Flight Paths: Yosemite National Park & California Wine Country

Chirped by Tina

Wine tasting is obviously an adult activity (and one that we really enjoy), so we scheduled a big “adults-only” trip to California for last fall, when our kids would be back at college. (Don’t feel too bad for them – we all spent a week in the Galapagos at the very beginning of the summer! Check out our Galapagos Getaway in an earlier post.) I’ve also always wanted to see the giant redwood and sequoia forests, and we’ve never been to Yosemite National Park, so my awesome hubbie, the family vacation planner, worked out a trip that would encompass all of that and more. Take a gander at our photos, flit through my descriptions, take note of the Hubster’s scheduling tips, and decide for yourself whether to add this particular “flight path” to the list of destinations you might like to soar to some day!

Day 1 – Welcome to California!

Half-Dome-from-a-distanceThe first leg of our journey took us nonstop from the Philadelphia airport to San Francisco International. Happily, we were able to convince another couple to accompany us on our trip, which always makes for livelier banter at cocktail hour and on long road trips than when it’s just the two of us! Continue reading

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October’s Cheep Trills


Chirped by Cass and Tina

October flew by, with not a peep from us since our last list of chirpable highlights. Stuff happens, and we’re pretty sure no one has been holding their breath waiting for us to post something. If you were, you can breathe again! And if you’re following us, hope you enjoyed having a few less messages in your inbox… (-; Now on to the good stuff we’ve been up to!

Favorite Book of the Month

Vengeance-of-Mothers-1Our winning selection for October was The Vengeance of Mothers, by Jim Fergus. If you were a fan of One Thousand White Women, you’ll enjoy this continuation of the story about the fate of the women who volunteered for the government’s “Brides for Indians” program to escape from less desirable conditions (mental institutions, prison, etc.) back home. Continue reading

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September’s Cheep Trills


Chirped by Tina and Cass

It’s that time of the month again! And we’re ready with another list of ten things that we’re happy about from the last thirty days or so. It’s a good exercise, when you’re stressed (or even when you’re not), to take time to be grateful for the good stuff!

Just as a side note: We don’t get any kickbacks from any of the links we provide in our blog, and we try to spread the love between various booksellers or retailers while still giving you an easy way to check out stuff we’re posting about. That is not to say we would mind having “affiliates” at some point if we were big fans – but we’re not there yet. We’ll let you know if we ever are! We just don’t want anyone to think our motivations are anything but pure when we chirp about a book, local restaurant, craft source or whatever! Cheers to the good stuff!  – Tina & Cass

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Favorite Books of the Month (Tina)

For September, our two book recommendations are Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng (author of Everything I Never Told You) and The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen. Little Fires is about a nice, quiet, planned community where everyone is expected Continue reading

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April, May & June’s Cheep Trills


Chirped by Cass (and Tina)

This month’s favorites are a compilation from April, May and June since “life” got away from us and we are behind on posting our monthly highlights.  So let’s begin.

Favorite Books of the Months

June-booksThe Dry by Jan Harper is a compelling murder mystery set in a fictional, drought-plagued, small Australian town that I read in a day and kept Tina busy on the flights to and from the Galapagos.  She finished it just in time for the “you may now unbuckle your seat belts” ding, and had the flight attendant grilling her about who dunnit?!

Painted Hands by Jennifer Zobair describes the friendship of some young Muslim American career women and all the different ways that cultural traditions, stereotypes, political climate and well-meaning aunties shape their decisions and Continue reading

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Galapagos Getaway


Chirped by Tina

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Red-Footed Booby

The Galapagos Islands of Ecuador… site of Charles Darwin’s inspiration for his treatise On the Origin of Species. If you’ve been toying with the idea of adding them to your “World Travels Bucket List,” allow me to sing their praises and convince you that it might be worth prying a good-sized chip off your nest egg to make it happen! We decided to splurge on this amazing trip with our two boys while they still have some flexibility in their summer schedules. Soon enough they’ll be getting “real jobs” with little or no vacation time, and a wildlife-focused destination was something the whole family could get behind. We were not disappointed. Maybe you weren’t sure whether a bunch of finches with different beak shapes and Continue reading

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