Friday, December 5, 2008

Wish List

So I've found this divine website. Subtle name no?
I have a list on there to, ya know, help Santa out. What?! The guy is busy these days! I'm doin him a solid!
You will see I have a little...uhm...addiction to Doc Martens and Converse sneakers...
I'm a flats and sneakers kinda gal. Long time ago I was able to wear heels but these days there are so many cute flats I simply do not see the point in torturing my poor tootsies with heels. Besides it's not like I go anywhere other than to and from school to pick the kids up!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


We now interrupt your regularly scheduled program for this important new bulletin. Brian The Lion said his first complete sentence last night.
We were sitting at the computer and he was watching a video and I was doing my thing when out of no where he said We. Are. Going. To. The. Park. Each word was slow and deliberate and clear.
It took me about 10 seconds to process what I'd heard (I was in half guard mode. Only one ear cocked to the kids noises). When I realized what had just happened I grabbed my camera (which is always on my desk) and tried to get him to say it again.
He did but not as slowly and not as clearly. It's there though. His first complete full sentence.
My first thought was "So THAT'S what you sound like cute thing".
I'm sorry the video is so dark. Some almost 5 year old smarty pants kid thought it would be fun to take the remote for the light and the fan apart and now we can't turn the living room light on.

Here it is again but you can't see him saying it beacuse he's behind PJ's head:

and just for contrast and amusement here is PJ. The set up is that he wanted to do a puzzle online. I went to the kids website and he began to argue with me that there are NO puzzles at Noggin...

I knew better and found him a puzzle. His climbing up onto the counter is a sort of new thing and while I applaud his independence I wish he could find a little safer way of getting the snacks down.

This last one is a perfect example of the difference between my two boys. See Lion just sitting in his chair all nice and quiet and his big brother who decides a daredevil short cut is the way to get off the counter this time.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Finding an old friend

I found this house over a year ago. I fell madly in love with it and had lots of discussions with the Realtor about it. I did the numbers over and over trying to make it work as a B&B and just couldn't make it work.
I never forgot about her though. Lordy is this a beautiful home and one I could be VERY happy in for the rest of my life.
I only wish I could afford it.

Gilbertsville, NY 13776
12 Bed, 8 Bath | 6,480 Sq Ft on 64 Acres |
MLS ID #69778
This Historic Estate is located just 3.5 hours from NYC!!
Take the road less traveled as you make your way through the quiet countryside of Otsego County.
There you will find Gilbertsville, placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Set high above the village a 12 bedroom estate awaits your arrival.
Built for entertaining, this 1920 home has many luxury features along with original woodwork which include herringbone floors.
A working professional kitchen with a 6 burner Viking stove and a service kitchen which gives access to an elegant dining room, rumored to seat 40.
A spacious living room with coffered ceiling is located on the opposite side of the grand foyer. Four bedroom suites are found at the top of the staircase, some with their own fireplaces and balconies.
The large windows and double glass doors allow you to take in the natural beauty and vastness of the grounds and valley below.
The relaxed formality of this home allows for families and friends to reconnect, and savor their time together. Possible lease -$5,000./mo --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Property Features

Single Family Property
* Status: ACTIVE
* Area: 7
* County: Otsego
* Year Built: 1920
* 12 total bedroom(s)
* 8 total bath(s)
* 7 total full bath(s)
* 1 total half bath(s)

* Approximately 6480 sq. ft.
* Dining room
* Family room
* Den
* Laundry room
* Living room is 32x32 Level: 1st Floor
* Dining room is 33x20 Level: 1st Floor
* Family room is 12x10 Level: 1st Floor
* Kitchen is 12x10 Level: 1st Floor

* Den is 18x12 Level: 2nd Floor
* Laundry room is 8x9 Level: 1st Floor
* Swimming pool(s)
* Heating features: Oil, Steam
* Exterior construction: Clapboard, Frame, Vinyl Siding, White Color
* Lot is 2787840 sq. ft.
* Approximately 64 acre(s)
* Lot size is 20 or more acres

Interior Features
Oil Water Heater, Security System, Walk-In-Closet, Bedroom 1 is 18x16 Level: 2nd Floor, Bedroom 2 is 16x17 Level: 2nd Floor, Bedroom 3 is 14x14 Level: 2nd Floor, Bedroom 4 is 14x16 Level: 2nd Floor

Exterior Features
Balcony, Patio, Porch, Propane Gas Service, Septic System, Water Supply From Well

Agent Ron Feldstein [Send e-mail] Primary:607-431-2540 x125 Secondary:607-434-3333
Office Prudential Fox Properties Phone: 607-431-2540, FAX: 607-431-9590
Area 7
County Otsego
Beds 12 Baths (FH) 8 (7 1)
Approx Square Feet 6480 Sq Ft Source Taped Price / SqFt 231.48
Lot Sq Ft (approx) 2787840 Lot Acres (approx) 64.000 Lot Size Source (Tax Records)
Year Built +/- 1920
School District Glbrtsvll/Mt Upton
Directions to Property 23 to State Hwy 51 into Gilbertsville; Left onto Commercial Street (Major's Inn); Stay to the right onto Spring Street follow through across the creek take a Left onto Baker's Hill Road to the top Left onto Centennial Farms Lane, house on the left.
Room Sizes / Location
Living Room 32x32 Level: 1st Floor (coffered ceiling, fireplace, sunporch)
Dining Room 33x20 Level: 1st Floor (herringbone oak floors, fireplace)
Kitchen 12x10 Level: 1st Floor (serving kitchen 18x10)
Family Room 12x10 Level: 1st Floor (office-fireplace)
Bedroom 1 18x16 Level: 2nd Floor (2room suite-13x14w/bath, fireplace)
Bedroom 2 16x17 Level: 2nd Floor (2roomsuite-9x14w/bath ,fireplace)
Bedroom 3 14x14 Level: 2nd Floor (w/bath)
Bedroom 4 14x16 Level: 2nd Floor (w/ bath)
Den 18x12 Level: 2nd Floor (5 bedroom)
Laundry Room 8x9 Level: 1st Floor
Other Room 1 10x14 Level: 2nd Floor (6 bedroom)

House Color White
Construction Clapboard, Frame, Vinyl Siding
Interior Features DSL, Other (coffered ceilings, sunporches), Security System, Walk-In-Closet (dressing rooms)
Exterior Features Balcony, Patio, Pool, Porch

Sewer Septic System
Water Well
Hot Water Oil
Heat/Cool Type Oil Heating, Steam Heat
Gas Propane (range)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Oh. My. God. (whimper)

Okay so go back to last winter when we were still looking (okay I was still looking) in upstate NY. I mentioned an area called Patterson, NY.
On a whim I went to and took a look at what was out there in that area.
Found this. Had to go and find a paper bag to control the hyperventilating...
It's a church. A renovated church. In a town TOTALLY commutable for Mike.
Never gonna happen but a girl can dream...
621 Bullet Hole Rd Patterson, NY 12563
3 Bed, 3 Bath | 2,555 Sq Ft on 2.12 Acres |
MLS ID #2827722

This spectacular home, formerly St. Bernard's Church, was built in 1874 and then converted to be used as a private home in the 1970's. If you're looking for unique, this is the one for you! Features include huge Great Room with beamed cathedral ceilings, FR w/WBS & dr to Sunrm, Choir Loft used as a guest room, MBR w/wall of stained glass windows, Family BR w/private deck, updated baths, newer mechanicals, Brazilian hardwood deck, brick patio and much more. The possibilities are endless!
Property Features

Single Family Property
* Status: Active
* Area: Patterson
* County: Putnam
* Year Built: 1874

* 3 total bedroom(s)
* 3 total bath(s)
* 3 total full bath(s)
* 7 total rooms
* Approximately 2555 sq. ft.

Type: Detached
* Lot is 92347 sq. ft.
* Approximately 2.12 acre(s)
* Lot size is between 2 and 5 acres

Interior Features
Skylight(s), Vaulted/Cathedral Ceiling

Exterior Features
Deck, Patio

Community Features
Close To Railroad, Close to School

Monday, November 24, 2008

1177 Graff Rd
Bennington, NY 14011
MLS #827748
5 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
22 Acres
nterior Features
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Total Rooms 11
Square Feet 3782

Exterior Information
Acreage 22
Garages 0

Room Information and Dimensions
Taxes 9022
Tax ID 562400-030-1-051-.112

School District ATTICA CENTRAL
Elementary School
Middle School
High School Attica

Property Remarks
Paradise Found! 3400+sf Country Farm House has 1000sf addition in 1996. also in '96 -2-furnaces, 2 septics, siding, wndws, tearoff roof. 1st & 2nd flr master suites, 3.5 baths, barn, guest cottage, hot tub, 1200sf of deck. Commerical appliances, spring feed pond & creek. 1-Yr Home Warranty.
Property Directions
From Batavia follow Rt98 into Attica, right at Rt354 (Follow 5.3miles) Turn left onto Graff Rd. house is approx .9 miles