Business Women

I am still finding my way in Arizona, leaving behind my 30 plus years of relationships has been hard and at times, like last night, I am reminded of what I left behind.
Not remorseful of my decision but a bit melancholy, perhaps.

Last night was a social hour of professional commercial female brokers, a still a predominantly male world. Although a relaxed atmosphere and light conversations I was able to speak to 2 very powerful women.

One still very young in her career but has achieved so much in such a short time, a decree in law, head of a commercial firm and raising children…most recently securing a 20 million dollar land acquisition for her client of State Land… amazing young woman. Now the difference here is that she offered an almost stranger her knowledge and assistance in a land acquisition of the same type and difficulty, not what I typically see in this world….off to the corner table they went and mapped out the plan!

Next is a woman who started her career in Banking in the late 70’s, yes a complete mans world. She at 22 became a branch manager one of three women to achieve this status at her bank, the other 2 women were in their late 60’s! Powerful. She climbed the corporate ladder and yes accused of sleeping her way there, it really did happen back then. Now a leader in her industry with a firm of predominantly men. Our conversation casual, light and sharing of our past, so much fun.

These women in this room have very powerful jobs and huge careers and yet most of them said their goodbyes early to go home and cook dinner for their families, with a smile on their faces and no sense of drudgery… the stamina of our sex, incredible.

As the evening ended I was reminded of how I miss my relationships of past, but so embracing the new ones to come.

WHAT Wineries in AZ?

So who knew, between the cactus, sand and ever scorching sun…. grapes.

So who knew, between the cactus, sand and ever scorching sun.... grapes.

So who knew, between the cactus, sand and ever scorching sun…. grapes.

Cornville, just a bit west of the middle of AZ is this small town without any corn that we could locate, but a valley of artisan water that has just the right climate for growing grapes.

Cornville, just a bit west of the middle of AZ is this small town without any corn that we could locate, but a valley of artisan water that has just the right climate for growing grapes.

The heat was on, the monsoons threatening and I went wine tasting. What else do you do in 100 plus heat?

The heat was on, the monsoons threatening and I went wine tasting. What else do you do in 100 plus heat?

Along a beautiful road, down a valley with lush plant life, smack dab in the middle of the desert lies this completely inviting winery, Javelina Leap.

Along a beautiful road, down a valley with lush plant life, smack dab in the middle of the desert lies this completely inviting winery, Javelina Leap.

The tasting room inviting with a western flair. Annie our pourer was very informed about the wine and valley in which they are located and so willing to share with us why this valley is great for growing grapes.

The tasting room inviting with a western flair. Annie our pourer was very informed about the wine and valley in which they are located and so willing to share with us why this valley is great for growing grapes.

Cynthia and Rod Snapp are the owners and winemakers, this is a self portraiture of Cynthia which is located in the Arizona room behind the bar. The wine is a work of love and can be tasted in the wine.

Cynthia and Rod Snapp are the owners and winemakers, this is a self portraiture of Cynthia which is located in the Arizona room behind the bar. The wine is a work of love and can be tasted in the wine.

This is a great winery with wonderful reds, the Syrah and Merlot my favorites, and the Zin rolling in right behind.

This is a great winery with wonderful reds, the Syrah and Merlot my favorites, and the Zin rolling in right behind.

The grounds are beautiful, the pourers informed and welcoming,  the wine wonderful. I enjoyed my visit, cant wait to go back as I sit here tonight enjoying my Syrah while recalling my visit.

The grounds are beautiful, the pourers informed and welcoming, the wine wonderful. I enjoyed my visit, cant wait to go back as I sit here tonight enjoying my Syrah while recalling my visit.  You can find them at  http://www.javelinaleapwinery.com/

 

 

Goats, who knew?

On our adventure to locate bears, we drove to Fossil Creek which was closed due to the extreme fire hazards in AZ.

On our adventure to locate bears, we drove to Fossil Creek which was closed due to the extreme fire hazards in AZ. But when one trail closes another opens... and look at the incredible find along our trail! A creamery that was in full milking when we arrived.

On our adventure to locate bears, we drove to Fossil Creek which was closed due to the extreme fire hazards in AZ. But when one trail closes another opens… and look at the incredible find along our trail! A creamery that was in full milking when we arrived.

This is Hope or maybe it is Faith, oh I forget but I am sure she will forgive me. These goats get milked twice daily and there are 41 of them!

This is Hope or maybe it is Faith, oh I forget but I am sure she will forgive me. These goats get milked twice daily and there are 41 of them!

So it seems that the "girls" know that in the bowls are the best food on the ranch!

So it seems that the “girls” know that in the bowls are the best food on the ranch!

They run from their housing area to the milk stands and jump right up to enjoy the yummy treats!

They run from their housing area to the milk stands and jump right up to enjoy the yummy treats!

The Fossil Creek Creamery is also home to many Llamas who fleece is used for creating many things.

The Fossil Creek Creamery is also home to many Llamas in which the fleece is used for creating many things.

So inside the pretty glass doors, is a bounty of goodness. Taste testing in encouraged! I tasted it all, Chevre, the soft goat cheese, Havarti the hard cheese that I was only familiar with until my visit, and the most yummy fudge made from goats milk! They have several varieties of Chevre and I selected the 3 that I knew would pair well with my favorite wines, Strawberry Jalapeno, Shiraz Berry and Lavender Pepper. There was no way that I was leaving without the Peanut Butter Chocolate fudge, so creamy and fresh! We bought 2 bars of soap, that smell of fields of lavender.

So inside the pretty glass doors, is a bounty of goodness. Taste testing is encouraged! I tasted it all, Chevre, the soft goat cheese, Havarti the hard cheese that I was only familiar with until my visit, and the most yummy fudge made from goats milk! They have several varieties of Chevre and I selected the 3 that I knew would pair well with my favorite wines, Strawberry Jalapeno, Shiraz Berry and Lavender Pepper. There was no way that I was leaving without the Peanut Butter Chocolate fudge, so creamy and fresh! We bought 2 bars of soap, that smell of fields of lavender.

If you find yourself in Strawberry Az stop in and spend sometime with John, Joyce and the 41 girls. If you cant make the trip you can find them at www.ranchatfossilcreek.com

If you find yourself in Strawberry Az stop in and spend sometime with John, Joyce and the 41 girls. If you cant make the trip you can find them at www.ranchatfossilcreek.com

Payson AZ

We have arrived in Payson, although at a 5,000 foot elevation it is warm here

We have arrived in Payson, although at a 5,000 foot elevation it is warm here.. in the 90's, which for the Sunshine State is cool for this time of year. Many of the people in town seem to be from Tucson and Phoenix. We stop at this coffee house DMI Coffee, and quickly order our favorite iced coffee drink Mocha Peanut Butter. When we travel we find off beat coffee houses and compare Mocha Peanut Butter iced coffees, this one is good, but still not beating the Rhino's Coffee house's.

We have arrived in Payson, although at a 5,000 foot elevation it is warm here.. in the 90’s, which for the Sunshine State is cool for this time of year. Many of the people in town seem to be from Tucson and Phoenix. We stop at this coffee house DMI Coffee, and quickly order our favorite iced coffee drink Mocha Peanut Butter. When we travel we find off beat coffee houses and compare Mocha Peanut Butter iced coffees, this one is good, but still not beating the Rhino’s Coffee house’s.

So sitting down to drink my MPB, I read this article, really bears in the desert. I cant imagine bears here, where to they hide in the cactus? The terrain here is scrub oak and cactus, sometimes mixed in you will find a cottonwood tree. I am going bear seeking tonight, wearing my snake boots.

So sitting down to drink my MPB, I read this article, really bears in the desert. I cant imagine bears here, where to they hide in the cactus? The terrain here is scrub oak and cactus, sometimes mixed in you will find a cottonwood tree. I am going bear seeking tonight, wearing my snake boots.

So true to form, I just know that every room in the city cant be booked, right? So last room at of course the last choice hotel... oh well, who wants to spend time in the hotel anyway.. not me. I have bears to find.

So true to form, I just know that every room in the city cant be booked, right? So last room at of course the last choice hotel… oh well, who wants to spend time in the hotel anyway.. not me. I have bears to find.

Pow Wow

Yesterday a good friend invited us to visit him at the Pow Wow in Temecula.

Yesterday a good friend invited us to visit him at the Pow Wow in Temecula. The beauty of the Native American culture was breath taking. From the very young to the wise and aged the dancers in full gala preformed.

Yesterday a good friend invited us to visit him at the Pow Wow in Temecula. The beauty of the Native American culture was breath taking. From the very young to the wise and aged the dancers in full gala preformed.

Young and Wise danced.

Young and Wise danced.

This was the most incredible headdress.  The cat was so angry, his ears at attack mode, his nose wrinkled in aggression, mouth open, teeth showing and eyes focused on his prey. While the face of the Native American is painted with Bear Track which depending on his tribe can mean many things and conveys a message of leadership and authority. Makes sense as to why he has on this headdress of the angry cat. At any rate they both are just incredible.

This was the most incredible headdress. The cat was so angry, his ears at attack mode, his nose wrinkled in aggression, mouth open, teeth showing and eyes focused on his prey. While the face of the Native American is painted with Bear Track which depending on his tribe can mean many things and conveys a message of leadership and authority. Makes sense as to why he has on this headdress of the angry cat. At any rate they both are just incredible.

I hope you can see the intricate bead work on this headdress. Although the women's headdresses are not as loud and bold as the men, more than likely as ,we as a gender are not either, they are so beautiful. Created with thought and patience, just like us!

I hope you can see the intricate bead work on this headdress. Although the women’s headdresses are not as loud and bold as the men, more than likely as ,we as a gender are not either, they are so beautiful. Created with thought and patience, just like us!

Look at this shot... sun setting in the 108 temp sky, the men are awaiting to be called to dance, I am sweating with a bunch of strangers wishing they would all just disappear so I could take my pictures without them standing in front of me like I don't have a camera shoved in my face.

Look at this shot… sun setting in the 108 temp sky, the men are awaiting to be called to dance, I am sweating with a bunch of strangers wishing they would all just disappear so I could take my pictures without them standing in front of me like I don’t have a camera shoved in my face.

Okay, so this little guy Xavier, stole my heart. Just look at his precious face! Mac, our friend, calls him X, I call him adorable. He was preforming in the dance and gave us our very own private preview

Okay, so this little guy Xavier, stole my heart. Just look at his precious face! Mac, our friend, calls him X, I call him adorable. He was preforming in the dance and gave us our very own private preview

The next few photos are X's performance for us.

The next few photos are X’s performance for us.

Well you get the jest of it, he is adorable and is learning the ways of his ancestors, X we wish great things for you and thank you for the dance.

Well you get the jest of it, he is adorable and is learning the ways of his ancestors, X we wish great things for you and thank you for the dance.

The children dance last and again the crowds are circling in and I am just able to snap this for you to see before they block my view for ever.  There is such pride and history within the Native American culture and this 4th of July I will be in thanks for them sharing this culture with me and the thousands who attended.

The children dance last and again the crowds are circling in and I am just able to snap this for you to see before they block my view for ever.
There is such pride and history within the Native American culture and this 4th of July I will be in thanks for them sharing this culture with me and the thousands who attended.

Super Moon at Leonees Cellars

Last night we, sister Lauren and I, enjoyed a wonderful evening at Leoness Cellars great food, wine and the incredible moon over the vineyard.

Last night we enjoyed a wonderful evening at Leoness Cellars great food, wine and the incredible moon over the vineyard.

This restaurant is on the patio of the vineyard, great food and incredible views.

This restaurant is on the patio of the vineyard, great food and incredible views.

My attempt to photograph the night moon over the vineyard. I promise to get better at this. My attempt to photograph the night moon over the vineyard. I promise to get better at this.

Light my man and light from above...

Light by man and light from above…

What kind of Grandma are you?

So yesterday I read on Facebook this darling quote that goes something like this:

“When I was little my Grandmother told me pennies on the ground are Angel’s tossing them down to say hello”, and then a bunch of other sweet stuff. On my drive into work, where I have my time for thoughts, I thought what a sweet Grandma to think of such a thing. I don’t recall my Grandma having such sweet statements, I need to work on thoughts like that.
When I mentioned it to my husband his comment was, “if you started to talk like that the kids would freak out, your more like a Ninja Grandma”

Ninja Gma

I wonder what he meant by that?

Cougar Wine Blending Event

Cougar Winery held its blending event last night and Val, Cooled and I attended.

Cougar wine blending event

Cougar wine blending event

We all come in, sit at the table full of glasses, bottles of wine, crayons, paper, beakers and this? I know I am in trouble, four bottles of wine, glasses empty and then science project? Right drunk girls who didn't do well at science sober.. we wont win the event for sure. We ended up using this paper for passing notes to each other.

We all come in, sit at the table full of glasses, bottles of wine, crayons, paper, beakers and this? I know I am in trouble, four bottles of wine, glasses empty and then science project? Right, drunk girls who didn’t do well at science sober.. we wont win the event for sure. We ended up using this paper for passing notes to each other.

We picked Julian to blend our choices of wines, she is a lover of red wines and sounded like she knew what she was talking about. Val and I took notes and drank the mixtures while Cooled drank water and spied on the competition.

We picked Julian to blend our choices of wines, she is a lover of red wines and sounded like she knew what she was talking about. Val and I took notes and drank the mixtures while Cooled drank water and spied on the competition.

These ladies came all the way from Illinois and have been friends for 40 years. A true testament to the power of female friendship.

These ladies came all the way from Illinois and have been friends for 40 years. A true testament to the power of female friendship. We raise a glass to you.

Val and I continue our "taste testing" pretending to know what we are doing and saying things like, " a bit buttery, I taste pepper, dry, has a bite" and so on. I start playing with Tim Title my mascot from work.

Val and I continue our “taste testing” pretending to know what we are doing and saying things like, ” a bit buttery, I taste pepper, dry, has a bite” and so on. I start playing with Tim Title my mascot from work.

Wine is blended, we pick our favorite, we are now well on our way of being intoxicated, and we are asked to create a label for our wine! Now we know what the paper and crayons are for! Really! This should have been before wine.. as you can see for yourself. Cooled tells me " isn't funny how adults draw just like children" I am thinking drunk adults are just like children.. So here is our bottle's label, its a Cougar, not a rabbit and yes it really was the best we could do. No we didn't win best bottle.

Wine is blended, we pick our favorite, we are now well on our way of being intoxicated, and we are asked to create a label for our wine! Now we know what the paper and crayons are for! Really! This should have been before wine.. as you can see for yourself. Cooled tells me ” isn’t funny how adults draw just like children” I am thinking drunk adults are just like children..
So here is our bottle’s label, its a Cougar, not a rabbit and yes it really was the best we could do. No we didn’t win best bottle.

Now we have to pitch our wine to the competition. Lets sacrifice the pretty one, young, adorable great hair, grand idea. She does a great job, talking about our blend, which is called "Love @ First Bite" due to the bite at the beginning. Thanks Julian, great job!

Now we have to pitch our wine to the competition. Lets sacrifice the pretty one, young, adorable great hair, grand idea. She does a great job, talking about our blend, which is called “Love @ First Bite” due to the bite at the beginning. Thanks Julian, great job!

Competition is stiff and they are working the crowd.

Competition is stiff and they are working the crowd.

Table 8 our girls from Illinois have created a wine that speaks about their friendship and call it The 3 Amigos, a blend of 3. She does a great job and the story of the ladies is making us all so happy.

Table 8, our girls from Illinois, have created a wine that speaks about their friendship and call it The 3 Amigos, a blend of 3. She does a great job and the story of the ladies is making us all so happy.

Wine is left on the table and as my mom always raised me to waste not want not, I continued my "tasting" and personal blending. Tim sort of got ignored.

Wine is left on the table and as my mom always raised me to waste not want not, I continued my “tasting” and personal blending. Tim sort of got ignored.

Winning bottle for design, I think, as I have a photo of them holding this up.

Winning bottle for design, I think, as I have a photo of them holding this up.

So as quick as it began it ends, I cant recall who won the blending, but I am sure it was a worthy candidate. I leave a bit more educated about blending but still not sure about that wheel thing. Next time I will surely attack my night a bit different. 1. Draw the label before wine. 2. Taste and pour out remainder in glass. 3. Eat prior to event. 4. Taste and pour out remainder in the glass.

So as quick as it began it ends, I cant recall who won the blending, but I am sure it was a worthy candidate. I leave a bit more educated about blending but still not sure about that wheel thing. Next time I will surely attack my night a bit different.
1. Draw the label before wine.
2. Taste and pour out remainder in glass.
3. Eat prior to event.
4. Taste and pour out remainder in the glass.

 

Boogie

Boogie

This is Boogie, my American Saddlebred. He is not well-behaved, a total “scardie cat” and sould be in the arena, not on the trail. Having said that, he is my trail horse. We log many miles together and have become best of buds!

My gal pals tolerate his bad behavior and allow me to ride with them. We travel throughout California together camping and at times treat ourselves to horse and spa resorts.

Here I will be posting about my travels and of course my bud Boogie. We run up hills, eat along the trail and stop at random times for photo ops! See why my friends tolerate me? Thank goodness they love me.

As you can see in this photo, he thinks all vegetation is his. Shortly after we took this photo the fence grew to keep him away from the landscape in the backyard.

Horsing Around Events

In this section I will be listing events and asking for all of you to inform us of events in your areas. It seems to me that we all want to be at all places at all times and to have missed an event that you could have attended but never knew it existed is even worse!

If we can find many of them here in one location how perfect can that be! As I travel I find events all over, this weekend I attended the Second Annual Horsemen’s Reunion in Paso Robles Ca. So many of the residents that we met during our stay in Paso had no idea themselves that the event was happening right down their street at the fairground. Horse people talk to horse people and wine people talk to wine people… well girls not us, we will be talking to both! So let’s get our heads out of the barrel and into Horsing around postings and find out what we won’t be missing.

As I shared the event with the wine pourers at the tasting bars, they had no idea it was taking place and of course what fun I had telling them about it.. non horse people enjoy watching horse events and horse people enjoy wine events..

horsingaroundThis is a photo of Larry Mahan training his colt, the colt had just laid down on him and then up as quick as he went down. Larry is world famous cowboy, 8 time World Champion Cowboy with 6 All Around World Championships, to be able to watch him start a colt and work him for 6 days , then have the opportunity to purchase this colt at the event’s end auction, well amazing! This little colt only took $1,400.00 at auction, he needed a lot more time.

I only heard about this event at an event I attended as it was posted in the ladies room! The things we learn in the ladies room.

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