Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

So yeah’s that’s what I was doing last weekend as my wife Kim and I celebrated my 50th birthday with Smokin’ Summer Kickoff, a self-guided wine tour on Seneca Lake in upstate New York. Over the two days, we hit 12 wineries, 11 (out of 22) that were participating in the event that paired food with wines and one, Three Brothers Wineries that was not, but that is one of our favorites and we couldn’t pass up visiting. Not everything went as planned:

  • We didn’t start the weekend Friday night by watching Wine Country and Springsteen on Broadway on Netflix. I wasn’t digging Wine Country, but Kim still wants to see it.
  • I lost my ticket at one winery, but didn’t discover I lost it until I got to the next winery.
  • We didn’t finish our first day as planned at Three Brothers Wineries.
  • Kim forgot part of her cord for her CPAP machine so didn’t sleep well at the bed and breakfast, The Gridley Inn, in Waterloo.

But it all worked out, and is continuing to work out, as:

  • We’re watching Springsteen on Broadway tonight as I draft this.
  • We went back and I found the lost ticket on a concrete pad off the back deck where it blew off.
  • We started our second day at Three Brothers.
  • The inn itself was beautiful as was the breakfast the next morning and the stories one of the owners, Stephani, regaled us with before, during and after breakfast were more than memorable.

This coming weekend for Father’s Day, as planned for my birthday month, I’m going to see my dad – and mom, of course, the people who…well…made my birth possible. But we’re not going to the car show we had planned to go to. Instead, we’re going to one that’s closer to where I live. Plans changed for today, Father’s Day (as I add this), since my knee is “acting up,” feeling sore because of mowing yesterday (front side hill doesn’t help) so a 120-mile round trip driving doesn’t sound like something that’s in the cards. I already called my father and we will get together sometime later this week or next weekend when the car show we were supposed to go has been rescheduled. Hopefully, I’ll be able to see my mother then too…and maybe my sister and her family.


Earlier this week, I posted a PAUSE on my planned giveaway for my birthday month. Most likely, I will do it over the last two weekends. Also earlier this week, on Wednesday, I finally had an appointment with an orthopedic specialist, who requested an MRI for my sore left knee from my insurance company. On Thursday, to my surprise, it was approved and it is scheduled for Monday morning. I have another appointment Wednesday to go over the results and naturally I’ll let you all know what I learn. So…as always…stay tuned.


Wait a minute. This post is part of the Sunday Salon, right? Yet I haven’t talked about reading. What gives? Okay, I’ll throw you a bone :). Since the beginning of this month, I have finished one book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing A Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport, that I didn’t mention here but that I had on hold for a long time. I’ve started The Lord God Made Them All, the fifth in the U.S. version of the All Creatures Great and Small, as planned. I still hope, during this my birthday month, to delve into Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman and All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver, two of my all-time favorite collections of poetry.

So how y’all doing? What’s going on in our lives? Reading, watching, listening to anything good? We did just finish Springsteen on Broadway and it was, as expected, very good.

I was going to post a collage of photos from my birthday weekend, but I think this sums it up:

I’ll leave you with something I discovered while listening to Guido’s Lounge Cafe this morning:

19 thoughts on “Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

  1. I saw your knee issue on — um — somewhere else (IG?). Hope it continues to get better and you go visit your dad soon. You must have mowed on the one dry day we’ve had in WEEKS.

  2. I enjoyed tagging along on your birthday weekend via instagram… sure looked like a great weekend despite the glitches! Glad the MRI was approved. It’s nice when insurance surprised work in your favor! Good luck tomorrow.

  3. A big Happy Birthday to You, Bryan! We didn’t get far into Wine Country before we decided to pass on it, too. Your wine tour sounds wonderful. We went on a bike wine tour when we were in Tuscany last year; it was unforgettable. I was back of the pack and my husband bailed early-on, so nobody’s going to make a movie about us, but the beauty of the world combined with the wine…amazing. Did you find any memorable wines? Were any natural wines? I hear natural wines are big now.

    Digital Minimalism sounds like a necessary read for me. I find it difficult to separate from my digital devices. But I don’t want their constant presence.

    Good luck with Leaves of Grass. I’ve been trying to read Wallace Stevens’ Emperor of Ice Cream for several weeks now. I can read no more than a poem a day. Poems seem rich, like a heavy dessert.

    I love your photo. You look so happy.

  4. The weekend sounds like fun even with the glitches!

    Good luck with the MRI – I personally hate having them because I’m a little claustrophobic but feel sure you won’t have any problems. I hope they figure out what’s going on so you can get some relief.

  5. Sounds like you’re having a great month so far! Tell your folks “Hello” from me when you see them this weekend! 😃☀️🎁

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