My Take Away from Summer '19

As most bloggers - I have a content calendar - but, I changed it up to add this post. As a Cancerian I am all about history… be it the larger scope of the world or my own personal history. This week I’m taking a deep dive into how we spent our Summer.

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We’re so lucky to be able to join our local Swim Club and spend most days (although our weather was a bit iffy this year) there. I match my schedule to my son’s in the summer and I don’t work much.

The boys love to take in a Jackals Game over at the Yogi Berra Stadium at Montclair State University.

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We went to Ocean City, NJ and had a wonderful week of sun and sand with our family. We celebrated L’s 8th birthday and Independence day while we were there and we were blessed with stellar weather.

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My birthday is mid -July and I had a weekend of fun with family and friends. There was sushi, my favorite cupcakes and fireworks.

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The next day was a visit to the most magical place on earth… the Metropolitan Museum of Art followed by drinks at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle and Dinner at Del Posto (after the Mid-Town power outage made dining at The Whitby Bar and Restaurant impossible)

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There was Hockey Camp at Floyd Hall Area at Montclair State University.

We enjoyed a quick trip to Hershey Park, PA.

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Any days the weather allowed - we enjoyed the pool. I can’t believe I caught this shot!

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I was blessed to share a lovely evening with my best friend… she lives in Turks and Caicos and was passing through New Jersey. All I can say is thank God for Face Time friends!

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After dodging a crazy pop-up storm I made it into the City without getting drenched a few weeks ago for the Bryan Ferry Show at the United Palace - but, first we popped up on the High Line for a bit before heading to Crave Fishbar for dinner.

Nothing fosters a sense of partnership better than an intense day of moving rocks. My Hubby and I got to enjoy a rare evening out - just us two.

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We closed out the season with a marathon day at the Met. We covered more galleries last Thursday (8/29/19) than I ever have in all the many years I’ve been visiting this amazing institution. Then we had a delicious dinner at Stella 34 Trattoria & Bar on the 6th floor in Macy’s Herald Square. My niece’s office is on 7th so its a great location to meet up and the food is superb along with a wonderful view of the Empire State Building! Of course we had to pop into the Story store before we headed out of Macy’s to the Ferry.

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I grabbed this image our last day at the swim club.

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I hope your summer was fantastic! Til next time. xoxo

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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