Living the Desert Life: Rising Above the Pandemic

casa schowe kschowe designsLiving the Desert Life: Rising Above the Pandemic

I am lucky.  The pandemic has not changed my world a great deal. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love being home and living at Casa Schowe.  It is definitely my happy place.  I traveled for years when I played golf on the mini-tour, and in college- so staying home to me now is a luxury.  When the virus shut down hit I had 2 homes in escrow and they closed.  Then I had 2 more in escrow and they closed.  Currently I have 4 in escrow and buyers are coming out from LA and Orange County looking for their desert getaway.  This pandemic is actually creating a demand for second homes, vacation properties, and even full time residences in the Palm Springs area.  I am lucky. 🏠

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That being said, I have many hobbies and passions that fill my time and calendar when I'm not selling real estate.  I love to cook and have written 2 cookbooks.  I have relished the time home to bake and I really enjoy trying new recipes and making dinner. You can follow my cooking on my Kathy's Kitchen Recipes Instagram or Facebook Kathy's Kitchen Recipes. 👩‍🍳


I also am an artist and this extra time at home has given me more the opportunity to work on many projects.  I create home portraits, pet portraits, and all kinds of fun art. Recently I did a quick portrait of Casa kschowe designs RedbubbleSchowe above.  I've found an outlet for some of my artwork on Redbubble and Spoonflower  and have fun selling my designs on all kinds of  home products, apparel, and fabric. 🎨 

While home I have also been reaching out to friends and neighbors to check in on them.  I've made several "treat deliveries" to share some of my baked goods.  Cookies and Banana Bread seem to be very popular! 🍪kathys kitchen recipes banana bread











 Of course extra time at home has also meant more time to spend with our kitties!  They have been wonderful companions for us and always keep us entertained.  We have 3 Siamese-Mix rescue cats, Maverick, Tonto, and Amigo.  Playing with them and watching all of their shenanigans always brings a smile to my face! 😻kitties kschowe Designs

Our golf course was closed for a few weeks in the middle of this- but getting out there for some fresh air has been a lifesaver for so many! ⛳️

Social media also is one of my favorite ways staying connected with clients, friends, and family.  By incorporating my hobbies, interests, and pets... I have plenty of content to share with my followers.  People connect with you on a different level when you have common interests.  

Although we were isolating at home- I have found plenty of things to do besides selling real estate- and having a little more time to do them has been okay with me.  Doing the things I love ❤️  the most during the pandemic... I am lucky! 🍀


This is my entry into the Active Rain June Challenge



Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  California LifestyleRealty  California Lifestyle RealtySchowe Properties                                           



Comment balloon 12 commentsKathy Schowe • June 15 2020 04:41AM


Hi Kathy:

It’s always fun to hear what you are up to - as a Realtor, artist and cook. Glad to hear your desert market is creating opportunities. Love your painting of Casa Schowe!!



Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) 4 months ago

I'm sure the people who receive your treats think of you as an angel. 

Happy Monday evening and keep being blessed Kathy Schowe 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) 4 months ago

Hello Kathy Schowe you are very talented can be beneficial during pandemic.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 4 months ago

Hello Kathy - you are so creative!  You definitely are well-prepared to take on opportunity.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

I love the look of your portraits!  Are any of your recipes grain-free and sugar-free?

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) 4 months ago


How wonderful that you were not at the effect of what happened.  And I had a feeling you would be cooking up a storm...Enjoyed your post. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

Hi Kathy,
I love that you have so many interests and passions.  Like you, I've had plenty to do to keep me busy and not bored but I don't pretend to be nearly as talented as you are. 

One of my favorite little golf courses in your area is Palm Royale. Perhaps we can meet up sometime when I'm passing through the area, which is almost every winter. 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 4 months ago

Hi Kathy Schowe - When I lived in CA one of my favorite places vacation was the Palm Springs area.  Back then, my whole family were desert rats.  Other than baking and writing cookbooks, my situation mirrors yours.  The pandemic has not stopped me doing what I like to do and I am finding the same thing you are in real estate.  Many people are looking for that small-town charm now more than ever before.  Great post!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 4 months ago

I've only been to your part of California once.  And, it was in a week of July!  We stayed in Palm Desert, but would drive into Palm Springs once sun had gone down for dinner.  My favorite restaurant was The Blue Coyote!  Great food!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Hi Kathy- you are so talented!!!  And with all of your interests, it's easy to see why you love being at home!!!  I tried golf when I was in college and was miserable at it but I drive a mean golf cart!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

Good morning Kathy Schowe - sounds like the pandemic  gave you an opportunity to do more of what you love.  I can see people fleeing to vacation spots from the city.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 4 months ago

Kathy, I don't know how you find time for all your "hobbies" and real estate too! You have an amazing drive. 

Posted by Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. (Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.) 4 months ago