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Kenneth T. Jackson, in "Crabgrass Frontier," writes that porches "were places for observing the world, for meeting friends, for talking, for knitting, for shelling peas, for courting, and for half a hundred other activities." I see our porch as one large welcome mat.
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So much goes into making a house a home -- everything from the carefully-selected siding to the volumes filling bedroom bookshelves.
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. -- Benjamin Franklin
Siding the house was a real adventure for Sweetheart Al. Never one to see obstacles as "the end of the story," here he describes how he solved the challenge of siding our Victorian farmhouse
Metal roofs are common in our neck of the woods. They're good looking, durable, and excellent protection against cinders from wildfires.
Tthose of us who are not in foreclosure, but who still must sell in this down market, feel like we are losing our home. And it hurts.
This is the worst real estate market for sellers in my lifetime. Nonetheless, we need to sell our much-loved home. So we've listed it. The "for sale" sign is hanging at the foot of our drive. And we're packing up our family photos and favorite souvenirs and clearing out. Follow my blog as we go through this painful process.
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