Where Is The Brick House?

“Where is the brick house?” asked fellow blogger,  Mark Bialczak, as he approached my home yesterday afternoon.  How can brickhousechick not live in a brick house, right?  I guess my symbolic brick exterior (which protects me from harm most of the time), will have to do.

Mark, who many of you know (and if not, get over to his blog now), his DWK (dear wife Karen) and their beloved dog, Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle stopped by for a visit on their way home from their lovely vacation at the Happy Cottage in Cape Cod.  We had originally hoped to meet at the Cape but our vacation schedules did not coincide.

Mr. B meets Mr. B –

As my readers know, I refer to my husband as Mr. B (brickhouse) when I divulge his dark secrets talk about him but I also refer to Mark as Mr. B.  The other Mr. B.  So it was fun to introduce the B’s to each other for the first time.

After letting Ellie B explore our yard a bit, we headed inside to our back porch to enjoy some snacks and beverages.  I made sure to get the other Mr. B shrimp with a lot of cocktail sauce since he was short-changed on the good stuff earlier in the week.  You can read about his disappointing cocktail sauce story, here.

We sat on our porch chatting away and watching Ellie B explore the interior of our home and then settle into a rather… comfortable pose.


Please do not disturb…

Mark’s lovely wife, Karen was exactly that. Lovely!  She kept Ellie B (and Mark) in check and enjoyed a glass of wine, knowing her husband would be driving the 3 hours home.   That she was a good sport in agreeing to meet not one but two bloggers during her much anticipated vacation, tells you what kind of person she is.  (Great meeting you, Karen!)


Mmm…dogs love shrimp too

As for Mark aka the the other Mr. B, I can tell you with all certainty that he is just as sweet, caring and charming in person as he is on his blog.  You can see by the sparkle in his eyes how much he appreciates and enjoys all aspects of his life and how much he looks forward to new adventures. He referred to many of the details I have written about on my blog and could make the connection to my stories after meeting Mr. B and I.  I love that he remembered the time Mr. B had a delivery of manure compost delivered to our driveway the day before guests arrived for my daughter’s graduation party.  Something I have not let my Mr. B ever forget!


No need to show the other half of this picture…:)


A little blurry, but worth posting

Thank you, the other Mr. B, for taking a bit of a detour from your trip back to the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, to come meet Mr. B and I.  It was our pleasure to welcome you into our humble brick-less house.

Have you met a fellow blogger lately?

47 thoughts on “Where Is The Brick House?

  1. Ellie is adorable!! Just popped over to Mark’s blog BC & we’re looking forward to getting to know him better. How incredible to be able to meet a fellow blogger. What an amazing world the blogosphere is putting us in touch with people & becoming friends with those we never would have been able to meet. The internet is a wonder….. still to me. Excellent post. 😉 xo


  2. I’m so glad you got to meet Mark. Isn’t it cool being able to put a face and a voice to your favorite bloggers? I went to the ERMA conference last year and LOVED meeting all the bloggers who were my internet buddies. A few months ago, another blogger I adore was in town and came by for dinner. Dare I say we stayed up until 3:00am chatting and drinking several bottles of wine in my garden? GREAT evening!


  3. How nice that you could meet up like that. I’ve only met one blogger in real life, and that was several years ago. I need to leave my dungeon more often.


  4. How awesome that someone got a chance to meet you! Sigh. Jealous. If I ever travel anywhere besides the CVS I’ll make sure to stop by and check out your brick-less house 🙂 I haven’t met any other blogger other than Susie when she came to California. And that was pretty cool, just as I imagined her through her blog.

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  5. Have you met a fellow blogger lately?

    Even after all these years, I’ve never met another blogger. Isn’t that something? For me the virtual world and the real world remain two separate spheres. And that’s okay. Might be a good thing, who knows?

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  6. I love this post, and you, and Mr Mark B, because I have not met YOUR Mr. B.
    Ack, I’m behind on my reading. Who was the other blogger Mark met?

    Mark is truly one of the kindest, sincerest and coolest guys I virtually know. I look forward to meeting him one day and drowning him in cocktail sauce.
    That sounded weird, just go with it! hahahaha

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    1. Nice to have your loveliness here! Mark met up with Ann Koplow while at the Cape. The thought of you drowning him is cocktail sauce sounds morbid yet hilarious! As to meeting one day, we can do it without taking pictures so that we can protect our identities. Or just wear paper bags over our heads. 🙂


  7. You are such a great hostess, Mrs. B. My Mrs. B and I were quite at home in the brickless Brick House. I wanted to pull out the suitcase and move in for a week. I had some clean underwear left. (My Mrs. B went to the laundromat, plus I am a notorious over-packer.) I know you have two rooms available, at least. 🙂 I’m about to post at my place. Thank you again for everything, my friend. My shrimp drowning in cocktail sauce were JUST RIGHT.

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    1. Ha,ha,ha!! My kids are mortified when I tell them that I am about to meet a fellow blogger. They can’t believe I let them in our house. I suppose they are just telling me what I have taught them all along but they just don’t get the whole blogging community thing. I have met 3 bloggers so far and thankfully, I’m alive to blog about it. 🙂

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        1. I’m batting 4 for 4 too, NT ~ Jeanne (Wisconsin), Robyn (Australia), Renee (D.C.) (and her co-authors, Jean and Joyce, who live on AMI), and Pix (Missouri ~ 3 times, so far).

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