Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Now That's An Idea

Jeff just returned from a relative's wedding in Vegas--I'd planned on going, but caught a horrendous cold/deathly ailment, so didn't tag along.

One of our nieces is pregnant, and her little girl has already decided what she plans to name the sister when she arrives...

(I predict it will end up on the Most Popular Name for Baby Girls List for 2011)

Wait for it...


Wish I'd thought of that when we were agonizing over names for our two daughters.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Winter In The Vineyard

I have a photo in Catapult Magazine, titled Winter in the Vineyard.

We gathered for family time at the Maresh Vineyard Retreat in early January, and I wandered down to the rows of grapevines below the retreat house. At the end of each row, Martha Maresh had mounted a bird house--not just any old bird house--each of these are unique, decorated by different clay faces.

Martha tells me there are sixty-plus birdhouses, used by both the violet green swallows in spring, and by bluebirds year round. These birds act as gnat-catchers while they're living among the vines. Good way to cut down on insecticides!