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A Dream Come True…

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“…and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

Help Wanted

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Coldwell Banker agent Dian Hymer needs some help. She is suffering from cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant. According to InMan, an initial run of the National Marrow Donor Program registry showed no matches.

I don’t know Dian, but I do know that somewhere out there is someone who can help.

You may be a match. Registering for the program is simple- register now.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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‘Now, I’ll tell you what, my friend,’ said Scrooge, ‘I am not going to stand this sort of thing any longer. And therefore,’ he continued, leaping from his stool, and giving Bob such a dig in the waistcoat that he staggered back into the Tank again; ‘and therefore I am about to raise your salary!’

-A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

My Thanksgiving Feast

          

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(originally posted Nov.22, 2006) 

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s all about family and friends and just being thankful for everything that we have. I don’t really care about the pilgrims and indians or any of that- for me it’s simply a time to take pause and remember our blessings.

Most holidays have become so commercialized they’ve taken on new meanings for people. I like all of the holidays, but Thanksgiving is just special.

Christmas becomes about the gifts and the tree, Easter is about the hunt or the dress or the basket of goodies, Halloween is about the costumes and decorations, New Year’s about the party, St Patrick’s about the bar, Valentines about the gift, The Fourth of July is about the fireworks, but Thanksgiving… it’s about the feast. The gathering of family and friends. Where we sit down together, watch a football game or play family games and experience life together, even if for only a little while.

I am thankful- This year more than ever. Here are a few things I am thankful for…

My huge family of beautiful, healthy children and the most wonderful wife imaginable. At the end of the day I get to come home to a full house and hear laughter, love and a lot of very annoying noises.

The rest of my family. Most people have fun stories about how disfunctional their families are, but I don’t have any drunk uncles, one-legged cats or abusive parents. My family is boringly perfect. I’m amazed and overwhelmed by the abundance I have been surrounded with my whole life.

Great friends. One of my greatest fortunes has been my ability to hang around the right people. Some of my closest friends have been in my life since we were kids. Some came into my life later, but I feel like I’ve known them forever- and their friendsip and loyalty is amazing.

            

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I’m thankful to have my company. A company is all about people, and this one has good people doing good things. I’m excited for our future together. The experience of starting my own company. Having success, failure, pressure, excitement, anxiety, experience, passion, drive, vulnerability, and the craziness that comes along with a start-up is trying but worth it.

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My teams- The Colts, the Utes and the Jazz. Sports give me a break from life and it’s always fun to cheer on your team as they’re kicking some butt.

     

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Living in Utah, and the west, where there’s room to stretch your legs a bit and take road trips without traffic. I’m thankful for America and the freedom I enjoy. Being able to voice frustration about, and make fun of, our politicians and leaders- that alone makes this country pretty great.

I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual and I’m thankful for God and my life and the the air in my lungs. I’m thankful for this world and even though it’s getting smaller it’s still pretty darn big to me- I have a lot to see.

Some things off the top of my head that I am thankful for;

My home, Sundays, the rain, a good cup of coffee, karma, a margarita with nachos, Hana, Orion, comedies, the smell of fresh-baked bread, one-on-one conversations, hotel bars, enthusiasm, and those people who have helped me when I needed it most in my life- Ed, Dougan, Debbie- Thank you.

I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday with those you love. Cheers!

Lynn Richards

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In memory…

Crime Rates Per State

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Looking at the crime rates in different states, Utah looks like a pretty safe place to live.

How safe is your state?

Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Ahh, the air is crisp and the birds are singing outside. The sunlight is getting warmer, clothing is getting lighter, and nature comes out of it’s hibernation. What a great time of year…

 If you’re planning on doing a good deep-clean on your home, here is a checklist and reminder list for you.

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Kitchen

-Refrigerator, throw away outdated food, clean shelves and drawers, pull it out and get behind it, vacuum grill and coil

-Cabinets- take dishes and pans out, clean shelves and doors, reorganize to make best use of space

-Run the dishwasher empty, with vinegar or baking soda

-Deep-clean ovens and microwave

-Dust off pictures, paintings, shelving, decorations, ceiling fans

-Scrub and polish floors

-Wipe down walls with warm water

-Clean windows

-Clean out hood vent, wash filter

-Clean out freezer, discard unwanted items

Tip- Use newspaper instead of paper towels to wash windows- it reuses the newspaper and scrubs the windows more effectively

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Laundry

-Clean behind washer and dryer

-Unattach dryer hose and clean lint from inside and around

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Bathrooms

-Deep-scrub tubs and sinks

-Clean out drawers, re-organize

-Discard unused cosmetics and medications

-Clean around toilets

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Throughout House

-Move furniture to clean behind and underneath, vacuum cushions

-Take rugs outside and beat dust out of them, then vacuum

-Take down paintings and pictures, clean them and behind them

-Wipe down walls with warm water

-Take down light fixtures and clean them

-Shake rugs

-Wash trash cans

-Clean behind and dust off electronic devices

-Check and replace light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs

-Wipe down plants with damp cloth

-Change batteries in smoke detectors

-Shampoo carpets and rugs/ polish hardwood

-Steam-clean upholstery

-Reseal grout

-Vacuum out vents

-Take books off shelves, clean shelves, wipe down books

-Polish wood furniture and banisters

-Strip and re-wax vinyl or linoleum floors

-Wash windows and screens

-Replace cold weather bedding, (wash and put away) for warm weather bedding

-Organize and clean out closets

-Take out warm-weather clothing, clean and store away

-Gather unwanted/unused toys and items to give to charity

-Clean and organize storage areas and attic

-Use WD-40 to lubricate door and window hinges

-Polish hardware on doors, windows and drawers

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Outside

-Clean out gutters and window wells

-Aerate and fertilize lawns

-Turn soil in gardens

-Clean outdoor furniture

-Wash lighting fixtures

-Spray down outside of house and wash dirty areas with soapy water

-Scrub cement areas with thick outdoor broom and soapy water

-Wash patio and porch walls and ceilings

-Re-paint or stain wood decks and fences

-Check and replace hot tub and swimming pool filters