Monday, October 16, 2017

What's left & Blogiversary

The harvest of 2017 is in the barrels, or tanks, fermenting. Soon the first of the bernache, that fizzy semi-alcoholic grape juice which is very, very young wine, will make its appearance at markets around the region. The primeur wines (our region's version of Beaujolais Nouveau) will show up toward the end of November. The vine leaves are turning color and starting to drop. All that's left on the vines now are bare bunches, picked clean by the mechanical harvesters.

Through the winter, these vines will be pruned down to a single cane.

We had a nice day on Sunday, doing basically nothing. Except that Tasha and I went to the supermarket (she stayed in the car). I wanted something to grill since the weather was so nice. I thought a piece of salmon would be tasty, or pork chops. Well, the few chops they had didn't look so good. I found  faux filet (what we would call sirloin) on sale, so I got the steaks. There were three good-sized steaks in the package. I grilled one and the other two went into the freezer for another time.

The weather was glorious, but I did no yard work. We're expecting two more days of bright sun and warm weather before fall returns. According to the reports, hurricane Ophelia is far enough out in the Atlantic that it will miss France, except for maybe the western tip of Brittany, but it's heading directly toward Ireland and Britain. The storm should no longer be a hurricane when it hits, but they're saying it will still be a strong storm.

Today is this blog's 12th birthday! It's weird to think that I've been doing this, almost daily, for twelve years. How much longer can it last? Facebook and Twitter and Instagram seem to be the social media fashion these days. But I like the creative control I have with the blog. I'm a old fogey, I guess. I remember thinking that 8-track tapes were cool. Oops. I preferred Beta to VHS. Lost that one, too. I still use paper maps on trips. I'm afraid that if I give a car the opportunity to tell me where to go... it will. I refuse to give up my land-line telephone. I'm uneasy about having a phone that's smarter than me. So there you have it. I continue to blog. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and get the milk bottles out of the icebox.

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations on this 12th birthday, Walt! And I'm glad you've decided to go on with it. Because by doing so, both of you create every day a happy moment for your readers. Thanks fot that!

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  2. I, for one, thoroughly enjoy reading your daily blog(s), so I hope you'll continue writing for many years to come. I'd have a problem beginning my days without them. ;) So, thank you very much for sharing your life/lives with us. Enjoy the sunny days ahead!🌞

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  3. Walt... the 'modern' medias are toooooo ephemeral for me... a blog is far more permanent....
    you can look things up, refer back, enjoy a re-read.... you just can't with FaceEater....
    I will, like you, stick with the more mundane but personal blogging....
    well done on the twelve years.
    It must be fun to look back, I know that I enjoy comparing where we are now to what we were doing five years ago.

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  4. Surtout continuez... La lecture de votre blog ainsi que celui de Ken font partie de mes petits bonheurs quotidiens !

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  5. Yeah, only old people blog. I am surprised to learn that young people don't even text, sms, anymore, but use other methods. Twelve years, hey. I've done ten years plus. I can't remember. Maybe 2005 I started.

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  6. i'm with you re landline and paper maps

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  7. Twelve years is quite a landmark. I've only got about a third of that. And, yes, I like paper maps as well. Otherwise there's no sense of scale or place.

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  8. Guess we are old foggies, too. We have one land line. We e-mail. We do paper maps. I think it is important to be able to have that map in your head - develops brain power. Something just telling you where to turn short-changes the brain. What happens when something electronic stops all those devices?

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  9. I love the humor you put in your comments, Walt. Makes me smile to start the day. My husband still calls the fridge the 'icebox'.

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  10. 12 years! FABU!

    8-track tapes & Beta sucked. I still use paper maps on trips also. I also refuse to give up my land-line telephone.

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  11. Congratulations on 12 years, and thanks for entertaining us, still. We're all old enough, too, to want to read a blog, so it all works out nicely. :)
    Judy

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  12. I preferred Beta to VHS, too. I can't remember why. I'm glad that, unlike Beta, you stuck around.

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  13. We liked Beta also. I am still enjoying your blog, it is a daily bright spot in my life.

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  14. Aw, shucks. Thanks for all the nice!

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