by CJ on THE VINE
posted Oct 29 2013 11:18AM
On Saturday I was in Yountville for a live broadcast at the 2nd Annual Tug McGraw "Run For Your Life" event. So cool that for such a small Valley, there are so many amazing organizations who strive to help others. The Tug McGraw Foundation
supports research for PTSD and brain-related disease and injuries ... and their headquarters is right in the heart of Napa Valley on the Veterans Home grounds. Lots of families came out ... and the mayor of Yountville, John Dunbar. Do you recognize him in the collage below? Happy Holloween ya'll!
by CJ on THE VINE
posted Oct 9 2013 11:43AM
Whereupon I Celebrate Turning ...
So I’ve been putting off writing this blog mainly because I promised ya’ll I’d confront the question of whether to confess my age on this, my birthday. I don’t why it should be a big deal … the pressures of society, I suppose, that youth is to be celebrated and aging something to hide – or at the very least ignore. Over the years I’ve found myself feeling some panic that there’s still something to prove before the end of my life, and I have so much yet to accomplish before even approaching the satisfaction of a life well-lived. At the same time, my philosophy has always been that one can continue to achieve regardless of age – easier to sell to others, than to myself, I’ve discovered. I think my feelings are probably pretty universal and so I’ve given myself the self-talk to set aside the insecurities that tell me I can’t continue to grow and thrive. One of the strongest motivators is setting the example for my kids – I mean how can I tell them to go for it - to never let the attitudes of others define their opinions or influence them against pursuing the things they are most passionate about. I remember thinking when my kids were young, that if I could just get them into adulthood, my job would be easier and I could kinda cruise through their 20’s and beyond. I’ve come to realize that as parents, we are a role model for our kids for the rest of their lives … and ours. That means that whenever I’m tempted to give in to the easier but less authentic choice, my kids are watching and may well form their own choices based on the strength or weakness they see in me. Don’t get me wrong, I make mistakes, and they definitely see them, but they also see how I handle the fall-out from those mistakes … so I’m never really off the hook. It’s one of the beautiful but sometimes terrifying consequences of being a Mom. So as I slog through writing this blog, I realize that the only honest thing I can do is to come out and unashamedly proclaim that today I’ve turned 55 … and no matter my age, there’s still life to be lived.
by CJ on THE VINE
posted Oct 1 2013 9:43AM
Everyone Should Do At Least One Canyon Hike
Dogs did it, physically fit couples did it, a couple in their 60’s were doing it too … and I’m proud to say that my husband and I also climbed the canyon at Squaw Valley over the weekend. For those who’ve done a canyon hike, you probably know what that means. But if you’ve never taken on the challenge – be forewarned – canyons tend to be intense, vertical and fairly unmarked – blue paint splotches were our only guides. As this was in Squaw Valley and a 2,000 elevation hike that started at 6,000 feet – it was also ear-popping. Although we didn’t make it all the way to the lake which was about 15 minutes past the canyon – I’m immensely proud and impressed that we conquered the canyon. Our four-hour excursion put our appetites through the roof, so we celebrated with pizza and salad afterwards. The next day, still dwelling within the conquered canyon glow, and because I just love Fall and also needed to do something with those Pumpkin Spice M&M’s … I made cookies and apple cider for a day-after celebration. It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate chips, butter and M&M’s – see the picture for positive evidence. It’s only the first of October – plenty of time to enjoy Fall hiking in Napa Valley and beyond!