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Feb 05 2008

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C is for Celery

Posted at 12:01 am under Aging Gracefully

j0423014.jpgI was reading a post over at Green Mountain Country Mama which hit a bit too close to home. She was writing about forgetfulness.

More and more the SisterDears and I have been making light of this new phenomenon in our lives. We joke about how we’re getting more forgetful and that somehow we’re now more subject to gravity because everything keeps dropping.

But you know, this getting older stuff really isn’t for sissies!

To my knowledge there’s no Alzheimer’s in my family, but here’s what happens to me all the time now: I’ll be mid-sentence and a common word which I use all the time simply leaps from my tongue and finds a Hidey Hole in the deep recesses of my brain. It may not come out for hours. Even reciting my ABC’s doesn’t always help. I just have to wait it out.

It was a few years ago when I first noticed it. I was making out my grocery list. I started to write the word ‘celery’ and all I could get out was the ‘c’. At first I laughed. I tried to write it again. Nothing. I could visualize it, smell it and taste it. I just couldn’t pull the word from it’s Hidey Hole.

While driving to the store I tried to summon it again. No luck. Walking to the produce department I felt sure it would come to me. Nada. C’mon, this is not funny anymore! It wasn’t until I passed the fruit section that I was finally able to summon it.

I was lucky that time. It usually waits until the 3:30 AM potty-run to leave it’s Hidey Hole.

Green Mountain Country Mama: Not the First Time

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  1. Sisterdear3on 06 Feb 2008 at 2:24 pm 1

    Fruit section? Well there’s the clue. lol! Seriously my hidey hole is never empty! I sometimes worry wether or not it’s the stress, or indicative of alzheimers. Dad’s sister Barbara had it.

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WillThink4Wine » Another Wonderful Boy

Feb 04 2008

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Another Wonderful Boy

Posted at 9:48 am under Autism, PDD/NOS, Simple Pleasures

j0202010.jpgI met the most wonderful boy yesterday. His name is Trey.

I said, ”Hi Trey”. He looked up at me and smiled. His mom said “Say hi Trey”. Trey looked back at his plate of chicken nuggets he was eating and with his head down, said “Hi”.

I continued to watch him as I stood talking to his mother. I had met her earlier in the week at Stop and Shop. She was leaving with her other son Thomas as I was entering with Kevin. Kevin immediately told me who they were and proceeded to ask the mom if he could come over to their house for a play-date.

So there we were two days later standing in this women’s kitchen. Soon after the boys went off to play, she asked me how Thomas was doing. I didn’t know that she knew Kevin had a twin. She wanted to know how the new school placement was working. She said she was very happy that he finally is where he should be. I was blown away. I hardly knew this woman, and she knew so much about me.

It was then I noticed little Trey again. He was on a stool, kicking the kitchen bar with his small feet, as many three year olds will. He was listening to our conversation but was not paying us any attention. It was then the mom said “Trey is Autistic”. She told me he was diagnosed six months ago.

I went over to Trey, knelt down to get his eye contact and asked him to give me “five” which he immediately did. This little boy has the brightest eyes and the warmest smile. He shared them with me, for a moment. That’s all it took. I felt as if I had known him since birth. His mom and I continued to talk for another half hour. I told her that Trey reminded me of Kevin at three. She couldn’t believe that Kevin also carries the diagnosis of PDD/NOS. I told her he has come far over the last five years. I read a distant hope in her eyes and I wished it for her.

It was a really nice day: Kevin had his play-date. Two moms who share similar lives became supportive friends, and a really wonderful boy named Trey smiled.

Maybe it’s silly, but everyday I try to accomplish one thing, whether it’s a household chore or adding something positive to my life. It’s my way of dealing with the world according to Janice.

This little boy made me smile today. He could have been my own, and for that one moment, he was.

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  1. Melanie at Beanpasteon 04 Feb 2008 at 1:30 pm 1

    Well, this story was my positive thing for the day, and it made me smile. Lovely.

    (I had to stop by, since I noticed that I “owe my success to you”! I must say, though: please work harder. Mama wants some new camera lenses.)

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WillThink4Wine » Finally Friday

Feb 01 2008

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Finally Friday

Posted at 5:20 pm under Finally Friday, Thought for the Day

Was it really Sunday since I last posted? My, my. Well, I have been kept rather busy by my business (yeah!) and was distracted by all the political activities. I haven’t had a normal night’s sleep all week.

  • The State of the Union Address sounded… boring.
  • Florida Primaries… boring. They imposed a silly slap on the wrist which in the end means nothing; the delegate votes will be awarded. It’s like a Time-Out.
  • Republican debate… fell asleep before it started, and I really was looking forward to that debate.
  • Last night’s Democratic debate… boring. Sounded like a mutual admiration society, more like the Democratic Ticket/Running Mates than a debate. Did anyone hear something that actually distinguished one candidate from the other? I must’ve missed that part.

And yet, I lost sleep over them. Something as important as choosing our next President should be more empowering and uplifting, don’t you think?

My nephew & his sweet wife were supposed to close yesterday on their first home, but didn’t. A minor glitch caused the closing to be rescheduled for Monday. They are very upset about it, but it is their first house and they had such high expectations. Ah, youth!

img_0120_web.JPGThis week we had 8 loads of dirt brought in to The Swamp. My office is located on a lovely 2 acre lot overlooking The Swamp, replete with all sorts of fowl, snakes, beavers and raccoons. We have had some puddle issues and it needed to be graded so that the water ran off into the Swamp. The neighbor’s cat Feather, my official Office Mascot everyday, was not amused. She growled at the men and their machines. She clearly did not appreciate them invading her turf. It was quite loud at times, but interesting to watch when I could take a break.

But, It’s Finally Friday! And Super Bowl Sunday is just 2 days away!

Go Pats!

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  1. tommieon 01 Feb 2008 at 10:49 pm 1

    How sad that the only reason I watch the Super Bowl is for the commercials!

  2. amydeanneon 02 Feb 2008 at 8:52 am 2

    what a neat blog you have! and hehe wine thirty is quite ingenious! lol Thanks for posting on my blog!
    super bowl.. i’m afraid I haven’t watched it in years… watched enough football when I was in school to be well filled until my boys play lol..

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Jan 27 2008

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Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts – cats have this one nailed down, don’t they?
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Well, yesterday the humans in the Yellow House gave the cats a run for their catnip.

MotherDear made a fabulous Roast Chicken dinner, with all the fixings. We had some friends over for supper who brought a 3-layer German Chocolate Cake for dessert. We sat by a magnificent crackling fire, built by Dad. As if more ambiance were needed, we also enjoyed a nice glass of wine with a sax CD softly playing in the background.

It was a day full of Creature Comforts! A perfect way to spend a cold, rainy day.

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Jan 26 2008

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PhotoHunt: Old-Fashioned

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photohunter7iq.pngI really love old photographs so I thought I’d try this Meme.

My Dad was in the Air Force during the Korean War. This is Dad in front of one of many planes he adores. I adore my Dad!

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And this is Dad’s 8 Track player. It also plays records and cassettes. Oh yeah, Dad still plays his 8 Tracks.

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Jan 25 2008

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Finally Friday

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Well, it’s Finally Friday!

And it’s pizza night. MotherDear is playing Bingo with the Biddies.  Dad and I are going over to A&B’s for Pizza! I believe the plans are to also have a nice cozy fire and a glass of wine. I will be quite content.

I’ve been fairly busy with the business this month. Yahoo! Perhaps it is getting off the ground at last. I certainly hope it continues. I am very grateful! Thank you, God! And Thank You to those of you who have me on your prayer list.

att13379411.jpgI got this lovely picture in an email so I don’t know where it came from. Isn’t it a great way to start a weekend?

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Jan 24 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #2 – 13 Things My Cats Nap On

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2nd Edition

13 Things My Cats Nap On

  1. The throw at the end of my bed. If there’s a blanket, throw, quilt, etc. at the end of the bed, that’s where they will be. There’s sometimes not room enough for me on the bed. It’s not widely known, but cats get bigified while sleeping.
  2. Spare Bedroom bed, same thing as above except that there’s an entire extra king size quilt at the end of the bed. It’s intended for guests should they need an extra blanket. The cats are most appreciative.
  3. My desk, while I’m using it. They also block my monitor at every available opportunity.
  4. The couch. On the remote. And not at the end of the couch. No, no, no. It must be in the middle so nobody will think of disturbing them.
  5. The piano. The bench if someone takes out sheet music.
  6. The patio chairs, in the shade. Oh, as long as you’re going inside, would you mind bringing them back a nice cool glass of water?
  7. Window sills are a favorite spot. They will lay on them for hours watching the world go by. If you happen to forget to open the blinds, they will remind you.
  8. The coffee table. It’s especially enticing to them if I happen to want to light my candles.
  9. In the bushes out front. I’m not sure they’re actually sleeping there. It may be that they’re just hiding on their intended prey.
  10. On top of my freezer in the garage, which also serves as a handy bridge to the garage door tracks.
  11. Any open drawer. Just turn your back for a second to grab some clean clothes out of the laundry basket. Even if they were outside when you turned to grab the clothes, they’ll be in the drawer once your hands are full of clothes.
  12. The laundry basket. It lives in my closet and whenever they see the closet door open, they jump into the laundry basket.
  13. In my lap. This is one of my excuses the main reasons some of my chores remain undone. I am the Lap Lady, and I am on duty 24/7 at the pleasure of my cats.

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Jan 23 2008

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Wordless Wednesday – Good Grooming

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Jan 22 2008

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Social Stagnation

Filed under Thought for the Day

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr Day. It has been nearly 40 years since he was assassinated.

If he were allowed to come back and speak to us today, what would he say? How has Society done as far as turning his Dream into a reality? How wisely has Society used these 40 years?

I would surely like to hear that speech.

Honestly, I don’t think he’d be pleased. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, he referred to Time as being neutral. He said that Time could be used destructively or constructively, and that without effort and hard work, Time becomes an ally of “Social Stagnation”.

Oops.

Society may have left segregation in the past, but prejudice, discrimination, bias and bigotry still rear their ugly heads every day in every corner of the world. The major difference is that it’s no longer burning crosses and the Ku Klux Klan; now it’s Smart Bombs, IED’s and the Taliban. And guess what? It just doesn’t matter to them what the color of our skin is, or what our religion may be. They want to kill all Americans and our allies.

History is replete with examples of predjudice, bias, and bigotry; a people assuming that their race or religion was superior to another. It is Timeless. Yet we still haven’t learned the lesson.

Dr. King also said that Time is always ripe to do right. I hope we still have Time.

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Jan 21 2008

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Journey of Revenge

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

–Confucius
 

53453532_greeneyes.jpgRevenge and Jealousy. They’re kinda family, like evil step-sisters, aren’t they? Equally self-destructive while at the same time equally destructive to the intended object?

I’m a lover, not a fighter, so I’ve never been able to get my mind around the whole ‘let me punch someone in the face’ thing, or ‘gee, I think he likes her better than me’ thing. In my opinion Revenge & Jealousy speak more about the person displaying these emotions (fear, low self-esteem, insecurity etc.) and don’t necessarily say anything about the object of the Revenge or Jealousy.

When I was in junior high I received a phone call from a girl I barely knew who “called me out” . She wanted to meet me at a certain location at a specified time to fight for the affections of my boyfriend. I laughed at her, mostly because I thought she was kidding. I told her if she wanted him that bad, she could have him. She got mad! So I told her that the way I saw it, if he didn’t want to be with me, what possible purpose would the fighting serve? She also wasn’t pleased with that.

When I hung up the phone, my mother asked nine million questions and was very upset that I might actually show up for the fight. But that’s a whole other story.

The girl? She was mad at me for weeks. We went on to become good friends and remained friends through high school until we both got married and life happened.

The Boyfriend? I married him. And divorced him.

Rats. I should’ve insisted that she take him.

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Jan 27 2008

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Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts – cats have this one nailed down, don’t they?
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Well, yesterday the humans in the Yellow House gave the cats a run for their catnip.

MotherDear made a fabulous Roast Chicken dinner, with all the fixings. We had some friends over for supper who brought a 3-layer German Chocolate Cake for dessert. We sat by a magnificent crackling fire, built by Dad. As if more ambiance were needed, we also enjoyed a nice glass of wine with a sax CD softly playing in the background.

It was a day full of Creature Comforts! A perfect way to spend a cold, rainy day.

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Jan 26 2008

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PhotoHunt: Old-Fashioned

Filed under Photo Hunt

photohunter7iq.pngI really love old photographs so I thought I’d try this Meme.

My Dad was in the Air Force during the Korean War. This is Dad in front of one of many planes he adores. I adore my Dad!

scan30003_1_cr.jpg

And this is Dad’s 8 Track player. It also plays records and cassettes. Oh yeah, Dad still plays his 8 Tracks.

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Jan 25 2008

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Finally Friday

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Well, it’s Finally Friday!

And it’s pizza night. MotherDear is playing Bingo with the Biddies.  Dad and I are going over to A&B’s for Pizza! I believe the plans are to also have a nice cozy fire and a glass of wine. I will be quite content.

I’ve been fairly busy with the business this month. Yahoo! Perhaps it is getting off the ground at last. I certainly hope it continues. I am very grateful! Thank you, God! And Thank You to those of you who have me on your prayer list.

att13379411.jpgI got this lovely picture in an email so I don’t know where it came from. Isn’t it a great way to start a weekend?

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Jan 24 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #2 – 13 Things My Cats Nap On

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2nd Edition

13 Things My Cats Nap On

  1. The throw at the end of my bed. If there’s a blanket, throw, quilt, etc. at the end of the bed, that’s where they will be. There’s sometimes not room enough for me on the bed. It’s not widely known, but cats get bigified while sleeping.
  2. Spare Bedroom bed, same thing as above except that there’s an entire extra king size quilt at the end of the bed. It’s intended for guests should they need an extra blanket. The cats are most appreciative.
  3. My desk, while I’m using it. They also block my monitor at every available opportunity.
  4. The couch. On the remote. And not at the end of the couch. No, no, no. It must be in the middle so nobody will think of disturbing them.
  5. The piano. The bench if someone takes out sheet music.
  6. The patio chairs, in the shade. Oh, as long as you’re going inside, would you mind bringing them back a nice cool glass of water?
  7. Window sills are a favorite spot. They will lay on them for hours watching the world go by. If you happen to forget to open the blinds, they will remind you.
  8. The coffee table. It’s especially enticing to them if I happen to want to light my candles.
  9. In the bushes out front. I’m not sure they’re actually sleeping there. It may be that they’re just hiding on their intended prey.
  10. On top of my freezer in the garage, which also serves as a handy bridge to the garage door tracks.
  11. Any open drawer. Just turn your back for a second to grab some clean clothes out of the laundry basket. Even if they were outside when you turned to grab the clothes, they’ll be in the drawer once your hands are full of clothes.
  12. The laundry basket. It lives in my closet and whenever they see the closet door open, they jump into the laundry basket.
  13. In my lap. This is one of my excuses the main reasons some of my chores remain undone. I am the Lap Lady, and I am on duty 24/7 at the pleasure of my cats.

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Gandalf & Grayson: We did our own Thursday Thirteen, come see! =^..^=

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Jan 23 2008

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Wordless Wednesday – Good Grooming

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Jan 22 2008

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Social Stagnation

Filed under Thought for the Day

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr Day. It has been nearly 40 years since he was assassinated.

If he were allowed to come back and speak to us today, what would he say? How has Society done as far as turning his Dream into a reality? How wisely has Society used these 40 years?

I would surely like to hear that speech.

Honestly, I don’t think he’d be pleased. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, he referred to Time as being neutral. He said that Time could be used destructively or constructively, and that without effort and hard work, Time becomes an ally of “Social Stagnation”.

Oops.

Society may have left segregation in the past, but prejudice, discrimination, bias and bigotry still rear their ugly heads every day in every corner of the world. The major difference is that it’s no longer burning crosses and the Ku Klux Klan; now it’s Smart Bombs, IED’s and the Taliban. And guess what? It just doesn’t matter to them what the color of our skin is, or what our religion may be. They want to kill all Americans and our allies.

History is replete with examples of predjudice, bias, and bigotry; a people assuming that their race or religion was superior to another. It is Timeless. Yet we still haven’t learned the lesson.

Dr. King also said that Time is always ripe to do right. I hope we still have Time.

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Jan 21 2008

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Journey of Revenge

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

–Confucius
 

53453532_greeneyes.jpgRevenge and Jealousy. They’re kinda family, like evil step-sisters, aren’t they? Equally self-destructive while at the same time equally destructive to the intended object?

I’m a lover, not a fighter, so I’ve never been able to get my mind around the whole ‘let me punch someone in the face’ thing, or ‘gee, I think he likes her better than me’ thing. In my opinion Revenge & Jealousy speak more about the person displaying these emotions (fear, low self-esteem, insecurity etc.) and don’t necessarily say anything about the object of the Revenge or Jealousy.

When I was in junior high I received a phone call from a girl I barely knew who “called me out” . She wanted to meet me at a certain location at a specified time to fight for the affections of my boyfriend. I laughed at her, mostly because I thought she was kidding. I told her if she wanted him that bad, she could have him. She got mad! So I told her that the way I saw it, if he didn’t want to be with me, what possible purpose would the fighting serve? She also wasn’t pleased with that.

When I hung up the phone, my mother asked nine million questions and was very upset that I might actually show up for the fight. But that’s a whole other story.

The girl? She was mad at me for weeks. We went on to become good friends and remained friends through high school until we both got married and life happened.

The Boyfriend? I married him. And divorced him.

Rats. I should’ve insisted that she take him.

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Jan 18 2008

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Cuteness Revisited

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Jan 18 2008

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Daily Chuck-a-like

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OK, so let me see if I understand the premise…
Heather hold treats & props over CoCo & Chuck’s heads until they turn their heads a certain way, and then she snaps the photo? OK, got it. What? Oh please, if a dog can do it…

There. What? The other way? Fine.

There. Happy? Now give me that camera so I can go take my night nap.

=^..^=

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Jan 18 2008

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I miss George

Filed under Simple Pleasures, Wine

I used to live in beautiful Lakeland, FL.

Lakeland is a wonderful city. It’s just about right… not so small that you don’t have all the amenities of a big city, but not so big that you have all the horrors of a really big city (crime, traffic, etc.). Although, when I left nearly 2 years ago, it had crossed the imaginary line in my head for “too big for me”. When I first moved to Lakeland it had under 50,000 residents. It is now over 90,000. I actually had to put on my turn signal to turn into my own driveway or risk being rear-ended.

Lakeland is located nearly in the center of the state and midway between Tampa & Orlando. It is the lightning capital of the US. As its’ name implies, it has many beautiful lakes. Two of my favorites, where I spent many evenings under the stars, are Lake Mirror and Lake Morton. Lakeland has also lots to offer in the way of Arts & Entertainment, including a marvelous Symphony Orchestra, Museums and great dining.

During my 15 years living in Lakeland, the city hired professionals to totally revitalize the downtown area. It is a marvelous place to eat, shop, enjoy the parks or just stroll the sidewalks and many outdoor Bistros.

But what I really miss about Lakeland is George. George was my “go-to guy” for wine.

There is a tiny wine store tucked away in an old plaza on the southside. It is there that you will find Vintage Wine Cellars, and it is there that you will find George.

I am a member of the Wine Taster’s Guild, or I was. Since moving to Georgia I have not found a wine store who offers Wine Pairings or even Wine Tastings, never mind Taster’s Guild membership. To my utter amazement, when I received my first membership card in the mail I discovered that Bronson Mela, the then esteemed owner of Vintage Wine Cellars, had the dubious distinction of being Chapter #001 of the Taster’s Guild. (Don’t I have fancy pants now, eh?) And as brilliant as Bronson was when it came to really knowing wine, George knew my preferences. Bronson mentored George well over the years; George is no wine slouch, either.

The most wonderful thing I love about George? All I had to do was call George and ask him to mix me a case. Presto! An hour later I’m watching George load the wine into my car – Thoughtfully hand picked just for me, packed in a case and my credit card billed; all by George. Seriously, how cool is that? Never once was I disappointed in George’s choices for me. He really understood the types of wines I especially enjoy.

I may have to take a drive to Lakeland again soon. I feel the need to reconnect with some dear friends. But, George, I miss you most of all! And George, my Spiegelau Vino Grande no longer runneth over. It is empty. Salute.

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Jan 16 2008

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Introducing: SisterDear3

I have convinced my lovely SisterDear3 to be a Guest Contributor to the WillThink4Wine blog.

Just let me tell you just a little bit about her. Basically, she is every psychiatrist’s dream! Her immediate family (1 hubby, 1 mother-in-law and 4 children) collectively have practically every mental health diagnosis on the planet, and few that perhaps don’t yet have a label. It is never dull at her house.

She sails through each day, replete with turbulent mood swings and various psychoses, with more love, patience, faith and grace than any one person should be blessed with. Mostly, I believe it’s her sense of humor that usually carries her through.

I hope you will enjoy her occasional posts. She cracks me up. Pardon the pun.

She also likes wine and is much too busy to be bothered with hitting the Enter key.

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Jan 16 2008

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The Guest Is In The House!

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Guest Contributor: SisterDear3

Hello and thanks for the invite! I am still waiting for my marvelous number one child to bless me with her presence. I really get so perturbed when people are late! I just got a call from Kevin’s school nurse. He showed up in her office and told her he was wheezing. Imagine that, he decided he was not going to stay in school today! He actually will panic if there is anything wrong with him. She checked him out and decided he was only panicking and sent him merrily, merrily, merrily, gently back to class. We are also supposed to visit Nancy after the hair appointment so she can see her before going back to school. It’s not looking good time-wise! I have to be back for Kevins’ bus at 2. Nancy by the way has rebounded well. Jim says her middle name should be Phoenix! Well now, If daughterdear would only get here, we could be merrily on our way! #3

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Jan 16 2008

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If I want my dreams to come true, I musn’t oversleep

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I apologise for the fuzziness of this “flashback” photo. It was taken in May 2004 with a particularly nasty camera which thankfully, I no longer have.

This photo shows my cat Gandalf (back row) and his 2 litter mates, Boo Boo (left) and Sarah (right). They loved this one shelf of that condo! They were only about 3-4 weeks old in this photo. It was not long after this that the three of them no longer all fit on one shelf.

The kittens did three things exceptionally well; they ate like piranhas, played hard and power napped!

They were a breath of sunshine. At the time I had had my Pekes for 14-15 years. I had just lost my baby boy Ching (right) and was about to lose my little girl Sha Na (left).


I thought I was rescuing them, but Gandalf and Grayson came into my life to help me say goodbye to Sha Na & Ching. As it turned out, it was the cats that rescued me!

The kittens have grown up. The cats don’t eat as ravenously and they aren’t playful as kittens, but they still power nap!

We could all take a lesson from the wise cats.

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Jan 15 2008

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Some Days

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Some days, you’re flying high!

And some days, you’re the Statue.

“Far Out”, just one of the incredible Sculptures by Artist J. Seward Johnson

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Jan 14 2008

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My Bucket List

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I have been inspired once more by Sydney. And so I begin My Bucket List. These are no particular order, simply as they spring to mind. I will keep this list in my anchored pages so that I can update it. I haven’t seen this movie yet, and am very much looking forward to it :-)

Before I “Kick The Bucket” I want to:

  1. Marry the love of my life and live happily ever after. I imagine feeling completely content and utterly safe with him, listening to music, sampling wines, reading, watching sappy old movies all while snuggling up in front of a cozy fire.
  2. Dance to All I Ask of You at my wedding.
  3. Spend a month in Tuscany in a lovely Villa with a fireplace and a pool. I want it to be overlooking a vineyard on one side, and Cypress trees, Poppy fields and Olive trees on the other. I want to spend my days exploring ancient Rome and local marketplaces while sipping wine and sampling all the fabulous food only the local Italians can offer.
  4. Pay off my mortgage and finally and forever be completely debt-free. While I have never imagined myself being wealthy, and have no non-secured debt, this is my idea of true wealth.
  5. Learn to relax, as thoroughly and luxuriously as my cats do every day of their nine lives.
  6. Learn to play the piano.
  7. Own a second home in New England so as often as I wished I could spend as much time with my sisters as I would like.
  8. See the Pyramids.
  9. See the triumphant return of Jesus. I can’t explain it, but since I was a little girl, I have always felt that I would be alive when that happens. I felt this way long before I knew what being saved was. I am an avid reader of biblical prophesy. Unfortunately, my brain is too small to hold the enormity of it and my memory is such that I retain very little of it. Of course, I know I am in good company! I read the Left Behind series in great anticipation of reading another person’s concept of what that magnificent event will be like.
  10. Know that everybody I love is saved and will spend all eternity free of pain and tears.
  11. Spend a Christmas at a ski lodge in Vermont, not unlike the firepit scene with Bob Wallace & Betty Haynes from White Christmas. I am originally from New England and have never been to Vermont! I have always imagined it to be at it’s most splendid during Christmas.
  12. Attend a Placido Domingo concert while he is still in glorious voice.
  13. Attend a Andrea Bocelli concert, in Italy.
  14. Reach my ideal body weight and be in excellent health.
  15. Watch the sunset on an uncrowded beach in St. Maarten with my only love.
  16. See The Phantom of the Opera in London, enjoy a pint at the pub, visit Stonehenge and walk across the crosswalk on Abbey Road.
  17. Spend at least a week in Greece.
  18. Encourage my parents to check off as many items from their Bucket List while they both enjoy strong body, mind and spirit.

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Jan 13 2008

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Choice and Consequence

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Sometimes, revelations come to me when I am trying to help someone else understand something. I’ve discovered that mostly, I ask questions and let people discover the answers for themselves, rather than give answers they wouldn’t accept anyway. I have observed that the words taste sweeter when they’ve come from their own mouths.

Jen is the daughter I never had. I have been in her life from the day she was born. I treasure every second I get to spend with her. My life is richer because of what I have hoped for her. I have always tried to teach her good life lessons, through word and deed. I encourage her to think things through so that she can make wise choices. Ask her how many times she’s heard me say Well, he/she didn’t choose wisely, did he/she? and she will laugh and roll her eyes.

When Jen was about 11 years old, she came to me very upset about something that happened to her brother. She told me that he had been unfairly kicked off his baseball team just before they went to the state finals. The officials had discovered he had used an address other than his own to be placed on a team he preferred rather than the team in his district. She was going on and on about how unfair the officials were being to her brother and the team, that the team needed their star catcher and that she would never, ever go to another game. So I asked her some simple questions. Did her father and brother understand the rules? Yes. And understanding those rules, did they choose to disregard them and purposefully enter a false address on the application so that Dan could play on the team he wanted to play on? Yes. So, who is responsible for the consequence of sending his team to the finals without their star catcher and letting down the entire team? Well, I guess Dan and Dad.

I have a 20 year old niece who is extremely intelligent and active in sports. She is also Bipolar.

About 2 weeks into her first semester at U-Mass, she called me to tell me that she was dropping out. She was in a hypomanic state. Generally, whenever she calls me in this state, I just listen. Considering that she is speed-talking, this course of action is also the easiest! When she took a breath and asked if I was still there I answered, Yes, I am playing the part of the listener to your speaker, the part of the conversation equation that you are all too unfamiliar with. She laughs, and asks me what I think. I asked her Have you thought through this decision to it’s logical conclusion? What consequences will come as a result of this choice? Would this choice help you to achieve the goals you have set for yourself? Can you be at peace with those consequences? She asserts that this is her life and therefore her choice. I replied Absolutely. But do you understand that when you are the one making the choice, you also own the consequence? That’s the double-edged sword of being an adult and making grown up choices. It’s like The Oklahoma Warranty – If it breaks into 2 parts, you own them both. She told me that she thought that I made some good points, but there are always extenuating circumstances. I know her well enough to know that in her mind she has already begun concocting a plan to lay the blame elsewhere: her parents, other students, the instructors, the courses, the text books… She has never been one to accept blame for anything – it is always Someone Else’s fault. I headed her off at the pass. I told her If you choose to quit college, I respect your choice. She thanked me for my support. She thanked me for respecting her. Then I told her I also expect that you will accept full responsibility if it turns out that you’ll be flipping burgers at Wendy’s rather than writing the next great novel or screenplay. She starts her next semester at the end of the month. However, I fully expect to repeat this conversation next semester. She’s stubborn, this one. :-)

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Jan 11 2008

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Just for laughs

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Because sometimes I really need one of these. I hope his head doesn’t explode.

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Jan 20 2008

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Goodbye Andy

The Internet never ceases to amaze me. Truly. You start typing in your own little corner of the world and before you know it, a few clicks later you are flung all around the world. Amazing.

sam-and-frodo.jpgSam:

If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.

Frodo:

Come on Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.’

 

This morning my journey brought me to somewhere and someone quite remarkable. I started off reading a blog on the Bipolar Net Ring, which took me to Boston, Maine, Colorado, and Iraq. I followed Maj. Andrew Olmsted.

Andy was the first US soldier killed in 2008. The first post I read was Andy’s last. He asked a friend to post it in the event of his death. It’s quite long and totally worth your time.

I wish I had known Andy. I ache for the grief his wife Amanda is suffering now. It makes me cry for all the family and friends of every soldier who has served or has ever fallen.

It makes the rhetoric the polititians throw about seem all the more pale and callous.

Hello, Andy. Thank you for serving your country.

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Jan 20 2008

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Stormy Weather

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I don’t know how many of you actually remember Black & White TV and great old movies like this, but I saw this on A Gentleman’s Domain and it is four minutes and 41 seconds of pure brilliance!

Cab Calloway’s skat intros the The Nicholas Brothers‘ amazing tap performance in a phenomenal scene from the movie Stormy Weather. Fred Astaire once called this performance “the greatest dance number ever filmed.”

It’s not widely known, but when I was much, much younger I took 8 years of dance. I could totally still do this, but I’d require a stage with twin staircases, an orchestra, a great partner, and various other props.

Hi-De-Ho!

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Jan 19 2008

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WillThink4Wine.com

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I finally did it. I moved my blog to it’s own domain!

I’ve authored my own commercial website for about 10 years now, so I wasn’t expecting as many stumbling blocks as I encountered. It took quite some time to find a Theme I was happy with (hopefully, I won’t hate this in a day or two). I also struggled with blogging software, installation issues and finding what I hope is the right Host.

The two things that have amazed me the most though is the difference between WordPress.com blogs and WordPress.org blogging, and how much my brain freezes when I switch back and forth between the Blogger blogs and the WordPress blogs.

Thank Goodness my cats are here with me, helping to keep me straight!

So. Welcome to WillThink4Wine.com!

Sit. Stay. Good Blogger. 

Cheers.

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Jan 19 2008

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SisterDear3’s Bucket List

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My bucket floweth over. So you have inspired me!

  1. Clean out this house so there is room to live!
  2. Go back to work. Twenty years is a long time!
  3. Write “The Mother Book”, that everyone’s mother on the planet has always said they could write
  4. Remember to use the enter button!
  5. Stop each day to enjoy my children
  6. Lose the extra twenty-five pounds I’ve gained
  7. Try and stop being so over-protective with my kids
  8. Visit my favorite childhood spot
  9. Go on a romantic vacation with Jim
  10. Become more avid at using the computer
  11. Become more confrontational (In a good way)!
  12. Read more books, than newspapers
  13. Take the twins to Disney
  14. Take up sewing again
  15. Save money
  16. Cook healthier meals
  17. Find the time to cook healthier meals
  18. Find a little “me time” each day
  19. Conquer my fear of flying
  20. Take a cruise with my husband and sisters!
  21. Visit a tropical resort with white sand and a cabana on the beach and have a hunk bring my drinks
  22. Own a “Brand New” car (something sporty but functional). Tan!
  23. Find a crystal ball so I can see Thomas’ future
  24. See my daughter graduate from college and be happy with her life
  25. Dance with my son Jack to Chuck Mangione’s “Bellavia” on his wedding day. It was playing on the night he was born.

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Jan 18 2008

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I miss George

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I used to live in beautiful Lakeland, FL.

Lakeland is a wonderful city. It’s just about right… not so small that you don’t have all the amenities of a big city, but not so big that you have all the horrors of a really big city (crime, traffic, etc.). Although, when I left nearly 2 years ago, it had crossed the imaginary line in my head for “too big for me”. When I first moved to Lakeland it had under 50,000 residents. It is now over 90,000. I actually had to put on my turn signal to turn into my own driveway or risk being rear-ended.

Lakeland is located nearly in the center of the state and midway between Tampa & Orlando. It is the lightning capital of the US. As its’ name implies, it has many beautiful lakes. Two of my favorites, where I spent many evenings under the stars, are Lake Mirror and Lake Morton. Lakeland has also lots to offer in the way of Arts & Entertainment, including a marvelous Symphony Orchestra, Museums and great dining.

During my 15 years living in Lakeland, the city hired professionals to totally revitalize the downtown area. It is a marvelous place to eat, shop, enjoy the parks or just stroll the sidewalks and many outdoor Bistros.

But what I really miss about Lakeland is George. George was my “go-to guy” for wine.

There is a tiny wine store tucked away in an old plaza on the southside. It is there that you will find Vintage Wine Cellars, and it is there that you will find George.

I am a member of the Wine Taster’s Guild, or I was. Since moving to Georgia I have not found a wine store who offers Wine Pairings or even Wine Tastings, never mind Taster’s Guild membership. To my utter amazement, when I received my first membership card in the mail I discovered that Bronson Mela, the then esteemed owner of Vintage Wine Cellars, had the dubious distinction of being Chapter #001 of the Taster’s Guild. (Don’t I have fancy pants now, eh?) And as brilliant as Bronson was when it came to really knowing wine, George knew my preferences. Bronson mentored George well over the years; George is no wine slouch, either.

The most wonderful thing I love about George? All I had to do was call George and ask him to mix me a case. Presto! An hour later I’m watching George load the wine into my car – Thoughtfully hand picked just for me, packed in a case and my credit card billed; all by George. Seriously, how cool is that? Never once was I disappointed in George’s choices for me. He really understood the types of wines I especially enjoy.

I may have to take a drive to Lakeland again soon. I feel the need to reconnect with some dear friends. But, George, I miss you most of all! And George, my Spiegelau Vino Grande no longer runneth over. It is empty. Salute.

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Jan 17 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

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Thirteen Things about WillThink4Wine

    1st Edition

  1. Grow my new business to the point where I can once again have disposable income. Oooh. That would be lovely :-)

  2. Discover a better wine store

  3. Get a puppy (I probably won’t, so don’t tell anyone, especially my mother or my cats)

  4. Change the lock on my front door, because MotherDear has trouble with it

  5. Start eating healthier again

  6. Paint my Yellow house a color that is not Yellow

  7. Fly up to see Mike & Danielle’s 1st home and attend the 1st Official Mike & Danielle 4th of July BBQ

  8. Paint my kitchen

  9. Attend a Symphony

  10. Remember to have my septic tank pumped

  11. Figure out how to stop my Investment Portfolio from hemorrhaging cash

  12. Spend a Sister Weekend with my 3 sisters

  13. Gather my entire family together for new Family Portraits

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Jan 16 2008

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wut fish?

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Guest Contributor: SisterDear3

On another note, Fisherman Thomas, yes, that is the career of the week, decided that he wanted to put his goldfish ”Dorothy”, in her very own bowl. He also decided that all of Kevin’s fish should live together as a “Family”.

So, somewhere around 3 am, he found another bowl, reached in and fished out poor Dorothy, who safely made it into her very own home. He then took the other two fish from his bowl and attempted to create a fish family for Kevin. I woke up at this point and put him back to bed.

In the morning, Kevin’s large white goldfish “Fred”, was not in the bowl. I asked Thomas where he was, he said, “Is he in the toilet?”

Poor Fred.

Later that day, while I was lying on the couch, Keven bent over and said, “What’s this?” Yes, it was indeed poor Fred. We then gave him a proper goldfish sendoff to fish heaven.

Oh well, I wonder what next weeks career will be?
funny pictures
moar funny pictures

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Jan 25 2008

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Finally Friday

Posted at 2:52 pm under Finally Friday

Well, it’s Finally Friday!

And it’s pizza night. MotherDear is playing Bingo with the Biddies.  Dad and I are going over to A&B’s for Pizza! I believe the plans are to also have a nice cozy fire and a glass of wine. I will be quite content.

I’ve been fairly busy with the business this month. Yahoo! Perhaps it is getting off the ground at last. I certainly hope it continues. I am very grateful! Thank you, God! And Thank You to those of you who have me on your prayer list.

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Jan 23 2008

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Wordless Wednesday – Good Grooming

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  1. Heidion 23 Jan 2008 at 4:44 pm 1

    OH, look at the lovers!! So sweet, I just want to jump into the photo and pet their beautiful fur.

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WillThink4Wine » Social Stagnation

Jan 22 2008

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Social Stagnation

Posted at 5:01 am under Thought for the Day

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr Day. It has been nearly 40 years since he was assassinated.

If he were allowed to come back and speak to us today, what would he say? How has Society done as far as turning his Dream into a reality? How wisely has Society used these 40 years?

I would surely like to hear that speech.

Honestly, I don’t think he’d be pleased. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, he referred to Time as being neutral. He said that Time could be used destructively or constructively, and that without effort and hard work, Time becomes an ally of “Social Stagnation”.

Oops.

Society may have left segregation in the past, but prejudice, discrimination, bias and bigotry still rear their ugly heads every day in every corner of the world. The major difference is that it’s no longer burning crosses and the Ku Klux Klan; now it’s Smart Bombs, IED’s and the Taliban. And guess what? It just doesn’t matter to them what the color of our skin is, or what our religion may be. They want to kill all Americans and our allies.

History is replete with examples of predjudice, bias, and bigotry; a people assuming that their race or religion was superior to another. It is Timeless. Yet we still haven’t learned the lesson.

Dr. King also said that Time is always ripe to do right. I hope we still have Time.

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Jan 20 2008

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Stormy Weather

Posted at 5:34 am under Thought for the Day

I don’t know how many of you actually remember Black & White TV and great old movies like this, but I saw this on A Gentleman’s Domain and it is four minutes and 41 seconds of pure brilliance!

Cab Calloway’s skat intros the The Nicholas Brothers‘ amazing tap performance in a phenomenal scene from the movie Stormy Weather. Fred Astaire once called this performance “the greatest dance number ever filmed.”

It’s not widely known, but when I was much, much younger I took 8 years of dance. I could totally still do this, but I’d require a stage with twin staircases, an orchestra, a great partner, and various other props.

Hi-De-Ho!

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Jan 20 2008

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Goodbye Andy

Posted at 6:34 am under Support Our Troops, Thought for the Day

The Internet never ceases to amaze me. Truly. You start typing in your own little corner of the world and before you know it, a few clicks later you are flung all around the world. Amazing.

sam-and-frodo.jpgSam:

If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.

Frodo:

Come on Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.’

 

This morning my journey brought me to somewhere and someone quite remarkable. I started off reading a blog on the Bipolar Net Ring, which took me to Boston, Maine, Colorado, and Iraq. I followed Maj. Andrew Olmsted.

Andy was the first US soldier killed in 2008. The first post I read was Andy’s last. He asked a friend to post it in the event of his death. It’s quite long and totally worth your time.

I wish I had known Andy. I ache for the grief his wife Amanda is suffering now. It makes me cry for all the family and friends of every soldier who has served or has ever fallen.

It makes the rhetoric the polititians throw about seem all the more pale and callous.

Hello, Andy. Thank you for serving your country.

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Jan 19 2008

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Posted at 7:00 am under Wine

I finally did it. I moved my blog to it’s own domain!

I’ve authored my own commercial website for about 10 years now, so I wasn’t expecting as many stumbling blocks as I encountered. It took quite some time to find a Theme I was happy with (hopefully, I won’t hate this in a day or two). I also struggled with blogging software, installation issues and finding what I hope is the right Host.

The two things that have amazed me the most though is the difference between WordPress.com blogs and WordPress.org blogging, and how much my brain freezes when I switch back and forth between the Blogger blogs and the WordPress blogs.

Thank Goodness my cats are here with me, helping to keep me straight!

So. Welcome to WillThink4Wine.com!

Sit. Stay. Good Blogger. 

Cheers.

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Jan 19 2008

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I’ve taken the plunge and moved to the new website.

Come. Sit. Stay a while.

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  1. gmcountrymamaon 20 Jan 2008 at 7:12 pm 1

    I visited your new site but I couldn’t figure out how to comment. It told me I had to log in but it didn’t show me how to sign up in the first place. I will probably figure it out eventually.
    Nice tribute post, so sad.

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Jan 19 2008

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SisterDear3’s Bucket List

Posted at 6:21 am under Lists, Sisters

My bucket floweth over. So you have inspired me!

  1. Clean out this house so there is room to live!
  2. Go back to work. Twenty years is a long time!
  3. Write “The Mother Book”, that everyone’s mother on the planet has always said they could write
  4. Remember to use the enter button!
  5. Stop each day to enjoy my children
  6. Lose the extra twenty-five pounds I’ve gained
  7. Try and stop being so over-protective with my kids
  8. Visit my favorite childhood spot
  9. Go on a romantic vacation with Jim
  10. Become more avid at using the computer
  11. Become more confrontational (In a good way)!
  12. Read more books, than newspapers
  13. Take the twins to Disney
  14. Take up sewing again
  15. Save money
  16. Cook healthier meals
  17. Find the time to cook healthier meals
  18. Find a little “me time” each day
  19. Conquer my fear of flying
  20. Take a cruise with my husband and sisters!
  21. Visit a tropical resort with white sand and a cabana on the beach and have a hunk bring my drinks
  22. Own a “Brand New” car (something sporty but functional). Tan!
  23. Find a crystal ball so I can see Thomas’ future
  24. See my daughter graduate from college and be happy with her life
  25. Dance with my son Jack to Chuck Mangione’s “Bellavia” on his wedding day. It was playing on the night he was born.

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WillThink4Wine » I miss George

Jan 18 2008

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I miss George

Posted at 12:19 am under Simple Pleasures, Wine

I used to live in beautiful Lakeland, FL.

Lakeland is a wonderful city. It’s just about right… not so small that you don’t have all the amenities of a big city, but not so big that you have all the horrors of a really big city (crime, traffic, etc.). Although, when I left nearly 2 years ago, it had crossed the imaginary line in my head for “too big for me”. When I first moved to Lakeland it had under 50,000 residents. It is now over 90,000. I actually had to put on my turn signal to turn into my own driveway or risk being rear-ended.

Lakeland is located nearly in the center of the state and midway between Tampa & Orlando. It is the lightning capital of the US. As its’ name implies, it has many beautiful lakes. Two of my favorites, where I spent many evenings under the stars, are Lake Mirror and Lake Morton. Lakeland has also lots to offer in the way of Arts & Entertainment, including a marvelous Symphony Orchestra, Museums and great dining.

During my 15 years living in Lakeland, the city hired professionals to totally revitalize the downtown area. It is a marvelous place to eat, shop, enjoy the parks or just stroll the sidewalks and many outdoor Bistros.

But what I really miss about Lakeland is George. George was my “go-to guy” for wine.

There is a tiny wine store tucked away in an old plaza on the southside. It is there that you will find Vintage Wine Cellars, and it is there that you will find George.

I am a member of the Wine Taster’s Guild, or I was. Since moving to Georgia I have not found a wine store who offers Wine Pairings or even Wine Tastings, never mind Taster’s Guild membership. To my utter amazement, when I received my first membership card in the mail I discovered that Bronson Mela, the then esteemed owner of Vintage Wine Cellars, had the dubious distinction of being Chapter #001 of the Taster’s Guild. (Don’t I have fancy pants now, eh?) And as brilliant as Bronson was when it came to really knowing wine, George knew my preferences. Bronson mentored George well over the years; George is no wine slouch, either.

The most wonderful thing I love about George? All I had to do was call George and ask him to mix me a case. Presto! An hour later I’m watching George load the wine into my car – Thoughtfully hand picked just for me, packed in a case and my credit card billed; all by George. Seriously, how cool is that? Never once was I disappointed in George’s choices for me. He really understood the types of wines I especially enjoy.

I may have to take a drive to Lakeland again soon. I feel the need to reconnect with some dear friends. But, George, I miss you most of all! And George, my Spiegelau Vino Grande no longer runneth over. It is empty. Salute.

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WillThink4Wine » Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

Jan 17 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

Posted at 7:22 am under Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about WillThink4Wine

    1st Edition

  1. Grow my new business to the point where I can once again have disposable income. Oooh. That would be lovely :-)

  2. Discover a better wine store

  3. Get a puppy (I probably won’t, so don’t tell anyone, especially my mother or my cats)

  4. Change the lock on my front door, because MotherDear has trouble with it

  5. Start eating healthier again

  6. Paint my Yellow house a color that is not Yellow

  7. Fly up to see Mike & Danielle’s 1st home and attend the 1st Official Mike & Danielle 4th of July BBQ

  8. Paint my kitchen

  9. Attend a Symphony

  10. Remember to have my septic tank pumped

  11. Figure out how to stop my Investment Portfolio from hemorrhaging cash

  12. Spend a Sister Weekend with my 3 sisters

  13. Gather my entire family together for new Family Portraits

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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  1. suchsimplepleasureson 17 Jan 2008 at 8:22 am 1

    good luck accomplishing those things!
    have a terrific tt!

  2. fullbodytransplanton 17 Jan 2008 at 9:17 am 2

    I love painting, you have some big fun ahead. Good luck!

  3. Lori’s Light Extemporaneaon 17 Jan 2008 at 2:21 pm 3

    Congrats on doing your first TT! I hope you do everything on your list and even more in 2008!

  4. Penelope Anneon 17 Jan 2008 at 2:25 pm 4

    Welcome to Thursday Thirteen, good luck with accomplishing all, but especially number 1.
    Hope you will make the rounds and get to know the rest of us silly T13ers.
    Peace, love, and Mama Bear hugs,

  5. Tiffanyon 17 Jan 2008 at 4:44 pm 5

    Thank you for your comment on my Thursday 13 Post. I am sorry for your lost as well.

  6. emeraldcityguyon 17 Jan 2008 at 5:22 pm 6

    Great list! We just did a family portrait at xmas – it was a complicated zoo to do it, but great to have it! Thanks for stopping by my TT.

  7. SisterDear3on 17 Jan 2008 at 8:00 pm 7

    Yeah sisters weekend!

    This is a can do! Will do! Love you! #3

  8. Nicholason 18 Jan 2008 at 2:22 am 8

    I hope you manage to do them all, especially #10!

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WillThink4Wine » Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

Jan 17 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

Posted at 7:22 am under Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about WillThink4Wine

    1st Edition

  1. Grow my new business to the point where I can once again have disposable income. Oooh. That would be lovely :-)
  2. Discover a better wine store
  3. Get a puppy (I probably won’t, so don’t tell anyone, especially my mother or my cats)
  4. Change the lock on my front door, because MotherDear has trouble with it
  5. Start eating healthier again
  6. Paint my Yellow house a color that is not Yellow
  7. Fly up to see Mike & Danielle’s 1st home and attend the 1st Official Mike & Danielle 4th of July BBQ
  8. Paint my kitchen
  9. Attend a Symphony
  10. Remember to have my septic tank pumped
  11. Figure out how to stop my Investment Portfolio from hemorrhaging cash
  12. Spend a Sister Weekend with my 3 sisters
  13. Gather my entire family together for new Family Portraits

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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  1. suchsimplepleasureson 17 Jan 2008 at 8:22 am 1

    good luck accomplishing those things!
    have a terrific tt!

  2. fullbodytransplanton 17 Jan 2008 at 9:17 am 2

    I love painting, you have some big fun ahead. Good luck!

  3. Lori’s Light Extemporaneaon 17 Jan 2008 at 2:21 pm 3

    Congrats on doing your first TT! I hope you do everything on your list and even more in 2008!

  4. Penelope Anneon 17 Jan 2008 at 2:25 pm 4

    Welcome to Thursday Thirteen, good luck with accomplishing all, but especially number 1.
    Hope you will make the rounds and get to know the rest of us silly T13ers.
    Peace, love, and Mama Bear hugs,

  5. Tiffanyon 17 Jan 2008 at 4:44 pm 5

    Thank you for your comment on my Thursday 13 Post. I am sorry for your lost as well.

  6. emeraldcityguyon 17 Jan 2008 at 5:22 pm 6

    Great list! We just did a family portrait at xmas – it was a complicated zoo to do it, but great to have it! Thanks for stopping by my TT.

  7. SisterDear3on 17 Jan 2008 at 8:00 pm 7

    Yeah sisters weekend!

    This is a can do! Will do! Love you! #3

  8. Nicholason 18 Jan 2008 at 2:22 am 8

    I hope you manage to do them all, especially #10!

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WillThink4Wine » wut fish?

Jan 16 2008

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wut fish?

Posted at 7:46 pm under Autism

Guest Contributor: SisterDear3

On another note, Fisherman Thomas, yes, that is the career of the week, decided that he wanted to put his goldfish ”Dorothy”, in her very own bowl. He also decided that all of Kevin’s fish should live together as a “Family”.

So, somewhere around 3 am, he found another bowl, reached in and fished out poor Dorothy, who safely made it into her very own home. He then took the other two fish from his bowl and attempted to create a fish family for Kevin. I woke up at this point and put him back to bed.

In the morning, Kevin’s large white goldfish “Fred”, was not in the bowl. I asked Thomas where he was, he said, “Is he in the toilet?”

Poor Fred.

Later that day, while I was lying on the couch, Keven bent over and said, “What’s this?” Yes, it was indeed poor Fred. We then gave him a proper goldfish sendoff to fish heaven.

Oh well, I wonder what next weeks career will be?
funny pictures
moar funny pictures

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WillThink4Wine » Introducing: SisterDear3

Jan 16 2008

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Introducing: SisterDear3

I have convinced my lovely SisterDear3 to be a Guest Contributor to the WillThink4Wine blog.

Just let me tell you just a little bit about her. Basically, she is every psychiatrist’s dream! Her immediate family (1 hubby, 1 mother-in-law and 4 children) collectively have practically every mental health diagnosis on the planet, and few that perhaps don’t yet have a label. It is never dull at her house.

She sails through each day, replete with turbulent mood swings and various psychoses, with more love, patience, faith and grace than any one person should be blessed with. Mostly, I believe it’s her sense of humor that usually carries her through.

I hope you will enjoy her occasional posts. She cracks me up. Pardon the pun.

She also likes wine and is much too busy to be bothered with hitting the Enter key.

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  1. SisterDear3on 16 Jan 2008 at 4:36 pm 1

    Enter Key? is for? #3

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WillThink4Wine » If I want my dreams to come true, I musn’t oversleep

Jan 16 2008

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If I want my dreams to come true, I musn’t oversleep

Posted at 6:05 am under Cats, Thought for the Day

I apologise for the fuzziness of this “flashback” photo. It was taken in May 2004 with a particularly nasty camera which thankfully, I no longer have.

This photo shows my cat Gandalf (back row) and his 2 litter mates, Boo Boo (left) and Sarah (right). They loved this one shelf of that condo! They were only about 3-4 weeks old in this photo. It was not long after this that the three of them no longer all fit on one shelf.

The kittens did three things exceptionally well; they ate like piranhas, played hard and power napped!

They were a breath of sunshine. At the time I had had my Pekes for 14-15 years. I had just lost my baby boy Ching (right) and was about to lose my little girl Sha Na (left).


I thought I was rescuing them, but Gandalf and Grayson came into my life to help me say goodbye to Sha Na & Ching. As it turned out, it was the cats that rescued me!

The kittens have grown up. The cats don’t eat as ravenously and they aren’t playful as kittens, but they still power nap!

We could all take a lesson from the wise cats.

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  1. Sydon 16 Jan 2008 at 4:57 pm 1

    What beautiful babies! :)

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WillThink4Wine » Some Days

Jan 15 2008

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Some Days

Posted at 6:40 am under Some Days, Thought for the Day

Some days, you’re flying high!

And some days, you’re the Statue.

“Far Out”, just one of the incredible Sculptures by Artist J. Seward Johnson

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WillThink4Wine » My Bucket List

Jan 14 2008

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My Bucket List

Posted at 7:17 am under Lists

I have been inspired once more by Sydney. And so I begin My Bucket List. These are no particular order, simply as they spring to mind. I will keep this list in my anchored pages so that I can update it. I haven’t seen this movie yet, and am very much looking forward to it :-)

Before I “Kick The Bucket” I want to:

  1. Marry the love of my life and live happily ever after. I imagine feeling completely content and utterly safe with him, listening to music, sampling wines, reading, watching sappy old movies all while snuggling up in front of a cozy fire.
  2. Dance to All I Ask of You at my wedding.
  3. Spend a month in Tuscany in a lovely Villa with a fireplace and a pool. I want it to be overlooking a vineyard on one side, and Cypress trees, Poppy fields and Olive trees on the other. I want to spend my days exploring ancient Rome and local marketplaces while sipping wine and sampling all the fabulous food only the local Italians can offer.
  4. Pay off my mortgage and finally and forever be completely debt-free. While I have never imagined myself being wealthy, and have no non-secured debt, this is my idea of true wealth.
  5. Learn to relax, as thoroughly and luxuriously as my cats do every day of their nine lives.
  6. Learn to play the piano.
  7. Own a second home in New England so as often as I wished I could spend as much time with my sisters as I would like.
  8. See the Pyramids.
  9. See the triumphant return of Jesus. I can’t explain it, but since I was a little girl, I have always felt that I would be alive when that happens. I felt this way long before I knew what being saved was. I am an avid reader of biblical prophesy. Unfortunately, my brain is too small to hold the enormity of it and my memory is such that I retain very little of it. Of course, I know I am in good company! I read the Left Behind series in great anticipation of reading another person’s concept of what that magnificent event will be like.
  10. Know that everybody I love is saved and will spend all eternity free of pain and tears.
  11. Spend a Christmas at a ski lodge in Vermont, not unlike the firepit scene with Bob Wallace & Betty Haynes from White Christmas. I am originally from New England and have never been to Vermont! I have always imagined it to be at it’s most splendid during Christmas.
  12. Attend a Placido Domingo concert while he is still in glorious voice.
  13. Attend a Andrea Bocelli concert, in Italy.
  14. Reach my ideal body weight and be in excellent health.
  15. Watch the sunset on an uncrowded beach in St. Maarten with my only love.
  16. See The Phantom of the Opera in London, enjoy a pint at the pub, visit Stonehenge and walk across the crosswalk on Abbey Road.
  17. Spend at least a week in Greece.
  18. Encourage my parents to check off as many items from their Bucket List while they both enjoy strong body, mind and spirit.

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  1. mrs drudgeon 14 Jan 2008 at 10:12 am 1

    Well, I have always vowed that I will never see a Lloyd Weber musical – but know a few good pubs! So when you are fulfilling that part of your dream let me know and we’ll meet up for a pint if you’ll share one with a committed pagan. Hope to see you in London.

  2. Sydon 15 Jan 2008 at 10:38 am 2

    Awesome list!

    Now that I’ve inspired you to write yours, I guess I should go and write mine! LOL Yes, we must be kindred spirits because I want to add a variation of #1, 3, 4, 9 and 10 to my list.

    Are you planning to see the movie? I love both Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It looks like it’s going to be a blast.

    Syd (Bipolarity)

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WillThink4Wine » My Bucket List

Jan 14 2008

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My Bucket List

Posted at 7:17 am under My Bucket List

I have been inspired once more by Sydney. And so I begin My Bucket List. These are no particular order, simply as they spring to mind. I will keep this list in my anchored pages so that I can update it. I haven’t seen this movie yet, and am very much looking forward to it :-)

Before I “Kick The Bucket” I want to:

  1. Marry the love of my life and live happily ever after. I imagine feeling completely content and utterly safe with him, listening to music, sampling wines, reading, watching sappy old movies all while snuggling up in front of a cozy fire.
  2. Dance to All I Ask of You at my wedding.
  3. Spend a month in Tuscany in a lovely Villa with a fireplace and a pool. I want it to be overlooking a vineyard on one side, and Cypress trees, Poppy fields and Olive trees on the other. I want to spend my days exploring ancient Rome and local marketplaces while sipping wine and sampling all the fabulous food only the local Italians can offer.
  4. Pay off my mortgage and finally and forever be completely debt-free. While I have never imagined myself being wealthy, and have no non-secured debt, this is my idea of true wealth.
  5. Learn to relax, as thoroughly and luxuriously as my cats do every day of their nine lives.
  6. Learn to play the piano.
  7. Own a second home in New England so as often as I wished I could spend as much time with my sisters as I would like.
  8. See the Pyramids.
  9. See the triumphant return of Jesus. I can’t explain it, but since I was a little girl, I have always felt that I would be alive when that happens. I felt this way long before I knew what being saved was. I am an avid reader of biblical prophesy. Unfortunately, my brain is too small to hold the enormity of it and my memory is such that I retain very little of it. Of course, I know I am in good company! I read the Left Behind series in great anticipation of reading another person’s concept of what that magnificent event will be like.
  10. Know that everybody I love is saved and will spend all eternity free of pain and tears.
  11. Spend a Christmas at a ski lodge in Vermont, not unlike the firepit scene with Bob Wallace & Betty Haynes from White Christmas. I am originally from New England and have never been to Vermont! I have always imagined it to be at it’s most splendid during Christmas.
  12. Attend a Placido Domingo concert while he is still in glorious voice.
  13. Attend a Andrea Bocelli concert, in Italy.
  14. Reach my ideal body weight and be in excellent health.
  15. Watch the sunset on an uncrowded beach in St. Maarten with my only love.
  16. See The Phantom of the Opera in London, enjoy a pint at the pub, visit Stonehenge and walk across the crosswalk on Abbey Road.
  17. Spend at least a week in Greece.
  18. Encourage my parents to check off as many items from their Bucket List while they both enjoy strong body, mind and spirit.

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  1. mrs drudgeon 14 Jan 2008 at 10:12 am 1

    Well, I have always vowed that I will never see a Lloyd Weber musical – but know a few good pubs! So when you are fulfilling that part of your dream let me know and we’ll meet up for a pint if you’ll share one with a committed pagan. Hope to see you in London.

  2. Sydon 15 Jan 2008 at 10:38 am 2

    Awesome list!

    Now that I’ve inspired you to write yours, I guess I should go and write mine! LOL Yes, we must be kindred spirits because I want to add a variation of #1, 3, 4, 9 and 10 to my list.

    Are you planning to see the movie? I love both Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It looks like it’s going to be a blast.

    Syd (Bipolarity)

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