The Rest of The Story!

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Several years ago, I wrote a story which told how as a child, I often daydreamed about dwelling in a home similar to my little Victorian doll house. 

There is more to the story, than I revealed back then.  It is a tale of an adventure while repurposing the doll house in my pre-teen years.

For Christmas when I was eleven, my parents gave me an adorable Persian kitten.  I named her Fatima.  I wanted to provide my cat with a proper house on the front porch.  So, I urged Dad to make the doorway to the old doll house larger.  Mom made a velvety red cushion and I put it inside.

Still, the ole doll house reminded me of just that - a doll house, rather than a nice place for Fatima.

I wanted a more perfect remodel.  I found old cans with various colors of paint in the garage.  A neighbor, a craftsman, who was skilled with a lathe, turned out a set of four pedestals and other fine wooden trimmings to contribute to the project.

I went to work with the trimmings and the paint.  I brushed on a deep violet color.  The trim I painted red.  I created a little sign over the doorway, which didn’t last long!  Why, you ask?  Because the sign read, “Fatima’s Cat House.”  The neighbors thought it hilarious; but I was oblivious as to why!

My parents taught me a little more about life and the meaning of my sign, soon after.  And, after repainting, the wooden plaque over the door changed to, “Fatima’s Place.”  And, eventually the cat was renamed, “Smokey.”

The purpose of this story is to help folks who are considering homes to buy, to think about different needs in the future.  Children grow up and move away.  Elderly parents move in. You may require the potential to repurpose living space.

If you are already a homeowner, and on the brink of considering a major DIY project, it may be advantageous to seek out qualified designers and craftsmen to perform the work.

One thing for certain, you won’t want the equivalent of hanging a sign over the door, which reads, “Fatima’s Cat House”!


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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Myrl what a cute story!  I can just see you trying to make the Doll House into A Cat house!  Adorable!

Dec 21, 2016 09:38 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Anna Banana Kruchten - What I remember most about those days, is how a neighbor would stop by and see the little sign. They would disappear, only to reappear with more neighbors staring at the little house.  They would chuckle and laugh, but I was oblivious as to why!  The sign was a catalyst for some of the more rudimentary things that go on in life. . .

Dec 21, 2016 09:42 AM #2
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 It took me to take it in. Love the story I and I like how you tied it in with home needs! Have a good one!

Dec 21, 2016 10:02 AM #3
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Myrl - Great story and a good point to it. And I'm sure many of us have seen the equivalent of "Fatima's Cat House" as we show homes.

Dec 21, 2016 10:57 AM #4
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Myrl, Great story and I love the "Fatima's Cat House sign". Your story fits perfectly with your point about considering the use of designers and craftmans if you are going to buy a DIY project type of home.  

Dec 21, 2016 01:33 PM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a sweet wonderful story.  and I bet you told your kids and grand kids about Fatima's Cat House.  Thanks for the great smiles.  A

Dec 21, 2016 04:19 PM #6
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Myrl,  What a fun and funny story. Of course you would not know any better at your sweet and innocent age.  I like your analogy about future needs and remodeling.  Great tie in. 

Dec 21, 2016 05:01 PM #7
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Since you were a little girl you had BIG ideas and the potential to see things others couldn't see. I really like your story and I love that you still love cats. A home is a very special place and deserves the best, especially when it comes to designs and home improvement projects. 

Thanks fo sharing this wonderful story!

Dec 21, 2016 05:01 PM #8
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Myrl --- your story made me laugh...and that's always a good thing so thank you.   For some reason - it made me think of a showing of a townhouse many years ago.   Although I previewed it beforehand, I watched my first time buyers' eyes when they saw the master bedroom.   A floor-to-ceiling pole and mirrors everywhere.    The comments in the car were priceless and hardly suitable for this forum although I do recall something about a cat house being mentioned.  

Dec 21, 2016 05:04 PM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Michael Jacobs - That's a hilarious experience you had at that townhouse.  I've had similar experiences.  I will never forget one little bungalow, that was all decked out in what I called, "Early Bordello Chic."

Patricia Feager - You always find the kindest, most thoughtful things to say in your comments.  They always make my day!

Dec 21, 2016 05:11 PM #10
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - Thank you! I think the world of you. 

Dec 21, 2016 05:28 PM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Thank you so much for the smile today. I really needed one Myrl Jeffcoat 

Dec 21, 2016 05:33 PM #12
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Myrl, I absolutely LOVE this story! And being a stubborn left-handed redhead who was always a bubble off center, I think I would simply have kept it Fatima's Cat House, because. And, gosh, it's too bad you changed your cat's name as Fatima is so well....catlike. 

And you were into real estate long before you chose this career. Divine intervention, I'd say. 

Dec 21, 2016 05:39 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks, Myrl, for sharing this personal story.

Home sellers need to be very careful with their fix up projects.

Dec 22, 2016 04:26 PM #14
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

How cute, Myrl. I can see where many would go astray and you advice is smart for people to get qualified help.

Dec 22, 2016 08:30 PM #15
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