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Bayfront Marin House
St. Augustine, Florida

Work Stay of the Day

Last week was my company’s strategic planning session. We strategically used the facilities at the Mount Washington Conference Center, strategically located in Mount Washington, just a few minutes from downtown Baltimore. Mount Washington is a cute little area, lined with serious looking Victorians and well cut lawns. Of course, you’ll only see that if you … Read More

Photo of the Day: Mackinac Island

I’m not a photographer. I don’t understand light, F-Stops are as confusing (and useless) as video games to me, and composition always has and always will mean writing. The most artsy thing I do when taking a photo is to put the subject off-center. But some days, the PhotoGods shine on you and give you … Read More

Gardening Advice isn’t Horse Ca-Ca

As a gardener, I’m always looking at other people’s gardens with envy and anger. Why are their dahlias bigger than mine? How come I can’t grow lavender? How do they remember to water every night? Even nights that Bachelor Pad is on? I spent my first few days at Mackinac Island filled with suspicion. I … Read More

Trying Anything Once

They say that nothing is perfect. But imagine, for a moment, that the second that a particular activity was imperfect, it would be banned forever. This no tolerance policy would change our world forever. Sushi restaurants would close, of course. Most hair stylists would be out of business (at the very least, they would never … Read More

Grandma Knows What She’s Doing

Mike’s Grandmother turned 96 yesterday. If you haven’t met her in my blog yet, please check out my favorite post about her here. Incidentally, she is still trading on the phrase “I’m old and I don’t know what I’m doing.” But she knows. Oh, she knows. What she’s doing right now, for the record, is … Read More

For Better or For Worse

We interrupted the first weekend of living with our in-laws to attend a wedding in Newton, New Jersey. (Why are they living with their in-laws, you may ask? Tune in next week for the whole unbelievable story). Back to this story: we had this out-of-town wedding for two people that I had only met once. The hub thought … Read More

Organic Truths in Washington DC

Despite popular theories, I am not Amish. I grew up in an Amish area. I was not allowed to travel more than 5 miles from home. And I worked hard as a kid. I envied those cushy sweatshop jobs in China. The ones where the kids got to be kids for two or three hours a … Read More

Traveling with Friends (And living to tell about it)

Don’t look for me at the Parkville Home Depot this weekend, because I’m taking a break from the home improvement/gardening/mrs-fix-it projects, and I’m heading out to Cape May. I’m going with 11 of my closest friends and family members (not that family members can’t be friends). We’re renting a house–our house, in fact. Our old house. … Read More

Asking Me To Remember is Just.Plain.Mean.

It’s not fun to have a memory deficiency. I don’t know if it’s a sleep deprivation thing, or a pre-menopausal thing, or if it’s just… Wait a minute. What was I talking about? That’s what it’s like now around the Wieber Ranch. I’m constantly walking into a room, stopping short, and saying (usually out loud) “Why … Read More

Trees of Life: The Passing Nature of Art

HTG’s mother was an artist. She painted porcelain, which is a very Victorian lady thing to do. One of the things I loved about her art was that it was beautiful, but exceptionally fragile. One rambunctious two-year-old could wipe out years of work in about 4.7 seconds. (Yes, I’m talking about you, Lukey!) Porcelain painting … Read More