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 pups, after 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.