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My Life as a Realtor – Day 140

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 140:

It Snowed!  Schools were canceled here in New Fairfield, CT – by the afternoon, it was raining and the snow turned to slush.  Then, in the evening – we had freezing rain – and…  thunder and lightning – ??? Hugh?  Joe was plowing the driveway when it started and had to wait til it passed – bizarre!

                                            A Blanket of Snow in Our Backyard

After working for a bit, Ma and I took a trip to Shaws and to get gas – I think we made it back home in less than 40 minutes, but at least we got out of the house for a bit.

We enjoyed our dinner and a low-key evening by the fireplace.

December 10, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 32

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 32:

Rain, rain, rain…  It came down as a heavy downpour and for quite awhile – flooding was everywhere, road blocks were up and even torn up roadways – it was crazy!  And where was I in this mess – ??  Putting up a new sign in front of my Brookfield listing.

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Before going to Brookfield – I went to our bank – HSBC in Brewster.  Then off to show a condo in Danbury – here’s the pretty water view in the complex – where it had just started to rain.

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After the sign was up, I went home – which took about 45 minutes instead of 15 due to the storm.  I picked up my youngest, Jonathan, and took him to the local barber – Roberts Barber Shop near the New Fairfield Post Office.  They always take their time and do a great job – better yet, with my crazy schedule, walk-ins are welcome.  Then off to Shaw’s and… I couldn’t resist – since Joe is in Portugal – we had Chinese for dinner – Yum! 

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August 23, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Brookfield, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 31

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 31:

An early start today since Joe, hubby hub, was leaving for Portugal!  We packed his suitcase, then he did a few things around the yard – we had lunch, dropped off Amanda at a birthday party in the Candlewood Lake neighborhood and then made our way to Mt. Vernon.  I got lucky and didn’t have to drive all the way to Newark Airport in New Jersey.  Joe and our brother-in-law planned to leave on the same day, so, our nephew, Michael,  drove them. Whew!  I was really, REALLY greatful that I did not have to drive more than I did in the storm.  Which, when we left New Fairfield, was just a simple sprinkle.  Then we arrived in Mt. Vernon – where Frank was waiting for us – when we looked up at the sky, this is what we saw…

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As they frantically got their suitcases into Michael’s car, I couldn’t help but think I better hurry and say my goodbye’s since I had an almost hour ride ahead of me.

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This is the lovely view when I approached the Cross County Parkway.  I made it to the office to finish preparing for an evening CMA on condo to list for sale in Danbury

When I left, I couldn’t help but think how nice, really, really nice these people were – I have been very fortunate lately with all my clients – they are awesome!

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Danbury, Mt. Vernon, My Life as a Realtor, New Fairfield, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – Clouds

cloud-reflection-aussiegall                                  aussiegall – Flickr.com                                        “Cloud Reflection”

littlehouse-onthe-hillside-ichaz                                  iChaz – Flickr.com                            “Storm Clouds on the Prairie”

 For this Fridays Flickr Foto Fun Day – I have chosen a few pics of CLOUDS – in respect to all the snow and ice storms we’ve had – and another is due tomorrow!

clouds-meanest-indian                                                 Meanest Indian – Flickr.com        “Fluffy Clouds”

rainbow-cloud-linhngan                                  linhngan– Flickr.com                           “Rainbow Cloud”

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                                 Nagy David – Flickr.com                           “Night Clouds”

As a Realtor, I have had the pleasure viewing homes throughout New York and Connecticut – and viewing many different CLOUDS– Fluffy, See-Thru, Storm, Scattered and Scary clouds!  Hope you enjoy these wonderful photos taken by some very talented photographers and posted on Flickr.com

January 9, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, Life as a Realtor, NY, Realtor, Snow, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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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                                                      Lisa Sanderson – Flickr.com

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

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

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…

snowman-activefreeactivefree – Flickr.com

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

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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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