Rather than making a bunch of resolution that I will likely not keep – thus disappointing you and me – I’d rather take this opportunity to look back on what a great year it has been. Consider this my blog version of a holiday letter.
After a trial run a year earlier, Mocadeaux was launched on February 25, 2013. There was no looking back this time!
In March I wrote one of my first posts about wine, recounting our visit to the Family Winemakers of California Tasting Event. We loved meeting the winemakers and hearing the stories behind their wines.
In April, I traveled to Florida and spent a day touring the Chihuly Museum with my mom.
On our way to the museum, I got a call with the news that there was water in the basement of our home in Chicago. Because we have the most wonderful friends in the world, the crisis was handled and the basement mopped up by Cooper and Earl whom I dubbed “my knights in shining white garbage bags”.
I decided to get serious about this blogging thing signing up for an online class taught by the incomparable Liv Lane.
The class gave me direction, confidence, and challenged me to write this “brave post”. Liv’s class also introduced me to a bunch of blog pals including the supremely talented and completely awesome Kelly McKenzie, my partner in “Partners In Pair Tree – Kelly And Mo Celebrate December“.
- always hike with your bear spray
- the one thing better than owning your own winery is having friends that own a winery
In addition to celebrating the birth of our nation on the 4th of July, our family gathered in Florida to celebrate the 95th birthday of our very own Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Prompted by an ice-breaking activity at a meeting over the summer, I launched my “Mo Wine Please” feature and spent the rest of the year writing about wine – a lot.
I hope you enjoy reading about wine as much as I enjoy doing the research for the posts!
A Country Chic Thanksgiving at my brother and sister-in-law’s house kicked off the holiday season.
Throughout the year I have traveled to Florida, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis and Nashville visiting family and friends.
Peter and I say that, considering we live 3,000 miles away from our kids and grandkids, we get to see them a lot. And we are very lucky.
Reviewing all of the good times I’ve had this year, I have to agree with my friend Sheila who ended her Christmas card letter saying:
“As time goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that our greatest blessings are our family and friends.”
Looking forward to another year of celebrating life’s blessings, I wish all of you a happy and healthy 2014.Thanks for stopping by,
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