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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 23

Was there a time when I wondered worried what the ‘golden years’ would bring??? YES!  With good reason……..  The house had seemed blown open, hemorrhaging children, draining the life blood of the place.  No longer did it feel like a sanctuary as it had when they were small, folded in at the end of the day, all softness and tired sweetness; or in more recent years filled with their friends, the refrigerator door always open.  Now it felt like a gaping wound, raw and tender to the touch.

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This past weekend they came back ‘en mass’ to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary, both ending in zero – significant milestones.  Twenty-four in all: children, their spouses, their children and a grandchild’s child……….four generations of love,

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joined by dear friends,

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wine poured,

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food served, entertainment provided,

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pictures of the birthday boy, spanning the decades,

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pictures of our life together……

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We feel loved and celebrated…………but stay tuned – we are not yet ready to ride quietly into the sunset!!!

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Fruit of the vine

Atop a ridge overlooking the Carmel Valley…

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in the midst of oaks,

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beautiful grounds,

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and a sparkling pool,

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the bottling of fine wine:

from the barrel

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pumped

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filtered

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to vat

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to be siphoned into bottles

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-with a time out to restore the siphon-

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corked

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and boxed.

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This year’s production…a careful blend of four varieties

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Amazing family, friends, and food + grapes crushed, blended, aged to perfection

all working together = a job well done and fine wine at the end of the day!

So grateful to have been part of the equation!!!

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