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 Roy Kelley
(Retired)
It was an evening for ‘comfort’ food and nothing screams comfort more than my MawMaw’s sauces! This one is packed with garlic parmesan flavor that compliments any pasta and/or protein.   MawMaw’s BEST Alfredo Sauce   This Alfredo Sauce is UBER rich & creamy, and not the recipe I typically prepare because of how very rich is it! It was an evening for ‘comfort’ food and nothing screams comfort more than my MawMaw’s sauces! This one is packed with garlic parmesan flavor that compliments any pasta and/or protein. Sometimes it’s best served with bacon bits over some penne pasta as a side. Other times, it’s the perfect sauce to compliment the protein for a main dish. Most often I serve it with a salad but, last night, I was craving broccolini after reading one of Endre Barath, Jr.'s recent di...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
  Shortly after departing the presidency in March 1797, George Washington set out on an entirely new endeavor. The founding father was encouraged by his farm manager James Anderson to use the vast expanse of the Washington family estate, Mount Vernon, to open a whiskey distillery. Anderson believed that the estate’s extant gristmill and plentiful water supply would make for a thriving operation. Sure enough, the prediction came true, and the distillery blossomed into a highly profitable business venture for Washington.   In October 1797, construction began on a stone house large enough to contain five whiskey stills, and 50 mash tubs were added over the next two years. By 1799, the distillery was producing nearly 11,000 gallons of alcohol annually, valued at $7,500 (roughly $185,000 to...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
February 19th Puzzle - National Chocolate Mint 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 Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
I grew up in Moorhead MN, sister City to Fargo ND. There was not a lot for a kid to do outdoors during a Fargo winter but I did enjoy sledding/tubing on Fargo's Dike West.The Fargo/Moorhead area is extremely flat so for lack of a hill the Fargo Park District makes tubing available on the Western dike of the Red River. It is a well run program with a large warming house and a near endless supply of tubes for kids of all sizes to use at no charge.I have spent hours on that hill and always had a blast. Surprisingly, to me, Minot ND with all it's hills has no such service to it's citizens. Maybe I will start spearheading a movement to get one. If we do I hope any nearby snowmen be nimble.
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Speechless Sunday: what did you have for dinner? We had swordfish with mashed potatoes and a vegetable mixture of Lacinato Kale, spinach and mushrooms.Easy to make, you bake the Swordfish with a little olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest. Oh, and do not forget a little garlic and some onions ( I love sweet onions)While you are baking the fish, the vegies are boiling in bone broth.Then the mashed potatoes were from flakes so easy to make:)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 the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the m...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!
(Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)
Speechless Sunday's Sunset - Simply SpectacularAs the sun made its majestic descent over Lake Wylie, it painted the horizon with a glorious palette of warm golds and cool blues. What a grand canvas the sky was this evening! I love the wisps of clouds that streaked the sky as they caught the last light’s reflection of day. The trees seemed to stand as silent silhouettes, framing Mother Nature’s art. I love a grand sunset - the world seems to pause and everything is aglow with the quiet fire of dusk - what an incredible show we witnessed! Happy Sunday, Y'all! © Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | Savvy + Company | SavvyBroker@me.com | Speechless Sunday's Sunset - Simply Spectacular
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Monday Motivational…Presidential Thoughts Today we celebrate our Presidents.  Our country has had 46 men who served as President of the United States. Quick…can you name all 46??? When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.Thomas JeffersonWe can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Ronald Reagan The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. Theodore RooseveltRather than go off on a tangent, I’d rather say that I was brought up to respect the office of the President of the United States.  I’ve had my favorites and met one prior to his becoming the 41st President. I included quotes from 3 of my favorite Presidents.  A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. Theodore RooseveltWe ...
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By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
I had some past clients who like to "test the waters" every so often as they are THINKING about moving.   BUT, only if they find the right house.  Luckily, I just love this family and have sold them many homes. Today they wanted to go to open houses, and they know, if any questions are asked, I will answer, as the listing agent or agent holding the open house doesn't need any of their personal information. So, at the very first home, the neighbors were there will the listing agent, and they started asking personal questions, so we promptly left.   After getting in the car, my clients were REALLY funny.   Their "back story" was they have 6 kids, 4 barking dogs and would need to find a place for the playset and trampoline in the backyard.   And, good thing the driveway was long, as they h...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!
(Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)
MawMaw’s BEST Alfredo Sauce This Alfredo Sauce is UBER rich & creamy, and not the recipe I typically prepare because of how very rich is it! It was an evening for ‘comfort’ food and nothing screams comfort more than my MawMaw’s sauces! This one is packed with garlic parmesan flavor that compliments any pasta and/or protein. Sometimes it’s best served with bacon bits over some penne pasta as a side. Other times, it’s the perfect sauce to compliment the protein for a main dish. Most often I serve it with a salad but, last night, I was craving broccolini after reading one of Endre Barath, Jr.'s recent dinner blogs!Without further ado, here’s the simple recipe…Makes 2 Cups Ingredients ½ C Butter 1 ½C Heavy Whipping Cream 2T Cream Cheese ½  tsp Italian Seasoning ½ tsp Salt Pinch of Nutmeg (s...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
.   We are heading over to one of our favorite Italian Ristorante , Rocco & Anna’s . It is located in Parkesburg in Chester County. Scrumptious Italian food with  Homemade noodles and desserts. Their weekend  Specials are incredible fresh cooked seafood over  Veal & Salmon . They cook Fine Italian Cuisine  Abruzzese at very fair prices. Being close to Kennett  Square they offer several options with Mushrooms. Their Appetizers always have something that’s  tempting and their salads are always fresh and a unique House Dressing. Wine is severed by the glass or Craft and the usually have a featured Bottle . Dessert is a dilemma because you will like more  than one choice ! All I can say is Buon Appetito !         Michael J. Perry KELLER WILLIAMS Elite www.lancaster4sale.com     1280 Plaza ...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
.   We are heading over to one of our favorite ItalianRistorante , Rocco & Anna’s . It is located in Parkesburg in Chester County. Scrumptious Italian food with Homemade noodles and desserts. Their weekend Specials are incredible fresh cooked seafood over Veal & Salmon . They cook Fine Italian Cuisine Abruzzese at very fair prices. Being close to Kennett Square they offer several options with Mushrooms.Their Appetizers always have something that’s tempting and their salads are always fresh and aunique House Dressing. Wine is served by the glassor Craft and they usually have a featured Bottle .Dessert is a dilemma because you will like more than one choice ! All I can say is Buon Appetito !   
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.Abraham LincolnIf we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.Ronald ReaganMy fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.John F. Kennedy The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.Thomas JeffersonAmerica was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.Harry S Truman 
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By Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
(Homesmart)
... Continued from Part 1 “Markus Ruhl requires thirty seven more seconds of charging,” the agent then stated. “Please, do not obstruct the ultraviolet radiation.”Dave stepped out of the way of the sun.“That thing in your head runs on solar?”“Affirmative,” Markus responded.Half a minute later, a faint series of beeps indicated charging was complete. The agent stood, as did the dog laying next to him.“He is very well behaved,” Becky noted, gesturing at the golden.Both the agent and the dog just stared off into the distance in response, the only sound coming from a nearby patron answering her phone.Was that smoke coming out of his ears?“Um, should we get going then,” she asked, disconcerted.Still there was no response.Finally, both the agent and the dog seemed to jolt awake and turn their...
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Hobbies and activities are not just optional extras in your life. They are essential components of your well-being, happiness, and fulfillment. They can enrich your life in many ways, by providing you with joy, creativity, learning, and challenge. They can also improve your physical, mental, and emotional health, by reducing stress, boosting your mood, enhancing your self-esteem, and increasing your productivity.   Do you ever feel bored, restless, or dissatisfied with your life? Do you wish you had more time and energy to pursue your passions and interests? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might benefit from finding some new hobbies and activities that will enrich your life and make you happier. Hobbies and activities are not just ways to pass the time or fill th...
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By Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
(Homesmart)
Dave and Becky scanned the busy, sun-drenched coffee shop patio. They had shared a laugh on the drive over about the fact that neither of them had any idea what the person they were meeting looked like. He had simply assured them that they would know him when they saw him. Searching the crowd for a single patron amongst the crowded tables, Becky tugged at Dave’s sleeve when she spotted a bald man in aviator sunglasses sitting bolt upright in a metal chair. He was sitting well away from the crowd, all alone but for the unleashed golden retriever laying next to his table. Both he and his dog were wearing silver jumpsuits with reflector strips all over them.It had to be him.The couple approached with polite smiles and outstretched hands.“You must be Markus,” Dave hazarded. “I’m Dave DeFons...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
A recipe from the kitchen of Will Hamm.    INGREDIENTS: 1 lb lean ground beef (0.45 kg)1 tsp salt (5 mL)1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)6 oz cream cheese (180 g)3 eggs1 lb mushrooms (0.45 kg)2 tbsp butter (30 mL)1 tsp seasoning salt (5 mL)1 tsp dried parsley (5 mL)1/4 tsp black pepper (1 mL)Grated cheese (optional)How to make it:   Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).In large frying pan, over medium heat, brown ground beef and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. If your ground beef is too dry add some light-tasting olive oil or bacon fat. Set aside to cool.In food processor, process cream cheese and add eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Pour over ground beef and stir to combine. Pour into bottom of a small 4-cup (1 L) casserole dish. Press down.In frying pan in butter, over medium heat,...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
A recipe from the kitchen of Will Hamm.    Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins Total Time: 20 mins Servings: 2 Yield: 2 chicken breast halves Ingredients ½ teaspoon paprika   ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper   ¼ teaspoon ground cumin   ¼ teaspoon dried thyme   ⅛ teaspoon onion powder   ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper   ⅛ teaspoon salt   2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves       Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat until it is smoking hot, about 5 minutes. While the skillet is heating, mix together paprika, cayenne, cumin, thyme, onion powder, white pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Spray chicken breasts on both sides with cooking spray, then coat evenly with spice mixture. Place ch...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Embracing Self-Love: Celebrating Who You Are TodayLoving yourself for who you are today is not always easy, but it is a journey worth embarking on. It's about accepting your flaws, celebrating your strengths, and finding peace in the person you are right now.As the poet Rumi once said,"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."Too often, we fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others or holding ourselves to unrealistic standards. We focus on our perceived shortcomings and flaws, instead of recognizing the unique qualities that make us who we are. But true self-love begins with acceptance – accepting ourselves unconditionally, with all our imperfections and quirks.As the author Brené Brown wisely said,"Owning our story and ...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
February 18th - National Battery 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 Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
There is some evidence that drinking red wine may offer health benefits. If you are a nondrinker, health experts do not recommend that you start drinking alcohol. But if you enjoy alcohol in moderation, red wine is worth considering. Red wine may be healthier than white wine because of the different fermentation processes. Unlike red wine, most white wine is fermented after the grape skins are separated from the mashed fruit and juice.As many of the antioxidants in grapes are in the skin, red wine contains more antioxidants than white wine. Antioxidants are important for maintaining good health because they protect your cells from damage. The antioxidants found in wine are polyphenols, which are compounds found in plants. One polyphenol in red wine that is of interest to scientists is r...
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