Sandra Nickel

Renovation vs. Restoration: What’s the Difference, Why Should I Care and How Can I Help?

Renovation vs. Restoration: What’s the Difference, Why Should I Care and How Can I Help?

“Just totally renovated—shows like new!,” trumpets the MLS about a particularly lovely home. Another reads, “Restored from front door to rear porch and everything in between.” And if you are looking for a great older home, both of these will probably make your list of must-sees. When you enter the first property, it is everything […]

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Old Alabama Town, A True Jewel

Old Alabama Town, A True Jewel

By on 5 February, 2016 in Fun, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

This year I am privileged to serve as the President of the Landmarks Foundation board of directors. And the position has enabled me already to learn soooooo much about one of Montgomery’s true jewels: Old Alabama Town. Landmarks Education Director Florence Giles has for many months encouraged us board members to visit the Grange Hall […]

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Get Organized!

Get Organized!

By on 21 January, 2016 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

A recent post at the About.com web site listed the top ten most common New Year’s Resolutions. My hands-down favorite was number 10: Get Organized. I own books about being organized. I’ve attended webinars about being organized. And I’ve even helped others—especially seniors about to downsize—get organized. Truth told, however: I’m still plagued by a […]

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Thankfulness

Thankfulness

By on 26 November, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

As I age, I become increasingly aware of how much in daily life I take for granted. Things like light and heat and running water—little things like that. In this season of thankfulness I was quite forcibly reminded that these things are NOT automatic and that I should be consciously and continually grateful for them. […]

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Report From the Historic Neighborhoods Coalition

Report From the Historic Neighborhoods Coalition

By on 4 November, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

It has been eight or nine months since we first wrote about fledgling efforts of Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods to form a coalition. We published a follow-up earlier this fall as the coalition began to focus in on some specific goals. Our roving correspondent Sandra Nickel attended last night’s Historic Neighborhoods Coalition meeting and filed this […]

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Timelessness, Whether Traveling or at Home

Timelessness, Whether Traveling or at Home

By on 1 October, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

While we were anxiously awaiting the next Midtown Montgomery Living post from our regular correspondent, Sandra Nickel, we eventually learned that she was out of town. More significantly, she was far outside the boundaries of the state, engaging in some sort of barnstorming tour of the Western United States. Although rumors are fleeting and mysterious, […]

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Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

Montgomery currently boasts six residential neighborhoods that have achieved either partial or total local historic designation: Capitol Heights, Cloverdale-Idlewild, Cottage Hill, Garden District, Highland Park and Old Cloverdale. At least two others are working diligently to gain the 60 percent of property owners’ support needed to achieve that designation: Centennial Hill and South Hull District. […]

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My Latest Adventure…the Final Chapter!

My Latest Adventure…the Final Chapter!

By on 4 September, 2015 in Historic preservation, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Note: Living in Midtown Montgomery often means living in historic homes, with all of the joys and responsibilities involved. This is the fourth in Sandra’s series about her bathroom renovation. Read the first part here, the second part here and the third part here. When I arrived home last night, brother/contractor/remodeler extraordinaire Frank was sitting […]

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A Bathroom Trilogy: Renovation Continues!

A Bathroom Trilogy: Renovation Continues!

By on 17 August, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Note: Living in Midtown Montgomery often means living in historic homes, with all of the joys and responsibilities involved. This is the third in Sandra’s series about her bathroom renovation. Read the first part here and the second part here. We are now approaching the end of week 6 of our hallway bathroom remodel. Living […]

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NOT Your Usual Urgent Care Story

NOT Your Usual Urgent Care Story

By on 31 July, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

Last Friday I developed a bladder infection (sorry if that’s TMI!). Our regular primary care guy’s office is closed on Fridays, so I knew I was in for an adventure. Saturday after my last appointment I sat down at my computer and Googled “urgent care Montgomery AL,” fully expecting that I would have to drive […]

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