Saturday, December 28, 2019

Happy New Year! Fireworks Celebrations Around The World | E-Neighborhood Advisor

When the Chinese invented fireworks, they
used them during celebrations to keep the evil
spirits away. The practice still rings true today
because all around the world, fireworks are still
used to celebrate major events.

Of course New Year celebrations top the list for
using fireworks, but fireworks are the guest of
honor at many other celebrations around the
world too. Below is a list of some of the
famous celebrations and festivals which are
known for their fantastic fireworks displays.

New Year’s Eve (worldwide)
Throughout the world, the New Year is ushered
in with a lot of excitement. Many, many
countries celebrate it with massive fireworks
displays. Sydney, Australia, is one of the first
countries to celebrate it due to their location
relative to the worlds time zones. You can be
sure almost anywhere you go in the world on
New Year’s eve, you’ll be treated to a beautiful
fireworks display.

Fourth of July (United States)
As you know, this is a holiday celebrating our
country’s declaration of independence from
Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Throughout the
United States, fireworks displays are held
especially in the major cities such as
Washington DC, New York, Las Vegas and LA.

Singapore Fireworks Celebrations
This is an annual event held in celebration of
the country’s National Day. Pyrotechnics teams
are invited to this event to create fireworks
displays on different nights. In 2019 the
schedule looked something like this: Fireworks
were estimated to go off from 8pm to
8.20pm on the 6, 13, 20 and 27 July, and 3 and
9 Aug 2019.

Guy Fawkes Night (Great Britain and
several former British colonies)
In 1605, Guy Fawkes tried to assassinate the
King of England by placing some 30 barrels of
gunpowder in the cellar of the Parliament of
England. He failed and was captured.

On the same day every year, people from
Great Britain and some of its former colonies
celebrate the event by having fireworks

Of course, any time you can add fireworks to a
celebration, you’re sure to have a crowd
pleaser. We’re looking forward to a great
celebration for the New Year holiday coming
up! Stay safe out there, and Happy new Year!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you to start the new year with a laugh!
What do you cows celebrate on December 31st? 
Moo Years Eve.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Why We Give Gifts | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Giving is enriching and it's good for us.
For starters, genuine giving - doing
something good for another - makes us
feel good. Plus, it releases oxytocin, the
love hormone, into our body. This
hormone induces feelings of warmth
and a closer connection to others.

To be a better giver, make it a

Giving is not all about money and giving
things, it can also include time as a
volunteer or helping someone in need.
Whichever form of giving you choose,
set giving goals. Decide how much you
will give, spend, or time allocated. Then
make sure to take the first step, even if
it’s a small one.

Make giving easy.
The simpler giving is, the more likely
you are to continue the habit. Financial
giving can be automated between you
and the organization you're donating to.
Schedule in your calendar the day
and/or time you will give to charity, 
another person, or shop for gifts. In fact,
to shop you don't even need to leave
home when online shopping.

Bring a friend along
Volunteering with a friend our joining a
local organization that gives services,
food, clothing, etc is sometimes a great
way to start the habit of giving.
New habits can have a bumpy start, but
the more we keep at them, the more
ingrained they become into our daily
lives. Developing the habit of becoming
a better giver can be like that at first.
Yet, over time, it gets easier and it's

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a festive joke to get you in the spirit of the holidays!
How do you know when Santa’s around?
You can always sense his presents.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christmas Trivia Quiz | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Do you love the Mega Trivia Contest in our
Neighborhood Advisor (print edition)? We
don’t often include trivia in our eNeighborhood
Advisor, but our QuizQueen found a few good
Christmas Trivia questions this year that we
thought it might be fun to give you a bit of trivia
to throw out during your various holiday
festivities this year. Enjoy!

Q: Which Christmas tree fact is NOT true?
A. Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real
ones every year since 1991.
B. Nova Scotia leads the world in exporting
Christmas trees.
C. Franklin Pierce was the first president to
decorate an official White House Christmas
D. The Christmas tree was chosen to represent
this holy holiday because it’s shape points the
way to heaven.

A: D. The Christmas tree was chosen to
represent this holy holiday because it’s shape
points the way to heaven.

QQ: OK, so maybe it’s true, but the QuizQueen
can’t prove that fact, as reasonable as it
sounds, because it wasn’t in any of the
literature she dug up for this quiz.

Q. Can you name the popular Christmas
song that was actually written for
A. Jingle Bells
B. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
C. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
D. Away in the Manger

A: A. Jingle Bells

QQ: The song was composed in 1857 by
James Pierpont, and was originally called One
Horse Open Sleigh. When you think about the
words make a lot more sense that way.

Q. Electric Christmas tree lights were first
used in what year?
A. 1865
B. 1895
C. 1905
D. 1932

A: B. 1895

QQ: American Ralph E. Morris had the bright
idea that electric Christmas lights would be
safer than using candles.

Q: Can you name Scrooge’s dead business
partner from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas
A. Jacob Marley
B. Tiny Tim
C. Bob Cratchett
D. Old William

A: A. Jacob Marley

QQ: The first of four spirits to appear to
Scrooge that fateful Christmas Eve was that of
Jacob Marley, his old business partner.

Note from the QuizQueen: did you notice that
one of the trivia questions listed here is actually
our Mega Trivia question in the Neighborhood
Advisor this month? It’s my Christmas gift to
you! Quick, submit your answer before those
who are not on our email list do!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a festive joke for you!
What do you call a blind reindeer?
I have no eye deer.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Your new favorite podcast(s) | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Are you addicted to podcasts yet? We are!
And we’d love to share some of our favorite
podcasts from 2019 with you. You can access
any of the podcasts listed here on your
smartphone. Just go to your podcast ap, click
search, and enter these titles. We take no
blame in whatever happens next.

Here’s our list of favorite podcasts of 2019

One of the best true crime podcasts of
all time! In their first season, Sarah
Koenig investigated the case of Adnan
Syed (this case was also covered in a
great documentary that streamed on
HBO, Hulu and other platforms). Now
Sarah covers various court proceedings
in Cleveland.

True entertainment with a side of
education. The team at WNYCStudios
covers topics you probably never
thought about – at least not as deeply
as they do. The society we live in will
have a whole new look after a few
episodes of Radiolab!

Yep, you know it – or you should. This
podcast from How Stuff Works covers a
wide range of topics from every day life
that you probably don’t know enough
about. Have a question about almost
any topic? Check the episode list, you’ll
likely find your answer, and more!

This meditative podcast by host, Krista
Tippett will put you in close touch with
your inner self. Krista’s calming,
conversational nature makes this
podcast an easy listen. Come here if
you want to find some peace and 

The Foodie in us wouldn’t allow this 
podcast to be left off the list! Grab a
snack and listen in as the hosts
interview female movers and shakers in
the food industry. From the creators of
Food Magazine, you know this one’s
gonna taste good!

This is a captivating story of the city’s
darkest secret, told originally in 2019,
but is still a favorite this year. The story
is told week by week by a great story
teller, Payne Lindsey. He has other
great podcasts as well so be sure to
check them out after you’ve binged this

Put your headphones on and enjoy!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Welcome to December 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors

Dear friends,

The end of the year is often a time of reflection and of planning for the coming year. At
Capell Flooring, we want our customers to have a great experience with everything we do, whether
that’s putting together the Neighborhood Advisor or helping you choose the right flooring
option. And we love hearing from you, too! If you have a suggestion for how we can better
serve you – or a story about a great experience you’ve had working with us – we’d love to
hear it. Referrals and word of mouth are the most important ways for any independent
business to grow, and we want to ensure that every time you recommend us, you’re confident
that we’re going to provide a world-class experience.

From all of us at Capell Flooring, we want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New

Your friend,
Matt Capell