Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Who I am....

If you're here because you got this
 then chances are EXTREMELY high that you live in my 'hood...
or that you're my mama, because she collects anything and everything that has my picture on it.
Anyhoo...let's assume that you live in my Texas neighborhood.
Let me start by tellin' you just a bit about myself.
I moved back to Texas after living in the Washington DC metro area where I was a realtor for many years.
(Shout out to my Long and Foster and Coldwell Baker peeps!)
Finally, after 13 years of driving 2 blocks in 3 hours, longing for the sound of birds instead of car horns, big open sky instead of gray, colorless buildings and hoping for at least one 'hello' or a smile at the very least from some one - anyone - that I came in contact with, I went home and told my best friend Sally
'Let's get outta here and go back to Texas.'
So, a month later, I threw a suitcase in the front seat of Little Miss Sunshine (my yellow Mini-Cooper), got Sally situated in the back, and 2 days - voila! We were 'home'.
Now, there are two things I'm pretty good at.
Writing and Real Estate - and not necessarily in that order - and one of those, I guess, it actually depends on who you ask if I'm 'good' or not.
(my fun book)
(my bestseller - great if you like nail-biting suspense)
Because even though I have 4 (almost 5-star ratings) on both novels, some of my critics think I should jump off a bridge and never put pen to paper ever again. And some days I would agree.
My Real Estate Career, however, is another story. I KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt that I'm great at that.
It just comes naturally.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE helping others find their dream home and helping people get what they want.
I just do.
So, every once in a while you'll get these post cards from me.
I've invited y'all to join me here on Hillbilly Debutante. Now, don't worry - it's not 'all real estate all the time'.
No sirree, Bob. We talk about lots of different subjects. It's all very random. You never know what to expect - except one thing.
I have more fun than the law should allow.
Sometimes I share recipes.

A little dollop of sour cream on top of your strawberries sprinkled with brown sugar - I'm tellin' ya - your taste buds will thank me.
Sometimes I talk about my favorite mode of transportation, which is my vintage-style pink bike named "Peggy Sue", and my love of vintage vehicles.

You'll see me pedaling around the neighborhood on any given evening, so if you see me give me a shout-out.
I don't have the Grand Wagoneer yet, so I have to settle for the magnet on my fridge.
I'm also in love with vintage trucks.
Now, don't let this here picture fool ya:
I look like I'd be afraid to work too hard for fear of chipping a nail or breaking a sweat. Nope - you will very seldom see me looking like this.
If I'm not riding 'Peggy Sue' or walking Sally, then you'll very likely see me in boots/jeans.
Here ya' go- see for yourself.
Even if you don't want to buy or sell, but you need the name of a good service provider in the area. I have a list of good plumbers, contractors, inspectors, housekeepers, authors (just kidding) -
And to all my other readers who live across the country who have followed me for the past 10 years, I know you don't want to hear non-stop real estate trends, either.
Don't worry - nothing is really changing.
Mostly, I just wanted to give an introduction as to what we're all about on here.
Stay tuned - we're getting ready to do a little kitchen construction here at Hillbilly Hacienda.
And we're doing it ourselves.
Can Mr. T and Kathie's marriage survive one more project?
Stay tuned!
Until next time

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-sumertime

Bit by bit, and a little at a time, the Hillbilly Hacienda is lookin' better and better. We  Mr. T did a bit of landscaping in the front, and I did my part by placing a few throw pillows on the porch chairs for some color. That was pretty much the extent of my 'help.'

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE to help. But for some reason I never live up to 'you know who's' expectations and then a big fight ensues. I'm not digging deep enough. I'm digging too deep. The plants are too far apart. The plants are too close together. I'm holding the hoe wrong.  I'm sure we're not the first couple fight over an old hoe. (ba-da-boom!)
Okay, let's move around to the back yard, now.

I adore these new 'vintage-style' lawn chairs. I wish I could remember the name of the store where we bought them, because I ALWAYS love to give a shout out to whomever I do business with. It's located on Ross Street in Dallas. Hmmmm....just asked Mr. T and he can't remember either. My daughter knows but it's way too late to call and ask her. Tell ya what....I have to go in town tomorrow and I'll do a drive by and then report back to you.

Anyhoo - Mr. Master Gardener is not going to be happy that I posted his 'bald spot' on the internet, although I really don't know why he should get his panties in a wad. He is building me a wrap-around table around the tree so there is no need to plant grass there, anyway. Besides, these chairs are so darlin' that you probably wouldn't have even noticed this bald patch if I hadn't pointed it out.

 My dining room hasn't been so easy to decorate, but I REALLY lucked out with this white hutch. I was showing farm land to a client last week down in Royse City (about 30 miles south of Dallas) and came upon the cutest little boutique I've ever seen. It's called 'Lyndi's' and it's right there on Main Street. She even delivered it to my house! That creamy white really shows off my Blue Willow china, which just happens to match my curtains.

You can follow 'Lyndi's Boutique' of Royse City on Facebook, as well.  I love her furniture, but she also has really cute cowgirl, prairie style clothing, too. I can tell she is gonna get me in lot's of trouble. Can't wait!
Oh - and guess what? When I gave her my address and told her the name of my house, she knew instantly where it was because she'd driven past and seen THIS:
 Another place I love to haunt is Dot's Consignment in Dallas on Live Oak Street. It's an Awesome (with a capital 'A') place to shop, not only for furniture and home goods, but also vintage clothes/hats/jewelry.

I found this tea/coffee set there for a song. It's silver-plated, but it's
E B Rogers, which is good-quality silver-plate.

 Cardinals add a splash of color to an all blue-white room.
Oh my! I almost forgot. Let's go back to the back yard again.

I think we're not the ONLY ones living here at Hillbilly Hacienda!