Just for Fun

The savvy, charming and hilarious members of ActiveRain like to let their hair down and have a little fun. Topics take on a whole new life when the creative minds of AR author fun posts. Wordless Wednesdays are a big contributor of this topic along with other posts written for fun. With each of our members' clever wit behind these blog posts, there should definitely be something for everyone to delight in.


Take a moment out from the daily grind to get lost in these entertaining pieces. If you have a funny story or photo you'd like to share with the wonderful world of AR, please do. Just for Fun posts are a great avenue to expressing yourself and sharing your funny bone.

Recent blogs on Just for Fun
By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Kitsap & Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & Broker You cannot create experience. You must undergo it!Attributed to Albert CamusThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, © 2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...
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By Gail Miller, M.S., EA, IRS Tax Account Analysis serving East Bronx area
(Miller Tax & Advisory Services)
The primary focus of my firm is tax representation and post-tax filing compliance in Parkchester, New York. Post-tax filing compliance is complying with the IRS after initially filing a tax return in which the return is later assessed by the IRS and the IRS discovers there is a tax debt due. This tax liability would generate a silent lien if payment isn’t made upon demand per IRS written notice.  A taxpayer could incur a tax liability for many reasons, but if it’s not paid promptly, the taxpayer will likely have to pay in addition to the debt interest and penalties.The silent lien is the IRS’ way of alerting the public through a notice filing that it seeks seniority amongst other possible creditors of the taxpayer. The public filing is called a Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL). The IRS...
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
If you know me at all, you know I love pasta. Plain noodles, wacky multi-colored past, spaghetti and fettuccini Alfredo are all favorites. Recently I even discovered chipotle pasta! (Spicy but good.)So how could I have missed out on a favorite pasta event, Fettucini Alfredo Day on February 7? I guess I must have been busy with calls, consultations and contracts with real estate.February 7 is National Fettucini Alfredo Day.For fun, here's info from my past blog about the history of this holiday, according to www.NationalToday.com.Fettucini Alfredo's origins can be traced to the 15th century, where there are records of Italian cook Martino da Como cooking pasta with butter and cheese, known as “macaroni romaneschi” or Roman pasta.The named inventor on record of fettuccine alfredo is Alfre...
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By Jennifer Kropf, Home and Lifestyle blogger
(Healthyhappyimpactful.com)
Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate your love and affection towards your special someone, but when you have kids at home it also becomes the day to celebrate your little ones too. Between the busyness of your normal work day, trying to show your romantic side towards your spouse and making it a fun day for your kids it can feel like A LOT.  So here are five fun ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids (and not feel like it’s a second/third/fourth job).  Red Food Remember these ideas are not meant to be more work so don’t stress with making elaborate Valentine’s dishes. Instead, just add fun sparks of red or pink to the food that day! No need to add food dye either. Adding strawberries to breakfast or pink m&m’s to popcorn are fun touches to make the day a little extra specia...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Do you remember homes before open floor plans became the rage? I remember showing a few homes in Eastwood Park, Minot's historic district, that had so many rooms it was easy to become disorientated in them (and I don't get confused easily).These days I am finding I do, on occasion, get a little confused while night driving. Imagine running into these traffic signs, especially at night in an unfamiliar area. These are real signs and can be found here.I just have to wonder if all the different GPS programs available today help out in these situation? Have you ever listed or shown a home where they left a floor plan out for visiters so they would not get lost? 
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
February 8th Puzzle - National Boy Scouts Day:Enjoy your day!Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal.
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Tuesday February 7, 20231. Who did George Bush Sr. defeat in the election of 1988? Michael Dukakis2. A June Bug is what type of insect? Beetle3. What was John Wayne's nickname? The Duke4. What's the only country outside of Africa where lions still live in the wild? IndiaTrivia questions for Wednesday February 8, 20231. Who was the beautiful youth loved by the Greek goddess Aphrodite?2. What is a group of snipe called?3. In what country was the umbrella invented?4. Which country has the most freshwater lakes?Enjoy your day
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Wordless Wednesday…They’re Back! On Valentine’s Day, 2021, we had snow, several days of freezing weather, and widespread power outages throughout the area.  We also had 5 bluebird eggs in our bird box that were still in the incubation stage. Despite Larry’s efforts to keep the temperatures up in the box (he went out every 4 hours and placed hand warmers under the nest), none of the eggs hatched.  Fast forward to this week and…nesting season has begun!!! If you look closely the next time you’re out, you’ll see that many of the birds have donned their special dating attire!  The red on the male cardinal is deeper and the male bluebird’s blue is vivid and bright.    It’s just the one box for now, but with luck, the other boxes we monitor will soon have nests as well. 
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Moroccan chickpea stew is a simple, delicious, and filling dish that is perfect for dinner or a post-exercise recovery meal. It's gluten-free and vegan.Ingredients1 tablespoon olive oil2 cups cubed butternut squash 1 large onion1 large sweet red pepper1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon pepper1/4 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon ground cumin1/4 teaspoon salt1 can chickpeas or garbanzo beans1 can diced tomatoes1 cup waterChopped cilantro, optionalDirections1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add squash, onion, and red pepper; cook and stir until onion is translucent and red pepper is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. 2. Stir in seasonings until blended. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, and water; bring to a boil. 3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until squash is tender, about 8 ...
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Kitsap & Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & Broker Expect problems and eat them for breakfast!Attributed to Alfred A. MontapertThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, © 2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...
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By Alan May, A moving experience!
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Ain't no logical reason.  Everything is fine, and things are going well.  Nothing is wrong, but I ran across this on the Information Superhighway's Interwebs, and it spoke to me.It spoke to me loudly enough that I felt it was worth sharing for anyone who needed to hear it today.What does this have to do with real estate?  Well, don't we all hope that we have a good day?  Allrighty, then... there you have it.  The official tie-in.Hope y'all enjoy.  (my, how quickly I slip into that southern accent).
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Lessons in LifeI am often inspired to write because of something I have seen, experienced, or read.  This post is no different.  I just read an article entitled "The A-List" in AARP's magazine (I'm not that old, lol!!).  It resonated with me.Everywhere you turn, the world seems to be divided and everyone seems so angry.  There is so much animosity between people.  Why can't we just be nice?  Be nice to one another, help one another, and make the world a better place. Grow from grief.  I lost one of my best friends when I was a senior in High School, my father when I was in my early 30s, and my mother when I was also in my 30s.  Then just over 6 years ago I lost the love of my life.  Those losses have created such a strong empathy for others who have suffered losses and a desire to offer...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
February 7th Puzzle - National Periodic Table Day:Enjoy your day!Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal.
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 The Elkins Home Selling Team with Elite Realty Group provides services with Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale and Morristown TN Homes For Sale to home buyers and home sellers in Morristown Tennessee, Whitesburg, Talbott, Russellville, Sevierville, Bean Station, Dandridge, Pigeon Forge and surrounding communities.We specialize in working with Home Sellers in getting their homes listed and sold. We utilize the latest and most up to date marketing materials in assuring the job gets done quickly and with the least amount of hassle. Our homes are listed on over 32 different Real Estate web sites including realtor.com, yahoo.com, trulia.com and many others. Each office independently owned and operated.Elite Realty Group is a full service real estate company serving Morristown TN Real Estate...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Funny how over the last few days Titus & Philemon only found Brownsie annoying but when the reality of separation became real to them then they speak FAIRLY well of him.Isn't that human nature? We may experience these feelings due to a relational break-up (dating/divorce), separating from the black sheep of the family, a toxic friend, or even a business client that was somewhat of a pain in the ass.In Titus & Philemon's case we are not  talking about relationships that  make us cry when they end.When it comes to Real Estate clients some become life long friends and with others we might mutter under our breath, don't let the door hit you on the butt on your way out.I hope that all your transactions end happy and that you keep in touch with the ones you truly befriended. 
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Monday February 6, 20231. Where can you see the so-called "Horizontal Waterfalls"? Australia2. What color is second from the top of a rainbow? Orange3. The word "quarantine" indicates how many days of isolation? 404. What was the name of Al Capone's criminal organization? The OutfitTrivia questions for Tuesday February 7, 20231. Who did George Bush Sr. defeat in the election of 1988?2. A June Bug is what type of insect?3. What was John Wayne's nickname?4. What's the only country outside of Africa where lions still live in the wild?Enjoy your day
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Kitsap & Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & Broker The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do!Attributed to Kobe BryantThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, © 2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...
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By Zachary Boutin, CPA, Oregon's Tax Problem Solver
(First Response Resolution, LLC)
Welcome to the first blog post from First Response Resolution, LLC! We are a specialty tax firm located in Eagle Point Oregon and the focus of my practice is solving tax problems for individuals and businesses and representing taxpayers before the IRS and State Departments of Revenue. The goal of this blog is to provide insight and information that is helpful to real estate professionals and the community at large. As we continue to post additional content, feel free to reach out with specific requests for topics that would be useful to you or your clients.Taxes are complicated and tax problems can be incredibly stressful. The longer the problems persist, the worse they become as additional penalties and interest continue to accrue. The important thing to keep in mind is that there are ...
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Book Recommendation: The Tuscan Child by Rhys BowenI enjoyed reading The Tuscan Child (2018) by The New York Times Bestselling Author Rhys Bowen and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.Still deal...
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By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA)
What a strange Winter we've been having in Massachusetts. It's 6 February and we've had 7" of snow in the northeast section of Massachusetts. We've had several inches of rain and the temperatures have been moderate for wintertime. Mostly in the 30s and 40s. Friday night into Saturday a Polar Blast swept through. Frigid temperatures and high winds. I went out to my vehicle at midnight 21 to start the car up. It was -9 degrees F and at 5:00 a.m. it was -15 degrees F. With the wind chill, we were down to -35 to -40 degrees F. We prepared as well as we could by raising the thermostat a could of degrees Friday morning to try and counteract the house losing temperature during the coldest part. We raised it to 72 degrees.  The house lost 3 degrees overnight dropping to 69. We also ran the dish...
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