July’s Cheep Trills

Chirped by Tina and Cass

As you’ve probably noticed, we like to end each month by highlighting ten great things that we enjoyed over the course of the last 30 days or so. Whether it was a fun event we participated in, something we read for book club, a new recipe we tried, a craft that we loved, or an awesome life hack we discovered, taking the time to make our list helps us appreciate the good stuff and stay positive even through difficult or trying times.

Favorite Books for the Month

Ok, full disclosure, Cass and I didn’t actually finish/read July’s book club selections, but you’ll be happy to know that if our clubs didn’t think a book was really great, or we didn’t actually read it ourselves, we’re certainly not going to list it as a favorite! So we’ve gone back into our pre-blog archives to pull out two favorites from last year.

IMG_6166At the Edge of the Orchard, by Tracy Chevalier. Set in the mid 1800s, this novel introduces you to James and Sadie Goodenough, who headed West with some cuttings from the family orchards to stake their own claim… on the edge of a swamp in Ohio where their wagon got stuck. I loved being immersed in the brutal realities of frontier life, and was fascinated by the descriptions of cultivating and trying to maintain an apple orchard. When their youngest son escapes the crazily dysfunctional family to head to California, we learn all about the giant redwood Continue reading

Cleaning out My Parents’ Nest

Chirped by Cass

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Stuff, stuff and more stuff!

The last few months, my weekends and some weekdays have been at my parents’ home, not only working on the business side of my dad’s estate, but also going through my parents’ stuff, cleaning it out.  They lived there for 45 years, raised three kids there, and you can imagine the 45 years of everything that goes along with that. Not only has it been my dad’s belongings, but my mom’s as well, since he really didn’t get rid of any of her stuff, except her clothes, since she passed five years ago.

It’s a task, of course, figuring out what to do with everything…donate it, yard sale it, keep it, etc.  And it’s so time consuming. Some people hire an estate auctioneer to come in Continue reading

A FISH on the Fence

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Pennridge FISH’s Earth Day Activity

Chirped by Tina

Much of the local Yarn Bloom has now been taken down, but only last week we finished a related project that continues to decorate the chain-link fence around the Menlo Park pool and aquatics center. One of the Earth Day activities in the park was an open invitation to the public to help fill in the outline of a fish as a way of bringing in donations to the local food pantry Pennridge FISH (Fellowship in Serving Humanity). In return for a canned good (or three!), Earth Day attendees could help the FISH volunteers tie strands of upcycled t-shirt yarn to the fence to bring their colorful mascot to life. It was a very easy, no-special-skills-required Continue reading