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Do you have a Texas Bucket List? No? Start one!

There has been a lot of talk about bucket lists.  Items people add to their bucket lists can take them all over the world.  But here in Texas there is so much to do  people are making their bucket lists of things to do and places to go right  inside our Texas Borders, and there is plenty to keep you busy.  My husband and I love to explore Texas.  Most weekends we will take a day and hop in our vehicle and head out in a direction we have never been, on a road we have never been to locations unknown.  We just let it happen but for many people that is a little too unstructured so for those of you who need a destination  you might find this TV Series The Texas Bucket List helpful.   We try to catch the show each week but  if we miss it there is a Facebook Page and other social medial sites to catch up with.  Warning, with so many cool things to see and do in Texas deciding which direction to go first might be a little daunting!  For those of you who are moving to this Great State….look what great things you have to look forward to!  I

Reiki Principles

First and Second Level Reiki

Recently I received my First and Second Level Reiki of the Usui Method of Natural Healing with some amazing women and our Instructor Karina Ruttar -of Divine Messages   Each day I practice my new healing technique through meditation and prayer on some of my close friends and family members. I have learned how to heal long distance without having to be hands on.  I am also applying these techniques to my horses, dogs and cats.   I will be posting more as I progress in my studies. Reiki Principles

La Grange County Courthouse

I love Fayette County for all the wonderful things it has to offer residents and visitors like the beautiful countryside, it’s historic cities and towns.  One historic city – La Grange – has a crowning jewel in it’s Square – The County Courthouse.

The Courthouse was built and completed towards the end of 1891 for an approximate cost of 99k.  The style is Romanesque Revival with a clock tower with a Seth Thomas clock and old bell,  and a  central courtyard that was later enclosed.

The stonework is amazing and utilizes blue sandstone from Muldoon, white limestone from Belton, and red limestone from Pecos.  The roof is Spanish tile with copper valleys.

Built in a flood plain ( no one is sure why…) the Courthous has survived a major flood back in 1913 and in the corridor you can see a mark identifying the height the flood waters reached.

If you are traveling to or through Fayette County or La Grange, the Courthouse should be on your list of things to do!  If you are looking for a Realtor to help you with Fayette County Real Estate please give me a call, I would love to help you Buy or Sell!

Should a Buyer attend Inspections

Should Buyers attend home inspections?  This is what I share with my Buyer Clients.

Buying Clients do not have to attend inspections.

They may if they choose. If so they should not “tag along” while the Inspector does his or her thing, that slows down the Inspector’s process. Inspectors like the rest of us have schedules to keep.

 

If the Buyers do attend.

Buyers should bring a good book or something to keep themselves occupied during the inspection. If / when the Inspector finds a major safety or component “issue” they will point it out to attending Buyers.
 

The Inspector will be providing a detailed report.

Buyers are encouraged to work with an Inspector that will provide a detailed report with with information and pictures. The report is an overview of the property that Buyers can refer to as future homeowners – a hand book of sorts of the house that will list what I call the “honey do’s” that a Buyer might consider addressing as a new homeowner after closing, combined with any safety or major component issues that may need to be addressed in the option period during Escrow.
Cream of Tartar

Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda & Vinegar saved the day

Who knew?  Cream of Tartar has lots of uses! So does Baking Soda and Vinegar. And they all came to our  rescue yesterday!

I listed a lovely 7 acre tract of land with a newer mfg. home ( double wide ) on it.  We got multiple offers and went under contract with a closing date of the 4th of January.

All was good, Inspections done, Buyer Conditional Loan Approval out of the way, Appraisal done, and then all of a sudden  – yesterday – the 29th of December –  the Buyer’s Agent informed me by text that the Lender needed “new” pictures of the number plates on the mfg. home sides in order to fund.  ( this fact could lead me to a soap box but I will refrain! )

But as the Seller’s Agent I needed to do something to facilitate so I switch up my schedule and went over, only to find that in the Texas humidity and moisture the aluminium plates had developed a layer of build up – hence the bad appraiser pictures

The dilemma is how to get the build up off the plates without destroying the numbers, and how to do it quickly so as to avoid a delay in closing while waiting for Label Verification from HUD which takes days and is expensive to expedite.

This is where the Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda and Vinegar all come in to play!  Using those products and following instructions on How to Clean the Seller was able to clean the plates enough to see the numbers! The only thing she didn’t use was the steel wool she something a little less abrasive.

A couple of morals to this story 1)Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda and Vinegar are good things to have in your pantry. 2) Something always comes up in real estate 3) If you have a mfg. hone you are going to list to sell make sure that the Labels are legible!

 

Useful information and links for Bastrop County

Useful information and links for future residents of Bastrop County!  Links to information on Parks, County Stats,Hospitals and Clinics, Vets, Shopping & Grocers, Hardward stores, Construction companies, Restaurants, Government offices, School System, and Wells for the Bastrop/Smithville area.

 

Parks

Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bastrop

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/buescher

County Statistics

http://www.city-data.com/county/Bastrop_County-TX.html  County statistics

Hospitals and Clinics

Smithville Regional Hospital  (11 miles, 13 minutes)

800 East Highway 71

Smithville, Texas 78957

(512) 237-3214

(512) 360-3219

St. David’s Emergency Care – Bastrop  (8 miles, 11 minutes)

3201 Hwy 71

East Bastrop, TX 78602

Telephone: (512) 308-5900

Clinics:

Lost Pines Family Health Clinic

102 Commercial Drive  Bastrop, TX 78602

lostpinesfamilyhealth.org

(512) 985-6359

Doctor Batlle MD Bastrop Medical Clinic

195 South Hasler Boulevard B-1Bastrop, TX 78602

bastropmedicalclinic.net

(512) 308-1555

Texan Urgent Care  (11 miles, 13 minutes)

717 Highway 71 West #500

Bastrop, TX 78602

texanurgentcare.com

(512) 332-2273

Veterinarians

Bastrop Veterinary Hospital

2900 Hwy 95 North

Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 303-6969

Riverside Veterinary Hospital

531 Hwy 71 E  Smithville, TX 78957

(512) 237-4644

Crossroads Animal Hospital

651 Texas 71Bastrop, TX 78602

crossroadsanimalhospital.org

(512) 321-0506

Shopping and Groceries/General/Specialty Shopping

Walmart Supercenter  (10 miles, 13 minutes)

488 Highway 71 W

Bastrop, TX

(512) 321-2288

Academy Sports and Outdoors (11 miles, 13 minutes)

749 Texas 71

Bastrop, TX

(512) 321-8200

Best Buy (11 miles, 13 minutes)

761 Highway 71 West, Bastrop, TX 78602

Phone:(512) 308-5849

Groceries

HEB Superstore and Pharmacy (10 miles, 13 minutes)

104 North Hasler Boulevard, Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 321-1011

Brooks Brothers Grocery and Pharmacy (7 miles, 10 minutes)

401 Royston St,

Smithville, TX 78957

(512) 237-3246

Bastrop Producers Market (closed Mondays)   (13 miles, 16 minutes)

977 Texas 71 Service Road, Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 308-9989

Bastrop Farmers Market (Tuesday, Saturday)   (9 miles, 13 minutes)

1302 Chestnut St., Bastrop, TX

http://www.bastrop1832farmersmarket.org/

Walgreens Pharmacy  (7 miles, 10 minutes)

4201 Hwy 71 East Bastrop, TX 78602

walgreens.com

(512) 308-1239

CVS Pharmacy  (10 miles, 14 minutes)

1671 Highway 71 East, Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 308-0234

Hardware/Construction/Repair

Home Depot (11 miles, 13 minutes)

525 Hwy 71 W, Bastrop, TX‎

(512) 308-1022

Lowes  Home Improvement  (11 miles, 13 minutes)

719 Highway 71 West, Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 321-0460

Animal Feed/Country Stores

Smith Supply  (6 miles, 9 minutes)

764 W Loop 230, Texas 95, Smithville, TX 78957

(512) 237-2201

www.smithsupplycompany.com

Tractor Supply (10 miles, 13 minutes)

441B Texas 71, Bastrop, TX‎

(512) 321-3660

Bastrop Feed & Supply  (12 miles, 15 minutes) 

777 Texas 95

Bastrop, TX

(512) 321-3700

Restaurants

BBQ

Billy’s Pit BBQ

110 Texas 71, Bastrop, TX 78602 ‎

(512) 321-6453

Fitties

1376 Texas 71, Bastrop, TX 78602 ‎

(512) 303-6808

fittiesbbq.webs.com

Southside Market and BBQ

534 Hwy 71 W, Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 575-9037

Mexican

La Cabana

719 Texas 71, Smithville, TX 78957 ‎

(512) 237-2536

El Corral Lozano  (breakfast and lunch only)

902 College Street, Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 308-9276

urbanspoon.com

La Hacienda Restaurant & Bar

1800 Walnut St., Bastrop, TX

Other

Cedar’s Mediterranean Grill

904 College Street, Bastrop, TX 78602 ‎

(512) 321-7808

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX 78602 ‎

(512) 321-2007

schulmantheatres.com

Pockets Grille

205 Fawcett Street, Smithville, TX 78957 ‎

(512) 237-5572

pocketsgrille.com

China Buffet

201 Hunters Crossing Blvd, Bastrop TX

Several nice eating places within 2 blocks of Main and Chestnut streets in Bastrop

Government Offices

Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist

Robert Trudeau  Natural Resources Specialist

901 Pecan, Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 332-7280

Natural Resources Conservation

507 Old Austin Highway

Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 321-2286

Bastrop Central Appraisal District

209 Jackson Street, Bastrop, TX 78602

(512) 303-1930

www.bastropcad.org/

Bastrop County Clerk

803 Pine Street #112, Bastrop, TX

(512) 332-7234

www.co.bastrop.tx.us

Bastrop County Sheriff Office

200 Jackson Street, Bastrop, TX

(512) 303-1080

Texas A&M Forest Service

Richard Gray

125 Keller Road, Unit C-4

Bastrop,  TX 78957

(512) 237-2160

rgray@tfs.tamu.edu     

School System

www.smithvilleisd.org

Well/Water/Septic

Jimmy’s Well Service  

129 Lisa Lane, Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 303-4473

Water softener system  

Texas Water Savers Co.

Scott O. Shaffer

La Grange, Texas

979-250-1239

http://www.texaswatersavers.com/

Septic Tank/Road Work  

Salinas Brothers

641 Oak Hill Cemetery Road, Bastrop, TX 78602

Phone:(512) 581-7071

Real Estate/Realtor

These are just a few of the many providers of services in Bastrop County Texas.  If you are looking for an experienced Realtor to help you with real estate purchase or real estate sale please consider contacting me.

Deb Dahlberg-Rowland/Realtor  direct 512-743-0516

 

Boy did we get some rain or what?

The rain started on Friday the 24th.  Here is the Weather Bug map that I pulled up.  Fayetteville was right in the thick of things!  We got a total of 10 plus inches from Friday to this morning…which by the way is a beautiful sunny day.  Large rains like this are not uncommon and with the El Nino weather pattern we may see more this fall and winter which is fine with me as I want us to crawl out of our drought status!

Fayetteville getting rain
Fayetteville getting rain

The ponds were overflowing on Saturday as you can see in these pictures I took driving Sunday from Fayetteville on FM 159 to a showing I had at one of my ranch listings  in Red Rock Texas!20151024_143800 20151024_143538 20151024_143519 20151024_143349 20151024_143329 20151024_143305 20151024_143255 20151024_143229It was a wet weekend for sure.  Loved every second of it.  But glad to see the sun today.  And all of these pastures went to brilliant green in those three days!  Gotta love Texas!

 

Helping Rick Moninger replace the home he lost in the Hidden Pines fire

Approximately 60 homes were lost in the Hidden Pines fire in Bastrop County last week.  One of those homes was Rick Moninger’s.  Rick’s home was lost the first day.  Rick had enough time to load his three dogs in to his truck and leave.  Everything he had was lost.  Rick was building his home little by little as he could afford it. His plan was to have a home without a mortgage when he retired in a few years.  The home was about 60 percent complete but it didn’t have a standard roof yet, just a yurt like canvas roof.  This made his home uninsurable.  We have started a gofundme to help raise funds to buy Rick a “container” home from Campco Texas.  Here is the link to the the page.  If you would like to help Rick any amount will be helpful.  Thank you in advance

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Hidden Pines Fire update

 

 

 

 

Hidden Pines Fire 10 16

 

Here is an update on the Hidden Pines fire in Bastrop County Texas.  So far the firefighters have saved over 90 homes and 15 commercial structures. Unfortunately there have been over 40 homes lost as well as 7 commercial properties. There will be an update today and every day that the fire is still active at the Smithville at Kellar Road and Hwy 71 at the command post.  If you want to make donations you can do so by going to www.BCLTRT.org the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery website.

39th Annual Lickskillet Days in Fayetteville TX this weekend

Did you know that originally Fayetteville was called Lickskillet?  Truth!  This weekend Fayetteville is celebrating it’s 39th Annual Lickskillet Days.  This is a big deal in this quaint little City.  Good food, shopping, history, entertainment it’s all here around the historic square.  There is even a parade tomorrow!  After the parade on the Square Mayor Ronnie Pflughaupt will honor Jerry and Shirley Chovanec by proclaiming  “Jerry and Shirley Chovanec Heritage Day.”  Located just a few miles off of Hwy  71 between Columbus and La Grange.  Centrally located in between Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.  Come on out and help us celebrate!  Lickskillet Days 2015 Final LickskilletPrgm-page-001