Sweet Home Chicago

After almost 6 years, our California Adventure has come to an end.

Peter and I have moved back to our sweet home Chicago.

welcome home

I readily admit that I was a reluctant Californian.

Of course, there are things I will miss. At the top of the list: being close to my brother, sister-in-law and nephews. I will miss the lovely friends we made along the way, the absence of bugs (I’ll have to get used to the scent of Eau de Mosquito Repellent again) and the gorgeous sunsets.

sunsetCalifornia is a perfectly lovely place with lots to offer and many very nice folks. But it just isn’t home.

I think that many of us have a particular place we are drawn to, a place that makes our heart sing, a place where we are most comfortable – a geographic soul mate, if you will.

For me that’s right here in the home of the best pizza, the nicest people, the prettiest skyline, the Cubs, the Blackhawks, the Bulls, Da Bears and four glorious, sometimes harsh, sometimes spectacular but always different seasons.

We are so very fortunate to have been able to keep our house in Chicago while we were on “sabbatical” in California. That has made the move and the transition back very easy.

However, because Peter and I always like to do things in an unconventional manner, we are leaving tomorrow for a long planned trip to Sonoma and Napa. We just can’t help ourselves.

We recently bought this guy to help us carry wine back with us as checked luggage.

wine suitcase

Like I said, we just can’t help ourselves.

I’ll keep you posted on new wines we discover, great winery experiences and the rest of our adventures.

Then, after a week of wine tasting, I will really, truly be returning HOME.

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  1. Welcome Home! Hope you have settled in, and wishing you a fun vacation!
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  2. Enjoy your trip, and glad you are back home 🙂 I hear you on the seasons. While we may have had the worst winter on record, I could not imagine living somewhere permanently where I didn’t have four seasons. It would just feel like something was missing!
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    • It was interesting, while we were in CA I sometimes had a hard time trying to recall when a particular event happened because there was no seasonal context. Besides, a glorious spring is the reward for a terrible winter!

  3. Yeah for the ability to zip back and forth from the coast to the middle of the country!
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  4. Mo.. glad to hear that you are back in the place that makes your heart sing. Enjoy every minute in Napa. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Safe travels, dear friend.

  5. Enjoy every last bit of that lovely California wine country that you can – but welcome back to the wonderful Midwest!

  6. Welcome home! Have a great time showing the crew around Napa. Will have to plan a trip to show our guy around Chicago. Shame on us for not doing it sooner.

  7. I’m so excited for you! I’ve been to Chicago either three or four times and love it. How nice to return to your former home. That will definitely make things easier. Have fun on your trip, and if you get a chance, let us know where you got the wine-case!
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    • We bought the case from Hall Wines in Napa but I’ve seen them at lots of wineries. I think they also sell it on Amazon. It is called Wine Check. The suitcase itself is a nylon padded bag with wheels that fits a case box. The box came with ours but on Amazon it looks like that is not always the case. Cheers!

  8. Three cheers! You’re home! Welcome back. Of course, you’re off again. Variety, wine and adventure: the perfect Mo triptych. Enjoy. Am looking forward to reading about your latest Napa excursions.
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    • The perfect triptych, I love that! I guess it is these adventure that make our lives richer! And give us something to blog about!

  9. Have a great farewell trip, Mo! Now I have one more reason to finally visit Chicago – to meet you. 🙂
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  10. Welcome back! Ah don’t worry,us Chicagoans love wine also! There are tons of wine tasting events around here and what not.

    I have to admit it was a rough winter but we are enjoying every moment of this warm weather. Just had drinks along the river this past weekend and it was divine! Makes you appreciate the warmer months more here.Can’t wait to see your Chicago adventures! Michigan wineries are not that bad either!
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  11. It is a great feeling to be home. Enjoy your trip and wine.
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  12. Denise says:

    Mo, aka Wonder Woman, you literally just got back and you’re headed out again? Only for wine would this be possible! Love your new luggage!

  13. I know you must be thrilled to be settling back in to your Chicago home…and who could miss a little Napa detour. I missed you in San Diego last weekend! xoxo

  14. The South-Western Coast welcomes back to the great state of Illinois!! Should you ever decide to take a road trip to the Grafton area wineries let me know! We can have a meeting of the Coasts!
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  15. that is an awesome carry-on, plus i love hall wine! so glad you’re back at home. i look forward to your posts from my other favorite city!

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