July Photo Challenge: 1-15

The challenge this month with Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day brought a bit more of my creative nature.  It’s A through Z and 1 through 5.  At first I thought “Hey, this will be easy!” But then those weird letters started, or the subject that I thought would work … well, it simply didn’t. One of…

#AprilPhotoChallenge: 16-30

It  has been a great month for photography.  And I think that my photo skills are growing. My most frequent limitations have been when I have great ideas for a shot, but my time is limited or the weather is uncooperative. #16. Glass Mid-April brought 80 degree weather and blue skies to the peninsula.  Burgers and brews…

Wine Wednesday: April 20, 2016

Wine Wednesday Quote: “Great is the fortune of he who possesses a good bottle, a good book, and a good friend.” –Moliére (French playwrite and actor)  

#MarchPhotoChallenge: Catching Up

Last year, I bought a DSLR.  Nothing special. A Nikon D3200.  A photographer told me it was a good starter camera for someone like me who has been using a pocket Canon superzoom for the last fifteen years.  After purchasing the camera, I audited an introductory digital photography course with a friend who was finishing up some units at…

Neighbor Boys

This is what happens when I leave my door open. The neighbor boys come for a snack. #catslife #livinglifeforte

September Mystery Basket

“When the idea of ‘Chopped’ surfaced, it was originally meant to be taped at some guy’s mansion with him and his crazy Chihuahua. A stuffy fellow in a tuxedo was to host, and the losing chef’s dish was then fed to the dog! I am not kidding, I saw it! I think it is genius!…

Wine Wednesday: Aug. 27, 2015

“Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living.” –Robert Mondavi (winemaker, philanthropist, torchbearer)

Wine Wednesday: Aug. 5, 2015

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” –Bette Davis (actor, author, did it the hard way)

Wine Wednesday: July 29, 2015

“Great is the fortune of he who possesses a good bottle of wine, a good book, and a good friend.” –Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (aka Molière, satirist, actor, moustachioed man)

Wine Wednesday: July 22, 2015

“Wine is bottled poetry.” –Robert Louis Stevenson (author, travel writer, California wine aficionado) [and the only poetry I like –forté]

Wine Wednesday: July 15, 2015

“What is the definition of good wine? It should start and end with a smile.”  –William Sokolin (wine merchant, breaker of bottles)

The Running Iron, Carmel Valley

“Fortune knocks at every man’s door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.”   –Mark Twain (author, humorist, misquoted man)   Call me a sucker, but I have fallen for it—the Carmel Valley charm.  Wine country meets Old West, the little village is…