Ceres Garden Club


I joined a garden club here in Tuscaloosa.

Each month they gather to learn more about how to enhance the yard.

I have a thumb that is NOT green. I have had little luck implementing the ideas in my own yard but am encouraged with each meeting that one day I can keep a plant alive.

Here is a snapshot of some of the meetings, including a tour of the incredible art collection at the Westervelt Museum.

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Lake Living


My next Lake Living article will be coming with some “Messages from the Treehouse”.  Be sure to follow Druid City Living when you come to Tuscaloosa for the most current event information and community news.

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Here are a few of the past articles about Lake Living.

Enjoy!  And have a SAFE Summer!

Allison

March: Swing Into Spring

Paradise on Lake Tuscaloosa / Father’s Day

December : Lake Living Lake Tuscaloosa Wish List

A Lesson in THINGS


This morning, I learned a little lesson about THINGS.

This comes ironically the day AFTER I snapped a pic of a thick glass bowl full of treasures and trinkets. They were the topic of an article I had just written in Druid City Living, the little paper I love to write for in my “Lake Living” Column.

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The things were mostly meaningless without the story behind them, from places known and some I have to admit, unclear. My curious kitten sent the bowl crashing to my desk in a thunderous plunk and a pile of mess just where I was typing.

Until now, it sat on my windowsill between me and the sunshine. I glance at it now and then, remembering the times my babies (now grown) gnawed on a small melodic, silver rattle. It is nestled among feathers gathered from my parakeets and chickens as well as sheddings from gulls and a bluebird. It is accented by dried leaves, bright orange rock fragments from North Carolina, a golf tee and marker from Mountaintop, a small Bible with a magnifying glass tucked in the back cover that I got as a child. Sand dollars, some broken, some glued to a piece of wood. Sticks, mostly in shapes that spoke to me while I meandered a labyrinth with my best friend just before brain cancer sent her to a better place.

EF67B0E5-6F74-425D-B873-7562102A8704The slow motion movement from the bowl and the twice as fast dart of the cat is still engrained in my mind. A reminder that we can contain our things, but life still has a way of breaking our concentration, unleashing what is important.

I yelled at the cat, I screamed out loud. I watched in horror as he scrambled to the floor, then spoke aloud, “What is MY DEAL?”
BDA68D24-56AA-40BF-BA25-5452098EA62FSomehow, instead of cleaning it up, I ended up in my closet FILLED with trinkets, books and treasures. I sat on the floor. I took out a box I have carried around since I discovered it in the back of my mother’s closet. A glimpse into the life of the uncle I would never know, killed at age 18 in World War Two. Without his death my mother would have never been adopted. I would have never been. I snapped this pic of the box, the pic of, he, his mother and his sister at the time, before my mother was even a thought. The envelope returned to sender with the words “Missing in Action”.

I resolved today that things should either be displayed, shared (as in a museum) for some purpose, or TOSSED. I cringe at the third option. I used to rummage for hours in the upstairs rooms of my grandparent’s abandoned home. They closed it up, left every thing there after Allen died. What remained were things such as this chair, these photo albums, items of someone’s glorious yesterdays, avoided, forgotten.0E9266F3-0344-47AC-8973-40BC77A4D2E1

I scraped up the tiny shards of glass only after snapping a pic of the pile too. I could not deny that there was beauty among that mess as well. This pile of glass reminded me, even on my desk, of tiny grains of Alabama Gulf Coast beach sand where I collected so many of these things.

E8541A48-5734-45F7-B505-58F6D2C3BED6As I sorted to add them to a “non-breakable” plastic topped box I remembered some of the places I had stopped to snatch these things: a rock in a creek bed in Norcross, Georgia at a horse farm; a butterfly I vowed to wear in my hair if we bought it in Ashville, NC; A crystal ornament I couldn’t pack away at Christmas; a lock of my daughter’s blonde hair tied in mesh; shale looking items and sticks from the beach (because those are more rare there than shells); a paper American flag; a cork from our first anniversary.

We may think things will make us happy. Yes, these did, somehow, but they cannot replace the memories of the moments that go with them.

I culled a few shells. Perfect, hand picked, store bought shells I rescued from our beach house the week before my mother sold it with everything in it. I also took the less perfect ones I would often add to her “decor” collection, remembering the coolness of the water on my feet as I would search for them at the water’s edge. She probably doesn’t remember what catalog she bought those from. But I remember every creak, every uneven tile in the beach house floor when I look at these. I remember the home of my childhood that proceeded the newer version. The sleeping porch, the spiral stair, the wood balconies. The humming of my grandmother, the unusual softness of my grandfather’s fingers as he swirled his cane while rocking in his rocker. All of those memories simply triggered by a large rock my daughter, now 20, painted on a day when it was too cold to go outside when we lived there along the water’s edge in Gulf Shores. (We would also paint hermit crabs and release them in the bay across the street). I am pleased to discover I do draw a limit in my treasure collection.

Which brings me back to the lesson of things. None of these were elaborate gifts, jewels or shiny treasures. Even the rattle is coated in black. They are mere triggers for the memories that I hold dear.

I could toss them. But for now, I’ll just move them to a safer place. After all, the article I wrote just before this one was all about USING your treasures, making them a part of your every day life.

Looks like I’ll just have to keep the cat out of the china closet, because if I have it, I’m gonna start using it and quit saving it for that someday that might just never come.

Have a blessed, wonderful happymess ~memory making life!

Allison

 

 

SOUTHERN SCRIBBLINGS ~ Adult Coloring = Southern Style


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It’s here! The SOUTHERN version of that relaxing thing you keep reading about and seeing on the news. ADULT COLORING BOOKS! Tested by a business professional in a high stress, computer oriented business who said, “I am actually coloring at night before I go to bed and I haven’t slept like this in years!”

But coloring isn’t just for relaxation. It also connects us with the thing we did most when we were children. We played without thought of time or limitation.

It opens the rusty valves of creativity that still live within us. Check out the book and see if you don’t find yourself looking for more to color!

These are HAND drawn, loose, so there is no intimidation to get it wrong! DIG IN with pencils or markers.

The pages are blank on the back (with ideas for other creative adventures) so you can tear them out when you find the one you want to share or frame.

So what are you waiting for? There is a FREE coloring page for you just in time for

THE KENTUCKY DERBY

and

MOTHER’S DAY

Downloadable to your printer at the website for SOUTHERN SCRIBBLINGS (www.southernscribblings.com)

PRINT ONE for you and your daughter, grand-daughter. And share in the love of coloring.

They will be asking you what took you so long to learn to “chill”. Just sayin’!

Have a BLESSED Weekend!

 

Allison Adams

And this is the first copy of a series so if you have requests or ideas on how to improve the process, I’m in creative mode! Send it to me!

SATURDAY EVENTS IN TUSCALOOSA


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is a special event created by THE TUSCALOOSA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS to help raise funds for the Will May Dog Park at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa.

Click here for the PROGRAM AND NEWSLETTER

I have loved getting to know all of the REALTORS in Tuscaloosa and being a part of such a great event.

I created/designed the newsletter this year, since I will NOT be able to be at the event.

The DRUID CITY ARTS FESTIVAL is the same day

and I will have a booth there again this year. Hope you will jump in and enjoy the day

with ALL three events!

including the LAKE CLEANUP.

Saturday will prove to be a GREAT day to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

(See my article that advises the same in the latest issue of DRUID CITY LIVING in my Lake Living column!

CURRENT ISSUE LINK HERE~

Have a BLESSED day..and don’t forget to bathe your 4 legged friends (let the boy scouts do it…all in the name of the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS!)

Allison

 

This Weekend is the SOUTHERN VOICES Festival


Congratulations TONIGHT to MELANIE MORRIS for being the official artist for the Southern Voices Festival, taking place this weekend.

Tonight is the reception, rain, snow or ice!

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She will unveil her newest work and it will be displayed through the next month at the Hoover Public Library following the event.

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Visit her facebook page to get the current pics!

Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone will be the main speaker and hopefully will share his experience with his volunteer facilitation at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison located it Niantic, Connecticut. With his guidance, women were able to express their frustrations and craft the experiences into something unexpected and beautiful. Those publications are Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away.

The full syllabus for the event and the authors who will be sharing their expertise on Saturday, February 28 from 9:30-4:00 pm is located at http://www.hooverlibrary.org/sv

Nearly ten years ago Melanie started a Christian small group for artists when it was all we could do to claim the phrase, “I am an artist” while blushing showing us that ANYONE WHO CREATES IS AN ARTIST, as taught in the books we studied over the course of six years.

Some of those are listed here:

The Creative Call, Janice Elsheimer

If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat

Scribbling in the Sand, by Michael Card

Other inspiring books on creativity:

The Vein of Gold A Journey to Your Creative Heart, Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way

Unlocking the Heart of the Artist, Matt Tommey (Purpose Driven Life for Artists)

Walking in This World, Julia Cameron

Finding Divine Inspiration, J. Scott McElroy

Melanie paints using a palette knife. She layers vivid color masked with muted tones that create vibrant landscapes and some of the most vivacious trees I have ever seen.

If you haven’t signed up for Southern Voices and want some tidbits from the festival, you can watch for my summary on my website, www.allisonpadams.com

Speakers will be:
Wally Lamb (author of She’s Come Undone, I Know this Much is True and We are Water)
Karen Abbot (American Rose)
Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, Sweetheart, NPR’s list of top 100 thrillers ever written)
Amy Greene (Bloodroot, Long Man, 2010 Tennessee Writer of the Year.
James Scott (The Kept)
Jon Sealy (The Whiskey Baron)
Thrity Umrigar (Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, The Weight of Heaven)
Meg Wolitzer The Ten Year Nap among others, and two that became movies, This is My LIfe and Surrrender Dorothy starring Diane Keaton.

Whether you attend or not, the books mentioned will surely fuel your creativity. Simply celebrate and explore the work of these writers with published works. Let that inspire you to press on with your blog, poetry or whatever creative endeavor is inside you. Let it burst forth to life!

And if you want to jump into painting and are in the Birmingham area, try one of her workshops!

She is the one who taught me to undercoat in red for every painting and to use the palette knife! You are sure to have some fast and furious FUN!

Fast & Furious Florals with Melanie Morris

Alabama Art Supply
Birmingham, AL

Cost – $100

Saturday, March 7 (Full with wait list)

10AM – 4PM

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Saturday, March 21 (New)

10AM – 4PM

Happy Creating and Blessings for Unleashing your Creativity!

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Coco Love and painting “Dock of the Bay” by Allison Adams

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Lake Living: Gardening on Lake Tuscaloosa


I like to focus on lake topics, bringing ideas of nature to your mailbox in Druid City Living Newspaper in the Lake Living Column each month. This month, I’m writing about a challenge that applies to many of us: how to have a beautiful garden.

Rule one: Sun is required. I have discovered that the raised garden at our new home is in the shade most of the day. I wish I had realized that last year when…

I planted seeds that yielded tiny, Barbie-sized squash and melons, dangling from nearly brown stems.

Another issue is water. We have irrigation, but last year I watered in the late afternoon because, well, I am not a morning person. Keep disease at bay by watering in morning.

I am not yet a gardener, but I am a newly adopted member of the Ceres Garden Club. This week, I received two Knock Out Rose bushes from Peggy Babbs, after a meeting in her magical rose garden. The month before, Renee Holloman with Holloman Farms shared her expertise on Daylily plants. Later, a sweet neighbor gave me more “divisions” from her yard. This week, Wayne Ford, a former County Extension agent cheered us on with helpful hints.

I have been told that the largest hurdle, besides the rock that lies less than four inches below my “grassy looking stuff,” is the deer. I discovered there are some pretty plants the deer are not fond of, including burgundy blanket flower, verbena, butterfly weed, globe thistle, Jacob Cline bee balm, butterfly bush, purple coneflower, black-eyed Susan, thyme and crepe myrtle. If deer concern you, fence in the plants, or use bone tar oil.

While trying to “keep up with the Ceres,” I’ve been reading The Impatient Gardener by Jerry Baker. It has some amazing tricks for those of us who are “horticulturally challenged.” Who knew plants love beer and dishwater? (They help to keep flowers disease-free). I didn’t clarify how much left over beer is too much. Proceed with caution.

All of this new information inspired me. I rushed to Lowe’s, bought two green planters, soil, fertilizer, two rose “topiary style” trees with mixed color, grabbed a multi-mix basket of flowing verbena and petunias and began planting (after a stop to get the important part, beer). After planting two Knock Out Rose bushes, daylilies, and putting seeds in pots that I had started last month after the first Ceres meeting (it’s how I roll), I sat hunkered under a fluffy blanket, serenaded by the waterfalls as they deliver the overflow from recent storms to the lake. Lightening bugs flickered. A red bird swooped into a tree. A bat hovered as I dodged mosquitos. One by one, I noticed more stars. I was overcome with the stillness.

Genesis 1:29-30: “Then God said, ‘Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as good for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground – everything that has life.’”

Nature is for all of us. May we all come to find our little slice of Heaven. For now, I am starting with the slice I can possibly conquer: The deck!

Disclaimer: if you burn up your plants with beer and soap, don’t blame me, I’ll be right there with you. But if it works, tell the neighbors I told you so!

Photo: Allison Adams

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Blogging Basics~ Great Photos


There are blog posts and then there are POSTS THAT POP.

With so much going on this summer I fell behind in getting the great photos transferred from camera to blog.

I discovered some handy tools to help me “spice things up”.

I took a photo and used each of the following to show a bit about what they can do for YOU.

Foter- Photo Editor. (Click to left to go to site)  This site runs from the internet and lets you import your photo from dropbox, your computer, flickr and other sources on the web. Then you can re-size, edit, crop, enhance color, add text and add some fun features for Logo design.  Send it immediately to Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter!  I love that it is also available for mobile apps.

Tired of all of your photos being digital? This app lets you PRINT ACTUAL COPIES- on your own computer or through CanvasPOP (order them on canvas for instant artwork!)

  1. PicMonkey
    I’ve been using PicMonkey in the past and love its ease of use, but have had to upgrade to a fee based version. I am not too keen on the idea that when I forward those photos to others there is an advertorial for Pic Monkey before they open it. It has been my go-to until I found Fotor.   I used the same photo above and edited it in PicMonkey to come up with this: cropped-framedgirlfriendsapa.jpg
  2. Instacollage
    This is a free app and easy to use for those wanting to do something quickly from your iphone that creatively mends your photos together. There is a version on Facebook that lets you collage pics from there as well and with VIDEO being the way to go recently, you can get your feet wet at this site.
  3. Picasa
    Not only is this Google’s image system, but it also provides a storage backup version for those with lots of images. You can keep them private or share with your google account. It also has editing tools as well as collage options.
  4. Photovisi
    The ones above look too complicated? This is a great place for beginners!
  5. Photocat (free) This is another one that is simple and fun. A kid can learn on their phone how to edit photos and share. Icons are kid friendly and they can edit faces, make themselves skinny. It’s a beginning editors dream!photocat
  6. Befunky This one is free and makes collage photo creations FUN with a few more bells and whistles. This is the one to use if you want to do a GREAT Facebook Cover. (free)BeFunky_Fotor081813198.jpg The collage maker was a bit confusing but this was one of them: BeFunky_Fotor081813198collage.jpg
  7. PiZap This leads you to a site where there are a number of options from basic free collage that can be set to music to video creations and professional logo design.
  8. Picstitch This leads to the demo in the itunes preview. It is a great one for your phone. It is free but there are upcharges for frames and extra items.
  9. Ribbet (free) Ribbet is the next one I plan to test out. There is free cloud storage of your past work so you don’t have to download it to your hard drive. Great to know when you are like me with nearly 100,000 photos in your library.
  10. YOU share with us YOUR favorites!

Allison Adams

 

 

Lake Tuscaloosa Living


BAMA FANS!

Wondering what the lake here in Tuscaloosa is REALLY about?

Check out the new website.

http://www.laketuscaloosaliving.com

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As a Realtor and someone who LOVES the lake we would be excited to take you on a private tour by boat. 

Get pre-qualified now at 205-451-5510 and we will help you find your little slice of Lake Tuscaloosa Heaven!

Looking forward to an incredible season of BAMA Football, Tailgating and ending the afternoons watching the sun set on the lake!

Why choose Lake Martin and 280 traffic when this little gem is right down the road!

The most current article in my Lake Living Column can be found at www.druidcityliving.com on STAY-Cations.

Blessings!

Allison 

Artist, Author of four books, Realtor with Duckworth Morris Real Estate Lake Tuscaloosa ~ Alabama

Artist, Author of four books, Realtor with Duckworth Morris Real Estate
Lake Tuscaloosa ~ Alabama

happYmess Entertaining Recipe Appetizer With “What’s in the Fridge”


 

Mix ingredients together with olive oil or coconut oil adding salt, pepper and spices of choice to items such as peppers, onion, mushrooms or whatever you have in the fridge. Shrimp or Steak might be a good choice too!

Mix ingredients together over heat with olive oil or coconut oil adding salt, pepper and spices of choice to items such as peppers, onion, mushrooms or whatever you have in the fridge. Shrimp or Steak might be a good choice too!

All food looks better with a little cheese on top and garnish.

Quick and Easy with little planning. Did I mention that these were toasted hotdog buns cut and flavored with a bit of garlic?

Dr. Oz has lots to say about the great effects of these ingredients for healthy living.

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It’s all about what is in the fridge! Make the most out of all of your ingredients.

Easy entertaining.

Any food looks better with a great view!

Get artsy with the simple things

Bon Appetit!  Hope you enjoyed this little taste of “happYmess cooking” from a creative who loves to have fun in the kitchen!

Hope you will share some of your favorites as well!

Allison Adams

 

Visit my weekly posts at http://www.alabamawomenbloggers.com on Thursdays for all things “SWEET HOME ALABAMA”.

 

 

Artist Exhibits in Central Alabama


As an artist I enjoy viewing work by other artists. We are particularly blessed in Alabama with a variety of places to experience diversity in artistic styles.

A recent piece in the Montgomery Advertiser features a number of those near Montgomery.

CLICK HERE to see the article which features information on shows at The Elmore County Museum, The Rosa Parks Museum, Tin Man Studio and Gallery, The Georgine Clark Artist Studio in RSA Plaza and river art at the Montgomery City Hall Gallery Space.

Auburn’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is showing off Audubon Collections.

I lived in Montgomery for nearly eight years, when my oldest (teens) were only toddlers. Those connections were some of the first in my quest to discover my inner artist.

As a past Jr. Board member for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art I want to go see the recent exhibition by 32 artists from the South in the 19th Century entitled “Romantic Spirits”. This paired with Battle Drawings from the World Wars will give you and your “lover” something to talk about. (This runs through July 13).

Montgomery Artists, Mose Tolliver, Julia Starke, Camilla Armstrong, Jeannie Maddox (Dothan), Clark Walker, Nan Cunningham, Jenny Lou Greene, were some of the first influences on my love of art.

Hope you will make a stop at one of these or send me information on any others across the state that I can add to my column at Alabama Women Bloggers in the Sweet Home Alabama Series I am heading up this summer. Summer is about fueling the craft. Take some time to meander into someone else’s way of thinking and creating. You might just find a nugget of inspiration that will last a lifetime!

Allison Adams

The Magic of the Musician


 

I recently watched the PBS Special on Muscle Shoals. It reminded me of the diamonds we have here in Alabama, in terrain, beautiful cities, country lanes, beaches and mountains, and then there is the music. Watching acts like Bono, The Almann Brothers and the Stones talk about the “magic” in Alabama almost brought tears to my eyes.

I got the same feeling recently when I got to hear Chuck Leavell speak his heart about music and forestry in the South.

Chuck was guest speaker at the Savannah Book Festival, which I was able to read at during the Ossabaw Island Writer’s Retreat. His love for forestry won my heart. He and his wife share a special bond of love for nature and forest landowner as a profession as well as stewardship for the US.allisonpadams.com.

By Allison Adams

Chuck Leavell is no stranger to America. World tour keyboardist for he Rolling Stones, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award winner for work with the Almann Brother’s Band and in recent years, Chuck has been pianist on John Mayer albums, with Eric Clapton and even Miranda Lambert. He is also no stranger to Tuscaloosa, where he grew up after moving here at the age of nine. Many remember his band, the Misfitz, who performed on Friday nights at the YMCA just blocks away from The Bama Theatre when Chuck was back in town on November 8 with the Randall Bramblett Band to play a benefit concert for the Bama Theatre Restoration Fund.

The vibe was electric as Chuck sang a few Rolling Stones favorites and his originals. From the balcony to the stage, fans sang along. His fingers were in overdrive on songs like “Jessica” and the communication between him and fans in the audience resembled that of “coming home.”

Chuck and his wife, Rose Lane, who have been married more than 40 years, greeted guests, old friends and chatted with some new fans after the show while he showcased his newest passion, writing. 

His latest, “Growing A Better America,” was showcased at the Savannah Book Festival. Songwriters such as John Denver, Jackson Browne and bands like U2 have been singing to the world about global issues, and like these, Chuck and his wife live out their message. They live on Charlane Plantation, 2,500 acres outside of Macon, Georgia, that were left to his wife by her parents. After years paying inheritance taxes to “buy back what was theirs,” they vowed to have it as a self-sustaining property. They have won numerous awards through the state of Georgia for their research and stewardship, and Chuck has been made an honorary Ranger.

“Growing A Better America” highlights his research and ideas to make more productive in developing our greatest asset, land, with examples of projects that “do it right”. As a Georgia resident, it concerns him that the state is losing 19,000 acres of natural land a year. He has co-founded Mother Nature Network with 222,000 followers on Facebook. 

In recent months in Alabama, a “secret” private investor acquired 73,000 acres of prime timberland mainly used now for hunting and timber surrounding Birmingham. Perhaps that will remain green but who is to say? Unless we all take heart, we too may find ourselves without green places to roam.

Alabama has the third most timberland acreage (22.9 million acres/ nearly 68% of the total land area) behind only Georgia and Oregon, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission. Being one of the only states with navigable waters that flow to the Gulf, there are also logistical advantages.

Alabama is in the forefront for reforestation (begun in Alabama by pioneer E.F. Allison with Allison Lumber Company in Bellamy) as well as game management tactics he devised to assure that dwindling populations would turn into the boom of deer populations we see today. Timber expansion in Alabama is ahead of removal by 23 percent with 1.1 million acres since 1978 when numbers were at 650,000 acres according to amazingalabama.com.

In Alabama, everyone has the opportunity to experience the woods, aspire to own land and cultivate the green space that God has given us. If we each, according to Chuck, just consider our individual carbon footprint we can make great strides in the right direction. To learn more about Chuck’s book or his endeavors, find him at chuckleavell.com or charlane.com.

Author Allison Adams is a forest landowner, photographer/writer and Realtor with Duckworth Morris in Tuscaloosa. http://www.allisonpadams.com

Photo credit: Allison Adams

Ed and Fred designed the guitar straps for the Rolling Stones.

Ed and Fred designed the guitar straps for the Rolling Stones.

My son, Brent, is a music major in the New College at Bama with an emphasis in Production.

My son, Brent, is a music major in the New College at Bama with an emphasis in Production.

 

Quality REALTORS in Tuscaloosa


 

As a writer, it is sometimes hard to pay the bills, so we fall back on the things we know. When I was a young girl I sat around at our hunting camp and overheard a group of men talk about some girls in Coatopa whose parents had passed away.  “Those girls have no idea what that land is worth” rang in my ears all of my life. As a daughter of a single mom who had land, I vowed to always stay ahead of the curve. I know. I have quite a bit to learn, as real estate is always changing, but I encourage any woman to seek help before selling ANYTHING and I will be happy to help!

While I have been in Real Estate nearly 20 years, being a newbie in Montgomery, having a company with a partner, then owning my own company on the Gulf Coast during the peak times, I wasn’t sure after my third child was born that I would continue. After moving to Tuscaloosa I met the group I am with now and am loving being a part of the Duckworth team. Not only is this family entrenched in all things Tuscaloosa, but they are the “good guys” in Real Estate. It is comforting to find a place with such moral character.

Since being in the Tuscaloosa Area Association of Realtors I have come to know many of the Realtor members through a charity event I am involved in for Bark in the Park, which will be held at the Will May Dog Park at PARA (Park and Recreation Authority) in Northport.  Tuscaloosa, as Jo Bonner shared in our recent membership meeting, is blessed to have a Realtors group that works together.

Joe Duckworth, Jr. is on the board of PARA. I am amazed that a small community has such incredible riches in extracurricular activities. The amenities there are unlike any I have seen. It is all because of volunteers such as he and his family who make these things possible.

This Dog Park is named after Will May, a young boy who was killed in a hunting accident. The May family is in the veterinarian business and dogs were Will’s soft spot. The weekend before Bark in the Park, there is also a 5K Run in his memory. This community continues to pull together to support this family and see that his memory continues to make Tuscaloosa a better place.

The website for the event on the 17th is HERE.

Beside the dog park is a full fledged PUBLIC horse riding rink and facility for shows or practice. Across the street, are private stables and training facilities for students to take classes.

Rounding out the park is the Model Aircraft field (see former story) as well as a full fledged baseball park.

PARA has a number of locations with gym memberships, art classes, pools and events for children of all ages throughout the year.

Tuscaloosa is an EASY sell for families, making Real Estate a comfortable place to be if you are simply spreading the word about all of the GOOD things in Tuscaloosa, in addition to the sports.

New Members are being added each term.

Visit http://www.tuscaloosaassociationofrealtors.com for recent members.

These were the November Inductees who joined the ranks with me.

I recently sold a house for someone who tried a “by owner” approach prior to letting me help. She told me it was “so easy it made her nervous.” I take that as a GOOD review. I encourage you to use a professional, any here. With all of the continuing education we receive, many times FREE, there are plenty of knowledgeable agents. This membership has given me twice the number of hours I need this year just because I enjoy them so!

I also invite you to visit Duckworth Morris realty at www.duckworth.com to search for YOUR place in Tuscaloosa or to sign up to take the Real Estate pre license course.

New Tuscaloosa REALTORS sworn in:

During the Tuscaloosa Association of REALTORS Luncheon at Indian Hills Country Club, the new REALTOR Induction and Swearing in Ceremony was conducted by Brenda Wallace, with designated brokers presenting pins to: Allison Adams, Duckworth Morris; Kirk Eaton, Corder Real Estate; Rachel Ellison, Duckworth Morris; Matt Farris, Farris Real Estate; Nick Hardy, Realty Executives; Erica Jones, Russell Realty; Leslie Knox, Hamner Real Estate; Rhonda Mosley, RealtySouth; Brandon Roberts, Duckworth Morris; Karen Schille, Realty South; Josh Smith, Prudential Pritchett-Moore; and Ken Worley, Patton Realty.

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Uh, that is me, stage right. The Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors is a cohesive group of friends helping families.

Uh, that is me, stage right. The Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors is a cohesive group of friends helping families.

 

Creative Life Planning


Creative Life Planning

I have always been a seminar junkie. Even in high school I would read every Zig or Robbins book I could get my hands on. In college I went to classes I wasn’t enrolled in. At Mississippi State where my husband was enrolled, I attended forestry tours, control burns.

I am now addicted to the world of cyber seminars. Every week in my email box, a new adventure somewhere that is going to help me “burst into my creative being” or “make those seventy figures”.

Last week for two weeks straight (I missed two of the ten live sessions) the Right Brain Business Plan created by Jennifer Lee and conducted from her home office took place in “my office”.

I was coached (ok me and about three hundred from Canada to Australia) by nearly a dozen experts who have found their niche in the “webinar world”.  My head was spinning each day as I attempted to apply their logic and creative “quirks”. Each had molded their thumbprints into something they could identify and sell to the world.

I am a creative, but I am also an ENTJ.

A planner, a long range thinker.

I can brainstorm an event like there is no tomorrow down to the color of the napkins, but the step by step? I need a few friends for that. Luckily (as I found as part of the committee for Bark in the Park) There is a way to make right brain thinking work! I threw out ideas…we formed a committee for that! Twelve to fifteen minds each week dreaming and planning then people stepping up to implement! Wow….right brain HEAVEN.

(May 17 is that event in Tuscaloosa, Alabama).

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I even designed a website for the event~ A skill that came about when someone wanted to charge me $3000 to “build me a website”. Ok, mine is not perfect, but it has stretched me and brought me to another level of skills that are NOT worth $3000 in my opinion. At some point, you have to know how to input your writing anyway.

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After the two weeks of sessions. If you have any interest in going to the next level with your blogging, writing, artistic licensing, Jennifer Lee can show you the way. Her guest speakers shared great tips and personal stories~

Michael Port with Book Yourself Solid says in energy and zest “Be YOU!”

Nichole Piar of Ghost Kitten Fame inspired with illustrations from paper and home goods, making us all want to go back to stationery.

 Megan Auman, who is a master of Pinterest for artists,

Alicia Forest who offers business entrepreneur coaching says to make our “own million in art”…… “just get it out there”.

Cory Huff with the Abundant Artist talked about Tumblr for serious artists (as if we don’t have enough to figure out how to use- but he knows ART and I can bet if he says “the serious galleries are there”…THEY ARE).

Susan Miller, a southerner, shared her intuitive painting creativity coaching insight.  And those were only a few of the nuggets gathered.

(click their names to get to some of their infinite wisdom~ my head is still swimming as each week I get an email blast).

Kelly Rae Roberts, who has nothing to do with this particular event, I have followed for some time. She was one of the first to license her work. I even saw her printed canvases of her painted girls with side cocked heads and her abstracted birds in my hometown (then) of Birmingham a few years ago. On her blog I found that once she got big and licensed, she freaked. She stepped back from the loss of control of her work. The company owned rights to her work and pushed it out there. She is pushing back, on a smaller scale, doing exactly what it is she started out doing when she was “small” and “herself”.

Some are destined to make millions with their ideas, some are just plugging away at being creative in their own way.

Yesterday I watched a woman on the front of the library steps.  Her long brown hair was almost mushroomed on top of her head in a criss cross of pins. Beside her was a small black girl. As I brisked past them I heard her say, “113…is that even or odd?” The child looked down at the ground. “What about 115?”  Then I heard her say, lets just sing…..”11, 12, 13, 14″ and the little girl smiled, never answering the tough questions. Her creativity will probably have that girl doing calculus. I took a picture of them in my rear view mirror. That is how much the woman’s creative spirit affected me.

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I know people who are brilliant, who don’t use that gift. I know people who are not so bright and just whip through the world owning it.

I think at the end of the day, no matter what we know, it is all about how we use it.

So like Kelly Rae Roberts, I am just gonna back up and start with the small stuff, like scheduling my day, week, month and penciling in what I want my happYmess creative life to look like for the next….uh I guess thirty years?  (I turn 48 next weekend).

Sorta puts some pressure on the “planning part” as I always thought I was younger than I am. (mom calls it immature~ I call it denial).

So I share with you a great site I found called Productive Flourishing. Each month they create FREE planners to get you organized for ANY task.

For now…lets just start with the basics.

CLICK THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE TO UNCOVER YOUR ORGANIZING CHECKLISTS~ NUGGETS OF GOLD.

Off to my seventh Real Estate CEU this term. Gotta love a Real Estate Group (Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors) who offers so many quality seminars that we all get about 20 hours for FUN when we only require 12 hours every two years!

Blessings~ BE YOU!

Allison