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 Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
December 8th - National Brownie 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 Kathy Hyatt ~Plantation, Davie, Sunrise REALTOR, Broward Realtor Selling Plantation,Davie & Sunrise
(Remax Services)
“Become so passionate and dynamic that when people meet you, you're simply unforgettable.” . . #RemaxKat #RealEstateKat #RockStarKat #RockStarRealtor #KathyHyatt #KathyHyattSellsPlantation #KathyHyattRealtor #PlantationFlorida #SunriseFlorida #DavieFlorida #HyattRealtors #CooperCityFlorida #KathyHyattSellsSouthFlorida #PlantationAcres #JacarandaPlantation #KathyHyattSellsPlantation
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Wednesday December 7, 20221. What was the first soft drink to be consumed in outer space? Coca-Cola2. What mammal typically dies of starvation in the wild after its last set of teeth wear out? Elephant3. What's the shortest standard reply on a Magic 8-Ball? Yes4. According to folklore, who could shed no more than three tears? A witchTrivia questions for Thursday December 8, 20221. Inspired by a traffic light, what was aded to the game of soccer football by a ref in 1970? 2. Which Norse god's image is Santa Claus partially based on?3. What language does the word "algebra" come from?4. What is the most popular day for people to eat ice cream?Enjoy your day.
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Thankful Thursdays…Grateful For My LifeIt’s a broad topic, I know. But now that hindsight has given me sharper vision and a lot more scenery in my rearview mirror, I have come to realize that the paths presented to me and as a result, the roads I have chosen have brought me to where I am…which is a pretty darn good life.   I had the benefit of being influenced by the Chinese, Texas, and Southern cultures.  I  celebrated Chinese New Year with mouth-watering 12-course Chinese dinners…learned to love Tex-Mex and brisket…and understood what it meant if you told someone “Bless your heart.” There was a move that took me from my birthplace (Houston) to a place where I would plant roots for 30 years and meet friends that would become my extended family.  A breakup with a boyfriend ultimately le...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
2022 Holiday Trees in Carlsbad I really like our traditional holiday tree that stands at the entrance to the Carlsbad Village Faire in the heart of downtown, just 2 blocks from the beach.The annual tree lighting and all the festivities was held this past Sunday, which I missed due to being in LA, for the 37th year. But I also really like seeing the wizened old trees along the bluff above the beach that get decorated every year by people living in Carlsbad (perhaps visitors, too).I have no clue how old these trees are, but every year they are dressed up to brighten the bluff with holiday spirit for those who are running or driving by the Carlsbad beaches. Fun, don’t you think?
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By Scott Schulte
(Scott Schulte LLC)
  Reflect While giving yourself the gift of grace at work is a worthy endeavor. It can be challenging.  A little self-reflection may be done to determine the most effective ways to apply the gift of grace to your daily life and real estate career. Stay away from negative people. It may seem counterintuitive to grant yourself the benefit of the doubt at a time when almost everyone you talk to is waiting for homes to drop in price or rates to drop to a more manageable situation, but doing so may be the best way to avoid letting your negative self-talk and negative people get the best of you. You may be surprised at the positive results you get. There are several ways to give yourself the gift of grace in real estate. The first is to let go of the notion that you aren't worthy of it. Givin...
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By Kelly Green-Krist, CPA
(Green Krist CPA PLLC)
You may have noticed that the IRS is in a bad way. It has a backlog of millions of unprocessed paper tax returns, and taxpayers can’t get through to the agency on the phone. Congress noticed and took action by passing a massive funding of the IRS in the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act.The IRS will get an additional $80 billion over the next decade. This includes $35 billion for taxpayer services, operations support, and business systems. Among other things, the IRS plans to use these funds to update its antiquated IT systems (some of which date back to the 1960s), improve phone service, and speed up the processing of paper tax returns.Despite what you may have heard in the media, the IRS will not expand by 87,000 new employees. It will still be smaller than it was 30 years ago....
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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 One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain! Attributed to Bob MarleyThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2022, 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 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 Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
December 7th - National Cotton Candy 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 Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
Ahh…the holidays. A time for happiness and cheer. And shopping. And cooking. And wrapping. And decorating. And baking. Are you tired yet? I am…just from typing this list of things we all do during the holiday season. And chances are you haven’t even started yet! Don’t despair! It doesn’t have to be this way. You can experience the magic without exhausting yourself to the point that you can’t even enjoy it. Keep it simple this year and you will breathe a sigh of relief as you savor the joy of the season.Here are some tips to help:The Three Gift RuleIf maxing out your credit cards and spending hours wrapping gifts doesn’t sound like fun, you may want to consider the “Three Gift Rule”. With the Three Gift Rule each person gets one thing they need, one thing they want, and one surprise. Tur...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
The Henderson Condos700 Commerce StreetNew Orleans Warehouse DistrictNew Orleans, La. 70130      The Henderson was origionally a sugar warehouse in New Orleans for the Godchaux Sugar Refinery.The building is constructed of heavy timber and brick. The units were converted into apartments in 1987. The apartments were converted into condos about 10 years later. There were few updates done when they were sold as condos.       The Henderson Condos on Commerce was one of the first conversions of apartments into condos in 1996. The 60 units vary greatly in floor plan and size. Most of the units are one bedroom units with some tow bedroom units. The sizes range from 550 sq. ft. to about 1200 Sq. ft.       The condo fees are moderate as the only include a rooftop area and party room. There is ve...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Smile when no one is watching.   Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Kitsap & Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & Broker   If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it!  Attributed to Andy Rooney Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2022, 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...  and courtesy of  Paul S. Henderson, Residential Real Estate Broker  Tacoma Washington  Realtor ® BPOR, CRS, GRI, CDPE Fathom Realty WA LLC Serving South Puget Sound in Washington State        ...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Tuesday December 6, 20221. How long have dogs been domesticated? 15,000 years2. Who was the first US president to die in office? William Harrison3. What is the name of the candy company that manufactures Peeps? Just Born4. What object is said to bring bad luck if it is broken? MirrorTrivia questions for Wednesday December 7, 20221. What was the first soft drink to be consumed in outer space?2. What mammal typically dies of starvation in the wild after its last set of teeth wear out?3. What's the shortest standard reply on a Magic 8-Ball?4. According to folklore, who could shed no more than three tears? 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 If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it! Attributed to Andy RooneyThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2022, 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 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)
National Brownie Day on December 8 is the kind of a holiday that nearly everyone can sink their teeth into! Who doesn't enjoy eating a warm, fudgy brownie treat fresh from the oven? On this December 8, our Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS holds its annual Membership Appreciation party and Charity Christmas drive to benefit KAPFA, which blesses children in foster care. The 2020 event was a drive-through only event due to COVID, and the 2021 in-person event was a delight. It even featured yummy cookies and chocolate covered brownies. I sure hope they feature the yummy brownies again in 2022. For loved ones diagnosed with diabetes, there's an amazing Sugar-Free Brownie mix by Duncan Hinds to ensure all people can enjoy Brownie Day.  Three years ago, our family iced the brownies ...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
This Thai-Inspired Meatball Soup is flavor-packed and easy to make. A rich, umami-filled broth filled with perfectly flavored meatballs.  Ingredients1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce, divided1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon ground ginger1-1/2 pounds of ground chicken1/4 cup sesame oil3 cups chicken broth1 can (13.66 ounces) of coconut milk1-1/2 cups julienned carrots2 cups torn fresh kale4-1/2 teaspoons lime juice1 tablespoon brown sugarLime wedges, optional Directions1. In a large bowl, combine cilantro, coconut, 4-1/2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce, salt, and ginger. 2. Add chicken; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. 3. In a Dutch oven, brown meatballs in batches in sesame oil over medium-high heat; remov...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Wordless Wednesday…It’s About Time Every Fall I look forward to George Souto’s Progression of Fall Colors post as well as Ed Silva’s Litchfield County Fall Colors. And every year I wait. When we were in Delray Beach, I didn’t expect to see anything but here in Houston, it can be hit-and-miss. Our summer was extremely dry, so I did not have high hopes for any kind of Fall colors. However, Look what showed up the first week of December!!!  Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar. Delia Owens Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.Shira Tamir
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Hi Active Rainers.  This month Jeff Dowler, CRS and Brian England our blogging tips.  I am very happy to participate since I love sharing of best practices and exchanging ideas.I provide ideas in my consulting practice and I build trust through doing seminars, short talks and listening to others.  When someone asks me what I do I tell them that I help organizations get better results.  When asked how do you do that, the answer can not be straight forward. I know that there are many scenariosTip number 1 - your blogging should create a relationship of trust between you and your readers.I build trust by presenting scenarios, cases studies, and possible solutions.  Hence blogging for me is writing about things that are real cases and offering some possible solutions.When I started blogging...
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