The Stonebrook Letter

Vol. 21, No. 10

October, 2017

Terry Stonebrook

Gutter Tune-Up

Home inspections often reveal neglected gutter maintenance causing sagging gutters, rotted wood fascia, etc. Because of the height, it may be best to call a gutter company for annual inspections to:

1. Remove debris, roofing mineral, leaves, etc., from gutters and downspouts.

2. Check guttering for proper pitch and secure gutter brackets so that water drains toward downspouts.

3. Check for adequate downspouts that rainfall doesn’t overflow the gutter between downspouts.

4. Inspect for leaking at the seams and reseal joints with a terpolymer sealant that allows for expansion of the metal.

5. Install splash blocks or extensions at the base of downspouts to prevent erosion and direct water away from the foundation.


This gutter needs attention

How's Real Estate

Steady as you go. The residential market continues on a fast pace with brisk home sales, in spite of low inventory. Mortgage rates rose slightly this week with 30-year conventional loans at 3.875%, up from 3.75%, the lowest we had seen this year.


Sales Update

Shelby County September home sales were up 10% with 1,687 sales vs. 1,535 last year, and the average home sale price increased 8% to $171,929. Year-to-date home sales are up 10%. There were 67 new home sales in September, with Arlington recording the most with 21 sales averaging $332,968.

Source: The Pulse Report, Chandler Reports, 10/4/17.


Overton Park Shell

The best entertainment value in Memphis is the Overton Park Shell offering free outdoor concerts, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through November 4th. Arrive early with your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy a food truck dinner on the lawn. Mary and I enjoyed Los Angeles country singer, Sam Outlaw, last Sunday night with our friends, Charlie and Margaret McGrory. It was like being at the Ryman. Pretty sunset, good food, good friends and great music! Google “Levitt Shell” for show times and entertainers.


6510 Stage Rd., Suite 1
Bartlett TN 38134
901 568-0100 Terry cell
901 380-7653 office
901 592-0929 eFax




About Terry


Garden: Turnip Greens

In September, I pulled tomato vines and broadcast a mix of pelletized lime, mustard and “purple top” turnip green seeds. I also spread 6-0-0 cotton seed meal and the greens have flourished. To slow the white flies and insects, I spray a mix of Dawn detergent and vegetable oil on the greens once a week.


William Faulkner in New Albany

Mary and I attended the annual William Faulkner Literary Awards Luncheon in New Albany, MS, with my brother, Herb, and his wife, Cathy. Monetary awards were presented to writers nationwide in these categories: novel, one act play, poetry, adult short story and student short story.


Of all the foods available, turnip greens are near the top for nutrients to calorie ratio.


Mary & Cathy at “An Evening in the Faulkner Garden”,
presented by the New Albany Garden Club, at the Union County Heritage Museum

What Clients Say

“I have a couple of friends moving right now and it caused me to reflect on my moving experience. I just want you to know how much I appreciate everything you both did to make my move happen. It was relatively painless, too. I was scared to death to begin the process but I had y'all and I am so thankful for that! You are the best!”

—Gwen Fergie


Thought for the Month

“The foolish person seeks happiness in the distance; the wise person grows it under his feet.”

—James Oppenheim

Source:“The World’s Healthiest Foods” at whfoods.org.


Pumpkin Crunch Cake … it’s Fall!

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin purée
1 t. salt
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1 c. chopped pecans
4 eggs
1 c. melted butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1/2’ish box of yellow cake mix (this will give a pie-like texture; if you prefer a more cake-like texture, use more-up to full box)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 dish with nonstick spray. In large bowl beat pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, salt and spices. Pour into dish. Sprinkle with pecans. Pour melted butter evenly over the top. Bake 60-70 min. until lightly browned and custard is set. Serve warm or cold. Store in refrigerator.

From the kitchen of Vicki Knight