Sock it to us this September!
What We've Been Up To...
Last month, Rachael teamed up with other local real estate professionals for the Whatcom County Association of Realtor's charity golf tournament. All of the proceeds benefited Habitat for Humanity and it was a fun filled day "fore" a great cause!  
In case you missed it in our summer newsletter, we are very excited to partner with our client Tammy Brockmann for her annual sock drive in memory of her son, Jason, that benefits the Lighthouse Mission. We are collecting new socks, primarily in men’s & women’s sizes (socks for children are also welcome) from now until the end of September. You can stop by any time and drop your donation in the collection bin at our office, located at 913 Lakeway Drive in Bellingham. 
8 Ways to Extend Patio Season This Fall
Cooling temperatures and the arrival of pumpkin spice everything doesn’t mean that you need to head indoors just yet. Using your outdoor living space is a great way to enjoy the changing of the season and enjoy some outside time. Extending your patio season is easy with these eight tips to help your patio pop well into the fall.
 
1) Add Some Warmth
Making sure that your outdoor living space is still enjoyable and comfortable will encourage you to use the space more often. Consider adding a patio heater that can easily radiate heat in a large area for you and your guests. Choose from a variety of sizes and styles that fit your budget and the overall look of your outdoor patio area.

2) Hang Some Lights
You’ll need some extra lighting with the sun setting sooner than it was earlier in the summer. Hang a few strands of lights around the perimeter of your outdoor space in order to add a touch of sparkle to prolong those after-dinner conversations. Choose from different styles that cater to your unique tastes and personality.

3) Cuddle Up with Throws
As temperatures continue to drop, make sure to always have a stack of fresh, cozy throw blankets ready for friends and family so they aren’t scared back inside by the crisp fall air. Consider storing blankets in a weather-tight box outdoors to keep them dry and ready for use.

4) Add Some Ambiance
To create a truly enjoyable outdoor ambiance, consider adding a popular fire pit to your patio to encourage those guests to stay awhile. Not only does a fire pit add an extra layer of warmth but it provides a point of interest to an outdoor living space. Invite friends over to roast some hot dogs over the fire and indulge in gooey s’mores for dessert.

5) Sip Some Tea
Wrapping up in a cozy blanket to read a book and enjoy a hot cup of tea, or hot chocolate, is the epitome of fall that many homeowners love. Make sure to provide enough side table space next to outdoor chairs for ultimate comfort while diving into a good book. Use a simple outdoor tray to carry sweeteners and sugar cookies to enjoy with your warm beverage.

6) Leave the Leaves
You may want to immediately rake up fallen leaves on your patio, but consider letting them fall where they may to really set the scene of your outdoor space. The colors of fallen leaves provide those seasonal scents that remind of autumn-and they can be mulched for your fall lawn care needs.

7) Add Fall Color
Pumpkins are a welcome addition to any outdoor space this time of year. Pick up a few different shapes, colors and varieties of the orange gourds to add a pop of instant seasonal color to your patio. Stack and store pumpkins on your patio before carving them later in the season.

8) Have A Game Center
Fall is a great time to enjoy lawn games that carried over from the summer. Many homeowners find that fall is the better season to enjoy a quick game of horseshoes or croquet in the comfortable, cooling temperatures. Create a game center on your patio that is easy for guests to access and invite your friends and family to join you outdoors for a friendly competition.
 
What's Happening in Whatcom County?
If you have an upcoming event that you'd like us to help promote in our monthly newsletter, please email the details to: assistant@rachaelwilson.com
Eat Dessert for Skookum Kids
Thursday, Sept. 12th, 11:00am - 10:00pm

Pure Bliss Desserts

Bellingham Traverse 2019
Saturday, Sept. 14th, 12:00 - 5:00pm
Boundary Bay Brewery

Bellingham SeaFeast
Sept. 21st & 22nd, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Squalicum Harbor 
3rd Annual Soktoberfest Fundraiser
Saturday, Sept. 21st, 3:00 - 9:00pm
Overflow Taps (Bellingham)

Bellingham Oktoberfest 2019
Friday, Sept. 27th, 6:30 - 10:00pm
Depot Market Square

Bellingham Bay Marathon
Sunday, Sept. 29th, 6:45am - 9:00pm
Depot Market Square
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