Thanksgiving… A Little History.

A little Thanksgiving History.

Setting aside time to give thanks for one’s blessings, along with holding feasts to celebrate a harvest, are both practices that long predate the European settlement of North America. The first documented thanksgiving services in territory currently belonging to the United States were conducted by Spaniards and the French in the 16th century.

Thanksgiving is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is sometimes called American Thanksgiving (outside the United States) to distinguish it from the Canadian holiday of the same name and related celebrations in other regions. It originated as a harvest festival, and the centerpiece of Thanksgiving celebrations remains Thanksgiving dinner.

The dinner traditionally consists of foods and dishes indigenous to the Americas,namely turkeypotatoes (usually mashed), stuffingsquashcorn (maize), green beans,  cranberries  (typically in sauce form), and pumpkin pie. Other Thanksgiving customs include charitable organizations offering Thanksgiving dinner for the poor, attending religious services, watching parades, and viewing football games.

In American culture Thanksgiving is regarded as the beginning of the fall–winter holiday season, which includes Christmas and the New Year.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by President George Washington after a request by Congress. President Thomas Jefferson chose not to observe the holiday, and its celebration was intermittent until President Abraham Lincoln, in 1863, proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.

On June 28, 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law the Holidays Act that made Thanksgiving a yearly appointed federal holiday in Washington D.C. On January 6, 1885, an act by Congress made Thanksgiving, and other federal holidays, a paid holiday for all federal workers throughout the United States.

Thanksgiving, by an act of Congress, signed into law by FDR, received a permanent observation date, the fourth Thursday in November, no longer at the discretion of the President.

Turkey, usually roasted and stuffed (but sometimes deep-fried instead), is typically the featured item on most Thanksgiving feast tables. 40 million turkeys were consumed on Thanksgiving Day alone in 2019. SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

 With 85 percent of Americans partaking in the meal, an estimated 276 million Americans dine on the festive poultry, spending an expected $1.05 billion on turkeys for Thanksgiving in 2016. Mashed potatoes with gravystuffingsweet potatoescranberry saucesweet corn, various fall vegetables, squashBrussels sprouts and pumpkin pie are among the side dishes commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner.  Green bean casserole, invented by an employee of the Campbell Soup Company in 1955, is a “staple” of the dinner. All these are actually native to the Americas or were introduced as a new food source to the Europeans when they arrived.


As a result of the size of Thanksgiving dinner, Americans eat more food on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. Thanksgiving dinners tend to be shorter when the participants have political differences.

At home, it is a holiday tradition in many families to begin the Thanksgiving dinner by saying grace (a prayer before or after a meal). Before praying, it is a common practice at the dining table for “each person [to] tell one specific reason they’re thankful to God that year”. While grace is said, some families hold hands until the prayer concludes, often indicated with an “Amen“.

Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one live turkey and two dressed turkeys, in a ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey PresentationJohn F. Kennedy was the first president reported to spare the turkey given to him (he said he did not plan to eat the bird), and Ronald Reagan was the first to grant the turkey a presidential pardon, which he jokingly presented to his 1987 turkey. The turkey was then sent to a petting zoo.

Some legends date the origins of pardoning turkey to the Harry Truman administration or even to Abraham Lincoln pardoning his son’s Christmas turkey; both stories have been quoted in more recent presidential speeches, but neither has any evidence in the Presidential record. George H. W. Bush, who served as vice president under Reagan, made the turkey pardon a permanent annual tradition upon assuming the presidency in 1989, a tradition that has been carried on by every president each year since. SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

On Thanksgiving Day, families and friends usually gather for a large meal or dinner. Consequently, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Thanksgiving is a four-day or five-day weekend vacation for schools and colleges. Most business and government workers (78% as of 2007) are given Thanksgiving and the day after as paid holidays. Thanksgiving Eve, the night before Thanksgiving, is one of the busiest nights of the year for bars and clubs as many college students and others return to their hometowns to reunite with friends and family.

This Thanksgiving, we at Viamar Homes want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. May the abundance of appreciation fill your homes and hearts this holiday, cheers.

We are Thankful for being part of the Cape Coral & Lehigh acres community, Happy Holidays from our humble home to yours, Vianca and Martha Pino.

How to Keep Your Kitchen Cabinets Organized.

Keep your Kitchen Cabinets Organized

For most households in America, the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the entire house. With all of the traffic and multi-users, it can be a difficult space to keep organized. 

It’s time to stop procrastinating, be honest about what you really need, and reclaim the space you use to cook meals and enjoy time with family and friends. Here are our top kitchen organization tips to try today.

Before you put these organizing tips to work, take a look at your kitchen to see what you need help with most: your overflowing spice rackscluttered drawers and cabinetsmessy pantry, to name a few. It may be easiest to tackle one area at a time, starting with organizing everyday essentials (pots and pans, for example) before working your way to more tedious tasks, like decanting spices and baking supplies into matching glass containers. 

Now, let’s transform your kitchen.

1. REFLECT on how your family uses the kitchen.Write down the ways that you use the area to ensure that your kitchen organization accommodates the needs of your family.

2. Emphasize ease of use. Every kitchen has a few key items used to prepare and eat meals on a regular basis. Put the items you use most in easy-to-reach places to keep from tossing everything out of the way to get to that one bowl you need.

3. One of the key organizational issues in many kitchens is that where things live doesn’t always make much sense. Items like plates, mugs, glasses, and silverware should be in cabinets and drawers near the sink or dishwasher. This will make putting them away after washing significantly easier. Near the stove, keep your sheet pans, pots, and their lids tucked away in a nearby cabinet to create a cookware zone that makes sense, considering that’s where you’ll be using those pieces the most.

4. Remember that there are two characteristics to consider when deciding where your kitchen items will be stored—1.their size and 2.their proximity to the appliances they’ll be used with. After getting a better idea of where these areas are and what the problem spaces are in your kitchen, you can move on to the fun part.

5. Whether custom-built or sourced from a favorite home store, cabinets—both above and below the counter—bring a ton of style and personality to our kitchens while carrying the bulk of the load of our cookware. Cabinets are the ideal place for items like tableware, serve ware, or drink ware that are taller or pile up higher. Lower cabinets are the spot for heavier items like Dutch ovens and cast-iron grill pans. Organizing tools like metal racks that look like sideways filing cabinets are great here for baking sheets if you’re opposed to stacking them, and sliding metal shelves make grabbing stockpots so much easier.

After putting in the effort to organize your kitchen cabinets, you have to make sure everyone in your household keeps them organized. Ensure that everyone knows where the items should go. And consider labeling containers, storage bins, or even the cabinet doors themselves if it helps everyone to follow the system.

Also, try to keep everything neat when you put it away. For instance, turn food labels so they’re facing out. And stack dinnerware according to type and size. Doing so can encourage you and others to keep the cabinets looking tidy.

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Paint Color Trends by Sherwin-Williams.

Paint Colors by Collection

Celebrate your individuality with colors that have a personal meaning. Take a journey inward and embrace your passion for today’s colors.

Lifestyle Collection: Color Palettes

The Lifestyle Collection offers many unique color palettes from Blissful Retreat and Soft and Sheer to Kool Kids and Latin Zest, inspiration awaits.

Purely Refined:
elegant, tailored, understated

True luxury doesn’t shout its presence with glitz, glamour and bling. It whispers, revealing its pedigree through clean, classic lines, exquisite tailoring and handcrafted heirloom quality. Pared down is the new upscale, and its color palette demonstrates similar restraint, filled with understated neutrals, yet with nuances and undertones that interact in intriguing ways. Layering organic textures and subtle detailing add to the natural elegance of the timeless look.

The colors you choose should be inspiring and rejuvenating,” says interior designer Arianne Bellizaire. “Drab and dull colors can really wear you down emotionally, whereas bright and airy colors are much better for your psyche.”

These are the hues that will usher in a new beginning, provide healing and comfort, and instill confidence.

“I would encourage anyone to consider whether spaces are working optimally for you, especially after this challenging year,” says Woelfel. “Painting can be a low-cost, high-impact project that can improve more than the value of your home, and might be a much-needed refresh in 2021.” 

Warm neutrals will be used as “building blocks” between rooms to connect a palette, especially in gathering spaces, says Cesa from Farrow & Ball. “With a perfect balance between warm and cool”.

“The home is now the ultimate retreat from the world, and color is an easy and effective way to create a personal haven,” Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, said in a press release. “Urbane Bronze encourages you to create a sanctuary space for mindful reflection and renewal.”

Create a fresh, distinctive look by combining the 2021 Color of the Year with Sue Wadden’s top choices for complementary colors and materials.

As in nature, Urbane Bronze SW 7048 (245-C7) is at its best when balanced with its environs. “Layering texture and tone is key,” says Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing Sue Wadden. Here are her suggestions for ensuring Urbane Bronze beams.

“Urbane Bronze is a comforting color, drawing from nature for a feeling of relaxation and serenity,” explained Wadden. “There’s also reassurance in its sentimentality, with nostalgic ties to the design of the ’70s and ’90s, but with gray undertones that give it a distinctly modern twist.”

Walls painted Urbane Bronze and Modern Gray come together with pale wood floors to create a calm backdrop for a warm, minimalistic space

The word sanctuary likely resonates with many individuals nowadays, in light of the ongoing global pandemic. The hues included in this palette are inspired by nature and biophilia, as well as the concept of nesting and the paler tones that are often associated with Scandinavian design. For instance, the quietness of Pure White (SW 7005) is designed to encourage slowing down and taking respite, while Oakmoss (SW 6180) and Urbane Bronze (SW 7048) are warm and inviting. 

Photo: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams
Sanctuary includes some neutral paint color options like Pure White.

The Sanctuary palette is about being rooted in peace, so it’s the ideal palette to help create a safe haven at home,” Wadden notes. “During this unprecedented time, less is more. We’re experiencing a pause that’s called us to be mindful of how we’re living.”

Encounter is all about earth tones. Seen here is Reddened Earth.

While there isn’t one standout color, the earthy hues of Rosemary (SW 6187) and Reddened Earth (SW 6053) in the Encounter palette are more personal, in a nod to the potential for connection in one’s surroundings. Java (SW 6090), for instance, can bring to mind images of coffee (a necessity during the shutdown, with cold brews and whipped coffee seemingly in the news more than ever). The color is also a much richer shade of brown than Sandbank (SW 6052) and Canyon Clay (SW 6054), two paints from the Sherwin-Williams 2020 Colormix.

As Wadden explains, last year’s selections were “inspired by the concept of wellness, while opening the door for color exploration.” In a way, they helped people feel grounded as they headed into a new decade. 2021 is about finding peace and slowing down.

Source Architectural Digest. Source Sherwin-Williams.

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Easy Ways to Maintain Your Lawn.

As you well know, hot, dry days are just an inescapable part of summer. Many lawns seem to bake in the heat.

But, look around and you’ll see one or two in the neighborhood that look as green as can be. You can help your lawn look just as great in the heat if you do 4 things:

1. Feed Regularly

Within 6-8 weeks of feeding, microbes in the soil have processed most of the nutrients for your lawn to absorb. You need to replenish these nutrients with another feeding. A well-fed lawn grows in thick, crowding out weeds and cooling the soil, which helps it handle the heat.

2. Mow High

If you cut your grass short, you’re short-changing your lawn. Longer grass allows the growth of longer roots, which can reach down for moisture even on hot, dry days. Just set your mower on one of the highest settings. You’ll be surprised what a difference this simple step can make

3. Watering

If your grass has been cut short all season, you’re going to have to water more frequently. But even longer grass needs moisture. So if you choose to water during a dry spell, be sure to water deeply and infrequently. Frequent, shallow watering encourages grass to grow short roots, causing the grass to stress out during droughts. An inch of water a week serves as a good rule of thumb for keeping your lawn green during the hot summer.

Just be sure to water as early as possible in the morning, between 6AM and 10AM, to help reduce wasteful evaporation

4. Reseeding and Renovation

The best time to reseed lawns are in the fall or early spring when conditions are optimal for grass growth. Adding clover to your existing lawn is a great way to create a green, low maintenance lawn that doesn’t need a lot of water. It’s deep roots help your lawn stay greener, longer during short-term drought, and when you return the clover clippings to the lawn after mowing, it self-fertilizes – meaning less work for you! 

Today’s Lawn Foods Are Different

Scotts® granular Lawn Foods are slow-release products, meaning the nutrients are released slowly to the lawn. Microbes in the soil are able to break down the nitrogen in the particles over time, thereby releasing nutrients slowly and steadily over a6-8 week period, which means no lawn burn.

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How to Keep Your Home’s Plumbing Working in Good Condition.

Care for your pipes so they’ll last longer — and prevent a costly plumbing disaster later.

You probably don’t think much about the network of water and sewer pipes inside your walls that deliver your hot and cold water — and eliminate your waste — on demand.

But giving your plumbing a little regular attention can prolong its life, prevent leaks, and avoid costly repairs. Here’s how to care for the pipes in your house.

Do not flush that!

The only thing you should flush down a toilet is your own waste and toilet paper. A toilet bowl is not a trash can, so things like sanitary products, cotton swabs, plastic, hair and cardboard can build up in the line and cause a nasty clog.

Unless you want to pay a plumber a lot of money to pull a very nasty surprise out of your sewer line, put a wastebasket in the bathroom and use it.

Is your toilet tank leaking into the bowl?

Test it by putting some red food coloring in the tank and waiting an hour or so. If it’s leaked into the bowl by that time, you need to replace the tank ball to keep water from seeping out and lower your water bill. 

Stop an Overflowing Toilet in Its Tracks

Is there anything more hair-raising than watching the water level slowly rise in the toilet bowl? If you think it might overflow, open the tank and push the flush valve down. This will stop the water and buy you time to address the issue. 

Don’t have a plunger? You don’t need one to clear a blocked toilet. You can often clear the blockage by adding hot water and soap to the bowl. Get the water as hot as you can out of the tap, and add as much as you can to the bowl until it’s full. Add liquid soap, and don’t be shy — you can’t add too much. The hot water will help break down the clog and the soap will help it get moving again.

Clean Showerheads with Vinegar.

Over time, shower heads get clogged with mineral deposits. This can make them less effective or even completely block them up. To clear the mineral deposits, unscrew the showerheads and soak them in vinegar for 24 hours. If that doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to replace the showerhead.

Flush Your Water Heater

Mineral sediments can accumulate in the bottom of your water heater, so you need to flush it once a year or so. Doing so will help it last a lot longer. If it needs to be flushed badly, it’ll start to make banging sounds. That’s the water bubbling up through a thick layer of sediment on the bottom of the tank. If not flushed regularly, sediment build-up can cause the tank to rust out.

In addition to flushing your water heater yearly, you should also change the anode rod every five years. A water heater can last a long time if you take good care of it.

Install Mesh Drain Covers

Hair, chips of soap and other debris cause clogs when they fall into your drains. Mesh drain covers in your sinks, shower and bath can save you the trouble of having to snake your drains regularly.

Inspect for Leaks Regularly

Leaky faucets and running toilets can cost you hundreds in water bills. Fixing them is usually easy and can save you a lot of money. Stay diligent about repairing them. 

Many causes of plumbing leaks, like corroded and rusted-out pipes, don’t happen all at once. Regularly inspect any exposed pipes in your home for signs of damage or decay. Rust, warping and drops of water on the outside of the pipes all indicate a problem that a qualified plumber should address.

You rely on your home’s plumbing every day, so take the time for plumbing maintenance. A little basic care can go a long way towards protecting your plumbing from clogs and preventing leaks and water damage.

Source Home Matters