Contributor to HGTV Dream Home
Nervous? Excited? Can’t wait for Monday night? Me too. Today, Super Fan presents a “How We Select the Winner” Tutorial. Watch and learn.
Mary is a contributor to HGTV Dream Home.
Posted at 4:17 pm
Like that you aren't giving away any hints as to whether it's mail or online.
Yes, and no hint as to whether or not the winner has been notified. That gives a few some hope that there is still a chance.
How do they know the winners will be home when they arrive with the cameras?
Hi amy, i too would like to know that. I think the winner knows days ahead that they won by a phone call from hgtv.
So was the PIC that was posted of the drawing not this years drawing? I thought the PIC was from this years drawing which looks like an online entry. Humm
I think it was suppose to be this year drawing Crazyinlove10, so I also think it was an online entry that won since the President was standing at the computer. Guess we will find out for sure MON. Good luck! My husband and I each had 27 online entries and 7 mail entries.
That is what I thought too Michele with 1 L but then some post thought not so again I was confused. I do hope it is an online entry because that's all I did.
Dreamin Til The Last Minute
Good luck To All
please let it be my bin,please let it be my entry
I love their selection with the exclusion of so much fabric covers applied to make a room look some what exquisite..
Can't wait, can't wait …CAN'T WAIT!
Well according to the picture of the drawing it looks like an online entry as he is standing in front of the computer. I only entered online so I am hoping the picture is of this years drawing. I think it would be because well why show a PIC of last years drawing when this year is what gives us hope.
OMG, there's a van with a satellite dish parked way down the street from our house!!!!!!!
Did the winner get a phone call days before from hgtv before the :ambushed attack " .?
Oh how exciting!! I get to be the first to blog on the new post! Thanks Gail and Mary–this is great information! And, yes, I am totally anticipating Monday nights program! I can hardly wait!
I am so excited to watch and see who the winner will be. I know if I win I will be there enjoying the time with my son before he goes to basic training. What a great time that would be for both of us. Congratulations to who ever wins this wonderful dream home!
Here We go again!!!!! Just a few more days.
Whew!!! Hey Gail, do you know when the winner is getting "ambushed"? I thought it was this Sunday, but I was fearful of not enough time to edit for TV. Good luck to all, I can't wait to see their face, either!!!!
Since my 25 year old JVC TV died (bless its' little electronic heart), I would like to know if they plan to show the ambush on the internet simultaneously with the telecast. Best wishes to all out there in blogland. I don't believe I have ever seen(read) so many excited people. I hope the winner is truely blessed (the extra money $500k vs $250k really helps) and enjoys this beautiful house–an oasis in the desert.
I would really like to see the person who wins this house be able to afford to keep it if that is their wish! It is a beautiful setting and the high-speed rail would help with the commute if they need to work in the city. Imagine all there is to see and do in the area. Art, skiing, golf, hiking, fishing, eating local cuisine, Native American and Hispanic culture, Old West history or just cozy up in your beautiful house with a good book and favorite beverage. Enjoying life with family and friends! I'm ready! How about the rest of you!
Mmmm….sounds perrrrfect. The winner will be soooo BLESSED!
I just hope the winner keeps this gorgeous house and not flip it for a fast buck! That should be a crime punishable by death!!! Better yet, why doesn't HGTV put in the contract that the winner must physically live in the house for 10 years before selling it? This would keep all those only out for a fast buck out of the contest and give more chances to someone who sincerely wants to pack up and move from Salisbury, MD to Sandia Park, NM to enjoy a house they have dreamed of all their life in an area of country that they have always wanted to live but may not get a chance…all for a new beginning!
The cash prize included in this year's prize will, hopefully, enable whoever gets the house to keep it. Some past winners were forced to sell the house because they didn't have the money to pay the taxes, etc that coming with winning this large prize package.
One would also have to have a high income to keep such a gift. Takes a lot of money to keep up on the taxes of a 1.5 home, live in a gated community, the expense to run the home, etc.
I hope the winner uses much wisdom with their gift and chooses what is in the best interest.
I don't think every past winner that has sold, wanted to. If I won, I would live in it until I sold it. That would COMPLETLEY break my heart to do so, but there's no way I could keep it. I am a student with another 3 years of schooling to go before I become an RN. If you use all the prize money towards the taxes, you still owe about $200k-$250K. Even if you took out a loan, you would pay about $800 per month per $100K borrowed. Lets not forget you have to factor in the yearly taxes on the house, which someone else blogged breaks down to about $1,400 a month. If you borrowed $200k, you would owe about $1,600 plus $1,400 a month. That's $3,000 a month, just on the mortgage, and property taxes.
Wow, what a silly thing to say Sandy. Punishable by death? You have got to be kidding! Not many people could keep this home, and the ones that could might not want to leave THEIR home. New Mexico might not have the jobs required to live in this house.
Gee, what a sweet women you must be to write such drivel. Anyone that wins this house should sell to the highest bidder, and live where they WANT to live. Maybe like where their family lives! Duh!
I hate to say this, but I hope someone that really appreciates the opportunity HGTV is giving to someone to have THEIR REAL dream home wins this. I guess that would not include you, huh?
Think about lottery winners: they may win a million bucks but at least half of it goes to taxes. The entire $500 thousand will go to income tax and think of the electricity bills and property taxes after the initial winning. I know I wouldn't be able to afford that kind of cash! I would keep it, but I would probably have to rent it out sometimes.
what are you, new? Nobody can be required to live anywhere, for any time, never mind ten years. While I sympathize, in concept, it sounds good, but in reality, things could change for anyone at a moment's notice, making it necessary to move. I, myself, WOULD move there and stay there! LIfe can unfold anywhere! However, if some freakish circumstance necessitated moving, I would.
Actually, whoever wins the 2010 Dream Home package worth $ 2 million dollars will have to pay 25 % automatically to the IRS. So, the Federal Income Tax for $ 2 million dollars is $ 500,000. In other words, the winner won't win a dime. In fact, depending on which state you win this prize in; you'll also have to pay a state income tax or luxuary tax; which can go as high as 10% or more. So, before you can even accept the keys to this house, you might have to pay an additional $ 200,000 in taxes. I wish HGTV would give future potential winners $ 750,000 and make their entire package worth $ 1.5 million. That way, the winner will be able to have some money of their own.
Are you sure about the 25%? I thought the mandatory IRS withholding was 20% which would be $400K with an estimated $50K for insurance, 1st year's property taxes, HOA dues, etc. In any event, HGTV did well to be so thoughtful with the extra cash….
Do you really think the winner will find out on Monday as well?
Sandy Kennedy, Would it really be a crime punishable unto death for someone who did not have the extra $250,000-$300,00 that would be needed for the income and property taxes and Assoc. fees etc. to sell the home and fullfill their dreams of getting out of debt, helping their family financially, be able to do volunteer ministry work and meet the needs of those whom they are let to do?????? I sure pray not.
I agree Michele with 1 L, even if my husband and I both worked full time for a year saved every penny, and sold our current home we would not be able to come up with the extra to pay the taxes that would come due April 15 of 2011. I would love love love to keep it, so perhaps what we need here is tax reform!
Thank you Love_n_life. I would also love, love love, to keep this georgeous, perfect home, especially since we do not have one for we gave ours up to go into the ministry. But I know someone whether it be the winner or someone who would buy the home will have all their needs met in a home that they would need. Hummm, except I would put a whirlpool in the MBR tub. Just soaking without the massaging water does not do it for me. He He
They can't give us that bit of info they want all TV's tunes in to see. Oh the wait it has been exciting but oh so nerve racking. Best wishes to all.
""I just hope the winner keeps this gorgeous house and not flip it for a fast buck! That should be a crime punishable by death!!! Better yet, why doesn't HGTV put in the contract that the winner must physically live in the house for 10 years before selling it? This would keep all those only out for a fast buck out of the contest and give more chances to someone who sincerely wants to pack up and move from Salisbury, MD to Sandia Park, NM to enjoy a house they have dreamed of all their life in an area of country that they have always wanted to live but may not get a chance…all for a new beginning! """
I absolutely agree with you, Sandy Kennedy! Weed out the FLIPPERS!!!!!
Thank you GAIL!!! You almost make me feel that a blogger did win…. just something in your eyes ( a little twinkle)….. You always come through for us and repeating the drawing process was perfect as, I have seen a few questions on it, again!!! I can't wait to see if it was mailed or an online entry. Still exciting after 10 years!! Love life by living green and having a dream!!!
Yea! Thx for the tutorial! So exciting. I really hope a blogger won!
I love the name Chrisha… how cool!
I hope so TO
I really like that name too!!! Is it Indian?? Cause I know an indian name Chrishta, anyways, very pretty!
LOL! No, my name is Christina & I usually go by Chris, & my last name begins w/ Ha. I just combined them for my username!
it such a beautiful house i wish my mom wins.
im soo in love with this house i actually come at this time and
look at the house and imagine myself playing in it
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!
Oh, that is so sweet Elizabeth! Good luck to your family! Keep Dreamin.
Thanks for the info Gail, keep stringing us along, we'll always follow. ; 0
thanks gail!, that really cleared it up i was just wondering when the ambush will happen, good luck everyone im super excited =)
Blessings on the winner! I can't wait to see the tv coverage. Really hope it is either someone I know or someone in my own Southern state! Thanks HGTV for giving us a reason to dream and to take pleasure and delight in it. Again, many blessings on the winner of the most beautiful home!♥
Rats….want EVEN MORE information Gail!!! On-line entry or mail…..which won? How exciting!! I'm home if y'all still wanna contact me in South Carolina!!! Can't wait to see location of next HGTV Dream Home also!!!
I usually try not to speculate and disect, however I watched the video again. After Gail explained the process a bit, Gail said "last year Jim Samples got to push the space bar to select the winner" My question is does that mean it was a physical bin this year, because Jim supposedly picked the winner this year too, but Gail said "last year" in the video, so what do you all think? Congratulations to the mail in person if they won. : ) It wouldn't be me. : (
I was just thinking maybe she just stated that because she was there and witnessed it last year.. Maybe she didn't witness it this year.. But it did look like it was picked off the computer this year from the picture posted..
Usually Gail's blog entries are put up a week or two or three after she actually does them. I guess they have to go through some kind of an internal approval process. She probably created this video blog before the winner selection event occurred for this year.
Thank you, I didn't consider that.
I believe she looks at all the blogers and sees a common question, and tries to answer it. I believe she just made the vedio, and want's us all to feel confident about the process, as well as a deserved update. Who knows maybe the winner is still unaware, and is about to be picked tonight, or tomorrow! After all it would be almost impossible to keep such a big secret from getting out to the general public, especially the blogers!
I was thinking Mr Staples first year with HGTV started a year ago and that might be a reason why it was brought up how he got to choose the winner.
Oh… I want to work for HGTV!!! It sounds Like a blast… sneaking up on people…blind folds…blessing people! What fun you guys are having while we all can't sleep! Thanks for the updates, HGTV you Rock! Good luck all! I have family coming.. I will be checking in late at night after my company goes to sleep. I will miss you guys..
I caught the part about the blind folds too which was I think was not mentioned on last years video. Plus, the part about knocking over the mail in bin in this video VS. if last years was a mail in I thought was said that Gail would "Jump In" the bin. So even though it looked like Jim got winner off computer, maybe he didn't? Well, guess we will find out in tonite!
Why are they just simply reviel the winner by now. What is the big deal to hold it as secret? I bet they ambush the winner already. Why it is a secret ???????
The advertisers who sponsor the dream home want to get another viewing audience for television show exposure of their products and ads.
That makes sense! Can you imagine the many millions that will be watching the show Monday? Then, to advertize all the quality products that went into the Dream Home. Yes, great exposure.
PLus! After all our excitement over this since Jan.1, I think it would be a let down if they just told us on this site instead of all the facinating hoopla that goes with it for our entertainment on the Winners Revealing Show. Plus, for the benefit of the Night of Honor, "The Winner"! HGTV thank you for generous gift to the winner and for making their dreams possible and for giving all of the rest of us the opportunity to keep dreamin with the next giveaway prize.
Problem is the winner has already been chosen and notified. The ambush already happened and they are just showing the fil. Unfortunately some people do not realize that the winner is chosen and Monday nite is not when they might win. HGTV does not make this clear so people will watch Monday nite when they have no chace of winning. Why do this to people? This is just mean!!!!!
How do you have this information that the winner gets notified and ambushed prior to the actual evening of announcement? Just wondering.
that is really exciting and really scary i'm just wanting to know who win;s this. the winner is truly
blessed . this is going to change someones whole life in one day and that is just amazing .
truly a godsent. i hope i am on the upper end of that deal.
If you haven't been notified by now you haven't won. Monday is just a big commercial
maybe it's a LIVE broadcast??
I still think I have a chance. I hope! Thanks Gail! Sooooo excited…
You have no chance. The winner is already chosen and notified. It was picked back on March 2nd. Five names were chosen and I am sure they do background checks on these people to be sure they can afford to keep this house and have no blemishes on their background. You just find out the winner. If you haven't been called by now you aren't a winner
Good luck to everyone who entered. I keep looking out the window hoping to see hgtv vans lol, anybody else doing that still?
hahaha, I do that every time I hear a car pass by. There's a daycare nextdoor and we're on a private road, so I get a lot of butterfly moments. tehehe, it's so cool how in love with this house everyone is!! I've never seen so many people come together over something!!! Good luck to you too, keep looking, you never know, they might actually come!!!
LOL Dream Weaver! I am actually sitting on the couch with the front door open so I have a clear view of the road through the storm/glass door! S. Weaver in Charleston! I know it's very far fetched….but fun!
Im still looking out the window!
Oh! I do, too. Everytime my little dog barks, I wonder if it's the HGTV ambush. The suspense is almost unbearable. But, you know what? It really is FUN dreaming about it. I absolutely LOVE EVERYTHING about this years' Dream Home. I hope they make another one just like it next year.
Without a vision the people perish. Dreams give hope ! Lets never stop dreamin! Thanks HGTV for giving Americans hope for a real life miracle for some very blessed family.
Of course I keep looking every time I hear a car door slam and tonight I'll put the porch light on! Thank you bloggers for being so excited about all this. My friends think I'm just silly to be so into this. After all this is a DREAM HOUSE, so dream on.
I have passed that phase, not too worried or anxious…..but ready to hear the door bell to ring or hear a knock!! I would definitely not be one of those people that you can hardly tell if they are really excited!! I would win for Everyone and all their dreams. I would feel like I had been crowned the QUEEN!!
Not only listening out for the door bell, but repainted my foyer walls a few evenings ago.
You pooer thing. If you haven't heard by now you didn't win. Monday night is just a notification to us of who already won. What a rip. Get everyone's hope up to watch Monday nite when you didn't win.
Don't have pity for me. I am on spring break and the foyer painting was to be done anyway and how do you know that they will not choose to do the reveal and ambush live this year! Many are not expecting that and most everyone who is able plan to be home for the special tonight. There may still be hope for us who want to believe, so let dream. I will still be moving to the southwest after my husband retires in a little over 3 years. Best wishes to you and yours.
You betcha Dream Weaver, (nice nic btw, one of my fav tunes). Not only that, but I've got perimeter video cams and sonic sensors……they won't get me by surprise…..;)
Ambush the "ambushers"…..lol
LOL Last evening, I was looking out the window for dh. He had to work overtime.
The deck sliding glass door (ugly) blinds is typically open so we can watch the outdoors, critters in the area, cars passing by, and make sure our plants get the sunlight. Then, when I go to the kitchen, try to get the natural light to come in there, too. So…I can look out that direction as well. We have a neighbor across the street…she's better at boloing than myself.
Too busy to hgtv bolo. In fact….someone had to remind me when the date was for the revealing. I must have rusty boloing skills taking place.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week…with/without hgtv vans surprising you.
Nope, I live in a high rise…. My windows and doors overlook the water, so I can't see any cars arriving. So, it would be a complete surprise for us, though I am sure that chichi (our dog) will notify us of someone's arrival….. I think the first few years of entering, I was so excited, watching and waiting, but now I am more passive.. But, should I win, you will truly see my excitement…. no worries…. I would be excited, thrilled,,,, tongue tied ….. googling over Jamie ….. and completely appreciative!!!
Yes I am still looking. : ) I keep feeling that I should have seen something by now….some slow driving car with a smiling face looking at me as they pass by…..but I haven't yet…..I fluxuate between being excited, and feeling disapointed…..I share the same thoughts as Trish though…..
I wish everyone a wonderful weekend and Monday……with/without hgtv vans surprising you. ; )
Ive pretty much stopped jumping up to look out the window, but I do have to admit that with the posts this morning about Jamie Durie possibly coming for the ambush, I've spent most of the day out in the yard cleaning up! I know the odds are that he or anyone from HGTV will not be here; but its a beautiful day finally, no flooding rains, lots of sunshine and my yard needed major work after all of the wind lately. Besides, if I did win, I think I would be horrified for Jamie Durie to see my Outdoor Room that way
if you read the rules of the sweepstakes you would know that they dont "ambush" the winner until march 14th (tomorrow) so everyone still has a chance. good luck!
All day from about 11:00 AM until about 2:00 AM I sit in the front living/dining area at a table with my computer on blogging and Message Boardering while they can fully view me through the open view window. Maybe they will video me on the computer blogging to you all if they come to ambush me? I try not to always look out so they can surprise me! HE He! P. S. That was 2 A.M. in the morning! I am a night owl! What a Hoot!
I will admit I have been paying close attention to the vehicles that go by. It would certainly be a dream come true for anyone who wins. It would truely change my life and those who depend on me since it would not only help me but many others too. It's so nice to see there are so many optimistic dreamers!! Good luck everybody!!
I'm trying to get my house in order lol!!! I've even planned a southwest outfit!!! I waaaaaannnnnaaa win! We all do! Good luck good luck
Yep-i even put makeup on and am running the answers to the "possible" questions through my head….LOL (my almost 4 yr. old girl has "makeup" on too) ha ha
i'm doing the same thing..i wish it was me..
i have my windows open looking out lol so im sure your not the only one!! I think the winner was already ambushed and they're going to air it tomorrow… that way they have time to edit the filming but im staying positive!! The WINNER is blessed
We have been looking, no sight of them as yet ha ha………It would be our life dream come true for retirement that is getting closer and closer……… .
lol…a few days after the drawing we had a helicopter circle our house about ten times and then even hover in front of it. Both my husband and I got all excited thinking it had to be them. We still have no idea what that was about, but the winner has surely been notified by now.
I am staying home today watching and waiting, but I to think the winner already knows,, not me
Just a half hour left and yes I keep looking out the window. Last year while we were watching and waiting, my husband snuck out the kichen door and creeped around the house and knocked on the door 1 minute before the showed the winner. The kids and I started screaming and jumping up and down thinking we won!! It was a very cruel joke…lol
Yes, im still looking to see the vans pull to my home with flowers, balloons, and the keys to my new home. LOL Good Luck to all who entered by internet and mail.
After listening to the video of how they "Choose" a winner…it's SO RANDOM…why bother spending TIME in the HOME listening to all the vdeos looking at all the photos and tours and blogging…I think if you have not spent some TIME here you should honestly not be in the TOP MIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's just my opinion.
No one can earn this dream home by spending time doing those things that were not written in the rules. I believe the process in choosing a winner is very fair. It gives all of us dreamers a chance in being that winner. No one should be excluded. Just waiting for the unearned and grateful blessing to be revealed!
Hey, please tell where you find the video …I thought I had looked at them all.
Please…the whole point is that its random !!
I think whoever needs it most deserves it…besides, it's random and that makes it fun!
rrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeooooooooooowwwwwwww ! my,my how "catty" !! sounds like someone is getting a bit agitated. Perhaps this is the problem with certain bloggers who think they have "exclusive" rights to being considered as the winner of the HGTV Dream Home, Please. ANYONE & EVERYONE should have the same chance at winning this contest as the next person. Whether you are well to do or of modest means should not come into play. Just because you have ample time to "blog" your day away doesn't mean everyone else has the same luxury.
Thank you tbonell. I agree. I have one computer and several full time students in my household. Plus Jobs. Not everyone can sit and blog. All entries should have a fair chance. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!!!
It should be fair and IT IS FAIR……again, this is not a contes! Everyone has the same chances of winning. Good luck to all of us!
Excuse me but I have a several year love with Disney's Alice in Wonderland. I have performed at Walt Disney World as the Mad Hatter, designed a clown character inspired by the mad hatter, decorated my dining room in an Alice in Wonderland theme and drink from a Disney Alice in Wonderland tea mug. I am the one person I know who deserves a house with an Alice in Wonderland themed playhouse and you say I don't because I haven't spent enough time on HGTV website. I live HGTV I don't need to desperately grasp others ideas on how to do it. But today as I am nervously awaiting the ambush yeah I am constantly checking the website.
It's called dreaming and we all have that right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, but we are obsessed and fair is fair which would be random pick…just like the lottto.
Crystal….you should be ashamed of yourself. I guess you will compain the loudest with Sandy of course, that you didn't win. The things people say about the winners each year are horrible.
Good things come to good people. Remember that.
I think it doesn't matter if you are a blogger or not. We all have a shot and we all have a shot in hell. Whoever wins will deserve it no more or no less than anyone else in my opinion. Some people want to enter and might not even have access to a computer on a regular basis. What if the person works two jobs and has kids or doesn't really know how to blog because they are older….
Sounds like a fair way of picking a winner out of all those cards and e-mails. I guess we won't know until Monday just how close to the deadline they actually do the ambush…..this year. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend!
Does the winner already know? Do you tell them before you make the announcement. That would mean I am no longer in the running. How sad! I so hoped to start over after just retiring. A place to paint, and breathe easy, with bucolic views and weather I could love and in which I could florish. I have seen so many others and mostly we have the same story; decades of hard work, looking for a dream come true, hoping for a place where loved ones would take a delight in visiting……………………….dreams are powerful things…………………
Dont worry if you dont win. If one dream dies dream another! HGTV Green home in Plymouth Mass is just around the corner! (:
I have wondered myself how much time elapses from notification to broadcast. I'm sure HGTV doesn't want to send a camera crew to an empty house, so they must set things up beforehand so it isn't really a surprise when the cameras are rolling.
I believe winner or their family already knows because winner have to be home when they are informed of their winnings.
I still have my fingers crossed & have camped out by the front door (hehe). Tick, tick, tick, tick………………….
Good Luck !
i really want that dream home so i can have my own personal space.so that my little sisters won't bother
me i plan on hiding in the recycling room. so i can read a book in peace no one will find me there.
dya: Cute. Were you the one in closet whispering "they're looking for me"?
Love it dya! I hear ya, have dad build ya a bunkhouse outta the playroom ….;)
Good luck Dya! But if your family doesn't win maybe you have a space in your home like a section in the basement that could be sectioned off inexpensively that you could call your own. But if not, maybe you and your sister could work out a alone time schedule for each of you in your own bedroom. Good Luck! But remember alone time is important but so is quality together time so you can bond and make memories together.
From the look of last years ambush I think they do it live not recorded. That would mean if you are in the Pacific time zone they will ambush you about 5pm.
To think….this is Daylights Saving time! Spring forward with those clocks, watches, microwave ovens, etc. LOL
Best wishes to you, jara Dee.
fyi- last year's was taped the Monday before the Sunday it aired.
Just checking in and am SO EXCITED to hear from Gail again!! Today has really been a shot in the arm for all of us faithful bloggers, hasn't it. Congats to Janice and now this! Who feels like there is still 100% chance of anybody winning??!! I DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HGTV thanks for dangling a carrot! lol
Most assuredly I feel the same…..Sunday will be a "fun"day for someone!
Best Wishes To All!
It's me!!! Sorry!! haha Gotta go clean and put on my makeup before they get here:) wink
Wow. Thank you so much Gail. I am so excited for Monday. Please can you tell us if it's a mail in or online entry? It couldn't hurt. Honestly I hope it's a blogger. Congratulations to the winner!
I'm hoping it's a blogger too. The suspense is is more than I can handle. Whew….waiting is so hard, and yet, a part of me doesn't want it to be over, cause then it's over…oh well, keeping the dream alive!!
You are so cute!
Raskel Rabbit ;o)
Thanks Gail and Mary for the new post, and all the posts you all have done to keep us involved and excited on the chance to win the Dream Home….kudos to you two and the entire HGTV crew and sponsors.
While we wait …a little gait, sing it to the tune ya know….
Strollin', Strollin', Strollin'….
HGTV is rollin'….
Lookin' for "The one" who has won….
Through wind and rain and weather…
Hey…they'll go wherever….
Nothing will stop them till it's done….
Oh yeah…they're on a mission…
So Dreamers keep a-wishin'…
Soon…we'll know who has won….
Got the "name", here we go, saddle up, hit the road….
Gotta get to the "winner' real soon….
Grab the Cam, get the Mic, don't forget to check twice….
HGTV coming soon to you…..!
Saddle up cowboys!
Way to go!! I am rollin' and READY!!
Me too…. let's go!
Thanks Nature lover and La, we have enough cowpokes to start a Dream Home Dude/Dudette Spa n Last Resort Ranch!
Wow! I can almost see Rowdy Yates (Clint Eastwood) herding dogies! The suspense is building! Looking forward to seeing who the winner is! Good luck to all bloggers!
Yeah Pat….an official dachshund doggie roundup! I like it! We'll add it to the itinerary at the "Ranch"….;)
Don't forget…..tarantula finger boxing is open all day long…or until they get tired or bored with us!
Trail Boss Roscoe! You are funny! I wasn't referring to "long little doggies"! Dogie is a term cowboys used to call motherless calves in the Old West. Comes from the Spanish word "dogal" referring to the rope used to keep a calf away from its mother when she was being milked. The reason there were so many motherless calves was that Mexican longhorn cattle then raised in Texas were not milkers and therefore allowed to roam unsupervised. many calves were separated from their mothers, especially if they had been weaned or were old enough to be weaned… thus a lone little dogie!! Ha Ha! How's that for cowboy trivia!
Meanwhile back at the Campbell Ranch in Sandia Park a beautiful dream home is waiting for some blessed soul to take possession! Good luck to all anxiously awaiting dreamers and bloggers! P.S. I will definitely pass on the giant arachnids!
I am such a city girl… but, perhaps you've inspired me to purchase my first pair of coyboy boots. Or, are the ones in the DH closet going to be mine?
Perhaps they be yours Jan….;)
Best of Luck!
Good afternoon! So, went into the closet to take a look at those boots… they're cute. Still hoping they are mine. Forgive me for dreaming!
Brought you a cup of coffee… and I remembered the hazelnut creamer. Enjoy!
LOL….thanks for the java Jan…..you make a great cup of joy…in the morning!
YYYYYYEEEEEEE HHHHHHHAAAAAAWWWWWWW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i love it…. wonderful song…
Now that's a jump up and shout out!
Git yer GRRRRRR on grrl!
Best of Luck for that "Dream Home"…on the range!
roscoe, you are funny but it sure fits.
Thanks Mary…It was fun to do, tho the HGTV part is a little tough to roll off the lips…..ya gotta stretch it a bit….;)
roscoe: LOVED IT. I even added the snap of the whip. Haven't we met somewhere before? Shucks, wont be able to get that song out of my mind tonight. Thanks to you and Mr. F.L.
Hey, Katydid my thoughts exactly,…..LOL. But, it's A OK , It's a song I really like
Thanks Ali B for the kind words…here's hoping you get to wrangle 'em up on your "range"!
Thanks gal…yeah the 2nd part of my DH "Rawhide Trilogy"…tho I haven't the foggiest idea of a trilogy, but just now thought it may be an idear to do…..we'll see…..;)
All the best…
ps….who's Mr F.L…? a hint?
He's the original singer of Rawhide, roscoe. Frankie Laine!
Good to see you entertaining the troops while we wait for the reveal show!
Thanks Wyo Gal……I couldn't remember the name.
It's fun to add a little levity while we wait for the big moment…
Goodness, Wyo_Girl, I am quite impressed with the interesting information this group possesses. How the heck did you remember that? I am surprised that I actually do remember the first eight words of the original… but, that's about it!
Oh, I wasn't that great at remembering his name, but I'm great at Google!
roscoe: I was referring to Frankie Laine, but wasn't sure of the spelling, so took the easy way out. Still not sure if I spelled it right, but I am pretty sure he was the first singer I heard singing that song.
I'm with ya partner! This cowgirl is ready to hit the NM range! Giddy Up!
I'm sleeping in my chaps tonight!
I could have a field day with that one mydream…heheh…….;)
But I'll merely say…..YEEEEE HAAAAAA!!!
All the Best!
A BIG YEEEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!yip yip yahooooey!
Thanks to all of you for the kind words. I'm gald you enjoyed it! A little durdge to pass the tyme till we know who has won.
Thanks renee, I've greatly enjoyed your posts. It's been fun!
Scholar, poet, gentleman, you know it! You have a way with the ladies, the ditties, and are a little flirty. Charming charming poem. Go Roscoe, Go HGTV
Thanks Janice, you're too kind. If I brought a little laughter into the mix while we wait, then it has been my pleasure, and my reward!…..;)
All the Best to You n Tomas!
ps…..a way with the ladies eh? Well I am single gals….heheh….;)
Thanks for that catchy tune…perfect! Still hanging on to this dream 'cuz it would explain my "Chosen Dream" that I had as a child
I thought I was crazy!!! haha kudos for your enthusiasm!!!!!
I am a little confused, so they pick one on-line and one from the "mailed in" entries
Roscoe, THAT IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE! I think it would make the perfect intro on the Revealing Show tomorrow night to have YOU, or if you refuse, a country singer, sing this song with your lyrics. Are you a songwriter? If not, you should really consider it. Way to rack em up them words cowboy!
Of course we all want to win the beautful home, but only one will!
how exciting and a bit nerve wrecking….I look forward to Sunday being over….Just need to get through this busy weekend so I can see the joy on that person's face!!!! Good luck to all!
Also I think it is not a realy ambush, because if they just called to the winner after the drawing and just telling he/she is the winner of 50 possible winners. It is not the ambush already.
I hope that you all are remembering that it is not over til the fat lady sings. I am that fat lady and I aint singing, not yet anyway. I will decide when I sing and I think that will be sometime on Monday. Stay tuned to see. It isn't as exciting you say, well you know nothing. I am just as excited as when I decided to enter in Dec. of 09. In fact, I know so much more not than I did then. I know something about each of you , well almost. There is so much to be excited about. Hey, Spring is just around the corner. Jump up and down or relax which ever you think you need to do. Smile Blessings are upon your head, Sandy
Love your post! So funny! I REALLY hope i won! But Good Luck!
See…..even folks at the NSA are getting excited and involved…..;)
Hey SandyLA, I wanted to mention I wasn't making fun of you. I liked your post and agree with it. We do get to know folks here, their dreams and hopes, fears and triumphs.
I try to put a funny quip on things, to liven things up, and am always looking for good str8 lines to put a spin on. On thinking last night I realized it could come across differently.
Wishing you SandyLA and all bloggers the Best!
True, it's not over, until is over….. I know that maybe you all think I am crazy, but I will wait until I see the entrance of the house to make sure is not mine. I will pray and hope until that moment. Have faith…
Dania, I was thinking the same thing! LOL! Imagine sitting there watching HGTV Monday when suddenly you recognize landmarks and the street as the cameras are rolling all the way to your residence…
That would be amazimg, wouldn't it? With the so many different ways they do things, no one can be sure. LOL Every prior winner has been ambushed differently. I would be one to scream, cry, and jump. I have my entire family involved… They are look outs for me and must answer every call that comes to the house. Ha, ha ha…. I love this home, its truly a dream come true for anyone that wins it. Good luck to you!
That would be great! Can't wait to see who wins!
I also noticed that Gail said what happened last year. She really couldn't say what Jim did this year without giving away whether it was a real or virtual bin. However the picture shows him at the computer so I'll go with what my eyes tell me. And the beat goes on………………………………………….
I hope so…I only entered by email
Very observant, ConnieMoore. My heart is beating a little faster now. I placed only e-mail entries. I keep lookin' towards my front door and think that every vehicle that passes by is a possibility to be "The Team". ??? We all are just hopin' ….which is such a great feeling. Blessings to all!!!♥♥♥
What is it mail in or online I did both .again this year best to all good luck.
Since the time zones are all different in each area, we will all be watching the same reveal at different times, a 1, 2, 3, hour difference whether standard, central , or pacific, time. Depending on living in what time zone, is whether there will be an ambush or not, other wise you find out live, but it will all be seen live on t.v………I Guess??? They probably do a check on people with in 5 days after the reveal. This is all my guess?? And also 1st whether drawing will be by mail or internet.
With over 40 million entries, I have came up with a super brilliant idea! If HGTV collected a ONE DOLLAR per entry fee for Dream Home 2011, think of how many dollars could be donated to charities such as Rebuilding Together or Habitat for Humanity! This fee could easily be accomplished using Pay Pal for the online entries, and entrants wishing to mail in entries could be issued little stickers to be placed in the lower left hand corner of the envelope or postcard! With all the revenue collected, think of all the homes that could be built for lower income families! Plus one lucky person would still win the Dream Home! Any comments on this brilliant idea of mine?
If they took money, it would change from being a sweepstakes to be gambling, which has much more legal baggage to implement, and not everyone who enters now would…
Could it be donated… Like how American Idol did it or American Red Cross??? by clicking a box or text messaging a certain number???
I think that would be Great to do that always help other people in Need….
count me in.
Keep giving more free stuff and nobody will work, I work my ass off for every $$.
What if the person who is trying to win a dream couldn't because you put a money restriction on them, which make unable to participate in a chance of a lifetime..I AGREE it not a sweepstakes at that point, it is merely a way limit entries and to extort money from individuals who may or may not be unable to pay…Maybe we should leave charity donation to such groups who are organized for such a purpose. Don't get me wrong I believe people should help people, but not in this way. Other wise it changes the meaning of "sweepstakes"
Well the $1.00 would have to be optional as it would turn a sweepstakes into a raffle and the rules would be much different. But I do agree that would sure be a nice way to bring millions of dollars in to help those in need.
Sry, but never used PayPal, & never will… Figure out another procedure…
Fantastic idea! That is caring about humanity.
Good Luck everyone!!
I think this is a great idea! It brought a tear to my eye. I hope HGTV is able to implement it.
This idea is great, they could also find away for the winner to be able to keep the home as well. I read somewhere that almost every winner has had to sell their dream home because of having to pay fees or something…that is sad.
Great idea! I would certainly buy a chance to win for a $1, getting to make difference at the same time is a nice bonus.
One year HGTV did take money. $20.00 per person to be exact to bus groups in to tour the DH. They said half of ti would go to charity. If I can find the story, I'll try to post it here. They may still charge visitors, don't know.
I'm still in dreamland. I looked up the weather conditions for "our" beautiful DH and it's clear and 47 degrees with a 50% chance of snow on Monday. I just finished watching Throw Down with Bobby Flay. He was in San Antonio, New Mexico making a green chili hamburger. San Antonio is just south of ABQ. Seeing the green chili immediately put me into my Sandia Park zombie mode…twitching head, drooling slightly…frantically running back and forth to the window…where is that van?
OMG You sound like me…..lol! I am having so much fun, how about you?
Yes. I love this blog. I've never been so "hooked" on anything like this, as if I have a little too much time on my hands, which I don't. I have tons and tons of work, projects, etc. It really has been fun to hear all the different thoughts.
Every time my mild-mannered black lab goes to the front window to growl and bark this week I've stopped whatever I'm doing to run see what's up! Goofy, huh! In Colorado we called the green chili burgers "sloppers"! Yum Yum! I really think they will hire a local production company to film the ambush. What do you think?
Sloppers….that sounds really tasty. Regarding the production company? I haven't a clue.
Too cute, I bet that describes 99% of us! I am hoping that van is in Orlando…
Gail, thank you so much you have answered alot of questions I had. I am new to all this HGTV and the sweepstakes .I am still dreaming of winning this beautiful home and so excited to think maybe my family still has a chance. And I have really enjoyed reading these posts I hope a blogger wins also!!!!!
It looks like Jim Samples, pressed the spacebar again this year! http://blog.hgtv.com/dreamhome/files/2010/03/winn…
maybe he's just reading the teleprompter…
Either way, I entered both online and via Snail Mail, so I have a chance still
Dreams DO come true-I can definitely attest to that. My dreams are indicating that *I* will be the winner of the HGTV 2010 Green Home
good luck i'm so excited
oemmg this is exciting!! i hope my mom wins this house. its so nice and its a really beautiful setting . well good luck to everyoone!!!
I believe it was an online entry that won because Jim Samples is at the computer.
This is TRULY incredible!! I've never had the "heart" to take a chance, nor had the inclination to "TRUST" that a contest, such as this, would ever be the "answer" [so to speak] to MY "Dream Come True"…DREAM HOUSE COME TRUE, that is. Until, OF COURSE, I had the blessing [and chance] to see HGTV's Dream House Contest.
Honestly, my fiancee and I hadn't really watched any of the HGTV programs until about two to three months ago, when we "FINALLY" opted for [and could afford] a DVR with which to record and watch MOST of their programs – hence, we are TRULY addicted NOW, and actually watch JUST HGTV programs, whenever we aren't asleep or tending to either the kids or our tiny apartment.
Needless to say, [WE] FELL HEAD OVER HEELS in LOVE [AGAIN]…with the HGTV 2010 Dream House, as well as with ONE ANOTHER!!! THANK YOU HGTV…my faith in "DREAMS" has been restored; hence, I haven't stopped DREAMING of living the rest of our LOVING days and life with the boys in that HEAVENLY home…OUR fingers are crossed!!!
I can,t Wait to see who Won the Dream Home Best of Congrat to you……Was it a mail in Gail or online guess we have to wait….I did Both Again this Year….AGAIN BEST WISHES TO ALL DREAM HOME 2010
It would then turn into a raffle. There is another cause that sells tickets to win a house for donations to their charity.
Quotation from the movie "Waking Ned Devine"
Narrator: Saturday evening, and the universe is much the same as at any other point in the history of the world. The planets and stars orbit and spin, and do everything that is expected of them. On earth, as the sun sets, millions prepare for a weekly event that is much less predictable. In sixty three countries around the world, dozens of lottery machines spin hundreds of lottery balls. It takes seconds for the winning numbers to be selected… seconds for the losers to realize they've lost. But for the winners, it is an event that will undoubtedly change their lives forever… lucky sods!
Very good observation. Wasn't that a great movie?
Thank you for being so helpful. You are great. I hope that whoever wins really appriciates the home.
Me too! I'm too cheap to enter by snail mail!
I thought I would post my final comment reg. the HGTV 2010 Dream Home. I have been so excited about this giveaway every since I found about it around mid February. I have toured the Dream Home everyday on line and feel like I have actually physically been inside of this beautiful home. I just love it as I know most of you do. The all on one floor plan, garage, beautiful colors, open floor plan, decorations, location is just the total best. I am dreaming constantly about this Dream Home as many of you are. I am in it to win it and keep it. I am so very ready to receive it and start a whole new life in NM. Just the fact that everything is all new and different is so appealing. I think the builders and decorators hit the jackpot on this Home. This is it——- the big weekend we have all been waiting for when the winner will be announced and then it will truly be over for those who didn't win because we have been looking forward to the end result for so long. I want to say GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO ENTERED. I am believing & dreaming it is me and I am in "anticipation count down".
I can relate to all you said. Believe it or not I actually had a fortune teller tell me how many children I would have how many miscarriages, that my life would have many hard trials and tribulations and that with my strong faith that God would carry me through to my earthly reward of a very rich blessing to become wealthy and enjoy a good life Well she was right on all counts up to the last part. May the dream home will bring the final prediction to reality. LOL! (side note..this old woman said she was born on a Haley's Comet and that she was going to leave the earth to return to heaven on the next Haley's Comet and she did die of natural causes the night of the last Haley's Comment at a ripe old age.)
I myself think fortune tellers give people false hope and that their powers do not come from God as they say they do.
Just my opinion.
It is so exciting. Who is gonna win. I hope they did not ambush the winner yet. I soooo want to win. Good luck to all. Can't wait for Monday.
Di in Ohio
Oh what a feeling someone will have…good luck everyone.
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