Miscellaneous ramblings on a Sunday - 11-23-14 version

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I'm still determined to do my 30 posts in November, one each day.  This is post #23 and as seems to be normal, by the end of the week I can't put together enough words to talk about any one thing.  So here's a bunch-o-stuff.


Tip for today:  Always check out your new smoker well before you want to use it for company. Our old smoker evidently got a bit too hot and the entire thing blistered and all the paint peeled and everything was charred. We've been smoking our Thanksgiving turkey for the last few years, so we bought a brand new shiny smoker this weekend. We thought it might be a great idea to try it before we have to use it for Thanksgiving. Good thing we did. We can't get the darn thing to get hotter than about 100 degrees. So we'll probably have to start cooking that turkey NOW!!!!


A strange thing about houses:  Almost all houses near me are relatively cookie cutter, in terms of the way the rooms are built.  Most colonials have the same basic flow downstairs, and the four bedrooms upstairs are usually setup the same way.  There is almost always a door to the basement off the kitchen, and usually a half bath in the front hall.  But the fact is, there are THOUSANDS of floor plans available for new homes.  There are one story or two story or three story with garages or no garages, with the garages under the house, or attached or detached, There are log homes and post and beam homes and hexagonal homes. There are probably 40 different styles of homes, most of which can be placed most anywhere in the country. So why is there such a lack of uniqueness in home designs?  If you own property, try finding something different to put on it!  


Snack food:  I think one of the best snack foods ever is pistachio nuts.  Oh yum. I just finished a few while writing this!And that is all!



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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Armonk, NY 10504 *

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

The sameness of homes drives me bonkers. I'm with YOU, let's start mixing it up a bit more. I realize many of the newer homes are cookie cutter to save money - but still. :) Hang in there Kat - you're doing great with the challenge. 

Nov 23, 2014 07:20 AM #1
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Good for you keeping up w/ the challenge. Glad you realized the Turkey issue before it was too late.  - Debbie

Nov 23, 2014 07:50 AM #2
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

About to write a post very similar to this one.  Not much to say today.  Keep it up!

Nov 23, 2014 08:02 AM #3
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Kat, most neighborhoods I work are pretty much the same. The only difference is the size of the actual home, as they were all built between the early 1990's through 2006/2007. We saw a doubling in the population during that time, and the same builders would have 5-10 different communities being built all at the same time.

It's good that you at least got the post in.

Nov 23, 2014 12:37 PM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Debb-  There are only a few days where I totally did not want to post but had to force a post.  Most days I've been doing well.I think when November is over I'm going to try to do 6 a week.

Debbie- Yup, we're going to have to stick that turkey in the oven.  It'll still be good though!

Jenna - I'm going to have to go read yours now!

Troy - True, a lot of the issue is the same builder(s) built the same houses.  It's too bad!

Nov 23, 2014 08:14 PM #5
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Kat.  It's hard to have different style homes and contain costs.

Nov 23, 2014 08:16 PM #6
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Kat~ That's just how I felt last night. I was having trouble putting together my thoughts. I almost wrote a "random thoughts" post too! Instead I managed to get one of my AR contest entries written and posted. Phew!

So glad you added the photo of the pistachio bowl. I've noticed a few bloggers have been writing their daily posts, but they aren't including any images or videos. That's part of the rules!!!!

Nov 24, 2014 12:47 AM #7
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Maybe you should practice on some smaller fowl before the big Tom Turkey Kat. I told me a while to get the hang of reaching the higher temps in the smoker.

Nov 24, 2014 08:56 AM #8
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I love turkey...smoked turkey especially.  Do you FEDEX?

Nov 24, 2014 07:35 PM #9
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Conrad - Well, that's true - I'm sure the ones that are different can cost more.  

Donna - I've been paying attention to the rules; I didn't want to do 30 and it didn't count!!!!

Tom - Yes, I agree. We tried smoked ribs and they took a really long time to cook.  The turkey's going in the oven this week.  :-)

Gary - haha, jump on a plane!

Nov 24, 2014 07:52 PM #10
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat... you're not alone! I just finished posting 12 Days of Christmas 12 days in a row and it seems like there's no end to it all!

Nov 24, 2014 08:19 PM #11
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