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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween - Jerry                                                                     Jerry – Flickr.com

A Poem from AlphabetSoup.com…

IT’S HALLOWEEN

It’s Halloween! It’s Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can’t be seen
On any other night.

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls,
Grinning goblins fighting duels,
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
Witches on their magic brooms.

In masks and gowns
we haunt the street
And knock on doors
for trick or treat.

Tonight we are
the king and queen,
For oh tonight
it’s Halloween!

~Jack Prelutsky~

Jack-o-Lanterns - Joe Shlabotnik                                                            Joe Shlabotnik – Flickr.com

and from TheHolidaySpot.com…

Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate….

Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate

the first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late”

the second one said, “But we don’t care”

the third one said, “I see witches in the air”

the fourth one said, “Let’s run, and run, and run”

The fifth one said, “Get ready for some fun”

Then whoosh went the wind,

and out went the lights,

and five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

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October 31, 2009 Posted by | Halloween | , , | Leave a comment

Halloween Treats

                                                                   ~ Halloween Treats ~

With Halloween here and if you’re looking for a simple, no-bake dessert – try Sandra Lee’s Tombstone Treats

Halloween - Pingu1963                                                             Pingu1963 – Flickr.com

Or if you prefer to bake, in a simple way by using a box cake mix – try Sandra Lee’s Chocolate Cupcake Critters

Jack-o-Lantern Cupcakes - CQ with stars front back                                                                   *CQ* – Flickr.com

October 31, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Halloween, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – Halloween

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – Halloween – also known as All Hallow’s Eve.

Here are some FANTASTIC Halloween Photos from Flickr.com

Jack o'lantern - weeta                                                    Silly Jack-o-Lantern – weeta – Flickr.com

Witch - dawnzy58                                                      Wicked Witch – dawnzy58 – Flickr.com

Black Cat - Peti Deuxmont                                             Witch’s Black Cat – Peti DeuxmontFlickr.com

 Cemetary - m.eckelberg                                           Black Crow on a Headstonem.eckelberg Flickr.com

 Haunted House 2 - darkpatator                                                     Haunted House – darkpatator – Flickr.com

Tick-or-Treat Candy - love janine                                                    Trick-or-Treat – love janine – Flickr.com

Fog - keepwaddling1                                          Fog… anyone out there?keepwaddling1Flickr.com

Bat - charliejb                                                        Sleeping Bat charliejbFlickr.com

Cemetary - mandy pantz                                                            City Cemetary – pantz1 – Flickr.com

 Black Crow - Flowery Luza - with stars in between                                                 Eery NightFlowery *L*u*z*a*Flickr.com

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Halloween | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 100

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 100:

Wow! I can’t believe I made it to Day 100!  Writing about my (Yawn!) Life as a Realtor has been fun.  Showing how multi-tasking my Life and Real Estate and how much I enjoy making this work and how I look forward to our market rebounding!! 

Phone Pics 117                                                                Patterson, NY Town Hall

Well, today, Thursday, was a good day.  One of my clients, who is purchasing his first home in Patterson, NY, met with his mortgage broker and contracts are awaiting his signature.  Another couple/clients of mine are in the process of negotiating on a beautiful home in Brewster, NY. And, a lovely couple, also purchasing their first home in Southbury, CT, are anxiously waiting for a commitment from their bank.  I have my fingers crossed!  Also, my clients/sellers and I are going out on Saturday to view a few homes in anticipation that they receive an offer soon – therefore allowing them to purchase soon!  Other clients are staying in touch via e-mail – inquiring on listings and waiting to hear if the tax credit will be extended.  Well, it looks like it will!  And not only for First-Time Home Buyers – more info will be announced and I can’t wait!

SSPX0327                                                 Views from Starr Ridge Road ~ Brewster, NY

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

My Life as a Realtor – Day 99

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 99:

Halloween count downcandy, costume, Ticks & Treats for our yearly Halloween Party at my brother’s house in Brookfield, CT.  Oh, I said costume – right?  Well, I still don’t have one.  Again, I just need to stop and think what costumes we already have.  Melissa suggested I be a bunny – oh how original, but my brother does has 3 little one’s – so I need to keep it where I’m not scaring or shocking them!

Before the party, we will be going Trick-or-Treating – my younger 3 still like to go – and being a kid for as long as you possibly can isn’t a bad thing.  And, even though all 3 of them are teenagers, Halloween safety is always important.

Along with some goodies and wine that I will be bringing, I’d like to bring a movie or two – Here is Halloween online MagazineTop 13 Favorite Horror Movies – there are actually a few Halloween kids movies – again, we have a few young kiddies.  And, I can’t forget the music

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ghost Lab – Discovery Channel

Ghost Lab – Discovery Channel

Boo - Arty Farty                                                                  Arty Farty – Flickr.com

Haunted House - Trostle                                                                  Trostle – Flickr.com

Cemetary - mandy pantz                                                                 mandy pantz – Flickr.com

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pumpkins

All about Pumkins – from Healthy Eats

Pumpkins Galore - Muffet                                                                         Muffet – Flickr.com

                                                 ~ CLICK ~ here to read some Pumpkin Facts!

Pumpkin Pie - rick                                                                      rick – Flickr.com

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Fall, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Halloween Ideas from HGTV

Halloween Ideas from HGTV :

antwerpenR                                                                antwerpenR – Flickr.com

~ CLICK ~ here to view decorating, costume, pumpkin carving and part planning ideas!

Pumpkin Witch - Joe Shlabotnik                                                              Joe Shlabotnik – Flickr.com

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, HGTV, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 98

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 98:

It’s a cool, rainy Tuesday.  Went into the office and accomplished a few errands – including a trip to A & P in Brewster

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and a trip to buy some wine – looked into Sardinian wine – I’ve heard is dark, rich and has the highest levels of antioxidants.

SSPX0955                                                                  Brewster Liquors

Then back to juggle work and home life.

October 28, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 97

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 97:

Monday – looks like rain – Ugh!

Home today – working, cleaning, cooking, …  I feel as though that is all I do – and you know what?  I Love it!

Joe stopped at his mom and dads in Mt. Vernon, NY.  His mom has a brick oven that she bakes bread in – Yumo!  Too bad I have developed food allergies to wheat and corn – so no more homemade bread for me  😦 

Joe’s dad had gone apple picking and sent us a bunch of delicious apples – I plan on making caramel apples for our Halloween Party at my brother’s house on Saturday.

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And that brings up the problem of Halloween.  It is in just a few days and I don’t have a costume!  I am trying to do this on a budget – so I will probably just use something we have at home – I could be a Witch, Cat, Tiger – hey, we have a Batman and Pirate costume!   Oh, and… we have a Jason mask from the movie “Friday the 13th”.   Man, I still get creeped out when I watch that movie – and Michael Meyers in the movie “Halloween” .   No other movies scare me more than these two.  It may be because when I first watched them, I was young and they scared the heck out of me.  Even as a mother of 5 and being 44 years old – watching these horror flicks brings those frightful memories, which come rushing back and make me feel like a scared child again.  Maybe I need therapy?  😉

Watch below… if you dare!

Oh my!

Really, the sounds and music in both of these movies send chills up my spine!

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY ~ 4 Bedroom ~ 2 Bath ~ Contemporary Raised Ranch ~ Offered at $479,900

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Listing, NY, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 96

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 96:

SSPX0872                                           Side Entrance to 2A Hudson Drive ~ New Fairfield, CT

Sunday – Public Open House Day for my listing in New Fairfield, CT  ~  CLICK ~ to view Listing Sheet

SSPX0873                                                                          Harvest Decor

 After picking up my gold balloons from Shaws – I made my way to this charming home

Then I flew back to Shaws to do some grocery shopping – went home to roast a pork loin for our Sunday dinner and hopped back on my lap top to continue working…  How quickly this weekend went by!

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halloween Party on a Budget

Good Morning America and Sarah Gray MillerEditor in Chief of Country Living Magazine showed how to have a great party on a small budget!

~ CLICK ~ Here for a perfect Halloween Party

Pumpkin Fairy House - tinyfroglet                                                                 tinyfroglet – Flickr.com

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Good Morning America, Halloween, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Home Selling Guide

In today’s market, selling your home can be a challenge.  From HGTV’S FrontDoor.com

Tudor - Hyperfinch                                                                   Hyerfinch – Flickr.com

~ CLICK ~ to view helpful hints and ideas with their Home Seller’s Guide…

SOLD

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Front Door, HGTV, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 95

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 95:

Oh my, my, my!  I’m sicker than a dogs dog – whatever that means!  Woke up with a ginormous headache and a fever.  I guess things have caught up to me and this is my body forcing me to rest!  So, I gave in – had no other choice – and slept most of the day away…  or at least I tried to in between Remi chasing Tisha and Moe – barking and jumping – Oh my aching head!

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Thoughts of the party last night – here is a picture of the guest of honor – my sister Lisa, my little – or I should say, younger brother Louie and me!

Lisa - Diana - Louie

Once again, this is why I love being a Realtor.  From bed, I was able to communicate with a few agents and clients – making sure all was well and taken care of.

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

Secrets to Living Longer and Healthier

On Good Morning America …  Dan Buettner talks of his best seller – “The Blue Zone”  and the

                                               Secrets to Living Longer and Healthier ~ CLICK ~

The Blue Zone                                                                       Google Imagery

The Diets and Lifestyles that make for a longer life in Sardinia – bread, fruit, cheese, wine & nuts for this Mediterranean diet. 

Grape Vines - ndrwfqq                                                                     ndrwfqq – Flickr.com

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Good Morning America, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 94

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 94:

Surprise 50th Birthday Party for my sister Lisa…

party_045                                                                              Cheers!

The celebration was at Biscotti’s in New Fairfield – just minutes from home which was great since we invited a few people after the party to our house for some more celebrating!

HPIM2755                                                                    50 and Fabulous!

Before the party, I was dealing with an offer.   The listing agent and I have been going back and forth and I am  thankful that she is so professional.

During the party, I left for a few minutes to pick up Amanda at the Home Coming Game at the New Fairfield High School – it was pouring and boy did my hair look lovely when I got back!

SSPX0947                                                                 New Fairfield vs Bethel

An awesome night for an awesome sister!

party_003                                                        Delicious Chocolate Tiger Print Cake

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

2-A Hudson Drive – New Fairfield, CT

2-A Hudson Drive, New Fairfield, CT ~ This lovely cape with water views ~ Offered for $305,000

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, My Listing, New Fairfield | , , | Leave a comment

150 Pocono Road – Brookfield, CT

150 Pocono Road – Brookfield, CT – 4 Bedrooms – 2 Bathroom Colonial – Offered at $398,000

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Brookfield, Connecticut, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 93

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 93:

Another class today – Short Sales & Foreclosures – with Randy Templeman – an awesome instructor! 

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Faith drove and before making our way to Poughkeepsie, NY – we dropped off her adorable pup – Phinny – at Wags Doggie Daycamp & Boarding – in Danbury, CT Wags has webcams so you can check in on your pups throughout the day!

SSPX0924                                                                   Faith and Phinny

Then we attended our class – from 9am to 4:30pm – took a test – picked our crystal balls – a gift from Mr. Templeman – and made our way back in New Fairfield, CT to deal with our kids, pets, dinner, hubbies and home!

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

Extreme Halloween Pumpkins

From www.DIYNetwork.com   –   CLICK here to view a gallery of Extreme Carved Halloween Pumpkins!

Jack-o-Lantern - euart                                                                   euart – Flickr.com

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Halloween | , , , , | Leave a comment

Different Types of Neighbors

From www.FrontDoor.com5 Different Types of Neighbors and How to Handle Them ~ CLICK ~

  1. The Home Devaluers
  2. The Dangerous Neighbor
  3. The Richer Than You Are Neighbor
  4. The Wacky Neighbor
  5. The Difficult Neighbor

All by Myself - Paulio Geordio                                                              Paulio Geordio – Flickr.com

To avoid any of these types of neighbors, you’d have to live like this – this photographer named this pic – “All By Myself”

October 25, 2009 Posted by | Front Door, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 92

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 92:

It’s Wednesday and a few of us from the office are going for a training class at the Hampton Inn in Elmsford, NY.

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Faith was kind enough to drive. 

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After having some much needed coffee, our class on How to Better Handle Our Listings started.  Much that was said was repetition, but we do try to attend all training classes since the market is always changing and different instructors have their own unique way of teaching – so I take from each to make up my own way of assisting my sellers and buyers.

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October 25, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 91

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 91:

A catch-up day – both with home and work.

SSPX0937                                                          Took this pic on my way home

Fall is definitely here – days are growing shorted, leaves changing color and I’m back to wearing turtle necks!

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

My Life as a Realtor – Day 90

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 90:

It’s Monday… and I have an inspection for my client who is interested in purchasing his very first home in Patterson, NY.  A lovely cape that has a ton of potential.

Phone Pics 114                                                             Putnam Lake – Patterson, NY

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

My Life as a Realtor – Day 89

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 89:

Sunday – rained – all day long!

Started my morning in Ridgefield, CT to show 2 homes

SSPX0894                                         A rainy Ridgefield Sunday morning

SSPX0896                                                 Driving down Historic Main Street

SSPX0903                                          Lovely pond  views from one of the homes

Then we made our way into New York to view 6 more homes in Brewster…   Patterson…   Carmel…   and Mahopac.   And it rained the entire day!

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

Halloween Ideas from HGTV

Here are some great Halloween Ideas from HGTV.com ~ CLICK ~

Jack-o-lantern - sth                                                                 sth – Flickr.com

October 22, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, HGTV, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 88

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 88:

Saturday – a very busy Saturday!  Met with a client and his family, in Patterson, NY to view a home that he is interested in purchasing.  Then flew home to get my things together for a Public Open House on my listing in Brookfield, CT  ~  CLICK here to view listing sheet.

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Afterwards, picked up my Open House signs and flew to the office to pick up listing sheets and to update my electronic key for appointments tomorrow.

Then, met with a very sweet couple to view a home in Brewster, NY.

After my appointment – made a few phone calls while making my way to A & P  – picked up a few things for a wine & cheese night with my sister Lisa and brother-in-law Richie.  We decided to watch the Yankee game instead of a movie.  The Yankees won after 13 innings – a very exciting game!  Although, the pouring rain and frigid temperatures made me uncomfortable for the fans in the stands.  One other person that was at the game – working as security – was my client from this morning.  He was stationed behind 3rd base – Lucky him, except for the freezing part!

October 22, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 87

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 87:

Wahoo!  It’s Friday – still chilly out and we’re due to get the second part of this nor’easter.   It also looks as though our Ladies Bunco Night in New Fairfield is going to be canceled.  Although, one of the gals, who was selling fresh Apple Pies from the New Fairfield Community Center – went around delivering our pies since we were not meeting up tonight.  I couldn’t wait – and even while she was still backing down my driveway, I was popping my apple pie in the oven.  Soon, the sweet apple smell took over the kitchen and the entire home – Mmm, do I Love that smell, and it tasted even better!

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Ok, I couldn’t help myself, I had to talk about that tasty dessert first, this is probably how I cope with life’s upsets and focus on the positives.  Well, so much happened before having a slice of pie.

Melissa called – hysterical – saying she skidded coming down a wet, leaf covered hill.  When I could finally make out what she was saying, my understanding was that her car started to slide, then she felt as though she went over something which made her lose control of the car.  Thankfully, she was not hurt and she didn’t hit anything.  Upon getting out of her car, she noticed that what she had run over was her front tire! Hugh??!!  How the heck did her tire come off?  Well, thanks to a client, who is a New York City Police Officer, asked if she recently had some work done – Yup, oil changed and …. her tires were rotated!  This is still under investigation and I am so relieved that she was only shaken, but not injured.

To take her mind off of things, we went for a bite to eat, then ran errands – one of which involved me going back to Home Depot – once again!  Melissa chose some track lighting for her room…

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and I dealt with having to put in our 2nd claim into Allstate.  Our 1st was back in August when someone cut off my husband on I-684 – he hit the guard rail and totalled his car.  Again, I am thankful that Joe had no injuries.  We definitely have someone watching over us – doing Double-Duty today since Joe received a call while Melissa and I were still in Home Depot – he was going back to work on Monday after being laid off since August!  This is why we should always have Hope, Believe and have Faith.

October 20, 2009 Posted by | Apples, Home Depot, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Valerie Bertinelli’s Tuscan Style Soup

Valerie Bertinelli’s Tuscan Style Soup ~ CLICK ~ Here for RECIPE

Soup - ndrwfgg                                                                   ndrwfgg – Flickr.com

With this cold weather upon us – it’s a perfect time for soupValerie Bertinelli was on Good Morning America to share her Tuscan Style Soup.

October 19, 2009 Posted by | Good Morning America, Recipes | , , , | Leave a comment