Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! FUN IN BANDERA...


FUN IN what we had!

I wish we all could have had much more time together. Ricki Eichler and Judi Morgan really should be commended! What a wonderful job they did for the Active Rain crowd! It took a great deal of work and planning to pull this off Ladies! Thank you!  I just love you ladies...above and beyond AR!









I agreed with my husband when he said, "THAT Ricki has such an infectious smile...I sure do like her and Don!"

And Judi, you are so perky and real! Scott and I decided that you could cook for us any time! It was good to meet Ceil and Carl Winters too and Ceil I ate all the white chocolate covered strawberries! Yum.Liz










Marchel Peterson is just as lovely as her Localism Posts! We are getting over the excuses soon and we'll be meeting for lunch.   Liz Carter? Where do you get all that energy? You are like a firecracker on the 4th of July! I so enjoyed talking AR with you! Marchel and Liz are moderators for the Texas Real Estate Group! Join today.

Alan, Jason and Edward


Alan Kirkpatrick, "the" Jason Crouch and Edward Lui were with a small bunch of us that looked at a couple of Ricki's listings...


BTW, Tom Plant and I are going to write up a contract on the "big" house for later AR parties! More on that later.


These gentlemen are full of heart, fun, and family...the type of people you want to be around.



Pam, Jason, Tom and Jim

Tom (california/texas-trans) Plant!

Now, this is what Tom Plant looked like just about the entire time we were there. I understand Tom is considered the Active Rain Ambassador as he is very mobile and attends many functions.

I adore Tom. We had a great time together! His camera made me drool. He is a "semi-professional" photographer with "professional" written all over him!

To your left of the picture you will see Jason and his wife Pam visiting with Jem Woods! Jem and I didn't get to visit but a few minutes and he and wife and kids were off and gone! Next time Jim!


Edward, Jason and Tom


We all nibbled throughout the day. Ricki, Judi and Don had a full spread of veggies, chips, dips, salsa, tea, sodas and more desserts than I've ever seen in one place.

The recreational center we claimed was just beautiful. Large with all natural woods,  fireplace, lots of windows and tables and chairs.

The entire Ponderosa RV park can be yours for a mere pittance of 1.2 million. Any takers?

Just let me'll need representation against that Ricki Eichler Agent!



Tom, Jason, Don, Pam and Judi



Jason had just found Tom Plant on the floor!

Jason, you really take things in stride...he might have given me a heart attack!

It was a great surprise held close to the vest of Judi Morgan!

You see Don Eichler, Ricki's husband in the middle there.




house on water in Bandera 

This is the shot of the house we want to buy for Active Rain get-togethers!

It's Ricki's listing and I fell in love.

It sits on one acre on a bluff next to an emerald green stream.

Now, here's my plan.....

If all 80,000 of us members donated $10.00 (mailed directly to me) we could all hold undivided interest in the house and we would have a place to party!!

Whaddaya think? Send money anyway.


Tom and treeWhere's Tom Plant?


Is he still on the floor?


Oh, I see him!


He's in front of the Oak Tree that sits in front our house!


Wow, nice tree, Tom.










Jeff, Michelle and Alan




Jeff, the owner of our house, Michele and Alan Kirkpatrick.







Downtown Bandera






Downtown Bandera...Saturday afternoon!







Close "butt" no cigar.

See Tom...

that's what I was talking about!









Trey Thurmond



It was good to meet Trey Thurmond and his wife, Kris!

They came all the way from College Station.







people taking picturesAlan, Jem, Edward, Jason..

Picture of people taking pictures of people taking pictures of people taking pictures...

you get the picture. 









More and more...












Judi taking my picture taking her picture...

blah, blah, blah...



We took a lot of pictures.


Kris Thurmond behind her.



The wedding party.

Invitations will go out soon for Tex and Mollie's wedding.








bake sale



The baked goods sale was successful and we raised a few dollars for David Wilder's family and had a great time.


 Ricki, Trey and Carl Winters.






Gail Tassey



 Gail Tassey is one of my blogging buddies for sure! Gail, we barely got to say two words to each other!

You ran off sooooo early.

More time next time?


















As our Active Rain get together drew to a close it was sad to see everyone leave! I can tell you though, I will be there next time too! Ricki, Judi, next time at Lake Livingston, huh?


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Comment balloon 33 commentsDeb Brooks • April 15 2008 03:33PM


Great shots, Debra. Very casual, looked like fun, I've read them all and looked at all the photo's, Imagine if we had a HUGE get together, all the photos would be on blogs for weeks. 
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 12 years ago

Hey Deb, it was so much fun, wasn't it.  I'm just finishing up my post.  Tom, my house guest, left at noon today.  We had a great visit with him -- have more pictures from our Sunday and Monday adventures. 

Our first Texas Active Rain Gathering was a TEXAS SIZED success!!!  After reading all the posts and seeing all the great photos of the fun we were having, how could anyone even thick of NOT attending the next one.  Deb, let me know, if you need help planning the one in Lake Livingston. 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 12 years ago

Missy, It would be very fun Missy. I really enjoyed it being casual instead of "coctail stuffy". I did just fine on iced tea! I wish you could have been there. It was a blast!

Judi, Judi, what're you trying to say? Does this mean the next one is going to be at my lake? How fun! Just a little shocking!! Wow, I had better get started planning! What should we eat? I can't beat the brisket!

Thanks again for making it so much fun...I wish we had gotten in on some dominoes! My shoulder wouldn't be so sore!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago
Deb, everyone wants to host the next one!!  We may have to draw straws to decide where the next one will be!  The Winner gets to host it!!!  Hmmm, I'm wondering about that picture of me -- there was NO alcohol but I look a little off balance!  ROFL
Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 12 years ago

Don't worry Judi, I think it's my shooting skills. Or, lack thereof. You looked great! Hey you can send me the picture of me taking a picture of you taking a picture of that gets tiring.

I so enjoyed meeting you. Our area would be wonderful for the next one. Hey when is the happy couple getting married?

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago

Liz will be making the announcement sometime this week.  I took pictures of some "must haves" for the bridal registry.  Get ready to go shopping for Tex & Ms. Molly!!!   hehehe

I'll send you the picture of you taking a picture of me taking a picture of you...

My post is up -- I linked to everyone's if mine is found they'll follow the links to the other posts...

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 12 years ago

Debra & Scott,  We did so enjoy meeting you two and the fun everyone had will long be remembered.  We also enjoyed having breakfast with you two on Sunday morning at the OST.  Did you get to make the trip to Medina?  I hope so because that is such a neat place "The Apple Capital of Texas" and that apple ice cream.  This is a neat blog and many good pictures. How many AR members are in Texas?  I thought we coud all send say a $100.00 or even a Thousand and buy that house. See you .


Don Eichler-Kerrville Texas

Posted by Don Eichler (Eichler Properties) about 12 years ago

Howdy Deb

Another very fine written post about the

First Texas AR Gathering.

I am geting to read about the fun all my friend's

down in the Grand State Texas. I am so lucky to

see so many fine photo's of all of ya having alot of fun.

I really enjoyed reading your post about the Gathering Deb.

I always enjoy reading all my Texas friend's posts, and thats for sure.

Have a good one Dale

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 12 years ago
Deb, really love all the photos. I too am sorry we didn't get to visit some. What a wonderful day!
Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) about 12 years ago
Well Trey, we don't have much excuse not to get together one of these days! Scott and I go to College Station all the time! It was a wonderful day and how nice "strangers" can get together and virtually know each other! Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago

Hey thanks Judi, and linking to all posts was a great idea! I may try that one myself. You take care and we'll visit soon.

Hey Don, I'll just bet we could get larger donations with less people! We could have our own time share! I hope you and Ricki have recovered from the hectic weekend! We had a great time!

Dale, you are just going to have to make the next one! We had a ball. It (the time) just went too it always does. Thank you for the compliments and I'm glad you enjoyed the pics.

Hey Trey, I got a pretty great shot of you didn't I? I like it! We will visit. Not a problem. We'll see  you soon.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago
DEBRA, It was fun!  I'm not sure about the close up picture, I like them when they are a little farther away and you can't see the wrinkles (lol).  Oh well, it is what it is.  We do need to make a plan to meet for lunch or it will just get away from us.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 12 years ago
Like I said on Jason's post, I am jealous, wish I could see you all too! Hey maybe sometime when I am driving through to ALB. You never know! Great pics too!
Posted by Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate (RE/MAX Elite) about 12 years ago

Hey Hon-I had a great time meeting all your friends in the Rain. What a wonderfully special group. Thanks for inviting me.


Posted by Debra and Scott Brooks, Lake Conroe Real Estate and Luxury Home Specialists! (Brooks Prime Properties, Lake Conroe) about 12 years ago
Deb - It sure looks like it was alot of fun, we are yet to get a meet organised in our area.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 12 years ago
Scott, We all enjoyed meeting you too!!!  My husband, Don, mentioned that he really enjoyed visiting with you.  :)
Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 12 years ago
Hey great pictures!:)  It was nice going on tour with you, I really thought you were going to whip out a contract! 
Posted by Edward W. Lui, Georgetown Texas Real Estate (Mars Hill Realty Group) about 12 years ago

Marchel! I thought it was a great picture! I got so many!

Vanessa, It was sooo much fun! Just getting to "hear" the voices instead of reading them! Hugs were good too.

Jennifer, yes it was great. You can come to one of ours too! Anyone who comes is an honorary Texan!

Judi, Scott had so much fun too. He was kidding about your friends. He feels like a part of the AR family now. In fact, he may even start blogging! Yea rah!

Edward, I almost did. I love the place. The house, the land, the area. All fine with me! It was great meeting you and your family.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago
Debra - Wow!  Looks like Yall had a great get together.  Lots of nice people and some really cool pictures.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago
Deb ~ I commented on a couple of the other posts on this gathering, but I love seeing everyone's pictures and what a great time you all seemed to have!  You guys are too much - taking a picture of someone taking a picture of you taking a picture . . .
Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 12 years ago

Hi Deb,   I love your post!  Very good pictures and so interesting and fun.  I love the Trans-Plant!  And the time share idea is great.  What's your address?  I'm sending my $10. now.  BTW- the Pomarosa is 1.75m but just get an offer.  We'll be happy to look at it! :)  I'll set up an appt anytime you want to bring a buyer to look.       We enjoyed breakfast with y'all so much.   Yes, we may be coming east next time.  We'll get together and talk soon.  OK?  Later...Ricki

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) about 12 years ago

Hey Bob, we had a ball. I wanted to load all my pictures but I thought it might be overdoing things a bit! There were ssssoooooo many nice people. I felt lucky to be able to be there!

Kathy, Thank you for commenting on mine too! I was late writing it but like I said...better late than never!

Ricki, the feelings are mutual I assure you. Yes, we must get together soon. East Texas is fine too! Anywhere as long as it's not ON THE FLOOR! HA.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago
It is great to see that the relationships, spirit, and fun go far beyond the blog!
Posted by Jenniffer Lee, Broker/Owner/Realtor at RE/MAX Complete Solutions (RE/MAX Complete Solutions) about 12 years ago
They really do Jennifer. I felt as if I had bonded with so many of the rainers before we even met. It was fun and everyone should try this! Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago

Howdy Deb - Looks like you have already had many stop by to make a comment or two on your great blog summary of the Gathering over in Bandera. It was nice of you to bid on the left over strawberries; after sitting out all day they didn't look very temptng, it was for a good cause. The auction at the end just made the day complete. Thank you and Scott for coming all the way to Bandera to meet with all your AR blogging friends. See ya at the next AR Gathering.


Posted by Carl Winters about 12 years ago

AWE, Carl, that's so sweet. I loved Ceil's strawberries. Really! It's worth the donation for Jason's friends. I am so sorry she's in this situation. Life is not fair and maybe what John Lennon wrote about was true. Only the good die young.

Well, I'm still here.! Hum. what does that say?

Y'all seemed so nice and yes, I'm looking forward to the next visit. We are already a family of Texas and I hope it grows each day! Say hello to Ceil and I will see you Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago
Deb - Great post and great photos, too!  It looks like you managed to capture me from every angle, front (with and without sunglasses), side, and rear as well.  :)  It was a real pleasure to finally meet you in person - I look forward to seeing you guys again soon!
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 12 years ago
Jason, front was good, back was good, and there are others I didn't post! :-) Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago
Deb, great recap, and stellar photos on the get together in Bandera. I had read Jason's account on this too. Hope to make one of these events some day. Sure looked like fun. Get to put real people and lives behind these words we read each day. Great that Tom flew in too.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago


Looks like everyone had a great time. Makes me look forward to Brad (Andersohn) and some other Active Rainer's coming to our training meeting here in Dyersburg.

Posted by Renee Busse, ABR,ePRO Dyer Co. TN Real Estate (Tennessee Realty) about 12 years ago

Hey my new friend Deb,nice job, I just don't get tried of looking at everyone's post of our wonderful day the way you have not been by to see mine (:.  I got a very special one of you on it!  Now you gotta go to my post, HA, I know how to get those comment points LOL.  Deb and Rhett

"YUM, YUM, What does Deb have on that taste so good?"

Rhett Butler (Liz Carter's red poodle giving Deb Brooks some loving

Deb you can't say I didn't warn you?  But hand sanitizer???  I'l let you explain to everyone Really am LMAO now :).  Really am sorry about that, no really!

By the way congratulations on 2nd place in the Blast from the past groups photo contest, yours was nothing short of amazing...for those who have not seen it, run to the group on click on winners of contest to see Deb's in 2nd spot.  Now if you tell me you did that in an hour, well I'll just go hang myself!  How long did it take you?  You really are good.  PS, my check is in the mail for the house, Liz

Posted by Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston) (Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!) about 12 years ago
Deb - Now you have me intrigued.  Maybe you could email them to me?
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 12 years ago
Looks like everyone had a GREAT time. The photos you took looked good also.
Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( about 12 years ago