Motherhood, Wine

Wine for a Change of Times

We’re at the first day of school, finally, and the girls are getting ready as I type this post. With a change of season we slowly move into cooler months and busier times. This year, our busy takes on a new meaning since the girls have each picked up a sport. Lucia will do cheerleading on a competitive cheer team with CNY Storm, while Maria is on the Liverpool Modified Field Hockey team at school.

They both continue to take piano lessons and Maria also takes saxophone lessons at school. Christopher and Lucia are both in swimming lessons at the Northwest YMCA, as well. I haven’t even mentioned the extra activities associated with each of these things, as well as religion and youth group activities at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Baldwinsville, New York. Just a crazy calendar of chaos for the next few months!

I have taken to color-coding the family Google calendar, and Maria now has access to it, as well, as she is getting older and increasingly responsible. Below is a screen shot of how our September is shaping up so far.


Interestingly, last night I opened a bottle of wine called Opal that we purchased from Hillsborough Winery in Virginia last month. I googled the word “opal,” and learned that it was derived in part from the Greek word “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of color.” Well, if that’s not serendipitous, I don’t know what is! Fall is the season for changing colors. The colors of our environment and, in my case, the colors of the calendar! So, here’s to transitions and entering the busy time of year again. As for the changing leaves? We’ll have to wait until this summer heat subsides a bit! Cheers!


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