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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Revealing The New Blog Design And Something Else

As promised, my new blog design has gone live. The transition was a little bumpy but, thanks to my fabulous web guru Michele Bergh, all the hiccups were taken care of and I now have a fully functioning site.

Thanks, Michele!!

As you can see, the new look is a bit brighter, bolder and more vibrant. I’m hoping to reflect a new joie de vivre.  Fake it ’til you make it.

The font size larger so it will be easier to read for those of us “of a certain age”. The rest of you will thank me when you, too, wake up one morning to find that you can’t read a thing without reading glasses and you can’t find your reading glasses even though you keep a pair in every room and usually on top of your head.

You’re welcome.


I’ve also added a link to my (very new) Instagram account so you can see the wines we are enjoying and recommending.

More new features to come!

Slowly but surely I’m getting back in the groove. Many thanks to all for the great support and kind comments.

So what do you think of the new look? Are there any bugs that you can see that I don’t? Any suggestions for improvements? Please let me know!

But now – in MUCH more important and exciting news –

drumroll please….

We will become grandparents again this fall when our daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Jerry, have their first baby. YAY!!!!

Peter and I and the entire family are over the moon with excitement. Chip and Dale can’t wait to meet their new cousin and show him/her the ways of the world.

It's all good

I’m a very lucky gal, indeed.

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