The Stonebrook Letter
Vol. 23, No. 5
How’s Real Estate
The Memphis area real estate market continues at a fast pace with homes in good condition and sought after areas receiving multiple offers. Mortgage rates remain steady with 30-year conventional loans at 4.125% and FHA/VA at 3.625%.
Through April, the number of homes sold is up 2% over last year. Investors continue to buy 4 of every 10 homes sold in Shelby County.
St. Louis Visit
Mary and I visited Will and Macie in St. Louis recently. The Cincinnati Reds pounded the Cards, but we loved seeing Busch Stadium and the good food at Ball Park Village. Saturday we caught the azaleas and dogwoods in perfect bloom at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. For lunch we went to Gioia’s on the Hill, an Italian deli since 1918. We ordered their famous salami sub with grilled onions and mustard, and it was delicious!
To cap off our St. Louis Day, we enjoyed the Boathouse at Forest Park, watching the ducks, boaters, etc., at the famous venue from the 1904 World’s Fair. St. Louis is a great city to visit with lots of historical, interesting sights.
1011 W. Poplar, Suite 8
Realtors Tour Graceland
Centerfield at Busch Stadium
Macie, Will & Mary at
Welcome Center, Tour Packages, Elvis’ pink cadillac
Gardening - Tomatoes and Peppers
This year I am taking extra steps to grow better tomatoes and peppers, including:
1. Planting transplants with bone meal.
2. Keeping a regular spray schedule with Neem oil every 7-10 days. Several tomato farmers in New Albany, MS, recommended the Neem oil spray to help prevent insect and fungus problems. They told me, “If you wait until you see a fungus problem, you are probably too late.”
3. Trimming lower limbs below the first blooms for air flow and to avoid soil splashing on leaves.
4. Applying calcium nitrate once blooms set.
5. Inspecting plants daily removing suckers to maintain a “single stem” approach.
6. Watching YouTube gardening videos regularly.
April Franklin Visit
We visited Mary’s brother, Hank, and his wife, Elizabeth, in Franklin, TN. We enjoyed a nice dinner at BrickTops where Mary’s other brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Alice, joined us. Saturday we took a driving tour of Franklin, including Carnton, a Civil War battle site. The rainy weather made it comfortable to stay in and watch Tiger win the Masters!
Raised bed tomatoes
Thought for the Month
“A knife of the keenest steel requires the whetstone, and the wisest man needs advice.”
Recipe: Mocha Pie
1/2 cup sugar
Cook sugar, cocoa, coffee, corn starch, flour, milk and salt together until thickened, stirring constantly. Let cool and add vanilla. Whip cream, fold in 1/2 and add other 1/3 to achieve marble effect. Pour into baked pie shell Chill. A cool, summertime dessert!
From the kitchen of my mom, Julia Russell
Mary and her brother, Hank, at Carnton in Franklin