A satisfying fatigue enfolds me. I guess I could complain and say my back hurts and I’m exhausted after bottling fourteen cases of wine yesterday. But what fun we had! Bud and I and a couple of friends washed, rinsed, sterilized, filled, corked, labeled and boxed 171 bottles of our 2013 wine. Of course some sampling went on to make sure we had just the right blend. Now as I see the wine stacked on the shelves, the tiredness in my body feels good…a job well done. The process starts all over again as we prepare to harvest this year’s grapes. It promises to be an even better vintage. How good it is to see the fruits of our labors. It brings joy to the heart.
Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon.
Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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