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Susan Johnson
January 3, 2019 | Susan Johnson

New Year, New Traditions

New Year, new traditions.
Hope all of you rang in 2019 with a smile on your face and hope in your heart.  In Fredericksburg, we tried our best to cram several months of "cheers", kisses, hugs and food into a few hours.   Someday we will learn....maybe.
It's cold out today.  It is just the kind of day that is needed to appreciate warmth and chili and cozy blankets.  Also, it is the kind of day that makes us reflect on great friends and treasured moments.  Billy and I have been blessed to have such cool friends....I mean really cool friends.  They are certainly not all the same, nor should they be.   And, they have come into our lives over years and years.  
That brings me to know that this year, 2019, will be no exception.  This year we will make some new friends.  Not on purpose, just because that is how life works.  And, as you might guess, owning a winery is a wicked enabler for finding friends.   These folks are usually happy....after all they are having some wine!  Almost all have stories to share.  Many have talents that make our lives richer because they are there.   Poets, drinkers, thinkers, procrastinators, artists, pleasers, cooks.   What a beautiful way to imagine life in 2019.  To slow down and come to know magical folks who pile on experiences and add to our own story.  
Yes, I am still going to be mad at myself when I don't get up and go to the gym.  I am still going to wish for that new pair of Luchese boots or some other thing that i think i need.  I am still probably not going to be a great chef.  I will probably not spend as many hours in the vineyard as I should.  But, as Marti's dad would say, 2019 is going to be "just right".  It will open up and present itself for those of us who look deeper.   My wish for us all is to look without fear and trust that "just right" is going to be what we get!

Time Posted: Jan 3, 2019 at 10:01 AM