My husband and I returned in July from a fantastic vacation with friends on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands got hit by two devastating Category 5 hurricanes in 2017, Irma and Maria, and are still recovering structurally, economically, and ecologically. Despite the lingering signs of destruction, much of St. John’s flora and fauna have bounced back. Tourism is once again going strong and bringing much needed income to the island’s recovery process. And from personal experience, the snorkeling is still as bountiful as we remembered from our first visit in 2003! After a week in the Caribbean, coming Continue reading →
Oh where has the summer gone? Our last Cheep Trill was in Apriland our most recent Chirp was June’s Crafting for a Cause. As is probably the case for many of you, summertime has been busy! Between having the kids home from college, vacations, visits to and from friends and family, etc… these days of summer are just flying by. Now we are in the midst of packing the kids up to head back to school again! But we’re taking a moment to breathe, and celebrate ten favorite things from the past few months…
Our favorite book for the summer was The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah. Set in the 1970s in the wilderness of Alaska, this book could put a chill down your spine on the hottest summer day. We loved the descriptions of living off the grid, surviving the dark, cruel Alaskan winters, and a community that pulls together to help each other in times of trouble. More disturbing were the family’s constant battles with the father’s violent temper and PTSD from his days as a Vietnam POW. The writing beautifully captured Alaska in all its fearsome glory – as Continue reading →
I’m guessing most crafty people love a good cause into which they can pour their creative energies. When you’re passionate about creating stuff, you start to run out of places to display your masterpieces around your own home. And there are only so many hats and scarves that you can reasonably knit for your extended family (or Blog Dog)! That’s why, when a non-profit or community organization issues a public request for handmade items, they tend to get an enthusiastic (and sometimes overwhelming) response, at least once word really gets out there. There are lots of organizations that could use the help of a hoard of crafters. Here are just a few that our own craft groups have set our sights on…
My husband and I just spent a long weekend with a small group in Key West, Florida. The two of us had been there before, but last time was just a day trip off a cruise boat many years ago. Here are our top ten cheep trills for what we saw and did and took with us. Maybe it will help you plan your own Key West getaway!
We recently returned from Arizona, where we celebrated our son’s graduation from Arizona State University. There were 11,000 undergraduates receiving diplomas from ASU this year. We attended the university’s graduation ceremony the first night – along with about 30,000 other people when you combine undergraduates and guests! The second night we went to the convocation of the W.B. Carey School of Business for graduates and undergraduates. Needless to say, it was a little overwhelming. If you have a son or daughter graduating from college in the not-too-distant future, here are a few tips for not just surviving, but enjoying this milestone event.
Tip #1 – Book Ahead!
I called and booked our hotel for this year on the day after last year’s 2018 graduation ceremony. No lie… the hotels book up fast – especially those closest to the university or college. Tina’s favorite inn at one of her boys’ colleges requires reservations in writing no earlier than one year in advance. Check on the policies for your go-to Continue reading →