Maggie’s Wine has had several major updates to the theme and to WordPress. For those who do not blog, it means the template or page that you see when you are here had to be updated, and this time it was a major one. I’m attempting to get everything back in order. Two things you may notice is that my banner/header does not cover the full banner space, so there are white spaces on each end. The second is the color of my hyperlinks (clickable) are blue – should be green. It may take a day or two to do the fix. With this post, I’m changing my newsletter service. The current service does not allow quotations to be set in a blockquote (indented), and even with quotation marks, it’s difficult to know if it’s me speaking or if I’m quoting, so I’ve found a service that will take care of that problem. If you are a subscriber to daily posts direct to your inbox now, you will need to sign up again (my apologies!). If everything works as I hope it does, you will receive this post and the put your email address into the box below my photo. That should allow the new service to come to you uninterrupted. If it doesn’t work, I have a subscribe box in my right sidebar. Your email address is the only information needed and, as always there are no ads, no spam, ever.
So to the next thing. It’s been two months since I’ve posted. Vacations and friends and family and the looming updates that I’ll know how to do the next time, put a halt to posting, but I’ve had a great summer, enjoyed a lot wine, taken copious notes and am looking forward to passing-on what I like, and hearing what you both like and do not like.
While I’m trying to get the newsletter subscriptions worked out, I’ll start with a little bit about a “wind and rain event” on August 5th and 6th that left our neighborhood looking a little raggedy, and a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – where for the first time, we found a number of good-to-decent wines (imported of course).
I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Moore, Oklahoma was in the path of the ferocious F-5 tornado while we were in Mexico. It was a terrible thing to hear about and watch the coverage from so far away, but we have no family or acquaintances in Moore – one good friend in Mustang however, which isn’t far from Moore. She spent a longer time than usual in her storm shelter that day. Tulsa is on the opposite side of the state to the East.
While Tulsa has been hit numerous times, we’ve never had the equivalent of what Moore suffered or Joplin, Missouri which is just up the ‘pike’ north of us. The first week in August though, we had unusually heavy summer rains. On day one, the blossoms on our Dynamite Crepe Myrtles were so heavy with rain that we lost a large branch on one and the tree was literally bent to the ground. These trees are not bushes. They are multi-trunks, about 3 years old and stand about 15+ feet tall.
Our Natchez Crepe Myrtles were also loaded and heavy but fortunately held up under the weight of the rain. They were perfectly groomed and since have done some heavy trimming.
The next evening we had an unusual ‘wind event,’ not classified as a tornado. Winds were clocked at up to 90 miles an hour at Tulsa International Airport. The wind came from the North and slightly East – odd for this time of the year. My office is on the north side of the house. Our lights were blinking and there was a lot of lightning but no not much thunder. I put a flashlight on my desk then heard a rushing noise, looked out my north window and knew I should get away from anything glass. Our front door ‘popped’ – didn’t break, stayed locked but the force of the wind pushed it in slightly. My computer and office television were off, but in the bedroom we still had cable…with no color. Weird.
Next morning we found our 20′ tall Weeping Yaupon lying on the ground. They have a very shallow root ball so it didn’t break. It’s standing tall now but numerous in our neighborhood had serious damage. Next door to us received wooden fencing from across the street into one of her front windows. The same wooden fence sent its gate flying high and hit the roof of the house two doors east of us. Rain poured in from the second floor down to their dining room. By lunchtime, the dining room table was warped.
One neighbor’s roof lifted, two sides of her fence were completely down along with a large oak tree that snapped into two pieces. She has a very large, deep lot. Her quality, heavy wrought iron patio furniture was at the back fence, some with legs broken off. Her next door neighbor’s new grill went flying through her yard and into the next. Another neighbor’s trampoline impaled their bedroom window. He retrieved patio furniture a block away. All this in just the 6 houses to the east of us. We had slight roof damage from a flying object but nothing needing immediate attention. Much damage including gaping roofs throughout the neighborhood.
Hubby and I were most fortunate. The ferns in our little Charleston Sideyard didn’t even blow over and the basil and rosemary are doing great.
Speaking of basil, along with the usual sweet basil, I bought what I thought was a variety of oregano, and discovered that it’s actually boxwood basil – very pretty rounded plant with tiny leaves and the same beautiful scent of it’s bigger sister. Anyone out there familiar with boxwood basil (see it in the photo to the left, the rounded mound).
We have been vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico since 1995. It’s a short trip for us – 45 minutes to Dallas, and 2:30 mins from there. We arrive by noon for margaritas. We have always stayed at the same place, American-owned by a fabulous family. The Dad was a well-known architect and designed the resort. It’s like no other vacation spot we’ve visited, and we’ve visited a few. It’s a bit like going home each year. The above profile photo was taken there while I was trying unsuccessfully to connect to the Internet, which I can do in the cafe or on the beach, neither conducive to productive blogging, but the weather was perfect, the beach beautiful - looking out on to the Sea of Cortez/Sea of California.
The Arch at Lands End is directly across from our beach palapa. This marks the end of the Baja. The Pacific Ocean is through the Arch, so we have a great expansive view of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. I get a lot of reading done on the beach. This year I reread James Ellroy’s American Tabloid and Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies.
Here’s a closing tip for Mac users, who like I, haven’t a clue how to shrink the images in your iPhoto library to a size that can be uploaded to a blog. I spent hours cropping every which way, trying to figure out how to get the photos above here and eventually found a site that explained exactly what I needed to do and it did NOT involve my talents to guess at a custom size. Good thing. I know close to nothing about pixels or whatever. I followed author Carol Manser’s instructions (as I did others that did not work for me) and like magic, my photos uploaded to WordPress just as I hoped they would. She has a website full of tips – a good resource for a blogger. Visit her at My Second Million.