Friday, October 7, 2016

Of an Update and Darkly interesting wines~~~~~~

Hello Darklings,

I have been very bad not posting, but frankly, with that leg cast it was exhausting to move around with it, and it was painful that I had to take some mild painkillers just to sleep,  I should have stuck with drinking wine.

I did manage to enjoy going Meteor shower watching some weeks ago with my family,  it was fun, but there was something about staring at a beautiful night sky that was so relaxing.    And then we had that heat wave a few weeks ago which didn’t do much for me.

Now they have me in a much, much lighter brace and if all goes well I should be done with this by Thanksgiving.   I can move around much better, but Betty still takes care of me. 

The repair work and painting on the house is done,  I’ve also had the stain glass re-leaded and protective windows put in front of the Stain Glass ones to preserve them from weather damage,  Now Doyle, Brian and my brother have started putting up the Halloween decorations,  but because I’ve been laid up with this broken leg I’m afraid we’ll not be going full blast on the decorations like some years.

Mostly because Halloween in on a boring Monday, and the next day is a school day so I don’t think there will be that many trick or treaters.   So what I am going to do is have a pre-Halloween party the Saturday before Halloween for family and friend’s children are included of course and in costume, I mean what is a Halloween party without costumes.

Part of what will be done depends upon the weather of course, but I’m going to have the back patio for dancing,  in one room Halloween movies for the younger children where they can spill popcorn and drinks and I won’t cry about any stains,  I have movies going in another room with older classic Halloween films playing,  I’ve hired a card reader to read in the Formal Parlor and at midnight a magician will do séance magic for us, he’s performed for me before and I had a chance to see his revised act which is much better and told him I wanted that, so it will mean setting up in the Library area for his performance.

Then on Monday Halloween it will be answering the door bell and hearing little and older children say “Trick or Treat” I was hoping to get the hearse again but it was booked. 

My sister and I are already planning the menu and Betty and her daughter will help with the preparations and the heating and displaying of the food, since I’ll still will be having this brace on my leg.   I can finally go upstairs but it is tiring with it on my leg, so I’m resign to sleeping down stairs still.

A friend of mine is putting together a CD of spooky classical music played on an organ, such as the usual  Bach’s Toccata and Fugue,  Dance Macabre, Night on Bald Mountain, even the organ theme played in the movie “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”,  Masquerade waltz, etc. this is to play in the back ground,  and I’m also going to have a couple of fellows who have done Ghost Hunting tell us about their adventures or non-adventures,  I’m just glad my home is big enough to do all of this.   In a way it will be more of an adult party but I’m having things for the children to watch they’re older now. 

Keeping with the Halloween theme, I had a chance to check out some darkly interesting wines.

Of course my favorite is Apothic Red the 2014 vintage which I and a few friends give it 4 stars out of 5  the sweetness level is off-dry and has flavors of dark fruits with a lot of spicy wood in the nose in every sip. Make sure you use the right glass for it, is not a regular dry wine. The first time I tried it I used my regular red wine glass and it didn't taste right, I used a different glass and found it to be perfect.

New on my list is Spellbound Petite Sirah  it has an Intensity of color, rich black and brambly fruits, vanilla bean and roasting coffee aromatics. The wine is crafted to unleash dark and luscious characteristics, and deliver an opulent and juicy Petite Sirah. This lush yet easy-drinking wine provides intense berry character, with superb texture full bodied and highly drinkable, plenty of light, spicy fruit, nice flowery aroma. Its alive.  4 out of 5 stars.

7 Deadly Zins
 This is Crushed berry, soft oak and cigar box notes create a fragrant appeal that leaves you wanting more. This wine shows explosive, concentrated fruit in the mouth, with plenty of acidity to balance the ripeness, offering crushed wild berry, spice and black berry compote on the finish. it goes with everything, is smooth and delicious. If you want to sin with a Zin, this one is for you. Wonderfully full flavor and drinkability 4 out of 5 stars

Black Ink 2014 Red
This one is new on my list, it’s Blackberry cobbler that merges with flavors of black plum and licorice followed by an inky, rich finish in this California blend of Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Zinfandel.   This one was a surprise to me and my friends we gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

Sin Zin  2012
 This Zinfandel showcases aromas of spice, black pepper, dark fruits and vanilla. This refined, well balanced Zinfandel has spicy flavors of plum and black cherry along with black pepper and cocoa powder. There is nice acidity and length to the finish. Rich in dark berry fruit flavors. Good weight and depth.  4 out of 5 stars

Manage a Trois Midnight 2014
 As the Ad says, The time has come to explore your deepest, darkest desires with Menage a Trois “Midnight”.  This has a gorgeous garnet color in the glass, this luxurious blend wraps you up in a velvety embrace. Voluptuous blackberry and plush spiced plum flavors seduce your palate, while hints of mocha and exotic spice linger on your lips like a stolen kiss. Silky and smooth with a long, powerful finish, you'll wish Midnight could last forever. This has a very rich, intense dark cherry and berry flavor. Smooth and very enjoyable. It may become one of my favorites.
A more intense and flavorful wine than the regular red blend. Very enjoyable   4 ½ stars

Dead Bolt
The color shows deep plum to crimson with purple hues. Dead Bolt has a ripe berry nose, vanilla and mocha characters with notes of spice and plum. The palate delivers a richness of flavors with ripe dark berry, juicy plum and mocha oak characters, leading to balanced velvety tannins and a spicy finish. A generous blend full of rich fruit flavors with a long textured finish.  Dead Bolt is built around Zinfandel, with a mix of other fine red varieties including Ruby Cabernet, Petite Syrah and Merlot.  3 ½ stars

Apothic Dark   This one got 4 stars
Apothic Dark seamlessly integrates flavors of blueberry and blackberry with enticing notes of coffee and dark chocolate for a rich and smooth mouthfeel with layers of texture.
What we found out is that a majority of the grapes in Apothic Dark were selected from Lodi, where the intense sunlight and diverse soil structure create layers of complexity. In the cellar, the grapes for Apothic Dark were fermented at a maximum of 90 degrees to increase the extraction of dark jammy fruit characteristics. A variety of yeasts were used to bring out unique flavors and features from each lot. Following fermentation, the wine was influenced by a variety of oak to add complexity and enhance the coffee and dark chocolate flavors.
A Friend of mine invited me over to her house last year to accompany the Hungarian "Goulash"  she made to celebrate Bela Lugosi's birthday which is October 20  She is a hardcore classic horror film fan like me.  I found It be a PERFECT pairing! Bold, but not overpoweringly so. I find it a dark smooth wine, but some of my friends feel that this wine is  heavy and too dark, and  did not particularly enjoy it either by itself or paired with a steak.   Some of my friends call it “Plonk”, I say it depends upon one’s own individual pallet.     Others enjoyed it and gave it a 4 star rating

Phantom, Bogle’s 2013
This is a mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries, black pepper and hints of juniper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices with a hint of toasty vanilla. On the palate, the entry is explosive, supported by chewy, chalky tannins that will age this wine for decades. The lingering, complex finish leaves one in anticipation of the next sip. This is a blend of  39% Zinfandel, 38% Petite Sirah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon.   My friends and I gave it 4 ½ stars

Cup Cake Black dessert
I Didn’t have a chance to really try this wine I have a bottle but hope to try it soon.

Dark Horse Big Red Blend 3 1/2 Stars out of 5
The Dark Horse Big Red Blend has deep flavors of dark berry and black currant, supported by plush tannins, hints of dark roasted oak and a long finish. This Red Blend underwent alcoholic fermentation with hand chosen yeast to provide enhanced color, structure and fruit characteristics. A blend of Malbec, Rubired, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Merlot.  This is a pleasantly smooth drinkable wine.

I bought a bottle of Insomniac but I and others have not had a chance to try it.  If anyone has let me know what you think.

Now I need to make it clear that these are all dark red wines or red blends and if your pallet is towards sweet wines or white wines then you may not be pleased with these, and I have to say it is all personal taste.

Doyle of course bought Pumpkin Ale and Angry Orchard Hard Cider,  he likes a beer now and then but our cellar is friend to all liquid libations.    And even though I’ve not had a chance to do my wine country tour this year, I think I will have a good cellar laid down. 

And now my Sister says dinner is ready, we’re going to watch MacGyver and then this new show “The Exorcist”  it is really very bizarre.   And don’t forget Darklings “Supernatural” Season 12 premiers on Thursday October 13,  I can HARDLY WAIT!!!

Later Darklings

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Of being "kidnapped", update, meteor showers, and a first kiss~~~~

Hellooooooo Darklings,

I know, I know, it seems like I disappeared off the face of the earth, and in a way I did but it was both from exhaustion, getting things done on the house, and I was sort of “kidnapped”.

O.K. let me explain the “kidnapped” part, my dear brother and sister-in-law and my oldest nephew and my niece Coralline said I had to get out of the house, the leg in the cast was keeping me house bound, so with Betty house sitting during the day and Doyle house sitting at night, I was whisked away to some desert place, don’t ask me the name I don’t remember and for three night’s straight we stayed up late and watched the Meteor shower called the Pelidies  or something like that.

Drinking coffee or hot chocolate because it does get chilly, there were astronomers there one or two professional and a few amateurs and a few meteor shower watchers.   It was an Amazing sight, at one point there were so many they were like fireflies and a few big ones which made folks go “Aaaaaaa”.

And something else as well, Coralline met a very nice young man, name is William, loves the stars and plans to make some aspect of astronomy his vocation, he’s 15, well I saw him kiss her on her cheek and she kissed him on his cheek the last night of Meteor watching, he and his folks were leaving early in the morning going back to Idaho.   And he walked her back to my brother’s RV, they were all shy and such.   I did hear her say she prefers to writing letters as oppose to e-mails so they exchanged mailing addresses.

I’m presuming it will last a few months and then taper off.   But I do have to admit it was very romantic under the stars.

The twins stayed with their other uncle my sister in law’s brother as they and their cousins had soccer matches the same weekend.   Well to each their own.

But I was also very busy getting the final work done on the house, the stain glass windows were re-leaded, and protective windows put over them to prevent lead rot.  All the wood rotted banisters have been replaced with exact duplicates (minus the rot) steps replaced, painted and now dry. 

And the exhaustion, well trying to move around even with a so called “walking cast” is not easy for someone my age, I was tiring quickly, and trying to shower with a plastic bag over the cast well the gymnastics one has to do.    So by the time I think of writing on my blog, I’m taking a nap with the dynamic duo, the twins of terror, the guardians of the gates of hell, Belladonna and Wiener Dog!!!

Brian and Doyle have been making sure they get their walks, but from the way things are going, I am not going to be able to do my Fall Wine trip like I had planned.  Pooh!!    

But I have had friends and relatives come and visit, always making sure it’s a good time to drop over to visit,  Betty has been my Charon and unless they do the proper observations she will not allow them to set foot into the house----that being about calling first to see if I can have visitors.

I can’t cook, so between Betty and my sister and my sister-in-law they have been making sure I am fed, but I so want to go to the gym, and exercise a little, so it’s been mostly from the waist up, but I need to do it from the waist down, and there are not many exercises I can do with my leg in a cast.

But my Doctor is going to see about doing a new lighter cast for me.   Soon I hope, I want this thing, this parasite off of me before Thanksgiving or before Christmas at least.

But all is not lost,  I have my latest Vogue and Instyle magazine and I am going to have the fun of perusing them for ideas, already the stores are out with their Halloween decorations, Granden Road has sent me their latest catalog, Spirit has wonderful things available, Atomx has more image projections out, to help make things as a real haunted house and I’m hunting for bargains on Candy.

And Betty was able to find a Nail Salon that can do a pedicure working around the cast, so I’ve been getting my Mani-Pedi’s.  

My brother and sister in law have been doing a long, long trip, going to Utah  and visiting several of their national parks, stopping off at Crater Lake, they were at Lake Berryessa but had to bail out quickly because of the wild fire, and instead went to Crescent City and stayed in an RV Park on or near the beach up there.   Both my brother and sister in law took 2 months off for this vacation.

Both Christopher and Coralline hated the idea of going back to school they felt they learned more seeing the sights,  but well they had to, Coralline has started her first year in High School and Chris his 2nd year, the twins are now in the 7th or is it 8th grade and they love soccer.   I’m planning to take Coralline and Chris to see the Ballet most likely Cinderella, I think the presentation of Frankenstein might be too dark for them, well maybe for Coralline. 

Sis has been busy as well with her clients, her house is almost done, just a room or two to finish,  and it seems that Brian is a permanent, paying house guest at her home, which I think is fine for her.

Doyle is thinking of lessening his work load, only handling just a few cases at a time.   He wants to visit his family more often now, especially since his grandchildren are at the “I know that’s grandpa” stage.   And I don’t blame him, family is so important.

And I am blessed to have a wonderful family.  Included the two 4-legged ones that are now napping next to me as I write.

Well Sis says dinner is ready, there is really nothing on Television tonight, I didn’t even bother to watch the Olympics, but I can hardly wait for the new Fall season of T.V. shows, I’m afraid “Sleepy Hallow” is gone, but there are some new ones that have my interest, and Lucifer is coming back and a new show “The Exorcist” Doyle asked me if there is the possibility of a “cross-over” story line.   I laughed at that remark.    

And maybe next year I can do my Fall Wine trip.

Must go or dinner will get cold.

Later Darklings.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Of breaking a leg~~~

Hello Darklings,

I guess you thought I vanished into some dark and dingy mausoleum to never emerge, but I have.

The reason for the long silence is very mundane,  first I was busy with having repairs done on the house,  and with all the dry, yet cool for my local, weather I'm having the house painted, the posts and finials that were suffering wood rot have been replaced, but the garden both front and back is going to have to suffer a bit because of the painting and scaffolding.

However I cannot blame the contractor or painters for what happened to me----I broke my left leg, not the thigh bone but below the knee, the good thing is that the hip and knee was not involved.

It was a stupid thing really, my sister had gone for the weekend to visit her children, Doyle had gone out with some of his friends to drink beer, shoot pool and swap lies, Brian my sister's room mate was out on a date,  surprise!!  He's dating folks, she looks nice, but I do wonder if she'll accept the "Addams Family" atmosphere that we have.

No, it was a Saturday evening, and Belladonna and Wiener Dog had their walk but wanted to go out into the back yard,  I followed them down the back porch steps,  and as dogs will they spotted one of the neighborhood cats, well they went chasing after it and for some inexpiable reason the cat dashed towards me, I tried to get out of it's way and tried to avoid the dogs, lost my balance and .....  well I was down and couldn't get up, just like in that commercial.

I realized my leg was broken but I was stunned at first, and then the pain, the dynamic duo realized that their Mommy was not well and came over and thinking that licking my face might make me well, what it did was bring me to my senses.  Here I was laying on the cold ground, looking up at the night sky, there was no way I was going to be able to crawl to a phone and I didn't have my cell with me, because who needs it when you're at home.  ***sigh***

Doyle wouldn't get home until very late, there was no guarantee when Brian was going to get home, because he might have gotten "lucky" (if you know what I mean).   So I was forced to do the only thing and kept calling out for help until I hoped someone heard me.

Someone did and put a call into the police because they heard someone calling for help but didn't know where.  An officer came out and thank Goodness it was Officer Cutie,  I've mentioned him before.  He walked the block and heard me called out my name, and I called back "Is that Officer (well I didn't say Cutie Pie)"  and it was, brave man climbed over the fence, shooed the Dogs into their kennels in the kitchen (I use that when I have workmen over) and he called the EMT's, I told him Doyle's cell phone number, and by the time Doyle got there, with his buddies (the same one's when the stove caught on fire), I was being secured and put into an Ambulance and transported to the Hospital,  Doyle gave me my purse, so I'd have my medical information.

So Doyle secured the house and met me at the hospital,  his buddies were drinking his beer at the house and watching something on the T.V. at least he was sober enough to drive. 

I was in the hospital for 6 days,  X-Rays, blood tests, of course setting the fracture, making sure no blood clots form, it's harder for older people when they break a bone, but the good news, says the doctors, is that it was a  clean break, not complicated, and I'll have a cast for at least 6 weeks if not longer.

I'm home now and Betty who took care of me before is back,  being a Marine Drill Sargent, but thank goodness she will keep things stable for me.  I'm back in the down stairs bedroom, cannot do the stairs,  and I may have to use a cane for a while once the cast is off, I'd like one that's Gothic Stylish but the Doctor said I may need one that's stable,  I think I'll have one of my artist friends come up with something to modify whatever I'm going to need,  something with a skull I think or a werewolf with a pentagram, like Larry Talbot's in the Wolfman.

My brother and sister in law and the children know about it but I told them to not interrupt their vacation trip, they went to Utah to see the sights there.  I've been getting post cards from Coralline and Christopher, and their mother, each with their own view point of what they saw and experienced, I can tell they are enjoying it.  And I'm glad for them.  They did go back to Placerville and Coloma and Coralline and Christopher had the fun of visiting their friend Old Dan, as they call him, and my sister in law found some wonderful antiques for their house. 

The twins are staying with their uncle and his wife (My sister in law's brother) because they are enrolled in a soccer team the same one their cousins play, so it all works out.

For myself, well, I have to use a wheelchair at times if I'm going to be out for long periods, but I try to get about as best as I can around the house,  I can only go as far as the porch and no further, Doyle and Brian take turns walking the dogs.

Doyle is afraid to leave the house unless he's going to work, but I told him he should enjoy himself, so his buddies come over here and play poker (for pennies).   My sister is keeping tabs on me and has been doing the shopping, she and Betty plan the menus.

But I'm not bored,  Officer Cutie Pie and his wife (and baby their 2nd---did I tell you he was married?) come over to visit and help me plan the next Halloween celebration,  I plan to be without the cast and walking come Halloween.  Doyle's buddies keep me entertained, I get phone calls from friends and a few come to visit or take me out to a gallery showing.

And I watch movies, much of the summer entertainment is boring except I do like "BattleBots" for some strange reason.  And I enjoyed "Houdini and Doyle" I hope it comes back for a 2nd season.  

But I have to say that dragging this cast, even if it's the more modern kind that is not as heavy as the old style casts, is still tiring and taking a bath is out, it's showers and a trash bag over the cast, no until this cast is off I am not a happy camper. 

But I shall persevere, at least my toes stick out so we are going to get mani-pedi's tomorrow, although how the manicurist is going to soak one set of toes I'm not sure but she'll think of something, my sister said.

The last time I posted it was about the discovered coffin of an unknown little girl, well the update is that those involved were able to arrange a proper funeral for her at one of the cemeteries in Colma, and there is a family that thinks she might be a relation going by records they have and through Ancestry dot com,  this possible family was at the re-burial funeral as well as other concerned people, so hopefully she will not be "little girl lost" anymore once the DNA results come through.

And now Sis is showing me some Vice lipsticks from Urban Decay, Hmmm some of them look promising, such as "Bad Blood", "Gash" and "Night Hawk" but I am leaning towards "Venom", who says elder goth girls can't have fun.

Later Darklings