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The desire to downsize is a common reason people sell their homes. Maybe you had a larger home when your children were young, but now that they’ve grown there’s no need for the extra space. Or perhaps you’re tired of cleaning and maintaining a home that feels too big for your lifestyle. Whatever the reason may be, there are many benefits to downsizing. Nowadays, many single-family homes have multiple bathrooms, large family rooms and a number of bedrooms. While the space can be nice, it ’s an awful lot of square footage to keep clean. Especially if you have a busy lifestyle. Downsizing is a great way to save money if you’d like to travel more or if you’d like to spend the majority of your money on things BRAIN TEASERS Courtesy of 1. Mr. and Mrs. Mustard have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family? There are nine Mustards in the family. Since each daughter shares the same brother, there are six girls, one boy and Mr. and Mrs. Mustard. 2. How do you make the number 7 even without addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division? Drop the “S”.

other than your house. This is because smaller homes usually have smaller mortgages and smaller utility bills. Downsizing to live in a condo in the heart of a busy city brings many more positives as you can often get by without needing a car. Imagine being able to walk everywhere and have restaurants, shops and entertainment practically at your doorstep. A less talked about benefit to living in a smaller residence is that it can bring families closer together. When your home is small, you have no choice but to spend time together. While this sometimes can be an irritating part of living in a downsized home, most families who have scaled down say that it is actually a positive in the long run.

3. What has six faces, but does not wear makeup, has twenty-one eyes, but cannot see? A die (dice). 4. There are 20 people in an empty, square room. Each person has full sight of the entire room and everyone in it without turning his head or body, or moving in any way (other than the eyes). Where can you place an apple so that all but one person can see it? Place the apple on one person’s head.

REBUS PUZZLES Can you solve these visual word puzzles? Pay attention to how words are positioned in relation to each other, to words and letters that are different colours, as well as words or letters that are smaller or larger then the others in the puzzle. Let your imagination fly!

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no see.

9. Long time,


little pond.

8. Tennis

7. Big fish in a

6. Black sheep of the family.

5. Tow left feet.

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2. Green eggs

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