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Plant These Fall Garden Vegetables Now

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It may still be officially summer, but now is the time to start planting fall garden vegetables.  Here are a few vegetables you should be planting now for a strong fall harvest.

  1. Arugula - One of the best things about Arugula is it grows fast with an average 40 days from planting to harvest.  When planting do not place with other crops from the cabbage family.
  2. Lettuce - Plant lettuce now but keep it in the shade and away from the hotter afternoon sun.  On average it takes from 45 to 60 days to harvest.
  3. Beets – These are a root crop that thrives when planted now. Keep it watered well and expect them to be ready to harvest within an average of 60 days. Keep an eye on how tall the greens are and don’t let them get longer than 6 inches before harvesting.
  4. Radishes - Plant at least 4 weeks prior to harvest and make sure the soil is fertile.
  5. Broccoli - Plant in full sun and in moist fertile soil, adding up to 4 inches compost to the area.
  6.  Cauliflower - This cool-season crop is a favorite among many and the coast is the perfect environment to grow it.  Rich soil with plenty of water and nutrients are important for a strong crop.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer, but prepare for fall.  Happy gardening!

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.



Coastside Weekend Events

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The month of August is quickly coming to a close, the kids are back to school in many areas and others will be heading back any day. However, there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy and a lot of things are happening along the coast. Here is a brief round of local events this weekend.

Big! The Musical

Friday night the Coastal Repertory Theater in Half Moon Bay will feature the endearing story of Big! in its musical adaptation from the 1998 Tom Hanks film. For more information on this must see performance visit here.

Mary Poppins - Pacifica Spindrift Players Theater

The classic Disney film comes to life with “Mary Poppins” Broadway adaptations at the Pacifica Spindrift Players Theater.  This family friendly performance is sure to impress. For show times and more information, visit here.

Yoga and Self Healing with Wah!

Start your Saturday off with some a yoga class with Wah.  All levels welcome and more information about the class can be found here.

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

Celebrating its 35th year the annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto will feature more than 300 artisans.  A variety of art will be on display such as paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photographs, and unique sculptures.  The event will also have musical entertainment, a Kid’s Art Studio, and a wide variety of gourmet foods and beverages.  More information about the Festival of the Arts can be found here.

San Mateo Japanese Garden 50th Anniversary

The Japanese Garden in San Mateo celebrates its 50th anniversary. The event is free and open to the public. Come enjoy the Japanese Garden, Central Park Japanese Garden Ceremony, the Japanese Taiko Drum performance, speeches from local dignitaries and representatives from our sister city Toyonaka. A Dinner Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available for the dinner here.

Wildlife of America - A Photo Exhibition

Pasta Moon Ristorante & Bar will host an exhibition by Jeremy Fratkin who has spent over 15 years exploring the world.  His latest exhibit titled “ Wildlife of America” will be on display through September.  Details on the exhibition can be found here.

San Mateo’s Firefighter’s Chili Cook-Off

Chili and cold beer while listening to live music means you are in for a good time at this year’s San Mateo’s Firefighter’s Chili Cook-Off.  Saturday from 11-5 at San Mateo’s Central Park you can taste homemade chili by firefighters from each station. More information is available here.

Big Bad Barn Dance and BBQ

Kick up your heels for a good cause and head to the historic Folger Stable in Wunderlich Park for an old-fashioned Barn Dance. The event is being hosted by Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks. This charity event will help support programs and projects in the parks.  The event will have catered BBQ, craft beer and wine, live band and caller, and prizes.  More information can be found here.

High Water Blues

Unwind at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Saturday evening to the tunes of High Water Blues.  You can expect a lot of energy and soul along with a good time. More information can be found here.

For a full list of events happening along the coast this weekend visit here.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

A Story We Wanted To Share

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.  He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help."  There were only a few coins in the hat. 

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the  sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. 

Soon the hat began to fill up.  A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. 

That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. 
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my  sign this morning?   
What did you write?" 

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." 
I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it." 

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. 
The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. 
Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? 

Moral of the Story:   
Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. 
Think differently and positively.  
When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. 

Face your past without regret.  Handle your present with confidence. 
Prepare for the future without fear. 

Keep the faith and drop the fear. 

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling… 

And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason 
behind it!!! 

Pacifica Chili & Chowder Cook-Off August 14th and Call For Local Artists

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The 7th Annual Pacifica Chili & Chowder Cook-Off is back again by popular demand and will take place on August 14th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Pedro Point Firehouse.  There will be live music along with family – friendly entertainment.  Both local restaurants and home chefs will compete with each other for the title of Best Chili and Best Chowder in Pacifica.  Attendees will enjoy all-you–can-eat tastings and sides along with being able to cast their vote for People’s Choice Awards. All proceeds from the event will go towards the historical Pedro Point Firehouse.  Advance tickets can be purchased here.

There is also a call out for local artists by the Coastside Land Trust, which is working to protect and enhance the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources for Half Moon Bay and along the San Mateo Coast.  They are currently looking for art pieces for their upcoming show, “Celebrating the Coast,” which celebrates the ordinary and astounding beauty of the coast.  They are looking for pieces of art that focus on coastal land and/or those who inhabit it.  However, artwork in all media will be considered. They will be taking submissions from August 15th to the 22nd and you can find more information here about submitting your art pieces. The show dates are September 23rd through October 7th.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.



Clean Your Coastside Home With This Wholesome Ingredient For Less Than $5

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We urge you to consider helping to clean up our environment as well.  The Sharp Park Beach cleanup will take place on August 13th, from 9am to 11 am.  Volunteers will be meeting at the corner of Beach Blvd and Clarendon.  Street parking is free and you are encouraged to bring buckets and reusable gloves. For more information visit here.

If you are looking for a wholesome way to clean your coastisde home, and do so for under $5 then you’re going to want to keep reading.   Not poisonous to humans and a weak acetic acid, vinegar is the ideal cleaning tool for any room in your home.  The uses for vinegar are endless.  Here are just a few areas in your home you can tackle by cleaning with vinegar.


The last thing you want to use in an area you store food is toxic chemicals.  Opt for a mixture of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar.   This can be used to clean out the inside of your refrigerator and to wipe up any spills. Clean your microwave by heating up a glass bowl with ½ cup of vinegar and a ½ cup of water until boiling. Then simply wipe away the built up grime with ease.   If your kitchen sink drain has a foul smell add some vinegar to a scrub brush and sprinkle with baking soda and wipe away. Not only will this remove residue, it will eliminate odors.


Dust mites can cause your allergies to be out of control. This can be helped by disinfecting your bed’s mattress. Create a mixture of a small amount of rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and a few drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and use on your mattress.  If your mattress could use a more thorough cleaning, sprinkle it with baking soda after spraying the mixture, then remove by vacuuming.


Vinegar makes a great overall bathroom cleaner and doesn’t even need to be diluted.  To clean your toilet simply add a cup of vinegar to the bowl and let it sit overnight. In the morning add a sprinkle of baking soda then scrub and you’re done. To clean the sink or tub, close the drain and pour in some vinegar and let it set for a few hours. Simply scrub away the buildup. Don’t forget to rinse. For that hard to get rid of soap scum in the shower, head to the kitchen and boil vinegar. While it is warm (not too hot) use it to wipe down the shower. Continue to wipe down your shower every five minutes for 30 minutes. Then soak a nonscratch sponge with vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda. Wipe off any remaining soap scum.


To get rid of carpet odors and dust mites, add vinegar to a spray bottle with  a few drops of essential oil and apply lightly throughout.

Wood & Glass

Clean your wooden furniture by mixing 1 cup of olive oil with ¼ cup of vinegar plus a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Wipe on your furniture’s surface. Clean glass by mixing a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water and then wipe down your glass surfaces.

If you are looking to sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. If you are considering selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach,Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.



5 Pollution Causing Things You May Be Doing You Are Unaware Of

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Curbing pollution is something all coastside residents should be working together to improve. There are ways we potentially harm our environment and use unnecessary energy that we may not even be aware of.  Here are five pollution/energy-sucking activities that we can easily change to help make our world around us a little greener.

Liquid Soaps

The use of liquid soaps, such as body wash, require five times the amount of energy for the production of raw materials and almost 20 times the amount of energy for packaging than that of bar soaps. When it comes to staying clean, use bar soaps instead of liquid soaps to reduce pollution in our environment.


For some, it’s hard to imagine a life without electronics.  On average, a home in this nation has 24 devices that are using energy. Reduce energy and pollution by setting the device’s automatic brightness feature on them, and you could be cutting energy use by nearly 50 percent. Unplugging devices while not in use is another way to reduce energy use.

Home Appliances

Both your dishwasher and clothes dryer use a lot of energy along with producing a great deal of humidity and heat. If you are using an air conditioner, heat and humidity cause it to work harder resulting in more energy use. Save energy by running these home appliances in non-peak hours.  Hanging your clothes out to dry is another way of saving energy.

Coffee Pods

The Keurig machine has revolutionized the coffee industry, but it has also brought with it pollution.  The pods from the K-cup are not able to be recycled at many plants, and as a result, they end up in our landfills.  If you are stuck on using your machine, search for recycling facilities that will accept “number 7” plastic.

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil will take centuries to biodegrade and yet many of us still use it. Replace it with unbleached parchment paper.  Not only is unbleached parchment paper biodegradable, it is also compostable.

Let’s all do our part to reduce pollution. Little changes can make big impacts.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

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