Thursday, December 30, 2010

more pupies...

I took some more 'formal' photos of the pups had to post - I'll post something other than puppies soon I promise...




'The Dude'

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Thanks for all the good advise and moral support - I got it DONE the desk is CLEAN!!!!! I'm now heading off to the mac store to get the new one set up!! yippie!!!

So with out further ado the puppies are back!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

looking for moral support

ok so I rarely admit weakness.. ie last blog post was all about great wine reviews, puppies and rainbows.... so reality check... like the rest of the world I fail at lots of things... LOTS of them.. a big one for me is my desk!! I'd love to have one of those dreamy graphic designer desks that you see in catalogs with things all neat tidy and put away making you think the girl that works at that desk is totally on top of her shit and goes for a 5 mile run every morning... sighhh... but we'll case and point that is NOT my desk OR my life.....

I have a goal that I'm looking for accountability and moral support on... the time line is by the end of the year the goal is to clear my desk!! sounds easy right well you havent' seen my desk.... just for reference here's a very UNGLAMOROUS shot !!

yup no photo retouching that's it in all her glory.... (btw for those of you who might not know this I design wine lables hence all the bottles on my desk I do like my wine but I'm not a total lush : )

part b of the story.... you see I bought a brand spankin new shiny mac with all the fancy software months (yes that's multiple) ago... and I'm still using my crappy almost dead pc in fact the mac is still in the box!!!... well my goal was clear my desk and then get my new computer hooked up... I won't let my self hook up the new machine till the desk is cleared and then I can start the new year FRESH!!! so .. why you ask am I so lame! what's sooo involved in clearing the desk... well mostly sort mail, pay a bunch of bills and write a bunch of invoices and generally catch up with a bunch of current projects that each individually don't need too much time but in totally amount to a mountain of time.. and what am I doing instead ... blogging... ok enough procrastination... I will post my next post with a clear desk and conscience!! THAT'S IT!! wish me luck here's goes nothing... I'll be back in a few days!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

puppies, ponies, pigs and prince of pinot in that order

Went caroling around our small town saturday wit duane and the girls good times!

We slaughtered our fall pigs and de-haired meme which is always a process... but the procuitto is worth it!

This was a rainbow the morning of slaughter...

The Prince of Pinot gave us some very nice reviews in his latest issue abotu which we are quite pleased!!

Here's a link to the full article and write up on the 'prince of pinot's' web site

2009 Big Table Farm Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc, 100 cases, $45. Label features a grape delivery truck owned by the Cattrall Brothers, a 1947 Ford. From the oldest certified organic vineyard in Oregon, planted in the 1970s. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of cherries, strawberries, red roses and sandalwood. Delicate but tasty core of red fruits with strawberry flavor at the forefront and toasty oak and baking spices adding interest in the background. A charming wine with admirable balance that is drinking nicely now. Very Good.

2009 Big Table Farm Resonance Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 190 cases, $48. Label sports picture of Haley the cow with first calf born at Big Table Farm spring 2010. Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 777 clones. Fermented with natural yeast, some pigeage, and aged sur lie in French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately deep garnet hue in the glass. Boisterous and alluring aromas of dark, rich Pinot fruits that just won’t quit. Delicious attack of dark berry jam with ever changing additional layers of flavor that include anise, lavender and Asian spice. This is a wine of discovery, revealing more interest with each sip. The tannins are reigned in making for approachability now and the succulent fruit is hard to resist, but this wine will get better with cellaring. Fabulous goût de terroir.

Monday, December 6, 2010

VERY happy me

Saturday was my birthday- I write this not to solicit Happy Birthday wishes but to share and thank my very sweet friends for the fabulous day... the day was PERFECT!! it started with chores and a leisurely morning then friends started arriving mid morning and the bloody Marys started flowing.. then there was a hike up to the woods while me and a few girl friends played with horses... then we went in side where there was egg nog made my the lovley laura with BTF eggs and fablouse raw milk from charlotte! ... dinner was chicken and pork from Big Table and veggies from square peg farm... and all prepped by many hands but masterminded and chefed (if that's a word) by Mr Padberg of Park Kitchen ... It was an amazing meal and a very special evening of treasured friends, great food and puppies!...

we were not short of drink...

a thank you also goes out to Duane and Diane who collaborated on this super thoughtful gift -- if you look closely between my two horses there's a leather harness keeper that is festooned with our logo made from some vintage flatware Diane found which I'm sure took some doing as it had to be child size to fit the heart ... thank you two... totally wonderful!

Here's a close up : )

till next year ...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Other people's blogs : )

This past Thanksgiving weekend was so much fun we had such amazing, fun, interesting people come out... It was GREAT - I guess when you live this far down the gravel road it weeds out folks that don't have a little "Chutzpah" and a good sence of adventure especially when they see my hand made wooden sign and and pull into the drive way of a farm looking for wine...

Here are some fun posts from other folks' blogs that wrote about the weekend ... It was fun to read an account other than mine I hope you enjoy it too.. it's also fun to see other peoples photos they are also always different from my perspective....

Panther Creek Cottage Blog

Running Towards Eden Blog

Chasing The Tarahumara Blog

this blog post is not specifically about t-day weekend but is a WONDERFUL story about Big Table Farm written by one of my favorite foodie blog writers Kathleen Bauer of the Good Stuff Northwest Blog

oh and speaking of other people taking photos and in the spirit of other peoples input to this blog post ... here's some photos from our new friend Gabriel who helped us this weekend...