November Newsletter 2021
Holiday Schedule & Message
We hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. With holidays upon us, we thought that we would publish our holiday schedule for this year.
With Christmas falling on a Saturday this year, we will be working one day longer than normal. We will give our ladies Friday the 24th off for Christmas Eve.
We will also be closed on Friday the 31st for New Year’s Eve.
For us, the holidays always bring out the desire to show the people we care about how we feel about them. Thanksgiving, of course, is the time to give thanks and we want to do that.
2021 has been nearly as challenging as 2020 for us as a company and we are grateful to still be here cleaning homes across the Front Range. Our clients are the best in Denver, and boy are we lucky to have you.
Between all the issues that COVID has created and the subsequent labor issues, many days have been a challenge, to say the least.
We want to thank you so much for your kindness, understanding, and patience in dealing with all the issues that have arisen during these challenging times. We couldn’t ask for a better group of clients to have, and for you, we are grateful on the deepest levels.
We wish you the best for a peaceful, quiet, and relaxing holiday season. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Boxing Day, or just the season, we join you in celebrating the ones you love, as we celebrate you here.
Thank you for being part of our locally owned company.
Angela, John, and Maria
Let it Snow. Please?
Ok, this is getting ridiculous.
As we compose this newsletter, we have gone 222 days without measurable snow. How does this stack up in history?
Currently, it ranks 4th and counting. The longest we have ever gone without measurable snow is 235 days, dating back to the 1800s.
If we make it two more days, our streak will move into the 3rd longest, and we are a scant two weeks or so from setting the all-time record for a lack of snow.
The average snowfall in Denver is 56.4 inches. The lowest snowfall ever? 21.8 inches in 2016-2017.
Oh, and we already set another record, the latest snowfall on record. The old record for the latest first Denver snowfall was set on Nov. 21, 1934.
The full article including our annual snowfall totals for the last ten years can be found here.
For those of you that have turned off your sprinklers or stopped watering for the year, it might be a good idea to water your trees, I am sure they are thirsty.
Here’s to some moisture soon!
Gift Ideas Made in Colorado
We do our best here to support local and Colorado-owned businesses.
As a local business, seeing our dollars stay in our local community and in our state is very important.
Beyond the obvious stores and shops that we encounter on a given day, what are easy ways to support our economy and buy locally?
We are glad you asked.
For starters, we found a site called Created in Colorado, which is a consolidated list of all things Colorado.
Also, the folks at 5280 Magazine published a great guide for Colorado-made goods and it can be found here.
Finally, did you know that this past Saturday was “Small Business Saturday”?
NBC News published a nice piece on how to support small businesses, including everything from gift buying to leaving positive reviews.
We thank you for your support of our small, locally owned business.
Savings by Age
We remember when we were young and starting our careers, we always tried to earn our age. Those were the days.
Now we are thinking about things like IRA’s, 401K’s, and like you, how we will make it to the finish line with enough money to retire.
So just how much should you have saved, by age, for retirement?
The folks at Quicken wrote a great article about savings benchmarks and net worth by decades of age.
Did you know that the median US savings for age 40 is $63,000? By 50 it nearly doubles to $117,000.
As far as net worth goes, the benchmark net worth for someone 40 years old is twice your annual salary. At 50 it should be four times your salary, and at 60, six times.
Fascinating data, and even if you are personally set going forward, there are some great numbers for the younger people in our lives that may just be getting started.
Before we found this very cool article, we honestly had no idea what a “data visualization” really was.
Then we clicked and realized how much fun they are.
How about a moving chart that shows how COVID spread in the U.S.? So interesting to see.
How about our health and wealth history, in a minute, encapsulating 221 years of prosperity? You can see the effects of everything from the Vietnam War to the impact of COVID, all in one fast-moving chart.
Our favorite one is a 3D map of the entire fiber-optic network around the world. Who knew there were so many cables under the ocean?
We pulled those two from a fabulous piece on medium.com, which you can find here, entitled “The 10 Best Data Visualizations you of 2021”.
We love finding cool stuff for our readers and we are confident this will qualify!
Monthly Award Winners
Our monthly award winners for October were Aurora Dominguez, Patricia Rodriguez, Sandra Vidales, Josefina Quinonez, and Maria Zapata.
In the Team Leader ranks, it was Juana Olivas and Natalia Olivas.
We are so proud of our winners, and of all the folks that are in and out of your homes each week.
We continue to be grateful to you for allowing us into your lives during these challenging times.
Please join me in congratulating our best performers for the month of October.
Queen Bee Corner
Denver was recently rated the Booziest City in the country, but one only must look back at our immigrant history to see that we have worked hard to merit this distinction.
German immigrants in 1880 owned nearly a third of Denver’s taverns. Patrons could sing and speak in German, read German newspapers, eat German food and drink German Bock. Basically to feel at home in a foreign city.
The Irish immigrants came with the advent of the railroad and established bars between their homes and the tracks, where many had settled. By 1900 the Irish population of Denver was 3% but they owned 10% of the bars.
Jewish immigrants also found the liquor business easy to enter. One of the first sources of Kosher food in Denver was in a Jewish delicatessen established next to a synagogue.
Italian immigrants recruited to work on the railroad gradually moved into the north Denver area where they operated their Italian bars and restaurants. When prohibition came, rather than close, they moved operations to their basements.
Other ethnicities soon immigrated to Denver. By 1920, the Russians were the largest immigrating group and the Slavs had already established their community in Globeville.
Although few of the immigrant establishments remained after prohibition, they were the first of a grand tradition that we have proudly carried on to this day.
Happy Holidays! Cheers!