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My Life as a Realtor – Day 257

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 257:

Easter Sunday!  We went down to my husband’s brother house in Mt.Vernon NY

I spent the entire drive down texting and e-mailing clients – wishing them a Happy Easter!

We ate, and ate, and ate!

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April 12, 2010 Posted by | Life as a Realtor, Mt. Vernon, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 164

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 164:

Happy New Years Day and Welcome 2010!!!

I am hopeful that I can say goodbye to 2009 and Welcome a better year in 2010

Most of my guests from yesterday came back today.  We ate and chatted and then went into the den to watch “Four Christmases”  with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn

 What a funny and entertaining movie.  Everyone enjoyed the movie – young and old.  What a nice way to start off the New Year!

January 8, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, New Years Eve, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 163

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 163:

Happy New Years Eve!!

My guests started to arrive at around 6:30.  Leading up to this time, we cooked – cleaned and I did some work, hoping the results will be good in the new year.

Joe was busy cooking the lobsters.  Earlier today, he went to China Town and bought 30 of them to eat individually and some were used in a seafood stew – Mariscada – that my mom made. The stew also included shrimp, scallops, squid, clams and oysters – all in a delicious red sauce served with rice on the side.  We also roasted pork, roast beef, potatoes – and had veggies and salad and of course started with appetizers.  By the time dessert came around, it was almost midnight.  One of our sweet treats was a birthday cake for my sister Lisa.  She was born on New Years EveHAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA!!

Lot’s of eating…

Lot’s of celebrating…

and lot’s of praying for a good New Year in 2010!

 

January 4, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, New Years Eve, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy New Years Eve!

                 Happy New Years Eve!

                                                                  Dplanet – Flickr.com

                        Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year – full of health, peace and prosperity!

                                                                    Mykl Roventine – Flickr.com

 

January 1, 2010 Posted by | New Years Eve, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 157

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 157:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

The kids woke us up and made us a wonderful breakfast.  Then it was time to head into the livingroom where our tree is…

and open our gifts…

even Remi had a few treats…

  

 After opening gifts, we went into the Den, Joe made a fire and we looked in a stockings.  Afterwards, he spotted a buck far in the woods…

 

Then, we got ourselves ready and made our way to my brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Manny & Gina’s house in Mt. Vernon, NY.  While Joe drove, I text and e-mailed clients – past and present – to wish them a Very Merry Christmas!

From Left to Right… My nephews ~ Michael & Andrew, Sons ~ Jonathan and David, Daughters ~ Sara, Amanda & Melissa, Niece ~ Daniella and Nephews ~ Daniel & Pedro

We ate, and ate… and ate.  Then it was time to go upstairs by the Christmas Tree

and Baby Jesus…

We opened more gifts and then took a few more family photos.  Here is my hubby’s sister and brother…

Joe’s brother Manny, sister Isabel and Joe

And our kids…

From oldest to youngest ~ Melissa, David, Amanda, Sara and Jonathan

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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

My Life as a Realtor – Day 156

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 156:

Happy Christmas Eve!!!

We were all invited to go to my brother’s house in Brookfield, CT for our Christmas Eve dinner, opening some gifts and most especially, some family time together.  My mom has been with my brother and his family for a few days now to help them get ready. 

Work was quiet and that was alright since there was much to do.  The girls and I baked cookies, Melissa made a French Apple Tart and Amanda and I made a quick stop at Shaw’s and the liquor store.  We were finally ready to leave by 5:30 and arrived to wonderful Christmas Eve appetizers and a beautifully set table awaiting its guests.

Here are some moments of our Christmas Eve…

A Cozy Fire

A Beautiful Tree

Eating, eating… and more eating!

 Fun Opening Gifts

Watching the Little Ones Playing with New Toys

and a special Thanks to our Hosts…

My Brother Louie & Sister-in-Law Leia

Then it was back home, where we left our lights on while we slept and waited for Santa…

Ho! Ho! Ho!

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

My Life as a Realtor – Day 138

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 138:

Today is a very special day – my mom arrives from Portugal!  Yahoo!!  She will be here for the Holidays and through the beginning of Spring – and I am thrilled!

While I worked, cleaned, baked and cooked, my brother-in-law, Richie, and nephew, Derek, made their way to Newark AirportAfter picking up my mom, they made their way back to New Fairfield, CT – where we enjoyed celebrating mom arrival with my sister, brother and their families.  We were all excited to have our Ma back!

                                                                  Me and my Ma

December 9, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 126

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 126:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

My side of the family and my husbands enjoyed this wonderful day with lots of food and drinks – a great day to give Thanks for all that we have.

November 29, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Thanksgiving Day

For this Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – I have chosen some fantastic photographs of Thanksgiving Day!

                                      Fall colors all around…  *Micky – Flickr.com

                   Veggie & Cheese Platter awaiting guests…  Plutor – Flickr.com

                             Lots of Cooking and Baking…  Jessicafm – Flickr.com

                           A Glass of Wine or 2…  Robert S. Donovan – Flickr.com

                   Table is all set and ready to give Thanks…  basykes – Flickr.com

                              Thanksgiving Feast!…  xybermatthew  – Flickr.com

                      Pumpkin & Pecan Pie…  Cameron Nordholm – Flickr.com

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Fall, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 18

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 18:

It’s Saturday ~ I love the weekend!  Today, I came down to the kitchen, had my coffee and worked for awhile with no interruptions – Melissa was in Rhode Island, the other kids were still asleep –  and so was hubby hub since he had come in from work at around 7am.  He’s been driving his motorcycle to and from work in NYC since his car is… well, gone.   We haven’t heard yet from our insurance company – Allstate – to see if the car is salvageable – a Mazda 3 which Joe called his “Zoom-zoom”.

HPIM2175                                                                            Joe’s Baby

After a few phone calls with clients and other agents – we got ready for a barbecue at Joe’s brother house – Manny and Gina – in Mt.Vernon, NY – which is where  I was born and raised and everytime I go down to visit with my in-laws, I’m reminded of my childhood

HPIM2177                                    Driving to Mt. Vernon, NY – near my brother-in-laws home

So many wonderful memories.  I was extremely fortunate to have had the family I had – we weren’t perfect, nothing  is – but having been raised by my loving, hard working parents, who came over from Portugal, made me who I am today.

Me (in the Blue top) 10th B-Day - 1975                                 Me on my 10th B-Day with friends in front of our home on Crary Ave

This photo was taken by my sister, Lisa.  She organized my 10th Birthday with friends and we had fun, fun!  Now, my sister tortures me with these photos by scaning and posting them on FaceBook – note, this pic is of me in the dark blue & white dress with my white bloomers showing!

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Mt. Vernon, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Family 4th of July Event

Fireworks - thedamian                                                         thedamian – Flickr.com

I am really looking forward to this 4th of July’s Barbecue.  We have always had family over for New Years Eve and New Years Day – 23 years and running!  We’ve added a few more holidays since moving to Connecticut – Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve ~ and 4th of July! 

 Happy 4th of July - The Wandering Angel                                                     The Wandering Angel – Flickr.com

Here in Connecticut, Fireworks are allowed – of course the legal ones that can be purchased in the local Super Markets and stores, which tend to be colorful and make more of POP-POP sound than the KABOOM ones seen at Fireworkshows.  Non the less, the kids ~ and adults ~ love it!  We wait until dark and have a BLAST! and, during that entire time – no pesty mosquitoes or bats flying over us!

Please remember to BE SAFE – Here are some Fireworks Safety Tips from Examiner.com

Sparklers - clip works                                                                   clip works – Flickr.com

~~~~~~~~~~CLICK HERE For some 4th of July FUN ideas from Disney’s FAMILY FUN~~~~~~~~~~~

July 2, 2009 Posted by | 4th of July, Barbecue, Connecticut, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 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!

                                                      *clairity* – Flickr.comcome-by-the-fire-clairity-w-2-stars-beg-and-end

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

dinning

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.

                                                          alicepopkorn – Flickr.comdream-alicepopkorn

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

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

heart-in-hands-aussiegallaussiegall – Flickr.com

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!

santa

<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

Holiday Cooking, Baking & Drinks!

dano – Flickr.comchristmas-tree-cookies-dano

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!

christmas-cookies-freaksanon

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

A Great Time to go to the Movies

justinbaeder Flickr.commovie-ticket-justinbaeder

It’s a great time to go to the movies… with lots of choices now and in the next few weeks – where do I begin!

bolt

BOLT” – A Family Fun Movie.  This animated feature has the voices of Miley Cyrus and John Travolta.

marley-me

MARLEY & ME” – A Comedy, Family Movie. Based on the New York Times Best Seller.  Starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson AND their energetic pup, Marley.

four-christmases

FOUR CHRISTMASES” – A Comedy – with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon.  This is not your typical heart-warming holiday movie.  Instead, Peace on Earth becomes Hell on Earth!

the-curious-case-of-benjamin-button

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON” – Oscar Bait – A story of a man who ages backwards – This could be be the fantastical epic we’ve been waiting for AND Brad Pitt is the main character!

australia

AUSTRALIA” –   Oscar Bait, Blockbuster – with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in a sweeping WWII Love Story.  I have plans to see this movie this weekend!

 

twilight

TWILIGHT” – A Blockbuster, Tween Sensation – this vampire action, romance starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart is for all teens and their moms!

seven-pounds

and last on my list… but not least – “SEVEN POUNDS” – Oscar Bait, Blockbuster– I am so looking forward to this!  Starring Will Smith, so you know it’s going to be BIG – an IRS agent tries to right his karmic wrongs by helping 7 strangers – one of which becomes a love interest, Rosario Dawson.

For more on some some of these movies, and many more due out click on ABC News.

With Lowes Movie Theatre in Danbury, CT – telephone # 203-796-7777- just 10 minutes from my home in New Fairfield, CT – I look forward to seeing a few of these movies… and seeing who gets an Oscar nod.

oscar

November 29, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Danbury, Fun Post, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Day

turkey-jslanderjslander – Flickr.com

Oh My!  It’s almost Thanksgiving Day – and I’m still looking at different recipes and ideas – always wanting to surprise my guests

thanksgiving-carbonnycCarbonNYC – Flickr.com

Of course – The Food Network is my FAVORITE!

Between working with all my clients – approximately 8 to 10 hours a day on the computer– along with appointments viewing homes and being in the office – AND let’s not forget the family!– 5 kids and my hubby – which equals to many beds to be made – 4 to 6 loads of laundry a day – dinner EVERY night as a family and constantly cleaning, dusting and picking up after everyone – including Tisha – our dog, Moe – our cat, Chico, Cha-Cha and Fofita our Cockatiels and all the fish! Whew!  I will squeeze in my baking, cooking and preparing for Thanksgiving Day with pleasure!

I will be stirring…cake-mix

and baking…

baking-an-apple-pie-benimotobenimoto – Flickr.com

and preparing…

dicing-and-slicing-peterastnpeterastn – Flickr.com

and I will be drinking lots of coffee!

coffee-peterastnpeterastn – Flickr.com

Off to an appointment – the supermarket for the 5th time this week! and a few more errands… HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY EVE TO ALL!!

November 26, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, Life as a Realtor, Realtor, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Fun – Gobble, Gobble!

mayflower

A Thanksgiving Alphabet

T…Turkey, table spreads, being together,

H…Happiness and homes, to protect us from all weather,

A…Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,

N…Nieces and nephews, family members all!

K…Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,

S…Surely you’ll have fun, but you won’t get thinner!

G…Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide.

I…Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride.

V…Very special times – there could even be snow.

I…Imagine what it was like on Plymouth long ago.

N…Never forget how the settlers led the way.

G…Giving Thanks and blessing this special day.

There are many more Thanksgiving poems to be read.

Also, a great holiday movie and one of my family’s favorite, A Christmas Story, has a very funny scene where the dad tries to sneak a piece of delicious Turkey – but never makes it due to the neighbors dogs getting to it first!

A Yummy recipe from Jen’s Blog on Homegood’s site:

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

1-15 oz can pure pumpkin

– 4 eggs, beaten

– 1 cup oil

– 1/2 cup cold water

– 3-1/2 cups flour

– 3 cups sugar

– 2 tsp baking soda

– 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 tsp nutmeg

 – 1 tsp salt

– 2 cups chocolate chips

Combine pumpkin, eggs, oil and water.  Mix flour, baking soda, sugar, spices and salt in a separate bowl and add pumpkin mixture.  Mix well.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Place batter into 2 well greased loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until done.  Making 2 loafs allows you to share one enjoy the other!

 pumpkin-choc-chip-cake-jslanderjslander – Flickr.com

I have so very much to be Thankful for – my family, our health, my and my husband’s job, my country (because I KNOW we will come out of this and be even stronger!), my friends, and my HOME. I am also Thankful for all my past clients that I have assisted in finding their home – where they will have many Holidays, making wonderful memories.  AND – I look forward to my future clients and helping them to find a Home for the Holidays as well!

holiday-home-preciouskhyattPreciouskhyatt – Flickr.com

November 25, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, Homegoods, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner

eat-beef

Today is Tuesday – that means I have 2 more days to prepare for Thanksgiving Dinner – Yikes!  My guests will be arriving at around 1pm – so it’s actually a late lunch, early dinner by the time we sit down and give “Thanks”.

thanksgiving-table-sthsth – Flickr.com

My sister has e-mailed a few recipe ideas – wonder why she thinks I need them??

Some are from The Food Network – watch videos and get tons of recipes, hints and ideas for Thanksgiving from Emeril “BAM”, Rachael Ray “EVOO”, Paula Dean “Hi Y’all” – and all the Food Network Stars. Even if it’s to make one dish a little different.

sweet-potatoes-carl-e-lewisCarl E Lewis – Flickr.com

Can you believe the First Thanksgiving was in 1621?? – read more on History .com

pilgrim-indian

 

GOBBLE – GOBBLE!!

November 25, 2008 Posted by | Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, Fun Post, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

turkey-xybermatthew

xybermatthew – Flickr.com

It’s almost Thanksgiving – and I’ll have about 30 somewhat family and friends over.  So it’s not 1, but 2 Turkeys that I will be roasting and many potatoes to be peeled, boiled and mashed along with preparing some treats to be served when my hungry guests arrive – some of which will be traveling up I-684 from Mt. Vernon, NY.  Others will be coming from Brookfield, CT and my sis lives here in New Fairfield, CT – just minutes away from my home.

mashed-potatoes-virtualernvirtualern.jpg – Flickr.com

Click here for some Thanksgiving Ideas from HGTV videos.

turkeys-hey-paulHey Paul – Flickr.com

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving Day – I have been very fortunate this past year and my family and I have many Thanks to be given AND I can’t wait for a slice of PUMPKIN PIE!

pumpkin-pie-pbodypbody – Flickr.com

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family!

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Brookfield, Fun Post, Mt. Vernon, New Fairfield, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Family Halloween Night!

  Darkpatator – FLICKR

My family and I celebrated HALLOWEEN night at my brother, Louie and sister-in-law, Leia’s home.  They went all out with “spooky” decorations and “scary” – but yummy – TREATS.  We had a ton of LAUGHS through out our “MONSTER MASH” night!

Tonight, after Trick-or-Treating, I watched The Poltergeist – a favorite of mine.  I have MANY others that I can share.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be Halloween to watch a scary movie.

  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Friday the 13th
  • Halloween
  • Carrie
  • Jeepers Creepers
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • The Shinning
  • The Birds
  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Exorcist
  • Amityville Horror
  • Psycho
  • What Lies Beneath …. Just to name a few!

November 1, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Fun Post, Halloween, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment