You haven’t heard from me in a while. A pretty long while.

My lengthy, unintended absence started slowly. Looking back at past posts, it seems that the tide turned in early November of 2016. Around that time I seemed to lose my blogging mojo.

Go figure…

Anyway, I’ve missed my blog and I’ve missed interacting with you folks so I’m going to heed the words of the wise and wonderful Taylor Swift to “shake it off”, “keep cruising” and believe “it’s going to be alright”.

I’m back in the game.

“Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Returning to my blog after an absence feels a bit like going to a class reunion without having done a good job of staying in touch. Will people remember me? Will they care that I showed up?

This insecurity is probably why I have only attended one of my high school reunions.

My 20-year high school reunion turned out to be a blast owing entirely to the fact that I attended with my BFFs, Ellie and Therese. We all flew to Florida for the event and these gals knew how to make the weekend special. Ellie arranged our rental of a red convertible and Therese arranged for us to stay at her parents’ gorgeous beach house.

Even with Ellie and Therese at my side, I had some trepidation about reconnecting with the rest of my classmates all those years after our graduation. In my defense, my family moved out of town after I graduated and left for a college 1,000 miles from our high school. Also, this was back in the dark ages, WAY before Facebook made it possible to stalk connect with long, lost pals.

Excuses, excuses. The bottom line: I had not done a particularly good job of keeping up with others – not even a Christmas card here and there. So it should have come as no surprise that when I stepped up to the registration desk on the first day of the reunion I was handed a badge bearing my name but the yearbook photo of someone else.

Hello my name is Mo

Clearly, I had not made my mark on the hearts and minds of the organizing committee.

Hopefully, I’ve made more of an impression on you, my loyal readers, and you will welcome me and my blog back into your life.

Oh, I know what will do it…

Mocadeaux wine glasses


Yes, indeedy. Just because I haven’t been writing about wine certainly does not mean I haven’t been diligently doing research on the subject.

The same can be said about fabulous food and adventures. I have stories to tell about travels to Paris and the Rhine River Valley (my first cruise!), Disney World with 5 grandchildren, restaurant recommendations and yummy dishes that Chef Peter has made accompanied by perfectly paired wine, of course.

I hope you will stay tuned!

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P.S. I’d like to extend a personal thank you to my dear blog pals Katie from Preppy Empty Nester and Kelly from Just Typikel for their kind and gentle “where have you been??????” messages of concern. Ladies, I’m pretty sure that attending another blog conference with you would get me fully back in the groove. Who’s in?

Thanks for stopping by,




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  1. Anne Smith says:

    Welcome back! Looking forward to hearing of your adventures. Especially the Rhône cruise as we have booked one in May. You’ve been missed, Mo!

    • Thanks so much, Anne! We loved the Viking River Cruise. Ours was along the Rhine but the inspiration came from friends who traveled the Rhône River last year and loved it! May sounds like a great time of the year to go!

  2. Yea! You are back!!! We need another reunion, but just a few of us!

  3. Hi, I’m relatively new reader. Welcome back to blogging. I think readers and bloggers are a pretty forgiving group. -Jenn

  4. Audrey Abraham says:

    Yeah! I love your blogs!

  5. Welcome back! You have been missed.

  6. HAPPY DANCE, HAPPY DANCE, HAPPY DANCE!!! YAY! I cannot tell you how happy I am to wake up this morning and have you pop into my mailbox. I just watched Canada win silver in women’s moguls and now this! Glory be. Welcome back, Mo! Thanks for the lovely shout out and, please, count me in for a blogging meet up. Lacing up my boxing gloves, slurping through the straw of my purple lidded cup and giving you and Ms. Katie the highest of high 5’s! Can’t wait to hear all about your latest adventures. Blog on!

  7. Welcome back! I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures (with a few photos of your grandchildren thrown in). I hope we can get together the next time you are in town.

  8. Yay! I’m so glad you are blogging again! Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures and of course more about wine. It’s so nice to get an email that isn’t telling me to buy, buy, buy or to panic! because of the latest news.

  9. So glad to see your comment and a new post! Welcome back! I don’t post as much, but it feels right at the moment. Looking forward to reading all your news😀

    • I’m guessing that you are posting less because you are so busy enjoying your new Florida life! I’m so happy for you! And I’m not only glad to be back writing but also happy to be reconnecting as an active reader of the blogs I love!

  10. So glad you are back Mo, I just figured you were busy with work,life and family. I myself am not a blogger as I work crazy long hours as an attorney, but I so enjoy all of you beautiful, generous bloggers who somehow do so much better than me with your time. I love nothing more than catching up on your lives and pursuits on a Sunday morning. It’s a true sisterhood.
    It’s my favorite escape! So thank you for every and any post. Each one is cherished.

    • Susan, your kind words have warmed my heart and made my day! You hit the nail on the head – it IS a sisterhood. That’s what I’ve missed the most. I’m delighted to be part of your Sunday morning escape time. I’ll keep sharing my stories while you keep fighting the good fight! Thanks so much!

  11. HI!!!!!! and welcome back…I’m still around trying to be better about posting too. I’ve let my life completely get away from me and my intention is to start living it again…FOR ME!
    Can’t wait to hear more wine stories and travel adventures..
    You know I’ve been known to print out your blog entries and take to the wine shops to buy wines you recommend!!!

  12. Yes, I noticed you were missing from my feedreader, but figured you were busy doing fabulous things. Looking forward to hearing about them.

  13. Welcome back! I had wondered where you were but thoughts are fleeting in my muddled brain. I’m so glad you’re back in the blogosphere!

  14. Hello Mo, so nice to have you back! Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.

  15. YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My buddy, Mo is back! So happy!!! I do love following you on Twitter, too. Glad you’re back and hope to see you in person in April. I will be in Austin until that Monday so let’s plan a lunch date at the end of the week if that’s good for you. Enjoy your week!!

  16. So that’s what you’ve been up to! Glad to hear your absence wasn’t due to illness or other bad stuff. I wholeheartedly agree with your class reunion thoughts. I’ve only been to one high school reunion and none from the university. Sigh.

    • We used to be pretty good about attending the ND reunions but now we just plan our own reunion at a football game and don’t bother with the rest. Is that terrible?

  17. Welcome back, Mo! I’ve missed you, but I’m glad to hear your life has been full of many good things. Going to catch up on your posts now!

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