right in when it arrives.
 
Direct link to the Amazon ad. Click Here 

 If there’s anything real-estate related we can help you with this year, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Joe & Sherrie
 
 
Joe and Sherrie Toth - RE/MAX Consultant Group - at the lake
selling a lifestyle
 
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Pantone Color of 2018 is announced!

by Sherrie Toth
The results are in! Are you sitting down? The Pantone Color of the Year is…



According to the experts, ultra violet (18-3838) is often associated with mindfulness, which definitely sounds like a good thing to go home to. Now, don’t feel pressured to go out and paint your whole house purple. I found a great article that has some suggestions on how to incorporate ultra violet into your decor.
 
Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute declares a particular color "Color of the Year". Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations' color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year; The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View, which fashion designers, florists, and many other consumer-oriented companies purchase to help guide their designs and planning for future products.

Please let us know if you have any questions about paint colors - or anything else real-estate related. We are ALWAYS happy to help.


Joe & Sherrie

 
 
Joe and Sherrie Toth - RE/MAX Consultant Group - at the lake
selling a lifestyle
 
e | [email protected] 
[email protected]
p | (844) 411-5253
f | (800) 707-3176
w | www.AppleValleyLakeOhio.com 
www.KnoxCountyLiving.com

22021 Coshocton Rd Suite A Howard, Ohio 43028

 
 

Activities this Holiday!

by Sherrie Toth

While Apple Valley Lake and all of its summer fun rest for the winter, this time of year makes it possible to enjoy some different activities.  Maybe you can enjoy them with your family or alone, but it certainly will make your season bright-- that is until the sun can take over once again!

As we mentioned in our recent Holiday Blog post, this time of year is synonymous with family and food.  It’s a nice time of conversation and getting back to our roots and enjoying the simple things.  Yes, it’s a season for hustle and bustle, but it’s a different kind of hustle and bustle-- it’s just the holidays!

 

Amid the running around, gift-buying, and preparation to be with family and friends, take some time to consider these activities we’ve compiled for you.  Does your family have an activity you enjoy that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know!

 

A Christmas Story House (Cleveland, Ohio):

The actual house featured in the popular classic movie, “A Christmas Story” has been restored to its original movie appearance and opened its doors to visitors.  For a small price, you can go on a nostalgic journey through sites and scenes from the movie where little Ralphie just wanted nothing more than a Red Ryder Air Rifle but was reminded by everyone, “you’ll shoot your eye out.”  This home is located just a few minutes from downtown Cleveland in the beautiful area of Tremont. Click here for access to tickets, dates, and times.

 

Delaware Fantasy of Lights (Delaware, Ohio)

Take this opportunity to see 132 light displays of over 1 million lights! After your mesmerizing view, come inside and enjoy some hot cocoa, cookies and Santa! Admission starts at $20 per carload. Click here for more details.

 

 

The Dennison Polar Express (Dennison, Ohio):

Just as read in the book and seen in the movie, the Dennison Polar Express takes families on a journey to the North Pole.  As the ride unfolds, so does the story.  Once you arrive at your destination, Santa comes aboard and has a surprise for the kids!  Wear your pajamas!  For availability, reservations and rates, call 740-922-6776 or click here.

 

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting (Columbus, Ohio December 7th!!)

The beginning of the holiday season is kicked off with the annual holiday Statehouse event. Holiday activities include: carolers, refreshments, historical and modern character guests (including Santa!) and much more. Free and open to the public.  Click here for more information. This particular event is on the 7th of December, but guided tours are available year-round.  Click here for more information.


Take a Drive; Pack the family up in the car.  Take a drive around your neighborhood or one nearby and enjoy all the light displays you see.  You can pop on some festive music and make it a fun tradition.  Make it into a game and vote on the best one.  Send the winning home a Christmas card and tell them they were the winner!  A little kindness for the Holiday season and some free family fun.  

Are you ready to find your Happy Place and Sail Away? Contact us today. We would love to be a part of making that happen for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings all year round,

Joe & Sherrie Toth

844-411-LAKE

 

Holiday Leftover Tips

by Sherrie Toth

Did you host Thanksgiving at Apple Valley this year?  Regardless of where you spent your Holiday, November and December are synonymous with family and food. Lots and lots of food.  The day after a big holiday celebration is most likely being spent looking at the insurmountable leftovers taking up space in your kitchen as opposed to the beautiful view on the lake. What on earth do you do with these left overs?  It’s impossible to avoid them, so you pack them away in every free square inch of your refrigerator and the one outside in the garage only to probably toss them a few weeks later.  You had good intentions, right?

You can’t possibly cook less.  That’s no fun and that isn’t the holiday spirit!  So here are some tips to alleviate being left with the task of getting rid of all those leftovers.

Purchase To Go Containers-.  This might sound too obvious, but if the containers are available, your guests are more likely to take some leftovers with them before they leave.  There are many cost-savvy options to lessen the hit on your wallet, too such as purchasing these items from discount stores or finding the store brand as opposed to the name brand.  Have these containers sitting out and ready to be taken.  Your guests will be much more prone to utilizing these if they know what they’re for and that they don’t have to return them.  When you’re cleaning up after the meal, pack up some of those containers to make it even easier to just grab and go.

Plan Meals for the Week- Holiday food is extremely versatile; that smoked ham doesn’t have to be eaten as it was intended the next day.  It would be just as scrumptious to grind it up and make ham salad or dice it up and make a ham and cheese omelet for breakfast.  You can do this with a lot of the left overs.  Having a plan for the week will take away some of the stress that comes along with what do with the amount of food that is likely to be left over.


Utilize Your Freezer- I get it: You’re tired and you don’t have the energy to make a big ordeal out of putting the food away.  BUT!  A lot of that food can be put in the freezer and used at a later date-- it sure beats throwing them away when you can’t use them in time. This might take a little effort and planning, but if you prepare yourself ahead of time, it should be no problem to pack that food up!





Did you know there are still great homes at the lake “FOR SAIL” We also have buyers that are looking through the holidays! Toth and Team is proud to serve you in any way we can.

Happy Holidays!

Haunted? Taking a look inside Kenyon College

by Sherrie Toth

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Most would agree that living by the lake is most enjoyable in the summer months, but other seasons offer their benefits to lake homeowners as well-- especially here in Knox county, Ohio.  Especially during this time of the year. Especially on Halloween.

Just a few miles into Gambier we have the historical Kenyon college-- a respected liberal arts college-- being recognized as one of Ohio’s top schools.

While Kenyon offers plenty to do and see for students and non students alike, it is HAUNTED-- well, you can be the judge.

This quaint little college in a tiny little town is holding a few skeletons in its closet and whether you are superstitious or not, you can’t deny the commonalities between decades of stories told by those who have first hand accounts.

There are several stories that are tightly or loosely based on truth.  Here are a few of our favorites.

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Lewis Hall

It is reported that a student who died at the hands of himself actually turns lights on and off in this building. Others claim that toilets flush on their own and if you sit and listen, you can hear knocking as if on a door.


Bolton Dance Studio

what we know now as the dance hall used to be a pool referred to as the Greenhouse because its glass ceiling gave it the resemblance of non other than a greenhouse. It is said that lifeguards in this building used to run to the rescue of an alleged distressed swimmer only to see that the splashing was nothing and there was no one in the area.  One swimmer is alleged to have broken her neck on the high dive causing her to dive.  Reports still indicate that the modern studio is still haunted.  Dancers will see wet footprints on the floor and hear the showers turn on and off on their own.Free photo: Swimming Pool, Mosaic, Dome - Free Image on Pixabay ...


Old Kenyon

Perhaps the most tragic of all events to have happened at Kenyon was the fire of 1949.  Nine men were killed in this blaze and are said to linger still to this day.  There was a 2017 account of a young lady who was reduced to sleeping with her lights on in her dorm because when she attempted to fall asleep the first time, she felt and saw what appeared to be a burnt arm wrap around her in her bed.  She was paralyzed in fear.File:Old Kenyon crop.jpg - Wikipedia


There are several more accounts just like the three mentioned above.  But it’s really up to you if you want to believe them or not.  There are tours conducted that show all the haunted buildings and give the accounts of those who claim to have been haunted. If a spooky tour doesn’t tickle your fancy, you could always stop at the Village Inn for a nice IPA or the coffee shop on the corner for toasty warm dark roast.  

Happy Halloween...

Joe & Sherrie Toth - Apple Valley Lake 

330-388-6293 or 844-411-LAK4 (5253)

 

 

Dont have the space for a pool table? Now you do!

by Sherrie Toth

If you’ve ever wanted to have a pool table at the lake house but had nowhere to put it, check this out:



It’s called the Fusion Table and I can only imagine how popular my dinner parties would be if I owned one. You could be sitting around the table with friends and family enjoying a delicious meal one minute and challenging your guests to a game of pool the next - how cool is that? I love items that have multiple functions - might have to put this on my Christmas list.
 



What do you think? Would you want one of these in your dining room?

 
 
Joe and Sherrie Toth - RE/MAX Consultant Group - at the lake
selling a lifestyle
 
e | [email protected] 
[email protected]
p | (844) 411-5253
f | (800) 707-3176
w | www.AppleValleyLakeOhio.com 
www.KnoxCountyLiving.com


22021 Coshocton Rd Suite A - In the white plaza

Howard, Ohio 43028


 

 

Buses converted to homes

by Sherrie Toth

Can you imagine living in a school bus? What if it looked like this?



Come to think of it, this looks a lot nicer than my first apartment! It was designed by a builder in Denver who also happens to know a thing or two about buses. He spent about $27,000 turning this bus into a home, complete with a full kitchen, living room, and yes, a bathroom. Plus, it actually runs so when he wants a change of scenery, all he has to do is jump into the driver’s seat and go.

What do you think? Could you live in a bus, or would the quarters be a little too tight?

More info and pictures here about this builder and his builds

Joe & Sherrie

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Apple Valley Lake surprise in Tennessee

by Sherrie Toth

My parents went to Tennessee and visited the Gaylord Opryland hotel and resort and came back with a pretty cool story that includes Apple Valley Lake. Thanks Ma!

 

The Opryland Hotel opened its doors to guests in 1977.  Originally, the hotel was built to support the Grand Ole Opry. It had 580 guest rooms and a ballroom. 

The hotel became a hot spot destination and in 1984, it increased its size to accommodate another 480 guests and also added a convention center and a Garden Conservatory. The atrium featured over 10,000 plants and flowers. 

Keeping up with demand, in 1988 another 2 acres and nearly 800 guests rooms were added!  Another Atrium was built that included  a beautiful 3.5-story waterfall with over 8,000 tropical plants.

In 1996, A 4.5-acre expansion adding 1,024 guest rooms, 10 meeting rooms and a 57,000-square-foot ballroom was added. The incredible main feature of this addition was the Delta Atrium, which included a quarter-mile-long Delta River. As a part of the Grand opening of the river, water from 1700 lakes and rivers in the US were poured into the waterway. INCLUDING from Apple Valley Lake. It may have only been a couple ounces from a Jack Daniels bottle, but the story is fun to share and is now a piece of our lake history.  

Unfortunately, In 2010, a flood from the Cumberland river devastated the Opryland Hotel with over 250 million in damages. Restored and beautiful again, it attracts thousands of visitors (like my parents) a year., 

Does anyone know who filled the bottle/s with Apple Valley's water? 

Pictures by Evelyn G Ing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Info above from the following references:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaylord_Opryland_Resort_%26_Convention_Center

http://www.restonian.org/2014/10/watergate-2014-how-did-water-from.html?showComment=1414201290926#c6770942505793521554

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/history-opryland-hotel-53488.html

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