In the Gulf Coast Region of Texas it has been a bit of a challenging couple of months.  The destruction from Hurricane Harvey will be felt for years to come.  But there is always time to be Thankful.  Some would say this is the icing on an already challenging year.  Retail is continuing to take a hit due to e-commerce or due to their continued insistence that they understand what their customers want, yet continue to do business as they always have in the past.  Real Estate has not had a bang up year, Harvey aside, due to the slow in the regional economy.  Yep it has slowed and in some cases their have been layoffs and 2018 may bring more.  The talking heads talk about stocks being up here and there but the trickle down to our region hasn’t happened yet, not enough to create a BOOM.  But there is always time to be THANKFUL.


Thankful that the HOUSTON ASTROS won their First World Series Championship, be thankful that despite their star rookie quarterback getting hurt the Houston Texans have a future to look forward to.  Thankful that Tilman Fertitta kept the ownership of the Houston Rockets local and so far the season is looking good.  Rumor has it he is looking at bringing hockey back to Houston and that would be AWESOME!!!!   Ok, enough about sports, let’s be thankful that we live in a GOD WE TRUST country.  Let’s be thankful that we can worship GOD in our own way.  Let’s be thankful that we have each other and help one another…..

through thick and thin

So I did some research on where this phrase came from and it IS and oldie.  My research found this phrase goes back to the English country side around the late 1300.   This refers to the thick growth of the English countryside that hunters encounter and their strong desire to overcome those obstacles in order to win the prize of the hunt.   The original expression was through thicket and thin wood.   We all know that a thicket is a tightly grown group of trees or brush and thin wood…well that is a forest that has not grown together.  History class dismissed.

Be thankful for your health, the ones you love and the ones that love YOU and make sure you take time to……………….


Live Life to the Fullest,



Week 5 52 Weeks in Magnolia, Texas A Visit to Contenders Choice Batting Cages

     Yogi Berra once said: “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.” Source: Catcher in the Wry (Bob Uecker) Another way to keep the parents off the streets is to get them to Contenders Choice Batting Cages in Magnolia, Texas. 

Babe Ruth  said, “How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball…The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.” Source: Words of Wisdom (William Safire)  You can increase your chances of hitting home runs by spending some time in the batting cages.  Your stance, swing, every moment has to feel natural once you step on the field to an unruly crowd or a tight situation.  It is in those situations that you WILL fall back to the way you have practiced.  The way you stand, swing your hips, arms, wrists will all go back to habit.  Will you be ready for three balls, two strikes, two outs, home team, bases loaded, fifth inning time expired with the score 4-0 (not in your favor)??

Have mom or dad bring you out to Contenders Choice Batting Cages (with your bat, helmet and batting gloves).  They have extra bats and helmets, but nothing feels better than your own.  It’s all about helping you get into YOUR zone.  One dollar gets you 1 token which is 20 pitches. Five dollars gets you 6 tokens which is 120 pitches.  Thirty dollars gets you an hour with unlimited tokens. Summer hours are Monday-Friday 5pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Closed Sunday.  Once Out 2 Eat Restaurant opens the cages will be open all day.  They have lights, a pitching tunnel for private lessons and six different cages with six different speeds to choose from.  If you play on a diamond you need to get into the cages and take it up a notch.  Softball, baseball, grab your bat, slop

  • Cage 1 Baseball  35-40 MPH Softball Slow Pitch
  • Cage 2 Baseball  45-50 MPH Softball Slow Pitch
  • Cage 3 Baseball  50-55 MPH
  • Cage 4 Baseball  65-70 MPH
  • Cage 5 Baseball  75-85 MPH
  • Cage 6 Softball    55-60 MPH Softball Fast Pitch


Located just over the left center fence of Field 8 Magnolia Baseball Association.  If your traveling West on FM 249 you’ll take the dirt road right after Sugar Bend Drive, Magnolia, Texas

Hank Aaron hit home run number seven-hundred and fifteen occurred April 8, 1974, at precisely 9:07 p.m. EST versus Al Downing in front of 53,775 fans.  Where will you be on Friday, April 8, 2011?  Will you be planning for the future by practicing in the present?

You can contact Contenders Batting Cages at: (281) 840-1300

This REALTOR’s Perspective:

Practice makes perfect.  It doesn’t matter if your buying or selling a home, you gotta practice.  “Scott, what could I possibly Practice?”  I’m asked.  To start with you have to practice living your life to the fullest.  What makes you and your family happy.  We are all here for a reason so we have to look for the things that truly make us happy.  Their is a difference between pleasure and happiness.  Pleasure comes from a good meal or an entertaining movie.  It is short lived and while pleasurable once it is consumed or the final reel is over, it’s over.  Happiness comes from doing something that gives a lasting feeling of satisfaction.  Taking the time to have tea with your daughter, listening about your spouses day at work, volunteering for a youth organization, or giving your son the opportunity to lead you in an activity.  That funny feeling you find in the back of your throat is happiness that you have received just for living life to the fullest.  By doing this it will help you to figure out not only how you want to live, but where you want to live.  Positive, actions breed positive reactions.  You’ll find that you want to live in a community that shares the same interests in living life as you do. 

Try this for a week, EVERY day.  Compliment someone for something positive they have done.  You may find that this is hard to do at first.  You might try to find the “perfect” action to compliment, that’s not the point.  The point is to practice the positive.  Give it a shot, “make someone’s day” and I hope this helps you to…..

Live Life to the Fullest,

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Week 4 52 Weeks in Magnolia, TX a visit to the Magnolia Baseball Association Ball Parks

Old Baseball and Bat with American FlagI was hoping that this blog would be posted way before baseball season started, but winter staying a little longer that we are used to here in Texas caught me off guard.  The boys of summer have already dusted off their cleats and are ready to take to the diamond.   I took a visit to the Magnolia Baseball Association Ball Parks before the activity swings into action.  The players have tried out, been drafted and practices have begun.  Are you ready for some baseball?  What a great way to be a part of the the great city of Magnolia , Texas.

This is a volunteer league so it may be time for you to put your hidden talents to work.  All games for metro teams(league ball) are played on Magnolia fields.  You do not have to drive all the way to Tomball, Conroe, etc.  Their league program is and will always be the main focus of the Magnolia Baseball Association even though they offer a select team option.  Magnolia Baseball Association offers Little League Baseball for all ages:

  • 4U—T-ball——Field 5–44’ pitching rubber and 55’ bases
  • 5U-Coach Pitch-Field 5–44’ pitching rubber and 55’ bases
  • 6U-Kid Pitch—-Field 6–44’ pitching rubber and 60’ bases
  • 7U-Kid Pitch—-Field 3–40’ pitching rubber and 60’ bases
  • 8U-Kid Pitch—-Field 2–40’ pitching rubber and 60’ bases
  • 10U-Kid Pitch—Field 4–46’ pitching rubber and 65’ bases

Fields (1-6) Located 31225 Friendship Ln. Magnolia, Tx 77355

  • 12U-(11&12)Kid Pitch—-Field 7–50’ pitching rubbers and 70’ bases
  • 14U-(13&14)Kid Pitch—-Field 8–60’ pitching rubber and 90’ bases

Fields (7&8) Located 31831 Sugar Bend Dr. Magnolia, Tx 77355

Contenders Choice Batting Cages are located in DEEEEP left centerfield of Field 8, get some tokens and swing away.

The pitching rubber and bases listed above were announced summer 2010.  Unlike some of the other leagues around the Magnolia area the Magnolia Baseball Association has it’s weekday games at 6:30pm.  They have taken the stance that the players need to be able to get to bed at a decent hour for school.  All fields have batting cages for a pregame tune up or a practice pitch or two.  It is a great league for your slugger to start his baseball career or to make some new friends on the diamond.  Check out the Magnolia Baseball Association and PLAY BALL!!!!

This REALTOR’s Perspective:

Learning the values that teamwork teach at a young age is so important to the development of our society.  The children that can “play nicely” with others grow into the adults that “play nicely” with others.  Sportsmanship, working together often starts on the baseball field.  We all take turns batting, catching the ball, throwing the ball, making the out, scoring the run and sometimes we play a position we don’t want to.  Baseball is a classic game for metaphors and life lessons.  We have to rise above our ONENESS and work as a team to succeed in baseball and in life.  We always can use help once in a while.  The pitcher throws the right pitch to cause a grounder.  The ball blazes off the bat and takes a bad hop over the shortstops head rocketing into left field.  The left fielder is backing up the shortstop, fields the ball , that is now slowed in speed dramatically.  The runner is trying to stretch a stand up single into a sliding double.  The throw to the second baseman is close, but the tag is on and the runner is OUT!!!  Sometime, we have to back each other up, we have to work as a team to achieve the goal of the moment.. in this case….get this man out so we have only two more outs to go.  Baby steps, small goals make up the ultimate vision…Winning the League Championship….or in your case buying or selling real estate so you can…..


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