Thanksgiving Day 2012

Thanksgiving is about expressing our gratitude for our blessing, families, food and football here are some interesting football trivia you’ll be grateful knowing even if your team is losing.

• Football on Thanksgiving is a tradition over 100 years old, the football tradition dates back to Yale and Princeton matched as early as 1876

• The Lions have played 67 home games on Thanksgivings and are 33-32-2. (With the clock ticking on loss 33 as the Titans go to Detroit tomorrow.) The only years off were six years during World War Two.

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• The Dallas cowboys then Followed suit 30 years later in 1966

• The First NFL game, Lions Vs. Green Bay Packers was televised in 1956 a mere 8 years after the Macy’s DayParade in 1948



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~Before putting the turkey in the oven, knock 3 times on a wooden board and the meat will taste succulent.[/box]


5 other weirdly interesting Thanksgiving facts

1. If you want to know if a cranberry is ripe then all you need to do it throw it at the ground and measure how high it bounces. As long as it bounces higher than four inches it is ready to be picked. Who knew that is what it takes to make the perfect cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving. The cranberry is actually one of only three fruits that are native to North America and it is served at 94% of Thanksgiving dinners.

Thanksgiving at the Trolls

2.Part of the reason that Swanson started creating T.V. Dinners in 1953 was because they needed to find something to do with 260 tons of frozen turkeys that were left over from Thanksgiving. Talk about a lot of Turkey dinners.

3. The present Plymouth Rock is only the size of a car engine and has cracked 3 times since the Pilgrims first landed.

4. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade used to use live animals instead of floats. Macy’s started their parade in 1924… with live animals. They borrowed a bunch from the Central Park Zoo and paraded them around New York. That went on for three years.

Finally, in 1927, Goodyear stepped up and made Macy’s a balloonshaped like Felix the Cat.

5. The word turkey can be sourced to the word Hebrew word “Tukki”, which means “big bird or pheasant type bird”.


[box type=”shadow”]5 Thanksgiving day food games

1. See who can build the best tee-pee out of turkey bones

2. Ever herd of sand castles? Use mashed potatoes instead!

3. Use the vegetable tray to make your own potato men and women

4. Discover new and interesting flavor matches by throwing random side dishes in a blender

5. To cut calories substitute alternatives in the ever popular gravy chugging contest with cranberry sauce, the stuffing from deviled eggs, straight turkey drippings, and the puree from above



5 Thanksgiving day Jokes

1. Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? ~The outside

2. What sound does a space turkey make? ~Hubble, hubble, hubble.

3. What happened when the turkey got into a fight? ~He got the stuffing knocked out of him

4. Why did they let the turkey join the band? ~Because he had the drumsticks

5. What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? ~Plymouth Rock







Strange Facts About Thanksgiving

Weird Thanksgiving Day Facts – Weird Worm

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FHA Appraisal versus FHA Inspection?

What is the difference between and FHA appraisal and and FHA inspection?  We received a call from a client over the weekend wondering if the inspection that was just performed by a buyer on their house was an FHA inspection.  There is some confusion on what an FHA inspection is versus an FHA appraisal.  We are taking a minute to explain the differences and to shed some light on what it means to have a house that fits an FHA loan.

We put this house under contract in 7 days and it was important to the seller that the inspection be done as quickly as possible. We were able to coordinate with the buyer to have their inspection done within just a few days of going under contract. (In Colorado all contracts are contingent upon both and inspection and financing – unless otherwise waived.) The inspection that was done was for an FHA loan however it wasn’t an FHA inspection. Why? Mainly because there isn’t such a thing as an FHA inspection.

As part of an FHA appraisal the appraiser will look for items of concern dealing primarily with this in mind: “Is there anything in this house that would prevent the buyer from moving in and thus pay their mortgage payment?”. The areas of most concern are:

  • Safety concerns
  • Electrical concerns
  • Tripping hazards
  • Does the roof have life left (5 years is typical)
  • Does the HVAC (heating) system work?
  • Is there a stove and running water?

If these all check out then typically the appraisal portion dealing with the condition should pass with flying colors.

If you find yourself dealing with terms such as FHA appraisals or inspections and they don’t make sense please do yourself a favor and call us for a free no cost or obligation review of your situation.  We are ‘Red Flag’ agents who look for pitfalls before they are even possibilities.  Buying and selling a home is a huge undertaking so do yourself a favor and talk with our experts.

9 ways to combine football season with home winter-ization

9 ways to combine football season and home winterization!

1. Clean your gutters – while taking a break putting your giant blow up team mascot on the roof

2. Find drafts in your house by hanging & watching the crape paper at your football gatherings , then you can block them with the appropriate filler

3. Too many Jerseys? Use them as insulation for your home. Can you say you’re a true fan unless your home is stuffed with team pride!

4. Get your air ducts clean, keep the gunk and make the looser of the game pool eat it!

5. Make sure your furnace is tuned up and aired out and as fired up as you are for when you come home from the stadium on cold days

6. Fan/Team Décor is most important so make sure all your insulated window treatments are teamed up

7. Us old foam  fingers to wrap exposed pipes

8.  Make sure your fireplace is operational just incase someone wears the wrong jersey to your house you can burn it safely

9. Finally, make sure your smoke alarms are ready to warn you when you have left the obligatory tailgate/party food in the oven during over time

Top 5 Strangest Olympic Sports of All Time!

200m Obstacle Race – Swimming

This complex yet compelling event was only ever held in 1900. This unusual combination of a swimming event and an obstacle race, seems challenging enough  when done in the River Seine. While the competitors had to contend with the current they also had to climb over a pole,
then scramble over a row of boats, and then swim under another row of boats.

Tug-of-War at the Olympics

This may seem like an unusual Olympic sport, but in fact it was part of the Ancient Olympics, first being held in in 500BC. Held more modernly from 1900 to 1920, Tug-of-war was always contested as a part of the track & field athletics program, was between two teams of eight. One team had to pull the other six feet along in order to win however, if after 5 minutes no team had done this, the team which had
pulled the most was declared the winner.

Rope Climb

Rope Climbing was held as part of the gymnastics program in 1896, 1904, 1906, 1924 and 1932. In this event the competitors climbed a suspended vertical rope, using only their hands. How quick you can climb a rope sounds like a great test of upper body strength, and it has been part of the Olympic gymnastics program on several occasions.

Competitors raced to the top of the rope in the shortest time possible. They started in a seated position on the floor, and used only the hands and arms. In 1896 the rope was 14 or 15 meters long, and style was also incorporated in the scoring. At all other Olympics, the rope was only 25 ft (7.62m) or 8m (26.3 ft).

Men’s Sailors 100 meter Freestyle

The 100 meter freestyle event for sailors, was only open to sailors of the Greek Royal Navy. Only three competitors took place in the event. The winner was from Greece (of course!) and the winning time was nearly a minute slower than the winner of the open 100 meter freestyle. It is an interesting concept for the host team to include this event so as to increase their medal count.

Weightlifting One Hand Lift

The weightlifting one-hand lift was on the Olympic Program in the years 1896, 1904 and 1906. This event, for men only, was similar to the modern snatch event. Only one hand was allowed in lifting the weights. They had to perform lifts with each hand, with the winner determined from the combined score of both hands. The lifters were allowed three attempts. After each had lifted three
times, the top three received three more attempts.

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The Dogs Days of Summer ~ Pet Moving Tips!

Moving with pets is tricky so here are some tips to help you out

General Pet moving tips

  • Maintain Normal Routine. Pack over a period of time and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine. Advance planning will make your move less stressful.

  • If you are planning to rent a house or apartment, be sure to carefully review the lease to ensure that pets are allowed before you move in.

  • If your new home will be rented, prepare a pet resume for prospective landlords. Your vet may agree to write a referral letter.
  • While moving fish it’s wise to visit your local Aquarium or Pet Shop and ask for special fish containers to safely transport your fish. They should be able to offer suggestions on what’s best for different types of fish.
  • Have a recent photo of your pet on hand in the unfortunate event that your pet runs off while moving

Check Local Laws and Pet Regulations

Certain localities may have stringent requirements or restrictions regarding pet ownership. You may need permits or registrations once you get to your new abode. You need to abide by the laws in the county and the state regarding pets. For example, some counties and states may have laws regarding the amount of pets you can have at one residence. And some may have laws on the types of pets that are permitted. In most places, you’ll need to have your pet licensed and you’ll have to do this within a certain amount of time.
Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

  • Your pet should have a check-up before moving. Be sure to attain your pet’s veterinary records so that they can be forwarded to your new veterinarian.
  • Make sure that your pet’s medical records are up-to-date.
  • Bring copies of the records with you.
  • Secure a New Vet:  It’s important to have a new veterinarian lined up before you move.  Ask your current vet for a referral or research new veterinarian online.

Make Sure Your Pet Wears New Identification
Get a new pet ID tag that includes your pet’s name, your name, new address and telephone number. An up-to-date ID tag is a lost pet’s ticket home and the name and phone number of a friend or relative, as well. It’s good to have two points of contact on the tag, in case you’re away from your cell phone when Fido or Fluffy gets lost.

Moving Day

Make A Special Room For Your Pet.

  • A few days before moving, choose a small room to be the “pet room.” Tape a sign to the door that says “Pets: Do Not Open.” Make the sign large enough that friends or movers can see it easily. Move food and water bowls, as well as toys, into this room. Provide dogs and cats with sturdy carriers equipped with litterbox (for cats), chew toys, or favorite objects that have a familiar smell. Leave carrier doors open so pets can adapt to them before travel day. On moving day, keep animals in their carriers. As an alternative, consider boarding dogs and cats, or ask a friend to care-take your dogs during the last few days. Do this during your move in as well. Containing your pet in a pet carrier on moving day will keep them safely confined as well. And again, be sure to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and potty break schedule.

  • Check on your pet throughout the day.  Be sure to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and potty break schedule.

  • Prepare Your New Home: Pets love familiar surroundings so be sure to take with you all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need from day one in your new home.

  • Keep them Leashed:  Even pets that are excellent under voice control can be easily distracted in a new environment.  Therefore, make sure that your pet is leashed when not in the house or yard until they become comfortable with their new surroundings.

Moving Pets by Car

  • Many dogs and cats may find car travel extremely distressing. Some may even get car sick.
  • You will have to be ready to make many stops along the way. Several small pets (such as birds, guinea pigs, birds, etc.) can be easily transported via automobile. A good, simple way of keeping them calm and quiet is to cover their cage with a cloth.
  • Long distance moves may require an overnight stop. Remember to call hotels in advance to make sure that they will allow your pet to stay in the hotel.
  • Have a plan for how you’re going to properly restrain your pet in your vehicle. Vehicle pet barriers, pet seat belts, pet car seats, and pet travel crates are all excellent ways to keep your pet (and you) safe when traveling in your vehicle.  It’s important to familiarize your pet with the vehicle restraint of choice weeks or months before traveling so that they are comfortable

Travel Pet Pack Checklist

  • Veterinary records, certificates, and recent photos
  • Medications
  • Beds (pillows, towels, or other crate liners) and an old T-shirt or rag with your scent on it.
  • Plastic bags and scoops for dogs
  • Your pets’ usual foods and plenty of water from the home you’re leaving (changing their water source can be disorienting and upset their stomachs)
  • Food and water bowls, a can opener, and re-sealable lids
  • Leashes for cats and dogs
  • Litterbox for cats
  • Cage covers for birds and rodents
  • Paper towels, a sponge, and plenty of plastic bags for messes just in case
  • A favorite toy or two,, chew bones, and treats
  • Provisions for the first day at the new home
  • an old T-shirt or rag with your scent on it

Check on Airline Rules for Pets

If you’re traveling by air, you have another set of issues to consider. You’ll need a pet carrier for each pet. Check with the airline to see if the carrier can be kept in the cabin. Some airlines require that all carriers be stowed in luggage compartments. Others allow small carriers to be kept by your seat. You’ll also need to show that your pet has been immunized. For example, most airlines will require proof of rabies shots, a certificate of veterinary inspection (signed by your vet) and an acclimation certificate. Also, there will most likely be a $50 to $150 fee for transporting your pet via air. There are also age restrictions for pet air travel, so check into those. When transporting by plane, try to book a direct flight. If you will be transporting your dog or cat by air, you must have the following details in order:

  • A recent health certificate provided by your veterinarian
  • A pet carrier that complies with airline regulations
  • Don’t forget to confirm rules and regulations with your pet transporter so that you can purchase any pet products that may be needed.
  • Always take your dog for a long walk before the trip.
  • Remember to advise your pet transporter of any specific requirements for your pet.
  • You should keep your cat indoors for at least 24 hours at your new home.
  • Never feed your pet too much before the trip.
  • Unless it is absolutely necessary, it is best not to sedate your pet.

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