Is it For Rent or Not?
May 6, 2012
Molly rejected her new suitor and as such it seems she has decided to take a vacation until next year’s mating season. She spends almost no time in the box. In fact, we go days, weeks without seeing her. Kind of boring. I think maybe she has rejoined her local chapter of The Wisdom of Owls, or as some would say Parliament of Owls. The other night I was thinking, Molly has not been around in a while, maybe I should put out the For Rent sign. No sooner had I had that thought, when I heard a loud thump or owl knock. It was Molly just letting me know the owl box was not for rent. It seems she comes to visit just enough to let all the other owls know this is still her box.
Calvin and Caleigh, our kestrels, are still hanging around daily enjoying the free grubs, grasshoppers and lizards, but unless there is an accident they are not having kids until next year. Kind of like the baby boomers compared to the echo generation. The baby boomers got married and started a family between the ages of 18 and 22, while those of the echo generation, those behind the baby boomers, are not getting married until the ages of 25 to 29.
On the bright side, a pair of western bluebirds showed up this morning and immediately went to work building a nest in the bluebird house. It seemed like they did not have a care in the world except to build that nest. Young love, isn’t it great!
Austin has just finished another course and was the only one in his class to get a perfect score on the final exam and this is from a kid that struggled in high school. The Molly experience changed his life, and when I say that, I mean you changed his life. We thank you and he thanks you.
Ashley, our other grandchild, the one that had her wedding in our backyard while we were broadcasting, she will graduate from Palomar Cosmetology School this month, May 12th. Those kids, they sure do grow up fast. Kind of like the owls. One day they are your whole life and the next day they are gone. Our thoughts then move on with them to the next generation.
What’s pink and purple? I don’t know but I hope I got your attention. Donna and I purchased an apartment complex in Pflugerville, Texas. I think the city name should have been a clue as to why not to have purchased it, but we did. Anyway we are in the process of transforming the complex with the help of Roscoe Properties of Austin, Texas. The problem is we have 30 vacant units. Ouch!
So why am I telling you this? Well to be honest we are looking for some help in coming up with some creative ways to market the rental of these no frills units. We need to get the word out. They are not exactly the best, newest or the easiest to find units in town, but we are transforming them. We want our tenants to have a nice place to live. We need your help in creating a four or five word slogan to create some buzz. You know, to get people talking. You are the most creative people I know…no one is or has been as creative as the Molly fans. I mean you created M.O.D and made it a household word. You had fun. I would like you to get back in that fun creative mode again and join us in creating something similar for these units.
To get your juices flowing, think of something like seven-inch-high corned beef sandwiches, or We got pink and purple bedrooms, really? or Did you know Pflugerville has the most beautiful night sky in Texas. I didn’t know that but I bet it is because anywhere in Texas you see the same sky. Or here is a good one, Our plumbing doesn’t leak. Well, maybe that’s not such a good one but remember, we want something that people will talk about or tell a friend about enthusiastically.
If you are on face book or twitter you can help us get the word out. Facebook it and tweet it. We would also appreciate your help in finding blogs and places where we or you can post the information that we have affordable apartments for rent. Think about it, 30 vacant units can eat a hole in ones wallet really fast.
You don’t have to live in Texas to help. You can check out these units at www.SkyviewApartments.com . Let your friends know, maybe they know someone in Pflugerville looking for a place to live. Probably not, but it is still fun to ask. Check out the reaction you get when you ask, “Do you know anyone that lives in Pflugerville?” I am sure they will ask you why.
If you think that is strange let me tell you a story. Donna and I were at the Wildlife Art Show in Fallbrook, CA yesterday to see our favorite wildlife artist, Joe Garcia. Donna has relatives that live in Brighten, Colorado. At the Art Show, Donna spotted this beautiful bronze dragonfly which she fell in love with. When we started talking to the artist, guess what! Kim Shaklee was from Brighten, Colorado and her studio is on the same street as Donna’s uncle’s insurance business. Now, what are the odds of that? About the same as you knowing someone from Pflugerville, but it does happen.
Okay, I know it is a challenge but I think we can have some fun with this and with your help we won’t go broke. We bought this place to help with our retirement but it is starting to look like a job. Now, how does that compute? Sometimes we just have to laugh at the stupid things we do.
If you want to see some fine art check out:
Joe Garcia’s website: he is our favorite watercolor wildlife artist, but he also paints in oil. He has a wonderful painting on display of desert quail. http://joegarcia.com/
Kim Shaklee’s website: Kim is the one that created the dragonfly sculpture that Donna admired. http://www.kimshaklee.com/
Leslie Kirchner’s website: she is also a great wildlife artist. We purchased one of her eagle paintings years ago when on a trip to Death Valley, CA. She currently has a wonderful original painting of a female kestrel. http://www.lesliekirchner.com/
All the best,
Carlos, Donna and Austin
Other Goodies (Mother’s Day is coming up May 13th)
Have you ordered your personal copies of the Molly Songs?
If not be sure to check them out on iTunes.
Photo of McGee by Carlos Royal http://www.cafepress.com/mollytheowl.628020845
2012 Calendar www.cafepress.com/mollytheowl
Austin’s Designs (Your purchases help him pay for his schooling) http://www.cafepress.com/austin4media