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After the Rain - 03/31/07 07:39 AM
Rain is a precious thing in Central Texas (well, in Texas in general). After a long drought, we have recently, at the entrance to Spring, been blessed with it. Lots of it. Inches and inches of it. The lakes, of late home of the "Sometime Islands", are refilling, and the islands disappearing, much to the delight of boaters. And the grasses and flowers are drinking their fill and waking up. This field is next door to our place. One day it was dry, brown grass. Then the rains came. The next day there was a hint of green. And yesterday I (6 comments)
R.I.P. Skidboot - 03/27/07 08:08 AM
I first saw Skidboot on Texas Country Reporter. Having had a heeler before (Jake, Best Dog Ever), and hoping to have one again (which we now do - J.D., Just Dog, trying hard to follow in Jake's footsteps in his own unique fashion), I was fascinated, of course. Over the years I followed Skidboot - he was an amazing dog, true to his breed. On March 25, 2007, at 14 years of age, Skidboot was laid to rest. He'll be missed.
Drought. Flood. Drought. Flood. Drought. Flood. Normal Texas Weather - 03/26/07 09:48 PM
The above is a quote of a weatherman here in Central Texas last year, and it's an accurate one. (You other Texas agents will understand.) A couple of weeks ago, due to the drought we've been experiencing, we were under a burn ban. The creek that runs in front of our house through our pasture is not visible from the house during most times even when we're not in a drought, being at the bottom of a draw. This is the creek as of this afternoon (it wasn't visible this morning): The hundred year flood plain, by the way, comes right to (11 comments)
So Many Choices! Any Time Is Festival Time in Central Texas - 03/26/07 06:59 PM
In Central Texas, we do love to party. Some times of year (this is one of them), you can hardly throw a rock without hitting a festival of some sort or another. For example, this week/weekend: From March 28-April 1, the Texas Wine and Food Festival has its 22nd annual event - over 100 restaurants and 60 wineries participate. This one, I AM going to - I've been invited to join the Cedar Park Wineaux in attending the final event of the week, on Sunday, a big food and wine "do" in San Gabriel Park here in Georgetown, complete with (what (0 comments)
Seeking Safe Harbor? Here it is! - 03/24/07 03:49 PM
Welcome home to 301 Harbor Drive, Georgetown. This ranch home situated on an acre in secluded North Lake just minutes from Lake Georgetown, Wolf Ranch, the upscale HEB, and other Georgetown amenities, and with access to an easy commute into Austin or to Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, or Liberty Hill, is waiting just for you. Welcome your guests into the living room; seat them in front of the fireplace. Invite them into the sunroom (perfect also for an office, sitting room, or play room), or out onto the deck for a dip in the pool. Conversation sparkles under the chandelier (0 comments)
Come Home to Beautiful Bonnie Lane - 03/24/07 02:42 PM
This beautiful 3000+ square foot two-story home is an entertainer's dream tucked away in Stoney Brook, a quiet Round Rock neighborhood just minutes away from shopping (IKEA! Round Rock Outlet Mall! Wolf Ranch! La Frontera!), movies, golf courses, schools, Scott & White Hospital, restaurants, IH35, State Highways 130 and 47, and more. The spacious, open floorplan boasts not one, but two, living areas, the downstairs living room with fireplace and the upstairs gameroom for more casual entertaining or a children's (or adults') play area. If the party should be even larger, it can spill out onto the covered patio in the (0 comments)
I Want To Sell My House - But Where Do I Start? Step 3. - 03/24/07 10:15 AM
Now that you're looking at your house, not your home, and you're on the search for a good real estate agent, take a good, long look at the piece of property you are hoping someone will buy. Get out a piece of paper - no, get out several pieces of paper, one for each room, and one for each side of the house outside - and a pencil. Label the pieces of paper according to which room - or side - they represent. Take the piece of paper labeled "living room" and go into that room. Start looking the room over (0 comments)
Awesome Oatmeal Cookies - 03/20/07 08:36 PM
This is my variation of the traditional oatmeal cookie recipe from the Quaker Oats box lid. I took their recipe and played with it a bit. This cookies are not only awesome, they have a tendency to disappear. Great (and memorable!) for open houses or just to take to the office. It's important to use golden raisins; regular dark raisins are good but have a different effect and don't appear to have the same awesome effect. (I don't recommend leaving them at home because, like I said, they have a tendency to disappear and all rumors to the contrary, cookies that (3 comments)
I Want to Sell My Home - But Where Do I Start? Step 2. - 03/20/07 07:45 PM
Now that you've had your attitude adjustment and realize that this building of stick and stone is just that, a building, you're better equipped to get it ready to sell for top dollar. So, what's Step 2? Find a good real estate agent. Why? Simple. A good real estate agent is an invaluable resource when engaged in one of the larger financial transactions that will occur in your lifetime. While it is possible to sell your house yourself, you'll find that you'll make more money, suffer far less angst, and be less likely to trip over one of the many boulders (1 comments)
I Want To Sell My Home - But Where Do I Start? - 03/19/07 11:01 AM
So, you want (or need) to move, and you have a home to sell first. But it's a big process, and you've never done it before (or did it long ago), and you're not sure what all is involved. Well, never fear! Here's something to get you started. Step 1: It's No Longer Your Home, It's Your House Yes, you still live in it, but now is the time to start thinking of it as a piece of property that you want to sell, rather than as your beloved home and sanctuary. This is necessary for several reasons. You are going to (1 comments)
Keeping Austin Weird - Eeyore's Birthday Party - 03/08/07 12:55 PM
Back in 1963, University of Austin Professor Lloyd Birdwell's English class needed a break due to spring fever. So, they had a party for a fictional character - Eeyore, the perpetually depressed donkey from A.A. Milne's "Pooh" series. It was a small affair, held in Eastwoods Park on the east side of the University campus. Some refreshments, a donkey, a May Pole - your typical 60's kid's birthday party. Fast forward to today, some 44 years later. People noticed the party. People thought it was a good idea. People thought costumes would be an even better idea. The party outgrew Eastwoods (4 comments)
Keeping Austin Weird: It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's SUPERKITE! - 03/08/07 10:18 AM
Go fly a kite! Every March, in a demonstration of Austin weirdness and community, Austinites and Central Texans take this seriously and thousands of us get together and fly a kite. Last weekend, Austin celebrated the 79th annual Zilker Kite Festival (aka the Zilker Kite Flying Contest) in Zilker Park. Kites of all sizes and colors filled the skies. In the weeks before the festival, kite lovers of every flavor attended workshops on kite design and building, constructed kites, bought kites at the local convenience store, and on Sunday, brought them to the park to see how they would fly. Some participated (1 comments)
Happy Texas Independence Day! - 03/02/07 02:02 PM
On March 1, 1836, during the seige of the Alamo by Santa Anna, the Convention of 1836 was held at Washington-On-The-Brazos. Acting quickly, a Declaration of Independence was written and was signed on March 2, and the Republic of Texas was born. (Imagine that happening that quickly now, internet or no internet!) Thus, every March 2, we celebrate Texas Independence Day. Less than a decade later we would give up that independence by joining the United States - some of us are still not too happy about that one, being the independent-minded cusses that we are by nature. The full text, and (3 comments)
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