Greetings from Jennifer
Ross - Realtor
thrilled to be spending the holidays on a cruise to the Mexican
Riviera! No cooking, cleaning, wrapping...just fun and
relaxing! My daughter Alexandra says the only thing getting her
through Syracuse finals and the New York freeze is the thought of basking
in the sun and eating all the meat, fruit and vegetables she desires
(currently on a Top Ramen diet at school)! My son Eliot will be
spending the holidays in Maui.
The Holiday Toy Winners Are...
year I wanted to thank you all by giving away some of the most
popular toys of the holiday season.
VanDoren won FyrFlys and Ickee Stickeez.
Dahlia Hunt won the Monster High Dead
Tired Draculaura Doll.
Mullen won the Redakai Starter Pack.
Tami and Gene
Ratliffe won the Nerf Vortex Proton.
Kerger won Fashion Headbands.
Keep the season
merry with this list of safety tips.
Safer Trees and Decorations
- When purchasing an artificial tree, look
for the label "Fire Resistant." Although this label
does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the
tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
- When purchasing a live tree, check for
freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from
branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not
break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and
when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many
- When setting up a tree at home, place it
away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms dry
live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with
water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block
- Cut a few inches off the trunk of your
tree to expose the fresh wood. This allows for better water
absorption and will help to keep your tree from drying out and
becoming a fire hazard.
- Use only noncombustible or flame-resistant
materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of
plastic or nonleaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous if
ingested by children.
- Never use lighted candles on a tree or
near other evergreens. Always use nonflammable holders and place
candles out of children's reach.
- Take special care to avoid decorations
that are sharp or breakable, keep trimmings with small removable
parts out of the reach of children to avoid the child swallowing
or inhaling small pieces, and avoid trimmings that resemble
candy or food, which may tempt a child to eat them.
Ideas for Lights
- Indoors or outside, always use lights that
have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory
that indicates conformance with safety standards.
- Check each set of lights, new or old, for
broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose
connections, and throw out damaged sets.
- Use no more than three standard-size sets
of lights per single extension cord.
- Never use electric lights on a metallic
tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty
lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
- Before using lights outdoors, check labels
to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.
- Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees,
house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from
wind damage. Use insulated staples to hold strings in place, not
nails or tacks. Or run strings of lights through hooks
(available at hardware stores).
- Plug all outdoor electric decorations into
circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid
- Turn off all lights when you go to bed or
leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
- Use care with "fire salts,"
which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They
contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal
irritation and vomiting if eaten. Keep them away from children.
- Do not burn wrapping papers in the
fireplace. A flash fire may result, as wrappings ignite suddenly
and burn intensely.
- Before lighting any fire, remove all
greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace
area. Check to see that the flue is open.
- Bacteria are often present in raw foods.
Fully cook meats and poultry, and thoroughly wash raw vegetables
- Be sure to keep hot liquids and foods away
from the edges of counters and tables, where they can be easily
knocked over by a young child's exploring hands.
- Wash your hands frequently, and make sure
your children do the same.
- Never put a spoon used to taste food back
into food without washing it.
- Always keep raw foods and cooked foods
separate, and use separate utensils when preparing them.
- Always thaw meat in the refrigerator,
never on the countertop.
- Foods that require refrigeration should
never be left at room temperature for more than two hours.
of the Week
Animals of YouTube sing
group of animals sing to us in this cute and popular video - enjoy!
Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip.
I once bought my kids a set of batteries for
Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.
Anyone who believes that men are the equal of
women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.
Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy,
forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a
customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
As always, feel free to give me a
call 800-913-7677 with your real estate needs. I appreciate
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