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Happy Halloween

10/30/2013
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To get you ready for Halloween, we wanted to share some of our favorite holiday links with you:

 

recipes using halloween leftover candy

 

12 Pun-derful Costume Ideas

 

halloween crafts

 

pumpkin carving tips & designs

   

Wishing you a safe and fun Halloween!!!

– Debby

www.debbybraun.com

Phone: 404-372-9556

Email:dbraun@kw.com

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Fun Facts About Columbus Day:

10/13/2013
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  • Columbus landed in the Bahamas for the first time on Oct. 12. The holiday, however, is always celebrated on the second Monday in October, even if that day is not the 12th.
  • Cowboys might do well to call Columbus their patron saint. After all, it was Columbus who introduced horses to the Americas. Technically, a breed of horses existed in the Americas beforehand but migrated away to other parts of the world. Until Columbus, Native Americans had not seen horses in thousands of years.
  • Called Columbus Day in the U.S., the holiday has several other names: “Discovery Day” in the Bahamas, “Día de las Americas” in Uruguay, “Día de la Hispanidad” in Europe, and “Día de la Raza” in Latin American countries.
  • Many think of Columbus’ fleet as including three ships – the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. But, in truth, only two ships managed to make the full round trip. The Santa Maria was wrecked on Christmas Day in 1492.
  • Columbus Day first became a state holiday in 1906 in Colorado, and first became a federal holiday in 1937. However, three states (Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota) do not recognize it at all.
  • Columbus’ final resting place is unknown. He was buried and re-buried several times around the world, including in Spain and modern-day Haiti.

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Best Wishes,

Debby


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Are Your Fireplace and Chimney Ready?

10/01/2013
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One of the many I things I love about my job is it ALWAYS provides an opportunity to learn. Last week I had the chance to learn a ton of new tidbits about chimneys & fireplaces. If the Farmer’s Almanac is correct, we are in for a cold winter and wanted to share these pearls of wisdom to keep you safe during fire burning season.

·         Ceramic Logs – Did you know that burning ANYTHING on top of ceramic fireplace logs emits carbon monoxide? Please resist the urge to have “pretty flames” or a “real” fire by throwing a Duraflame or wood log on top of the gas logs.

·         Chimney Chase- This is the main part of the chimney; most are built with 12”+ masonry flue tiles stacked on top of each other. It is crucial the flue tiles be properly sealed with mortar. Last week I learned that many builders fail to place ample mortar between the tiles and even if they did, the mortar breaks down over the years. This is a HUGE fire hazard because it enables heat & flames to escape through the cracks and reach combustible materials (framing, siding, trim). BTW, it’s always a good idea to have your chimney inspected and cleaned periodically. Especially if you frequently enjoy a nice cozy fire during the cold, winter months. Creosote buildup is often the culprit for many house fires.

·         Smoke Chambers-In case you’re wondering what that is, it’s the part that narrows between the fireplace and chimney chase where the damper is located. The interesting lesson here is this area MUST BE SMOOTH to facilitate proper heat & air flow. Apparently many smoke chambers were built in a stepped brick fashion which leads to creosote buildup & can hold too much heat in the chamber. Too much heat in the chamber is another fire hazard. It’s also not a good thing for those flat screens over the fireplace.

Highly recommend insuring your chimney & fireplace are in winter ready condition by scheduling a safety check up a professional Chimney Service before it gets cold! If you don’t know who to call for your chimney or other household projects/repairs, ask me. I’ll gladly connect you with the right person for the job!

Want to find your dream home with a cozy fireplace? Just follow this link:

http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

Best Wishes,

Debby


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