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An Eclipse of a Lifetime

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

Right here in Granbury, Texas, we were in the path of totality with the solar eclipse. Our little town experienced a boom of extra people as many came to witness this event. It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

We were prepared with our eclipse glasses, our Spotify playlist of "eclipse" music and we enjoyed the event in our own backyard. With so many people on the roads, we opted to stay home.  We even kept our 6th-grade son home so we could experience this as a family.

The event did not disappoint! Our total darkness happened around 1:40 p.m. As the full eclipse came upon us, it became completely still outside. No birds chirping, no wind, and the temperature dropped. As we sat in the darkness in the middle of the day, we all were awestruck by the event.

I am thankful that we were able to be in the path as it was a wonderful experience. If you ever have the opportunity to see this happen, make plans to go as you will not be disappointed. 




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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Paula- you all were so lucky!!! Houston was overcast so we couldn’t see a thing. It did get darker but wasn’t sure if it was the eclipse or rain

Apr 09, 2024 05:57 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Oh, Kathy Streib - I am so sad you didn't get to see it. Truly a remarkable event. I need to give you a call soon. Have missed being here on AR.

Apr 09, 2024 06:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Paula- would love to hear from you. 

Apr 09, 2024 07:48 PM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

I am glad you were able to witness the eclipse. The view was rather disappointing here in Maryland with a lot of cloud cover but we did manage to see part of it.

Apr 09, 2024 06:48 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Paula, as you said the chance of a lifetime.  I'm not likely to travel the world chasing them, and with another 20+ years before the next one remotely close to where I'll likely be living (and factor in I'd 80+ by then), driving a short distance yesterday to get into the path of totality was well worth it.  I'll add my eclipse glasses to my memento cork board that is to the left of my working desk so I have a reminder of fun things I've done over the years :)

Apr 09, 2024 08:02 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


What a wonderful family experience.  A good reason to keep a child at home as well. That was a lesson one cannot get in school. 

Apr 09, 2024 08:07 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We were close to the path up here in CT, but cloud cover spoiled our show.

Apr 09, 2024 10:08 AM
Reputable Realty - Apple Valley, CA
...Marketing your home like no one else will.

It was special!  We had lots of clouds so we didn't get the full effect.

Apr 09, 2024 10:31 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Paula,

It was an exciting experience and so glad you were able to enjoy it with your family! It was so seerie when the twighlt settled in! All my solar lights came on around my house! So glad to see so many excited and the smiles seen..truly a good event to bring people together again with so much division amongst ourselves in the world today!

Apr 09, 2024 12:30 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Dr. Paula McDonald you are right, it was an eclipse of a lifetime. I couldn't see it well.

Apr 09, 2024 08:42 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

What an extraordinary experience. Thank you for sharingthe spectacular photos. 

Apr 09, 2024 11:21 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I did not bother trying to see it myself, since I knew plenty of people would post amazing pictures and videos of it.  I love that photo of you and your family checking it out with your glasses on!

Apr 10, 2024 07:27 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Glad you had the opportunity and stayed safe.

Apr 11, 2024 06:11 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It truly was an amazing eclipse. We only had 34% totality here in Sacramento.  Afterward, I was kicking myself that I didn't travel where there was more totality.  I have family in Dallas.  I could have easily hopped a plan and traveled there.

Apr 11, 2024 06:17 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Paula, I'll just have to wait for the next one! Oh, right - I'll be really old by then! It must have been amazing to watch this in your own back yard!

Apr 12, 2024 07:57 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Paula!

I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites. Thank you so much for writing it!  


Apr 14, 2024 08:24 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald

Thank you so very much. Hugs to you.

Apr 14, 2024 01:40 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Paula,
What a great event to experience as a family. There was no noticeable effect way up here in Washington State, but I've seen some amazing pictures.

Apr 14, 2024 12:04 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

She’s a really good Thorough it makes so much sense All of it and the way that I could probably get used to it though

Apr 14, 2024 10:36 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful that you were able to enjoy this as a family from home. I believe the 2044 one is going to include my area so if I'm still around, I might have a chance to do the same thing!

Apr 15, 2024 05:52 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Paula:

What an amazing experience that must have been. So cool you could enjoy from your backyard and the weather cooperated. Great photos!


Apr 15, 2024 05:15 PM