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Heidi Shiver
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Birdhouses Closed for Business
Before the birds begin making their selection for new birdhouses for the season, we chose this grey, cold, wet day to get the houses cleaned out. Some interesting finds and observations included: > One nest had a prominent blue jay feather featured, althoug...

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The Longest Road by Phillip Caputo
Summary from Amazon: "Standing on a wind-scoured island off the Alaskan coast, Philip Caputo marveled that its Inupiat Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away. And a q...

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Swallowtail Butterfly Mimicry
While I was out to the garden, collecting a sprig or two of parsley for a veggie stir fry, I was startled by a beautiful caterpillar: When I looked closer, there were over 10 of them in my parsley patch. After some investigation, I identified them as Easter...

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While I was out to the garden, collecting a sprig or two of parsley for a veggie stir fry, I was startled by a beautiful caterpillar: When I looked closer, there were over 10 of them in my parsley patch. After some investigation, I identified them as Easter...

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The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks
Summary by Goodreads: " Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generat...

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Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
Summary from Amazon: " Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside look at the choices and challenges she has faced is “a subtle, finely calibrated work…with succinct and often shrewd appraisals of the complex web of political, economic, and historical forces in play a...

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Cape May's Best Cupcakes
For a recent celebration, we bought some amazingly, delicious, moist cupcakes  from Pretty Tasty Cupcake Boutique,  located in the Carpenter's Square Mall. I highly recommend them. Go early, as they sell out fast. Be careful, as they are rather addictive.  ...

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Rose Mallow Season and Their Special Bee!
In Pavilion Park in Cape May Point, there is a simple dirt basketball court. The ground is compacted, but loose and sandy enough for ground nesting bees to dig down and make homes for themselves. And that is exactly what has happened!  There are 50 - 100 ho...

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Rose Mallow Season and Their Special Bee!
In Pavilion Park in Cape May Point, there is a simple dirt basketball court. The ground is compacted, but loose and sandy enough for ground nesting bees to dig down and make homes for themselves. And that is exactly what has happened!  There are 50 - 100 ho...

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Caravans by James A. Michener
Summary from Amazon: "First published in 1963, James A. Michener’s gripping chronicle of the social and political landscape of Afghanistan is more relevant now than ever. Combining fact with riveting adventure and intrigue, Michener follows a military man t...
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