About Me….

My name is Deborah and I live in Burlington, Ontario with my adorably funny husband of 30+ yrs.  Together we have raised 2 (now grown) children and a number of feline members as well.  Sadly we are feline-less right now, but probably for the better due to our busy schedules.

In real life, I am a Real Estate Sales Representative.  Now don’t hold this against me, and don’t you dare hit the ‘x’ on your browser window!  Real Estate has been my ‘job’ for the past 13 years now, but I have never thought of it as a ‘job’.  I think of it as helping people attain what they dream of and I love happy endings.  To see people thrilled with their new (and/or) first home purchase, well, this is the best reward for me.  People who know me along with all of my past clients can easily attest to my most precious attribute ~ PATIENCE.  Apparently I have boatloads of the stuff, just don’t listen to my husband when he tries to tell you otherwise…. he fibs.

If you are looking for information on the local real estate market, then check out my site for regular market updates as well as detailed information for Buyers and Sellers.  If you just have a quick question for me, pop me a note  at info@deborahlsykes.com or give me a call at (905) 681-7900, I would be happy to oblige.

Real Estate is my main occupation, but there is so much more to me when I am in my ‘home persona’.  This is the part that my family and friends see the remainder of the time.  I have been drawn lately to ‘getting back to the basics’ in life.  Today’s world is running at such a fast pace with technology changing by the second and who knows what tomorrow will bring.  City streets are chaotic at best with traffic and people have become downright rude!  With all these changes in the world, I have found it increasingly difficult to try and maintain a ‘balanced lifestyle’ in both mind, body and soul.

Instead of joining in on the misery of the rest of the mad, mad world, I have turned to newfound passions that not only de-stress me, but some are also good for my families health….and one of these is Vegetable Gardening.  What better way to ensure you are getting fresh produce and herbs to your table than to grow them yourself?   Have you ever tried to eat those strawberries that are from the other side of the continent when they are out of season here?  They look so plump and juicy and bright red, but you are sorely disappointed when you bite into one and it is nothing but a white, fibrous hollow interior with absolutely zero strawberry flavour.   It is a cardboard cutout masquerading as a wanna-be-berry.

Hence, I have been bitten by the gardening bug and I am now totally gaga over growing my own tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, herbs and other vegetables and flowers.  With the harvest bounty that comes every summer, I have started to can and preserve most of what I grow.  What I can’t grow in my small garden, I buy locally at their peak of freshness at my local Farmer’s Market, thus supporting my local economy.  I now make my own Chipotle~Peach Jam, Pickled Serrano Peppers, Tomato~Basil Jam and so much more. You can follow my gardening exploits over at the Homestead Gardener blog page or browse recipes in my  Homestead Kitchen blog page to recreate them for yourself if you are not blessed with being a family member and therefore eligible for free, take-home samples.

Of course with all this gardening comes another related passion….Cooking!  I love to cook  and host family Holiday/Special Occasion get-togethers of which I am proud to say I am actually quite good at it… at least that is what my husband keeps telling me (or maybe he’s fibbing again).  I have also become a notorious recipe tweaker.  I take perfectly good recipes and put my spin on them because I know I can make them better (with nary a catastrophe, so far).  But what I am really most famous for is my ‘Baba Bread’…Ukrainian Easter Paska Bread as it is more commonly called.  Easter is not Easter (and now Christmas is not Christmas) without this wonderous loaf of yummy goodness gracing the table.  You can find the above recipe and lots more over at the Homestead Kitchen blog page.

I also love to sew and knit, I know, crazy right? I can just hear you saying…’how DOES she do all this in a day?!”  But trust me, I find the time, because I enjoy doing them, therefore you WANT to do them and procrastination is not allowed.   I sew for many reasons (I love the sound of my sewing machine humming away).  From making home decor items and my own ’dress clothes’ for a fraction of the retail cost saves me mucho $$$ dinero,  to making practical and unique handbags and totebags as client gifts or helping out family members with their decorating dilemmas… they all fall under the ‘love to do’ category.  I have also added 2 more “hobbies” to my ever growing list of things I want to do/try.  Weaving and Spinning.  Since October 2014, I have acquired 3 looms and 4 spinning wheels and yes, I do use them all, they are not just furniture to be dusted regularly.  Check out my Stormy Point Fiber~Arts Facebook page to see what I have been up to.

Probably without a doubt, the most beloved thing in my life (other than my husband and children) are the short getaway times we enjoy at our cottage in Northern Ontario.  A place where one can relax and unwind without cars, traffic, city noise and pollution.  The pace of life is so much slower and NON-urgent (unless you need to catch dinner…i.e. fishing, because you forgot the hamburgers).  It just makes you so mellow and carefree.  I feel recharged every time I come back to the ‘Big City’ ready to tackle the regular grind.

One more quirky thing to know about me, is my longtime love of NASCAR.  Yes, I am a Redneck at heart.  I love fast cars and love watching the beatin’ and bangin’ of short track racing.  I do have a favourite driver, but lest I jinx his efforts in the Championship, his name shall remain unspoken….but his car number does equate to the amount of bottles in a standard case of beer for those that are curious.

There, that is pretty much me in a long, drawn out nutshell.  Please feel free to ask any questions about anything I have touched on above.  I always enjoy passing along new, innovative and funky ideas on more than just real estate.

Allowing me the privilege of helping you with all your Real Estate needs is the greatest compliment you can give me.

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