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texas: Ain't Going Down - 07/15/08 11:02 AM
The following lyrics sung by Walyon and Wille, kept running through my mind this morning as I was thinking about the 37th annual Bryan Breakfast Lion's Club PRCA rodeo that will be held this week: Mama's don't let you babies grow up to be cowboys, Make them be lawyers and doctors and such. They'll never stay home and they're always alone, Even with someone they love. Mama's don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys.... Cowboys ain't easy to love and they are harder to hold. Each night begins a new day. If you don't understand him and he (4 comments)
We have a lot of clay soil in the College Station, Texas area. When it gets hot and there is no rain, the clay soils dries up and shrinks. It may even start cracking. Then, when it finally does rain, the clay soaks up the water and swells. It expands.
Both pictures were taken today, here in College Station. In the picture to the right, the clay soil is shrinking and pulling away from the driveway.
texas: Where did it go? - 04/18/08 05:56 PM
Have you ever noticed how fast time seems to fly by? It seems just like the other day, I was working on New Year's resolutions, planning to run a 5K, and most recently waiting on the bluebonnets to come out. (In this part of Texas, we look forward to the blue bonnets each year.) As I sit here today, I realize tax season is done. The spring home buying season is in full swing. My son will be graduating from high school next month. I wonder how much longer are the bluebonnets are going to last?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See (12 comments)
texas: "I Have A Dream" - 01/21/08 12:33 PM
Today is MLK Day. This is a 42 year old, white girl's perspective on the holiday. This morning, as I hit the turned off the alarm - I was really glad that we have this holiday. Initially, it was because I did not have to get up and take my son to school. This last week or so, I've been so swamped, I haven't even had time to log onto AR. I needed this break. But, then I found myself thinking about the holiday. How am I going to spend the day? How will others spend the day? Who will be (4 comments)
texas: Hard to Photograph Listings - 01/04/08 07:41 PM
I think one of my favorite things about getting a new listing is taking the pictures of the property. I enjoy REALLY looking at a home or a piece of land, trying to figure out would be the best shots. Typically, I will take an entire roll of film, or in the age of digital cameras - I'll use up all of the available shots. Afterwards, I sort through the pictures, deciding which ones "best" highlight the property. For me, the ultimate compliment is when my pictures remind my clients of why they love their home or land. I'll admit, some places are harder to photograph than others. I've noticed (18 comments)
texas: What do you call them/it? - 12/23/07 06:37 PM
Alright, here it is the Eve of Christmas Eve. My entire family will be at my house tomorrow night and I really need to CLEAN. However, being an AR addict, I just had to check my email and AR. I ended up reading Dale Barker's post: Do you have a Streams on your property! Home Owner's, Home Buyer's in which he discusses Riparian Woodlands. Then I came up with this burning question, that is preventing me from cleaning house. What do you call the water that runs through a piece of property that is smaller than a river? Do you call it a creek, a stream or something (12 comments)
texas: Roses in December??? - 12/02/07 03:03 PM
We've all heard the saying, "If you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait, it will change." Here in the Bryan College Station, Texas area, there was a burn ban about three weeks ago due to the extremely dry conditions. Then right around Thanksgiving, we were blessed with rain. And, more rain. Last weekend, it was cold and rainy. The temperatures dropped into the low 40's. For us, low 40's is COLD. 30's is freezing cold. Anyway, I actually got to wear some of my winter close for the very first time this year. Some people commented, "The cold weather makes it seem more like the holiday season." That (6 comments)
texas: Do People "Just Know" or Do You Have to Tell Them? - 11/25/07 08:00 PM
What are my attitudes, words and actions saying? Can people tell that I am a Christian or do I have to tell them? If I am advertising that I attend a particular church, that I am a Christian, or that I'm just great in general, what am I "really" trying accomplish? Do consumers care to read this in ads or on websites? I asked almost 60 college students last week to name 8 things that make a good website. Not a single person mentioned wanting to know about a "vendor's" faith or personal accomplishments. When it came to real estate ads, they DID like seeing (18 comments)
Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. I'm getting tired of turkey. This calf is really thankful that he is NOT a turkey. And, there are quite a few people that wish they had a pasture full of cows so that they could qualify for an Agriculture Exemption on their land. Which brings me to my point. Property Taxes. Property taxes include both real estate taxes and personal property taxes that real estate professionals and other businesses incurr. If you live in Texas, property taxes are due on January 31. However, if you prefer, you can split it up into two payments. The first half would be due by November 30 - (5 comments)
It is not too often that you find an empty parking lot in the Bryan - College Station, Texas area on the day after Thanksgiving, especially when A&M is playing the Texas Longhorns at home. But, I did. Since the arena was too wet, I couldn't ride my horse. So, I drove to my office at the Blinn College campus to pick up the HUGE stack of papers that I need to get graded. The last three months, I have been teaching four real estate classes. Even though my business has suffered some, I have felt blessed to be in a position that I can (7 comments)
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