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Working from home - Russell's Outside Office

Russell Lewis' Outside Office

In the middle of the Austin's longest drought since the 1950's it has been a losing battle to try and save the yard...it's fried. Water restrictions are in place and are being enforced, and so we have retreated to our back deck overlooking the valley and tried to make it an oasis against the never ending heat. Last weekend, we actually had a very good rain and the weather has cooled to the semi-tolerable 70's in the mornings so I have had the pleasure of enjoying morning coffee while working outside after my morning run. I am enjoying the good life in Austin Texas and I hope you are having a good day!

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56 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • September 16 2009 07:33AM

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Russell-looks like a wonderful view to inspire you.  Have a great day!

Posted by Cindy Jones-Northern Virginia Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell I think I could handle moving into your office...you got any room left?

Posted by Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 1 year ago

It is lovely, no doubt 'bout it, but I know you miss us at the office. Don't you????

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

I love the picture and now that my sunflowers are blooming, you should take a picture of them too! The deck garden and trees still look good but the yard is crunchy!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell - I don't have much of a green thumb, so your view is a welcome relief to me.  This drought has beat my yard to a pulp and next year I have a feeling I'll be battling the critters and the dead grass/shrubs/trees/plants.  The rain did have one great side effect - my weeds grew high enough that they needed mowing.  My mower was relieved to take its thrid tour of the yard this summer (and one of those was mostly designed to pick up leaves).

Posted by Matt Stigliano (RE/MAX Access (210) 646-HOME) about 1 year ago

Nice flowers, I am like Matt, not much of a green thumb. Or maybe it is because I forget to water them.   Enjoy your view!

Posted by Jen Anderson (Exit By the Bay Realty) about 1 year ago

If you look really close in the background there are two squirrels habeebiling, along with an assortment of birds.What a pleasant view.

Posted by mark lewis about 1 year ago

Ok Russell... name the plants and their family starting from left to right..

Posted by Buster about 1 year ago

Russell, despite the rain last weekend, Austin still needs more and hopefully the fall will see some activity. I read that Lake Travis is down 35 FEET! Amazing!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Morning Russell, obviously you know how make best of having to work. We have had water restrictions for over a year and they recently relaxed somewhat. I'm a hop skip and jump from Lake Lanier.

Is that a fountain you have on the deck? Beautiful colors form the flora and the nice relaxing sound of the water, ahhhh.....

Posted by Cynthia Bartch ~ Redesigned Spaces ~ all round nice gal... (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) about 1 year ago

Nice office. I am working in FT Worth next two weeks. My first local project in 3 years. Nice to sleep in my own bed at night for a change.In October I'm off to Bangladesh. Definately a change of scenery. 

Enjoy a great day brother,

Keep writing

BG

Posted by BG about 1 year ago

Cindy We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area (even with the current drought!)

Bill We always have room for a great guy like you, come on down!

ANNE WOW, I am so glad to see you here and checking out my blog and Active Rain again! Thanks and come back soon!

Matt You are cracking me up, I do not have a green thumb either but my wife sure does and has managed to create a nice garden area out back along the back deck away from the ravenous deer and the massive heat we have had to endure. I am also ok with only mowing the lawn "once in a while"

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Dear Russell,

Nice deck/office! I love the blooming bougainvilleas! Sadly mine don't look this good right now. Who is the handsome guy on the computer??

;)

 

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

Russell:  One day I will be typing a comment on your blog from my backyard deck, on a gloriously beautiful day.  That's about ten settlements away.  :)  Love the flowers!

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker (Long & Foster REALTORSĀ®, Gainesville, VA) about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing your little piece of Eden with us.  One question: how do you keep the squirrels out of the bird feeder?

Posted by Susanne Lee (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell...I'll think of you on this deck as I battle MoPac to far-north Austin every morning:-)

Posted by Nick about 1 year ago

Russel, you have a great office...and it is called your "green" office...?

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot Lewisburg WV Realtor (Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell - nice office, very colorful and looks comfortable.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn (Industry Outreach Manager - Zillow.com) about 1 year ago

With a setting like that, I think I could get some work done!

Beautiful office my friend!

Posted by Craig Rutman Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area Realtor (Home Buyer and Seller Specialist) about 1 year ago

Mattie Okay...here are your sunflowers, they are so big that they are bending the stalks!Mattie's Sunflowers I really love them and you always manage to have a nice crop!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Jen Thanks for dropping by and as I mentioned earlier my wife and daughter have the green thumb thing going on!

Mark HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH...Oh I cannot breath!

Buster You crack me up and I have NO IDEA what's planted out there, I just know it's the only thing besides the trees at our house that have survived!

Jeannette Oh man...I knew the lake was down but 35 feet is like three and a half stories! Wow!

Cynthia Funny you should mention it but I do try and enjoy myself whether at work or play! The fountain is one of those small versions that is nice for the sound and the birds drop by on a regular basis! Yeah...we have it pretty good in Austin, Texas!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Betina Yes we have been fortunate to keep everything thriving in this heat and thanks for the compliment, flattery will get you anything you want! Have a good evening my friend!

Chris Ann That's okay, I enjoy being that busy and had so much work during the summer that I rarely had time to do much of anything else! You will get there soon!

Susanne After years pf battling Fred & Ethel we found some feeders that have spring loaded perches. The squirrels are too heavy and slip off but the birds weight is fine! Best backyard investment in a long time!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, Your brother Mark says the the squirrels in the background are habeebiling, and if that means they are plotting to take over the enitre world (Planet of the Squirrels) then I agree because I can't keep those sorry sons out of my attic.

Liz 

Posted by Liz King about 1 year ago

Very nice. That looks like a great place to work. I could get motivated there =)

Posted by Lisa Hill (Daytona Beach Real Estate) (Florida Property Experts) about 1 year ago

Nick I did not mean to rub it in and to tell the truth...I am out in our traffic more than I like too!

Rebecca HA HAAA! That is a great line and I should use it!

Brad Hey my friend, thanks for stopping by. We are living the good life in Austin Texas!

Craig Thanks a lot but on some days it's so nice that the mind will wander!

LIZ You are back and I am so glad to see you! My brother and the squirrels??? That's a whole different story. However at our house we only have a couple and though I don't know why...I am glad it's JUST a couple!

WELCOME BACK!

Lisa I do most of the time and when the heat subsides it's a great place. Sometimes though it's so serene that I just goof off a bit enjoying the view and ambience!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell,

Great way to conduct business..you can remain calm, serene in your dialog with customers as you are in the perfect setting! I think Rebecca has something: you have a "green" office and definitely following the teachings of Austin!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard: Canyon Creek & NW Austin Living (Coldwell Banker United) about 1 year ago

Now that I know you are in relative comfort, I probably will not be as sympathetic when you talk about working all the time!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Dorie I think we all need some serenity on our daily business lives and you are right abut the green look for Austin! Yet another great reason to be in the best city in Texas!

Scott HA HAAAA As you know, it's not always Zen and Roses!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Thanks for all the comments, this picture is of my desk at work and though I really enjoy the energy and networking at my office, there is quite a difference...Russell Lewis Office Desk

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Oh yes! There sure is a difference! I'd go for the deck in a heartbeat!!!!!

Debi

Posted by Debi Boucher - "Realtor Showcase" Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 1 year ago

It looks very relaxing, perhaps too much so.  I find with the home office there are always many distractions, which isn't all bad.

Posted by Georgina M. Hunter R(S) e-Pro Maui Real Estate Sales (Jim Sanders Realty Inc. - Maui) about 1 year ago

Longest drought since the 1950s, huh? Maybe that drought is what convinced my wise old grandmother to start practicing xeriscaping (about 30 years before xeriscaping was a word). She has the most beautiful yard full of cactus and succulent blooms that drew in birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Hummingbirds were her favorites. I've continued her xeriscaping tradition.

Bird of Paradise

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 1 year ago

Debi I do enjoy the quiet and solitude when I have to concentrate but O also like the buzz in my office because we have a lot of positive business interaction among my associates!

Georgina Well you are certainly right there, sometimes it is just way to relaxing. Of course you live in a place that is so beautiful that I would have a hard time ever going to work!

Russel You Grandmother was way ahead of her time and we do a lot more xeriscaping and other native landscaping these day. I love that flower but maybe it's more tropical than we can handle here, deep in the heart of Texas! Nice photo my friend!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell-Now that is what I call working from home. I work from home but your view is so much nicer than mine and the best part it is outdoors. It doesn't get much better than that. Definitely a beautiful view there on the deck. Thank you for sharing that beautiful view. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 1 year ago

Hi there. thanks for showing my sunflowers...there are twice as many today and they are so cool looking!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell  I'd be too busy caring for the flowers, but my office does overlook our backyard and woods  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty) about 1 year ago

Hello Russel,

Your colorful view from your deck it a real treat. On the other hand, your interior office looks like most of ours...doesn't it make you wonder why we work like this?

 

Posted by Orange Co. Real Estate~Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner, CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea, CA (Preferred Home Brokers) about 1 year ago

I love your fresh air office, that's the best kind!  Thanks for dropping by my blog tonight.

Posted by Janna Rankin Scharf - Realtor Coeur d'Alene and North Idaho Homes (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) about 1 year ago

Sharon Thanks so much for dropping by and enjoying our view, I should try and get a panoramic shot because we back up and a wooded valley and it's a 180 degree spectacle!

Mattie Thanks for planting them  they are nice to look at every day!

Karen I am spoiled with a similar view and feel very fortunate. I am also lucky that my wife and daughter take care of the plants and flowers!

Linda Thanks for your comment, I started laughing at the remark that our offices are so similar!

HI Janna I appreciate your comment and I also need to visit your blog again and subscribe!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

What a beautiful place to work, despite the heat that you have been experiencing.

Posted by Christine Donovan Costa Mesa CA Homes Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 (Donovan Blatt Team - Donovan Group Realty) about 1 year ago

Russell, it looks so comfortable out there. No wonder you seem to be slacking as far as posting...Please remind your readers that the next Architecture at the Umlauf event is coming soon!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Christine You are so right, we have actually had the second hottest summer on record but lately some rain to cool us down a bit! thaks for stopping by!

Scott I do sometimes day dream when out in the back and yes, I will post about the next event at the Umlauf soon!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hey Russell, I should have never complained about the lack of water...this is the first day in 2 weeks it has not rained here in my part of GA. I'm frizzy & moldy!

Lots of people flooded out in the lower part, very sad :(

Posted by Cynthia Bartch ~ Redesigned Spaces ~ all round nice gal... (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) about 1 year ago

Cynthia,I have seen the dramatic rainfall in your area and it's sad to see that so many have suffered. Though we are still in a bad drought situation,some welcome rain has fallen recently. I am cracking up at your description and thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

What a gorgeous place to work!!  I can just see us sitting at that table, wine glasses in hand, you and your lovely wife telling me all about your lives.  Jason Crouch and his wife there too.  I am hand and hand with Antonio Banderas.... oops!  I guess the daydream got away from me!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 1 year ago

Russell, well at least the flowering plants you DO have that are alive look wonderful. Hang in there with the Austin drought....

Posted by Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTORĀ® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 1 year ago

Howdy there Russell

You sure do a mighty fine office at home, I sure don't blame you at tall, for prefer-en to work from there. My friend, sorry I ain't been by to visit, your posts of late. Was not sure where you had been post-en them. So I came by your blog itsself. I'll keep a better eye out for your blog posts.

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Posted by Discover and Explore New Hampshire with Dale Baker (Baker Home Energy Audit & Commercial Properties Inspections ) about 1 year ago

I would be working this office hard. That's a great shot of such a nice place to be. I hope you get some rain soon we are getting drenched here with 4 inches in the last 24 hours.

Posted by Laura Jefferson (Acquire Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Sorry to hear about your battle against the drought!  I sure would love to join you for some blogging inspiration on that GORGEOUS deck of yours!

:doing a rain god dance for you:

Posted by Renee Burrows - Las Vegas Real Estate (702-580-1783) www.ShackDiva.com (The Force Realty -Realtor>Estate>Probate>REO>Short Sale) about 1 year ago

Susan you crack me up! Come on down and though I probably could not get Antonio to join us, I could speak with an accent if that would help! Don't worry about it daydreams are fine at our place!

Gary I know it's been hot in Dallas too but in the time since I wrote this we have both been blessed with some showers!

Dale I thank you for stopping by because it's always a pleasure hearing from you. I need to get over to your place again soon!

Laura Thanks for the compliment, my wife has made it a very nice place to hang out...oh and work too! Since I wrote this post we have had some rain that has considerably cooled the area down!

Renee Come on down and bring the whole family! BTW, thanks for the rain dance, we have started to get some very nice rain fall since this post!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hope you've had some rain since you posted this.

We have had PLENTY of liquid sunshine here.

 

Posted by Judi Barrett ~ Integrity Real Estate Services ~ IDABEL, OK about 1 year ago

Judi after the second hottest summer on record we have finally gotten some much needed rain and though still in a drought, seem to be improving! Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Beautiful home office. How many months in a year is the weater good enough to use it. ?

I would love to have an office like yours.

Posted by GITA BANTWAL, REALTOR BUCKS COUNTY, PA HOMES (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 1 year ago

Gita, that's a great question and since we have very HOT summers I am only able to sit outside for a couple of months in the Spring and a couple in the fall but it's always a pleasure to enjoy the tranquility!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Howdy there Russell

What is the weather up to now a days? We had a real nice Sunday yesterday, but it looked as if it could start snown at any time today. But it never did. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, my friend!

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Posted by Discover and Explore New Hampshire with Dale Baker (Baker Home Energy Audit & Commercial Properties Inspections ) about 1 year ago

Hi Dale, I almost misseed your comment! We have had a spectacular fall so far and today is the first cold and grey day of the season...I even skipped my run because it was chilly ;-)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 12 months ago

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