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THE HAPPY HOMEOWNER A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER & GUIDE FOR YOUR HOME PHONE: 479.464.7336 www.BuildWithGBGroup.com
JULY - AUGUST 2013
Time Just Passes By I’m in a nostalgic mood this month because our daughter turns five next week and I’m reminded of just how fast our lives really pass. “Growing up right before my very eyes” sounds quite appropriate. I was remembering back to the time that Joely, at eighteen months, disappeared on us, later to be found down at the neighborhood pond with a flock of geese, but not before the Springdale Police drove to our house at 100 miles per hour. (True story.) I remember how Joely cut her own hair a few years ago, very stylishly, I might add, and very short. Some of you might remember that. She’s also had her fair share of tumbles down the stairs, skinned knees, and even a bloody nose or two. She comes home from school with sand, rocks, and twigs in her pockets and dirt under her nails, and yet still enjoys dressing up in tutus and playing house. Just recently, we’ve pulled off her training wheels. Sigh. Joely asks “How long will you keep calling me your little baby?” to which we always reply “Forever! You will be my little baby forever!” But, amidst all the memories, one of the things I’m most grateful for is Joely’s relationship with her daddy. Let me illustrate via story. Joely came to our bathroom one night while I was brushing my teeth. She was supposed to be in bed, but instead had been writing special messages to her father on post-it notes. He was appropriately sticking them on the wall above our bed. “I love you dad.” “#1 Dad” and other affectionate scribbles were being hung. Joely had brought me a post-it note, too. Much to my surprise, it read “I love you #2 mom.” “Joely,” I said, “I’m just wondering why can’t I be your #1 mom? I am, after all, your only mother…” “But you can’t be number one because Dad is number one.” As competitive as we are in our house, I couldn’t help but be okay with coming in second on this one. What more could a mom want than for her daughter to have an amazing relationship with her father? Joely looks to Jacob daily for validation, and is learning how she should be treated based off her dad’s love and respect. Their relationship is so special. It’s fantastic. If you have a good relationship with your father, call him today and thank him. If you don’t, make the call today, and make amends. If you’re a father, do the same for your kids. Those are the types of actions that are the life-changers. But, I digress. So… Happy Birthday, Joely! Keep growing big and strong, learning lots, and discovering new things! We ALL love you so much! By Heidi Tankersley
IN THIS ISSUE: Page 1 + Feature Story: Time Just Passes By
Page 2 + Comic + Word Search + Community Happenings + Recipe of the Month + Riddle #1
Page 3 + Out and About + Joely’s Birthday Note + Useless Trivial Tidbits
Page 4 + Custom Home Project Insights: Choosing The Perfect Spot to Build Your Home
Page 5 + Superstar Client of the Month + Quote of the Month + Book of the Month + Talk with Tank
Page 6 +Q&A + Vocabulary Word of the Month + Riddle #2 + Heidi’s Healthy Home Tip
Page 7 + Thank You for Your Referrals + Referral Contest Winner + Join our Referral Contest
Page 8 + Happy August!
Back to School
W O R D
N COMMUNITY W `` A HAPPENINGS
S E A R C H 1. 2. 3. 4.
STUDENTS SCHOOLS BOOKS COMPUTERS
5. 6. 7. 8.
LEARNING NEWSPAPERS BUS TEACHERS
AUG 08 - UARK Bowl Comedy Club Thursday Open Mic Night. UARK Bowl - Fayetteville. AUG 10 - Kids Days at the Farmers Market - Siloam Springs.
13. READING 14. WRITING 15. MATH 16. LIBRARY
The words can be forward, backward or diagonal.
AUG 03 - 2013 American Diabetes Association Diabetes Expo. NWA Convention Center - Springdale. AUG 06 - 10 - 115th Annual Tontitown Grape Festival. Hwy 412 West, Henri De Tonti Blvd - Tontitown.
9. GRADES 10. PRINCIPAL 11. EDUCATION 12. CLASSES
Avacado Honey-Lime Salad
Jacob’s mom made a delicious avocado honey-lime salad this summer in AZ, complete with cilantro, grilled corn, and plum tomatoes. I did a remake in my own kitchen when we got home, and it turned out great, too. Unfortunately, I don’t have exact ingredient measurements. So, just create to your own desire. Ballpark measurements are below. It’s so delicious. Don’t pass up this recipe.
INGREDIENTS: 3-5 Cobs of corn, grilled in husk, then cut from cob 3 Avocados 3/4 Pint of plum tomatoes, cut in thirds 1/2 Bunch of cilantro (I love cilantro, use more or less at your discretion) 1/2 Tbsp. honey 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil Juice from 1 ½ limes Salt and pepper to taste
AUG 14 - 109th Annual Benton County Fair. Regional Airport Blvd - Bentonville. AUG 21 - The Tomato Club Girls . Shiloh Museum of Ozark History - Springdale. AUG 23 - 24 - Frisco Festival. Downtown - Rogers. AUG 31 - Razorback Football: vs. UL-Lafayette. Reynolds Razorback Stadium - Fayetteville .
Combine the grilled corn, plum tomatoes, avocado, cilantro. In a separate bowl, mix lime juice,
honey, olive oil, and salt & pepper. Pour lime mixture over salad. Stir. Enjoy!
Monthly Riddle #1 We greatly apologize for our mistake in last month’s newsletter where we reprinted the same riddle as the month before! You’re in luck, though! This month’s newsletter has TWO riddles to challenge your brain! Answer either one, and you’re the winner of a $5 Starbucks Giftcard! (See page 6 for Riddle #2). Here’s this month’s Riddle #1 :
Two people stand on opposite corners of a handkerchief. They do not stretch or alter the handkerchief in any possible way. How can they both stand on the handkerchief simultaneously without having any possibility whatsoever of touching each other?
TO PLAY: Call or email now with the answer to the riddle. Whoever responds first with the correct answer, wins! Call 479.464.7336 or email contact@ BuildWithGBGroup.com (If calling after hours, leave a message. We will honor whoever contacts us first.) All ages can play!!!
Out and About We’ve called this our “Summer of Family Reunions” because every side of our family—Jacob’s mom’s side, Jacob’s dad’s side, Heidi’s mom’s side, and Heidi’s dad’s side—all had family reunions scheduled this summer. We’ve been to Bella Vista, IL, AZ, and just last weekend, to central Kansas for family reunions large and small. Here’s a few festive photos.
USELESS TRIVIAL TIDBITS 1. Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 2. Shaquille O’Neal missed a total of 5,317 free throws during his NBA career. 3. An elephant can be pregnant for two years. 4. In 75 percent of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.
Dear Everybody, Guess what? On August 5th, I am turning 5 years old! It’s my GOLDEN Birthday, because I’m five on the fifth. I’m really excited about my party and presents, but there is something else I’m really excited about, too. My Daddy told me that he would celebrate my birthday the whole month of August by giving YOU a gift! Can you believe that? My daddy is so great. Because it’s MY birthday, he’s giving presents to EVERYONE. Here’s what he told me he would do to celebrate my birthday ALL MONTH LONG: He’s already doing a referral program where you can win food at a restaurant, get movie tickets, and even win an APPLE IPAD. It’s really great. But because it’s my birthday, for the month of August, every referral you give, you get entered into the drawing TWICE instead of once. That’s twice for each and every referral you give! I know, it’s crazy, isn’t it? But my Daddy is great, and from August 1st-31st, each referral you give will mean TWO entries of your name into the game instead of one. Isn’t that awesome? So get referring your friends and family to my daddy’s construction company, GB Group Construction and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! (Don’t forget, my dad builds custom homes and does large home renovations. So start referring everyone you know!) Love, Skips, and Smiles, Joely
5. More than half of lottery jackpot winners go back to work after winning. 6. Only six percent of coupons printed are ever redeemed.
7. Antarctica has no native population.
8. A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a four foot tall child inside. 9. A mole can dig over 250 feet of tunnel in a single night.
CUSTOM HOME PROJECT INSIGHTS CHOOSING THE PERFECT SPOT TO BUILD YOUR HOME The custom homebuilding process is one filled with planning, especially when it comes to placing your home correctly on your lot or land. Obviously, if you’re in a subdivision on a flat lot smaller than ½ an acre, positioning your home is going to be relatively straight-forward. But perhaps you’ve done your research and found a piece of land in close proximity to your favored activities, perhaps within a school district you want. The perfect spot. You know it will suit you best and you’ve made the purchase, or are about to. Now what? Where to put your home on the land? We have several clients in the process of this very decision. If you’re using an architect, it’s good to get him or her on board at this point. At the very least, include your contractor so he can help assess your land from the perspective of constructing the home. He can offer insight as to what will be possible, what will cost the most, the least, where the home would be most efficiently placed, etc. To get you started, here is a list of questions and items to be looking for:
1) THE VIEW Obviously, view is important, especially if you have an available magnificent one. With the hills and terrain we have here in AR, good views are abundant. But, is there a view that you don’t want to have? Be aware of future developments and zoning to ensure you keep trees surrounding certain areas and so that you can position your home in the appropriate spot. In addition, if you want to build close to property boundaries, make sure you have a surveyor come out and ensure you are building on your land.
2) SLOPEs Take into consideration a few things that might be required when building on a hill, plateau, or other type of sloped land. How much additional reinforcement will be required to build? How long and/or steep will your access roads have to be? Soil tests need to be completed to test the stability of the soil at the building site. In subdivisions, these tests have typically already been done.
3) Water When choosing a building site, you must always be cognizant of where the water is flowing on your land when it rains. Where are flood planes? What landscape/hardscape will you need to move the water around the house if water typically flows through the area where you want to build?
6) LANDSCAPE How many floors can/will you have based off your home’s possible positions on your land? Is a basement feasible? What type of footprint will your home leave, and what does that require in terms of prep work? (clearing, excavation, lot prep, etc.)
What do you want surrounding your home? A pool? Pond? Flower beds? Gardens? Four-wheeler track? Basketball court? Sand volleyball? Horse trails? Brick walls surrounding your property? Where will all these be best positioned in conjunction with your home?
9) utilities What are your utility easements? Will you be on city water? If not, where will a well be located? Will you be on city sewer? If not, where will a septic tank be placed? Percolation tests will be required to discover this.
Which trees do you want to keep? Will you have to remove any? Which ones will be good for shade and energy efficiency? Which ones pose a threat to your future foundation or roof?
8) ROADS/PRIVATE DRIVES
7) OUTBUILDINGS 5) SIZE
Do you have plans for a guest house? Mother-in-law quarters? Barn? Metal building? Shop? Detached garage? Pool house? Garden shed? Other extra storage buildings? Consider these in relation to possible home locations. Also think of future home expansion. Do you intend to add-on eventually?
“Keep moving forward. With proper planning, you’re well on your way to finding the perfect spot to build your home.” Article written by Jacob Tankersley
Consider costs of clearing land and then creating your private drive, especially if you are on a large piece of property. How far back you set your home from the main access road will increase or decrease your cost.
10) SOLAR ORIENTATION A south-sloped roof allows you to mount solar panels. Is this possible on your land? You can get better energy efficiency with windows on the N and S here in AR. If possible, put your garage on the N, NW corner of your home to act as a wind barrier/ storm block. Trees can also do this for you.
Superstar Client of the Month
Positive Quote(s) of the Month
Congratulations to Ron and Vicki Metsers
We found some great quotes this month and couldn’t decide on one, so, here you go:
Congratulations to Ron & Vicki Metsers of Siloam Springs! They’ve earned Superstar Client Status this month because they’re building their custom home from afar—California to be exact— and have still created an environment where smooth communication is possible, even with the hundreds of miles between us. Thank you Ron and Vicki for being so absolutely easy to work with, and thank you for the privilege of building your home!
“Throughout the centuries, there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” -- Ayn Rand, Novelist
Here’s what the Metsers have to say about us: “Even though we haven’t seen our house yet, we are confident that we will love it! Jacob has done a great job of keeping us involved in the process with pictures and regular updates. Jacob has worked with us since the inception of our project, helping us revise the plan to fit out budget while keeping our must-have features.”
We love to read around our house. Business books, investment books, personal growth books, books on construction, of course, and fiction books, too. So when I came across this book at Barnes and Noble, I quickly scooped it up. If we can read books faster and retain the knowledge inside them, sign us up! This is a program that the likes of JFK and Jimmy Carter participated in and it has helped millions of people read faster. I am still working through the pages to increase my reading speed, which has been interesting because the author proposes an entirely new way to train the eye and mind to read and digest information. This book is great for executives, students, or basically anyone who reads a lot and wants to increase his or her reading speed without compromising comprehension. Get reading…smarter and faster!
Thank you both!
“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” -- George S. Patton, US Army General
“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” -- PaulValery, French Poet
Must Read Book of the Month Remember Everything You Read: The Evelyn Wood 7-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program. By Stanley D. Frank, Ed.D
TALK WITH TANK (He’s a tank full of information) Hello happy clients and friends! Most of you know me, but if not, I’m Jacob Tankersley, home builder, husband, father, business owner & entrepreneur, and avid hunter. My family consists of myself, my wife, two children, and a Golden Retriever, Drake.
And now, for your Talk With Tank...
Window Selection For peak performance and optimal energy savings with windows, it’s important to look at three key issues. Your architectural plans will already lay out window location, size, and exterior shading conditions. From there, you have options. Make sure you get with your home builder to help walk you through the process. The first selection will be for the frame of your windows. Typically, this will be a uniform selection for all windows in the home to give a streamlined appearance. Here are your options on frame types from lowest cost to highest: Aluminum, Vinyl, Composite, Wood, and Wood with Exterior Clad in Aluminum. Once you have the frame selected you can now choose the style of window, which will affect how it will open or operate. The 4 main styles are single hung (which means only the bottom sash will move), double hung, casement, and slider. Each of these is used in different circumstances. Normally the main reason to use one over another, besides looks, is egress code. For example, a casement window will not typically open as far as a slider window. Each state has code for the minimum size and operation requirements for windows in each room in the home, as well as the type of glass. For example, code requires tempered glass in specific locations; windows in close proximity to a swinging door must be tempered. The third selection is the shading condition of each window. This can be the same throughout the house, or not. Here are a few of your choices: Number of panes (1, 2, or 3), Low-E, Argon Gas, Tinting, Grid (Interior or Exterior), and Frosted. Most of these selections have to do with Energy Efficiency. Once you have made all of these selections, it is time to order your windows. Most window packages will take 4 to 6 weeks to deliver, so make sure you order in plenty of time to not slow the project down. Happy Building, Jacob
Questions & Answers
Heidi’s Healthy Home Tip of The Month
You ask the Q, We give you the A
Q: How important is it for me to plan for a phone, cable, and network line in each room of my home? A: It really isn’t anymore. Most everything is going wireless. With today’s technology you really only need one location for the main hub and the rest can run off of it. This will save you money and the pain of trying to decorate each room based on the location of plugs.
A Few Warnings on Foods
I really don’t want to believe this is true, but I’m afraid it likely is. Thought you all might want to be aware. I recently read that certain associations are currently working with the FDA to add aspartame to milk without being required to put it on the label. Aside from the fact of continual disputes on whether aspartame should be allowed in our food supply at all, there is the ethical concern of the FDA allowing ingredients into food items without having to list them on the label. Of course, this is also aside from the debate that milk is healthy for us at all, especially for growing bones, but that is another matter of discussion altogether, and for another day. The following is an excerpt from NaturalNews.com: “The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of “milk” to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. Importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the label. They will simply be swept under the definition of “milk,” so that when a company lists “milk” on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or sucralose. And if you’re trying to avoid aspartame, you’ll have no way of doing so because it won’t be listed on the label.
Note: It is standard to put a hard line in at least the office, or another selected location, especially if you work from home and/or will sending and opening confidential documents and information.
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pinterest.com/gbgroup RIDDLE CONTEST! BE THE FIRST TO ANSWER THIS RIDDLE & WIN A
$5 Starbucks Gift Card
THE RIDDLE: There are two Ws in front of two other Ws. There are two Ws behind two other Ws. There are two Ws beside two other Ws. How many Ws are there in all?
TO PLAY: Call or email now with the answer to the above riddle. Whoever responds first with the correct answer, wins! Call 479.464.7336 or email contact@BuildWithGBGroup.com (If calling after hours, leave a message. We will honor whoever contacts us first.) All ages can play!!!
This isn’t only for milk, either: It’s also for yogurt, cream, sour cream, eggnog, whipping cream and a total of 17 products, all of which are listed in the petition at FDA. gov.” Are you slightly disturbed? I was. Especially because aspartame has been linked to neurological problems, amongst a host of other health concerns. Read more at the following link below. Stay healthy and happy! : ) Hugs, Heidi http://www.naturalnews.com/039244_milk_aspartame_fda_petition.html
VOCABULARY Word of THE month
FACTOTUM [fak-tow-tem] noun
A person whose job involves doing many different kinds of work.
Sentence example: “Over the years she had become the office factotum, who might be doing legal research one day and organizing the company picnic the next.” This odd word doesn’t come from ancient Latin, but it was coined to look as if it did. The term Johannes factotum, meaning “Jack-of-all-trades,” first shows up in writing in 1592 to describe none other than Shakespeare himself. The word gofer is similar to factotum but a bit less dignified. In other words, a factotum is an assistant, but one who may have taken over some fairly important functions. Word From Merrium-Websters Vocabulary Builder
THANK YOU FOR YOUR REFERRALS! A big, thank you to all those who referred their friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and acquaintances to us over the last three months! Here is a list of all the wonderful people who were entered into the quarterly drawing because they referred others to our company.
Cora Davis Janet Atwood Michael & Jamie Shirley Pia Arias Dana Wickholm Mike White Karen Stewart
Albert & Lisa Skiles Andrea Cornwell Tanya Mims Mark and Karel Hayre Kevin Hayre Warren & Elaine Wheat Sharon Guthrie
Jason Smith Josh & Haley Portmann Donna Hardcastle
(P.S. If we have missed your name, and you have referred someone to us, PLEASE send us an email to email@example.com and let us know. We will enter you into September’s quarterly drawing! Thanks for your referrals!)
WINNER! WINNER! WINNER! A big thank you to Janet Atwood for her referrals to our building company! Janet is the winner of the 2nd Quarter Drawing for dinner and a movie for two! Congratulations Janet! You’re getting a $30.00 gift card to Mimi’s Cafe and two movie passes to Malco Theaters! Janet has also been entered into our end of year drawing for the Apple IPAD! Thank you, Janet, for your confidence in our company, and for your referral. Janet is Architectural Designer and Owner of Atwood Design. She specializes in remodel and addition design, interior design, landscape design, house staging, professional organizing, awesome functional kitchens, and great man caves. Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org 479-685-1681
PLAY OUR REFERRAL CONTEST!! Don’t forget! You, too, can play in our referral game! All you have to do is talk about us to other people! When they contact us for home building or renovation services, we’ll ask how they found us, and you’ll be entered into our drawing. (One time for each and every referral.) You’ll be entered into both our quarterly drawing (for dinner [at a restaurant of your choice] and movie for two), as well as entered into the end-of-year drawing for an Apple IPAD! It’s just one way we like to say “THANK YOU” to all of you spreading the word. P.S. If you believe someone failed to mention you as having referred them, please email or call us and let us know. We’ll enter you into the game straight away!
Thank you for reading this month’s newsletter! Don’t forget to take advantage of our 2013 REFERRAL PROGRAM! Win a free IPAD! Win FREE DINNER and MOVIE FOR TWO! Call us for all your Custom Home Building and Home Renovation Needs. Phone: 479.464.7336. GB Group Construction, PO Box 7734, Springdale AR 72766
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FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS: HAPPY AUGUST! Here are some fun facts about the month of August.
Did you know... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
The birth flowers for August are the gladiolus and the poppy. August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died. August is National Golf month. There are more vacations and holidays taken in this month than any other. On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on his first voyage across the Atlantic. Romans originally called August “Sextilis” because it is the sixth month of the Roman Calendar. Later, eight years before Jesus was born, the name of the month was changed to “Augustus” in honor of the Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar. 7. August is National Goat Cheese Month. 8. Five presidents: Bill Clinton, Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, and Barack Obama were born in August. 9. Many cultures call this month the “harvest month” or “the time of harvest.”
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