Book Club in a Basket, Revisited…

Chirped by Tina and Cass

Book-Club-in-Basket-PIN-v2I know what you’re thinking – they haven’t even been blogging for a year and they’re already recycling their posts?? Fair point. But most worthwhile causes need support more than once a year, and this one’s raising money for pediatric brain cancer research through the Christopher Court Foundation. We know the founders, whose own son was taken by a brain tumor, and who make sure every penny goes directly to the research. Our book club’s previous basket (featuring My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry) amassed a lot of raffle tickets at the last fundraising event. (How many? We don’t know, and we would like that data! If it was less than 150 dollar’s worth, maybe we should have just donated the money instead!) Besides, as book club members ourselves, who get a lot of enjoyment out of that camaraderie and mental stimulation, how could we not want to share the tools of the trade with others not as blessed as we are whenever we have the chance? So here it is: our second Book Club in a Basket, this time for Tracy Chevalier’s At the Edge of the Orchard!

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August’s Cheep Trills

Chirped by Tina and Cass

Unexpected Treasures

Sometimes Nature just plops a drop of sunshine in your path to brighten your day. I photographed a variety of perfect little mushrooms while hiking with my sister a couple of weeks ago. And I’ve never seen a feather like this – I’m guessing it’s from one of those purplish finches that love to nest behind our shutters. Since it was unaccompanied by ants, gore, or signs of struggle, I choose to think of it as a little present left on my doorstep. The cobweb was wafting in the breeze one dewy morning as my son left for his Continue reading

Five Little Pecks to Prod a Procrastinator

Chirped by Tina

Coming as I do from a family of procrastinators and obsessive compulsives, getting anything done can be a challenge. Particularly around the house, without looming work deadlines and pressures, it’s easy to let things slide. So, during a recent flurry of home project productivity, I decided to chirp about what was working for me, to help me maintain my momentum and create a template I can come back to when this rush starts to fade. Continue reading