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A Penny and Some Sugar

By on Mar 24, 2014 in Cellar, Renovation | 2 comments

The concrete dried over this wonderful spring weekend and this is what it looked like as of last night.  I’ve got to get out there tomorrow with a penny and some sugar.  My friend Jeff told me that it’s Jewish tradition to put a penny and some sugar in the walls for sweet times and wealth.  We’re not Jewish, but who’s going to turn down an opportunity for extra happiness and wealth! I’m so thankful that it did not rain yesterday as it was supposed to.  This portion of the project has been the part that really hinges on the weather.  Thankfully Mother Nature is on our side and we’ve had a nice, dry spell. They were busy today.  Bye bye big hole in the ground – hello foundation forms.  You are a welcome sight to see! I am glad that we are not going to have to look at that gaping hole any longer. January and February were really tough getting...

Wine Cellar – Why Not?

By on Mar 2, 2014 in Cellar, Plans, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

Plain and simple – Jonathan and I love wine! Anybody who knows us knows this about us.  Sometimes we may like it a little too much, but I digress… We got married in the Napa valley in June, 2004. Jonathan was already a gourmet chef and I have always been a connoisseur of great food. Planning our wedding was an incredible experience.  The many trips out to Napa really cultivated and solidified our love of fine wine. Then we had our honeymoon in Italy in fall of 2004.  Unbeknownst to us, it was during white truffle season, the first cold press of olive oil, and vino novello. Talk about a gourmet’s trifecta!  That year sealed the deal for our love of all things gourmet, and would shape the future of many vacations to come. We have planned many vacations around food and wine. Wherever we go (even with Addison) we try and experience something about the history of the food...