Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Local politics: the chicken vs. Pinocchio

I just cannot BELIEVE local politics in Putnam, aside from at LEAST four robo calls a day, we get tons and tons of junk mail...when I got the mail tonight, I said to myself, " Self, no one else will believe this, you have to put it on your blog." So here is how ludicrous it gets:

The race for State Assembly: the chicken vs. Pinocchio:

Who would YOU vote for?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Busy, busy -- but FUN weekend!

This past weekend was lots of fun -- kinda the "last days of summer" type of weekend, where I made the most of it...Here's what I did:

On Saturday, I drove up to Westbrook, CT to the Scrapbook Clubhouse for two Carol Wingert classes, we made two adorable mini-books, shopped at the scrapbook store, visited a flea market going on in the town as well as a Muster. We had a great lunch at a "healthy" Mexican Food place and Grace ordered everything on the menu to taste (in her defense, she thought it was more like Taco Bell, but the portions were HUGE). We went from there to IKEA in New Haven (I got my picture frame, finally), The Christmas Tree shop in Orange (scary Halloween stuff to decorate the house with) and to the AC Moore next door (looking for cool Halloween stuff for our swaps).

On Sunday my sister Carol and I went to Dinosaur Crossing in Montville, CT with Caitie... Carol had never been there so we saw all the dinosaurs again, went to the Splash pad, dug for gems... and had Dinosaur Crunch ice cream before heading home. We had a quick BBQ of hamburgers and hotdogs and a small dinosaur/dragon cake for dessert and we called it a day. (The Mine)
I glittered my Martha Stewart Halloween chandellier in between all the weekend fun -- I'm still trying to get rid of the black glitter everywhere...

I got tons of pears from my BFF Grace's dad's garden, I'll do the before and after in another post, I'm looking for a good recipe for a pear tart...I made three containers of pesto (affectionately known as "Joe's Pesto") for the freezer from the basil and have two cucumbers as well, but in the meantime, here's a picture of my neice with the zucchini (ignore the sink full of dishes, its was a busy weekend, I told you up above!)...

Have a good week!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Another angel just arrived in heaven...

This was my sister's good friend from high school's daughter. I went to the wake, it was probably the saddest wake I have ever been to (and probably will ever go to).

Southeast girl, 5, killed in Long Island accident
By Barbara Livingston Nackman and Sean Gorman

The Journal News • August 20, 2008

SOUTHEAST - A 5-year-old girl from Southeast was killed Sunday on Long Island when the toy wagon in which she was playing careered down a sloping driveway and was struck by an oncoming car, police said.

Margaret Sheerin was taken to Southampton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, East Hampton town police said yesterday.

A 2002 Saab driven by Erika Halweil, 31, of Sag Harbor was traveling east on Route 27 - Montauk Highway - near Surf Drive.

The child was riding her Radio Flyer wagon when it rolled down the steep driveway. Her 2-year-old sister, Kiera Elizabeth Sheerin, was nearby but was not involved or injured.

The family had just arrived at the Amagansett home and members were unpacking their car, Police Chief Todd H. Sarris said. The two young girls were sitting in beach chairs in the driveway and their father, Christopher Sheerin, went inside to get them some water when he heard the wheels of the wagon. The father ran outside but was unable to catch his daughter.

The house at 731 Montauk Highway was owned by a deceased aunt of Sheerin's, and the family was familiar with Amagansett. The house was about 1 1/2 miles from the beach.

Halweil swerved and hit a guardrail trying to avoid the collision, police said. She suffered minor injuries and also was taken to Southampton Hospital.

Police are still investigating, but no charges have been filed. "Anytime, when a child of this age is involved, it just shakes everyone up," Sarris said. "Even our guys, who investigate a lot of accidents, were affected by this."

Margaret lived in Southeast with her mother, Sheila Moran Sheerin.

Charlene Tretera, a friend of Sheila Sheerin's who was at her home yesterday, called Margaret a "special angel." "She was just very special," Tretera said. "(She was) energetic, lively, beautiful, loved to dance, just loved life more than anything." Tretera said Margaret, who loved Irish step dancing, had lots of close friends. "She was just a very special friend even at her age of 5," Tretera said.

A wake will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave., Brewster. A Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church in Brewster.

Reach Barbara Livingston Nackman at bnackman@LoHud.com or 845-228-2272.



Maggie Anne Sheerin, age 5, died Sunday, August 17, 2008 in South Hampton, LI, NY. Maggie Anne was born in Mt. Kisco, NY on February 26, 2003 to Christopher and Sheila (Moran) Sheerin. Maggie Anne had lived in Brewster for the past 4 years and Mt. Kisco during her first year. She was an Irish Step Dancer and enjoyed swimming and coloring. She loved princesses and playing dress up. Maggie Anne had shown great potential through her artistic abilities. Besides her parents, Maggie Anne is survived by a sister, Kiera Elizabeth Sheerin of Brewster; her maternal grandmother Margaret Moran of Mt. Kisco; her paternal grandparents, James and Carol Sheerin of North Salem, NY; two uncles, Patrick and Kathy Moran, Brendan Moran; four aunts, Mary and Scott May, Debbie and Daniel Clifford, Patricia and Thomas Quaglino and Carolyn and Brian Bender; her bunny Flopsy and her fish Minnie and Backpack. Also several cousins and the many, many friends she made wherever she went. Maggie Anne was pre-deceased by her grandfather Terence Moran. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 22, 2008 10AM at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, Brewster, NY. Interment following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. Friends may call at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Another weekend over ...

Weekends go SOOOOOO fast, even faster when you work both days. The best part of the weekend is that I haven't cooked in three days...we went to a Japanese restaurant for Martin's birthday...then Saturday night was pizza and salad at Sinapis, and finally tonight greek salad at the Putnam Diner. I HAVE to get organized and cook some good, healthy dinners this week...I have nothing planned any nights this week, so once I get some REAL food in the house, I should be able to swing dinner each night.

Tonight I watched an interview with Michael Phelps and his mom. What a truly awesome accomplishment for both of them -- Michael won eight gold metals, shattering the record set by Mark Spitz and his mom raised the most wonderful, loving, amazing son, all by herself. He's thoughtful, dedicated and overcame ADD by being focused in swimming and accomplishing his goals. Everything went according to his plan, that doesn't often happen in the Olympics.

So happy Monday all! This week I'm going to get EVERYTHING done! Cleaning, laundry, food shopping, cooking -- it will be truly a "Wonder Woman" week....wish me luck! I hope your week is everything you want it to be!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


American Michael Phelps scorched to his sixth gold and his sixth world record in the Water Cube pool, closing in on Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven golds in a Games.

The 23-year-old now has 12 career Olympic golds, three more than anyone else. Like Spitz in 1972, all of his golds at these Games have come in world record times. Amazing!

Also on the front of my FAVORITE sport in the Olympics, Women's Gymnastics: Nastia Liukin, the Russian-born, Texas-raised gymnast came from behind on the final two rotations of the women’s gymnastics all-around Friday afternoon to win the gold medal that had eluded her father and coach, Valeri Liukin, 20 years ago.

Liukin, 18, from the Dallas suburb of Parker, totaled 63.325 points to edge Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa, the 2007 world champion, with 62.725. Yang Yilin of China scored 62.65 points for the bronze.

With her victory, Liukin joins former training partner Carly Patterson and 1984 gold medalist Mary Lou Retton in the pantheon of American all-around gold medalists, and she stands alone in her execution of the classical style she was taught by her father, a four-time medalist for the Soviet Union who came up a fraction of a point short for the men’s all-around title in 1988.

Gasoline has finally gone under $4 per gallon at my local gas station...$3.99 to be exact....

Today is Martin's birthday! Happy birthday, sweetheart! We are going to have a nice dinner...we have both been working really crazy hours the last few weeks, often side by side until after midnight at our computers in the office...we both need a "veg" day really soon...

Update on the Log House: We have gone to the bank and are working on getting our contractor certified by the bank...once he's on their "list" ... we can go ahead with the formal application process. Its a little different for a building/construction loan than a regular mortgage, but we have a great guy at M&T bank we are working with...so stay tuned!

Have a great weeked everyone!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Good news and sad news from the weekend...

The good news is that my mom and her "companion" Pete are getting a two bedroom apartment in a Senior Living rent controlled building in Bedford Hills...so their rent will be half of what it is now...and they will have more space. Hopefully this is the last move she'll have to make...and she'll be very happy there.

The sad news is that over the weekend both Bernie Mac (50) and Isaac Hayes (65) passed away, way too young...to quote Don Cheadle, Heaven just got funnier...

...the other sad news is that there was trouble at the Olympics and a U.S. businessman and his wife were stabbed, he didn't make it and she is in critical condition.


Gold 3

Silver 4

Bronze 5

Total: 12

Friday, August 8, 2008

Random Friday thoughts....

Its finally Friday!

Today we are going to the bank to talk about construction loans -- to see if we can get some money to build our log cabin...If we can get the loan, we'll do the septic system, well and foundation and then order the kit for the Spring, so we have some runway before the snow flies to get it up. I'll keep you posted.

Tonight I'm going to the
Melting Pot in White Plains, NY, with friends (Grace, Dena) for dinner, to talk, look at new stamping supplies and cute card samples. There are few things better than chocolate/peanut butter fondue, friends and crafting! * We'll miss you, Daryl! *

I love different, unusual frames, I need to get one like this from IKEA:

I would do a bunch of funky frames down our stairway, with or without pictures kinda grouped together.

Tomorrow I'm going to work at the "Fire Sale" at the antique store above Martin's shop -- they only have a few things left, but we got so many things in good condition for the log home from the owner, that we can spare a day to work for him...

Sunday we have NOTHING planned! I'll use the day to get odds and ends done, clean up a little -- maybe even fix my poor excuse for flowers in the front of our townhouse! ... and dare I WISH maybe some scrapping?

Oh! And I almost forgot -- its 8/8/08 today! ...the start of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China...always a fond memory of watching as a pre-teen/teenager...actually had articles in my scrapbook from then (of course we did nothing to protect the newprint or pages back then)!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

List of lists...

I think I started a new blog entry three times before I actually thought of something relevant and interesting to blog about...LISTS!

Are YOU a list maker? I'm a perpetual list maker...and when I have a list, it can't have any crossouts or mistakes on it, it has to be a pristine, organized, clean list. I try to highlight the important things, but that just makes it look messy...I have lists for work, personal/home stuff, and any "special projects" I'm working on. I LOVE it when I can cross of multiple items from my lists (that means I get to re-write them!).

Here's some samples of my lists:

  • Filing of personal papers in our loft closet filing cabinet
  • Frame pictures and hang in hallway
  • Get three new screens for office/bedroom and a new front/screen door
  • Change out the dryer/laundry hose (before we have a fire)


  • Haircut, mani/pedi
  • Eye doctor - multi-focal contacts
  • Update blog!

I usually don't list things like laundry, dishes -- housecleaning is a constant...and I usually multi-task during the day and fit things in.

I hate looking at the list and realizing I can't get anything checked off today -- it means going out of the house and I just have too many meetings or work is too crazy (as it has been the last 4 months).

Anyway - I welcome any suggestions and thoughts on lists - so comment away!

Don't forget to floss! Bye!