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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  ~George Eliot

Monday, September 27, 2010


First really chilly and rainy day of fall here ~ and of course, a Monday, to beat....but no blues, okay?  New cure for the Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday, get the idea...) blahs is to try a glass (ok, maybe 2) of  vino from Cupcake Vineyards of the Central Coast, California. 

We first tried this favorite while in SW Florida on our honeymoon in June and loved the smoothness of the Chardonnay.  Now, you need to understand our "skilled" expertise at selecting wines....first, we look within the price range we are willing and able to buy (just being honest, here, right?!); second, we look for a label that catches our eye - that's the fun part - labels can be so creative; then, finally, we check the size of the punt, having heard "through the grapevine" (ha, ha, ha!) that a good punt means a better wine ~ we have no idea as to the factual basis of that but we like thinking that at least one of our criteria sounds like we know what we're talking about (especially when we tell people we pick our wine by the label!) :)

But, seriously, this little treat has been a special one for us ~ we've had a hard time finding it back here at home.  We were able to find other Cupcake Vineyard varieties ~ Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot ~ but not the Chardonnay, even checking our best "go-to" places (Cupcake Vineyard DOES ship, but not to our state).  I was thrilled when I discovered two bottles when shopping in my daughter's college town ~ and yes, I bought them both :)

List price for the Cupcake Chardonnay is $12.00 ~ I was able to pick up our last two bottles for $9.99.  Icing on the cake :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hey, Women - Girl Up!!

Ok, I know, I know, I am so NOT in the targeted demographics for this organization, but I was so moved, motivated and made more mindful of myself and my world when I heard Elizabeth Gore from speak yesterday on MSNBC that I had to share...

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy 
GirlUp, a United Nations Foundation, has TONS of information and resources to share here, but the best way to help is to take the "Give a High Five" Challenge NOW ~ don't wait ~ it's easy-peasy...just spread the word, spend $5 (c'mon, cheaper than a pizza and a little more than a large latte), and tweet, tweet, tweet ~ especially to any girls you know.  Let's go, ladies -- GirlUp! :)