Nov 112015

USS Missouri

On Veteran’s Day, I raise my glass to all who honorably served. I’m moved by the family resemblances I see in the pictures of your fathers, sons and brothers, and now more and more frequently, mothers, sisters and daughters, Since I’ve never experienced this phenomenon, I’m intrigued by it. Maybe soon that will change. My recent research into my biological roots has revealed three additional probable sisters, bringing the total sibling count to six or seven. My biological/first/blood father served in “Uncle Sam’s Navy” so cheers to all the men and women who ever swabbed a deck.

Cin cin to my Grandpa Ocie, who worked in the Puget Sound Naval Yard and took me every summer to tour the USS Missouri. And to my Gramma Violet, who “chased seamen until she caught one.”

Oct 062015

Well, he may have, but I don’t subscribe so I don’t know whether he did or what he thought about this wine.

I invariably check to see where I got the bottle I’m currently sipping. Last night I finished my last bottle of 1997 M. Chapoutier Continue reading »

Aug 072015

I’ve been driving past these pretty trees for a long time, wishing I’d see some indication that peaches might end up at our house. Someone has been working hard–planting, pruning,  mulching, spreading gravel, and heaven knows what else for several years. Each year a few more trees are planted and “something” has been going on back behind where I can’t see [which annoys me no end]. What IS happening back there?

Peach orchard

Peach orchard

Tubby Fruits IMG_0424
Tubby Fruits IMG_0421

Finally in the last week or so there have been signs that maybe they were Continue reading »

Aug 032015
Ecker roter veltliner

Ecker roter veltliner

“I thought you were writing about wine,” Jeff says. “Is that one of those new dog breeds?” No, husband, it’s another grape for the Wine Century Club! And I loved this one, although I don’t think I could have picked it out of a crowd of acidic, light-bodied, pale-yellow compatriots. Delicious it was, though — citric, sharp and Continue reading »