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Farmhouse Finery: New Paint, New Chapter

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The original 1888 door and windows repainted.
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Tom Lives Here, No Doubt About It

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Paint Colors to Call Home I've waited 17 years to paint my house, not for lack of wanting, but more for having an understanding...
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Home Sweet Home: New Paint, New Life

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Painting and Patience Seventeen years ago I drove up a gravel drive to behold the house destined to become my new home. Imperfectly perfect, the...
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Time to Remove the Siding

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Curing a Bad Case of Shingles...House Shingles In 2004, my very patient realtor led me up a gravel lane to a hilltop setting of monumental...
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Quiche Lorraine: How to Make Breakfast Pie

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Don't like Quiche: Hear Me Out Quiche Lorraine got a bad rap in the 80s, all started by the tongue-in-cheek book Real Men Don't Eat...
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Christmas Gift 100 Years in the Making

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In 2019, on Christmas day , I received a gift 100 years in the making. Surprisingly, the treat presented itself within an email inquiry...
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Thanksgiving 2020: Gratitude Is on the Menu

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Darkness surrounds me right now, but I know light will prevail if I just wait patiently. My rooster Rufus reminds me of this notion,...
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Buddy the Bulldog: Reluctant Muse

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As I've mention before, Buddy (my bulldog) pretty much runs my life. My stocky master and commander lets me know when he's ready to...
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Tommy Want a Cracker…Recipe

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The art of baking has risen to new heights (har, har) thanks to the idle hands and stir-crazy minds of the homebound during this...

No Man (or Dog) is an Island

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I wake up early these days, even earlier than past habits would insist, around 4 am. The world is dark, but not the mind....