The Willamette Valley Wineries and Sunday Morning Coffee

We just spent a weekend with Dave’s family in Portland. We enjoyed a trip to the Willamette Valley and visited three wineries. Wow!

We visited Nicolas Jay, Domaine Drouhin, and Resonance. All I can say is that the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir wines are spectacular. I can’t wait to share my tips and thoughts about spending the weekend in Portland, Willamette, and more for another Sunday Morning Coffee post.

Misty view of a vineyard with emerging green shoots, foregrounded by vibrant yellow wildflowers and lush greenery.
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Seven adults smiling on a deck with wine glasses, with a forest and cloudy sky in the background.

Our long weekend in Portland was beautiful.

We celebrated Dave’s sister’s birthday and their newly remodeled home. We celebrated his Aunt’s 90th birthday and enjoyed Willamette Valley wineries.

A rustic barn-style winery with a wooden facade, garage door, and a red block structure in the driveway, surrounded by trees and gravel.
Nicholas Jay winery

I have to say my favorite winery was Nicholas Jay for many reasons.

Rows of wooden barrels stacked in a cellar, some labeled with numbers, in a dimly lit storage area.

First, their wine is unbelievable. Second, their hospitality at the winery was genuine and welcoming. Lastly, I went to high school with Jay, as in Nicholas Jay, and I am so impressed with the winery he has created.

We also tasted a lot of different wines!

Five bottles of Nicholas Jay vineyards wine in a row on a table, with focus on the labels, against a blurred café backdrop.

Nicholas Jay will be in town next month for a wine dinner, and I can’t wait to attend.

We visited two other wineries, Domaine Drouhin and Resonance. , and enjoyed their wines as well.

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My Latest Project

My Latest Project(s)

Three elongated abstract paintings with blue and green tones, reminiscent of Willamette Valley wineries, hanging on a white wall above a dining table with chairs.
I painted this triptych about eight years ago.

I bought two things this past week that I haven’t purchased in a long time.

Paint and sewing patterns.

They are not to be used together as they are two different projects. I promise.

Abstract Paintings

I have some large canvases, and I plan to paint an abstract triptych for our primary bedroom in Ventura. A triptych is a series of three paintings that hang side-by-side. I intend to start painting in the next few weeks.

Here are two abstract paintings I painted about eight years ago.

I have been so busy with My 100 Year Old Home that I haven’t painted in years. Hopefully, I didn’t forget how. If you would like, I can share the process of painting the triptych. Let me know.


I bought four sewing patterns last week (who knew Amazon carried sewing patterns?) to make some dresses. Many years ago, I sewed every single week. I made everything—dresses, suits, coats, pants, and even my wedding gown!

One day last week, I got the idea to start sewing again and decided it was time! Here are the four patterns I bought.

Which one do you like the best?

Tap on any of the photos to learn more.

I haven’t decided which dress to make first, and I have not purchased the fabric yet. I was looking for some summer dresses and thought it might be fun to make them myself.

dress form in the craft room

Remember this? It’s a dress form that I purchased many years ago. Until now, all I have done with this is decorate her for Christmas. I have made dresses out of fresh greenery, faux poinsettias, Christmas cards, and more. I think she finally needs an actual dress.

I envision draping fabric and creating my designs, just like they do on Project Runway.

Am I crazy?

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My Biggest Challenge This Week

My girlfriends and 'i at a wedding with friends.
A wedding we enjoyed last summer with great friends.

Many of you know our youngest son, Michael, is getting married this fall. And we are so happy he is marrying Ellie; she is fantastic.

These past few weeks, I have been dress-shopping for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. It’s not as easy as I thought, but it’s been fun.

Of course, I have not finalized the dress yet. But I do have a few options hanging in my closet.

I won’t show any dresses yet as they will be revealed at the wedding.

I have learned a lot about shopping for formal dresses, and my two favorite places to shop are Azazie and Nieman Marcus.

This week's to do list.
  • Start planning our summer at the beach plans. We will spend most of our time in Ventura this summer, and I am so excited!
  • Set up my sewing area in the 3rd floor craft room to begin my summer sewing projects.

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It’s going to be a fun week! I am sharing my issue with open-concept kitchens, a DIY pillow, a new summer tablescape, twelve unexpected ways to use tea bags, backyard wedding ideas, and new fresh floral arrangements.

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  1. I’d love to take the leap back sewing some tops and dresses too. I will look forward to watching your progress, good or bad. It’s always rewarding to have created your own to wear, I thought. You are not crazy doing it again. I admire you for it.

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