Celebrating 16 years of Chalet Life!

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Today marks the Anniversary of the day we took ownership of the Chalet! 16 years ago today … we signed the papers on this quirky little beauty. The Chalet was the first home built on property subdivided in 1924 from the Leaycraft Estate. Our street bears the name of that Estate.

July 24, 2003

July 24, 2003

Chalet: a wooden house or cottage with overhanging eaves typically found in the Swiss Alps.

While driving with a friend we stumbled upon a For Sale by Owner sign that soon turned into our destiny. A home for sale in my old neighborhood! My dream location full of quiet streets, unique architecture and close to the park. I knew the house - while growing up a few block away I trick or treated here and rode my bike by what we called “The Red Schoolhouse” because it was painted red and the center chimney looks like a bell tower. You can see it here in the 1968 watercolor by artist Nat Lewis. This painting was gifted to us by a former owners daughter. We are so very blessed to have this hanging on our wall.

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We started calling it “The Chalet” soon after moving in. Built as a vacation home by Austrian craftsmen brought in specifically by Dr. Morgan the original owner. At roughly 1400 square feet it’s not overly large - it has three-bedroom and although we were originally moving to gain space we have forgiven the Chalet for only offering us one small bath. It has wonderful unique features such the hand cut railings and multiple sets of French doors throughout - there’s so much to love.

Our Pink Upstairs Hall

Our Pink Upstairs Hall

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We’ve so fortunate to enjoy open-concept living in a home which is almost 100 years old. We’ve jokingly coined the phrase Step-Saver to describe our Kitchen because if you stand in the middle of the room you can reach out and touch everything without taking a step!

Diningroom looking into Livingroom

Diningroom looking into Livingroom

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Adding to the homey feel, is the fireplace with it’s beautiful carvings in the center of the house.

Porch

Porch

One major change we’ve made to the Chalet was enclosing our porch. It was an open air galerie - you can read more about it here. Hands down the best thing we’ve done. Both the Master bedroom and our son’s bedroom are above this space. The Chalet is weather tight and quieter!

We love sleeping in the tree tops!

Hallway from The Master Bedroom

Hallway from The Master Bedroom

I love these images - the middle is when we still had the humongous American Beech out front. We loved that tree but, it started loosing limbs. You can see it in the image that was published in a local history book in 1976.

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Steven, Liam and I have filled the Chalet with many treasures but, the best part of the Chalet is sharing it with others!

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We feel so very blessed every day to be able to call this jewel home.

Til next time!

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My Dream Day

Since I’ll be celebrating my Birthday this week - I was thinking about - well Me - and that led me to think about….

My Dream Day!

with Aunt Marion a few weeks old.

with Aunt Marion a few weeks old.

I could certainly go all fancy fantasy - Paris, Hong Kong - maybe revisit a favorite haunt Bermuda, Chatham, MA or pop down to visit my BFF in Turks and Caicos but, my thoughts quickly fell to

New York City

and some of my very favorite places.

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First stop would be the Metropolitan Museum of Art of course…

All my Met trips have been with my sister; from the first to see The Treasures of Tutankhamun in 1979 through our most recent in December. Liam was only 3 the first time he accompanied my sister Noreen, my niece Christina and I. I’m thrilled to say it’s one of his favorite places too!

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After a little walk - into Central Park maybe to take in the view of the Boat Basin.

Then off to drinks at Center Bar Yum! Maybe I’ll enjoy a BFF cocktail that I had last month.

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In my dreams we would be going to dine at Picholine but, alas Picholine is no more…I scoured the Internet for images of this extraordinary West 64th Street dining experience.

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We are headed to The Whitby Bar & Restaurant for dinner.

* an addendum - due to the massive 7/13/2019 Power Outage we ended up dining at Del Posto

I found a few birthday images… My BFF Roschellie is featured in a few and in the last I’m giving my cousin Donnie his bottle of La Marca Prosecco as a party favor for a recent milestone birthday.

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For my birthday it would be terrific if you could follow along on all my platforms and I hope you’re signed up for the weekly emails. It would be so lovely if you would get a friend to sign up for my emails too! I work really hard on my blog posts and the Internet is a vast place my friends!

Til next time! This crab says thanks a million for being here! xoxoxo🦀

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Hello Summer 2019!

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We’re currently at the beach! We decided Liam needed to experience fireworks while sitting on the beach and if we say beach we can only mean one place my friends - Ocean City, NJ. We know he will be thrilled. For years my sister and her family came to the beach that week and I was always lucky and blessed to be able to join them - as long as I brought a case of Heineken I was welcome! Ocean City is a dry town - a stop at Circle Liquors in Somers Point is mandatory before crossing the bridge!

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This is the Lifeguard stand on our stretch of beach. We’ve been staying on St. Charles Place for years! We love being doors from the sand and Browns Restaurant - the makers of the best donuts in the entire world!

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This week is about reconnecting with family. Relishing hours on the beach, playing card games, enjoying beautiful beach views while eating a ton of Manco & Manco pizza, walking the boards, getting delicious chocolate treats from Shriver’s, enjoying rides at Gillan’s Wonderland, shopping for a new T-shirt or two from Ocean Treasures, seeing how many rounds of Mini Golf we can fit in, dinner at the Crab Trap in Somers Point and doing our best not to get sunburned while savoring every minute!

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Nothing beats Gillian’s for funnel cake, Kohrs ice cream, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Scrambler, Bumper Cars and more!

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Happy 4th of July everyone! Enjoy this wonderful Holiday celebrating America’s Birthday!

Til next time - I hope the weather is wonderful wherever you are!

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