Saturday, November 15, 2014

Winter Market

Looking for something to do today in Conroe?   Tickets are available at the door.  This cool weather has put me in a fun holiday spirit.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October Gardening

Did you know that the weed plague we have in late winter and early spring is a result of germination in September and October?  Experts say it's time to fertilize using counts of high nitrogen, low phosphorus and moderate to high level of potassium.  Personally I get lost with numbers.  So my experience is simply make the trip to Lowes and get the Fall Weed and Feed.  At least it's done and hopefully the weeds are reduced this coming Spring.
Knock out Roses were planted this week as well.  The roots will establish over the next few months and hopefully they will grow in size next Spring.  Keep in mind I live in an area with very mild winters. 
So are you ready to move to Texas? 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Legend of The Confederate Rose


Confederate Rose photographed at 9:30am
One of my enjoyments comes from blooming flowers that surprise me throughout the year.  My Dad started A Confederate Rose for me from a cutting on his plant.  From which he was he was given a cutting and his Confederate Rose has turned into something more resembling a tree!  This all time easy and fast growing flower blooms in the fall all will continue to bloom until we have a freeze in the Houston area.  Then next year it will be right back where it started and grow even larger.

As for the Legend of the Plant, when the gentleman gave Dad his cutting it came with the following story: 
The troops were told to turn at the fork in the road where the White Roses are growing.  Only later in the afternoon there were no white roses left on the plant and the troops continued straight ahead ... into the line of fire
 
Although I have searched the internet and googled over and over for The Legend of the Confederate Rose, the above story has not been found.  I love the originality of it and I will continue to tell that particular story.  I did however, find the following story:  
Once the Confederate Rose was pure white. During the Civil War, a soldier was fatally wounded in battle. He fell upon the rose as he lay dying. During the course of the two days he took to die, he bled more and more on the flower, till at last bloom was covered with his blood. When he died, the flower died with him. Thereafter, the Confederate Rose (or Cotton Rose), opens white, and over the course of the two days the bloom lasts, they turn gradually from white to pink to almost red, when the flower finally falls from the bush.
Same Flower petals taken at 2:45pm.  Can you see it's turning pink?


4:15pm finds the same flower even darker!

The dogs are reminding me that it's now time to come in from the garden and pay attention to their demands.  Perhaps another day I will add some more of my Fall blooms.  Until then, God Bless and enjoy the colors of the Season!
Judy Reynolds








http://www.gardenstew.com/blog/e8170-2-the-legend-of-the-confederate-rose.html

http://andysredneckramblings.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-confederate-rose.html

http://www.allthingsfarmer.com/2010/10/confederate-rose-rose-by-any-other-name.html



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9-11


This morning, September 11, 2014, began with quiet time and remembering the horrific tragedy of 9-11.  As I sipped my coffee I purposefully kept the television silent.  I scrolled through Facebook "liking" all the all the photo memories that my peeps were posting as honor to the lives lost that day.  Quiet time concluded with a pray for the families who relive this day and for the politicians of our country to stay vigilant in protecting our freedoms.
As I pulled out of the garage the Panorama Village Lion's Club flags were waving all up and down my Cherry Hill.  It was warming to my heart and I knew my trusty telephone needed to quickly snap that picture.  Well the scene up and down the street didn't turn out.  To my dismay every shot of my own flag on the drive was one without the wind current making the flag fly and wave.  However, when I sat down in the car and opened the last picture my heart skipped a beat!  The sun rays opened on the flag pole just as I took the above photo and all I could think was there is hope for our country!
The song, God Bless America was written by Irving Berlin as a prayer for our nation asking for Blessings and Peace.  Read the following words carefully and join me in remembrance of the tragedy we will never forget also please pray for Hope, Peace and Blessings:

Traditional lyrics to God Bless America

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home.
(Song facts can be found by clicking here )

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

White Oak Ranch


Today I attended a lovely Progressive Realtor Open House in the Gated and Master Planned Community of White Oak Ranch.  White Oak Ranch is located in Montgomery County along the shores of Lake Conroe, a 22,000 acre recreational lake.   Impressive deed restrictions give this neighborhood a much coveted feel.  With a quick drive to I-45 giving a short commute into the The Woodlands, or the Houston area a realistic luxury lifestyle.  According to Google Maps, and traffic permitting, White Oak Ranch, is located under 30 minutes north of The Woodlands area. 

The Open Houses today featured 5 homes ranging in size from 3390 square feet - 5385 square feet.  One home was located on over 1 acre, while four homes were waterfront properties. 
The prices of homes on tour today that are Active on our market ranged from $489,900 (almost 1 acre but not on the water) to $1,800,000 (waterfront property).   It would be my pleasure to introduce any prospective Buyer to our area and show these prestigious homes.  Be sure to contact me to schedule an appointment.

I am Ready to be your Realtor®!
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Carnival Cruise 2014 - Part 2


Day 4 - Cozumel!

"We are here!"  From the balcony you can hear multiple exclamations, "Look how beautiful the water is!"  Already I knew we would never get to stay in this location as long as I would like.  Then we hear the dreaded announcement.  "Please do not come to the debarkation level."  It seems we had entered the port at the same time as the Triumph Breeze which left from Miami.  So our time in this beautiful tropical paradise is getting sliced already.  I'm extremely anxious because this is the excursion I have been waiting for since we left Galveston! 














Just a bit negative here and then I will move on:  When our large Triumph and the gigantic Breeze allowed passengers to leave the ships at the same time it created massive chaos.  Once we finally found the line for Dolphin Encounter and explained that we were late because they wouldn't allow us to leave (with guides who spoke very little English), we were quickly wrist tagged and instructed to "Stand here."  Then the fellow with a sign said, "Come," and through crowds of people he took off with a dash!  Hurry, breath, skip a step ... where is he now?  How we ever kept up I still wonder.  Moving on...
My cherished moments.  Entering the water and knowing the dolphins would be swimming right up to me was a moment of overcoming fear.  I will forever be happy that I was able to calm my nerves and allow these magnificent creatures to enter my zone of space. 

From the dolphins, to lunch, to shopping on the pier, Cozumel will remain one of the highlights of my lifetime.  We were hot and exhausted when we reached the secured area of entering the ship.  As Mark finished his shopping I spied the bicycle taxi and had already figured out the $5 fee to pass the hoards of people and step out of a buggy directly in front of the ramp would be one of the best expenditures of this excursion.  As the cyclist peddled forward the breeze hit our faces and the memories embedded forever.  From this point on the rest of the trip seems almost a blur but I will recap the remaining days as best as possible.

Day 5 - Another full day at Sea
Today was Mark's choice of excursions.  His only request was to be able to somehow take a tour of the ship.  So we made sure on our very first day that we were signed up for the ultimate tour.  Behind the Fun was limited to just 16 guests for each scheduled tour lasting almost 4 hours.  Cameras were taken up and given back after the tour.  But complimentary photos on the bridge with the Captain were given to us so we gladly left behind such items.  We were lead beyond the public areas visiting the bridge, engine control room, main galley, staff dining areas, storeroom, laundry all rare views of what the public normally sees.  Perhaps this was Mark's dream but I admit that it made our trip complete!  After retiring to our rooms the excitement of our 5 days has caught up with me.  I dove into the covers and didn't come up until dinner time.  One last trip into the London Lounge and one last show this evening.  It was all I had left in me to stay awake for the events and oh, yes, packing.  Our bags were outside the stateroom door by 9pm so that they would be taken downstairs waiting for our departure from the ship the next morning.
Day 6 - Saturday,  August 16, 2014
We awoke early and made it to sunrise on the Lido deck.  It was always breathtaking to see the sun brightening the earth's sky and once again find reason to Praise Our Heavenly Father for such marvelous creations.  Coffee and a stroll, breakfast and more coffee... then returned to our room to pull open drawers, double check closets and relax on the balcony as the Triumph entered Galveston.  Once again there were boats, birds begging for food, and the skyline of buildings.  It's always bitter sweet when vacation comes to an end.  However, we return from this trip with a treasure of lifetime memories!




 We are Home!  Back to our Families, Back to our Routines ... Back to the Business of Real Estate!




Monday, August 18, 2014

Carnival Triumph Cruise 2014 - Part 1

Day 1 - Monday Aug. 11, 2014
Made the journey leaving our Panorama Village home at 9am.  Traffic moved well until we reached the south side of Houston.  Then we were in stop and go traffic about 15 min.  It seemed silly to leave so early but we arrived at our destination without worry and timing was perfect.  *Don't forget I-45 & exit #19 has an out of this world huge Buc-ee's.  Clean restrooms!
After exiting I-45 in Galveston, arrival to the terminal was follow the leader (pickup ahead of us loaded with suitcases making us certain they were headed to the cruise).   We chose to pass up signs in Galveston reading "discount parking," by following official "Cruise Terminal" worry free parking ...Pull up, tip a porter to handle luggage then on to follow signs to parking spot.  A shuttle brought us back to the terminal and then the shuffle through security was on.  Actually lines moved swiftly.   Room card in hand and then on to load the ship. 
 
Lunch was being served on the 9th floor also referred to as Lido Deck.  We quickly learned if food isn't actually prepared then don't waist the calories.  Mark's Panini was yummy as was my Chinese food.  But just stay away from the buffet.  Let me add one exception ... the Lido deck has ice water, ice tea and coffee all at no additional fee.  Return trips with my glass will be made to collect water!
As 1st time cruisers it was good to take the ship tour.  Good thing we had on comfortable shoes.  Because we were lead on several floors of steps.  The elevators we have learned were way too slow. 
The Room is what would be expected for a small area and the balcony had private beautiful views. .  The best thing as I learned later that evening was our shower head was removable and plenty of hot water.
 When the emergency drill is announced go early so that you can stand against the wall.  Our mistake ...we had waited a bit. Instructed to stand in front of others (so we had nothing to lean on).  All in all there were 4 rows of people packed like sardines standing waiting in the heat.  Needless to say miserable conditions, but my muster area of people were friendly and we made the best of the situation.  After all, we might have to save each other's lives!



Dinner oh very much worth the wait.  Mark's Lasagna yummy. My chicken was ok.  His cheesecake was like eating a piece of cheese.  It only took one bite to realize not to tally those calories.  My black forest cake had whole black cherries which I picked out, gobbled up then left the rest.
The evening show was a good way to end the day.  If only we had ended it after the show!  Instead we ventured into the jewelry show.  Price wise no-no-no.  However, I did pick up some Elizabeth Arden on clearance for $20.  Then the clerk promptly handed Mark 2 raffle tickets.  We had to be present to win.  Now this is our 2nd mistake because earlier we had also attended and stood around waiting at the spa raffle.  Lesson learned no more "have to be present to win" raffles.  My poor swollen feet were ready for sleeping!
 
Our evening balcony room view gave way to a romantic full moon!  I awoke several times during the night.  Perhaps it was the constant rock of the ship or perhaps it was the water I inhaled staying hydrated.  Always upon returning to bed I first had to glance at the Heavens, the magnificent work of Art, and thank God for also forming the Land.  I know that sounds amusing to some people but seriously "How Great Is Our God" to have formed such gloriously delightful creations for us to behold.

Day 2, Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014
This will be a total day at Sea aboard the vessel.  We are awake and on the Lido deck before breakfast preparations are ready.  But after coffee was poured into my system,  I walked on ahead of Mark upstairs to the track and completed a brisk 1/2 mile walk.  Breakfast consisted of Omelets made to order .... ok.  Attended the shore excursion presentation.   Another raffle opp.  Why did I do this raffle?  Score ... Paris lounge has brunch until 1pm.  Yay.  Brunch, a total success.  Mark had tomato soup, eggs, bacon and finished with banana pie with a brown sugar caramel sauce and  ice cream.  I had a Cesar salad and a "hey pork chop" ...  deliriously finishing every bit if the gravy with my spoon.  Now I can reasonably say that I will brag on the cruise meals.  As long as we continue to skip the Lido deck food all will be happy.  Continuing on to the Art Auction.  Did you know that a glass of complimentary champagne is served? Oh gee 3 more raffle tickets.  Now I'm hooked to the end.  Wasn't I going to skip raffles?  Well ok another glass of champagne is offered so I remain seated.  But after the attractive blonde from Africa settled in beside Mark to make sure the artwork which  he wanted to place a bid had been offered I was ready to leave.  I'm the one who registered and had a bid number not him,  where was my attractive attendant settling in beside me for sales pressure? 
Mark has a headache at this point.  Note to self:  remember Mark is a diabetic and no more rich desserts for him.  We have now retired to the room for a nap.  He is out like a light.  I read until my eyes closed for 20 min.  Then it was tea time.  Ran a brush through my hair and braved the maze of the ship by myself.  It took courage to walk a few minutes late into the Paris lounge ... but I pushed through the almost empty dinning room to join already seated guests.  After all it was tea time!  We had triangular shaped sandwiches of cucumber and dill, and also smoked salmon (no thank you).  After selecting my flavor of tea from the wooden box then came the decadent cart of sweets.  I was like a child in the toy store.  I limited myself to 2 small selections ... one was a chocolate pudding tart that I would love to purchase whole and take home and let each of my readers sample (but too bad for them), the other was a 4 layer chocolate cake.  Ok, so I ate the icing and left most of the cake wishing I had another piece of the chocolate pudding tart.  I visited almost non stop with a lovely Science teacher from Katy ISD until we were the last 2 remaining in the lounge and we decided to remove our bodies from our chairs..
Returning to my room I am on the balcony enjoying the moderate temperature while Mark continues to sleep.  Watching the water I notice something surfacing to the waters diving three times then out of sight.  There are 3 somethings ... and it happened repeatedly.   I am now engaged with watching for creatures when an entire flock of birds fly momentarily with our ship.  I was frozen to my chair knowing if I left for my camera I would miss the sight ... a Kodak Moment without my camera in hand.  Another quiet moment and Thanks Given with an uplifted spirit to our Heavenly Father for this  gift of sighted pleasure.
4:30 now ... Tonight is our formal evening ... I best shower and get dolled up, Mark wants formal attire photos tonight.

Indeed we had formal pics done, we even shook hands and posed with the ship Capitan.  Then off to the London Dinning room for at our leisure dinning.  Dinner was a marvelous strawberry bisque, lobster tail, and jumbo shrimp.  Mark had yummy stuffed mushrooms and salmon.  Tonight I topped off my meal with chocolate melting cake.  Yes it was good but perhaps I'm tired of rich chocolate.
After dinner we attended the punch line comedy club.  To our dismay the act was noted as family fun; however, we were unimpressed with the content knowing children were in the audience.   Mark's comments were, "for a supposedly  family friendly audience it was offensive to hear jokes about boys peeing in the front yard."  I could add more but need I at this point?  Let's take a break, refresh and change shoes... then off to yet another evening function.
The Rome Lounge performance tonight is titled, Wonderful World.  The dance routines showcased pieces from around the globe.  All selections were marvelous.   I sat on the edge of my chair during the Irish steps similar to those of Riverdance.  The African selection found my foot tapping with the drum beat.  My favorite had to be the penguins performing to Puttin' on the Ritz and had me vocally giggling like a child.  The young dancers are truly talented in their abilities and the live band performance contributes to the spell bound don't move from your seat experience.
I'm tired, my feel are swollen and I'm ready for a nap.  Tomorrow is another day.

Day 3, Wednesday Aug 13, 2014
Progresso .... upon arrival I find myself wondering why we are bothering with this stop.  It seemed quite unattractive from our balcony chairs.  As first time cruisers we watched as other guests disembarked and how they searched for the attendants holding signs for specific excursions.  Now we are ready to choose a last minute tour.  I was quite indecisive about the Progresso stop.  Mark chose Shopping in Merida, Mexican Rodeo Show & Buffet.  Yes, he made a wonderful choice and our guide spoke excellent English. 
 
 
Merida, the capital city, is about 30 minutes from Progresso.  my pleasure the scenery improved immensely as we entered the city.  Our first stop was the Governor's Palace, followed by the oldest cathedral in Mexico, shopping, and finishing at the Rancho Tierra Bonita where a fabulous Mexican Buffet awaited our starving tummies.  We enjoyed the Mexican charros showing off their equestrian skills and the singing and dancing of the colorful folkloric ballet.
 
Returning to the Triumph I couldn't wait to get back inside our clean vessel and be grateful that eventually we would return to our home country!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The City of Panorama Village

I am proud to say that approximately 48 minutes north of Houston is the quaint community in which I call "Home."  Panorama Village was established in the early 60's and became an incorporated city in 1972.  The 2013-2014 Census for the city is
 2,170 people and 1,050 homes.
I have the honor of being given permission, by Tonya Smith a Realtor® here in the Conroe area, to draw attention is an Active For Sale property that is featured on http://judyreynolds.net/.  

The Village Golf Club has three separate nine hole courses to choose from which all skill levels can enjoy.  The featured home is located with beautiful views of the 1st hole.  Imagine the highlight of your morning sitting on the back porch having coffee and watching the early morning players.



The Village Golf Club is enrolled in Audubon International's Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses to ensure that the course helps to protect local environment, conserve natural resources and provide wild life habitats.  Keep your camera fully charged and be ready to spot many species of birds, butterflies and other wildlife marvels.



The City of Panorama Village has a complete website detailing the Police Dept, Utility Department, Fire Department, City Hall etc.  You will also find a tab for the clubs and organizations such as:  Ladies Association of Panorama Village, Garden Club, Card Games, Lions Club, etc.  There is something here for everyone so be ready to move here and call this your forever home.  Click here for the City's informative link:  http://www.panoramavillagetx.gov/




I am ready to help you.  Simply contact me at Judy@JudyReynolds.net or call my cell phone:
 936 203 7761.  I am waiting to represent You as your REALTOR®!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

King's Kitchen in Conroe, Texas

Do you ever get tired of eating at the same places?  Today a friend and I had lunch at a spot that all my neighbors in Panorama Village are raving about.  It has to be one of the best kept secrets in Montgomery County.  The meal was only $6.00 for an entrée, 2 sides, cornbread, salad and dessert.  All homemade!  I choose pork chops smothered in gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans with regular cornbread (jalapeño cornbread was also offered).  Although the mashed potatoes were thin everything else was a must do again!
Let's not forget dessert ... just imagine coconut chess pie!
Everyone was friendly.  The clientele seemed so happy to be there.  Although not expected, yes, I did tip.  There is a tip can on the buffet line close to where you pick up dessert.  I was thrilled to eat in such a pleasant atmosphere and can't wait to go back.

Hours that are posted:
Tues & Wed 11am - 3pm
Thurs & Fri   11am - 7pm

Here's a YouTube link, be sure to pay them a visit!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xhuft54WqY

King's Kitchen
1900 FM 2854
Conroe, Texas

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Texas #1 Equity-Rich State

The National Association of REALTORS® reports equity-rich home owners ... Texas = #1; and The Woodlands =#1.  It's time to find your home!  Below is the List provided in the article link stating the states with the highest percentage of residential properties with a mortgage holding equity:
  1. Texas: 96.7%
  2. Montana: 96.3%
  3. Alaska: 95.7%
  4. North Dakota: 95.7%
  5. Hawaii: 95.6%
Broken down further, the following metros had the highest percentage of equity:
  1. Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas: 97%
  2. Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas: 96.2%
  3. Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif.: 95.6%
  4. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.: 94.8%
  5. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash.: 93
5 Equity-Rich States

Looking for a Buyer's Agent?  Then contact me because The Woodlands, Texas is in Montgomery County.  All of Montgomery County is my area of particular knowledge.  I am eager to help you find a dream home.
Judy@JudyReynolds.net

For that matter feel free to browse my website to search for properties in MLS.  If you find something you like remember to contact me right away!
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Summer is Here!

Summer is here and where have the days gone?  It's been a journey ... from selling our beautiful home in Legends Ranch (contract signed in Nov. 2013) ...


to the purchase of our home in Panorama Village (Jan 26, 2014).  We had a week of painting, a week of new flooring and then the big day of Moving In Feb. 13th 2014.  Just in time for Valentines we finally were able to celebrate being over the homeless feeling!


In the last six months we have also reconstructed the balcony supports, cleaned up the yard, painted the exterior, replaced a spa heater, adopted a puppy (Twiggy) ... and hosted guests for a Wedding!  There have been gardens planted and fun in the sun.  Now, however, to Twiggy's dismay, it's time to come out of the yard and get back to sharing my time with Real Estate!

 
 
The Real Estate market in our Houston area is fast and furious with many good changes.  If you are ready to put your home on the market then by all means know where you are going, have a local mortgage officer working on your finances, and be aware of how much you are going to spend once you have made a profit on your home.
Speaking from experience, it's a long journey from Selling to Buying.  There were days I became totally confused and exhausted.  But the final outcome was a winner.  So if you are searching for a Buyers Agent contact me and let's get looking for your property

Judy@JudyReynolds.net