Wednesday, May 25, 2022


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1. It's National Wine Day (May 25) you like wine? Red or white? Dry or sweet? Do you have a favorite? Have you ever been to California wine country? Or any other wine region? What's a dish you make that calls for wine? 

Yes I do like wine. I like a red wine but I'm okay with some other wines too. I haven't been to wine country in Northern California but have been to some local wineries in Southern California. 

The only dish I have made that called for wine was Chicken Marsala but haven't made that in a very long time. It was delicious.

I am taking a break from alcohol right now and will only have a small glass of wine in a social situation. 

2. What's something you've whined about lately? 

Seriously!!! Everything and anything. Especially doctor's appointments and a bunch of things about them. I have had to make a lot of phone calls recently. 

3. Last time you were 'wined and dined'? Tell us about it. 

I'm thinking it had to be when we were in Montana in April with Amber and Dylan. We went out to a very nice restaurant to have dinner although we didn't have alcohol. 

4. Three cheers for an anxiety pill! 

5. This will be the last Hodgepodge in the month of May. Somehow next Wednesday the calendar rolls into June. Before we go though, sum up your May in twelve words or less.

 May is filled with birthday's and it's my pleasure to mail cards. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We had a nice time visiting with James last week Wednesday. He just makes me so happy and all of my aches and pains go away when I'm with him. We will be seeing him on Thursday this week before Papa goes out of town. 

When he doesn't want to smile....

On Saturday Mark flies to Chicago to join his brother for a fishing trip to Canada. He will be gone for 14 days and I am not looking forward to my time alone. I've been so spoiled having him around all the time since he retired. The trip is 10 days but you have to fly there and back so there are extra days involved. However, I am thrilled for him! He loves these fishing trips. This photo is from 2018....


Ann said...

I do like wine but rarely drink anything alcoholic. I have a bottle that has been in my refrigerator for so long I would hate to see what it tastes like now.
I whine about a lot but mostly about things at work.
Hope those 14 days go by quickly for you.

The Feminine Energy said...

If I lived closer we'd be getting into a whooooooole lot of trouble while Mark was away!! *haha* I swear.... SweetBabyJames grows a little bit with every single picture, Debby. What a beautiful child...those long legs!!! Precious!! ~Andrea xoxo PS~ Wine & whine are both good for what ails! :-)

MadSnapper said...

James is so cute in his train pjs. what a little man he has become. I whine every day of my life about any and everything. no alcohol for me so no opinions on wine. how I wish Bob could go on a trip for 10 days. he loves fishing but would never get on a plane to go fishing.

Jackie McGuinness said...

Love wine, red or white, but not sweet. Have been to Napa CA and did the wineries in France.
Always use wine when I make a gravy.
I would enjoy a few days to myself.

betty said...

I hope Mark has a safe trip but that is a long time for him to be gone! I have visited Napa Valley but not in years. Always enjoyed my time there. Temecula though, as you know, has a great amount of wineries. I'm surprised with the quality of the wines here from Arizona and we have visited a few of them over the years we've been here. I'm with you. I'm taking a break from wine at the current time :)

James is so adorable. I think he is at a great fun age too. Can communicate and his personality keeps coming through! I know those times with him you treasure!

I can't believe June is around the corner. Again, this year is flying by!


Chatty Crone said...

I whine too! We have a peach Moscato wine here in GA that is really good. I don't drink much but when I do that is what I drink.
James is adorable and I am so glad that you have him.
Your husband probably needs that trip to visit his brother and go fishing.
Have a nice day!

Cathy said...

Love the pictures of James and totally understand why he makes you so happy. Hope your hubby has a great trip and that you do well with him gone,

Carla from The River said...

A big hug to James. :-)

Love the photo of your husband with the big fish! Praying he has a great trip.And praying you do well with him away.
xx oo

Mevely317 said...

Wowza on that huge fish! I know you'll be missing Mark while he's away; maybe you can start putting plans in place for a ladies getaway? Love James' haircut .. what a little man he's becoming!

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

Now that is a fish! I do hope you find something to keep you occupied and happy while Mark is away. And love on that sweet boy!

ellen b. said...

14 days is a long time. Sounds like a great trip for someone who enjoys fishing! What kind of fish is's huge! Hope James can come and visit several times during that time. I haven't seen my grands for 2 weeks now and it will be a couple more until I get to see them. I miss them.

Joyce said...

That's quite the fish! I hope you find some things to keep you busy and the time passes quickly. James is looking more little boy than baby these days. Such a cutie!

CheerfulMonk said...

That's a long time to be alone! Good luck.

Allstarme79 said...

I love seen everyone's posts about hanging out with their young grandchildren. My youngest is 8 now so when my parents hang with them, it's a very different experience!

Kirstin said...

Enjoyed your answers and your that a northern Pike he caught? So funny, how I think I'm the opposite when my. hubby has business trips, etc...I'm like "whoo hoo I get some time with nothing needed to do or plan except work". Lol.

Michelle said...

Great post, Debby! What kind of fish is that in the photo? It looks huge & heavy. Enjoy your time with James. My drink of choice is Long Island Tea.

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