I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time alone these days. The girls are off to college, and my son is sharing his precious time between his father’s home, and mine. I’ve forced myself to change my habits, to reach out of my comfort zone and find others that might bring me some peace.
It hasn’t been easy.
I reached out to my close friends, and over glasses of wine and many heartfelt discussions, I discovered ways to reach inside myself and find a happiness I never thought possible.
Some days I take my dog and go on a lovely hike up the mountain behind my house. The sounds of the stream and the wildlife that inhabit the mountain always bring me peace. Often I go to the local arboretum on campus, and walk the flowered lines walkways that are congested with young students and other members of this small, friendly community. It’s a lovely, comfortable spot that never fails to surprise me with a new blossom or flower I’ve never seen.
But through all these adventures my heart still holds close my precious children. While I know they might not be with my physically, I have learned that they are always, always with me emotionally.
It's perfect that I was recently asked to review and was provided with Chateau Ste. Michelle's Indian Wells Cabernet and Columbia Valley Riesling, both from the Columbia Valley wine region.
Each night, after speaking with my kids, I pour myself a glass of wine and head out to my front porch. I sit upon the white wicker rocking chair and gaze across the road to the cornfields that stretch for miles. I sip my sweet Chateau Ste. Michelle and watch the sun gently say goodnight. It’s an amazing feeling of contentment, and also a sense of excitement about what the new day might bring.
My Chateau? That’s easy. Me + Wine – My comfort zone = My Chateau
I have the memories of the kids antics, the dog barking at the door, the radio blasting, the phone ringing and me with a glass of wine on the front porch basking in the glory that is family, even when they’re NOT at home, and I'm all set.
Now it’s your turn! If you’d like to enter for your chance to win, please tell me in the comments below what gets you to your Chateau! For example: Me + a glass of wine + _______ – _______ = My Chateau.
You can also visit the Chateau Ste. Michelle Facebook app to share your Chateau.