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The Sound of Silence 
Jun. 19, 2011 5:19 am 
Updated: Jun. 26, 2011 6:09 pm
"If you love your job, you'll never work another day of your life..." I don't know who first said it, but I believe it.  I also don't know of anyone who ever said "If only I'd put in more hours at the office!".   Friday was my last day of work until August 9th - so right now I can say that I love my job!  

So that brings me to the title of this blog - The sound of silence.  I know many people who have no idea what that sound is like.  To me, it is sometimes deafening.  Other times just a soft, whispering sound.  One of my most favorite times of the day is early morning, just as the sun is coming up.  I love to take my cup of freshly brewed coffee and my 2 labs and sit on my porch, and listen to the sound of silence.  Anyone who has a lab will agree that it takes about 3 years before it is willing to just sit on the porch and enjoy the early morning hours.  Missy is 12-1/2 and she's been a great "porch dog" for several years now.  Suzy (who is 2-1/2), has finally grasped the concept of just sitting and watching.  As long as she can run into the woods and bring back a few sticks to gnaw on while we sit.

Back in May when it was Mother's Day I was recovering from my second bout of pneumonia and didn't have much energy.  My two kids decided that they wanted to take me and their dad on a day of "winery hopping" as a Mother's Day gift as that is something I love to do.  They told me to wait until I felt better and we'd go.  Then, they thought about Father's Day and decided to do the same for Dear Old Dad.  Well....  yesterday was that day.

We planned out a little mini-trail of 3 wineries we've been to that are about an hour and a half from home.  One of them - Ravens Glenn has a great Italian restaurant as well, so that is where we were having lunch.  I knew we would want to sit at each winery and enjoy a glass or two of wine so I made< .  We had also recently been to Grandpa's Cheese Barn so I cut up all kinds of yummy cheese and got a box of crackers to go with it.  I filled a cooler with some water and grabbed my cute little re-usable wine bag and off we went.  Our dear daughter even drove.

On our way to Ravens Glenn we spied a sign for a new winery.  Note to selves - make a stop to check it out.  We figured there wouldn't be too many people at the restaurant right at noon.  We were wrong.  There was a Red Hat Society group there of about 20-30 women.  All dressed in their red and purple!  They were having a blast and provided some entertainment for us as we watched them all giggling and carrying on.  We got seated at a table in the corner with a beautiful view of the Tuscarawas River and placed our order.  Me and hubby had shrimp scampi, daughter had chicken alfredo and son had spaghetti and a meatball that was the size of his fist!  A bottle of chardonnay went great with our dinners.  Our son just drank water.  He figured he'd be tasting wine all day and wanted to pace himself.  After dinner we headed to the tasting bar and went thru a flight of their great wines.  A few bottles were purchased and we headed to our next stop.

Shawnee Springs Winery.  This is a cute little winery out in the middle of nowhere.  I mean that - when you pull into their drive you have a good half mile or better drive up and down a gravel road before you pull into a clearing and there sits a tiny, rustic building beside a covered pavilion.  We've been there twice before and just had a great time.  My kids had never been to any of these wineries so it was fun to watch them.  Today we had the pleasure of being hosted by the "guy who does all the work" (those were his words).  We were the only customers so we got special attention.  We agreed on a bottle for the pavilion and headed out, just as the sky opened up and dropped buckets full of rain!  Our host poured himself a glass of wine and joined us for a nice visit.  His frisbee loving dog joined us as well so we were well entertained. Cado (that's his dog) had us well trained in the art of frisbee throwing before we left.  If you tried to ignore him, he'd drop the frisbee in your lap and stand back and "smile" at you until you'd throw it.  A little nudge from him usually got you throwing for him!   About two hours later when the rains finally let up enough to head to the car, we made a few purchases and headed for the next winery.  Both our kids remarked it was like stopping in at an old friend's house to visit for a while.  Such a nice, relaxed, laid back atmosphere.

Next stop:  Rainbow Hills.  This winery is also out in the middle of nowhere, but much larger.  They also have a bed and breakfast which we have stayed at twice.  The lady of the winery is a fabulous cook; her breakfasts are to die for.  We've also had private gourmet dinners here, and enjoyed every morsel.  Today we simply did a tasting and agreed on a bottle to share and headed out to enjoy their beautiful gardens.  It was like stopping at another old friend's house.  When we walked in the door, they actually remembered us, even though we hadn't been there in a year.  Hubby surprised me by making reservations at the bed and breakfast for October which will be our 30th anniversary.  I can't wait!

From there we headed to the new winery - Yellow Butterfly.  This winery is in a huge, 90 year old barn.  It is painted bright yellow on the outside.  They also run an alpaca farm so you can sit on their decks and watch their alpacas in the field.

Home was the next destination - of course after a stop at Lone Star Steakhouse for dinner.  Our wonderful day had come to an end.  But I know that we'll talk about it and remember the fun at each stop every time we open a bottle of wine from one of these wineries. 

This morning as I sat on my deck listening to the sound of silence, and the sound of Suzy chomping up sticks like it's her job and she's paid by the stick, I reflected back on that old saying of choosing a job you love so you never have to work a day in your life.  Many of my friends talk of what a job it is/was to raise their children.  I don't think I ever looked upon that part of my life as a job.  I loved raising my children and now that they're raised - I love spending time with them still, they turned out OK for me and my husband not working at it! 
Jun. 19, 2011 7:28 am
What a great blog! You have really given a glimpse into some lovely sounding wineries! I am not a much of wine drinker, but I did go to a wine tasting dinner in a stone cellar in Phuket (owned by a British guy) and it was lots of fun! The bed & breakfast sound to die for!
Jun. 19, 2011 8:27 am
Great blog! I was totally relaxed with you on the porch.
Jun. 19, 2011 8:30 am
Great blog Mother Ann, I can't wait to enjoy special times like that when my kiddos are older but I Love spending the time with them right now even though it seems like I'm chasing my tail in a circle! I have my "sound of silence" in the morning when everyone else is asleep in the house and I'm on our deck. I have a mug of tea and listen to the clippty clop of the horses pulling the amish horse and buggys and the sound of the cows moving into the field to get the first morning sun. Then you start to hear the rest of the world get up and it's time for me to go back in. Wish your hubby a Happy Father's Day and take care. Enjoy your silent times and your bottles of wine ; )
Jun. 19, 2011 12:21 pm
Perfection is often found in silence. Thanks for the reminder. I, too, like to experience silence on the porch, or wherever, and commune with God, enjoying his handiworks. It was pleasant to read of your adventures!
Jun. 19, 2011 1:39 pm
Carrie - they are great wineries. My daughter works with a woman who doesn't drink at all, but she still loves to go to wineries just because they are all so different and so much fun.
Jun. 19, 2011 1:40 pm
bd.weld - grab your cup and come on over for tomorrow morning. My "boys" will head off to work and there I'll be - on my deck, enjoying the morning.
Jun. 19, 2011 1:41 pm
dragonfly - I used to feel like I was chasing my tail round and round! I loved every minute of my kids and now it is so nice that they enjoy spending time with the "old folks".
Jun. 19, 2011 1:42 pm
Mamaw, thanks for stopping in! I'm not a "church-going" person, I prefer to do my talking with God alone while enjoying all that he has given us to enjoy.
Jun. 20, 2011 4:52 am
I just came in from an early morning "sit on the deck" that began around 5:30. It began as a hazy morning and as the dawn increased its light, it became a fog. Wonderful privacy as the neighborhood awakened. I remember still, your wine tour from last year. Again. you took us with you. Very relaxing read, Mother Ann. Hopefully, things will calm down long enough for us to take our own wine tour of the Lake Michigan Shoreline.
Jun. 20, 2011 4:57 am
Good morning Mike! You are luckier than I this morning - our mist and fog was accompanied by rain, so I just started right in on chores instead. I have wanted to do a wine tour along Lake Michigan shoreline for a while now. I'm hoping it will happen for me someday soon.
Jun. 20, 2011 6:48 am
That sounded like a heavenly time. Food, wine and great company what could be better? Ah sitting outside with the first cup of coffee is nice but it isn't silent here. My yard is filled with bird song and at this time of year they are my alarm clock if I wish to get up at the crack of dawn. They all wake up at the same time and sing away. By the time I am ready to get up, those nesting near by are the ones left singing me awake. Loved the blog!
Jun. 20, 2011 8:49 am
CatHill - my silence isn't truly silent. I consider those birds singing away to be part of my "silence". Nature's sounds aren't noise to me so I don't count them. In my yard I have the birds, as well as a small babbling creek. And it doesn't get much better than spending time with those you love.. Thank you for stopping in!
Jun. 20, 2011 10:13 am
I love coffee and silence. What a wonderful day you all had. I'm not a 'crack of dawn' person, but I do enjoy a quiet sunset on the hill at the farm. A nice reisling, a smiling golden retriever, and softly chirping crickets competing with the singing tree frogs...absolute heaven. Thanks for taking us along on the journey and a very happy Mothers/Fathers day to you both:)
Jun. 20, 2011 1:28 pm
Mangel - we used to have 2 golden retrievers before we got our labradors. Such great dogs! You made me remember how excited my daughter was when they moved into their new country home and she heard the tree frogs.
Jun. 20, 2011 4:14 pm
I'm with Mangel :) I love the birds singing and I love the morning if it would just start at 6:30 instead of 15 til 5:00 am. I grew up in the noisy suburbs with major highways around so it is a blessing to hear so many different birds. Now where is that chocolate wine at?!
Jun. 20, 2011 6:39 pm
Cat Hill, I have one more bottle of that chocolate wine left! 4:45 is just a little too early for me; I much prefer 6:15-6:30 am.
Jun. 22, 2011 7:06 pm
I too love the mornings to myself. I go out with my cup-o-joe and visit with my hens. We talk and visit like, well, like old hens. They're low glutteral mumblings and my sing song-y motherly good mornings makes my day. Great blog Mother Ann. Oh, and I just really need me some chocolate wine!
Jun. 23, 2011 8:25 am
Dear Cat, I'm bringing the chocolate wine to the roundup:) Mother Ann, glad I could bring back happy thoughts:)
Jun. 24, 2011 1:06 pm
Makes me wish I drank coffee. I too sit in the mornings, even if some of them are late morning, and drink my Dew at the kitchen table, looking out into the backyard. I feed the jays by throwing out some peanuts. The squirrels haven't seemed to figured those out yet, must be new ones. As soon as those nuts hit the deck, Princess Maya crawls out of bed and comes running to sit at the patio door and scope things out. At some point the Moose may come in to see what's going on. And we just hang out till hubby gets up, then the four of us just enjoy.
Jun. 24, 2011 2:04 pm
Once again, great blog Mother Ann. This past week, I took a day off from work on the spur of the moment just to enjoy silence. With how bust we are these days, I tend to take for granted how nice it is to sit in my kitchen or on the deck, with my pup just listening to silence. But it is not really silence. The wind chimes tinkling, the many beautiful birds that visit my back yard, the sound of the freight train going by, and the contented grunt of Judy Rose settling by my feet. It is all so wonderful!
Jun. 25, 2011 2:26 pm
Any day the weather is good, I love to take my coffee and walk down to the boardwalk. I usually have to stand because the evenings moisture hasn't yet evaporated. These days I miss the sunrise unless I'm up by 5 am, but I love feeling like I am the only one there. About half way through my coffee a jogger or two will pass and then the walkers show up. I feel like I'm watching the whole world wake up.
Jun. 25, 2011 4:15 pm
Yah HOO! I've been in the gardens and working with the puppy and the horse so I haven't been on. Ooooh I get to try the chocolate wine! Yeah! I can't wait!!! And my swallows who nest over the garage about ready to fly away. I do love my birds but I do wish they would get a snooze button :)
Jun. 25, 2011 7:27 pm
I loved your blog. Raising kids should not be so much work! We MAKE it harder. Must be a choice. Great perspective!
Jun. 25, 2011 7:28 pm
I got a great image of your early morning porch sitting. nice...
Jun. 26, 2011 6:09 pm
Hi all! Thanks everyone of you for stopping by and commenting. I just got back from a week on Chincoteague Island, VA. Wonderful time I had - and my early morning coffee went great with watching the marsh come alive and the Assateague lighthouse. Hope the chocolate wine is enjoyed by all!! :-)
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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