I just wanted to say thanks, thanks to two friends who put up with my ideas and traipse around the countryside with me. I’m looking back over these past two years, and I’ve had some great fun. It’s nice to have the camaraderie; it’s nice to share experiences. We started with meeting for lunches, at various places, at some restaurants that featured half off wines – this was a definite plus. We went shopping in a small town that is beginning its revitalization – wandered through some antique stores and I found a neat vintage armoire. In that same town, we invaded the new wine bar and enjoyed a delicious respite. At other times, we took our lunch snacks and met at a winery fairly convenient to all of us for a tasty sip, good conversation and a fun time. We’ve done several excursions to wineries within 1.5 hours of “command central”– we pack some food and water (and our dollars), taste some Texas wines, have a glass and nosh on some snacks for a relaxing time. According to my calculations, we’ve visited six wineries on four different excursions – we go when we can coordinate our schedules. Most recently we found a charming combination boutique and wine bar, of all things, in a delightful small town that I want to revisit. Are you sensing a theme here? Yes admittedly, the excursions and the lunches usually involve wine. But the more powerful sub-theme is friendship and sharing. It’s only the beverage that enhances the experience. Yes, I am blessed with some wonderful friends and a truly marvelous life.