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Barbara Shallue
Austin, Texas
REALTOR, writer, blogger, photographer
Interests: real estate, music, dancing, friends, movies, reading, writing, photography, traveling, genealogy, playing the drums
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I never even noticed this comment from 3 years ago! Thank you for reading it! :)
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2024 on Meet the Belle of Long Hollow at Long Hollow
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She really is so loyal and protective of family. She is the first 'mama-dog' we've had. All of the others preferred Tom! So that makes her extra special to me, I think. Thank you for taking the time to read this and comment!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2024 on Meet the Belle of Long Hollow at Long Hollow
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I'm not sure I still have the card, but if I find it, I'll let you know who made it!
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2023 on Birthday Cards and other sweet!s at Long Hollow
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I am so sorry to hear 2022 wasn't a great year for you. I'll be praying 2023 is much better! A friend of mine picked 'evolution' as her word for 2022. She had so much change in her life that she was ready for the year to end, also. Change can be good but also painful on its way to the good, right?
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2023 on 2023 - A Year for Gratitude at Long Hollow
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Gratitude. That's my word for 2023. While I've faithfully written in my gratitude journal every morning for a few years, and have gotten better at noticing my blessings and telling God thank you, I realize I've become neglectful in telling the people around me thank you and showing my appreciation when they help me, my family, my clients or my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2023 at Long Hollow
That is really cool!
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2022 on The Beginning of Us at Long Hollow
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Thank you so much for visiting! I have not only let blogging drop off my schedule, but also reading your blog and others that I always enjoy so much. I'll add that to my schedule, too. I always learn something from yours. Wishing you all the best in 2022, too!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2022 on Time at Long Hollow
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For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at Long Hollow
What a sweet surprise to see your comment, Jennifer. I miss my blog community! I know you've had some challenges over the past few months, but you are always quick to give inspiration and encouragement to others. I appreciate you and pray the coming year is easier. Love and blessings to you!
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2021 on 10 Things I Learned from Father Raj at Long Hollow
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Our small parish had the same priest for about the first 20 years that we lived here. Father Joe founded the church, first holding Mass at a campground on Lake Travis. By the time he retired (in his 80's) the current church had been built, expanded, and a parish activity center built. Also, I had become a Catholic! You can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2021 at Long Hollow
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"If nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies." ~ Wendy Mass, The Candymakers I found this sign in a Florida thrift shop a couple of years ago. It's been hanging above my desk ever since, a good reminder that I need to keep pushing forward out of my comfort zone. But while I've experienced some growth... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at Long Hollow
I'm sorry about your older sister's family, but grateful they weren't sick enough to go into the hospital. I learned yesterday that a high school friend's husband just passed away from it. He went into the hospital on the 10th. So sad! It's weird how it hits some people so hard, and others barely get a fever. We just have to have patience and stay safe, to keep others safe, too! I'm glad you've been okay!
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It is a glorious autumn day here in Long Hollow. The window behind my monitor is filled with cloudless blue sky and shimmering leaves of orange and gold. Tomorrow I will be focused on cooking and celebrating with a few of my kids, so today I'm indulging myself with reflection and the sharing of a few major "sweets" since my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2020 at Long Hollow
Thank you!
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2020 on The Beginning of Us at Long Hollow
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Yes, they do!
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I agree with you. We did eventually lose Max, and now his "puppy" is 10 years old and my constant companion. I already find myself mourning for the day I have to say goodbye to her, but that just makes me appreciate the time I have, so I guess it's not a bad thing. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!
Toggle Commented May 26, 2020 on As if I were beside you... at Long Hollow
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Yes, which I think we too often do.
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This is a repost originally published on my other blog almost 5 years ago. I was thinking about it this morning and felt it was a fitting tribute to those we are remembering on Memorial Day. I'm proud to say this young Airman is now my son-in-law. I was honored to attend the Air Force Boot Camp graduation last weekend... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at Long Hollow
That other voice can be very persuasive!
Toggle Commented May 25, 2020 on Even in the madness... at Long Hollow
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Every morning Belle and I take a walk on our caliche road. We have a set path of about 1.5 miles. First we head in one direction where the road twists and turns and dips, then we backtrack past our house and up a short hill before turning around and returning home. Belle sets the pace, mostly at a fast... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at Long Hollow
It is actually going by fast for me somehow. It doesn't seem possible this has been going on since March!
Toggle Commented May 24, 2020 on I couldn't help myself! at Long Hollow
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Yes, I'm grateful I've been able to go places and keep working, since Realtors were considered essential personnel here, but I've been very cautious and it worries me when I see people congregating just as they did before, as if they think the problem is gone or it never existed. I don't let much scare me, but I admit this is a huge concern to me, and makes me want to to just stay home!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2020 on I couldn't help myself! at Long Hollow
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I think this has certainly taught us to appreciate and grab onto the chances we have to spend time with loved ones, whether in person or virtually. And how grateful I am for the technology we have today that allows us to see and talk to each other in real time!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2020 on I couldn't help myself! at Long Hollow
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Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do. ~Author unknown In the old days, before masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing became customary, I would get an achy feeling in my heart if it had been more than two weeks since I saw my grandson in person. I had a physical... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at Long Hollow
Thank you! I hope you're healing up!
Toggle Commented May 6, 2020 on Sweets in the Time of COVID-19 at Long Hollow
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