Christmas Eve

Just a few more days left until Christmas Eve.  Traditionally, we spend it with just the two of us, sipping some good wine (more on that later), listening to Christmas music and reflecting on how great it is to spend the majority of your life with the only person you could imagine spending it with!  A joyous time.

It’s also a time that I reflect on my family and friends and know in my heart I wouldn’t be the person I am today without each and every one of them.  They know who they are.

Looking forward, it’s a time of renewed interest, as we say goodbye to 2015 and “Hello” (yes, Adele’s new hit just showcases how incredibly talented and gifted she is!) to the New Year of 2016.  It reverberates with hope and excitement.

And, along those lines, I’d also like to take a moment to congratulate my family member, Eric, who, with his lovely finance, Lisa, will likely not forget today — ever.

Eric and Lisa December 20, 2016
Eric and Lisa December 20, 2016








A picture can speak a thousand words …..

And now may be the appropriate time to hoist a glass to them!  Here’s a couple of new ones to add to your collection:

For my red lovers — here’s one my husband loves:


Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon

And for those white lovers like me, either of these are excellent.  Both are the same winery, but one is a Pinot and the other (equally as good) is an Umbria.

Santa Christina


And you know where to find them – TJ’s – of course!

Have a very Merry Christmas and cherish your family and friends ….


A Shower And A Sip!

Are you ready?  Tonight is the start of the Geminid Meteor Shower!

Courtesy of
Courtesy of

This shower was first discovered in the early 19th Century and actually lasts for two weeks, so if you don’t have a chance to view it tonight, get back out there the first chance you can!

It is named “Geminid” because it appears that the meteors emanate from the constellation of Gemini (get your Google Sky Map going, or simply look to the North).  It will be “viewable” in both the Northern and the Southern hemispheres.

The meteors themselves can be multi-colored, depending on their chemical composition.  Here’s a quick look at what those colors signify:

Sodium – orange or yellow

Iron – yellow

Magnesium – blue or green

Calcium – violet

Silicate – red

Adding a little more “color” here, there is some Greek mythology also associated with the event.  Gemini is the astrological sign for the twins — Castor, a mortal, and his brother, Pollux.  When Castor died during the Trojan War, Pollux grieved so deeply that his father, Zeus, decided to make Castor immortal as was his son, Pollux, and they now reside — forever together — in the constellation of Gemini as the twins.

And so, back to the title of this post — “A Shower And A Sip.”  A sip of what you might ask?  While I’ll out there enjoying nature’s show, I will also be sipping my all-time favorite wine:

Contadino Pinot Grigio
Contadino Pinot Grigio








A light, bubbly and delightful Pinot Grigio that knocks it out of the ballpark each and every time!  Look for it at one of my favorite places — Trader Joe’s.  You’ll be surprised at the price.

So, Happy Meteor-Gazing, everyone!  Until we meet again……

‘Tis the Season

It is a season of giving and sharing.  A wonderful time that begins with a large, loving family holding hands and expressing our thanks for the many blessings each of us has received.

It is also a time of rest, relaxation and reflection.

A Perfect Day for Sailing
A Perfect Day for Sailing








It was scenes like these that my eyes drank in while my soul was being recharged.  I am so lucky to be able to witness such peace and beauty.

At the end of our stay, we bid adieu as Mother Nature gave us the nod with an awe-inspiring sunset:

Sunset at Pacific Beach Nov 2015
Sunset at Pacific Beach Nov 2015


We now enter the season of sharing.

Let’s remember our friends in Israel and across the world, that will take their shamash and light the first of eight candles on their Hanukia this evening.  It is the beginning of the Festival of Lights, a rededication of their Temple.

I’d like to leave you with one of the three blessings that are recited:

Blessed are You, our God, Creator of time and space, who performs miracles for our ancestors, in the days of long ago and in this time.

Happy Chanukah, my friends!

Peace … across the world …