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My Life as a Realtor – Day 70

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 70:

A fairly easy day today – a few phone calls, e-mails and text messages.  And yet, I seem to always be crazy busy – dragging myself to bed well after midnight and jumping back on the computer the second the kids are off to school – which is 7:30 am.  I stop to tend to other things that need to get done – you know, the laundry, meals, cleaning,…  Although, today, I had another day off from making dinner – David made Texas Jambalaya – he just added chicken instead of ham.  It was delicious!


September 30, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 69

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 69:

Appointment today with my client – a NYC Police Officer.  3 homes in Patterson, NY – all in the Putnam Lake area – and 7 homes in the Kent, NY area near Lake Carmel.

SSPX0766                                         View from the front door of one of the homes viewed…

SSPX0750                                                                            Lake Carmel

Phone Pics 111                                                                            Putnam Lake


September 30, 2009 Posted by | Carmel, Lake Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, NY, Patterson, Putnam Lake, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Color and Design for Every Room

From FineLiving.com – Create Your Space

Paint - doug88888                                                                  doug88888 – Flickr.com

~ CLICK ~ Here to view VideoFind color and design inspiration for every room in the house!

 Painting Yellow - mccun934                                                                mccun934 – Flickr.rom

September 29, 2009 Posted by | Paint, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 68

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 68:

It’s Sunday – finished making appointments for tomorrow.  Then off to Home Depot in Danbury, CT – again.


I took Jonathan with me to pick up some items that Joe needed along with paint.

SSPX0764                                                             Different shades of Blue and a Red was chosen

September 29, 2009 Posted by | Home Depot, My Life as a Realtor, Paint | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coffee Trifles – The Paper Apron

www.PaperApron.com recently celebrated her first year of Blogging – Congratulations!

Trifle - foodistablog                                                                        Foodistablog – Flickr.com

She made Individual Coffee Trifles with Strawberries, Bananas and Chocolate Shavings – doesn’t this sound delicious!

~ Click ~ Here for the recipe and to visit The Paper Apron’s Blog

September 28, 2009 Posted by | Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halloween M&M Chocolate Cookies

Today on TV, there was a “Haunted House” show – starting my kick-off for Halloween’ish posts – we have 34 days to go.  Ironically, today someone on Twitter agreed to follow me – Nicole Weston – who has a great Blog with tummy pleasing recipes – one of which is Halloween M&M Chocolate Cookies ~ CLICK ~ for recipe

Halloween M&M's                                                                Brandy Shaul – Flickr.com

Form more great recipes, visit:  www.BakingBites.com

September 27, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Halloween, Recipes, Twitter | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 67

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 67:

It’s Saturday – Appointment making day for a client – we’ll be viewing some homes on Monday. 

In the morning, Jonathan had his New Fairfield Soccer photos at the New Fairfield High School.


Worked on my Blog – then baked a cake and made pasta salad to take to my brother-in-laws in Mt. Vernon, NY for a barbecue

SSPX0756                                                                            Yummy BBQ Chicken


September 27, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 66

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 66:

Friday – Yahoo!  Important phone calls for a client first thing this morning – request for an appointment to view homes on Monday from another client and calls to an attorney and mortgage broker with concerns for 2 other clients.  In the meantime, e-mails, searching, texting, and other calls.  And, every so often, Joe would call me upstairs to take a picture of the progression of all his hard work in our master bath

HPIM2638                                                                      Tile going up…

HPIM2642                                                            adding decorative glass tile…

HPIM2643                   the final touch, stones that Joe hand picked this summer while in the beach in Portugal.

I went to Shaw’s – again – while waiting for an important call from a client.  I also decided to make an Apple Tart – made with Apples, Cream Cheese, Honey and Puff Pastry.  A recipe from ThePaperApron.com

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Bathroom, My Life as a Realtor, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I-Tune on my I-Pod – I Told You So

Another I-Tune on my I-Pod ~ “I Told You So” – performed by Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis

I first fell in love with this song when it was sung on American Idol – I just had to download it to my I-Pod.

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Music & Songs, Fun Post, I-Pod, I-Tunes, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 65

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 65:

 A great day – Joe started the master bath renovation!  I dealt with a few clients and their concerns – sometimes I wish I had a magic wand to make all their worries disappear!  I don’t – so I do my best to listen – really listen – and help the best that I possibly can.


Goodbye old tile – sorry to say, you won’t be missed!

A trip to Shaws – dinner – picked up Jonathan from soccer practice – and worked until about 1:15 am.  And, at about 1:30 in the morning, Fo-fo, my in-laws dog that we’ve been taking care of – since JUNE!!!!! – decided he was going to start barking at the wind.  Lord, give me strength.

September 26, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Rachael Ray’s Meals for a Steal

Rachael’s Ray’s Meal for a Steal ~ CLICK ~  Watch this video of Rachael Ray on Good Morning America

Rachael Ray on GMA

Feeding your family economically – 2 meals for under $10 for 4 family servings.

Rachael Ray had 2 recipes –

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Life as a Realtor – Day 64

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 64:

Wednesday – Hump Day!  Even though I work 7 days a week, Hump Day is still a fav, but not as much as Friday’s!  As a matter of fact, today is Friday – yet this post is about my Wednesday – confused?  I know, but between work – the renovation of our kitchen and now bath – and my everyday home, kids and pets tasks… I have fallen behind. 

With that said, Wednesday – was just an ordinary busy day.  I love being able to work from home.  I had received a text from my new client and spent some time searching and sending him listings – although, during that time, I multitasked and got a few other things done,  hoping I could get to bed before 1am.

Joe drove all the way to Long Island – to his bosses house to pick up his tools – it took him 4 hours!  But without his tools, he wouldn’t be able to start our master bath renovation tomorrow.  For today, he made a gate so the pups could hang out on the back decks – although, I don’t have the heart to tell Joe that Tisha escaped on us today.  She can be such a bad girl!  It’s a good thing Remi came to me barking and making a fuss.  He lead me right to the deck, scratching the gate – and I knew exactly what happened.


September 25, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

From Cusine at Home eRecipes ~ Banana Chocolate Chip Cake ~ CLICK here for recipe ~

This looks so delicious – and I get to turn on my oven, making my kitchen toasty warm during the Fall chilly evenings.

Banana Choc Chip - Divine Domesticity                                                                  Divine Domesticity – Flickr.com

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 63

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 63:

Joe and I made a trip to Home Depot in Brewster, NY.  We have decided to renovate the master bath – Yahoo!

                                          A very nice Fall display at Home Depot in BrewsterSSPX0625

By using alot of materials that we already have – thinset, sheet rock, paint… Also, by using the same shower doors, toilet, mirror, vanity and cabinets – simply painting and changing the handles on them – will make a huge difference and keep our cost down.

Then back home – back to work and cleaning – cooking – and looking forward to watching the 2nd night of Dancing With the Stars!

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Bathroom, Home Depot, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Energy Efficient Tax Credit

Here is some great information from Home Depot on how you could do some energy improvements in and around your home to save money and possibly receive an Energy Efficient Tax Credit ~ CLICK ~

Light Bulb - kaibara87 away for 1 month!                                                 kaibara87 (away for 1 month)! – Flickr.com

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Home Depot | , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 62

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 62: 

It was an exciting day for David – his official First Day of Work for Best Buy in Danbury!  I am so proud of him…

HPIM2626                                                                  David’s Best Buy Name Tag

OK, enough gushing – I was off to meet my new client.  We started at 10’ish in the am – and ended at about 2’ish in the afternoon.  We viewed 6 homes through out Patterson, NY – and – Carmel, NY.

                                                   One of the homes we viewed – Built in 1772SSPX0738

Then back home – many phone calls and e-mails to catch up on and soccer practice for Jon – and the 1st night of Dancing with the Stars!

September 25, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Choosing Your Paint Colors

Choosing Your Paint Colors by DIYNetwork.com ~ CLICK ~

 Blue Kitchen - Lara604                                                                                Lara604 – Flickr.com

Our first room that was painted was the kitchenCLICK here to view some great “Just Baked” kitchen paint colors.  We chose a creamy – buttery – yellow.

Butter - sylvar                                                                       Sylvar – Flickr.com

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Color, Paint, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 61

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 61:

Worked… cleaned… and rearranged our kitchen now that Joe is finished with painting the cabinets and walls – looks so clean, bright and refreshing!  It’s not totally completed, but will be soon… I hope!

I have a new client that I will be taking out tomorrow – a New York Police Officer and first time home buyer – so I made all the necessary calls and appointments.

Then, Jonathan and I were off to New Milford, CT for his away soccer game

HPIM2614                                                Jonathan’s New Fairfield Soccer Club Uniform

Jonathan and his team won – he scored the last goal – Yeah!  So far, they’ve won their first 2 games and a treat was well deserved – Mc Donald’s – his favorite!

HPIM2620                                                                Mc D’s in New Milford, CT

Since I was just a few miles away, we stopped at Costco in Brookfield, CT for some bulk shopping.


Grilled Chicken for dinner – taking advantage of being able to barbecue before the cold sets in.  Then, back to work until very, very late…

September 25, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Life as a Realtor – Day 60

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 60:

Today – Saturday – busy, busy!

SSPX0734                            Driving with my gold balloons that I crammed into the back of my little rental

Picked up balloons at Shaws for a Public Open House on my listing52 Mountain Brook Road – Brewster, NY – from 11am to 1pm.


Then flew to get gas and wine on Route 22 in Brewster… 

HPIM2605       Purchased 3 bottles of Red Wine – from Portugal, Spain and this one that reads B~I~T~C~H

Back up Milltown Road – from Brewster, NY into New Fairfield, CT – approx 6 minutes – to grab some lunch at home before my next Public Open House on another listing2A Hudson Drive – New Fairfield, CT

SSPX0552                                                                               Welcome!

During the Open House, a gentleman and his wife came, they had owned this home back in the 70’s – it was awesome to watch them view the home and all it’s changes.   

When I arrived back at home, I was so happy to see that Joe was painting the kitchen walls – a creamy yellow.  I was even happier that I couldn’t cook dinner. Yahoo – Chinese

HPIM2592                                                                Main Moon in New Fairfield

After dinner, we sang Happy 21st Birthday to Melissa – our oldest – did I say 21?  Where have the years gone…


Melissa’s Birthday was on Thursday, September 17th – we had a special dinner, but no time for the cake since friends were taking her out to celebrate!  Therefore, she has been celebrating all weekend!

September 24, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pillsbury’s Topsy-Turvy Apple Pie

Pillsbury’s Topsy-Turvy Apple Pie– Mmm – Mmm Good! 

Apples - Pink Sherbet Photography                                                       Pink Sherbet Photography – Flickr.com

With Fall upon us, that means apple picking!   Fall also means cooler weather – perfect for baking.  So try this recipe from Pillsbury Brown Sugar, Pecans and Apples – a match made in Heaven!

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Pillsbury, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 59

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 59:

Today is Bunco Day!  The gals and I have been on summer break, but will resume our monthly Bunco Friday Game Night  tonight.  But first, lots of work – both at home and at work. 

SSPX0722                                                             Bunco Night  – Table # 1

 Can’t believe that Fall is here!


Before Bunco, Amanda and I took off to Academy Marble & Granite in Bethel, CT to view some granite for our kitchen’s island.

SSPX0715     Academy Granite & Marble – Samples

Again, to save on cost, I called a few different place in and around Danbury, to see who would be more negotiable.  Our next stop was to American Flag Granite & Stone in Danbury, CT.

SSPX0718   American Granite & Stone – Danbury, CT

We also stopped at Car City in Danbury to view some cars for Joe.  Then hometo eat dinner – David made pork loin, mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables – Mmmmm!

September 23, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 58

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 58:

Office Meeting in the am – first started with a Listing Book class with Rob Rosa.  He talked about all the great things Listing Book has to offer for us as agents, and for sellers and buyers – to view current listings of homes and search like an agentCLICK on links to get a FREE account in Connecticutwww.DianaSantosCT.ListingBook.com ~~ or ~~ CLICK here for New Yorkwww.DianaSantosNY.ListingBook.com


Afterwards, I tackled lots of paperwork to be handed into the admin department in our office – Century 21 VJF Realty – always a pleasure to be there!

On my way home – from Brewster, NY to New Fairfield, CT – I swung by my listing52 Mountain Brook Road – Brewster, NY – to add some listing sheets to the outside brochure box.


September 22, 2009 Posted by | Listing Book, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 57

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 57:

Morning appointment in Danbury, CT with clients to measure rooms in a home that will soon be theirs!


Then off to New Fairfield, CT to pick up my 4′ wedge at the Food Market.  They had just finished wrapping it – so it will be fresh and yummy for my Realtor Open House on my new listing in Brewster, NY ~~~CLICK~TO~VIEW~LISTING~SHEET~~~  and – I’ll be having an Open House tomorrow here from 11am to 1pm.


Here is my spread for the Realtors that will come to view this spectacular home!


In the evening, I had an inspection in Southbury, CT – another lovely home for my other lovely clients!

SSPX0703                                                  Vibrant Orange flowers in the front yard

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 56

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 56:

Work, work, work – Clean, clean, clean – Kitchen looking really nice – I am still amazed at what a can of paint can do!


The wonderful news of the day came in the afternoon.  My clients had put in an over-asking-price offer on a home in Southbury, CT.  Unfortunately, another offer had came in a few hours earlier and the seller had accepted the it and signed the offer to purchase sheet – so, my clients offer became a back-up offer – until today.  The listing agent called saying the deal fell through and the house was fully available!

                                                    A quick drive-by pic of Southbury, CTSSPX0700

My clients, the listing  agent and I worked until well after 10pm – e-mailing, scanning, and faxing necessary documents to make sure we stay in the lead.  Real Estate can be very exciting!

September 17, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 55

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 55:

Monday Blues?  No way!  Too busy for that…

My Joe is awesome!  Just look at our kitchen in just a few days…

Before ~




Went out to water my mums – they’re starting to open and have more color…


Then off to work – searching listings – sending to clients – calling agents – calling clients…

Also, linked with Art Deco Furniture – CLICK – really nice site with lots of great furniture.

September 15, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 54

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 54:

Sunday!  Public Open House Day on my listing in New Fairfield, CT – Stopped at Shaw’s to pick up my Black & Gold Balloons…


                                                  ********CLICK to View Listing Sheet*********

Set up my Century 21 VJF Open House signs and balloons…


Waited for people in this charming – move-in ready home…

HPIM2532                                                      Views of Ball Pond from Dinning Room

Afterwards, met with Circle Pix photographer to take pics of my new listing in Brewster, NY

                                        CLICK to view 52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY


~~~~~~~~~~~CLICK here to view Virtual Tour~~~~~~~~~~~

Then off to Jonathan’s first soccer game – so happy it was right in town – New Fairfield’s Rebel Field – and really happy that they won!



September 15, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 53

My Day as a Realtor ~

Day 53:

OK – Saturday – Joe is moving quickly with our kitchen renovation – we – or he – is painting the kitchen cabinetsGlidden’s Linen White – and a few more touches – real, real inexpensive and I can’t believe the difference already!


Today I was Joe’s right hand man – went to Home Depot in Brewster, NY for a few things…

SSPX0626                                                      Home Depot in Brewster, NY

Then to HomeDepot in Danbury, CT  for a few more things…


Then to A & P in Brewster, NY for MORE groceries and MORE mums – hey, for $4 each, I couldn’t resist!


Throughout the day, I e-mailed and spoke with clients – then, Hubby-Hub and I – and my sis Lisa and brother-in-law, Richie – went out to dinner to the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury, CTCaravela Restaurant.  Good food, good wine, really good company!


September 15, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 52

Yeah it’s Friday!  I know, your confused – today is Sunday – but because of being busy, I am behind in my daily posts.

So, Friday – pouring rain – all day long…

Went to take some photos of my new listing      ***********CLICK to View Listing Sheet**********

HPIM2501                                                 View of Front Yard from Living Room

I put up my Century 21 VJF Realty For Sale Sign and looked like a wet dog by the time I was done.  I did have a good laugh when I looked in the rear view mirror and notice my mascara had run!

HPIM2531                                                            52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

Now this spaciously – recently updated home with beautiful property and in-ground swimming pool is just off of Milltown Road in Brewster, NY and minutes to Route 22 and I-684.

Finished up some work – both for Real Estate and home – then I was off to Danbury, CT to meet with an appraisor for my clients property – a foreclosure – that they are looking to purchase.


Then stopped at A & P in Danbury, CT for groceries and mums. Yes, I am slowly adapting to the fact that fall is a comin!

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home For Sale – 52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

                                            Home For Sale – 52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

HPIM2529                                                             Contemporary Raised Ranch

                                                    CLICK ~ View Listing Sheet ~ CLICK ~

HPIM2477                                           Landscaped Level Property with Manicured Lawns

HPIM2498                                                In-Ground Swimming Pool – Private Backyard

HPIM2479                                                                            Entry Hall

HPIM2496                                        Living Room with Hardwood Floors and Vaulted Ceilings

HPIM2504                                                               Light & Bright Entry Hall

HPIM2508                                           Spacious Kitchen with Vaulted Ceilings and Skylights

HPIM2517                                               Dinning Area with Vaulted Ceilings and Skylights

HPIM2525                                   Master Bedroom with Hardwood Floors and His & Her Closets

HPIM2519                                                       2nd Bedroom with Hardwood Floors

HPIM2520                                                        3rd Bedroom with Hardwood Floors

HPIM2522                                                                New Bath on Main Level

HPIM2482                                             Entrance from Driveway & Garage to Lower Level

HPIM2480                                         Family Room – Lower Level with Walk-Out to Backyard

HPIM2487                                                    View of the Backyard from the Lower Level

HPIM2484                                                               Den or Mixed Used Room

HPIM2492                                                                              Office

HPIM2495                                                                4th Bedroom in Lower Level

HPIM2490                                                                      Lower Level New Bath

This beautiful home has many updates – New Furnace – New Hot Water Heater – New Electrical Wiring – Back up Generator – Invisible Fencing – Newer Walkway – Newer Pavers and Pool Equipment – Just Painted waiting for you to Move In!


September 13, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Listing, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 51

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 51:

Another busy day – I’m getting behind in my posts and that makes me unhappy.

Being busy is appreciated – and I really don’t know how to sit still!

On this 51st day, I did alot of driving around with our little rental car from Enterprise– Chevy Colbat


Since Joe has decided to paint our kitchen cabinets– yes, I know, I had said I was going to do it during his visit in Portugal – but never did!  So, off to Home Depot in Danbury I went…

SSPX0596                                                         Bought some paint, primer and brushes

Dropped everything off at home where Joe had already started to remove cabinets, hinges, knobs and sanding everything down.  I then dashed to Shaws for more grocery shopping….


Ran home, made lunch, made phone calls, sent e-mails, made appointments and was so excited about our kitchen redo!

SSPX0600                                                      Our “before” pics – dated 1970’s Kitchen Cabinets

SSPX0602                                                                    Joe priming & removing cabinets

And to add to all of my excitment – I have a new listing!

                                             **********CLICK to View Listing Sheet**********

HPIM2529                                                 52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment