Sessions at Chateau Ste. Michelle

Looking for a fun Friday night out?  This is it.  During the winter, Chateau Ste. Michelle showcases a concert series called Sessions in their barrel room.  A great venue for an intimate night out.  Enjoy dancing, good tunes and wine. Come as a couple or with friends – you’ll find a reason to tap your foot. So far this year, Caety Sagoian and Funky 2 Death have entertained us.  Coming up is Ian Skavdahl and Jordyn Day as well as Mealfrog (sold out).  The concert runs 8 – 10 pm with the doors opening to the barrel room at 7:30 – stop by the wine shop at 7 pm for a glass of wine or items for purchase. The Col Solare tasting room is open as well.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is in a great location in Woodinville Wine Country with many dining options nearby.  These include The Hollywood Tavern, Barking Frog, Forecasters Pub at Redhook Brewery, the Commons, The Station Pizzeria, The Herbfarm, Purple Cafe and Wine Bar and more.  On this evening, I can recommend the Pub Fish & Chips (with a fabulous house-made tarter sauce) at Forecasters Pub – great to see that they had a number of Red’s on their Guest Taps menu too.

If you have a chance to check out the 2015 Sessions winter concert series this year – do it!


Happy New Year 2015!   Wishing you all the best.

Choice. Dignity. Love. Open. Acceptance. Strength. Opportunity. Progress. Compassion. Freedom.

Attitude… by Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important that the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company, a church, a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.

– taken from Lupus Foundation of America newsletter


Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge, WA – taken December 27, 2014 – a favorite of all places

Answers to the Holiday Music Quiz

Yesterday, I asked if you knew the titles of the song lyrics posted.  The titles and the artist who sings my favorite version of the song are listed.  Music tastes change but these are some long standing favorites. The answers are:

  1. Christmas in Dixie – Alabama
  2. O Holy Night –  Martina McBride
  3. This is the Time – Michael Bolton & Wynonna
  4. Ave Maria – Lorrie Morgan or Placido Domingo
  5. Moon River – Andy Williams
  6. Holly Leaves & Christmas Trees – Elvis
  7. The Christmas Song – Nat ‘King’ Cole
  8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  9. My Favorite Things – Lorrie Morgan
  10. Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters

Enjoy the Season!


Holiday Music Quiz

It’s the holiday season.  Can you guess the title of these 10 holiday (or winter) songs?  Tomorrow the song title will be revealed. Happy Holiday to You!

  1. and in Atlanta Georgia, there’s peace on earth tonight
  2. a new and glorious morn
  3. that your love will always be mine
  4. Benedicta tu in mulieribus
  5. waiting around the bend, my huckleberry friend
  6. christmas seems to come and go
  7. help to make the season bright
  8. hang a shining star upon the highest bough
  9. brown paper packages tied up with strings
  10. every day’s a holiday when I’m near to you



Winter Solstice

Autumn fades and Winter has arrived. Today is December 21, 2014 and it is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Interesting facts about this day are:


Twisp River in the Methow Valley

“A full moon hangs high in the chilly sky,

All say it’s the same everywhere, round and bright.

But how can one be sure thousands of li away

Wind and perhaps rain may not be marring the night?”

-Li Qiao, The Mid-Autumn Moon


November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket,
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest,
Until next spring.
~ Clyde Watson