August 2011

There are 10 blog entries for August 2011.

Mansions of Simple Splendor and Everything of the Best

Sunday, August 28th, 2011 at 9:48am. 5,998 Views, 1 Comments.

Simple Splendor and Everything of the Best

Written by Randy Watson

Hearst Castle

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The Gamble HouseThere are certain dwelling places that are ever so much more than the houses that most of us are content to live in  . . .  these houses – or mansions, rather – are on guided tours, sometimes an attraction in their own right; they are spectacular for possessing any and/or combining all qualities; qualities of size, location, design, for workmanship and sheer extravagant comfort. In fact, such houses usually make the places that most of us live in, look like the ratty doghouse out in back of a crumbling double-wide in a run-down trailer park on the bad side of town. Most often the only

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Guess the Movie Clues are Pictured

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 9:08am. 3,430 Views, 2 Comments.

The Movie Guessing Game

By Celia Hayes

Guess the Movie by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThis was an amusement thought up by the Queen of the Red Hats group – which is not officially a Red Hats' group, but is really just a group of ladies of a certain age, who call themselves the Cherry Bonnets, and think of themselves as holding up the friendly, slightly exhibitionistic, somewhat anarchic social end of what the Red Hatters used to be. We put on red hats and purple shirts (in my daughter's case, since she is well under the cut-off age of 50, a pink hat and a lavender shirt) and meet once a month for dinner, a themed gift exchange and lively conversation at a chosen restaurant  . . .  this differentiates us from the Shiners and similarly long-term male organizations, in that we do it for the pure

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Wine Brew Fun with Fruit

Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 11:21am. 4,933 Views, 0 Comments.

Fun with Fruit Brewing Wine

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Pear Winein Carboy by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comLike many of these things that I am reluctant to do at first, but get talked into and eventually start having fun – getting into the home-brewing and cheese-making was my daughter's idea. Many months ago, I had noticed that storefront location in a local strip mall was now taken up by an enterprise called Home Brew Party. I was unwary enough to mention this to my daughter. At the next opportunity, she dragged me inside  . . .  and was promptly carried away by the possibilities of making home-brewed beer and wine.

A portion of one of her intermittently ginormous but infrequent paychecks went towards buying two equipment kits – one for wine, one for beer: a couple of food-grade

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Commercial Real Estate Market Podcast

Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 10:40am. 2,825 Views, 0 Comments.

Dr. Dotzour, Chief Economist at Texas A&M Real Estate Center, recently opened a bank account in Canada...


COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center, National Association of Realtors) – For those who have never heard Mark Dotzour talk, here's your chance.

Yesterday the Center's chief economist did a 30-minute webinar for the National Association of Realtors concerning the current state of the commercial real estate market.

Dotzour discusses the outlook for job growth in the next 12 months and what he describes as a “bipolar” commercial real estate market. He takes a look at the health of businesses and consumers in today’s economy.

He also discusses Fed monetary policy and refers to Ben Bernanke as a “warrior without

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Fossil Springs Realtor Home for Sale - Open House - Home Tour | Helotes Texas Homes for Sale

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 9:14am. 4,253 Views, 0 Comments.

Progressive Luncheon and Six Home Open House Tour

Helotes Homes for Sale - Open House Thursday August 18, 2011

Fossil Springs Realtor Tour

Written by Randy Watson

Luxury and elegant homes for sale

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Luncheon/Open House Tour - Thursday, August 18th, 2011 from 11:30 - 1:30

14019 Windy Creek14019 Windy Creek, Helotes, TX Your Host: Cathy Cole, Re/Max North 210-885-0624


Remarks: Located in the small premier neighborhood of Helotes w/Stellar NS schools. Close to UTSA, USAA, Valero, Mil bases, La Cantera, parks & schools. Gracious open floorplan w/soaring ceilings, fireplace, dual staircase.

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Root Beer Home Brew Making

Monday, August 15th, 2011 at 9:58pm. 3,732 Views, 0 Comments.

The Home-Brew Gateway Element

by Celia Hayes

Root Beer Concentrate and Flavoring Home Brew by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comSo, my daughter and I have been experimenting with a lot of do-it-yourself food, lately;  Breads and cheese, beer and wine, mostly. It's part of our family culture, or it might be in our DNA, an ancestral proclivity to have a go at something, since it really can't be all that hard. Well, some things are a bit tricky, and require a lot of instruction and experience: fine cabinet-making, for instance. And installing HVAC systems. And automobile maintenance – just not interested in that. But we have found that we have had pretty good results with many of our own D-I-Y projects, especially the food-based ones. What's so complicated about following a recipe, and making a food-product for the household just as

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20 Acre Ranch with Medina River Frontage in South Bexar County. 18029 FM 1937, San Antonio, TX

Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 8:04am. 5,231 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Sunday, 06 February 2011 00:00


20 Acre Ranch with Medina River Frontage


New Price $173,000

No Longer for Sale- OFF MARKET

LISTED By Randy Watson of Mission Realty!

San Antonio Real Estate

Medina River 20 Acre Ranch by Randy WatsonMust see to appreciate! A rare opportunity to own 20 acres of Ranch land on the beautiful Medina River. This property offers something for everyone. Front flat cleared open grass with scattered mesquites. Remainder is great recreational area along the Medina River with trees, some huge pecan trees, heavy brush and over growth.

Wildlife is abundant for the hunter or nature lover. With around 500 feet of Medina River recreational frontage for hunting, fishing, swimming or tubing/canoeing. Bring your horses, too! An area along the bluff overlooking

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Sun City Book Fair

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 6:57pm. 3,860 Views, 0 Comments.

Road Trip: Sun City Book Fair

by Julia Hayden

Georgetown Texas Downtown Photo by Austex at en.wikipediaOn the road again, last week for a book festival at Sun City, Texas* . . .  which is out on the sun-baked flats of grassland lightly sprinkled with woods, away on the edge of Georgetown, about half an hour's drive north of Austin. We have heard dire things of Austin's rush hour, so in order to get there in time, Blondie and I arose at the crack of dawn  . . .  actually 4:00 AM, plotting to have at least a couple of cups of caffeinated beverage in us and be ready to roll at 5:00 and thus be well-through whatever hellish traffic jams that Austin offered in the morning rush hour. With our luck, we could have given it another hour, for we arrived just before 7:30, to set-up my table in ten minutes flat, and

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Summer Garden Suffering From Heat and Lack of Rain

Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 11:11am. 2,161 Views, 0 Comments.

Reviving the Garden: Roadblocks

Scene of Destruction with Squirrel by Julia HaydenWell, as if temperatures of over a hundred for  . . .  how many days in a row is it now? And no rain whatsoever for three weeks and that last effective storm was the first in months anyway  . . .  If all of that wasn't enough to put a roadblock in my attempt to bring back my back yard from the near-desert that the cold snap in January, and the stray dogs that my daughter rescued from the streets last fall  . . .  now there is something else, critter-like. Something is willfully and deliberately savaging the hanging airplane or spider plants, that I have planted in coconut-fiber lined wire baskets, and suspended from various trees or from hooks on the edge of the back porch.

In all the time that I have had hanging

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What a Lame Little Tropical Storm Last Week

Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 8:54am. 2,085 Views, 0 Comments.

What's That?

By Julia Hayden

Rain Storm in Full Spate by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comThat sprinkle of damp stuff, seeming to fall out of the darkest clouds in the sky  . . .  oh, yeah. They call that stuff rain – that is, when there is slightly more of it than fell on Saturday morning, courtesy of a few stray clouds from the weakest tropical storm ever to hit the South Coast of Texas.  We were watching the weather reports all this week, looking at the charts and radar, and licking our lips, thinking 'Rain – glorious rain! This weekend, Saturday morning at the earliest! Maybe even Friday evening! And no, if it comes with high winds, it's cool – we can adjust  . . .  as long as it brings rain!"  I swear, if the alphabet for tropical storms weren't already established, they could have called this crushing

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