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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

Baby It's Cold Outside


Baby did it just get witching, cold outside or what? Nestled on the East Coast, our winter hasn't really been that brutal yet. Last year by this time, snow had fallen quite a bit but this year many of us have been asking where is the white stuff? We still haven't seen any yet---- Although---- it has been promised by the Weather Channel. Poo. 

We do have a trick we are testing though. While in Rogersville, Tennessee last year, we purchased a Tennessee State Flag. As soon as we put that guy up- it got cold and snow blew and blew. We finally took it down because we became so superstitious about the flag. It was time for Spring by then. 

What's hanging up outside our front door right now? You guess it - The Tennessee Flag. We really want snow here. 

Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, I always loved when they would predict snow and most people in the city all rushed out to buy eggs and milk. The stores would be packed with people happy for the news of a couple of days nestled in their homes watching movies, cuddling up under covers and baking cookies in the oven. After watching the news that runs 24/7 on WREG Channel 3, the bright blue precipitation that moments before in Arkansas had fallen, would turn to pink indication sleet and then turn green. Green means rain and no one wants green to fall after planning on school being closed and forgetting to check over homework and swilling your third glass of wine. 

Welp, in Williamsburg the blue on the radar normally stays blue as it makes makes it way from Richmond and through New Kent County. A lot of times school gets cancelled and I fire up the kitchen oven: bake cookies and start a pie. Drain the bottle of wine and sleep in the next day. I love winter when this is what you get. 

The Weather Channel doesn't promise snow here anytime soon but we are bundled up ---- waiting. 

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