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Sage

“If the way of the sage is true, that we are all dreaming our world into being, then it has to apply not only to our private, personal universe but to the world at large.”

Alberto Villoldo

When I go out to feed the animals everyday the aroma of sage hangs in the air. It is that smell that lured us back every weekend to find the right property when we were on our search for the piece of property that would be our dream destination.

Honesty, there are those days that I want to just throw up my hands and surrender, but the smell of sage reminds me…”you knew this was going to be tough, so you got to just hang in there.” ¬†Ironically, the sage plant is the only thing growing when all the other grass is dead. It is the thing that perceivers, and emits a fragrance that is intoxicating to me. It is my signal to keep moving forward, keep my head up, and everything will work out the way it is supposed to work.

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Traveling, Pouring, and Having Fun

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.” Henry David Thoreau

 

One reason why I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog is because I haven’t been able to keep up with my own life.

Honestly, I need a vacation!

Recently, I have been gone just about every weekend. A few weekends past, Sunni and I went to Los Angles. OMG! So, in Los Angles double yellow lines are only suggestions to the people that reside in the area. If you are a visitor in the area of Los Angles make sure that you remember that it is like driving in the wild, wild, west. If you’re in the fast lane, you better being doing at least 70 MPH. AT LEAST…wink, wink.

When I am done working at a venue, I like to take a little side trip to learn something. This particular time, it was going to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Sunni and I rented the head sets, and were off on our adventure through the Mission. It was so beautiful and informative. Here are some photos of our adventure…

 

 

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Oso Libre

My husband and I met Chris through another friend. We knew him before we owned a winery ourselves. Roberto and Chris took a trip to our 500 acre ranch, where Chris fell in love with our land. He uses the land for his cows. His cows run on the ranch before they go on to become his famous angus burgers.

His family got the name Oso Libre (which means free bears) from their name… Chris and Linda Behr and one of his sons Jeff Freeland and his wife Elizabeth…with the blend they came up with Oso Libre…pretty cool!

I can personally attest to the quality of the wines. One of my favorites, is the 2014 Volado Viognier, it’s crisp, and dry, yet refreshing. I believe every time I have been over to visit I have to purchase a bottle of it. It goes so well with chicken or fish. Although it is fantastic when paired with a meal, it is good enough to stand alone.

The tasting room is beautifully decorated, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. It is refined elegance! The staff welcomes everyone that comes through the doors.

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The Groves on 41

I met Jennifer when I first came down here to SLO county. She is one of the warmest most genuine people you will ever meet. Being around her, you just feel like you may be family. She and I have been telling each other how we were going to get together. In fact, we had to make plans a month in advance. We are business owners, and our days are filled with making our businesses stronger.

She and I finally got together. I went to the Groves on 41, and she showed me the property. The last time I was there, I was there for a party, and did not get a private tour. Jennifer took me around to the their vacation rental, wedding venue, and into the groves.

Being out in the groves was fun. It was super muddy that day, and she and I were talking as we were walking. She was educating me about olive trees, and things to look for in the grove. As she talked, and we walked, we also were picking off the fruit that was still on the trees. I felt as though I left with a whole new understanding about olive groves. We also agreed to carry their line in the tasting room.

Here are some of the photos from the day…

Photography, San Luis Sunday

Missions of California, San Miguel

I feel very blessed to live in a town with an old Mission. We happen to live in a county that has two historic missions. Often, when I am just passing by, I go into the sanctuary to pray. It is so therapeutic for me. Just breathing in the air that has so much fascinating history just thrills me. The passion of the Spanish people that came here believing they could make all the difference in the lives of the people that inhabited this land for centuries astounds me. Mission

Does civilizing people make them better people? How is one interpretation of civilization better than another? When conquering one area the Spanish monks would bring a bell even to the spot where a camp or possible mission would be, and dividing the hours of the day was one of the first changes that would be implemented on the people that inhabited the land. Cannon

I get that we can’t change history. We have to ascertain from history what we would do different so we don’t make the same mistakes ever again. So many people though time have been oppressed, enslaved, and beaten down because the ones doing the conquering believed their method was better. When I am at the mission I think about the people that had a distain for the monks, and those that wanted to believe they were being led into a better direction. The artists that painted the walls given a different opportunity, the ones learning music feeling elation, the ones feeling like they were prisoners. Being among the artifacts and the ruins conjures so many different emotions. Ultimately, I go with the feelings of elation. As much as there is truth to the fact that people have been oppressed since the beginning of time. We as humans are getting better about being just towards one another. Oh sure, we are not there yet, however as long as we make strides to do better, and live fulfilling lives as we help each other along the way…we are going to get there!Sun dial

Photography, San Luis Sunday

Pioneer Parade, Happy Birthday Paso Robles, CA. 125 Years!

I haven’t been to a parade in years, but this year I could not wait to go to the parade this year. Since I live in a small town…one of my friends described the place as Mayberry meets Napa. We have the wine, and the friendly people. Seriously, while planning to go anywhere there needs to be at least a 20 minute cushion, people love to talk to each other. The thing is…people are just plain genuine here. If you are ever in San Luis Obispo, you must visit Paso!

Here are just a few of the highlights at the parade this year.

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