Welcome back, my friends! Looks like we’ve turned the calendar page on yet another new month, and on a very, very special day.
I realized that although you’ve been able to join me in my wine-tasting and recipe doings, you probably don’t have a clue about what goes on, behind the scenes, here at www.DrinkWineWithDinner.com.
Well, I must confess, Drink Wine With Dinner® is not quite a one-person operation. (Or should I find another term for “person”?) 😉
For the last several years, Drink Wine With Dinner® has had an office manager.
Please don’t report me for violating child labor laws, OK? But my O.M. was only two when she started working here, and she’s a very mature eight years old now.
OK, I’ll explain…
My O.M. came into my life, thanks to a meeting with a long-time friend from the wine world, Darryl Roberts. He had since changed careers, and was now working as a veterinary techician at a Sonoma County shelter. (Scroll down for Darryl’s updates!)
Before getting together with Darryl, I checked out the shelter’s website (especially its adoptable cats), “just to get a feel for the place.” 😉
Before I knew it, the most captivating kittyface I’d ever seen was staring back at me. The caption read “Calli.” And I instantly fell in love!
Orange and black tabby on her forehead; gray triangle at her nose; snowy white bib; expressive green-gold eyes; black “lynx tips” on her ears.
Yes, she was gorgeous. But what mattered more was that she seemed to be looking directly at *me* ~ and telling me she’d chosen me for her “forever home”!
Long story short: I went up to Sonoma to meet Calli. (Thankfully, rather than being stuck in a cage at the shelter, she was living happily in foster care with a wonderful retired couple.) Darryl and I took care of the paperwork, and Calli and I adopted each other then and there!
I had fully intended for Calli (her full name is now Calicocoa, by the way) to be a kitty of leisure.
But from the beginning, she insisted on taking an active role in the day-to-day runnings of Drink Wine With Dinner. (She *knows* she’s important!)
Although I generally work on a laptop, Calli knows that I like to use pen and paper too, especially for editing. She soon made herself indispensable by gathering, and, um, “organizing,” all of my red pens. (Talk about job security. Nobody else knows where they are!)
You might be wondering why I’m introducing Calicocoa to you today, of all days. Well, she must know it’s April Fools Day. Not only has Calli been hiding *all* my pens today (red and otherwise), she just made off with my glasses, too. 🙁
(Hmmmm. I’m not much of a prankster myself. Where the heck did she learn this stuff? Darryl, did *you* have anything to do with it?)
At any rate, I’ll get back to you soon, after Calicocoa brings my glasses back and I can see what I’m doing again…
Meanwhile, I wish you a very Happy April Fool’s Day. Calli does too!!!
Cheers, my friends,
and happy tastings,
As promised, here’s what’s happening with Darryl Roberts: With his huge heart, and his abiding love of cats, Darryl has founded an amazing sanctuary and adoption agency for “special needs” cats.
Called SNAP Cats (“Special Needs Are Precious,” his organization provides care and finds homes for chronically ill or otherwise difficult-to-adopt kitties.
And of course, they’re always looking for donations, with sponsorship opportunities and matching corporate programs.
Thanks, my friends.
And please tell Darryl – and the SNAP Cats feline family – that Calicocoa sent you!
Cheers once again,