Year-End Favorites and New Year Hopes

Clyde and I have spent this holiday season on the biggest emotional (not to mention daily living) roller coaster ride we’ve ever experienced.  I kinda shut down for a few weeks, but here on New Year’s Day I want to remember the goodness that we experienced last year.  So here are a few favorites from 2016’s blog – I hope you remember these times as fondly as I do!

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Top of the list, best thing that happened this year was this little guy, Micah, being born.  He is super sweet, healthy and happy so far, and we couldn’t be more tickled to have a new family member!  Read more about it here (and, fair warning, the end of that post shows off the ‘new’ tasting room we worked on this spring – sigh).

Karl Eggers & Lukas Simpson play in the winegarden

So many talented musicians played on our stage this year, but I think the highlight was that we had a house band this year.  Karl Eggars and Lukas Simpson came back repeatedly this spring, summer and fall to play music and help us dip our toes into evening musical events here at the winery.  They are both great musicians and super kind-hearted.  It was a true pleasure to listen to these guys entertain us regularly!

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This year’s cellar party was one of the best ones in recent years. As you can see we didn’t need to stay in the cellar since the weather was perfect to enjoy fire pits and fun outdoors. We got to catch up with friends old and new, enjoy lively music, and eat really well to boot. Good times!

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Pepe will always be a favorite photo around here. He has certainly made a name for himself, and sometimes I wonder if people come for the wine, or just to enjoy a picnic with Pepe! 😀

Shortly after the cellar party, Clyde and I took his Mom on a bucket-list trip to California.  Here’s more info about that trip, but I ended up loving this selfie we took in Napa.

lilac bush at peaceful bend

And finally, this spring was a gorgeous one around here, with lots of beautiful flowers and lovely weather.  Click on over to remind yourself what is a few short months away!

So there are a few of the good highlights of 2016.  Thank you to everyone who has shared photos of PBV on Facebook, Instagram, and through email – it’s been great to see what memories you love from Peaceful Bend!

Clyde and I continue to wait on our insurance company to finish the fire investigation at this point.  Clyde has been clearing out junk from the barn across the driveway from the cottage and I have been focused on caring for his Mom.  We are trying to formulate what type of long-term plans we want to work towards, but are still debating and thinking of options.  So I guess you could say we are dormant, but quietly working on regeneration, much like a grapevine in winter.

May you enjoy a wonderful 2017 filled with love, peace, and wine of course!  Please stay in touch, and I’ll be back here on the blog as we have updates for you all.  Cheers!