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From On-line to Brick and Mortar friendship! What a lovely Pizappi evening...


Susana and I have a ritual with Stephen. We like to take him out for two hours a day and run the streets teaching him about socially acceptable behavior. Sometimes Noah tags along, but often it's just us. She and Stella were supposed to spend the evening with Paddy and I, but something important came up. Maybe next time... You guys would really love her, she is smart and very funny. She is also working very hard on her second Master's degree. I love picking her brain and sharing foodie paradise spots (especially while having girl talk). I also love to hear her speak Russian. Oh my word, what a voice... but I digress. We're planning a few more road trips to take the boys on and have some delicious eye candy planned for the next two days.

The moment we drove down that long driveway and parked next to a vintage car belonging to the Pizappi family, Noah couldn't wait to burst out of my little Hyundai and make a bee line for the pasture gate and well. He was in yard Heaven. We are talking 11 wonderful acres, people! Pizappiville is a gorgeous home surrounded by manicured eye candy! The icing on the cake? A friendly family filled with generosity and love. My kids clicked right into the program with big, stupid cool aid grins. They could not get enough of exploring everything in sight. Very cool!

It would take me two years to photograph her place. Everywhere you look, there's eye candy! Absolutely gorgeous! I am in painter's and photographer's heaven! So mush to see, so little time... (LOL)

My kids were totally into exploring and climbing the fence lines. Noah kept trying to open the various gates.

You have no idea how bad I want to paint this place... I could easily produce fifty paintings without blinking.

This was better than having a turtle run and I absolutely love my turtle runs! I am looking forward to capturing more eye candy on our next visit. Michael may be along for the ride. Won't that be interesting...

My boys didn't know which way to run, so they ran everywhere! Noah was rolling in the grass while Stephen was giggling, wiggling, dancing and prancing. I actually enjoyed watching them both rushing to and fro in a frenzy. BTW, hands down, the miniature barn gazebo was my favorite yard spot. B-B-Q eye candy, people! Notice the grill? It's functional and lovely. Later, we enjoyed our dinner there under the stars and a harvest moon...


I selected the exposure settings then asked Paddy's daughters to each take a picture with me and their mom with my Nikon (after all, I did promise Kathy P). Trying to round up the minions to participate was not easy. They were too busy playing. By photo number two I was rewarded with a love smack (in the eye) from Stephen the Destroyer, who wanted to get down.

Needless to say, I put him down...

Minion Alert: Did you notice the little wiggly butt sticking out of the chair? Stephen couldn't resist trying to reach a window. Did I mention Stephen was a climber (among other things)? Thank God the pool was locked off, although Noah did roam over there to investigate gaining access at least twice during our visit.

Stephen decided he always needed to be where the girls are. It eventually lead to his discovery of the frog pond. Before we could blink, dude was down in it. Froggy didn't blink or move, just chilled with Step in the water (LOL). We still have no idea if he fell or dived in! Knowing Stephen, I'm leaning towards the latter. ;-)

While Stephen was in the front "soaking" himself, Noah was in the back crawling through the grass with his miniature animals playing "The Lion King." It's his favorite movie, and he spent most of the night obsessing about it while we enjoyed B-B-Q, moonlight, each other and some great conversations. BTW, the Pizappi family is very adept at bestowing really warm bear hugs and making their guests feel right at home! We shared a very beautiful evening, indeed... looking forward to many more with Sister P and other members of my Club Chaos family. Hmm... a new angle on a tour of homes? Oops, The Gail Rule is still in effect!  ;-)


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Comment balloon 24 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 18 2008 09:44AM


Hey girlfriend Thanks for the visit.  We had a blast.  Look at my blog and you will see that we ended withalmost the same picture.  I need to set my camera on a faster shutter speed to get the Blur to focus.  Have a great Gail Rule Day!

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 12 years ago

Hi sweetie! You enjoy your day as well. I've discovered that it is almost impossible to capture Stephen the Destroyer when he is in happy-hyper-mode. The Blur in Motion Minion has defeated my Nikon many a day! Not to mention evading capture. Paddy, he was actually good yesterday. I was only slapped once. (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago


Too much high level energy being dispersed here...and WOW does that dessert look scrumptious!!! Thanks,   Fran 

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 12 years ago


It looks as though you where just one step away from heaven.  Banana Split, Hot Fudge Sundae, 11 acres, BBQ, good friends!!!!!!

BTW, is that a smile on your face or is it my eyes playing tricks on me?

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, what energy those boys have. That dessert I wish I could pull out of the picture and partake of. Very delicious looking.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

I love those fences!  What an incredible home, Paddy!  You really have room to stretch out and relax.  So glad you guys had fun -- as if there were any doubt!

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Compass) about 12 years ago

Looks like more than eye candy. The dessert looked wonderful. Happy you had such a good time.

Posted by Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant (Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA) about 12 years ago

Carolyn ~ Great pics! Thanks for sharing them, AND for having a couple of you and Paddy together (I do believe you are smiling in both, even with the sock to the eye!).  BTW, those sundaes look totally delicious! : )

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 12 years ago

C~Girl, I hope you didn't give those boys any of that ice cream...they are already Blur-like boys! Looks like you all had a good time...Paddy's place looks awesome. Does she have horses also?

Posted by LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL (Keller Williams Heritage Realty) about 12 years ago

LaShawn, OMG - with all that hay being put into bales you'd think I would have thought to ask! I've no idea? You may have to jump over to Paddy's blog about the evening and ask. (LOL)

Kathy, you were on my mind a lot. I wish you would've been there. It would be really nice to have you, Becky and Barbara meet me there one of these days. Of course, I'll be more than happy to meet you guys where ever you want, but yall should really see this place. Awesome! There is way more to it than this tiny sneak peak.

Fred, except for the loss of my Go-Bag, it was a perfect day! My eye candy had eye candy! (LOL)



Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Elaine, those fences were classic! It was quite a treat to be a guest there. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Gary, that Gellato is the very best in the county as far as I am concerned. You're right about my boys, very energetic, indeed!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Don, my buddy Susan requires that I smile more often on-line. I aim to please. That is very easy to do when you are enjoying the company of a beautiful soul and foodie paradise food! (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Fran, too funny and very true (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Wow! What an incredible looking icecream sundae! 

Posted by Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Broker Associate (RE/MAX Properties) about 12 years ago

Sal, incredible indeed. It's my favorite desert spot! (My buddy Susana introduced it to me.) I absolutely love banana splits and will kick a diet to the curb in a hot minute to have a really good one. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

I'm glad you guys had a great time.  I am really jealous of that ice-cream.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 12 years ago

sounds like a great day for the kids, I bet they slept well that night!  and was that a low fat icecream????   I Hope NOT!!!


Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) about 12 years ago

C- Thank you for sharing your day- It looks like so much fun! Those sundaes... Oh My Gosh! The boys really had a great time and it was wonderful to see you and Paddy together- And did I mention those sundaes??? They look delicious!

I got your message I think Beckys boys would love a playdate!

Yes, your blur is Olympic bound for sure- And we will all sit back and remember when he was the ActiveRain Blur.....

Posted by Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle (C21 Alliance Realty Group) about 12 years ago

Stacey-Ann, if you are ever in NY while I am in NY we shall have to go there -- my treat! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Robert, "low fat" is not in my vocabulary... (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Barbara, I am soooo looking forward to a play-date with the boys! You and I are definitely gonna have to get together for some girl talk at a foodie paradise spot. (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C- what a wonderful time for everyone!!!  It's so nice to have time just to enjoy friends.  I'm glad you and Paddy were finally able to get together.  Thanks for sharing your day with us!

Posted by Becky Cook, Ulster County, NY- New Paltz, Highland, Marlboro, NY Real Estate (EXIT Realty Services- New Paltz, NY) about 12 years ago

Becky, you are very welcome. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed my visit.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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