Houselove

In 2000, Jill and I took over a large, Baltimore Victorian town house that was a trashed fraternity. A few years later, after lead poisoning and other mishaps, we married in the house. In 2008 our rehabbing efforts were featured in THIS OLD HOUSE magazine. We're still working on it at http://houselove.org.

My girlfriend Jill and I first saw the big brick Victorian row house in December 1999. It was in an old Baltimore neighborhood and had sat abandoned for nearly a year. It was such a wreck that most prospective buyers walked in, took one look, then promptly walked out. The place had been owned by a notorious fraternity for one riotous decade. We didn’t know this at the time. You couldn’t tell from the outside how bad the inside was. Three stories tall, made of pumpkin-colored brick, with three bays on every floor and a witch’s-cap tower at its foremost corner, the house was the jewel of the block—or had been. It seemed the kind of place that might have grand rooms, secret passageways, ghosts. more here:


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Lately, when  Jill and I tell somebody we own a small farm, they often tell us, “Oh, you have to... The post Living America’s Farm Fantasy appeared first on Ron Tanner's site for readers and writers...
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Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago.

Jill makes a killer cheesecake–not only is it delectably dense but also thick and dry enough to be chewy in... The post Have a Very Basset Xmas appeared first on Ron Tanner's site for readers and writers...
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Posted 8 weeks 2 days ago.

When Jill and Il started our non-profit in 2015–Good Contrivance Farm, Inc.–we had the best intentions. It would be an... The post An IRS Holiday Tale appeared first on Ron Tanner's site for readers and writers...
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Posted 10 weeks 1 day ago.

Lately, Jill and I have been canning apples and tomatoes and drying herbs, the house redolent with savory aromas. Nothing... The post Our Fifth Fall on the Farm appeared first on Ron Tanner's site for readers and writers...
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Posted 16 weeks 2 days ago.

  Jill and I aren’t exactly hoarders but we are avid collectors. We love flea markets, auctions, garage sales and,... The post Our Big Barn Sale: Was it Boffo or Bust? appeared first on Ron Tanner's site for readers and writers...
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Posted 19 weeks 5 days ago.