by CJ on THE VINE
posted Jul 30 2013 3:35PM
The last little chick is set to leave home
This summer is inexorably moving into mid August when my last child leaves home for college. We’ve been so busy working through the details of helping her with enrollment, securing an apartment and settling on a moving date that it really hasn’t started to hit me that she’s really gonna be gone in just two weeks, until now.
I knew this was going to be a summer of transition involving changes in my personal life and my daughters moving out and away. I’ve mentioned my older daughter a few times on the show, how she took a position with Teach for America and left for Memphis, Tennessee the first of June. We’ve been walking alongside her long distance as she goes through many new experiences, from living in someplace other than California, to undergoing intensive training to teach 6th grade social studies in a Kipp Charter School.
And now my youngest is leaving too. I’ve always been a little more protective of her – and although we’ve given her the opportunity to travel all over the globe (she has been to every continent before age 18) it was with an organization that specialized in keeping teens safe, while giving them the chance of a lifetime to see the world. For some reason, I’m more nervous about her living on her own in a small central California college town than I was in sending her to Thailand.
In her remaining days before she leaves I’m trying to give her advice to take with her as she lives on her own for the very first time, whether it’s shopping for food, managing her finances, or making smart choices in friends and how she spends her time. I tell myself I do these things to help her, but if I’m completely honest I must admit it helps me feel like I’m doing something useful, as if mom’s words of wisdom will stay with her in the days ahead.
I know, this is just the empty nest syndrome kicking in … pretty soon the only ones left at the house will be me, my husband and the cat. Now if we can somehow ship the cat off, maybe we can finally go on that couple’s vacation we’ve been dreaming about for the last 25 years…
by CJ on THE VINE
posted Jul 15 2013 7:53PM
We Couldn't Find Napa County Anywhere!
The California State Fair is in full swing – having kicked off another year of exhibits, baby animals, fair food, and judging a range of creative endeavors like making quilts, drawings, diorama’s and all that livestock! I’ve attended the fair a few times over the years. If you skip the rides and games, what’s left is the opportunity to learn a little about the state and individual counties and what makes them unique. That’s what my husband and I did – skip the rides, that is. We spent this past Saturday afternoon browsing through all of the buildings filled with vendors and exhibits. When we came to the hall filled with all of the counties, we naturally looked first for Napa County. We found Solano, Mendocino, and even Lake County … but where was Napa? After circling around – and checking out Placer, Butte and other more obscure areas of California, we went back to the North Bay … no Napa County to be found. I don’t know all the rules about entering your county in the state fair, or if it’s a requirement or whatever to show up. Perhaps Napa was too busy planning for Bottle Rock – which could have been a pretty cool feature in this year’s exhibit. I’ve done a little online searching, but found nothing to explain why Napa County wasn’t included. Maybe it’s no big deal, but I did feel a little disappointment – don’t you always have a little pride when you see your home place represented? It’s kind of an affirmation of where you live – that regardless of the attributes of all the other counties you find a reason to think yours is the best. We finally gave up looking for Napa and consoled ourselves with a big, hot bloomin' onion. We had a great day at the fair – if you have a chance to go, you should. You probably won’t find Napa County in the exhibition hall. But you’ll be reminded that we live in the best county in the state when you drive back home – just past Jameson Canyon as you drive up the hill on Highway 29 and past the Grape Crusher Statue where the vineyards spread before you and the hills rise up beside you. And that’s all the reassurance I need!
by CJ on THE VINE
posted Jul 5 2013 1:13PM
Watermelon Orea a Hit With Toddler
I was going to do a taste test with the Vine DJ's forthe Watermelon Oreo cookies, but it seemed to make more sense to ask a toddler instead. Violet gives a thumbs up!
by CJ on THE VINE
posted Jul 1 2013 10:39AM
Ye Gads It's Gonna Be Hot This Week
You know summer has finally hit when we've reached July in the Napa Valley and temperatures reach past 100 and this year is certainly no exception. A heatwave is slamming us not only here but throughout the Southwest. Temperatures are expected to be exceedingly high in the Bay Area ranging from mid-70's in San Francisco to 113 in Sacramento! Like many of you, my home is not air-conditioned and this seems the perfect opportunity to share some tips on how to survive the heat without air conditioning. You can check out the complete list here but some of the highlights include the obvious - drink lots of cold water, don't wear socks and one of my favorites - don't cook, order in And please - don't leave any living creature in your car, kids included! So this week as your're surviving the heat check on your neighbors, look out for the animals and share some cold water if you have some to spare ... and chill out with some Sauvignon Rock on 99.3 THE VINE!