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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

Thirteen Candles: Sage's Birthday @ Kerr Lake








Last weekend was Sage's 13th Birthday! Wow, it seems like yesterday she was born with her mega, humongous eyes and tiny body! She was the smallest baby we had. My doctor thought she was going to be over eight pounds but she wound up weighing 7'2.

We packed up the car and hooked up the boat trailer. Her friends, Carolyn, MK, and Chloe rode along with Joe and Douglas while I followed behind with my mom in her car along with Ava and our dogs. Everything was going along just grandly until the right boat trailer tire blew out and we wound up on the side of 64, east of Richmond. Luckily everyone was fine and thank goodness for VDOT showing up five minutes later with a flashing caution sign and orange cones to warn those of a mishap ahead.

While Douglas and Joe waited on help, the girls piled into my mom's car and we snuggly rode to our destination. Once we arrived and unpacked, the girls explored and an hour later Joe and Douglas were there. We feasted on Bojangles Chicken (which is amazing by the way), mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese and biscuits. I ordered the 20 Piece Jumbo Tailgate box. I have to say this is the largest box of chicken I have ever ordered but when you have a crew, you need stuff like this. I'm telling you, if you haven't eaten Bojangles and have the opportunity to, DO! The gravy is perfect and their mac-n-cheese is the best from a fast food joint I've ever had. Sorry, KFC.

The rest of the of the weekend consisted of seeing the largest non-poisonous spider we've ever seen, setting our eyes on two copperheads, enjoying a fire both nights, watching the girls be thrown around on the tube and getting up on the kneeboard, and Sage skiing as she normally does. Water sports are the best.



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