I've been MIA for something like ... 4 weeks. Lot's to cover.
OK, 4 weeks ago, my husband swooped me away for a blissful 36 get-away to Sonoma for our 18th wedding anniversary. For those who don't know, Sonoma is right by Napa in the heart of wine country. I prefer to stay on the skirts of Napa these days, as it's really commercial, crowded and overpriced compared to it's equally beautiful neighbors. We stayed at the same hotel my girlfriend and I escaped to earlier in the summer. Hubby flew the small plane up there, which I hadn't been in for quite a while. The weather could not have been more spectacular and the beginning Fall in this part of California is gorgeous.
(Video tour of hotel & Sonoma. This is a video promoting the hotel however, if you are procrastinating doing work right now, it's a nice little 5 minutes spent because it shows a bit of Sonoma and wine country too. )
After arriving we took a short walk into town and discovered they were having a wine tasting and art festival in the town plaza. The town has a traditional Spanish plaza surrounded by many historic buildings and is a great site in itself. Insert pilfered photos here:
|Sonoma plaze - Source: sonomachamber.org|
|Beautiful trees in Sonoma plaza. Source: www.danhicks.com|
|City Hall in the plaza's center. |
|Scene from Bottle Shock filmed in Sonoma. If you don't know this movie, check it out. If you have any interest in history or wine you'll like it and if you like Alan Rickman you will love it! Trailer: Bottle Shock trailer|
Now when we returned home, I had to do a quick turn because there was more fun coming my way. Months ago (before the anniversary plans came together) I had bought tickets for my girlfriends and I to go to the Mountain Winery for an evening concert. Being that we are of a certain age, we were all teens in the 80's. There's something about the music you listened to in high school that always stays with you. So the venue was the Psychedelic Furs opening for the GoGo's. Warm weather for an outdoor venue in October was fantastic, and add in a beautiful, huge harvest moon and the night was magical!
The following weekend we had a walk to benefit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Our family has a team called Trevor's Titans, in honor of my youngest with Type-1 diabetes. Some of his friends and our friends came out and supported us, along with lots of great people who donated so that our team was able to raise $3500!!
|Trevor is the boy in black shorts standing with Sharkie - the mascot for our local hockey team. My daughter is in the black hat with my oldest (shaggy) son right behind her. I'm hiding in the back. Can you tell I don't like being in photos?|
Well that was more of a re-cap and not truly a gratitude tribute, but I'm going to let myself off the hook this go-around, just happy to get something out there this week. I actually started this post last Friday, if you can believe it, and have been distracted with various tasks since then.