What A Year It Has Been

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“.

Glacier National Park

June found me on the road, first traveling to Montana and the gorgeous Glacier National Park for a girlfriends’ getaway then to Oregon for wine tasting with Peter.

Lessons learned:

  • 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.

Mo Wine Please

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!

The fall brought more travels – including trips to a couple of Notre Dame football games and Bloggy Boot Camp in Minneapolis.

A Country Chic Thanksgiving at my brother and sister-in-law’s house kicked off the holiday season.

Pair Tree Day 25

December was spent having fun with Partners In A Pair Tree while enjoying a month of holiday parties and traditions.

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.

Lucky gal

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.

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  1. Happy New Year, Mo!! You have had quite a year…I am thrilled we have become blogging buddies! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2014! xoxo

  2. Mo I just found out you launched Mocadeaux on my birthday, so guess what we now share a birthday. Fabulous year, awesome post and I am ready for more online fun in 2014.
    Happy New Year blogging buddy.
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    • My blog is honored to share a birthday with you! I loved your 2013 wrap-up post including the notion of unfolding your crumpled wings. Looking forward to seeing where your wings take you this year!
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  3. Happy New Year to you and your family, loved the New Year’s card from your daughter, I hope we get to see all of you this year! Love to the family! And one day I will come to California for Thanksgiving it looks like so much fun!

  4. Happy New Year, Mo! I had to laugh, because I immediately recognized that glass sculpture from the Chihuly Museum. I went there for the first time this past year as well.
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    • I love that they let you take pictures at The Chihuly Museum. I wasn’t expecting to be able to capture the incredible beauty. The photos don’t do justice to seeing the sculptures in person but at least I have something!
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  5. What a treat to read. Your 2013 was indeed splendid. Wow – yet another thing in common. I spent a wonderful morning touring the Montreal Chihuly exhibit last year. Am hoping to zip down to Seattle to wander through his Chihuly Garden and Glass.
    I feel so very blessed to have met you this past year Mo.Thank you for being such a wonderful Pair Tree partner. Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and wonderful 2014!
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    • Thanks, so much, Kelly! And right back to you! Our Partners In A Pair Tree was a fabulous way to wrap up a terrific year! Let’s keep our eyes open for another opportunity to collaborate, eh?
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  6. Now just to find a friend with a winery! Happy 2014!
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  7. Since I didn’t start reading your blog until later in the year, I appreciate the wrap-up 🙂 Looking forward to more in 2014!
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  8. Mo… what a great year. I’m so glad that I have gotten to know you. I look forward to meeting you in person in 2014!

  9. i can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for less than a year. it’s been a great one! very much looking forward to your 2014.
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  10. Great reflection on 2013. Time to make new memories in 2014. Happy New Year, Mo!
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  11. Mo you had a fabulous year – and I fully expect 2014 to bring even more exciting things your way. Happy New Year!
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