Born in Florida and raised in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, California, and finally Missouri. I bought my first house at the age of 17 in Middle-of-Nowhere, Missouri. It was a real gem; no heat in the freezing mid-Western winter, no hot water pipes in the kitchen, half a bathroom, oversized fireplace stuffed with wool fleece, kitchen cabinets lined up on the living room floor, cellar fully stocked with gigantic banana slugs, and let’s not forget the ancient appliances that sometimes smoked. All this, and priced right too! From this beautiful disaster, a true love of houses and home was born.