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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

25 Oct

“Profession and possession [of faith] are not the same thing.”

Tom Wells

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Another lovely Sunday. My first chore was to scoot across the street at 7:30 to feed Miss Kathy’s cats while she’s gone a few days. Sammi has been sick, so he had a couple of different meds to be administered. Did you ever try and give a cat a pill, much less two pills? Plus, he doesn’t like wet food and only eats dry, thus eliminating the old hide the pill in some tuna. I brought a towel over to wrap him a little so he wouldn’t put the death claw grip on me like yesterday’s adventure. It took a little chasing under tables and chairs and few attempts, but we got them in. We nuzzled for a while. Poor Sammi.

Then, home to change out of my kitty fur covered clothes and into my Sunday Goin’ to church clothes, and off to Mass.

Another baptism today, baby Blaise Antonio. Adorable.

Today’s Gospel was a reminder of persistence and faith.

Gospel, Mark 10:46-52

46 They reached Jericho; and as he left Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus — that is, the son of Timaeus — a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road.47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and cry out, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’48 And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’49 Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man over. ‘Courage,’ they said, ‘get up; he is calling you.’50 So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus.51 Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘Rabbuni, let me see again.’52 Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And at once his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

My take on it…the blind man was persistent and begged Jesus to have pity on him, even after being scolded by the others. His sight was restored because of his faith. Sight could be a symbol of seeing clearly, perhaps not just with your eyes, but your soul. Even when you cannot see what you desire, never give up.

Jerry and Patricia invited me and Helene to join them for a burrito breakfast brunch in Princeton. Then, Helene and I stopped at Tom Thumb to pick up some sale stuff. For some reason, my app wasn’t working and I asked the young man if I got the sale prices. He said yes. When I got to the car…NO! So, I marched back in and had to get all my items returned and re-rung.

Even Miss Barbara couldn’t understand why it didn’t work. All the items were on my stupid app. I hate those stupid apps where you have to have the special super duper digital deal in order to get the sale. Forgive my French, but just have a DANG sale, already.

The rest of my day was busy talking to family and FaceTiming with friends and the grandkids. A strange cloudy drizzly full moon crazy kinda day.

Always the highlight of my Sunday.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Spectacular Sunsets

18 Oct

“The more you want, the more you need. Instead be content, in word and deed.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Don’t you understand that wanting does not belong here, because that is what wounds, and there is never an end to it.”
― Isobelle Carmody

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A beautiful crisp and cool Sunday morning. Sweater weather at last. Awesome.

Another baptism today. Little Ann Marie.

Today’s Gospel was the story of James and John asking Jesus if they could have the favor of sitting at His right and left in a place of honor. Jesus explained to them and the other jealous disciples His journey and how He was here to serve, not to be served.

Gospel, Mark 10:35-45

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him. ‘Master,’ they said to him, ‘We want you to do us a favour.’36 He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’37 They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’38 But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I shall drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I shall be baptised?’39 They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I shall drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I shall be baptised you shall be baptised,40 but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’41 When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John,42 so Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that among the gentiles those they call their rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt.43 Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant,44 and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all.45 For the Son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

My take on it… in order to truly follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we can’t go through life always demanding more and more, and never being satisfied. Be content, appreciate your blessings, share with others. That is the reward, that feeling of contentment.

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After Mass, we stopped for coffee at McD, then over to Tom Thumb. Eggs were on sale. 88cents a dozen, limit two. Cool! A quick stop at Sprouts, then home. A lazy afternoon with phone calls and wasting away time on Facebook and emails. Then, my evening walk … ah… my evening walk and FaceTime with the grandkids. Perfect evening.

My first loop around the pond, then just a few minutes later… the sky exploded with color.
Look at this spectacular sunset.

As I was walking, the kids called and we did a FaceTime while I walked. I showed them my sunset, and the horses across the street grazing in the pasture.

They shared pictures of their adventures at the zoo. Oh no, my grandchildren have been captured by a giant kangaroo!

Another perfect Sunday.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

11 Oct

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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A lovely Sunday morning. The alarm was set for 7 am. I went across the street to feed Miss Kathy’s cats before church. They were happy to see me.

“Hurry up! Where’s the food.”

When I arrived at church, I was walking through the parking lot when I saw the Chateau bus driving towards the back entrance. I literally scurried through the long corridors to meet the bus on the far end. I’d call it a run, but it was more like a turtle troggle joggle.

There was also a baptism during Mass. A beautiful baby boy, Benjamin Joseph. I cried. I always cry at baptisms, weddings, funerals, the National Anthem, and pretty much every ceremony there is.

Today’s Gospel was the story of a wealthy man asking Jesus how he could earn eternal life. Jesus said to follow the commandments. The wealthy man said that he already did those things...

21 Jesus looked steadily at him and he was filled with love for him, and he said, ‘You need to do one thing more. Go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’22 But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.24 The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesusinsisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them, ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.’26 They were more astonished than ever, saying to one another, ‘In that case, who can be saved?’27 Jesus gazed at them and said, ‘By human resources it is impossible, but not for God: because for God everything is possible.’28 Peter took this up. ‘Look,’ he said to him, ‘we have left everything and followed you.’29 Jesus said, ‘In truth I tell you, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel30 who will not receive a hundred times as much, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land — and persecutions too — now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.

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Wow! My take on this… I can see where this Gospel reading can be difficult to understand. But, I do believe that if you have been blessed with wealth, that it is your obligation to share your blessings with others. There are so many people have so much wealth and are not satisfied, and they always want more and more. They would never dream of sharing with the less fortunate. Then, there are so many who have very little, yet they are the first to share with the less fortunate. They feel blessed and satisfied, so they feel obliged to share their blessings.

I like the analogy of a camel and the eye of a needle. A big ol’ fat lumpy camel is like a stingy greedy rich person, just storing up more and more, and trying to get into heaven. Good luck with that. I know quite a few people who have been blessed with a comfortable life and would be considered wealthy, and they are some of the most generous people I know. I don’t think they literally need to give everything away in order to get into heaven. And, it seems the more they share, the more they are blessed. Love God, love your fellow man, and share your blessings. Amen. Awomen…equal opportunity.

*****After Mass, we stopped for coffee at McD. And yes, I waited till 11 am to get another Happy Meal and toy for my girls. 🤦‍♀️

Later in the afternoon, I went over to Miss Sherry’s to see if I could help with her estate sale. I’m glad I went. She had a very sweet Mexican Family with two children come by, and they didn’t speak any English. I got to use my very rusty Spanish, and they bought a LOT of stuff. They just moved to Texas and didn’t have many things. They were there for nearly three hours. Miss Sherry was very generous and practically gave things away. (Again, with the Gospel theme…share with the less fortunate.)

It was a very good Sunday. I do feel very blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends.

I need a glass of wine. 🍷

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

4 Oct

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
— Maya Angelou

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Another beautiful Sunday. I woke up around 7 to start my day. When I looked out the window, I said, “Oh no! Another beautiful sunny day! Not again!” It hasn’t rained in SO long and my sprinkler system is broken. I was hoping God would water my yard, BUT NO! I’ll have to water by hand again.🤦‍♀️

I arrived at church by 8:30, lit my candle and waited for the Chateau bus of senior ladies to arrive. Hugs for all, then I escorted Miss Vi in, walking arm in arm. She doesn’t like to bring her walker.

Today’s Gospel hit a little too close to home. The topic was divorce. I cringed when I read the intro. Let’s see what Jesus has to say. Apparently, Jesus wasn’t a strong proponent of divorce. Old Moses said it was OK, just draw up a paper of dismissal. Jesus didn’t agree, saying that “What God has United, human beings must not divide.” Here’s today’s Gospel. Read for yourself. What do you think?…

Gospel, Mark 10:2-16

2 Some Pharisees approached him and asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were putting him to the test.3 He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’4They replied, ‘Moses allowed us to draw up a writ of dismissal in cases of divorce.’5 Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so hard hearted that he wrote this commandment for you.6 But from the beginning of creation he made them male and female.7 This is why a man leaves his father and mother,8 and the two become one flesh. They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh.9 So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.’10 Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this,11 and he said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her.12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’13 People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples scolded them,14 but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.15 In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’16 Then he embraced them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.

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Here’s my take on it… marriage is a commitment. It means that you give your word of honor not only to your partner, but to God. Unfortunately, not everyone has honor or honors their vows or commitments. They have NO trouble lying, cheating, stealing, killing, or disobeying any man-made laws, much less the laws handed down from God. They have NO honor. So, I had trouble understanding what Jesus would say about divorce in today’s society where people just say, “I’m just not happy. It’s not fun anymore. Those 43 years mean nothing. This other person means nothing to me. I just want to have fun, be happy and get divorce. Sign this paper and be on your way.” Yah, that hit a little too close to home.

Now, I consider a marriage certificate just a sheet of paper that doesn’t mean anything unless both parties honor their word to each other and to God. Why the paper? Difficult to find honor these days. Sad. 😔 But, life goes on, and if you have a good heart and a strong faith, life can be even better than you thought possible. Amen.

After Mass, Jerry and I stopped for a quick coffee. He had to get home to get ready for the Cowboy game. Football? I don’t get that either. What would Jesus say about a bunch of grown men chasing a strange oblong ball and throwing each other down to the ground, just for fun and profit? 🤦‍♀️ Next, I grabbed a Happy Meal at McD before I left because I’m collecting the toys for the grandkids.

The rest of my day was great, with errands, visiting ❤️, a little nap, and a nice evening walk. Of course, a sunset and FaceTime with the granddaughters. Life is good.

A fine way to end a fine day. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Stunning Sunsets

20 Sep

“Never be so busy as not to think of others.” -Mother Teresa

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Another beautiful Sunday morning and great day for 9 o’clock Mass. I was able to run down the hall at church to catch the ladies from the Chateau Senior Living before they got off the bus. I greeted all the smiling ladies and escorted them inside, double checking that a Eucharistic minister could bring Miss Vi communion in her pew.

Father Don returned from his trip to Africa sporting a new beard and mustache. (I didn’t recognize him at first. Would it sacrilegious to say he looks like the Frito Bandito? Don’t tell him I said that.)

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling His disciples about upcoming events, death and resurrection. They spent time boasting about themselves.

30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him. 33And they came to Caper’na-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. 35And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37″Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

My take on it… another lesson for the disciples to learn and share. Instead of always trying to be first or the best or the fastest or the richest, these things will make you a servant, not a leader. You become a servant to earthly possessions and trappings. What you do for a helpless child or your fellow man, that’s what makes you a winner. That’s how you receive the grace of God. Good words to live by.

After church, Bonita and Jerry and I stopped for coffee at McDonald’s. This was so weird. I got there first, so I ordered two coffees and my iced tea. I got my iced tea, then stood there for maybe fifteen minutes. Still no coffee. Jerry and Bonita were glaring at me from across the room as they sat and chatted. I shouted, “I think Juan Valdez is bringing the coffee from Colombia by donkey. Hang in there.” I guess they said they had to make a fresh batch, but seriously, I think they forgot about me. 🤦‍♀️ Even the man waiting for only a few minutes for his pancakes said, “You’re a lot more patient than I am.”

The good thing about the long wait is, by the time we finished our coffee and tea, it was already after 11 and I could order a Happy Meal, that they don’t serve until after 11. I’m collecting those little toys. (See! There’s always a bright side.) N

Now, for some stunning sunsets.

Pretty awesome!

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and a Stunning Sunrise

13 Sep

“When my life is over, who will they say I was? Who will I say I was? Good question.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A lovely Sunday morning. My Google assistant said it was on 69° at 7:30. I said “Bless you!” Siri said, “I’m sorry, I didn’t sneeze!” Just kidding. That really didn’t happen. But, I had you going for a minute, didn’t I? Actually, just now, I said, “OK Google. Bless you!” She replied, “I’m happy you’re happy.” That’s a true story.

The sunrise was stunning this morning. This photo doesn’t do it justice. The sun was actually a huge glowing red-orange globe in the misty tangerine sky.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus asking the disciples, “Who do people say I am?” Many thought He was a prophet. Jesus asked the disciples what they thought. Peter said He was the Christ. Jesus went on to describe how He was going to suffer, be rejected, be put to death and rise again. Peter was incredulous.

34 “He called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.35 Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”

My take on it… Well, you know me. I don’t take every word literally. To renounce yourself and take up your cross, I take to understand that we will all have crosses and hardships to bear. If we follow the teachings of Jesus, we live our lives honestly, respectfully, love God and one another, we will prevail. We don’t have to literally die to be saved. Gosh, there’d be a lot of dead people. “Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it,” to me suggests if we only think about ourselves, save our own skin, be selfish and egotistical, that’s when we lose the true meaning of life. If we “lose our life for His sake and the Gospel,” suggests that we lose ourself in kindness, honesty, helping one another, and following the Gospel teachings, THEN we save our life, our eternal life. That is the true meaning of life here on earth, paving the way for eternal life.

It was a fine Sunday. I hope you had a great day too.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

6 Sep

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein

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A beautiful Sunday morning, with a slight welcomed morning drizzle, just enough to add a little steamy to the rising temperatures.

Morning Mass was a pleasure. We had a guest Jesuit priest presiding at 9 o’clock. Father Gonzalez was not only eloquent, but pretty darn funny at times. It was a nice change of pace to giggle here and there.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus being asked to heal a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. He touched the man…

“Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’35 And his ears were opened, and at once the impediment of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly.36 And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they proclaimed it.37 Their admiration was unbounded, and they said, ‘Everything he does is good, he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’”

My take on it… as in so many of the Bible readings, those who have faith and believe in miracles, are rewarded for their complete faith with a miracle.

After Mass, of course, a quick stop for coffee with Jerry and Helene. We sit and chat for less than an hour, but we laugh and giggle so much, it’s almost like sitting at a comedy club. Hey, we should go on the road. “Two Old Girls and a Guy.”

The day wouldn’t be complete without a stunning Sunday sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

30 Aug

“Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.”
― Anthony Burgess

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Another awesome Sunday. My heart is full with so many blessings and wonderful people in my life. You know who you are.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Jesus replying to the Pharisees and scribes who questioned why some of His disciples were not respecting the tradition of washing their hands before eating. He called them hypocrites who honor with words but not their hearts. They teach lessons of human commandments….

8 You put aside the commandment of God to observe human traditions.’14 He called the people to him again and said, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand.15 Nothing that goes into someone from outside can make that person unclean; it is the things that come out of someone that make that person unclean.21 For it is from within, from the heart, that evil intentions emerge: fornication, theft, murder,22 adultery, avarice, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, pride, folly.23 All these evil things come from within and make a person unclean.’

My take on it… God knows what’s in your heart. Actions speak louder than words. Goodness comes from within, not from what appears on the outside.

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After Mass, a quick stop for coffee and conversation with Helene and Jerry. Oh, and lots of silliness and joking around. The rest of my afternoon was awesome and quiet.

Always a highlight… a FaceTime call with my favorite granddaughters.

Before I knew it, it was time for an evening walk. I got in 2.2 miles and captured another awesome sunset.

Look at those stunning clouds. Wow! Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

23 Aug

“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

Stephen Grellet

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Words to live by from Mr. Grellet. I try to live by these wise words every day. We shall not pass this way again.

A beautiful but steamy Sunday. It is Texas, after all. I always look forward to my Sunday morning rituals, seeing friends, smiling faces, and the solemnity of the Catholic Mass. Very inspirational.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus being questioned by His followers. They had trouble understanding His message…

65 He went on, ‘This is why I told you that no one could come to me except by the gift of the Father.’66 After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more.67 Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’68 Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life,69 and we believe; we have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.’

My take on it… sometimes traveling on the right path or knowing what to believe can be confusing. Faith in what you can’t see is the strongest purest faith.

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After Mass, a quick stop for coffee with Helene and Jerry. Plus, I had some of my famous “bad ass peanut butter brownies,” to give them.

The rest of my day was quiet and serene. The grandchildren called to FaceTime, and I went for a nice evening walk.

But yesterday, I did have a chance to stop at Fire Station 9 to drop off some brownies on our way to dinner. (Yes, more “bad ass brownies.) Sherri Murphy had picked me up, so she was kind enough to take a photo of me and a couple of the cute fire fighters. They always appreciate my visits.

Life is good! Happy Sunday.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

16 Aug

“There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.”

—James E. Faust

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A bright and beautiful Sunday. It wasn’t oppressively hot today, a blessing right there. Many things to be thankful for today.

This morning at Mass, we celebrated the feast of the Assumption. The Blessed Virgin Mary plays a very important role in our Catholic Faith. If you think about it, this blessed woman was the mother of Jesus, thus holding the greatest honor of any human person, and then was taken up to heaven at the end of her earthly life. Very special.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Mary visiting her sister Elizabeth, both with child…

Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.42 She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.43 Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?44 Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy.45 Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

My take on it… I think today was the first time I actually thought about how Mary was the most honored and blessed of all the earthly people. She was the mother of Jesus. She was His mother, she carried Him in her womb, gave birth and raised the child. She was taken up to heaven. How cool is that! A woman!

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After Mass, we stopped for coffee. We laughed a lot, shared silly stories, and made a spectacle of ourselves, as usual. After that, I stopped at Miss Bonita’s place to get acquainted with Frank, her cute cat. I’m going to check in on him when she has her knee surgery later this week.

The rest of my day was whiled away. Where does the time go? I did go for a lovely two mile walk at sunset. I love my sunset walks.

I decided to have a nice glass of wine tonight. Yes, I am a fine wine connoisseur. It’s called, wine in a box. I was reading the expiration date and noticed it said…”Store in a Cool, Dry Place, Less than 70°F.” YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING! This is Texas! When is it ever cool, dry, or less than 70°F in the summer? I would have to wear a sweater in my house if it was less than 70°.
Cheers, my friends. Happy Sunday!