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Happy Valentine’s Day

Psyche Awakened by Eros (1787-93) Marble, Louvre. By Antonio Canova


Many of you who’ve worked with me know that my passion is art. I studied art history, I paint, I draw, I carve rocks. The above stone sculpture is one of my favorites. Here’s the mythology behind these two lovely figures of Cupid/Eros and Psyche.  – renée


There were once a king and queen who had three very beautiful daughters. Psyche, the youngest and most beautiful, was treated like a goddess by the local people.

Jealous and infuriated, Venus, goddess of Beauty, ordered her son Cupid to avenge her by making Psyche enamored of the lowest of all human beings. But Cupid fell hopelessly in love with the mortal girl. Psyche’s father, in despair at seeing his daughter unmarried despite her beauty, consulted the oracle of Miletus. The oracle predicted terrible disasters if the girl were not abandoned at once on a rock, where a monster would carry her off.

Alone and trembling on the rock, Psyche suddenly felt the caress of a light breeze: this signaled the coming of Zephyr, the gentle west wind. He bore her away to a marble palace covered with precious stones, which would now be her home.

Each night a mysterious visitor came to Psyche’s room and made love to her. But he forbade her to try to see his face.

Psyche, curious to see her lover’s face, lit her oil lamp one night as he slept and saw that he was none other than the god of Love. But a drop of burning oil suddenly woke him; and feeling betrayed, he fled.

Desperate, Psyche set out in search of her lost love. Venus inflicted terrible ordeals on her, leading her from the Underworld to Olympus. For the last of these ordeals, Venus sent Psyche to Proserpina, goddess of the Underworld, ordering her to bring back a flask she should open under no circumstances. But Psyche was curious, and opened the flask. Inhaling the vapors, she fell into a deathly sleep. Cupid revived her by touching her with his arrow. Moved by such devotion, the gods finally granted Cupid Psyche’s hand. They gave her nectar and ambrosia, and this made her immortal. They then consecrated her goddess of the Soul.

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , ,

Price of Forever Stamps Increases Sunday!

For the first time since January 2014, the price of US Postage stamps is going to increase. This means you’ll be paying two cents more for a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, which is currently 47 cents. The price changes will take effect on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017.
The price change does not include Postcards, letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

The First-Class Mail prices for these products are:

Letters (1 oz.) 47 cents 49 cents
Letters additional ounces 21 cents 21 cents
Letters to all international destinations                 $1.15                 $1.15
Postcards 34 cents 34 cents


Pricing for Standard (Bulk) Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services will also be adjusted

For more information about postage rates, visit:



Posted on January 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Mailing Services, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , ,

72 Hour Emergency Kit

windandseaBatten Down the Hatches! The National Weather Service has predicted that the Pacific Northwest may see gale force winds and 4 inches of rain when the remnants of Typhoon Songda hit the coast Thursday afternoon October 13th through the weekend. We might expect urban flooding, high winds, falling tree limbs and power failure.

Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home and office. Kits prepared for vehicle road travel and winter weather evacuation go-kits are also advised. Stay informed and know the weather approaching so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.

For more information visit Take Winter By Storm

Basic Supplies

Extra Supplies
  • Water: One gallon per person, per day
  • Food: Non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications
  • Work Gloves
  • Multi-purpose tool, Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and Emergency Contact Information
  • Extra Cash (Small Bills and Coins)
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Maps of the area
  • Hand-Crank Radio
  • Copies of personal documents – birth certificates, social security cards, real estate contracts, insurance contracts, bank records and passports, immunization records and any other important personal documents
  • Baby Supplies: formula, diapers, medications
  • Pet Supplies: collar, leash, id, food, carrier and bowl
  • Two-way Radios
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Whistle
  • Matches
  • Rain Gear
  • Towels
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Household Liquid Bleach
  • Entertainment Items, Games and Activities
  • Trash Bags, Plastic Sheeting
  • Baby Wipes
  • Family Plan

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,

Community Service Day Volunteer

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What is Community Service Day?

Each year, Windermere Real Estate agents, managers, owners and staff from 300 offices across the Western United States gather together and devote their workday to making a positive change in the neighborhoods they serve through local service projects and volunteerism.

This year, Windermere's Greenwood brokers and staff assisted the Phinney Neighborhood Association Senior Center with sprucing up yards, weeding flower beds, and trimming overgrowth for several seniors in the Greenwood neighborhood.

Windermere’s Community Service Day was established in 1984 to offer agents and staff a chance to volunteer an entire workday to give back to the neighborhoods in which they live and work.  Windermere’s Community Service Day has been recognized nationally as a model hands-on volunteer program and has been adopted by other real estate companies and businesses around the country. 

Community Service Day Friday, June 3rd

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Posted on June 1, 2016 at 10:32 am
Renee Roberts | Posted in Greenwood, Greenwood, Seattle Neighborhoods | Tagged ,

2016 Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event

Annual Paper Shredding & Recycling Event

Annual Paper Shredding & Recycling Event

Join Us for a Shredding & Recycling Party!

On Saturday, April 16th, from 11am to 2pm, we will have two trucks on site at our Windermere Greenwood Office Parking Lot 311  85th St, Seattle, WA 98103 to shred your paper material, and recycling electronics.

Items Accepted: Desktop and Laptop Computers, Monitors, Cell Phones, iPods, Keyboards, Mice, Power Cables, Scanners, Copiers, and TVs under 42".

Not Accepted: DVD Players, VCRs, Microwaves, Stereo Equipment, Kitchen or other Appliances, TVs over 40", Styrofoam or Cardboard.

We will be serving Grilled Hot Dogs and Brats, Soda, Chips, Coffee, Cookies, and a SMILE to Thank you for your Support!

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 10:15 am
Renee Roberts | Posted in Greenwood, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge |

Happy New Year!


Renee and Wren Graphics look forward to asssting you with your real estate needs and business development throughout 2016!

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 1:12 am
Renee Roberts | Posted in Productivity, Uncategorized, WREN graphics |

Need Assistance with your 2016 Calendar Mailings?

Need Assistance with Your 2016 Calendar Mailings?

The clock has fallen back, the election is over and holiday gift catalogues are arriving in the mail each day… that means the new year is nearly upon us and it's time to mail your calendars!

If you need assistance in preparing your calendars for bulk mail, I'm here to help. From creating decorative labels that match your holiday stationary, to stuffing, sealing and then bundling & hauling them away to the bulk mail acceptance unit at the post office, WREN graphics is available to assist with your calendar mailings again this year.

Calendar Mailing Services & Pricing  

If you are planning to prepare all – or just part of your mailings, following are just a few tips that will ease the process:

  • All mail pieces must be identical in weight & content. No personal notes or cards are allowed, however, a computer generated holiday greeting letter is fine.
  • Zip code sort your list before printing your labels. The post office requires FLAT mailings (anything over 3.3 oz.) be zip code sorted & bundled. Having your list printed in zip code order saves a lot of time in this process!
  • Your Return Address is required.
  • Move Update/Address Service is required. In a previous blog post, I have outlined the methods available to use.
  • When labeling your envelopes – place the address label in the lower right hand quadrant of the envelope.
  • If WREN graphics will be mailing your calendars for you, place your envelopes in zip code order from lowest to highest. No sticky notes or dividers are necessary. Then contact Renee 206-395-9736 or email:  to let me know they're ready to be picked up or drop them off at the Windermere Greenwood office!
  • I prepare a calendar mailing at least once per week. If you have less than 50 lbs./200 pcs. I will need to merge your calendars with another mailing of identical size and weight, so this matching may take a few additional days.

If you have any questions, please call or email. I look forward to assisting you!

Renee  206-395-9736

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 6:38 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Mailing Services, Productivity, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , , , , ,

2nd Half 2015 Property Taxes Due

 Property Taxes Due

Property Taxes Due

King County residents who pay their property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, should circle Halloween (Saturday, October 31st) on their calendar. The second half of 2015 property taxes are due on that date.

After November 2nd, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill. To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently.

Tax payments can be made:

  • By mail if postmarked no later than November 2, 2015. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should never be sent through the mail.
  • Online using King County’s convenient, secure online eTax application. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account called an “eCheck.”
  • In person by Friday, October 30th at the King County Administration Building, Suite 600 – Treasury Operations, located at 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle. Treasury Operations is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • At King County Community Service Centers if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area by visiting

The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, taxpayers can visit

For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, contact King County Treasury Operations online or by calling (206) 296-0923.

Information on senior citizen exemption and deferral programs can be obtained from the King County Assessor’s Office by calling (206) 296-3920.

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,

Was Your Oil Tank Decommissioned?



The average year built of homes sold in Seattle during the 1st Quarter of 2015 was 1964 –  Just as natural gas heat was starting to become the most popular type of heating system for homes in the Seattle area. But what about older homes in our more established neighborhoods? Many are still using oil heat, but many more have since converted to gas or electric heat. What happened to all those old oil tanks?  


How do I determine if there is an oil tank on a property, and whether or not it has been decommissioned?

This is not an uncommon question to answer as a Realtor when a home is sold and transferred to a new homeowner. To determine if an oil tank is on a property – or if it has been decommissioned, the first step is to contact the local Fire Marshal's Office.

The Fire Department does not have records of the location of underground heating oil tanks, because a Fire Department permit is not required to install underground heating oil tanks.  However, the Permit Section staff in the Fire Marshal’s Office for the City of Seattle, can check for any record of the removal or decommissioning of an oil tank at your address conducted under permit after 1997 for residential properties; and after 1984 for commercial properties. 

Email your request to   Include the property address and a fax number if you'd prefer to receive the report by fax. They'll research permits on file and respond within 5 days. (I've usually heard back within 24-48 hours.)

Most decommissioning reports have only been in place for the past 15 years, so if it was done earlier, a Seattle Fire Department permit was not required to remove or decommission an underground tank

Other cities are similar in this method of investigation, so depending on where you live, you’ll want to contact the fire department responsible – whether in city limits or the County if you live in an unincorporated area. 

If you need to investigate the possibility of an abandoned oil tank further, most oil tank companies offer locating services if you are unsure if – or where an underground storage tank is buried on the property.



Posted on May 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Seattle Neighborhoods, Uncategorized, WREN graphics | Tagged , ,

Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event

Shredding Event

Join Us for a Shredding & Recycling Party!

On Saturday, April 18th, from 11am to 2pm, we will have two trucks on site at our Windermere Greenwood Office Parking Lot 311  85th St, Seattle, WA 98103 to shred your paper material, and recycling electronics.

Items Accepted: Desktop and Laptop Computers, Monitors, Cell Phones, iPods, Keyboards, Mice, Power Cables, Scanners, Copiers, and TVs under 42".

Not Accepted: DVD Players, VCRs, Microwaves, Stereo Equipment, Kitchen or other Appliances, TVs over 42", Styrofoam or Cardboard.

We will be serving Grilled Hot Dogs and Brats, Soda, Chips, Coffee, Cookies, and a SMILE to Thank you for your Support!

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 4:49 pm
Renee Roberts | Posted in Greenwood, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Seattle Events, Seattle Neighborhoods, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,