Friday Foto ~ ‘Tis The Pumpkin Season


My daughter’s pumpkin on her Denver balcony, looks a little cold….

 pumpkin season

Happy October!

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Keep Flies Away With One Simple Trick…It Really Works!


Keep flies away the natural way…

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I recently saw a post on facebook about this trick…and I never thought about blogging about it until now, since so many people had never heard of this, I thought it would be worth sharing.

My wife’s family has been doing this for many years to control flies the natural way. I was skeptical until we tried it ourselves. It really does work. We would just put in 1 penny and sometimes a crumbled up piece of aluminum foil in a bag, filled it with water and then hung it by a tree, under a patio umbrella or wherever pesky flies would be. It definitely works!

Below are comments on this fly control idea.

Zip-lock water bags: #1 Says: I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggies with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer.The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!

#2 Says:Fill a zip lock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

#3 Says:I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store& have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection& won’t come around.

#4 Says:Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it’s like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won’t take the risk of being around that much perceived action. We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn’t hang around long.

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Surterre Properties

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Caruso’s Friday Funny & Quote


Ho! Ho! Ho!  Even Santa played…

 

The only real mistake is the one from which…we learn nothing. ~ John Powell

 So… this year,  I’ll try to do my Christmas shopping early instead of waiting till last minute!

 

Happy Friday, Everyone!

 

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Spooky and creepy Halloween decorations don’t help to sell homes…


Not everyone coming to your home is a trick or treater…some may be Potential Buyers!

With Halloween less than 30 days a way it seems that many homes are getting decorated for the holiday.  However, if your home is on the market, the less you decorate the better. Less is more.

Follow these simple rules for decorating and you can still have a Happy Halloween and get your home Sold!

  • Do not decorate the exterior of your home with spider webs strung from tree to tree or draped over shrubs.  No scary witches, ghouls or bats hanging from the front porch. No signs pointing to the haunted house or dungeon.  Most importantly, do not build a cemetery in your front yard! No tombstones, crypts or skeletons should cover any part of your yard.  Keep it happy not creepy.  Many buyers can’t seem to look past the decorations, and if the decorations make their kids cry, they won’t stay long enough to see the home.

 

  • Less is more.  Limit yourself to just one room if you must decorate and keep it simple and happy.

 

  • If you have an annual haunted house or birthday party planned, perhaps you should decorate a few days before and Hold all showings until after Halloween. Lastly, makes sure you put all decorations away and clean up the yard the following day.  Your home should be timeless and have wonderful curb appeal.

 

Make the home look happy and inviting and it just may sell on, October 31st!   

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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Day of the Dead ~ Dia de los Muertos


 

 

El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. This is a joyous occasion when the memory of deceased ancestors and the after life is celebrated. It is believed that at this time the souls of the departed return to visit the living, as well as bring good luck to their families. It is a time to remember family and friends who have died. It is a very colorful and joyful occasion.

Traditions are celebrated by the families visiting gravesites, where they clean and decorate the graves with flowers, food, candles, colorful skulls and toys.

Families will often bring a picnic to eat at the gravesite and bring the favorite foods and drinks of the deceased, as offerings. They build private altars adorned with flowers and photos to honor the deceased. The skeleton represents the spirit that still lives on.   The families decorate or bring sugar cubes decorated to look likesmall sugar skulls. They share memorable stories of the departed. 

In many large cities they often have parades with horses, dancers and musicians. Latino artists from all over the country come to exhibit and sell their art pieces. This community event has grown into a yearly cross-cultural event and is observed in Mexico, United States and Canada. The vendors sell sugar skulls, candy coffins, paintings, crafts, and other “Day of the Dead” treats.  It is not a morbid occasion, but rather a festive time.

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Caruso’s *HALLOWEEN* OC Happenings ~ North County


 

 

NORTH COUNTY

 

 

ANAHEIM

TOMORROW Saturday, October 29, 2011 starting at 11am is the annual Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade. The Halloween Parade has been an Anaheim tradition since 1924, when baseball legend Babe Ruth was honored as the Grand Marshal of the celebration. The Fall Festival features game and food booths, live entertainment, craft fair, a children’s costume contest and trick-or-treating. Food and craft booths are available for a nominal fee. Most events are held in Downtown Anaheim, at the Center Street Promenade. For more information you can call (714) 999-3456. Also this Halloween weekend from 7pm until closing come and experience The Empty Grave. This Haunted Attraction located a few block from Disneyland with 50,000 square feet of terror! This event features state of the art special effects, live actors and animatronics. Online tickets are available.

BREA

Nothing to report

 

BUENA PARK

Everyweek NOW through October 30th, 2011 is the Knotts Berry Farm ‘Snoopy’s Costume Party’! Pirate, witch, cowboy, angel? It’s that time of year to decide who you want to be. Knott’s invites you to dress to the nines in your Halloween finery and come to “Snoopy’s Costume Party” in Camp Spooky. This daytime, non-scare celebration, of cheer rather than fear, is the social event of the season with shows, activities and of course, trick-or-treating all geared for kids ages 3-11. Snoopy’s Costume Party runs weekends October 1-30 and is included with regular park admission. Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park operating hours are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. And for the older crowd come and experience Knotts Scary Farm Halloween Haunt all Halloween weekend!!! Knott’s professional “scare-masters” transform the old Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm for another year of the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event! Every year all 160-acres of Knott’s Berry Farm are transformed into your worst nightmare with 13 themed mazes, 7 live shows, and 4 scare zones featuring hundreds of free-roaming monsters. This year there will be new mazes such as ‘Invasion Beneath’ in the Calico Mine Ride and old favorites will be returning.

CYPRESS

HALLOWEEN, October 31st is the annual City of Cypress Halloween Carnival from 6-9pm! This event includes Food, Game Booths, Prizes, Entertainment, Costume Contests and Spook Alley. Admission- $3, children under 1 year old are free. Professional pictures will be available for $10 (cash only). For more information you can call 714-229-6780.

FULLERTON

October 28 and 29, 2011 beginning at 6:30pm is the annual Haunted Garden at the Arboretum. Every year the Fullerton Arboretum transforms their garden into a haven for all that goes bump in the night. But don’t worry, their guides will take you safely through the treacherous paths that wind through the dark forest the evil spirits call home. Tours through the garden begin at 6:30 pm both nights and run until the last tour leaves at 8:30. The end of the tour features a Haunter’s Ball, where there are games and activities for those lucky enough to make it through the garden. For the younger Halloween lovers, there is a special kids party on Saturday, October 29th. With friendlier ‘monsters’, the afternoon features a costume parade, pumpkin patch tours, crafts, games and a few surprises. This is suitable for children age 3-5. Cost is $6 per child and must be accompanied by an adult. For RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION you can call 657.278.4002. Also there is a special Halloween tour planned on the 31st at 6pm. Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, enjoy some of Fullerton’s history, and where the spirits like to have a beer or two. Don’t miss out on a hauntingly good time! “Ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles (lasting about 2 ½ hours), and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13.Meet at Fullerton Museum. RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION you can call (714) 738-6545. It’s strongly advised to get your registrations in early.

GARDEN GROVE

Nothing to report.

LA HABRA

TODAY calling all little monsters for a Halloween bash featuring crafts, games, a costume parade, and a dance party! Little ones dressed in costume will receive 50% off Museum admission. Free to CMLH members.

LA PALMA

HALLOWEEN October 31, 2011 from 6 – 8:30pm is the annual Halloween Carnival! This safe, family-oriented alternative to the traditional trick-or-treat features a fabulous COSTUME CONTEST for ghouls and boys with special prizes in each age division! This year’s Halloween spookfest will feature CARNIVAL GAMES, a “GOBLIN GULCH” for children under the age of 5, and a haunted area. This is a free event and will be cancelled if it rains. For more information, please call the La Palma Recreation and Community Services Department at (714) 690-3350.

PLACENTIA

Nothing to report

STANTON

Nothing to report

WESTMINSTER

Coming up soon is the annual Simon Kidgits Club Spooktacular Halloween! The Simon Kidgits Club invites all of you little ghouls and goblins to come have a spooktacular good time and enjoy loads of frightfully fun Halloween themed activities and treats! Wear your cool costume and enjoy a safe place to haunt this Halloween. The event is located at the Westminster Mall. For more information you can call 714-898-2558.

YORBA LINDA

TOMORROW October 29, 2011 at 7:00 is the Versai, The Wine Bar Halloween Party!  Join our first Halloween party, Saturday October 29th at 7PM to close. Enjoy live entertainment and free food. 1st and 2nd place prizes for best costume. The first 20 guests to arrive in costume will receive a free entrée from our Halloween menu. Must be in full costume, mask alone will not qualify. To qualify you must be 21 and you must purchase one glass of beer or wine. For INFORMATION/RESERVATIONS you can call 714-993-3676 & reservations are recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*As seen in orangecountyregister.com & orangecounty.net

 

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900