Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Dad is Back!

After a long 10 days of searching for my dad, and posting signs and contacting all of the neighbors and  our local restaurant Cucina Italiana, our local bar Turtle Rock, The Pope Valley Store, all the vet clinics, the animal shelters in two counties and placing an ad in the Napa Valley Register, we got a call yesterday from a neighbor on Pritchard Hill. Gwen  had found Charlie wandering on the road and because he had no collar she assumed he was abandoned so she opened her car door and he jumped in. For the next week he lived in luxury on a beautiful estate overlooking Lake Hennessey. Gwen had been preoccupied with other matters in her life, and because Charlie was such a pleasant and polite house guest, she let him stay until she realized that he was missing his family and that he must have a home somewhere. She looked in the lost and found section of the paper and knew she had the lost dog described in the ad. She called our home and my mom Holly, Bean, Susan and Melissa and I raced to the car,  drove down the canyon and up the mountain to fetch him. He was so happy to see us and yet sad to leave his new friends. Before coming home he gave us the grand tour around  his vacation home and as I jumped up over the stone wall to join the tour I realized that I had just shown Susan and Melissa that I do know how to jump, oops!

We all have collars and id tags now, thanks to Nanci our best friend in the world!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Dad is Missing

It has been too busy at the ranch to sit down and update my blog. Between harvesting, crushing, pressing, filling barrels, barrel fermenting and organizing the winery so all of these events can run smoothly, I am too exhausted at night. Now, we are faced with the disappearance of my dad, Charlie who was last seen on the ranch about 4 pm last Sunday. Here is the information, please pray for his safe return.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Week of Harvesting, Crushing & Pressing

Wow what a week it was. On Tuesday we picked Zinfandel, on Wednesday we picked Zinfandel. On Thursday we picked Chardonnay and on Friday and Saturday we picked Zinfandel. We started out with very small crews because everyone in the valley was picking grapes after our big heat wave last week. Later each morning more people came to help. The grapes are really yummy. Yesterday, I didn't feel very well after eating those really sweet Zinfandel grapes. I went home in the afternoon and stayed there all evening. I felt better when it was time to go to bed.