Monthly Archives: December 2011

I can’t wait to be a senior citizen

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Just the title alone sounds endearing. Senior citizen. Think about it, senior in high school, that meant you were top dog in a place that harbored at least three other grades below you. If you decided to go to a four-year college the senior title carried the same connotation: you paid your dues and made it to the final step of this glorious occasion in education and soon you get to go on to bigger and better things. As far as a senior citizen goes, the benefits are far greater.

You paid your dues in life. You worked the cruddy jobs and hopefully made an impact on the world, and even if you didn’t you can still be grouchy and mad at the world as if you did and not a lot of people would even know the difference! Senior citizen discounts on Tuesdays, young’ins holding doors open for you everyday, and Hell you can say whatever you want with little to no backlash because you earned your right to freedom of speech! When you’re a senior citizen you appreciate the little things in life, and I learned this firsthand when I was Christmas shopping for my grandma.

Old people absolutely love hardtack candies. Starlight peppermints. Butterscotch candies. Werther’s. I can’t even begin to count how many old timers I know who always have an artillery of those little round bits of heaven. I may even begin to carry them around myself. Anyway, I couldn’t decide what to get my grandmother for Christmas. Maybe a cutesy wall plaque? No, that was the nature of the gift I got her for her birthday, and last Christmas and the birthday before that… What I finally decided on was quite possibly the best idea ever. A box of tissues that had a virus shield or something built in to them and a boatload of assorted sugar free hard tacks.

I don’t think I have ever seen my grandma so happy for a Christmas gift. Maybe I’m just tooting my own horn but it was a darn good idea, and what I learned was the little things in life can make the biggest difference, and if that’s what getting old means I’m all for it.

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How to Make it (Classy) on A (community) College Budget

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Let’s face it. Kids these days are lazy. I personally only work a full time job and one part time job while going to school full time. Even though I work all the time I still never have any money. Why you may ask? Gas is only around $4 a gallon, and so is milk. I’m lactose intolerant so a 1/2 gallon of soy is about $3 (you can do the math for the cost of a gallon, as you know I’m not a math major.) So rather than whining about how poor I am, I IMPROVISE. Any other ways to do so are greatly appreciated! Enjoy!

1. Invest in boxed wine, and drink it with your pinky out because you can’t afford the “good stuff.” What wine really boils down to is fermented fruit anyway.

2. If you can’t afford to pick up some boxed wine, drink iced tea or any other beverage out of a super fancy plastic wine “glass” from the dollar store.

3. Purchase some red lipstick. Preferably in an obnoxious shade I like to call Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman-esque. Even if you’re just mosey-ing around your apartment you still feel distinguished.

4. Who says you need a fireplace? Purchase a yule log DVD and light up a candle that smells similar to a cozy wood fire.

5. Once a month treat yourself to a grossly expensive dining out adventure so you feel less sad about making minimum wage (i.e Olive Garden.)

6. E-books are your friend. Even though I prefer traditional paper and texts I prefer free things. I prefer older books which are usually free on my Nook, so kudos to me!

7. Redbox is another close friend. $1 a night to rent a movie is cheaper than $10 to see a new movie. Then again, if you play your cards right and set up a bunch of dates for dinner and a movie, you don’t ever have to pay to see a movie in a theatre.

8. Speaking of movie theatres take advantage of having a huge purse and stuff the hell out of it with your own IF you have to pay for a movie.

9. Drive-in movies are even better. Cheaper. You can fit a lot of snacks and adult beverages in your car.

10. Since you are probably too poor to go on any sort of vacation especially in the winter, wait for a sunny day, turn the heat on full blast in your car and sip on coconut water. It feels like a real live vacation…until you get out of the car.

11. Spa Masks. Since you can’t afford a vacation too, you sure as Hell can’t afford a spa day. I have learned that the more horrific the photo of the person on the $2 packaging, the more soothing the botanical mask.

12. Buy boozing munchies in advance. The best way to do this is while intoxicated. Con a friend in to being your Designated Driver and then you can pick up what you know you’ll be in the mood for the next time you’re drunk (and at a lower cost)!

13.Befriend thy neighbours. Less of a drive to visit them (if any.) It’s a plus if they live close to the bar… no taxi fare to get home.

14. Keep a case or two of bottled water in your car. Everyone knows classy bitches drink bottled water… not everyone needs to know you’re broke. A single bottle is about $1.25 or a case of 12 or so is about $5. Again, you do the math.

15. If your grandparents, parents, friend’s parents or a random stranger with candy invited you to dinner. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. If you know you are going to be especially poor, set up days in advance so you won’t have to go grocery shopping with the $10 on your debit card.

8 Conyngham Lane

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A Charming Home for the Holidays
Winter, spring, summer or fall, this home offers something for all. Yes it’s so lovely you’ll begin rhyming.
Located in Eagle Rock Resort, nestled in the Blue Mountains, this charming three bedroom, two bathroom ranch home features a cathedral ceiling in the living room, as well as a gas fireplace.
Picture yourself cozying up with a cup of hot chocolate, awaiting St. Nicholas’ arrival while the children are envisioning sugar plums dancing in their heads.
If you prefer, you could be out hitting the ski slopes within the community using one of 20 free skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing passes that come with living in Eagle Rock.
Eagle Rock resort boasts 14 illuminated slopes for winter sports enthusiasts of all skill levels with professional instructors to help guide you.
Come spring, golf is in! Benefits from owning this home include: 3 free greens fee passes a month, 10% discount in the proshop, and discounts for your golfing buddies if they decide to join you! Who in their right mind wouldn’t?
The resort also has equestrian activities, and a spa. The spa features facials, manicures, pedicures and many other countless services to keep you feeling refreshed all year long.
But back to the home itself. Upon pulling into the two-car driveway you’ll notice the new tan vinyl siding, with burgundy shutters beautifully accenting this gem in the woods. Around back, there is a private deck for barbecuing, entertaining, snow watching or anything your heart desires. One of two nearby lakes is only 200-feet from your back yard. The soothing sound of water flowing from one lake to another from the convenience of your own home is priceless in of itself.
Entering the eat-in kitchen via one of two convenient front entrances, will bring a smile to your face, as you are greeted with ceramic tile flooring, perfect for easy clean-ups. The only thing better than the brand-new stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, a must-have for entertaining, are the granite countertops. The built-in microwave is situated directly above the electric range and oven. Measuring 14.5×19 feet, the kitchen is indeed big enough to suit your needs, with plenty of cabinet and counter space!
To the left of the kitchen is the 16×16 living room, that not only has a gas fireplace but large windows that offer an excellent view of the surrounding area and attached front porch.
The master bathroom also has a granite counter top, full shower with a bathtub, and his and her sinks perfect for any couple to enjoy, or keep both for yourself! A walk-in closet is located right off the master bath for ease of use and practicality.
Easily accessible from the living room, is the guest bathroom once again featuring granite countertops and shower.
When it comes to laundry, the first floor laundry room could not be in any better location. Also with ceramic tile flooring, the laundry room has double doors that lead to the back deck.
All three bedrooms offer much to the senses, in the form of  abundant natural light, brand new cream colored carpets, and new lighting fixtures which are also showcased throughout the entire home.
The full basement provides plenty of space for storage or can be converted to suit an owner’s needs.
Fresh paint, new carpeting, newer windows, the only thing missing in this 1,548 foot living space is a family to make it home.
Getting to this property is easy enough. Conveniently located near interstate 81, you are close enough to enjoy ease of travel

21 East Butler Drive

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Work from the Comfort of Your Home Sweet Home
Working from home has never sounded so good. With 3,696 square feet of living space, a three-stall attached garage, imported granite countertops, knotted cherry cabinetry, a fireplace and countless other features why would you want to spend time anywhere else?
Listed by Scott Major of Action Real Estate for $424,900 this spacious, yet practical home is located just off of route 309 in Butler Township. Both Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton are easily accessible from this home as well as countless local restaurants and businesses.
Upon pulling in to the driveway, you can’t help but notice the size of this home. The exterior is marked with vinyl and stone siding, and a massive three-stall attached garage. Two stalls are for standard cars, while the third features reinforced concrete and a massive door to accommodate larger vehicles for all your needs. Rough plumbed for yet another bathroom, this garage is large enough for all of your necessities with room to spare. Located above the garage is a bonus area large enough to expand other business ventures, put in a pool table to make it your very own lounge, or whatever your heart desires. With all the room throughout the entire home the only limit is your imagination.
Entering through the sturdy solid oak front door, you will notice the hardwood floors that continue on in to the dining room, downstairs bedroom, and continuing on to the living room to accent the rustic fireplace which is located just off the kitchen.
The 12×18 foot dining room features modern lighting fixtures, and a 12×8 mud room/pantry that also leads out to the garage. Moving onward to the ultra modern kitchen, you’ll appreciate the radiant heated ceramic tile floors especially with Old Man Winter in the picture. Featuring imported granite countertops and  knotted cherry cabinets, the 23×14.6 kitchen also has a dishwasher, trash compactor, and stainless steel refrigerator. You also can’t forget the gas range top, dual electric ovens with a warming tray, and a pull out work area for tasks on queue while you are making dinner or entertaining a house full of guests. Almost every one of the 14 rooms in the home has wiring for internet connections, as well as independent temperature controls to keep you toasty warm courtesy of efficient coal heat. Throughout the home there are plenty of windows that only add to the spacious feeling and reality of this structure.
Continuing on through the kitchen is the 20.6×14.6 living room with a stone fireplace, hardwood floors, and wood accented ceiling. If the fireplace is not in your plans, there is also a 22×19 family room with wall-to-wall carpeting, access to the great outdoors, and plenty of space to entertain all of your friends, family, and colleagues. The full downstairs bathroom also has ceramic heated flooring to chase away the winter chill.
Also occupying the first floor level is a 12×10 den/office with closet space or it could be utilized as yet another bedroom.
The second story of this home contains four bedrooms ranging from 12.6×12.6 to the master bedroom’s dimensions of 17×14.Even the 9×9 laundry room located on this level  has ceramic flooring, as well as hookups for your washer and dryer. The master bathroom is a staggering 14×9 and once again, features imported granite countertops. No matter how long your day of work is, you’ll still be able to come home to a relaxing hot bath in your very own stone accented tub complete with soothing jets. A make-up desk is always a plus, and its located just off of the walk-in closet. With that in mind, getting ready for a big night out, or a big night of entertaining from with the home is less of a hassle, leaving you with more time to enjoy yourself.

Lot 45 Alliance Drive

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A Townhouse Community with a Valley View
Money can’t by you love, but what it can buy you is a picturesque view of the Conyngham Valley from the comfort of your very own townhouse.
Listed by Cheryl Pecora of M.S Pecora for $205,500 the St. Lawrence Townhouse, located on Alliance Drive, appeals to those who enjoy an ultra-modern kitchen, granite countertops, a two-car garage, spacious back deck, and abundant natural light courtesy of oversized windows located near the dramatic high ceilings.
Valley View is a townhouse community located off of the Airport Beltway in Hazleton. Beginning in Spring of 2012, Mountain View Properties will begin construction on the ridge of the neighborhood, which showcases a breathtaking perspective of the underlying valley. Lots on the ridge are limited on availability, but lucky for you it’s early enough in the season to seize this opportunity. Homes on the ridge begin at $214,900 and $225,900.
If you can’t wait until Spring or you decide a townhouse on the ridge is not for you, there are plenty of homes available within Valley View to suit your needs.
Presently available is the spacious home on Lot 45. With 2,014 square feet of living space, this home is ideal for a family or entertaining the many guests you’re sure to have once you tell them about all the features within the structure.
The exterior of the house is punctuated by a ranch style white fence and a walkway that leads to the front door of this modern home.
Upon entering through the two-car garage, you are greeted with a spacious 18×23 feet family room with plenty of room for entertaining! Just a few steps away is the front door entrance for guests featuring hardwood flooring.
The first level of the home has a ultra modern kitchen including a dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and gas stove. Perfectly accented in granite and stainless steel, the 14×11 kitchen also has hardwood flooring and easy access to the back deck through sliding glass doors.
Also located on the first level is the 19×13 living room as well as the dining room. The laundry area (washer and dryer included) is conveniently located on this level along with the master bedroom. Measuring 15×15 with a walk-in closet, ceiling fan, and plenty of windows the master bedroom is perfectly laid out in a suite style. The master bathroom features ceramic tile flooring, a large closet for toiletries, and a privacy door for when you have guests over.
The open floor plan of the home can be fully appreciated from the second level, even if you are upstairs a full view of the living room, dining room, and kitchen is laid out before you. Both remaining bedrooms also have ceiling fans and plenty of closet space

2 Backfield Court

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Bi-level Beauty in Brookhill
Modern kitchen. Check. Fireplace in the family room. Check. Private covered deck with two entrances from within the house. Check. Two-stall garage. Check. What more could a homebuyer want? Chances are this place has it.
Listed by Pat Genetti of Lewith and Freeman for $189,900 this lovely bi-level home is located within the Brookhill community in Conyngham. The development has many family oriented activities that bring together the residents of the neighborhood, including fishing derbies, Easter egg hunts, and Christmas tree bonfires. Just a short walk away is a lake for the outdoors person enthusiast in your family, and playground area for the kids .This distinguished home has a upscale look for a realistic price. The entire home has been completely updated with a security system, lighting fixtures and much, much more! You can’t help but imagine the kids playing outside in the snow in your spacious backyard, or tossing footballs around after the Spring thaw.
Central air, energy star windows, and an energy efficient heat pump help to keep your costs down, while enjoying the comfort of this 2,050 square foot home.
After parking in the paved driveway, a concrete slab walkway leads you to the front door of this sturdy aluminum sided home. The outside is punctuated by four pillars that make the home more prestigious. Brand new hardwood floors greet you as soon as you enter the home, which continue on in to the dining room and kitchen. The downstairs level of this home has a brick accented wood burning fireplace in the finished 17×15 feet family room complete with a built-in bookshelf or trophy case for your family’s many accomplishments. One of four bedrooms is located on this level, along with access to the roomy two-stall garage, 3/4 bathroom and newly tiled laundry room. The 17×12  bedroom not only has new cream colored carpet but a large closet for all of your needs. Conveniently, the laundry room also has a utility sink and of course hookups for your washer and dryer. A full bathroom with ceramic tiled flooring is also located just off the family room and laundry room.
Up a few stairs and to the right is the 15×18 living room with elegant hardwood flooring, wainscoting that continues on in to the formal dining room, and large windows that allow abundant natural light in to your home. Continuing on, the cozy 13×12.6 dining room also has new crown molding and sliding glass doors that lead you to you very own covered deck with a latching wooden door to keep the kids or pets where you can see them. The modern kitchen comes complete with a electric oven/range, with an overhead microwave, matching black dishwasher and oversized refrigerator. Recessed lighting gives the kitchen a modern flair, to go with the appliances. There’s also a pantry to keep your family stocked up for the winter and plenty of cabinet space is available for all of your kitchen needs!
There are two closets in the hallway leading to the other bedrooms and bathrooms of the home. The main bathroom has a tiled shower and bathtub, new cabinets, and a perfect area to put a laundry hamper located under the sink area. All three bedrooms in this portion of the home have ceiling fans for your comfort. The 11×16 master bedroom has double closets for whoever the lucky inhabitants of this room may be! The focal point of the master bathroom is the tiled shower area that has frosted sliding glass doors that add to the modern feel of the home.

(Fun)eral

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I don’t care what anyone says. Funerals are great. Where else do you get to see your entire family united for one common thing. Although the circumstances are not the greatest, at least everyone is together, and for the time being nothing else matters except the dearly departed.

I’ve been lucky enough to not be invited to a lot of funerals, but then again I’m not exactly sure how funeral invitations would look so I guess it’s just a right of passage.

The few funerals or viewings I have attended were heartbreaking to say the least, but there is something beautiful about them. Family feuds don’t matter when you are grieving.