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 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

Take the Train: From Richmond to New York City







What an amazing trip we just got home from. We weren't in New York City too long because we have other engagements we need to attend too but it was fun and exciting. Douglas wanted to go to New York and see the Yankees play the Red Socks for her sixteenth birthday. Although she is technically not sixteen until July 16th, this past weekend was when the Yankees were playing the Red Socks. We took the train from Staples Mill up to New York City. She hasn't ever been in a train so this was an new experience. 

Amtrak is a wonderful way to travel with a spacious leg room, air conditioned cars (bring a sweater) and a bathroom! So nice to allow someone else to do the driving and be able to sit back and relax. A lot of time during travel times, I drive and Joe works next to me on his laptop. I was able to sit back and see the scenery and I even watched a movie, No Strings Attached going up and Summer Rental coming back. 

We purchased drinks from the cafe car since we forgot our cooler in the refrigerator at home- It is ready to go again! On the way up we packed Farm Fresh's Spicy Fried Chicken, which is amazing, and homemade pasta salad. I'll share the recipe with you soon. Super simple and delicious.













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  1. These photos are just lovely! I think it's wonderful you guys took her for a fun adventure for her 16th! I went to NYC too for my 16th.

    xo
    Rachel

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