Be Thankful, Be Giving

So, it’s Wine Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving and I’m thinking, “What do I write to inspire my readers?” There are so many cliché things about thanksgiving. I could give a brief history lesson—did that–read last year’s post. I could tell you what will go with your holiday meal—did that–read last year’s post. I could even warn you of the dangers of your pets getting into holiday trash—did that–read last year’s post. So what do I say? First, I say my family and I are thankful for you, the people who read my blog, who come and visit the winery, who enjoy our wines and tell and share them with others. We are thankful for our restaurant clients who share our wines with many people on their menus. We are thankful for our staff, those great people who help visitors understand and taste our wines and have a passion for our story and sharing it. Secondly, I am thankful for my family, a family who treats me well. The other day I overheard Dad say something to Mom about “your perfect dog.” I am thankful that I have a job to do, one that keeps me from getting into trouble. I have a loving family, food in my bowl and a warm place to live. Here’s my quick canine PSA: if you have pets that are normally outside, bring them in, it’s going to be cold and snowy today and this winter. Give and show them love.

Why the title Clem? Be thankful. It’s that simple. I see in humans something we canines don’t really possess—a desire for more. Now desiring more, as in being better, growing, etc. is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you don’t have balance and do it at the expense of others, frankly, it’s not good. So, be thankful. Today and tomorrow, take a moment and think of the things you’re thankful for. If it’s a person or even your pet, tell them. Now, be giving—the second part of the word. If you are thankful for something you have, think and give to someone who maybe isn’t afforded that luxury. I know my readers are very giving people. I saw the way you all filled that mini-cooper to help the homeless in October. I’m asking for the same help again with our Toys for Tots collection. Beginning Friday, you can drop off toys or monetary donations for the US Marines Toys for Tots campaign. We at the winery will have a gift for you too. On Friday, we are open from 10am to 5pm for Black Friday and all case sales are 15% off. If you need the details of the sale, you can read them here: http://www.galenglen.com/happenings/nov_event_list.php
On Sunday, November 30th from 12 to 5pm you will have a chance to also get on the “nice” list by being giving. Santa will be here helping us collect for Toys for Tots and listening to your holiday wishes. Bring the family and your camera and we will help you capture a holiday memory.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Until next time…
Wine wags,
Clemens