A December Day in Napa

A December Day in Napa

For the first time in weeks, Bill and I had Friday free to do whatever we wanted. And what we wanted was to take his new truck for a spin with the dogs. All four of them.

We popped over the hill to Napa Valley and stopped at Dean & Deluca to pick up some Italian salami, oven-roasted turkey, D’affinois cheese, olives and mixed nuts before heading over to our usual place – under a big oak tree off Conn Creek Dam Road next to a vineyard (I’ve written about our special place before here and here).

The vineyards are mostly barren, but for some reason, still have some fruit on the vines.

The grapes haven’t yet turned to Cabernet Franc raisins. They are sweet and full of juice.

After we ate, we Christmased up the big dogs and made them pose for photos. It’s easy when they’re on tethers.

We love dressing our dogs up for the holidays, even if it’s just for a few minutes. It’s that humiliating time of year for our pupsafter all.

After we de-Christmased the dogs, I asked Bill to take a few shots of me out in the vineyard.

I wanted to show you my latest thrift store find….

a CABi sweater in like-new condition for $3.99! eBay is currently selling the very same sweater for $56.99.

It’s called “Socialite” and I think it’s gorgeous. It’s the perfect sweater to wear with my layered necklaces and pearl studs. And I am certain it will look great with my $3.99 pencil skirt for a work look.

Before we started for home, Bill threw the six tennis ball toy for Louie and Murphy.

Can you believe the air Louie gets? We’re convinced his legs are spring-loaded.

Once we left our special picnic place, we shopped around St. Helena. I bought some gifts for an upcoming White Elephant and found this darling snowman globe and a tiny tree – both light up and change five different colors.

My easily-entertained mind can stare at them endlessly. I think the tree needs to sleep with me tonight on my nightstand.

By now, the dogs were hungry and our cozy house and my yoga pants were calling; it was time to head home.  On our way, we took one last picture.

An almost full moon hanging low over a vast vineyard, in which a large decorated holiday tree sits. I think I love this photo.




  1. December 9, 2011 / 10:49 pm

    That last photo is soo lovely. It just makes your heart feel so expansive and you suddenly feel at peace with everything.

  2. December 9, 2011 / 11:20 pm

    Adrienne, you live in such a gorgeous part of the world. That last photo is so serene; makes you just want to let out a sigh, kick back and take in the view. Have a lovely weekend Sweets.

  3. December 10, 2011 / 1:23 am

    Gorgeous pics Adrienne. Love the heading with snow.

  4. December 10, 2011 / 3:16 am

    My comments are, your look gorgeous, love your outfit, beautiful pics and the dogs are too cute!!
    And oh yea, you are sooooo lucky to live so close!

  5. December 10, 2011 / 5:22 am

    Love your area. You really do amaze me with your finds. I wish you lived here so you could dress me. At those prices, I wouldn’t mind purchasing.

  6. December 10, 2011 / 6:04 am

    Hmmm I think I will need to start thrifting! I hear there is an awesome sale every few weeks at one of the churches…plus there is a second hand clothing store here. I just dont know if I have the patience to go through every single item!

    You look gorgeous in that outfit!

  7. December 10, 2011 / 7:28 am

    I love your thrifty find!!!! It is gorgeous and so versatile.

    You pups look about as excited to be posing in their holiday finery as my sweet pup. She just didn’t appreciate the glam it added!

    As far as your lovely day…all I can say is I am coveting it! LOL

  8. December 10, 2011 / 7:40 am

    Oh my gosh…what a wonderful day with hubby and furkids! You looks so pretty!! Your hubby did a great job taking your photos!

  9. December 10, 2011 / 7:54 am

    The last image is especially lovely and I adore your words of pearl there too. How adorable are your dogs;-)
    So glad you both enjoyed a day out amongst the vines. Have a nice weekend to you both.xx

  10. December 10, 2011 / 8:47 am

    Great sweater at a great price and I love how you have Chanel’s habit of masses of pearls, very chic, very French.

    It surprises me that there are deserted vineyards in your area. I would have thought that they would all be thriving and busy.

    The dogs do look cute all dressed up and that truck is quite a nice looking ride!

  11. December 10, 2011 / 9:02 am

    Oh you had me at the doggie picture, for sure : > Love those faces. Great find, with your CABI sweater- I think you’ll wear it a lot, and it looks fantastic.

  12. December 10, 2011 / 10:30 am

    Looks like a fabulous way to spend a Family- day with the furbabies. They look adorable in their Christmas cheer…

    Beautiful photos and you look gorgeous in that outfit!! … Was reading your Fench Fry, Candy Night post below .. and what a fabulous idea… Mr. G. and I are working on starting some traditions ourselves… The God children would certainly enjoy such an outing… Happy Saturday..xo HHL

    P.S. Little Dolce, is pawing out that Daisy and Coco are not shown in Christmas cheer outfits, and is questioning the elf coat that he has been informed will be worn for Santa photo… lol…xo

  13. December 10, 2011 / 1:25 pm


    Again, loving the pictures you are taking. Isn’t thrifting fun? You are just gorgeous.

    Those pups are adorable. I tried putting a cutsie sweater-like thingy on my lab today and she promptly went out and rolled around in the snow-mud…awesome.

    Last pic is so serene.


  14. December 10, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    Love your sweater, you really have done well with your second hand finds lately!

    The dogs are so darn cute. We used to torture poor Roxy as well.

    I really love the last photo, just beautiful…did you catch the eclipse this a.m.? Tony just happened to get up and see it.


    P.S. My Xmas tree is up with lights and ribbon so far! Hope to really get going on it tomorrow. 🙂

  15. December 10, 2011 / 10:10 pm

    Oops, forgot to mention the truck…nice!


  16. December 11, 2011 / 1:07 am

    Very cute sweater…and dogs! I’m surprised they didn’t go nuts smelling all the divine food in the front seat :O)

    I would love if Napa was just a drive in the car away! Its a wonderful mini vacation.

    Have a great Sunday!

  17. December 11, 2011 / 3:21 am

    looove that dog jumping. I’ve been working on teaching our baby GSD to play fetch. And teaching her not to jump on us with her muddy paws!!

  18. December 11, 2011 / 9:30 pm

    I want to steal that sweater off your back! When I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight I need to check out that thrift store you keep finding great deals at.

  19. December 12, 2011 / 3:38 pm

    Such a fun day! The contrast of the white in the jacket with the black top really brings light into your face and eyes. I need to visit you and thrift in your area; the nearest Goodwill to me is just stocked with Target knock-off’s. I need to locate some new shopping points after my shopping fast.

    Aren’t you glad we eat the way we do? Salami and cheese from D&D is such a luxurious treat.

  20. December 13, 2011 / 6:40 am

    What a lucky sighting, this last photo. I am loving it, too!

  21. December 13, 2011 / 6:59 am

    What a lovely outing! I used to love outings with our dog. I just love to see a dog romp around in the great outdoors!

    And another fabulous thrift store find! I really need to find some higher end thrift stores in my area. But then again, we really don’t have many high end regular retail shops around here so the chances of finding them at our thrift stores are a slim chance. Darn!

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