Diana's Neighborhood

Real Estate in New York & Connecticut – Won't you be my neighbor?

Snow, Snow and More Snow!

Outside of my home, it is a white, winter wonderland. It is a pretty site, until you have to shovel and drive in it! Although, our pups seem to love it…

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized, Winter | , | Leave a comment

Insulating Your Home

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January 13, 2011 Posted by | Home, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , | Leave a comment

Home Staging for Every Season

Home Staging for Every Season…

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A great post from www.realestate.aol.com

August 22, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Fall, Home, Sellers, Spring, Summer, Uncategorized, Winter | , , | Leave a comment

Simple Soups from Food Network

Simple Soups from Food Network…  Perfect to warm you this winter…

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January 16, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , | Leave a comment

Baby it’s Cold Outside

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – I totally agree!

Here is a music video with Jessica Simpson and Nich Lachey.  I know it’s yester-year, but they were cute together and both have great voices.  Enjoy!

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Music, Winter | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

With the snow storm that has been pounding the Northeast and soon to hit New Fairfield, Connecticut ~ Make sure you have necessary supplies, keep safe and … Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Dean Martin ~ “Let it Snow!”

or a more recent video – “Let is Snow” by Jessica Simpson…

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Music, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Betty Crocker – Snowman Face Cake

Betty Crocker’s ~ Snowman Face Cake…

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December 19, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Recipes, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Snow Storm Hits New Fairfield, CT

When I was a nursery school teacher, we would always celebrate the month of March with arts of crafts in honor of  March coming in like a lion, and going out like a lamb.

Well, March here in the New Fairfield, CT area – as well as the Brewster, NY area – has had a harsh reminder that winter is still here.  As we are under a “Winter Storm Warning” and this being the most severe winter storm of the season with areas in New Jersey as well as Long Island seeing up to 13 inches of snow and NYC schools being closed for the first time in 5 years!  I just can’t believe that after having so much snow melt, we have a fresh, clean blanket of it… yet again!

home-028My deck after our last big snow storm

 phone-pics-022After all the snow melted… finally!  Taken just a few hours before the storm hit.

home-001Photo taken this morning… and the snow still continues to come down!

Yesterday, I prepared for this storm by making a trip to Shaw’s supermarket in New Fairfield to stock up on a few things.  Then after showing a home in Croton Falls, NY – a hamlet of North Salem,  I took advantage of being near  Block Busters and went in to rent a movie.  My daughter, Amanda,  has been taking a cooking class in school and offered to make dinner last night – Chicken Fried Rice – Yummy!  I asked her to start early, since we have experienced once before an electrical outage smack in the middle of making dinner!  I also had her double the recipe so we could have leftovers that could always be warmed up over the fire in the fireplace.

freshly-cut-woods-no3rdw                                                                          no3rdw – Flickr.com

We stocked up on wood for the fireplace, have pellets for the pellet stove, stored some water and have candles and matches on hand – again, just in case of the electric going out since the snow continues to come down and the wind is whipping everything around and is anticipated to continue through out the day and night bringing the temperatures in some areas 10 to 15 below zero!

Another important item that was on my list was to fill up the bird feeders.  With all this snow, the birds and squirrels have so much difficulty finding food.  As I work here at home today, I am entertained as I watch all the different birds come and go as they happily take sunflower seeds.

phone-pics-042Bird taking a sunflower seed.

 

March 2, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, New Fairfield, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Bowl of Hot Soup – Mmm, Mmm Good!

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In this cold, snowy weather – what a perfect time to have a bowl of hot soup – one that sticks to your ribs – Mmm, Mmm Good!

chicken-soup-rick                                                                   rick – Flickr.com

For 100 Soup Recipes from Food Network.com <CLICK> .  There are some great and easy recipes – some of which all you need are some veggies and a can of broth!

ham-bean-soup-ndrwfgg                                                                     ndrwfgg – Flickr.com

After showing homes in this cold weather, a bowl of hearty soup is one of my favorite foods!

soup-guillermo-esteves                                            Guillermo Esteves – gesteves.com   –   Flickr.com

January 10, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, Recipes, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Clouds for a Wintery Mix in New Fairfield, CT & Brewster, NY

snow-clouds-ashoct28                                                     ashoct28 – Flickr.com

Clouds are everywhere  – where I live in New Fairfield, CT and where I work in Brewster, NY.  We are due for a wintery mix – rain and snow which will then change over to ice.  Although, I am pleased to say,  that it doesn’t seem to stop my buyers who are looking to purchase a home.

winter-ice-takacsi75                                                                         takacsi75 – Flickr.com

and… as long as the driveways are plowed and walkways are clean to homes that we’re viewing – I’m good to go!

 shoveling-girlinthecafe                                    GIRLintheCAFE – Flickr.com

Viewing homes in the winter does have some advantages.  You can see how cozy the house is – are there drafts – or possibly rooms that are poorly heated and/or insulated.  Rooms can vary – for example those with vaulted ceilings hold all the heat high above.  Simply installing fans to draw the heat down can help.  Or, rooms that were once a porch and now enclosed, may need more insulation and so on.

enclosed-porch-plesantpointinn                                            pleasantpointinn – Flickr.com

Also, while viewing the homes property in the winter, when all the leaves and shrubs are gone, helps to see the entire acreage – along with what is neighboring the property.

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So, I invite all those interested in going out to view homes – in the snow – ice – cold and wind!

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Buyers, Connecticut, First Time Home Buyers, Home, New Fairfield, NY, Snow, Southeast, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Relaxing at Home

dutch-colonial-ikkoskinen                                             ikkoskinen – Flickr.com

As I sit here in my den by the fireplace, writing another post for my Blog – which is turning out to be one of my favorite daily routines! I can’t help but think about all the comforts of a HOME.  Being able to relax and enjoy homeownership is FABULOUS!

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During the winter especially, a HOME gives you warmth – and invites your family and friends during the Holidays. 

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A HOME is where memories are made and never forgotten.  I still dream of my childhood HOME – over and over.  I have friends and family that say the same – many of their dreams are also of their HOME, where they lived when they were a child.

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If taking steps toward HOMEOWNERSHIP is one of your NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – talking to a mortgage broker is an important first step!  I highly recommend Anthony Frascone  – cell: 203-648-6713.  He is licensed in New York and Connecticut and has similar family and work ethics as I do.  GOOD LUCK and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 4, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Buyers, Connecticut, Finance, Home, Mortgage, NY, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – SNOW!

Snow! Once again, it’s snowing today.  So, I’ve chosen a few Flickr photos of beautiful SNOW!

snow-pine-clearly-ambiguous                                            clearly ambiguous – Flickr.com

cold-and-beautiful-nagy-david                                                  nagy David – Flickr.com

snowy-mountain-foto3116                                             foto3116 – Flickr.com

snowy-robin-foxypar4                                                              foxypar4 – Flickr.com

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                                                                            Snow on my driveway!

January 3, 2009 Posted by | Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Champagne for the New Year!

champagne-bottle-oskay                                                              oskay – Flickr.com

Pop the cork and ring in the New Year with some Bubbly!

Gary Vaynerchuck with Wine Library TV has some great recommendations <CLICK>

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From FoodNetwork.com – here are some great New Years Celebration recipes <CLICK> and ideas.

and … From Evite.com <CLICK>get ideas for a Wild New Years Eve Cocktail PartyA Glitzy New Years Eve Dinner Party – and – A Sophisticated New Years Day Brunch.

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So enjoy a toast and many kisses at midnight – and don’t forget your New Years resolution!

December 30, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, New Years Eve, Wine, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas … Here and Gone

Between all the snow, shopping, preparing and decorating, I can’t believe CHRISTMAS had come and gone!! 

nutcraker-imnop88aimnop88a – Flickr.com

While the stocking where hung by the chimney with care, I hope that St. Nicholas gave with generosity and care! 

stockings-hung-busymommybusymommy – Flickr.com

and … I hope that you and your family had a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!!

bohnen – Flickr.commerry-christmas-bohnen

December 28, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Snowing! Let’s Build a Snowman!

Here in Connecticut and New York, it’s been snowing and snowing AND SNOWING!!  Perfect for making a snowman! So forget about just having an illuminated snowman…

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Now you can make your own. So, get bundled up and go build a REAL SNOWMAN!

snowman-mgsheltonMGShelton Flickr.com

December 21, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Connecticut, Fun Post, NY, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Holiday Wish to You

My Holiday Wish to You and to All is that you and your loved ones be Healthy, Safe, Together, Happy and Financially Stable

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Also, if your a BUYER, looking to purchase a HOME, my wish is that I help you find it!

gift-house-h-dickins1H Dickins – Flickr.com

Interest Rates are DOWN AGAIN!!  There are lots of homes to view and lots of negotiable sellers!

December 20, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Christmas, Finance, First Time Home Buyers, Home, Mortgage, Real Estate, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A White Winter Wonderland

frosty-tree-nagy-davidnagy david – Flickr.com

The Weather Channel announced that we may have snow in the forecast for Christmas!  I’m hoping it will be just enough to cover everything with a Frosty White Blanket, but not enough to interfere with all the Holiday Travelers visiting family.  We know that Santa can get through any snow storm – but unfortunately, none of us have a sleigh!

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<CLICK> to view New Fairfield, CT weather

<CLICK> to view Brewster, NY weather

its-snowing-clearly-ambiguousclearly ambiguous – Flickr.com

December 17, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Christmas, Connecticut, Fun Post, New Fairfield, NY, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

Let it snow, let it snow, let it SNOW – and it did!

sparow-in-the-snow-noel-zia-leenoel zia lee – Flickr.com

How exciting – it snowed here in New Fairfield, CT  where I live and Brewster, NY where I work.  If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s also snowing on my BLOG!

The kids were excited, thinking they were going to have a snow day – or at least a delay.  Fortunately, the snow plows were out – plowing and sanding – making our roads as safe as possible – peace of mind for me since my husband leaves at 4:30 in the morning to make his way into New York City.

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Enjoy this Music Video – with Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Dean Martin

December 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Brewster, Connecticut, Fun Post, New Fairfield, NY, Snow, Southeast, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Time to Trim the Tree, Wrap the Gifts & Holiday Cheer!

christmas-tree-farm-busymommybusymommy – Flickr.com

This past weekend, I purchased my freshly cut Christmas Tree.  I LOVE the smell of the pine needles and deciding where to place my ornaments.  This year, my family and I will have decorate the tree together – a wonderful holiday tradition.  With my mother visiting from Portugal, my husband and I working 7 days a week and my 5 kids running in different directions – it will take some planning!

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 – HGTV’s Trim the Tree <CLICK>

Rachael Ray – Holiday Decorating <CLICK>

About .com – Tips on Decorating Your Christmas Tree <CLICK>

DIYnetwork – Gift Wrapping & Christmas Crafts <CLICK>

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Please stay safe – from ABC News –  Good Morning American<CLICK> for Holiday Safety Tips Video

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Cooking, Baking & Drinks!

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Oh the Holidays is always associated with FOOD!!  Here are some delicious recipes from some of my favorite sites:

Please keep in mind that once you visit these different sites – go exploring on them for more Holiday Recipes and Entertaining Ideas!

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Whether you and your family celebrate one or more of these Holidays – ENJOY!!

christmas-tree-dreidel-somethingmarissa1somethingmarissa – Flickr.com

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, Hanukkah, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Thunder Ridge Skiing & Snowboarding Area

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Thunder Ridge Skiing and Snowboarding AreaCLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEBSITE – is conveniently located on Route 22 in Patterson, NY on over 100 acres and approximately 75 minutes from NYC – or ride Metro North and pick up their FREE shuttle bus.

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Thunder Ridgeis a family mountain with 30 trails, 3 chairlifts, a t-bar, a handtow and a magic carpet.  There are slow and gentle slopes for skiers and snowboarders on all levels.

For more info call Thunder Ridge – 845-878-4100.

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December 10, 2008 Posted by | Patterson, Putnam County, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Where is the Snow?

 snow-path-shahram-sharifShahram Sharif – Flickr.com

As my daughter and I drove through our town the other day – New Fairfield, CT– I Ooooo’d and Aaaaa’d over all the lights and decorations – “What a wonderful time of the year!” I shouted.  My daughter then said, “It would be REALLY nice if it snowed.”

True – SNOW is great – for sleddingskiing, making snowmen and having snowball fights!  AND – while is falling, it’s SPECTACULAR!

snowman-clearly-ambiguousClearly Ambiguous – Flickr.com

My daughter got her wish – today, when we woke, we had about one inch of crisp white snowBeautiful!…until it was time to clean off the cars, plow the driveway and shovel the paths!!

snowy-windshield-soundman10241soundman1024 – Flickr.com

December 8, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Fun Post, New Fairfield, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s a Wonderful Life – at Home

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Oh, Thanksgiving has come and gone – but the Holidays do continue.  New Fairfield – Connecticut – has decorated the center of town and they will be having their TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY on Sunday, December 7th at 4pm on Memorial Field.  I do Love this time of the year.  Seeing the lights and holiday decorations takes me back in time to when I was a child and Christmas was my favorite time of the year!

FreaksAnon – Flickr.comchristmas-light-freaksanon

Now as an adult, I admit that I do get a bit stressed – between deciding what to buy for who, getting and decorating the tree, sending out cards, baking, wrapping, trying ever so hard to keep many gifts a secret – which can be difficult for me, and preparing for Christmas Eve at my house… Whew!  I do love – and need to take a break – with my laptop in hand so that I can keep working, I LOVE watching Holiday movies. 

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The HALLMARK CHANNEL has begun their Holiday shows and they do a great job at pulling on my heart strings.

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Another all time favorite of mine – and a tradition – is watching, “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”.   Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.  This 1946 movie made #4 of Moviefone’s list of 25 “Flicks That’ll Lift Your Spirits” as it prompts, then answers the question of what would happen if a whole life was erased as if it had never been lived??

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It snowed yesterday, making it a perfect time to make some hot cocoa, light a fire, and pop in a great movie!

fireplace-hey-paulHey Paul – Flickr.com

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, New Fairfield, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s COLD Outside!

frost-antaresjhwantaresjhw – Flickr.com

Boy is it COLD outside!  Yesterday, I showed a home in Brookfield, CT – nice, cozy – warm cape.  My clients took their time and checked everything out – the way viewing homes should be.  Then we made our way into Danbury, CT– Brrrr!!!  We viewed two Foreclosures – with no HEAT!!  Both had been winterized so that the pipes wouldn’t freeze – too bad I did!  By the second home, my toes and hands were numb and my nose was running – but I couldn’t feel it!  I DON’T know how people work outdoors – like my husband.

cold-jonas-b Jonas B – Flickr.com

My state of mind says it’s only November and technically we are still in the Fall season – but – Mother Nature seems to want winter here – NOW!  So, lesson learned for me – time to wear a winter coatscarf – warm boots AND bring something warm to drink for me and my clients!

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November 22, 2008 Posted by | Brookfield, Buyers, Connecticut, Danbury, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sprinkles Ice Cream Shop in New Fairfield, CT

 

Sprinkles Ice Cream Shop in New Fairfield, Connecticut is serving some great flavors  –  PUMPKIN – MAPLE /OREO – and – CINNAMON/APPLE/CARAMEL – YUM!  

Sprinkles colors are Pink and Blue.  My oldest daughter, Melissa, works there – making it convenient to her dorm in Danbury and home in New Fairfield.

Some other awesome popular flavors mostly for adults are:  Coconut Mounds- Coconut ice cream with coconut flakes and chocolate chips – Matt’s Frapp- Kalua ice cream with brownies and Heath bar – Smores – Chocolate ice cream with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate chips – Yum Yummy!!

Some kids favorites are:  Party Cake, Blue Cloud and Cotton Candy.

Sprinkles is located on Route 39 just across from SHAWS Supermarket.  They are open Wednesday’s through Sunday’s and will stay open during the winter – so go on over  – after a game, to pick up a Birthday cake or to just treat yourself and make up your own favorite!

November 16, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Fun Post, New Fairfield, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment