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We’re about to enter the whirlwind of the holiday season – in fact, it has already felt like Christmas time in Atlanta this week – Brrrrrr! I’m so glad that Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season because it gives me a chance to pause and reflect on all of the things that I am deeply grateful for before all of the exciting business of the season begins. Here are a few of the things I’m thankful for:
1. Our health – after losing a few young friends this year to terrible diseases, I am ever so mindful that we need to be thankful for our health.
2. My son’s education – every time I am at my son’s school I am reminded how lucky and blessed I am that he is able to get the quality education that he receives and it reminds that I want to help those that aren’t as fortunate to allow their children to prosper.
3. Continued good business. After so many terrible years in real estate, 2013 and 2014 have been a blessing and one I hope continues for not only my benefit but my clients who are able to make transitions in housing without a financial hardship.
4. A supportive broker – this business can be tough and as an independent business person I’ve never realized the benefit of a great broker until this year. For the first time since I’ve been in real estate I feel like I have a partner versus someone who just cares about taking a chunk of my money. It is truly a win-win relationship.
5. My friends, family, and neighbors – as a single mom I hear others talk about how hard it is when their husband works late hours or is on a business trip, but many of them don’t work. I get by daily as the sole provider for my family with the help of my friends and neighbors. Even though I don’t have family nearby I have their support just a phone call away. I have friends and neighbors that are happy to swing by and pick up my child with just a text or phone call and a resilient son who doesn’t worry if Mom is later than planned, he knows she’s probably with a client.
6. My village – this is part of the friends and neighbors, but even more its familiarity and tradition. I realize as the Holidays approach and my son is now 10 years old that the things we have done for years in Vinings such as the Halloween party, Vinings Tree Lighting etc are becoming part of his “story” and life and it brings him comfort and a sense of home. Even though I am occasionally tempted by a great deal on a house somewhere else it comes down to whats best for my son and the comfort of the known outweighs the perks of another house or location.
7. Flexible time – one of the reasons I went into real estate was to allow myself to have a “life”. Little did I realize that life would require working every single day with no real time off EVER! But the benefit of that is I can schedule around things at my son’s school and can participate in things that most Moms who don’t work can do and then I just end up on my computer til midnight making up for it, but I can do it all that way. Plus this career has allowed me to have flexibility and be the best Mom I can be for my sweet little boy.
8. My dogs – as my parents lost their much-loved Boston Terrier – Suzy this year I am reminded how much unconditional love comes from my 2 fellas. The help me appreciate nature as they like to take walks and sniff everywhere they go. My littlest one is truly my shadow and they are both at my feet while I work from home on many days.
9. Reliable service providers – this may not make sense to many, but I do feel blessed to have people who I can trust to help me with maintaining and enhancing my house. My gardener, handyman, painters etc. I own a rental property and have my house and without them I would be overwhelmed with tasks that could be difficult to manage. I feel comfortable leaving them a key and I know the work will get done. I haven’t always had this comfort, I am grateful to have it now.
10. Technology – again this may seem like an odd thing to be thankful for, but technology truly allows me to communicate with many more people than I could in years past. Prior to the advent of everyone on email we’d have to spend hours a day calling people to arrange for appointments, follow up on showings etc. Today things are pretty instantaneous and I can see when someone is entering a listing or text an agent to get feedback or email a client about a showing, allowing me to be much more productive than in years past.
And the most important of all, I am thankful for my son, this coming week reminds me of my journey to Russia 9 years ago to bring him home. Each day of the Thanksgiving week brings a different memory and I reflect on it each year. My Mom travelled with me on both trips and she remembers each day as if it was yesterday as well. We boarded the flight to Kemerovo on Sunday and arrived on Monday and by the following Saturday after Thanksgiving we were back in Atlanta with a new baby boy! I know many agents remember that time as well as I think everyone in Buckhead and Vinings was following my journey. We didn’t have WordPress back then, but I did an early version of a Blog on Google 360. I’ll have to see if I can still find it, it was sporatic as it wasn’t always easy to find internet access back then in Siberia, but it still captured a lot of what was happening to us daily. So reflect on what you’re Thankful for this Thanksgiving and I hope it will be a wonderful one for you and your family as well.
As a little Thanksgiving bonus I thought I’d add that I’m grateful for this season of hospitality too, a time to reconnect with friends and family over a special holiday meal. Here’s a recipe for a traditional Southern party favorite, cheese straws. These are great for guests to nibble with a glass of wine and they would also be a great way to show your gratitude to your holiday hosts!
- 1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons water
The other day, I received a text from a friend who was excited about some restaurant changes in Vinings. While I’m always happy for new additions, I was sad all day to hear about Garrison’s closing and her saying La Paz might be closing. So last night, my son and I went to La Paz to find out what was going on. I was relieved when the hostess explained that they weren’t closing but that the ownership was changing.
These restaurants and shops in Vinings are part of our Village and my life and memories. I have come to enjoy the atmosphere, familiarity and tradition associated with both of these places. For as long as I can remember, when I have gone to the Vinings Tree lighting the first Thursday in December, I’ve met a group of friends either at Garrison’s or Mellow Mushroom. I’ve enjoyed many spring and fall days with laughter on Garrison’s patio. Margaritas on Friday’s at La Paz and Sunday night dinner with friends are something I can remember as far back as before my son was born. He’s been eating their queso since he was 2. It makes me really sad to think of these places, where I’ve made so many memories, going away.
While reminiscing about life in the Village, I remember walking my dog to the Village Starbucks and sitting on their patio with him while I read the paper (long before the iPad gave me the news). There was Caribou on the corner next to where Suntrust now is. I actually mourned the loss of the regular employees that all seemed to have left this past year at Suntrust. I knew them on a first name basis – Chris the former manager; I remember my son as a baby kissing Katie when she gave him lollipops when he came in. Now it’s all new employees that I don’t know and don’t know us and it makes me not really care to stop in there anymore.
Remember the small local coffee shop that is where Café at Pharr now is? I have good memories of that as well. I preferred the Vinings Inn in the 90’s when it first reopened to the new ownership that took over in this decade. Oh well, things change and we’ll make new memories, but somehow they all seem to define a season of my life from when I was single and working in corporate America, to when my son came home and I was sharing the pictures from Russia with my friends on the board of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. I’m now crying with all this flood of memories, but as my son grows and we continue to live here, the restaurants will keep changing and we’ll have new memories at those as well.
At which Vinings restaurants have you made great memories? For those of you who have been around here a while, are there any you particularly miss?
Built in 2007, this Vinings Village home is classic Vinings style. At 6,779 sq. ft., it offers 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 half baths and enough living space to meet all your needs. It has a charming front porch, 3 car garage, and exterior porches galore. The kitchen is complete with high-end, professional appliances and on the main level, you’ll be pleased with the study and formal living room or music room and a bedroom and full bath as well. The basement is finished with a second kitchen, another guest bedroom and a full bath. List price is $1,449,000, but they are looking for an offer!
You can view the full listing here on my site.
This home is Cochise Club, swim team and tennis eligible. It is zoned for Teasley Elementary and Campbell Middle and High Schools. If you have any questions or would like to see this home, please let me know. I would love to show it to you!
I received the following email this morning from the Vinings Village Homeowners Association regarding the upcoming closing of Woodland Brook.
Woodland Brook will be closed from Keswick to Brandy Station starting June 18, 2012 through July 29, 2012. While Woodland Brook Road is closed, Village Residents can use Randall Farm Road as a detour route.
It is expected that Speed Humps on Randall Farm Road should prevent speeders along the residential street. Emergency response teams have been made aware of the pending road closure and have alternate plans to access the affected areas.
Signage providing detour direction around Vinings Village to neighboring communities have been strategically placed. It is hoped that as a by-product of the improvements, travelers who have used Woodland Brook Rd. as a pass-through to other destinations in the past, will find the detour routes more efficient for future travel.
Four square miles of small town in the middle of a great metropolitan area
- Access to the interstates
- Great public and private schools in our backyards – walk to Lovett and almost walk to Westminster (2.7miles)
- Low Cobb County taxes
- Sidewalks connecting all of us
- Caring neighbors and close friends
- Fun community activites via the Cochise Club and Vinings Village
- Interesting topography and beautiful trees
- Great restaurants to walk to
- Our wonderful library and firehouse
- Close gas stations
- Dog friendly atmosphere
- Varied social and cultural backgrounds
- The Chattahoochee Riverto walk to and along
- My neighborhood’s lake
- This time of year – CVS Minute clinic!
- Many alternative ways to get intown or around Buckhead without going on highways
Ok, ok, I don’t want my Pittsburgh friends to get mad at me. This topic made me think while I was at the beach recently in New Jersey with a sorority sister from college. I had such a great time and so enjoyed seeing her, my brother, sister-in-law and their children that it makes you think about where you live and wish that you could see them more often.
Twenty years ago via a job opportunity I moved to Atlanta, sight unseen. I remember my first real estate agent. I think I drove her crazy looking all over the city. We settled on a rental on Moores Mill in Buckhead back in 1992. It was a great house – (no longer there, torn down a few years ago) with a pool and large back yard. I’ve always had a dog, so a yard was important to me.
The house on Moores Mill was less expensive than my townhome in Washington D.C., where I had moved from. …a townhome was about all I could afford there. The housing values were definitely different in Atlanta and still are!
I would say the first two years were quite an adjustment and then I spent so much time traveling for work that I didn’t really get involved in things locally as much. At first the thing I noticed in Atlanta was that people didn’t talk about national news here. Maybe it was the circles I was traveling in at the time, but it was a big change for me coming from working across the street from the White House.
As my year-long rental came to close, my agent helped me find new construction on Log Cabin (in the neighborhood Chapel Hill of Vinings), and that was the first place that really started to feel like home. We had neighborly Friday drop-bys, neighborhood holiday parties, and actually a group of us went on a ski trip together. I’m still in contact with many of the group from Chapel Hill of Vinings.
As a matter of fact, it was the movement of this group of people from our “starter homes” to the bigger lots across the railroad tracks into Vinings that got me wanting to make the move as well.
So in 1998, I bought the lot/house that I now call home in Vinings. I’ve been building and remodeling since it seems, with the last major work being done in 2005 – landscaping and an addition of a pool. I think I’m “done” now, but being in the real estate business has taught me that you are never “done” with your home. The updates keep changing and of course there is always maintenance that I keep up with monthly through the help of a great handyman.
Now almost twenty years later from that first move to the South, our Vinings home is truly our home. This is the only home my little boy has really known and the sidewalks, Vinings Village, the walking ability and the amount of long-time owners here makes the four square miles known as Vinings very unique.
I think many of the young families moving to Vinings now grew up here and have always considered it home and have finally reached the point where they can afford to step up to the bigger house as I did 13 years ago. And I have a funny feeling that – God willing – we’ll be here another 13 years in the same house…
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