A Mustard Seed-#MWWC31

This post is part of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC31) in which we are invited to write a post about a one-word theme and relate it to wine somehow. This month’s theme was Faith. I snickered when I read that as I had just finished warning my readers that there will be a bit of […]

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A Bit of Happy-Black Magnolia

Can wine make you happy? It seems like a ridiculous question. Since most of my readers are wine lovers, there is likely a resounding response like, “OF COURSE! What a ridiculous question!” Since I have other readers who lean more toward the esoteric, there is likely a more cynical, “Of course not, things don’t make one happy. […]

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My 40 Day Challenge

Yesterday marked the beginning of Lent, a tradition which honors the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness before his crucifixion.  Traditionally, it is a time for fasting, repentance, denial or discipline. Although I was not reared Catholic and did not practice Lent growing up, I began doing so about 15 years ago. At first, […]

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Spring is Calling-Jardesca Apertiva

  As we move from winter to spring, what images come to mind? When I was living north, it was a single white crocus pushing through the cracked and cold soil. In Texas, it is the Mountain Laurels and Redbuds. We move from citrus and evergreens to white flowers and herb gardens. And as we […]

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Nights at the Long Table

They knew it was the right piece the moment they saw it. No need for intricate details. This restored oak table conveyed warmth, intimacy in its narrow breadth and quiet grandeur in its sturdy eight-foot length. It was a table built for lively discussion and quiet confessions. It is a table, I imagine, upon which deals […]

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No Need to Panic: Last-Minute Wine Gift

Although we’ve yet to decide on our Christmas Eve Family outing, we have made a firm decision to avoid all shopping areas of town. I tried to finish my shopping long ago, but even if I hadn’t, I would improvise. Anything to avoid the madness and maintain some holiday peace. One gift I received earlier […]

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My Wine Story-#MWWC29

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve heard it before. My apologies for the redundancy, but when you get a few minutes to join the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge with a topic already partially prewritten, you jump on it. How do I love wine? Let me count the ways. How did I begin loving […]

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Gobble Gobble Give- Potluck with a Purpose

We are now in our 6th year here in Austin. If you’ve participated before, thank you. If you are interested, click the link below for more information… Source: Gobble Gobble Give- Potluck with a Purpose

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Into the Woods-TX (+CA) Tuesday

When something becomes a high enough frequency, it seems silent. That. Between adding a part-time job (with full-time responsibility), trying to replace my car (part-time efforts with full-time stress), family health hiccups, and trying to maintain my volunteer positions, this SAHM (can I still call myself that?)has gone silent. Oh, I’m still sampling wines and practicing self-care […]

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