ducks in a row

American Black Ducks, all in a row on Lake Edinboro. 2020

Spent another night in our tiny cottage on the Lake, as Summer rapidly winds down up North.

We have always named our habitat spaces.

I’m pretty sure this stems from all those years growing up reading books perched amongst the branches of my parent’s Chinese Chestnut trees. Laura lived in The Little House on the Prairie, Scarlett O’Hara lived at Tara, and The Cleary Family lived on the sheep ranch, Drogheda. And so it goes for Cuppycake & I that there has been The Duplex, Springland Terrace, True North, and our current home – North Star.

Along with this rather new (special) cottage space, Cana.

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Cuppycake and I

recently celebrated an Anniversary!

Oh, joy!  To still employ such wedded-bliss, as this!

And in typical fashion we spent the day doing what we love best:


Spending time together!


On a whim & with a whisp of whimsy in our hearts we set out for nearby Canada for a anniversary day-cation to Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario. Continue reading “whimsy”

california wine-crush!

it’s the monday giggles: (And in honor of ‘Our Lady of the Grapes’…)

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

novinophobia: (noun)

the fear of running out of wine.

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1 grape cluster = 1 glass

75 grapes = 1 cluster

4 clusters = 1 bottle

40 cclusters = 1 vine

1 vine = 10 bottles

1200 clusters = 1 barrel

1 barrel = 60 gallons

60 gallons = 25 cases

30 vines = 1 barrel

400 vines = 1 acre

1 acre = 5 tons

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Daniel Susco in his interesting article

Have Another Glass : 7 Weird Facts about Grapes & Wine outlines for us…

people have been growing grapes for 8,00 years,

Noah grew them,

the oldest grape-producing vine is in Slovenia,

the oldest known winery is from 4000 B.C.,

red wine may help prevent heart disease,

Ancient Greek wine was very strong,

*an entire bottle of wine can fit into a Starbuck’s Trenta Cup.


(*I may have made that last one up myself.)

hugs n’ blessings and may your giggles burst more than your wine skins!

“Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”  Matthew 9:17