My Life as a Realtor ~
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!
My Life as a Realtor ~
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!
Happy New Years Eve!
Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year – full of health, peace and prosperity!
My Life as a Realtor ~
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!
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…
And our kids…
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
My Life as a Realtor ~
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 Airport. After 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!
My Life as a Realtor ~
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.
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
My Life as a Realtor ~
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”.
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.
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 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!
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!
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
clip works – Flickr.com
~~~~~~~~~~CLICK HERE For some 4th of July FUN ideas from Disney’s FAMILY FUN~~~~~~~~~~~
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.com
During the winter especially, a HOME gives you warmth – and invites your family and friends during the Holidays.
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.com
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!
My Holiday Wish to You and to All is that you and your loved ones be Healthy, Safe, Together, Happy and Financially Stable.
aussiegall – Flickr.com
Also, if your a BUYER, looking to purchase a HOME, my wish is that I help you find it!
H Dickins – Flickr.com
Interest Rates are DOWN AGAIN!! There are lots of homes to view and lots of negotiable sellers!
nagy 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!
clearly ambiguous – 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!
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!
and I will be drinking lots of coffee!
Off to an appointment – the supermarket for the 5th time this week! and a few more errands… HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY EVE TO ALL!!
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!
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!
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”.
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.
Can you believe the First Thanksgiving was in 1621?? – read more on History .com
GOBBLE – GOBBLE!!
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.
Click here for some Thanksgiving Ideas from HGTV videos.
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!
A Very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family!
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
- Jeepers Creepers
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- The Shinning
- The Birds
- The Sixth Sense
- The Exorcist
- Amityville Horror
- What Lies Beneath …. Just to name a few!
- 4th of July
- Ball Pond
- Candlewood Lake
- Cell Phone Pics
- Century 21 V.J.F. Realty
- Danbury Fair Mall
- Dutchess County
- East Fishkill
- Fairfield County
- Favorite Music & Songs
- First Time Home Buyers
- Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post
- Front Door
- Fun Post
- Good Morning America
- Historical Homes
- Home Depot
- Homes For Sale in Connecticut
- Homes For Sale in New York
- Hopewell Junction
- Kraft Foods
- Lake Carmel
- Lake Gleneida
- Life as a Realtor
- Listing Book
- Litchfield County
- Martha Stewart
- Mt. Kisco
- Mt. Vernon
- My Life as a Realtor
- My Listing
- My Photo Blog
- Network for Free
- New Fairfield
- New Fairfield Schools
- New Milford
- New Rochelle
- New Years Eve
- Pound Ridge
- President Obama
- Putnam County
- Putnam Lake
- Rachael Ray
- Real Estate
- Realtor Open House
- Squantz Pond
- Suze Orman
- The Early Show
- The Food Network
- The Grocery Game
- The Pioneer Woman
- Westchester County
- White Plains
- You Tube