Yesterday the stars aligned and the universe exploded in a burst of sunshine!
The events that marked this cataclysm were totally unrelated but they came together beautifully and I played hooky....no cardio exercise for me! Shocking!!
Here's what happened.
One of the first member blogs I read yesterday was posted by UPNORTHGRANNY. In her blog, my friend spoke about keeping life's stresses lowered by possibly taking advantage of mini getaways as opposed to the bigger vacations that often add to our stresses. She had some good points even though I really enjoy the planning and anticipation of some sort of trip and in fact, have been in the process of planning a little vacation.
What then happened, is totally out of character for my husband. He suggested that we drive up to Door County after lunch to a winery and get some wine.
The stimulus for this suggestion is that we have both been feeling so pent up with the bitter cold winds and have missed our beloved daily walks for a couple of days. I had been trying to find local hotels that might welcome the public to use their pools for a fee without success and the rec center in our nearest town has fairly limited hours so I had come to the conclusion that our best bet for the day was going to be walking around Walmart....hardly a great walk but out of the house so welcome as an option. Obviously, my husband had also been trying to come up with some way to break out!
Imagine my happy surprise when I discovered that my husband and my Sparkfriend were on the same page!
So, after lunch we hopped in the car and took off for Door County. As cold as it was, the car was warm and the sun very bright so it felt like a wonderful adventure. Years ago, when we were first married, my husband had worked up there for months so along the drive he would comment on the changes in the area. When we neared Sturgeon Bay, we saw a different winery and decided to check that one out but they charged for 5 tastes and we knew that the winery we were headed toward didn't charge for tastes so we opted to continue on.
Finally reaching our destination, we started out by browsing first, looking over the wine displays and trying to get a feel for the different varieties offered. Then we stepped up to the tasting area where I explained to the server that I didn't really know exactly where we wanted to start except that tend to prefer dry reds and my husband prefers less dry drinkable reds or pink wines. With that information, he started me out at one end of the tasting area where I chose a Merlot that I found almost too dry. My husband was started midway down the bar with a red blend that he really thought was too sweet even for him. He tried a couple more samples, which we shared moving closer to my starting point and I tried another Merlot and a blend as I moved toward his starting point. When we came together, we had narrowed our favorites down to three options and then decided on a Merlot for me and a White Merlot for him which I found very drinkable as well so we can share this on our upcoming vacation. The server filled the case for us with 6 of each and set that in the checkout area while we continued to browse.
The winery is also distilling spirits since we had last visited and I tried their gin but found it harsher than I prefer. My husband picked up another corkscrew and we enjoyed several minutes looking at all of the olive oils and balsamic vinegars as well as the various dipping mustard's and sundry accessories before we checked out.
When we got back in the car, we both felt energized having had a nice little outing on a sunny cold day. No, I didn't do my usual cardio, but I felt almost as good as if I had.
Since our drive home would take us through Green Bay, we stopped at Sam's club and restocked our produce.
ng hooky can be a very good thing!