This has been a trying time of late, and I am super busy with work (everyone wants everything done by Christmas!) I have been posting on Instagram, but have done little else. My dad fell right before Thanksgiving (he will be 95 next week) and was in the hospital for 5 days. He is now in Rehab 30 minutes South of my home. Between dementia and his age, I think we are going to be looking at a skilled facility. I know he would never want to live this way but what do you do when the mind goes before the body. He is not enjoying life at this point so it is very difficult. While Jenna and Darius were here we took a little time played tourist at home. We took a trip up the River Road Wine Trail and ended at the facility where my dad is.
We live right across the highway from the famed Santa Lucia Highlands (home to wonderful Pinot Noirs). Sometimes you need to take the time to appreciate the beauty in your own backyard. Below is a shot taken from the car of the beautiful property of the owner’s of the wonderful Roar Wines.
We stopped at our favorite River Road Winery Wrath and enjoyed the views with a glass of wine.
The day was absolutely balmy. I wore the Bristol Shirt from Comfy USA for Artful Home. Comfy happens to be one of my favorite brands. Their tunics are always a hit with me. The fabrics are crisp and need very little ironing. They are great for travel as well. The stripe placement creates a really flattering line on this particular tunic. As an extra incentive, Artful Home is having a free shipping event from December 10-15!!
I am wearing an XS. My daughter Jenna snapped these pics before we left. Those of you who are regulars here know how much I love modeling!
Please follow me on Instagram if you want to see what I am up to. Next week I will be joining the 12 days of Christmas Tour, sharing my scaled-down Christmas decor at my home on the 12th.
**This post was sponsored by Artful Home. I was compensated for this post, but the words and opinions are my own.
Brenda Coffee says
What a cool shirt! I love the lines and that it’s such a unique design. Your smile tells me you have a great laugh and you laugh and smile easily. If I lived nearby, I’d suggest we meet for a glass of wine.
Hi, Cindy…so sorry to hear about your father. It is a tough row to hoe, that’s for sure. Thinking of you. AND, you look simply precious is these photographs! The landscapes you captured are stunning. Thanks for sharing with us!!! Best, Karen (Fig&Scallion)
mary Ann says
AHHHH….the gorgeous photos of your surroundings! Great shots. Glad you are taking the time to appreciate nature (and some wine).
I have been praying for you and your dad. Sending love.
PS. I can only comment on Safari…not Chrome.
home before dark says
I think you look fabulous. Sorry to hear about your father’s decline. I have been through this and it is tough, tough, tough. I’m not quite there yet but I can see 70 on the horizon. I am hoping that as we Boomers look to our own end-stage care, we will have more humane options than being forced to live in ways we categorically declared we would never do. For now, I think you are doing the very best you can. How lovely and loving to have your daughter to help you in the now. Small moments are often the biggest in our lives.
Karen B. says
I love that blouse and your day with the tour of such a lovely area sounds idea. So sorry about you dad. It’s such a challenge assisting elderly loved ones through these final years. Best of the season to you and your family.
Brenda Kinsel says
Hello Dear Cindy! How wise of you to take in the beauty all around you during these difficult times. You are a strong daughter and doing all you can. Hope you catch a breather for yourself. What fun it would be to see the holiday tour at your house! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Love the Bristol Shirt on you! Crisp stripes are divine on you!
LA CONTESSA says
THANK GOD FOR JENNA!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE THE PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE SHIRT Is PERFECT FOR YOU!!!!
Does it come in other colors?
TO think YOU can just STOP at a WINERY for a glass of VINO!!!!!!!!!
Now thats ENJOYABLE!!!!!!!!
THINKING OF YOU!
Hi Cindy ~
I just emailed you but wanted to stop by here as well and just say Hi! and Merry Christmas & Holidays! Love that shirt and those pictures are beautiful!
Morning Cindy! I am so sorry to hear of your dads struggles. Just after reading your post, I landed on the next post in my queue, A Network for Grateful Living and here was this morning’s quote, “Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” by Tia Walker. I believe there are no coincidences so i share this with you. wishing you and your family a peaceful holiday season.
Holly you are so thoughtful. I am so grateful that you read my blog and always add such considerate comments. Happy Holidays to you my friend!
So sorry to hear about your Dad! You’ve got a lot on your plate. I love that shirt on you. Comfy is a favorite of mine too!!
Thanks Jennifer! I have way too much Comfy in my closet!!
Sandra Sallin-Apart From My Art says
Adorable, adorable, adorable. You look so cute in these photos. You should definitely start modeling. I also love that Bristol top. I’m going to blog about it next week. Love it. Sorry, you’re having such a dificult time. But you look and sound great. Love seeing you and the environs in your photos. Happy Holidays!
Oh boy you know I do not like the modeling thing! I wish I were as photogenic as you! That shirt is a winner. I know you and I share a love for Comfy!
Leslie Harris says
Cindy you look absolutely stunning, your smile, your exuberance, your positive attitude, they all come shining through these pictures despite the difficult times you’re having with your Dad. I’m so sorry to hear about his fall and his worsening dementia. It’s so tough on him and heartbreaking for family to witness. But thank goodness you’ve got a good support system and it sounds like you’ve found the right place for him. I’ll remember him in my prayers. In the meantime I’m loving your outfits. Very chic indeed 🙂
Thanks for your kind thoughts Leslie. We have to meet up one day! Your house is looking so pretty for the holidays!