(outside of the hotel)
(floor of the elevator to the "Mallard Tower" where my room was)
(pillow shams in my room)
(the penthouse elevator, reserved for the Peabody Ducks)
(brass sign to assure no one tries to ride the elevator)
Okay, so I'm done dwelling on the ducks. I promise. Well, until I figure out how to show you the video :) hahaha...
Memorial Day Weekend !
Saturday morning we were up and at 'em to head to the lake for a Wine Trek that The Voice of Reason put together in honor of Mr. Swiss' birthday :) There are bunches of wineries "around these parts", but TEN and I stumbled across a hidden group of them a few weeks ago. There are 5 wineries that make up their own little Wine Trail, and these are the 5 that we decided to visit over the weekend.
TVoR rented a big van to drive our group around, so no one had to worry about driving. TEN was quite excited to hear this, and immediately invested in a wine "sippy cup".
(doesn't he look pleased with himself? silly boy! )
(here we all are after winery #1! still looking quite presentable :)
(this was the prettiest vineyard and winery we went to...in my opinion)
(we had a picnic lunch here at the "pretty vineyard & winery")
(the tasting room - complete with 2 presh pups!)
(TEN and I. This is a terribly unflattering photo of both of us, but there you have it.)
(At the final winery we each wrote a birthday message on a cork for Mr. Swiss. Then, we each used the corking machine to cork the bottle, pushing the previous cork into the bottle. What a lovely keepsake from our birthday wine trek!)
(me corking the bottle with my cork.)
(the winery owner opened a barrel of red wine for us to sample.)
(the birthday boy gets to go first!)
(the birthday boy with his wine bottle full of corks in his side pocket for safe keeping :)
(Most of the group, enjoying some delish sangria!)
After the final winery we went back to Mr. Swiss & The Voice of Reason's lake house for presents. Once upon a time when Mr. Swiss & The Voice of Reason had TEN and I over for dinner, Mr. Swiss shared some of his home brewed beer with us. It was absolutely delish, and therefore TEN decided that he wanted to give Mr. Swiss a book about home brewing beers for his birthday. This is what we picked out:
BTW...I just realized it's smarter to buy books online than in Barnes & Noble. About a 50% savings. Just a little FYI I only just discovered, and thought I would pass along :)
And then...off to supper! I had...wait. I'll give you 3 guesses. And the first two don't count :)
A filet! I feel like I'm always telling you I've had a filet for supper. I do like variety. Honestly. But, not as much as I like a filet.
And then....TEN and I drove home. And we got lost. And then the GPS took us down this gravel road in the dark with no houses and it was like we had driven right into a slasher flick. And so we stopped, after 5.2 miles, and turned around. And came back. And it took us forever to get home. But that's okay. We made it :)
The next day we headed back up to the lake for a party on the water, and a cookout! I don't have any pictures. Sometimes I just get tired of taking pictures, and that is how it is. (I sound like a whiney pants, don't I ?)
I ate a hamburger that was possibly the most delicious I've ever had for supper. The cow that died to make my most delicious hamburger was from just down the street. So to speak. And it was a HUGE burger.
And it was on a HUGE bun.
And I cannot wait to go back to the lake so that I can buy another 5 pack of these magnificent burgers for $9.99.
On Memorial Day TEN and I just hung out at my pool, and then grilled out. It was relaxing, and just what we both needed after such a busy Saturday and Sunday!
Wow! What a Weekend :)
I hope that each of you had a lovely Memorial Day Weekend as well, and I can't wait to hear about what YOU did! I'm off to do that now.