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Rocking Chair Rescue :: Updating Weathered Wood

Scott bought the weathered rocking chair sitting on our front porch back when he was an ROTC cadet at West Virginia, almost twenty years ago. A lot of great memories have soaked into that wood over time. Unfortunately, that’s about all that did. We weren’t taking care of the poor thing, and after years of sitting outside in New York and Hawaii and sitting in storage other places, it looked a mess.

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DIY PROJECTS, THE BIG BRICK HOUSE

Cran-Apple Stuffed Roast Pork Loin

I’ve stopped trying to figure out why apples and pork go so well together. Ever since I first heard of applesauce pork chops, I’ve experimented with different combinations and I just love the combination of flavors – as you…

Alexandria :: La Fromagerie

With Scott working in Old Town Alexandria these days, we’ve had a lot of fun exploring the area around where he works. I could seriously get lost all day just poking around in the various antique and specialty item…

Army Ten Miler 2017:: Run in Review

Scott and I, along with several of our friends, got up bright and early last Sunday morning to join 35,000 other intrepid runners, walkers, wheelchair racers, costumed performers, and athletes working for charity to complete ten scenic miles from…

What Are Your Autumn Projects?

This is our second autumn in the Big Brick House, and it’s feeling cozy and familiar and welcoming and we love it. I can only imagine what it will feel like after we’ve spent two more here, or maybe…

The Best Credit Cards for Home Improvement

There are tons of great rewards cards out there right now that promise to help you inexpensively travel the best places and stay in the finest hotels. But points aren’t just a good idea for travelers. Points and cash…

Currently :: October

Hello, friends, and welcome, October. We are definitely ready for a season of cooling off, and we’re hoping more cools off than the weather. The world is crazy right now. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Catastrophic hurricanes. Not to mention the violence…

Best Places to See Fall Colors in Virginia

Despite the warm temperatures we’ve had in Virginia lately, fall is definitely settling in! The humidity is dying back and the American sweetgum and liquid amber and the occasional maple are starting to show some of their early golden…