The Gray and Gloomy Gardener

The Gray and Gloomy Gardener By Sandy Wieber Take heed, fellow gardeners—you’ve almost made it! You have survived the most depressing day of the year. It’s a real thing, you know, this “most depressing day of the year” stuff. And it’s not the day of the first hard frost, although that’s a tough one to … Read More

Eating My Way Across Galveston: Part 2

Last year (which, I know, is 1965 in blog years), I wrote a blog about food in Galveston that I ambitiously titled Part One. I wasn’t really commenting on my ability to write several blogs on one topic (especially since I churn them out at the dizzying speed of one every couple of weeks), but … 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

March Sadness: The Last Guest to Leave the Pity Party

Okay, this is going to be the last one. I promise. If you haven’t already guessed, this is one more blog about the love of my life: my house in Cape May (with apologies to the hub). We got an email last night from the new owner; they said “we love the house.” I’m sure … 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

A Few of My Favorite Days

They say a house is just a place to live, but a home is a place to love (do they say that? If they don’t, they should.) We didn’t live in our Cape May house, but we certainly did love the time that we spent there. Even the time that we worked there (which was pretty … Read More

The Worst House in Town

Cape May, New Jersey is a pretty competitive town. Like, if your town suggests it has more Victorian houses then they do, Cape May will accept your smack down invite and throw back with all sorts of b.s. about the number of “restored” homes that they have, and how they are the true “queen of the seaside … Read More

No Flowers for Algernon

It seems as if customer service has been done a dis-service yet again. Last week, a good friend of mine lost his mother. He lives in Texas; I live in Maryland. I called 1-800-FLOWERS to let him know that I was thinking about him. It’s a shame that 1-800-FLOWERS wasn’t thinking about me. I ordered … 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

I’m a Baby Seller

This weekend, I started packing up some of my things from our Victorian house in Cape May. I know–even before I write this blog–that this post won’t technically be about historic travel, unless you include traveling down memory lane. Which I am. Because it’s all that I can think about. We bought our vacation house in 2001. … Read More