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More on the Wine Tasting …
January 23, 2006, 6:29 pm
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 OK, so everyone is enjoying Vinnie the accordion player but also giving me feedback like, “what about the wine tasting? you didn't say anything about it”

So here is more on the wine-tasting!

Nils and I got there at bit late at 7pm (started at 6pm) so the rest of the guests had already worked their way through all the white wine bottles (8 of them?) and were starting on the Red wine bottles (another 8-10)

This worked out well since Nils is a Red wine guy and so he just joined in…

ME on the other hand, I am a White Wine girl, Red wine gives me a banger headache within about 40 mins – not fun for me….

So I decided I'd back up and work my way down the white wines solo since there was about 2-3 inches left in each bottle still….. You are only supposed to taste a small sample (and spit it out really, but there wasn't any spitting going on!!) some did pour dregs into a waste decanter (that was poured down the drain, I am sure it tasted foul!) but I think MOST were drinking it all!!

So I tasted wine #1 (see I forget the country and type already) but I liked it!!
Wine #2, was OK, wine #3 was yukky (too dry) and so I then decided that I shouldn't try to chase for something to match up to the yummy #1 wine and so just went back to that one and finished the bottle 😉

Really all in all, I probably only had a large glass of wine.

Meanwhile, those working their way down the Reds ended up on one that was $600 a bottle – WOWZA! Charlie (who explained each wine before the tasting began) had had it in his 'cellar' for ages since 1996 I think (I put that in quotes since in Florida most do NOT have cellars, we are at sea level, cellars would mean underwater!!)

Everyone was ooohing and aahing about the age of the wine, and I suspect I showed my lack of 'wine finesse' by stating that usually the older and more expensive the wine the LESS I liked it!! I'd survived on daily 3-4 wk old plonk in France for a year and loved it!!

I think that was the moment when the brownie points I had received for the cool English accent and the even cooler Casio Exilim 7M pixel digital camera that took videos too were totally eliminated by my cheap plonk comment

Oh well, I had a good time!!

Once again you can see the videos by clicking HERE


Eat your heart out Brant ;)
January 22, 2006, 9:22 pm
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Check out Videos of Vinne the accordion playerThis is Vinnie, he
plays the accordion – he rocks!

I was so impressed, he
uses NO music, and knows a zillion songs
(mind you he did tell us that if we requested anything after 1975 he wouldn't
know it!)

Below is a link to THREE VIDEOS of Vinnie playing, complete
with SOUND!! Woo Hoo, Please excuse the odd singing in the background, I
couldn't contain myself!!

If the video stops and starts or is jumpy, the
best way around this is to view it twice.

The second time it will be
smooth and such –

See the first time it is downloading as it plays and
sometimes gets ahead of itself!  The second time thru, it is already
completely downloaded to your computer and so runs smoothly!

Two videos are already uploaded, I am still uploading the third one,
it takes a long time! 1 min per MB of video and these are 35-40M each!!!) 

Anyway it's different music (different singing!!) and you can see them
by clicking either on the photo of Vinnie or by clicking HERE

How time flies
January 19, 2006, 10:38 pm
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Twiz at 12 weeks
No I am not talking about how time flies between each of my blog entries!  But thanks for reminding me!

My youngest child – of the furry kind turned a year old yesterday – So she's a spirited '7 year old' right now!|

How she has changed in a year (mind you we've only had her for 9 mths!)

This is a photo of her the first day we got her and then one from yesterday – she's a goof ball and we love her!
Twiz at 12 months


Tag, You're IT!
January 14, 2006, 10:20 am
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I feel so special! My Friend Jen tagged me with the Questions of Fours. 

I am still recovering from my 10 year olds sleepover birthday party….. it's 9:30am, they all get picked up at Noon! ….. but they went outside to rollerblade (it is beautiful and sunny outside!) so it is temporarily quiet – here we go

Four jobs you have had in your life:
1.  At age 17, I spent a year as an Aupair and International Interpreter for Pate du Fois Gras family/company in South of France
2.  At age 18 I spent six months as a Nanny for a RICH couple in Miami (Architect & Lawyer) then I met my hubby of 21 yrs!
3.  18 years at the big M (Motorola) until I was laid off along with the entire design site here – best thing that ever happened to me!
4.  For MYSELF! Been working for myself and my 'all mine' company
Field Cottage Designs for the last year, doing web sites, logos and graphic creations, I LOVE it, I LOVE being my own Boss

Four movies you would watch over and over:
1.  The Princess Bride (Mawidge, is what bwings us here toogever tooday)
2.  Rainman (definitely, definitely not People's Court)
3.  Mrs Doubtfire (It was a run-by froooting)
4.  The Notebook (for a good cry!)

Four places you have lived:
1.  Cheshire, England
2.  Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, England
3.  Periguieux, Dordogne, France
4.  Palm Beach Florida

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1.  Survivor
2.  Amazing Race
3.  Anything on the TLC
4.  ER

Four places you have been on vacation:
1.  Kauai, Hawaii (20th wedding anniversary in 2004)
2.  Jaco, Costa Rica (twice – Surf Trips)
3.  Nagano, Japan (Summer 2005 brother lives there)
4.  Eluethra, Bahamas (best Christmas pre-kids I ever had!)

Four websites I visit daily:
1.  cuteoverload.com
2.  My list of blogs (and mine)
3.  Google advanced search (at least once a day!)
4.  My MySpace page (mostly monitoring my 2 teenagers activity!)

Four of my favorite foods:
1.  Sushi – YUM – lots of that in Japan, and my hubby can make Sushi now too – Fantabulous.
2.  Pretty much anything with Caramel/Toffee in it (but NO NUTS!)
3.  Pizza, never get sick of it, try to limit it since it's solid Carbs!
4.  Bagels with cream cheese, Marmite and sliced turkey breast!

Four places I would rather be right now:
1.  England – in the Countryside with my Mum, even at 43, I'm still her baby, she pampers me!
2.  Kauai – can't wait to go back for our 25th wedding anniversary, it's just SOOOO beautiful there
3.  Australia, never been there (done Paris/France, never want to return!!)
4.  Japan – I miss my brother, we had such a wonderful time there this summer.

I tag my bestfriend Karen, then Brant and Jessie

Toodles, the tweens are back in the house raiding the fridge, gotta run!


Newest Venture – starring the dogs!
December 28, 2005, 7:21 pm
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Click image to go to online shop

Been ages since I blogged – too busy enjoying the Christmas break with my kids, hubby and doggies!!

Speaking of the doggies  (Check out the latest POTW too!!)

Yes, since my doggies are SOOO cute and people tell me that all the time, I am trying my hand at making money on the fabulous photos I have of them

I started with just 2 photos (seen here, one of each of them as pups) and one photoshopped photo  of both of them (by my sister) – Check em out  by clicking on the image. You can get the image on lots of different products, thanks to Cafepress.com – it's COOL

Oh and how do you like my AB Designs Logo ?


Like I don't already have more than enough to do!!
December 14, 2005, 12:51 pm
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You could waste HOURS playing at this “Whack the Penguin” game!!

This is a street sign by my dentist's office, I Photoshopped it a bit – Had my teeth cleaned this week!


December 1, 2005, 8:10 am
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Nils and I are off to Texas in 2 hours – Probably won't update anything until we get back (next Monday night).

I did do the new December entrance photo for the web site – you can see it HERE – it's cool – skateboarding doggies!