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Jemima Mobley

Jemima Mobley was bon in 1745 in Broad River, Fairfield, South Carolina. Her parents were William Mobley Sr., born 1725. and her mother was Ann Osborne, born 1723. Jemima has a sister Keziah, born in 1747. Jemima Mobley.She was married to Edward Lovejoy in 1769. The two of them had 8 children.  In 1832 Jemima was chosen from a lottery for Cherokee Land, as part of the Georgia Cherokee Land Act in Georgia. She passed away  in 1838.



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Lou Lou, and the Fairy Dust

I am going to tell you a story, so don’t judge me. My daughter had an ugly doll that she named Lou Lou. I don’t know where she came up with the name, she just liked it. She always had Lou Lou with her, however Lou Lou was always naked. One time my daughter decided to give Lou Lou a bath. She gave her a bath, and her head filled with water. As my daughter ran with Lou Lou everyone could hear the splashing of the water inside Lou Lou’s head.

The water inside of Lou Lou’s head began to stink. I was afraid that the water would somehow leak out of Lou Lou’s head and spread it’s contaminated water on my daughter.

I came up with a plan to get rid of Lou Lou. I purchased an American Girl doll for her, and hid it in the basement. I took a baby asprin and crushed it. I placed the crushed baby asprin in a bag in the envelop along with a note that I had written. When the mail came that day I acted as if I had got the letter from our mail carrier.

I gasped as I read the letter. The kids wanted to know what the contents of the letter said, and what was in the envelop. I read the letter…

Dear Parents,

We wish to bestow upon you some fairy dust. We limit the amount of fairy dust that we give to the “mortal population”, so much care must be taken when handling this fairy dust. Since we have observed such sweet behavior of your children we are offering you one wish with this fairy dust. Please do not handle the fairy dust until you are ready to make your wish.

Much love,

The fairies

I told the kids…”We have to be very careful.” then I ask them “What do you think we should ask for a wish? My son responds right away…”I think we should ask that people everywhere have food to eat.” WOW! How was I going to get from feeding the world to getting rid of the doll with the stagnant water? I told them…Well, I think that is a great wish, however this is a wish for something for you two. I don’t believe fairies have the power to feed everyone.  My daughter said…I want to make Lou Lou better. My son said that he couldn’t think of anything he wanted for himself, so lets make Lou Lou better.

We took the “fairy dust”, and Lou Lou downstairs. We added Lou Lou and the “fairy dust” to the washer. I told the kids to cross their fingers. We all went back upstairs. I told them I heard something downstairs, so I better go check to see what it was. I opened the washer took out Lou Lou, and put her in the trash. I took the American Doll out, and put her in the dryer. (I did not turn on the dryer)

A little later the kids were ready to go see what the “fairy dust” had done to Lou Lou. We all looked in the washer…I exclaimed “Oh My Gosh, Lou Lou is gone. My son said, “lets look in the dryer. He opens the dryer and says, What the heck is this? It kinda looks like Lou Lou.” My daughter picks up the doll, looks at it and says “this is Mianna.” I was floored! She just made up that name out of the blue. Mianna went on to be a part of her life after that episode.

Have you made up stories to get rid of things?

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Winter at the Winery

Cloud formations are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. The way they change throughout the day, and how the scenery looks from day to day. The vines are now resting in preparation for next year. We don’t want them to wake until after the last frost of 2017. Soon, there will be no more leaves on the vines, and the trees will be bare. It will get a little more frosty before it starts to warm. Let’s enjoy the time of dormancy while we have it.

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Maureen Crofts


There is usually a story behind the reason why a person is drawn to a painting, and this one is no exception. I love art. I have loved art since I was very young. I am not good at it, but I enjoying looking at art, studying art, and collecting art. Once captivated by a particular artist I want that artist to know that I am supporting their gift. Often, I buy more than one of their pieces. Art is not just beneficial to the artist, but also the admirer of the art. When we allow ourselves permission to drift into the art, it can take us to other places.

This painting was the first one I purchased from Maureen. It reminded me of the place my husband and I first met. We actually crossed paths on Yahoo. In the mid 90’s,  we emailed each other first, until I got the nerve to call him. After we finally talked on the phone, we phone dated before we met in person.

When the time came to meet in person, we both had the same place in mind. We decided we would meet at the clipper ships in San  Francisco. There is also an old fashion clock right before the dock. We thought it was best to meet in the morning, in case we decided that we did not like each other we would still have the rest of our own day.  Neither of us knew that the clock was rolled out each morning. When I arrived, he was already there, but I was wondering if I was in the right place since the clock was not out there. I walked down the hill where the clipper ships were, and they finally started rolling the clock out on the street. They told us they had to put the clock away at night so no one would steal it.

Both of us had gifts for the other. We took a look at our gifts, he got me a huge bear, and I got him a wizard. We had a great time…

Although the ship Maureen painted is a British ship is looks so strong. Just look at it long enough, and one can almost hear the creaking of the old wood. Smell the salty air filling the lungs. The sail billowing reminds one of a crisp morning. This painting is a watercolor which is even more astounding, it take such skill to paint in watercolor since it is unforgiving. If you would like to learn more about Maureen and her art click here.

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Christmas at the Winery

One day, Roberto and I were out running various errands, and Sunni decorated the winery with all kinds of festive decor. I was shocked and so surprised. Having Sunni at the winery has me looking forward to seeing her every Friday. She is such a blessing, and has made Christmas at the winery warmer with her presence. Thank you Sunni for being a great friend and such an awesome asset to the winery! Having you on our team is a GIFT!

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Catalog Overload


I don’t know about you, but we are inundated with catalogs during the holiday season. How do you deal with all the catalogs?

I recycle the catalogs, and ask each of them not to send them. In all honesty, I do enjoy them, thumbing through them as my husband watches Star Trek (again, and again, I know the dialog). I have my tea in one hand and the other is holding my catalogs.

One of the things I do is take photo of what I want, or what I want to give to people for Christmas. Here is a photo of the tin I am going to be sending to my family across the country. Guittard chocolates in a tin. I try to send things to people that are from California especially items form San Luis Obispo or the SF Area, since that is where I first lived when I  first came out to live in California.

Let me know what you do with your catalogs.

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Present from Years Ago


Mothers Day 2007 my husband took me to the Lexus dealer. I finally got to trade in my mini van for something I wanted. The color of the Lexus, was just what I wanted. This particular one, just came in the night before, and they hadn’t even taken the plastic off the seats. I was so excited. I asked our sells man if I could have a bow on my Lexus. He told me “We only do that for Christmas.” I told him…”This is a special day for Mom’s all over the world. I want a bow or I will go somewhere else to get a car.” He then told me “We will get your bow.”

Since it was Sunday, they had to call someone with the keys to the shop to get the bow. They asked me if it would be ok if they got a different bow since they would have to call the guy in that had the day off to get the key. Are you kidding me? No, I said…I want the bow.” The guy came in, and put the bow on the Lexus for me.

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Akusaa Delorbe

Akusaa, is an Argentine singer and songwriter. She was performing at the winery a few weeks ago. It was so nice having her sing some beautiful songs. What a range she has, singing songs from various time periods and different genres. She even sang some songs in both English and Spanish. She made the day go by so quickly, before we knew it, it was time to pack up and go home. We even had people stand at the bar to listen to Akusaa.

Akusaa is not only a wonderful songstress, but also a warm and wonderful human being! We so enjoyed having her, we are going to have to have her back in the new year. We hope that more people will be able to come see her play and enjoy her music.