Sunday, December 30, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

We're Home

We miss them already!


Sunday, December 23, 2007

Early Christmas




Kelsey and Gelsey
More coming soon!!!

Hate Snow, Love Snowmen

I got these cuties from my dear friend Annie .

Thanks so much, I LOVE them...:)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Meowy Christmas!

We just did this little tree for obvious reasons.
Here is a Greeting from ours to yours.
Meowy Christmas

We are going up to Dallas to see the girls and will post a few pics over the weekend.
It will be fun to have them all together..:)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

What a nice Surprise

Thanks Anni for this award and
your kind words
but mostly for your friendship.


Note To Self

Do NOT google for dream interpretations following an especially vivid nightmare in case the symbol interpretation on said website is more frightening than the actual dream.


Work Related: A Feel Good Note

I got the nicest thankyou note from a recently closed client.

They thanked me for helping with their new home purchase and relocation then said something no one has ever said to me before.

you have such a calming soul

Now this was pretty strange to hear, because I always feel like I am on the verge of freaking out trying to get my deals to the closing table.
It's nice to know I didn't show that side of me to the clients.

I doubt I will ever hear this compliment from a loan officer or title company though.

Nope, not likely

Sleepy Sunday

Rafe may be sleeping away his Sunday, but
Charley will be begging for treats over at
the Carnival of the Cats hosted this week
at one of our favorite blogs

Of course he'll follow that
with a nap of his own

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Work Related: Sticking it Out

WELL.... I just paid my 2008 dues to the National Assoc of Realtors, the Texas Assoc of Realtors and the Houston Assoc of Realtors.

THEN.... also had to pay for another year subscription on my Lock Box Key and added the insurance for it just in case I drop the darn thing one too many times.

AND....I just finished an incredibly boring and expensive Property Management Class and to satisfy my 30 hours of mandatory continuing education so I could .....

ALSO..... pay the Texas Real Estate Commission to renew my license for another year.

NOW.....I haven't really had that bad of a year sales wise, but am still catching up paying off household deficits from last year which really sucked.

I'm looking forward to the fresh start, actually and appreciate the support I have gotten from friends and family.

SO....Thanks :)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Note To Self

Do not leave the Pounce Treats next to the Mrs. Dash.
The bottles are way to similar.

I'm so Blonde: and not very graceful either

So I am taking my walk and listening to Christmas music on the radio. My radio is kind of crappy and it only picks up a couple of channels but this is not about that.

Anyway, I stepped in a hole and went down like a ton of bricks. I didn't even realize I was falling until I was all the way down.
I scrapped up my ankle, and bruised my backside but otherwise seem to be OK.

Pushing 50 Grandmas should not be falling down like that.

We just don't heal so fast anymore.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Sawyer and Kate do a little bird watching

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tummy Tuesday Trio!

Charley takes a comfy nap

RicoDammit and KatieDon't rest up
after a morning round of trouble-making

It's Tummy Tuesday every Tuesday at
LisaViolet's Diary

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tummy Tuesday: Sleepy Charley

When Charley sleeps, he sleeps

Even Kate can not wake him up

sweet dreams purty boy

It's Tummy Tuesday
every Tuesday at
LisaViolet's Diary

I'm so Blonde: *sigh*

I put a meatloaf in the crockpot yesterday because I knew I would be out with clients most of the day. Before I left, I turned it on I thought I turned it on low but I turned the
knob the wrong way and left it at 400 degrees for 9 hours.

When I returned, the meatloaft was a yucky black brick
and worse......I have ruined my countertop.

Who-da thought a crockpot could do this much damage?


Monday, December 03, 2007

We are all Texans again!

The NJ branch of the family have successfully
moved all that stuff they have back down to
the Lone Star State where (imho) they belong.

Welcome BACK!!!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday Cat Blogging:Kate

Looking all grown up

Katie is boarding The Friday Ark and
Don't miss Sunday's Carnival of the Cats
hosted this week by the felines at

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tummy (and Tail) Tuesday!

There is getting to be more and more of
RicoLoco to love these days

And just because he has such a pretty tail
Here's Charley too.

It's Tummy Tuesday Every Tuesday at
LisaViolet's Diary

Work Related: Note to Self

Do not tell client their loan officer is non-responsive until you find out whether or not he is dating her......Oops.

Holiday shopping Giving

If you are looking for an animal related charity to donate some of those holiday bucks too...this is a good one.

Since 1990, Alley Cat Allies has educated the nation
about stray and feral cats
and promoted Trap-Neuter-Return, the only humane,
effective method to manage their population

Friday, November 23, 2007

Work Related: This Sucks

I know I don't usually post specific experiences with clients, but I am very annoyed pissed off right now.

I spent 4 days with a very nice older couple here from out of state.
They had to buy a house for cash ASAP.

I showed them more than 40 houses, used more than 2 tanks of gas and dried out a ton of ink to print paperwork, surveys, disclosures, MLS sheets and such for them.

They made two offers. We got counter offers, but fair ones.
Really, they could have had either home at a very good price.

I get an email this afternoon that they are going home and "might" come back for another look at the market in the Spring.

You know what?
I gave up 3 pre-qualfied LOCAL Clients to other agents in my office so I could free up time for this crap.

At least I had the foresight to pull out those homes I thought may interest other clients I am working with.

Maybe I can get something going there.

At least I hope I can....*sigh*

Friday Cat Duck Blogging

We had a little cool front come through just in time to make
Thanksgiving "feel" like a Thanksgiving.
These guys seem to be enjoying the cooler weather as much as we do.

Shopping: Black Friday

I've noticed a trend of stores actually opening ON Thanksgiving (Kmart for example) in order to get a jump on Black Friday Shoppers.

This year I see JC Penney and Kohls are opening-I mean did open- this morning at 4am.

I refuse to attend this type of sale. Why reward greedy corporations that do this to their employees just to turn a few post T-day bucks when they could easily have the same sale at 9am?

The execs that dream up these type of promotions are most likely warm in bed this morning, enjoying a 4 day weekend with their families, and make more per month than those employees do all year.

It's just not right.

*steps off soap box*

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Work Related: Just Busy

Lots of people are house hunting while they have some days off and trying to close deals in time to move this weekend.
I'm around...just busy!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tummy Tuesday!

Charley loves to show off his pretty tummy

It's Tummy Tuesday every Tuesday
LisaViolet's Diary

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Friday, November 02, 2007


Not only did we have have one of
those pizzas from the recall list in the freezer,
Chandra and I both ate one this week. ...ewww!

Here's the UPC numbers if anyone wants to check your freezer too.

Products in the recall, along with their SKU product numbers, include:
Totino's Party Supreme, 42800-10700
Totino's Three Meat, 42800-10800
Totino's Pepperoni, 42800-11400
Totino's Pepperoni, 42800-92114
Totino's Classic Pepperoni, 42800-11402
Totino's Pepperoni Trio, 42800-72157
Totino's Party Combo, 42800-11600
Totino's Combo, 42800-92116
Jeno's Crisp 'n Tasty Supreme, 35300-00561
Jeno's Crisp 'n Tasty Pepperoni, 35300-00572
Jeno's Crisp 'n Tasty Combo, 35300-00576

For more information, contact General Mills at 1-800-949-9055.

Friday Cat (and kid) Blogging

Our featured kitty this week is the
adorable Jaeley!

and could Lezley
"bee" any cuter in her costume?

Gelsey, what team are you cheering for?

Pirate Lexi and Gabbie the mouse have a
new pet..."Sheila"

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Howl-o-Ween

We'll have those treats now please

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

On The Island: LitterBug Shuts Down the Roadway

This cause quite a stir yesterday.
I mean, gosh at least let them finish building the darn thing first!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tummy Tuesday: Cool Front!

We finally got a break from the heat when a nice little
cool front came in.

Kate and Sawyer think this is good time for
a cuddly little nap.
It's Tummy Tuesday every Tuesday
LisaViolet's Diary

Sunday, October 21, 2007

On The Canal: Spots and Stripes

It 's always amazing how many kinds of fish we can pull out of our canal and have taken to having a little light hearted competition in the evenings.
We ended up today with at tie 4 to 4.

John only caught 3 little Sand Trout
but finished up with this beautiful Red Fish.

I caught a drum, a smaller Redfish and and two of these striped fish.
John says they are Black Drum, but I had not seen one before.

The photo is the smaller of the two.
I know all fisherman say that, but it's the truth.
The OTHER Stripey fish was MUCH bigger!

I sent the fish to the Friday Ark, but
no worries they did all live to swim another day.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Happy Birthday Gabbie!

From Cute baby....

To adventuresome young lady....

We hope your day is wonderful!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Blogging Realted: User Profile Page

I was just goofing around in my blog dashboard and happened to notice my profile says I am 251 years old. I'm not sure how I managed to set it up that way, but I guess that's close enough..ha.

On The Canal: Being Neighborly

This was on my porch today!

It is a tradition in our subdivision that goes back a few years.

My task now is to make up two treat baskets and leave them at my neighbor's homes.

Each household hangs the little ghost cutout in a front window, so others know this home has already been "treated".

The idea is that by Halloween every house will have a ghosty in the window.

Cool, huh?

Shopping: Yet another Uselessful Kitchen Gadget

I picked this apple cutter up thingy the other day and

Expecting to be disappointed

Was pleased with the results!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Work Related: Tough Couple of Weeks

If it's not one drama lately it's been another.
I am having one of those "maybe I am not cut out for this after all" periods again.
In fact, a google search for beat up Realtor goes to my blog. goes to my scarecrow....but still.

Tummy Tuesday: Sawyer

It's Tummy Tuesday every Tuesday