||Monday May 3, 2021 Now 78
I am heading off soon to see the back doc. Let's see what he has to say since my back is still a problem. Later I will have some deep fried crawdads.......Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters (to which they are related). In some parts of the United States, they are also known as crayfish, craydids, crawdaddies, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs, or yabbies.
9 now........., a long day
A great fun day with many friends who wished me a nice birthday.
But first of all I went to the wrong place to see my doctor Lang. I will have to wait until May 11 now............
The only other thing that was not good.......was TSLA was down a little, but it would have been nice to be up on this day...Otherwise
Catalina's Mother brought me two bottles of cle co....sorry I still don't know how to spell, but it is an expensive Champagne
Then I got some carrot cup cakes, my favorite from Catalina....
Then Kate and Bryan were here and we had soft shell crayfish and the meat already shucked, deep fired in olive oil, extra virgin can be turned up to 425 degrees.....nice
We are ready to change the alcohol in the 2020 Dave's Cuvee.........It came in at 16.5 alcohol on our unofficial tester and we have sent it off to a lab. But I have made up my mind............I will blend in 5 barrels of our Cabernet we bought from a neighbor. Sure the Dave's Cuvee will not be Estate, but it will be better. The Cab for me gives some texture, structure, take my word........BTW, the Cab is only 14.4 alcohol..........now will be 15.7 alcohol for the Dave's......and the 8 barrels of cab will still be 14.4 alcohol......200 cases
Tuesday May 4, 2021
7am, TSLA down
The official lab came back with slightly higher alcohols on our Dave's Cuvee and New Cab so I have decided to add 6 barrels of our Alexandria Valley Cabernet to the Dave's Cuvee.
I suppose most of you who are into Champagne know the correct spelling is Veuve Clicquot for the sparkling I had last night. I must say it was sweet but Pat liked it. My sparkling is not for everyone who likes wine with some residual sugar. I prefer mine because it is bone dry, but I have the Coffaro palate......
so Pat and I had Frog legs fried with the left over olive oil and nice marinade with wine and Ranch dressing and of course spices. Then in Rice flour........same as last night.....It was good but not as nice as the Crawdads last night.........
I bought another 5 shares of TSLA since it was down again.......do I buy more, it is somewhat concerning since TSLA was a year ago at 70 and now at 674 so many traders have big profits with TSLA and many other stocks....They are taking profits as I do.........tech is king and these stocks will come up again?
We are ready tomorrow to blend the Dave's Cuvee with the cab so time will tell.........
I have heard from friends who are using a cane so I still can walk slowly without one so maybe I should not worry about my back. In a week I will hear from my back doctor and see........I like my scooter so I am fine for now.
I have heard Cristian has lost 30 pounds and he was small before so he may be down to 100 pounds and has to be hoisted up several times a day. He is home with Jose since he has a ranch style place and Catarino and Martha are figuring out what to do next.......they have to sell their Condo and then they can decide what to do next.........long story
OK, IPA and Giants and Tennis.....................................
Wednesday May 5, 2021
I actually bought some UBER to day for the first time, sure it is up big from the low, but down big from the high like other tech stocks......Since Susie had worked for Lift I had invested in it from the start and have profits because I bought some later at the low at 32. It is now at 51, with a small profit since I bought some at higher prices way back when. I really think now these two ride companies will do well in the future. I know you remember about my investment in airlines and cruise stocks so I hope you bought some and I predict the ride companies should do well going in to the Future. TSLA was down a little today.......
We finished blending our new Dave's Cuvee for 2020 and the alcohol is down to 15.7. I tasted it tonight compared to the Dave's Cuvee 2019 in the bottle already and both are nice......time will tell .........we will bottle 2020 in July and have a taste out of the barrel soon...........
IPA now .............
Thursday May 6, 2021.....Brendan, remember him? He may come back for a visit with his wife and child. He is a Taurus also.......
I had a great time with two customers here from Colorado by way of Alaska. They were up first in Alaska to visit their daughter.....long story. I had so much fun relating to these 12 Bottle Club members. BUT
After being out in our tasting room standing up for over 30 minutes, I noticed I was having issues with my leg again. So now the pain is down a different place in my leg, but it is now just intense. I went up tonight and we had a great dinner Crawdads and pasta......but I could not stand up long and had again as many times........go out and put my legs up to release the pain
zzzzz not yet.......TSLA was down again today so I am concerned. It is up so much as I have said so maybe it will go down more. I am still ahead on my short term trades but who knows............
How many have you popped fresh oregano in your mouth?? So after a great dinner with pasta and crawdads I cleaned my palate with several sprigs of oregano......intense....IPA.........tennis?
Up at 6 again to see what the Market brings.......tomorrow is another day
Friday May 7, 2021
Tonight it is a taste of Italian Parsley and of course a sip of an IPA
Since 2008 I do not sell stocks at a loss, sure 2008 was a big low for tech stocks and I only invest in tech stocks, I like the future........So I still have 220 shares of a short term trade on TSLA. I am getting impatient but I will not sell at a loss so today I did sell 5 shares at a profit of $100. I will wait since overall on these trades I have a profit of $6600 if I sold all right now, BUT I have short term other trades at losses. It is complicated........... I expected much more return so maybe i wil hold on......time will tell
Mothers Day this weekend and I may get a late Birthday celebration when Kate, Susie and Bryan come up late tonight. We have to decide what we will have tomorrow night......... Geyserville Grill or my cooking with lobster and salmon on my grill.............no Market tomorrow so maybe I can sleep IN??? ZZZZZZ
Sunday May 9, 2021
I am setting up the barrels for our July bottling. It will be for our 2020 10 month aged wines. It takes awhile to figure out how much we have sold of each wine and whether they were for 10 month or 16 month aged wines. For the 2020 vintage we are making three wines that are offered in the 10 month and also in the 16 month versions, those are Old Vine Zinfandel, Block 4 our old vine field blend, and Estate Cuvee. Since we made a lot of Italiano we will also offer that wine in both versions starting this month.
On Wednesday I am heading to see the doctor who injected some cortisone in my back a few weeks ago. It will be interesting since in the last week the pain down my right leg has worsened. Before the shot, the pain took about an hour to cause a problem after standing up, mostly in the kitchen making dinner. Now it is only taking 30 minutes. The pain has actually switched to the middle of my leg instead of further to the side. I am concerned......
We have a mulberry tree here. It is large and there are berries going all over the place, even on our home deck that is 100 feet away. So my guess they are flying because of the wind, they are so small, one quarter of an inch, my guess. Most of the other Family thought there must be another tree around here or birds are transferring them??? This became so interesting to me to remember the past......
When I was here for a few months, back in 1979........right around this time May, I saw these little berries all over the place. I decided to make a mulberry pie........Oh, OH,,,ouch the pie was so tart
I just headed up to try Susie's Pie............ a mulberry pie for Pat on Mother's Day.......It was so good, enough character to be tart and sweet at the same time.........
So Pat left with the other three and i am alone again for the second time in a few weeks, actually as you know a year. I will have several pounds of Crawdads tomorrow. I have left over shells from the lobster last night and now I will have a big pot and put in all the shells from Crawdads......
But now I have to think, what will happen to TSLA tomorrow morning. I was surprised to enjoy Elon last night on Saturday Night Live,,...,,. he put in a lot of time, so maybe he forgot he has to prepare for a ship to Mars....🤣
Monday May 10, 2021
I know most of you do not own a Tesla so you do not know why I am so obsessed......I just sold all my airline stocks, I know I predict they will continue to go up but I have so much profit now and I want to buy more TSLA. The stock was down big today and I suspect it is because Workhorse Group Inc. (WKHS) only sold 4 cars........so it was right from the start, I did not invest in this company. They had no track record and the stock soared up with no sales. Now since we know there are EV companies who are competing with Tesla and are not doing well, this still gives some EV's a bad reputation and......thus......
ALL EV stocks go down in one day....... EV autos will dominate, but probably after I dissipate on this planet ......
Pat as I said is gone for two days so I had Crawdads steamed, it is an adventure to pull out the tail and suck the great juice left in the head. The head???........I am now starting for 5 or 6 hours.......a crawdad and lobster stock which will be used eventually for a Paella.........
Tuesday May 11, 2021
I did a risotto tonight, Pat is still in SF. It was intense so good thing Pat is not here. I had as I said all these lobster and crawdad shells and so I made a very intense stock. I have to save it for a Paella
For tonight with out Pat here. I used 1.5 cups of this lobster, crayfish stock and some wine to make the risotto. I also added some basil and Italian parsley at the end. I also had some lobster meat and clam meat that was processed and came in frozen, not impressed so I won't order those again BUT the risotto with mushrooms green onions was crunchy and so good, I have left overs
So as I have said I am loading up with more shares of TSLA and I have sold so many other stocks I had invested a year ago when EVERYTHING went down. Those were easy trades and I made good money BUT now with TSLA who knows.
Have you heard of Asperger? Elon mentioned it at the beginning of his host on SNL. If any of you saw the episode, Elon as I know is different when he speaks.
Pat will be home tomorrow so we should get back to
somewhat normal. Bryan and Kate will stay here while they
do a remodel........
Tomorrow is another day when I go down to hear what the doctor says, my back is getting worse..........
May 12, 2021
The back Doctor wants to do another shot next Thursday. I have little hope.
Liz Cheney really impresses me. I would vote for her even
though I do not like some of her voting records. She is an
honest person, not like many politicians.....
8+++pm...Pat is now home so that is good. If you need
anything send her an email.....
I am really upset with Elon. COIN is down big and TSLA is
down big. Elon is upset with the environment, since
something about Cripto is into Coal........seriously I do
not know much about this, but he has big holdings in
Cripto so NOW he will not accept Cripto to purchase a
Tesla car, I think that is fine but he has so much
invested and the earnings may go down AND have you heard
the prediction: China will eventually push Tesla out
because they want to support local auto makers.......too
much in my
My short term trades are not doing well So I did sell a
little of TSLA and I still have profits of 900K so should
I sell all?
I have now ordered the labels and Bottles for our
bottling of 2020 10 month aged wines. I want to keep focus
though my back is a problem. I have to admit I do not have
pain when I sit down on this computer or up stairs sitting
during dinner so I am OK........time will tell.......
Do you ever have things pop in your mind like I do. It
can mostly be something from the past that I forgot or
keep remembering. I like remembering what the past made me
a better person. So
About..........I remember back when I was 26, in 1969-70
I saw the sun go down........I had picked up a really nice
person I met working at the Bank OF America building, she
was pregnant, not by me, but I knew she did not have
support from the father. Hey I do not know why, but we
headed down the coast to a great place I knew well, a dirt
road that led right onto the coast.
We did not talk about the future, no hugging, we were
only friends relating the thrill when the son started
going down.....She said let's look at it all the way down.
I said I heard it could be a problem seeing the sun go
down, it could hurt our eyes. We had no sunglasses,
We did it!! We watched the sun go down and it was
thrilling, and I can assure, it did not hurt my eyes after
that, but I have not done it since............And I never
remember seeing her again....I just hope she had a nice
child and is doing well.......
May 13, 2021
As some of you know my last Life was playing the stock
market and I still do the same now.........back in the
70's....I traded all the new tech companies so Tesla is
still a developing company and it is an adventure........
As I said last night Elon is getting me upset. He is like
some politicians who change their minds the next day or
like the Republicans, after several months and still say
Trump won but we want to get over it,,,,bullshit......Elon
is an adventure
OK, TSLA was down again. In the last few weeks it has
gone down from 780 to today as low as 560. I still have
nice long term profits, but I did sell 40 shares of short
term trades and I am buying back some. I learned a lot
more about Crypto so I am investing more. I have sold a
lot of stocks I bought last year at good profits so I have
20% in cash now.
So I bought some Coin on CoinBase. It was involved but
easy. Now I can have fun with Crypto going up or down by 5
or 10% on any given day. If interested, here is an
After being real dissapointed with these stressful tress
exercises That i have been doing for the last several
months and may be giving me more pain.............I asked
my doc yesterday and he said what I thought, maybe I
should not do stretching if it hurts......gee thanks so
why did my primary doc say I should go to the place to set
me up for these stressful exercises???? OK
So I went on my treadmill after not doing it for awhile
and it felt good and I will continue.
Not much happening here about winemaking although the thinning of younger vines is continuing and things look real good.........
May 14, 2021
We had the greatest crab cakes last night. It was from
canned crab, from a high end website and Costco, one pound
in each. Pat and I agreed both were great. BTW the Costco
canned crab was one third the cost of the high end one,
that said I did something different than everything we
have had before. Before in California and The Oregon Coast
we have had Crab cakes many times and they are usually
flat and also still good.......some have more crab than
This recipe called for mostly crab and it is cooked in
the oven, I did them on the BBQ. They are mounded up high
like baseballs so nothing like the flat ones. I could give
anyone the recipe but just look up traditional Maryland
I went on my treadmill again to day but for less time.;
Yesterday I went on for 10 minutes and this morning I had
pains all in my back, but I hope it was good. I know I
should not do any activity that causes me pain but should
I sit in my computer chair all day, not.
TSLA was another adventure today I hope Elon, is not
going above his expertise......
Catarino bought a new house and it has a nice concrete
pad so Cristian can move outside with his wheelchair. I
told Catarino.......Cristian has to go on the internet and
find something to bring in some income since Catarino and
Martha will now have to pay more a month for this bigger
Good night.......IPA and Tennis and Giants
recorded......oh maybe some politics. Look at the
interview today, Cheney is an adventure.......strong, but
most policies I do not agree with, But I like her, she
speaks the truth and stands for conservatism.......
Am I happy doing this diary.......yes, but i need to
escape upstairs for 2 hours and then ZZZZZZZZZZZ
May 15, 2021
OK I did sleep last night, I never have a peaceful one,
always conflicts and never nice dreams, but that said. I
survived another day.
We had several customers in today so that was good,
things are getting near normal,,,,,,,,,,,.........but we
are still requiring an appointment. We assume some
wineries around here are open again not by appointment, so
be it. We want our two tasting people, Jesse and Catalina
to be comfortable.........OH
Catalina has been off on a nice vacation and she is
having Crawfish. She went off to see Jon who has been in
Texas and he is considering staying here in Sonoma county.
He is an electrician so maybe I can use him to help here.
Catalina and Jon should be back here next week after
having crayfish on the way back..........
We had a new adventure today, Pat knows I rarely do the
same dish prepared the same way....but only............I
was handed down by my Mother and through my grandma from
Sicily a recipe of lamb and Roast potatoes. In the last 40
years I have used a rack of lamb not what my mother
created, which was a leg of lamb. To night
I had some pork roast that I needed to roast so I did
Pork and potatoes tonight........so good..........
So I did get into Coinbase and I have been buying some Bitcoin. What is inieresting for me, there is no market times SO Bitcoin is always live and I like I can trade at all times......I now have invested $1300 so I will see........
Tennis, Giants and IPA
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