StoneGate and Keswick vineyards 

The third and fourth bottles at Thanksgiving this year are Keswicks’s Cabernet Franc and StoneGate’s Cabernet Sauvignon.  I like them both.  Prefer the StoneGate, I think.  The Keswick’s temperature coming out of the wine fridge may have been too cool to get the full effect, though.


Touriga from Keswick Vineyards

Made from grapes used for port, Touriga has a smoky full taste that gives me a happy, warm feeling.  It’s the first bottle of Thanksgiving 2016…with many more to follow.  Cheers!

Music Monday – Many Thanks

As Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. happens in  two days (yes, I’m a day late for the Music Monday post again), I decided that songs of thanks were appropriate.  The songs I found don’t cover quite all of the things for which I’m thankful, but they cover a couple:  the love of my life and humor.

Here’s my short list of things I’m thankful for

1.  I’m thankful for my wife…who loved me when I was pretty darn broke and still loves me now that I’m, well, not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but no longer broke.  She accepts me for who I am…(the very few) faults and all.

2.  I’m thankful for my beautiful, creative, intelligent daughters who both love sci-fi and fantasy like their parents.

3.  I’m thankful to have/had parents who raised me well.

4.  I’m thankful to have a job, esp. one that I mostly enjoy that also provides me the opportunity to play the sport I love (see number six) a few days a week during lunch.

5.  I’m thankful for my in-laws.  They rock.

6.  I’m thankful for the friends I have that I don’t get to see often enough.

7.  I’m thankful for soccer…that I get to play it, watch it, coach it…and that my daughters like to play it.

8.  And, yes, I’m thankful for social media…for the Facebook friends I have (many with whom I have a bond that none of us really understood until years later) and those who follow and/or comment on my blogs.

On to the videos…these first two are for my number one…my wife, my anam cara.

Bon Jovi’s “Thank You For Loving Me”

Sly and The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”

Finally, a little fun for Turkey day with Adam Sandler.  While not quite as funny as his Hanukkah Song, The Thanksgiving Song is still pretty funny.

Happy Thanksgiving, All!

Thanksgiving 2010 – A Proposal

This will be the first year that I can think of that my family will be the only ones at our table.  In the nine and a half years that our older daughter has been with us, we’ve always hosted relatives, gone to relatives’ homes, or, once, to the home of good friends.  This year, it will only be us.  While I enjoy visiting with relatives and friends, I am thankful that we’re going to spend this one together alone.

Nowadays, I think we (Americans) spend too much time trying to cram everything into our lives –work, school, extracurricular activities, frequent visits to/from friends and family– and we don’t spend enough quality time with our own immediate family.  We don’t spend enough time telling our spouses, sons, and daughters that they are important to us and that we love them.  We don’t plug-in to their lives.  Sure, we see them almost every day, drive them to their activities, school, what-have-you, maybe even ask “how’s school going?”, but, too often, we don’t really listen to their responses.

So, here’s my proposal for Thanksgiving this year:  Whether you’re having it at home with just your immediate family, or with friends/family/etc., make sure you take a few moments, talk one-on-one with each of you family members, and tell them how thankful you are that they are in your life.  Simple.  Don’t plan a speech or rehearse what to say, just do it.

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