Uses for Holiday Cards

January 25, 2013

American card, circa 1940

American card, circa 1940 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Holiday cards always make me smile and reminisce about the person who sent it. I really hate to dispose of them, so mine are still sitting in a basket – for one more look. This year I plan on recycling some of the cards by sending them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Please read below for further information on how to do this.  

I also heard a clever idea for the family photo holiday cards. Take a picture of the card with your smart phone and then store it as the picture in your contact information. Then every time that special person calls you will see the wonderful family photo.

Donating Tips for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

  • All types of greeting cards, including Christmas are accepted.
  • Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the backside of the front of the card is clear of any writing, etc.)
  • They do not accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting cards.
  • 5 x 7 size or smaller is preferred
  • To mail large quantities in the least expensive way, use the United States Post Office in a Flat Rate Box (available at the Post Office), which holds up to 70 pounds.
  • Mail donations to :
    St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
    Recycled Card Program
    100 St. Jude’s Street
    Boulder City, NV 89005
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Best Performing Cities

January 22, 2013

Cities on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley have made the list of Best-Performing Cities nationwide by the Milken Institute.

The United States’ best-performing metro area is San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley. Other cities with strong exposure to technological innovation scored high in the new ranking: Austin, Texas (No. 2, up from fourth place); Raleigh, N.C. (No. 3, up from No. 14); the Washington, D.C., metro (No. 5 from No. 17); and Cambridge, Mass. (No. 8 from No. 12).

San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City were ranked 36 on the list in 2012, compared to their 52 spot in 2011.

“People expect tech to be one of the most dynamic sectors of the economy, and it was,” Ross DeVol, chief research officer of the Milken Institute and one of the report’s authors, said in a statement.

“A perhaps less expected highlight of this year’s rankings is how the national resurgence in manufacturing is reflected in the greatly improved fortune of local economies, especially in the upper Midwest,” he said.

Among this year’s biggest gainers in large metros is Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., leaping 108 places to No. 40. Other Midwestern hotspots include Minneapolis-St. Paul; Gary, Ind.; Warren, Mich.; and Indianapolis. Each city moved up at least 70 spots in this year’s index.

The Best-Performing Cities index includes measures of job, wage, and technology performance to rank the nation’s 200 large metropolitan areas and 179 smaller metros.

Unlike other “best places” rankings, it does not use quality-of-life metrics, such as commute times or housing costs. In the Institute’s index, employment growth is weighted most heavily due to its critical importance to community vitality. Wage and salary growth measures the quality of jobs created and sustained.

Article compliments from Patch.

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Celebrity Historical Homes For Sale

January 6, 2013

Al Capone's house in Varadero

Al Capone’s house in Varadero (Photo credit: Dani Figueiredo)

 

Al Capone's house in Varadero

Al Capone’s house in Varadero (Photo credit: Dani Figueiredo)

Happy New Year Everyone!

Please enjoy our new Celebrity Homes that are Historical that are on the Market. Check out Regan, Al Capone, and Virsace…

http://xfinity.comcast.net/video/legendary-celebrity-homes-on-the-market/13783107803

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Santa Clause Town

December 13, 2012

Nowadays, the Christmas season and spirit kicks in before we’ve even had a full day to recover from our Thanksgiving Day feasts. Christmas trees are bought and decorated, old holiday jingles reverberate from radios reminding us of childhood, gifts are given and unwrapped and a little more quality time is spent with loved ones. As magical and lovely as the Christmas season is, it passes as quickly as it comes and we collectively set our sights on the new year and eagerly await the warmer weather of spring.

Now this usually is the case across the board. But not always. For the most festive town in AmericaSanta Claus, Indiana – Christmas never ends and is celebrated every single day of the year!

This small town of nearly 2,500 was established in 1854 as “Santa Fe” but had its request to establish a post office denied because there already was a town with that name. From that serendipitous moment, they reconvened and “Santa Claus” was ultimately chosen and they’ve been working for well over 100 years to do right by their namesake and celebrate Christmas year round.

sign courtesy of route 12 The Most Festive Town in America   Santa Claus, IndianaEvery street has a holiday themed name
*Image Courtesy of: Route Twelve

Santa Claus is more than just a town name. You can find an ode to the Christmas holiday everywhere you turn. Every street name was carefully chosen to have some sort of hint of Christmas in it. Who wouldn’t want to live on Reindeer Circle, Prancer Drive, Ornament East or Rudolph Lane? Every business in town have Christmas related names as well. You can visit Santa’s Candy Castle to satisfy your sweet tooth, have a cup of coffee and listen to music at Silent Night Cafe or even grab some dinner with the family at Frosty’s Fun Center.

Beyond the phenomenally decorated homes of Christmas Lake Village and large Santa Claus statues that outwardly show cheer; the people of this small town seem to carry within them the true spirit of Christmas 24/7.This is highlighted by a group of volunteers who call themselves “Santa’s Elves” who have replied to every single letter sent to “Santa Claus” (they get thousands of them from around the globe) since 1914!

Courtesy of santa claus museum facebook post office mail The Most Festive Town in America   Santa Claus, IndianaVolunteers have answered every letter to “Santa Claus” since 1914!

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World’s Most Expensive Home

November 25, 2012

English: Panorama of the beachfront of Nice, F...

English: Panorama of the beachfront of Nice, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://youtu.be/ej9zGQbo67w

Check out this video on the world’s most expensive home which is located in Nice, France.

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Daylight Savings Time Reminder

November 2, 2012

Just a friendly reminder to change your clocks at 2:00 AM on November 4th, Sunday. Set BACK one hour. You don’t want to miss that extra hour of sleep in the morning. Cheers!

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Tax Advantage of the Mortgage Debt Relief Forgiveness Act Benefits….

October 22, 2012

For the year end of 2012, the most important tax mortgage debt relief forgiveness act.

This law exempts current homeowners from the hidden, serious income taxes that are normally incurred when mortgage debt is forgiven – including in cases where an underwater home is sold short. See, a mortgage lender extends cash to a borrower when they make a mortgage on a home. If that debt is wiped out without actually being paid back, then the cash that was extended to that borrower is normally considered income by the IRS, and is taxed as such.

4th of July San Mateo County

June 29, 2012

Looking for a place to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July in San Mateo County? Check out:

Foster City Fourth of July Celebration. Music, food and beverages, a parade, dog show, pancake breakfast and arts and crafts. 8 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Leo J. Ryan Park, Shell Boulevard and East Hillsdale Boulevard. www.fostercity.org.

Redwood City Independence Day Festival and Fireworks. Arts and crafts, food and beverages, kids’ activities, carnival, 9 a.m., Broadway and Hamilton streets. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Marshall and Winslow streets. Fireworks will begin about 9:15 p.m. www.parade.org.

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Mortys Steakhouse in San Carlos

June 29, 2012

If your looking for a great place to have lunch, dinner or happy hour consider going to Mortys.

I have been there a few times now and have had excellent service from Roberto. He was very attentive to the guests at the restaurant.

The food of course, is great. They have this dipping bread that is to die for.

Indoor or outdoor dining as well as sitting in an outdoor patio area in the back.

Full bar.

 

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14 Farmer’s Markets in Santa Clara County

May 25, 2012

Alum Rock Village Farmers’ Market

Berryessa Farmers’ Market

Evergreen Farmers’ Market

Hanchett Avenue Farmers’ Market

Julian St. James Farmers’ Market

Kaiser Permanente San Jose Farmers’ Market

Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Farmers’ Market

Mayfair Farmers’ Market

Milpitas Farmers’ Market at ICC

San Jose Downtown Farmers’ Market

Santa Teresa Farmers’ Market

VA Palo Alto Farmers’ Market

Vallco Farmers’ Market

Vietnam Town Farmers’ Market, San Jose

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