Author: Vivian Acott

Breaking News – Our newest addition!

Here in the RGV the great outdoors grow really fast! Even though we had about an acre of brush and diseased trees cleared and cleaned up (mostly), the remnants of plants began to grow everywhere! While it was great having someone else do the work, we decided to take-on the next go-around ourselves, just saying!

Kubota Harlingen TX After a great deal of research and  many discussions we decided to purchase our own Kubota Diesel Tractor, oh ya! Picked it up today and put it to work immediately. Garret is mastering the front loader and backhoe, like he’s driven a tractor before. We’re waiting for a couple of additional attachments to be delivered, and are working on some plans to help our little orange tractor pay for itself.

Meanwhile, progress with the house reno is moving slow. It appears that the contractor we hired has gone off the grid… no movement on the reno proposal for many weeks. So, we are now in the market for an electrician, plumber, framer, roofer and others who are going to help make our house whole.


New Family in Paridise

We get to see really cool critters around our property. There is a Linx that circles around here every month, usually with his harem of domestic looking cats. One such black cat with kittens decided to hang around and make our paradise their home. The kittens have various Linx distinctions and they sound wild when they talk. We haven’t seen the mom in a while, hope she returns soon.

RAIN… finally!!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on our blog. Oh, awesome and fun things have happened since my last post Rain at Reba Bass Lakeand I want to write about them so my memories stay true. But today we’re finally getting some rain along with rolling thunder! We haven’t had enough rain since we moved here to keep our “rain water” lake with water, so it’s just been laying there waiting to serve it’s purpose… just saying.Jeep mud to the doors

The RGV has been getting plenty of rain, but our bit of paradise seems to have blue sky’s – mostly. I hope this storm cell brings our area the much need moisture we need and fills our Reba Bass Lake full of water!

Home Alone!

searchcon breckenridge snowIt’s been awhile since I’ve been “home alone”. Here we are in Colorado with the opportunity to hang out at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge for 3 days. It’s so awesome; mountains, snow, blue spruce trees and other pines fill the mountains, but only where there isn’t buildings and roads. It’s always beautiful to see and experience.

But! wait! home alone? Yep, I came to Colorado to see family and friends, and tagged along to Breckenridge for some R&R and Colorado love.

Garret came to Colorado visit with family, friends and for a conference speaking engagement with SearchCon, along with the  invaluable SEO perks at the event… this is R&R life for him. His 3rd time speaking at SearchCon, it’s like a reunion for the guys and gals that enjoy SEO and sharing what they know plus learning new tools and technology. I’ll be attending some select speaker events at the event =)

I did bring some landscape & gardening books to educate myself on big scale landscape endeavors, along with other project work for getting legal in Texas. I’ll totally be into the gardening books during this excursion. Talk about getting legal in Texas, the state has so many procedures in place, the kind where you have to-pay-to-play  =(

Beaver Run Breckenridge roomThis is day 1, so I don’t have lots of experience to share, but here are some photo’s of our suite and the mountain side and snow. I’m so excited to hang out in the suite this afternoon, our hotel suite is so much bigger than our camper, with a full size bath, 2 bed sleeping room, small kitchen with nice living area with a fireplace and awesome view. Whoohoo!! We also stopped for fruit, cheese, bread/crackers/chips and wine… yummy!search con yummy snack

Anyhow I do feel blessed to be here. Thank you Garret!



Fun Happenings in RGV

Garret having fun with new friendsEvery weekend there seems to be fun happenings in the RGV. Being fun-loving people we want to experience all we can here. Friday night was Viva Streets Harlingen. People were getting around downtown on foot, skateboards and bikes. It was a lot of fun as you can see here.

Saturday we went to Harlingen’s 10th Annual Classic Car Show. There were hundreds of cars to see. Apparently the Harlingen Policia have been entering their Corvette in Car Show’s for a while. They even won Best In Show at one event.

Vivian making friends

In the afternoon Garret and I went to a really cool meet-and-greet Political event in Los Fresnos. It was a little awkward for us both for several reasons. 1. we were way underdressed, and 2. we still don’t speak much Spanish (gotta work on that more!). We got to meet and get to know a little about our government leaders (and future leaders!). And the wonderful part was community getting together, the music and good food.

Gar and Viv with Mariachi band

There was a Mariachi Band that played some beautiful authentic Mariachi music. It was important for us to get a photo with them, but it was unfortunate that I stepped in dog poo while getting into place for the photo! of all things! I guess I was trying to hide my foot in the photo.

Kids Can Help Cure Cancer

Mia Barraza news interview

Mia Barraza news interview

On Saturday, April 1, Garret and I had an awesome opportunity to host a worthy fund raising event on our land while also giving many baby palm trees the chance to have a home. Our contractors (Barraza Brothers – Under Construction) 11 year old daughter Mia finds fun and interesting ways to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Hospital. One day her mom Yvonne and I were talking about the palms and the idea came up to see if Mia wanted to use the baby palms for raising funds (more about the palms later). As it turned out the idea grew into a nice size event. You know, everything is big here in South Texas!

children-can-help-cure-cancerMany young people came to help Mia dig and pot the baby palms, and many of the Barraza’s adult friends came to support the event. It was really cool that TV Station 34 (Mexican News) came to interview Mia and film the event.
Being well connected politically, some of the Barraza’s good friends came to partake in the event: D.A. Luis Saenz, Rene Gomez, Mario Saenz, and Firefighter (and possible future Congressman) Rigo Bocanegra. We’ve gotten to know Mario and Rigo a bit, they have been very helpful with some of the work going on here on the property.

Alexis with her baby palm tree

Alexis with her baby palm tree!

As it turns out Mexican Palm trees do produce flowers and seeds. Our property has hundreds of baby palm trees growing. The property caretaker has been mowing the palms with the grass, and now some areas have palm grass growing LOL. Even though many baby palms have been designated for Mia’s fund raising event, there are still hundreds, if not thousands, still there!

me with Yvonne Barraza and DA Luis Saenz

Yvonne Barraza, myself & D.A. Luis Saenz!

We are very blessed to have had this opportunity to help Mia with such a worthy cause, and look forward to having more events here on our property!


See more event great event photo’s here.

Edit: Just thought I’d add my two cents (this is Garret). It was a GREAT event, so happy to be part of it! Here are a couple more photos, one of our “parking lot” and one down by the lake.

Saint Jude event parking

Down by the lake