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Lindsay Goodwin


When I saw that one of my favorite artists painted someone reading near a fountain, I had to purchase it. I have several paintings by Lindsay, but this has to be one of my favorites by her hand. I love all the details that are included, and the water looks so realistic. I have heard from artists that portraying water is not an easy feat. I would not know from personal experience, since my artwork is…UHH, How do I say? Oh right, horrible.

Look at the lilies in the water, and the fish holding up the bowls of water on the fountain. I am guessing the only way this would have been comfortable is a hot summer day, trying to beat the heat. Nevertheless, this painting is perfect in my dining room.

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Inspired Home Expos

Last weekend I spent time at the Inspired Home Expo. I had a wonderful time, and met some wonderful local businesses. During times that there were fewer visitors we would trade food and wine with our stories.

Bren’s Original Blend was my booth neighbor. He and I traded wine, and he fed me some avocado that he hand ground into a paste. It was spread on homemade bread, and then topped with his awesome spices. His booth was crowded all day, and went well with out Red Table Wine. A wine I believe goes well with popcorn and Netflix. Visit his site for a list of all his spice blends.

Velata Consultant…Karen Forth Karen made some fantastic carrots with some seasonings that are packaged, and some key lime cheesecake. It was in fact a no bake cheesecake. Karen is a great gal, and can help women start an “at home business” with Velata and Scensy products. IMG_7484.jpg

The Best Ever Salsa Company  the whole family was there helping, even the three little ones. What an adorable family, and their salsa and chips were super delicious too. I had the HOT, and the medium. They even gave me a jar to take home. It was very yummy. IMG_7489

The Groves On 41 Yummy samples from the ladies at the Groves on 41. Tiny skewers of cheese, bread, basil, and tomato on a toothpick then drizzled with some olive oil…OMG! Those little pieces were so delicious. Check out their website, they have so much to offer…


The Chocolate Statch  offers delicious chocolate bites that are superior. I really loved the raspberry chocolate. Another family that has started a business together. What a delight to meet so many wonderful people. IMG_7485.jpg

Slo Coast Jerky I was a little too busy to try some jerky, but Steve was a great guy…IMG_7487.jpg

Yes Artisan Beverages These were the other ones that I did not get to try, but that doesn’t mean that you should miss out on the opportunity. Check out their website…


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Spartacus is Here

Spartacus was born just the other day here on the farm. He is our first male goat of the season.

When we saw him, we couldn’t believe how strong he was. He looks so independent and strong. My daughter choose Spartacus, as the perfect name for him.

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Momma Mia

Momma mia, the three momma goats are still pregnant, but they have made little nests for themselves. We are awaiting the birth of 6 new kids to add to the herd. IMG_8074

These two are Pinkie (white as the dominate color), and Cutie.

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Since it’s getting close to spring, I am inundated with spring chores. Three momma goats are about to give birth any day now. One baby goat (Jasmine), is about to be weaned off the bottle. I’ve been invited to a “Home Show” to pour wine, and meet people.  Lots of fence work to do, and taxes. I shall return soon!!! In the mean time here is a photo of the Rosemary outside the winery. IMG_8052

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Sarah Martin

Sarah was born in 1799, Sarah Stapleton and David Willis were parents. He was 33 and she was 31.

Sarah had a sister Elizabeth, and Sally. Her brother, Charles was born in 1802.

When she was 17, she got married to James M Willis of Greenbrier County, Virginia. She had a daughter Catherine in 1816, and 1818 she had Count Darrel Allison. George Washington in 1820 was born. Mary A, was born in 1823. James Willis was born in 1824. In 1826 Joel was born. In 1829 Sarah was born. Eliza was born in 1833. In 1835 Rebecca was born. Eliza Jane was born in 1843. Her husband was a farmer, and she was a housekeeper. T

Sarah died when she was 61 years old in Patrick, Virginia. The value of their land was 1250.

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Cesarina IX

This is one of more more funny stories. Cesarina could help from calling me and over sharing so much of what she was thinking. One Valentines Day she called me to tell me all about her Valentine experience…

Giuseppe was one of the sweetest men I have ever had the honor of knowing. Every year he bought gifts for Cesarina that were comedy of errors according to Cesarina. He would buy the largest bottles of perfume from the drug store. He purchased daisies that were in a pot, from the local drugstore, but he also purchased a card. One of the mushiest cards that on can find on the shelf from the local drug store.

Well, Giuseppe came to me, and told me that he wanted to know what I thought he should get for her for Valentines Day. I told him, I wasn’t sure what to get for her. Everything I suggested, he told me he purchased before and she took it back to the store. I asked him if he ever had flowers delivered to her. He told me no, that he had always went to the drugstore to get them for her. So, he decided to go with my suggestion.

The flowers were sent to the house. Cesarina called me right away…Did you tell Giuseppe to get me these flowers? Ugh, Are they beautiful? She told me…These are too expensive, and I can’t return them. Ya know, it must not have been easy for Giuseppe to ask me what to get for you? Yes, I know that Kimberly, but I like it when he gets me something that was from his heart. Oh, ok, I am sorry he got you the flowers.

What I thought would be a great day, turned out to be a horrible one for Giuseppe. I felt so bad for him. Then, later Cesarian called me with her plot for the evening to “pay him back”. She was going to put all the long stem roses in the bed, and cover them up with the blanket. Since Giuseppe would not look at the bed before we got into the bed, he would jump out of bed.

That night, we even had to go to dinner, and the tension was terrible. I knew this horrible secret. Could I get away from Cesarina and tell Giuseppe about the plan? Should I just allow the whole thing to play out, and become an accomplice to the scheme?

I said nothing, but as we left I told Roberto about her plan.

The next morning, Cesarina called me to tell me what had happened. I saw that the caller ID came up with her phone number. I took a deep breathe before I answered. I could only hear wheezing on the other end of the phone. Cesarina, are you ok? She could not compose herself because she was laughing so hard. I asked her if she wanted to call me back in a little while. She told me no, she would be right over to my house.

She came over to the house, and she still could not even talk because she was so giddy. I couldn’t help but laugh myself because she was laughing so hard. She told she may even pee herself. She grabbed on to me holding me like she would fall over, but laughing the whole time. What could be this funny. She told me that she had set the trap of putting the long stem roses in the bed, and then she snuck in later to add lots and lots of pepper over the top of the roses.

He never turns the light on to see his bed, he just gets right into bed. This time, as every other time, he got into bed, but he was met with thorny peppered roses. He screamed, and came out of his room sneezing. Then, he had to remove all the roses, and clean up all the pepper, sneezing the whole time.

She said it was the best Valentines Day present she could have ever got. I know one thing for sure, I have never heard anyone laugh so long and so loud. She must have told that story to everyone that was listening. It did seem to get funnier everytime she told it. Even Giuseppe would laugh, and do his little dance, showing us all how he got up out of bed that night.

Cesarina, was never boring, that is for sure!

Here is a photo she took of Roberto and myself in her yard.


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Valentine Wine

If you come into the winery during Valentine Weekend, if you mention you are a couple you will get a free tasting. So, don’t forget to give them the secret word for the weekend

“Couple” Just tell us that you are a couple! We want to help make your weekend a special one!