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Visit to Waggin’ Vineyard and Estate

This weekend we celebrated our DF Denisse’s birthday with a visit to Globe, Arizona and Waggin’ Vineyard and Estate.  It was a wonderful day and I want to share it with you.

First of all, Globe is far away from our home.  Far.  But, it was worth the drive.  And besides, it’s not like there are a lot of other things to do right now anyway, right?

Terraced Vineyards in Globe, AZ

Second of all, Globe is not a likely place for a vineyard and wine tasting venue.  It’s really a small mining town with sort of a seemingly unfriendly climate for growing grapes.

But the couple who own Waggin’ Vineyard and Estates have done a wonderful job getting grapes established on a hillside (quite impressive) and opened their wine tasting room in January.  Not great timing, unfortunately, but hopefully they will be thriving soon.

Waggin’ Vineyard and Estate Petting Zoo

They have a petting zoo which is being finished and will appeal to families.  They already have goats and are completing the pens for a miniature donkey and horse.

The owner, Tim, gave us a personalized tour and we met his wife Daisy and their assistant Brenda.  Yep, we know all their names and lots about them.  That’s how very friendly they are.

Waggin’ Wall with the Handsome Sancho

But who we really know about is Sancho.  He’s seems to be the inspiration behind everything Waggin’.  His picture is found on the signs, murals and bottle labels.  There are quotes on the bottles attributed to him as well.  Hmmm.  Who am I to argue?

Waggin’ has a full complement of white and red wines to taste and you get to keep the glass!  And guess who’s picture is etched on the glass?  Yep, Sancho’s.

If you’re looking for a nice drive and a lovely experience, we are giving Waggin’ two thumbs up.

Back to Running

John’s rain gauge showed an inch and a quarter of rain we received last night.  Whoohoo!  Nothing more exciting than a monsoon evening.  That spelled a cooler morning on this wonderful last day of August so I officially called an end to summer.

Over an Inch of Rain – Finally!

Well, maybe not the entire summer.

I called an end to my break from running.  I have been “resting” my calf and Achilles and have been itching for a little run.  Admittedly, it’s pretty easy to ignore the itch when the weather is so dang hot.

But this morning was glorious and I got a three-mile run in.  The humidity was 85%.  The humidity on my body was 100%.  Man.  I don’t know how people in humid climates do it.

Transparency.  I felt like I could have borrowed a bit of the Tin Man’s oil can and juiced up my joints a bit, but we all got through it. 

I swear that I will complete my workout with sit-ups, push-ups and STRETCHING.  I will roll my calf.  I swear!

What I’m Reading

Do you know Archie McNally?  When I’m feeling in the least bit down, I channel my inner Archie and things start looking up.

McNally’s Secret by Lawrence Sanders is the first in his series.  After Sanders’ death, Vincent Lardo continued writing the series, but it’s just not the same.

Archie is a 1990’s playboy who has a lot of brains and not a lot of ambition.  He also has a lot of charm and eccentric taste in clothes, cigarettes and cocktails.  He’s vain and full of BS, but we love him anyway.  He’s also respectful and loving, so redeemed.

Who doesn’t want to be smart and funny and handsome and well dressed?  Who doesn’t want to sip gin gimlets in Palm Beach?  All the details create one of my favorite characters.

I want to be this saucy underachiever.

What I’m Eating

Lemon Sorbet

If I were to share what I make most every day, you would see me making tea and coffee.  My give-a-rip factor in the kitchen has reached a new negative number.  Just some toast and tea, please.


Because you are so nice to read this blog, I made some lemon sorbet to share with you.  It is all pretty clean ingredients and I’m calling it part of my healthy eating routine.  Sometimes you just need a little sugar.

Prepping Lemon Sorbet Ingredients

Lemon Sorbet

  • 3 cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Juice from 1 ½ lemon (1/3 cup)
  • Zest from 1 ½ lemon (2 teaspoons)

Boil water and add sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Add juice and zest and freeze.

Home Goods Container

How easy is that?  And I got to use my new measuring spoons, knife and plastic container from last week’s Home Good’s haul.

I was blessed this week to get text messages, phone calls and emails from so many darling friends.  I even heard from my darling nephew – nice surprise.

I love hearing from you and hope your week is a good one.