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Thursday, December 12 2013
What Your House Wants For Christmas

We know most of us are in the midst of making lists and checking them twice but have you taken a moment to think about your house and what it might want for Christmas?  No seriously!  Your home is your biggest investment, it gives you shelter and warmth shouldn’t it get a gift or two?  

(Remember, this is your house speaking…)

New windows: Things got a little drafty this year, and I know you weren’t too happy about the hike in utilities cost. Some new windows will make both of us happy.

A Deck: Not only will this make my yard more inviting, but just think about all the family time that can be gained by a new deck. When summer comes around again, barbecues can take place somewhere that everyone can get together, instead of out in the driveway.

A New Front Door: To be honest, the peeling paint and warped wood on my front door is more than a little embarrassing. Just think about what will happen to your curb appeal with a brand-new front door. Maybe the mailman won’t be afraid to knock on the door anymore.

A New Roof: Do you really think that those spots on my roof are supposed to be there? Not only will I look better with a new roof, but you’ll also get your money back in increase in home value. Santa almost didn’t land on my roof last year, I’m not sure what he’ll do this year.

A New Garage Door: That dent from when your daughter accidentally put the car in reverse before letting the garage door open all the way is not going to fix itself. A new garage door could really make my exterior look like you did a major makeover, and don’t worry, I’ll keep it between us that all you did was swap out the garage door.

New Siding: Do you wear clothes that are frayed or have holes in them? Well, I don’t know if you’ve seen some of my siding recently, but I’m pretty sure your “work jeans” look better than it does. I’d look as new as the day you bought me with some newly-replaced siding. Maybe you could even switch to that siding that Bob down the street just put in on his house. I heard he doesn’t have to paint it. Tempting, right?

Some Custom Upgrades: Maybe instead of a regular front door, you could spring for a nice iron one, or maybe a custom window for my foyer, so that all the neighbors’ jaws will drop in awe every time they pass by. I just know that something custom will really make me stand out on the inside.

And if you have splurged on other people on your list, here are some easy and last minute gift ideas:

Have my furnace inspected and serviced, and give me a clean filter. 

Have my chimney swept (ahhh it will feel like a massage to me). 

Install a carbon monoxide detector on each floor.

A new “coat” of insulation for my attic.

Merry Christmas,

Keith & Reechia Powell

Powell Realty ~ Homes for Sale in Plano

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Wednesday, November 27 2013

Here is to turkey roasting, family toasting, count-each-blessing, pass the dressing, jokes and laughter, friends and family, and wish-bone wishes! 

Fun Thanksgiving Trivia:

  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.  
  • In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared it a public holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. 
  • In 1941 Congress passed the official proclamation declaring Thanksgiving as a national holiday. 
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620.
  • The drink that the Puritans brought with them in the Mayflower was the beer.
  • The first Thanksgiving feast was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days.   
  • The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in 1924 with 400 employees marching off from Convent Avenue and 145th Street in NY.  Originally the parade featured live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo, from camels to elephants. 
  • An Turkeyestimated 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving.  (more than double the amount of turkeys eaten at Christmas)
  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
  • Turkeys originated in North and Central America.
  • The wild turkey has excellent hearing.
  • A spooked turkey can run at speed up to 20 miles per hour.  A wild turkey can run at speed of up to 25 miles per hour.  A wild turkey can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour.  Domesticated turkeys or the farm-raised turkeys cannot fly.
  • A mature turkey generally has around 3,500 feathers.
  • On average turkeys weigh 16 pounds. 
  • North Carolina is the number one producer of turkeys. It produces around 61 million turkeys per year. Minnesota and Arkansas are second and third number producers of turkey.

​Happy Thanksgiving,

Reechia & Keith Powell

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Friday, November 01 2013

Daylight Savings Ends November 3rd at 2am  

Don’t Forget to FALL BACK One Hour 

Fun Facts about Daylight Savings:

  • Benjamin Franklin suggested firing cannons at sunrise to help sluggish sleepers get out of bed during the change over?   
  • Were you also aware that in the 1950s and 1960s where was no uniform DST rules so the U.S. internal clock was thrown into complete chaos. For example, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul were on different clocks. Imagine waking up in St. Paul and driving to work in Minneapolis only to realize that you were late for your shift.
  • Here’s a fact that most of us never think about. Twins born during the switch could find that the second born twin is actually listed as being born first. For example, one twin is born at 1:50am and the next twin is born at 2:01am. Because the closed fall back at 2:00am the second twin will be listed as being born at 1:01am. The older brother or sister all of a sudden becomes the younger of the pair.
  • One big positive note to mention is that the U.S. Crime Rate decreases when daylight savings time goes into effect.
  • And a final and impressive note, in 1999 Palestinian terrorists forgot about daylight saving time when programming bombes they wanted to transport into Israel. Three terrorists were killed when the timer on their bombs went off one hour before they had planned.

Keith & Reechia Powell

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Wednesday, October 30 2013

Halloween is the one of the most captivating holidays because of the unknown and it is often celebrated by both adults and children. The element of surprise makes it fun and unpredictable.

  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night
  • . They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
  • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  • Many people still believe that gargoyles were created by medieval architects and stone carvers to ward off evil spirits.

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The Movie "Halloween" facts:

  • It was made in only 21 days in 1978 on a very limited budget.
  • The movie was shot in the Spring and used fake autumn leaves.
  • The mask used by Michael Meyers in the movie "Halloween" was actually William Shatner's mask painted white.
  • The character Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis was named after John Carpenter's first girlfriend.
  • While the setting for the story is in Illinois, the vehicles have California license plates.

Creepy Tidbits

If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.

According to superstition, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you will see your future spouse. 

The world's record for biggest pumpkin is currently held by a gigantic gourd weighing a whopping 1,385 pounds!

Reechia & Keith Powell

 

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