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Bayfront Marin House
St. Augustine, Florida

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

You’re Feeling Sleepy, Sleepy…

That’s what one hour less sleep will do to you. My husband has long declared that, if he were to run for office (insert here the incredulous sound of your choice…such as HA, or TSK), he would run on a platform of having the sun go down at 9:15 every night. His theory is that … Read More

No Business Like Snow Business

Well, it’s another week that there isn’t a whole lot of traveling going on for this historic traveler. But dang, this winter is nothing if not *historic*. According to the weathermen, the snowiest year on record for Baltimore was 1994-1995, with 62″ of the white stuff falling. In this winter season, we’ve seen 79″ of snow … Read More

Loving the Craziness: Villa Zorayda

When people used to ask me what my house looked like on the inside, I used to say “early crazy.” Because the people we bought the house from were a little…eccentric. A few details: our living room had one paneled wall, one stucco’d wall, and fake beams on the ceiling. There was white Z-brick in the … Read More

Too Cool for School?

HTG hates Washington, DC. It has nothing to do with the Redskins, or whatever political party is in office (well, sometimes it’s the political party in office). It’s more the stupid layout of the city–the circles, the non-parallel roads, the inexplicable one-way streets. Pierre Charles L’Enfant, a French-born American architect laid the city out in … Read More

Travels with Grandma: Falling for George

My hub’s grandmother turned 95 in August (that’s her right there, next to my husband. He’s not seven feet tall; she’s just really really short). It’s a big deal, turning 95. Many of Grandma’s friends and family members celebrated this landmark by showering her with gift certificates to CVS, Walgreen’s, Giant Supermarket, Carrabba’s and Cracker Barrel. Which only … Read More