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 and Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & BrokerYou must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of!Attributed to Jim Rohn (1930-2009)Thank 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 Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
I attended my first beekeeping meeting tonight. The club in our area meets in Glen Rose, Texas. This little club filled my head with a TON of information! There is so much to learn. The main thing to know is that bees are vital to life on earth. Many people don't know the importance of these fascinating creatures. Here are some fun facts:🐝 They have 6 legs, 2 pairs of wings, & 5 eyes🐝 Beehives can hold about 50,000 bees🐝 Queen bees can lay up to 2,000 egs per day🐝 The male bees are called drones🐝 Bees communicate by chemicals called pheromones🐝 When a bee stings it most often dies🐝 They fly at a speed of approximately 20 mph🐝 It takes nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 lb of honey🐝 They pollinate about 130 agricultural crops in the US🐝 One bee produces about 1 tablespoon of h...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
The breadcrumbs crisp up the outside while softening the inside of the scallops. The tender and citrusy scallops complement the noodles and mixed greens.Ingredients1/2 cup dry bread crumbs1/2 teaspoon salt1 pound sea scallops2 tablespoons butter1 tablespoon olive oil1/4 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth2 tablespoons lemon juice1 garlic clove, minced1 teaspoon minced fresh parsleyDirections1. In a shallow bowl, toss bread crumbs with salt. Dip scallops in crumb mixture to coat both sides, patting to help the coating adhere.2. In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add scallops; cook for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side or until firm and opaque. Remove from pan; keep warm.3. Add wine, lemon juice, and garlic to the same pan; bring to a boil. Stir in par...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Wordless Wednesday…Wee Ones The wait is over. We have our first brood of bluebirds for 2023!! Larry and I volunteer to monitor and maintain bluebird boxes at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve where we take our daily walks.  We have 5 boxes now but this particular one has been the most productive. I think that the hard freeze and snow we had in February of 2021 impacted all wildlife and plants. We have no idea how many birds were lost that year but since then the boxes have not seen as many nests.  We report our stats to a site that monitors wildlife. In fact, Larry gets a reminder if he hasn’t logged in every few days after the eggs have been laid. We check the nest at least every other day and continue to do so until just before they are ready to fledge. (We stop checking the box so the bird...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Too-tight mom refuses to pay for a birthday card and just makes one herself. My kids had grown up and were living in California.  I was an art teacher and had been to caricature classes in Georgia and felt I could just make a card myself.  This was in approximately 1985 and it was saved by Paul. (Bet he would not have saved a bought one.) It recently resurfaced and I thought it was pretty funny.  Note the length of the telephone line!  There were no cell phones then.  Here's another caricature that I did and it will tell you how to do them.  Click https://activerain.com/droplet/4GxW  and you will see a blog with a lot of the Duncan family.  Keep in mind it was done many years ago so some are no longer members.  It is one of my favorite framed pictures.  
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Book Recommendation: Code Name Sapphire by Pam JenoffDolores and I enjoyed reading Code Name Sapphire (2023) by The New York Times bestselling American author Pam Jenoff and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. A woman must rescue her cousin's family from a train bound for Auschwitz in this riveting tale of bravery and resistance, from the bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris.1942. Hannah Martel has narrowly escaped Nazi Germany after her fiancé was killed in a pogrom. When her ship bound for America is turned away at port, she has nowhere to go but to her cousin Lily, who lives with her family in Brussels. Fearful for her life, Hannah is desperate to get out of occupied Europe. But with no safe way to leave, she ...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
March 14th - National Potato Chip 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 Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
March 13th - National Jewel 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 Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question. answers for Monday March 13, 20231. What year was the World Wide Web launched in? 19912. What cartoon legend became the first licensed lunch box character in 1935? Mickey Mouse3. What is the longest running event in the decathlon? 1500 meters4. What was the original name of the Gummy Bears? Dancing BearsTrivia questions for Tuesday March 14, 20231. What mammal has the longest pregnancy?2. What was the real first name of the First Lady known as Mamie Eisenhower?3. What screen legend made her final appearance in the movie "High Society"?4. The poet Ogden Nash wrote "Candy  is dandy, but liquor is ...what?Enjoy your day
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By Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
There are many reasons why reading books is beneficial, both for personal development and enjoyment.:Mental stimulation: Reading books can help to improve cognitive function and stimulate the brain. It can also help to reduce stress and improve mental health.Knowledge and learning: Books are a great source of knowledge and information. They can teach you new skills, expose you to new ideas and perspectives, and provide insights into various topics.Vocabulary and language skills: Reading books can help to improve your vocabulary and language skills, as well as your writing and communication abilities.Entertainment: Reading can be an enjoyable way to pass the time, whether you prefer fiction, non-fiction, or a combination of both.Empathy and understanding: Reading books can help to develo...
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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 and Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & BrokerIt's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver!Attributed to Betty White (1922-2021)Thank 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 John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Every year on March 14th, and this year on Tuesday March 14, 2023, we observe the unofficial National Pi(e) Day = 3.1415926535897932384626433832795 or 3.14 for short.We can celebrate the National Pi Day by  Throw a Pi party, and decorate with Pi symbolsI want to wish to all friends and to everyone at ActiveRain community a Happy National Pi Day.
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By Paul D. Diaz, EA, MBA, Admitted to Practice Before the IRS
(Paul D. Diaz, EA, MBA)
Filing taxes can be daunting for many individuals, but it is necessary to manage your finances. This article will cover everything you need to know about filing taxes for 2022. Know Your Filing Status Your filing status is an important consideration when filing taxes. There are five filing statuses: single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household, and qualifying widow(er) with dependent child. Each status has different tax brackets and deduction limits. Choose the status that best reflects your situation. Gather Your Documents Before you start filing taxes, you must gather all the necessary documents. These include your W-2, 1099s, and other income or tax statements. If you have any deductions, ensure you have the relevant receipts and documentation for ever...
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By Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI 623-582-4444
(Level 4 Funding )
It is entirely possible to buy a house with bad credit In Arizona. If for nothing else, credit reports are essentially a measure to suggest how likely a borrower is to pay their debts back—not a binary indicator of whether someone qualifies for a mortgage. That said, better rates and opportunities are awarded to those with higher scores.Learning how to buy a house with bad credit starts with undersigning what your current credit score is worth in the eyes of lenders. Here’s a general scale of what borrowers can expect to receive concerning their current FICO Score:Less than 580: Theoretically, borrowers may qualify for a loan with a FICO score lower than 580 (down to 500). However, any borrowers with a FICO score between 500 and 579 will be limited to FHA loans. Since borrowers with a s...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Aren't you glad we don't hear our food talk , or cry?Hopefully we all of lists of things we are thankful for, inexhaustible lists. Timmothy's cartoon reminds me of how thankful I am for everyone out there in the world of agriculture. North Dakota is an agricultural State, number one in many agricultural products.I am not sure where all those Ag products are processed but I am also thankful to those folks who take care of the process for us. Many years ago (still in my teens) I worked in a slaughter house. It's not a pretty sight to see but it didn't slow my desire to eat meat. Now if those cows could talk it may be a different story.
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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 Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia questions for Sunday March 12, 20231. When hyenas gather, what are they called? Cackle2. Which scientist formulated the law of universal gravitation? Sir Isaac Newton3. How many soldiers are shown raising the flag over Iwo Jima in the famous photograph and statute? Six4. What name is given to the line running across a snooker table? Balk lineTrivia questions for Monday March 13, 20231. What year was the World Wide Web launched in?2. What cartoon legend became the first licensed lunch box character in 1935?3. What is the longest running event in the decathlon?4. What was the original name of the Gummy Bears?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 and Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & BrokerSetting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible!Attributed to Tony Robbins (1960-)Thank 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 Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Some of you might remember I wrote a post about getting a bottle of wine called "The Dude" well it too almost a month to the day that we tried the "Dude" for those who missed the post I am putting a link here https://activerain.com/droplet/HmVT  Our fried Jeff Dowler, CRS  appreciated the first post, and I am sure he will appreciate the second one as well since his Nickname he goes by is "the relocation dude."Now with that said I will miss the DUDE it was a great wine, and I will have to look for it and hopefully nearby I can get it again. Just to give you an idea Diane is not a red wine drinker, and she loved it:))So, kudos to the Dude:)) Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in...
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