Get Ready for Halloween!


Saturday night is Halloween and I bought all the candy yesterday. Each year I go through a small debate with myself about whether I should get candy that we DON’T like in case we are stuck with it or candy that we LIKE in case we are stuck with it.   (This year I opted for candy that we like, which is actually fairly safe because we don’t really care to eat much candy anyway.)   We have hired Martha Stewart to decorate the outside of our house – NOT.  Mrs. Working Stiff did arrange some spooky decorations though, just for fun! read more

Scarecrows at The Morris Arboretum


In a recent blog entry I told of our trip to the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill last weekend. It was a beautiful fall day and what a great place to stroll around.  For at least a few weeks now there has been a special display of art and artist-themed scarecrows.  I believe the seasonal scarecrow display is a regular thing that they do there at the arboretum.   Visitors are invited to vote on their favorite scarecrows and prizes are awarded based on that voting.


You can see in my pictures that some of the scarecrows are modeled after famous works of art, such as “The Mona Lisa”, or Klimt’s “The Kiss”, while others are modeled after the artists themselves, like Bob Ross, who did that “Joy of Painting” show on TV for years.   I’m not sure how Edward Prunerhands fits in there but it was very fun anyway.  My personal favorite was the “Where the Wild Things Are” entry, probably because I had that classic Maurice Sendak book as a kid and always treasured it.  (I still have it!)  They were all lots of fun and many of them were really well done and obviously the result of a lot of work. read more

The Morris Arboretum


We’ve been having some fantastic early-fall weather for most of the past 2 weeks or so, if a bit on the warm side for October. Yesterday in fact was one of those days for which we occasionally have to dust off the word “glorious”.  The air was crisp and in the high 50’s for most of the day.  A brilliant blue sky was generously painted with puffy cumulous clouds that allowed ample sun to warm the body and soul and to bring out the still-rich green of the grass.  This in contrast to the many shades of the changing and falling leaves made for a great day to be outdoors in the countryside. read more

100 Best Hotels vs. Villa Rental

We just received our latest issue of Town & Country magazine. T & C is a beautiful magazine that is mostly about very rich people doing very expensive things in very expensive places while wearing very expensive clothes and watches!  We have had a subscription for about a year because it is fun to browse through and was a great deal to subscribe.

town and country 100 10152015This latest issue included a special Travel magazine (pictured) that features the cover article “100 Hotels That Will Change Your Life”.  The article is basically a list of 100 mostly very fancy or exotic resorts and hotels in all corners of the world compiled by a panel of 30 or so “experts” in exotic or specialty travel. read more

Cape May Winery


We visited Cape May, New Jersey over the first weekend of October to attend my high school reunion. It was a busy weekend full of visiting both friends and family and as always trying to do a bit of touristy wandering as well.

Though we didn’t make it there this particular weekend, one of our favorite things to do when in the area is to visit the Cape May Winery on Town Bank Road, maybe a half mile west of Seashore Road. It is a beautiful establishment built around a very professional operation that also happens to create some really high quality, delicious wines! It is owned and operated by Toby Craig and his family, who also run Lucky Bones and The Washington Inn, which are two of Cape May’s most popular and successful restaurants. A fine gourmet shop on the Washington Street Mall – “Love The Cook,” is also a Craig family establishment and is a great place to “shop” into whilst strolling the mall.     (Full disclosure that the Craig family and my own family have been friends for years but I wouldn’t rave about their work if they weren’t really good at what they do!) read more

LCMR High School Reunion

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Delaney’s Irish Pub

The Hurricane Reunion

It so happens that The Working Stiff is a graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School, but let’s not bother with minor details such as what year in the distant past that graduation ceremony might have been!

Our ###-year reunion was just this past weekend, right in Cape May City, and was a casual affair. The main event was a catered dinner on Saturday night hosted at the Cape May VFW post on Congress Street, which is a popular spot for large and medium gatherings. A handful of classmates had clearly worked hard to organize all the excellent food, a raffle with all manner of goodies and gift certificates, and a few fun games. I understand that the raffle actually raised a cool $1000 for our class scholarship fund! I think most would agree with me that a good time was had by all and it was just good to catch up with old friends. read more