have a cat named Foggy....She has been an outside
cat for years. We hardly saw her when Piano was
alive. He was a male cat who terrorized her. It
seems like it took her two years after Piano
passed away and then she started to come around
again. She does not like to be inside. She still
does not like me touching her. If I am quick I can
pick her up, but she would rather not be touched.
She is very friendly and we meet several times in
the evening when I am off to the winery to make my
espresso. We get close and we both turn around and
circle each other but we do not quite touch. She
is happier that way. She seems to always be
looking around for someone who is after her.
I am recovering slowly. I am better off now than I
was before the operation so I am somewhat happy. I
Monday May 28, 2012
9:00 Pm: I feel guilty...even though
this is a holiday I realize I have posted few
messages lately. Seriously, it has been pretty
boring around here unless you like reading Gone
With The Wind as I am icing down my leg. So this
is the schedule most everyday:
Get up at 8:30 or 9. I have never slept so long!!
As some of you know I hate sleeping. I have
learned maybe it is important just this one time
during recovery. I go down stairs on a weekday and
check the Market. I have been purchasing a lot of
stock....I may sell....long story........
By 10 or 11 I go up to escape and read my Kindle
and then ice my leg.....GWTW...87%....I go back
down to usually see the end of the stock market.
All these times I am grouchy in the office, but I
try to socialize with all our principals who are
here, Pat, Catarino, Martha, Salvador, Then Cindi
or Matt at 11am. By 3 or 4 I navigate up to ice my
leg again and then I am ready to taste wine at
5:30 and burn a lot of calories walking around
I am still puzzled!! Why every year recently are
our total "Futures" orders down on this initial
offering. Some of you purchase right away at these
obviously lowest prices. You know you can always
change your order later at usually no additional
cost but most of our customers wait to taste and
decide later or what? This year is no
different.....our sales on the 2012 Pre Harvest
are down a little and prices will go up on June
I will have more tomorrow........
Tuesday May 29, 2012
10:00 Pm: First of all I post these diaries
for my self to document what I do. I do know some
of you look at my diary often. So I am careful in
what I write....both in prose and in some thought.
Sometimes I update after I read what I wrote, so
I was happy today because I went off to the bank
and Costco all by myself. I am growing up and
becoming an individual again. I am not an invalid
anymore. Tomorrow I go off to St. Helena again for
a check up to see how my motion is in my leg (That
is what they said on the phone). My motion in my
left leg, the new one, is better than my right.
Big news for me!!! After all these months I have
convinced Pat to let me buy a new Frig and of
course get an ice maker that works. We need a new
Tomorrow before I leave for St. Helena I will
greet Catarino after he arrives with our new
Muscat and Petit Verdot vines and then Matt will
be getting ready to disgorge our 2010 sparkling
wines. The Belmont Stakes and our sparkling wine
event is June 9.....come and enjoy.
Wednesday May 30, 2012
9:00 Pm: I was very impatient today
for many reasons. I hate it when the stock market
goes down for insignificant reasons. We have been
down for weeks because some are concerned about
Europe. Europe is way too expensive and rated way
too high as far as I am concerned so I am buying
US stocks again. I am not concerned about Europe.
So I get impatient again, why does Catarino not
have his new tractor. This sales guy tells me he
has one in stock but it has been a week so far and
no new tractor. I even said I would pay cash. I
will be patient.....
Don't you just not like it when things don't go
the way you think they should........I don't mind
when things don't go my way when I am in control
of the situation. I can deal with it. I was
impatient and I tried and succeeded to show no
emotion from 2:05 Pm when I took off in my
car......I am hurting a little tonight. I drove
over to St. Helena, 55 minutes each way, for my
check up and waited a long time. I was patient but
did not like it. I should have brought my Kindle.
I got there 10 minutes early and was asked to come
in at 3:15 right on time. It was really strange
from then until 4:54 when I got out. I was moved
to many different sections. I say sections because
the first several were not really rooms. One place
I was in at first, nothing happened seriously. It
was in an area where there were two doors and a
window looking out into another hallway or room. I
was there for about 20 minutes and at least 10
people walked by and some more than once. I was
greeted several times and assured K...? would be
with me soon. I heard at least once "We are not
ready". I was wishing for my Kindle. Then I was
brought to an area to take my weight and blood
pressure. After, I asked if I should go to the
last place and I was told it was OK here. Then 30
seconds later I was moved to another location.
Finally I was brought to room 8 with a door so I
was hopeful I was near seeing K...? A guy came in
and asked a few simple questions so I was sure
this was not K...? He left at 3:55 so I was hoping
to get out in the 45 minutes they promised me. I
had nothing to do. I read my exercise book I was
given 3 weeks ago. I tried several of the
movements and decided I was doing fine and wanted
to get this examination over and back home for
wine by 5:30. Minutes elapsed......finally K...? I
am sorry I can't remember his name....came in at
4:30 and was very nice and assured me what I
knew....I was doing fine. He said I should be 60%
back to recovery in 6 weeks. I said to myself...I
am way ahead of that. I left at 4:55 and I had my
first glass of wine at 6:00 pm.
Now at 9pm I do have some pain from the exercises
done in the office while waiting. I will have a
good night's sleep.
Tomorrow is a big day for the winery and many
things will happen so I will report tomorrow. It
is now time to ice down and read my Kindle.
Thursday May 31, 2012
10:00 Pm: I hoped to write a lot
tonight, but I am having problems with my new way
of posting so I will start with something I wrote
in 2006 but thought it was too much at that time.
Of course You Tube had barely started, but I knew
about it. It would have been interesting to see me
burping in my glass. Here is what I wrote a very
have a Rush!! I love a deaviation from
normal,,,, a RUSH! My mind sees
everything then sees little. Then again
I can write. I have a
rush OK hear it is. NOw you can get
something better on other websites.
One:: Take a big glass!! Fill it up to
the top with ice, ALL THE WAY!! I used
to hate the fact I did not have water
a a rush because I put too little
a bottle of Crystal Geyservill
pour a VERY LITTLE a
few drops. Listen to the sound. POur a
little more until you can sip a very
little amount. You have a rush. If you
are afraid to smell
you will not have a rush.
Now to the present......I am
drinking ice water and loving it. Tomorrow i will
have a new refrigerator and maybe will have ice
again on demand. Don't worry I will report on the
model and whether it works.
Today we started bottling
sparkling wine..............fonts not
Friday June 1, 2012
9:00Am: I am hoping I have the size of the
fonts figured out now. Like I said that crazy
stuff I mentioned last night was done originally
late on a night back in 2006. It was about a lot
of ice and sparkling water and sipping real
quickly. It helps me wake up in order to make a
diary entry late at night. This morning I will
receive my new refrigerator and I will report
later on how it works. Of course I want it to
produce a lot of good ice. I will have more later.
1:00Pm: My frig is here. Now I have to
figure out where everything goes.
Our orders have been high lately as usual at the
end of a period. The prices on most of the Futures
will go up Monday.