Interactive Wine Country Tours
California is famous for its vineyards and one of the best wines of the world comes from these parts. There are more than two thousand wineries. Touring this grape-rich country is a thrilling experience. The travel is on a cruise which takes you to the wineries. The people travel by small ships enjoying the beauty of the sea. There are interactive sessions with wine experts and special guests who give us a background about the history about the place. There are visits to wineries on shore. August is the harvest season in the area and this is the best time to visit there. The Mediterranean climate is just right for growing grapes. There are special wine events and festivals around this time. So, one can enjoy the scenic beauty of the beautiful bay and riverside and visit the wineries and also tour the architectural places of the glorious past. This a tour that expert wine tasters and novices will enjoy to the maximum, since there is wine, culture and beautiful scenery all put together in one journey. There are many famous areas that can be visited on this tour. Some of them are Amador County, Lodi Country, Monterey Country, Napa Valley, Pasco Robles, Santa Cruz Country and Sonoma Country. Amador Country is famous for its Gold Rush attraction. In Jackson town you have the Amador Country Museum which houses the memorabilia from the Gold Rush period. Indian Rock Grinding State Park is 2,400ft above sea level, situated at Pine Grove. At Suffer Creek you can the buildings of the Gold Rush era and can also do some shopping. The wineries of Shenandoah Valley have high class Amador wines.
Well, what have we been up to the last couple of weeks? We have been hiding in the house except to go to Doctor's appointments, one trip to the grocery store and to shop for an appliance. It has been freezing cold here and we have been dealing with one storm that dumped 18.5 inches of snow on us and it seems to have snowed every night since. Lake effect seems to be in full force. When is Spring going to get here? My almost nine year old microwave bit the dust about a week ago. We had our local repair people come out to look at it on Thursday at the same time the cable people came to deal with an issue. Dan, the repair man, determined that the magnetron was dead. So it is going to be taken out. 300. We said no. It wasn't worth putting that into a 9 year old microwave. So Hubby and I went shopping and purchased a new one which will be installed sometime this week.
It cost a lot more than the repair but it is new. I never really thought I would miss a microwave but it seemed like I have needed it a lot. I don't like heating up leftovers on the stove or in the toaster oven. I was also extremely happy that we have funds tucked away for appliance replacements so we didn't have to think twice about buying a new one. On Thursday, I finally went to the grocery store after not going almost two weeks. I am very thankful for my stockpile. We needed a few things since we are going on the South Beach Diet. So I picked up some fresh vegetables, Canadian bacon, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Sprays, Smart Balance, egg beaters, mozzarella sticks, shrimp, and frozen spinach. 300. grocery budget for the rest of January. It really does pay to stay home and not grocery shop. Since I will not be going shopping until a week from next Tuesday, the leftover money will be used in February. We got a pleasant surprise yesterday.
We were figuring our electric and gas bill was going to be extremely high because of the temperatures being below zero to about 20 here the last couple of weeks. 15.21 less than the same bill last year even though it has been a lot colder and even though there has been a rate increase during that year. We used 100 less KWH and 50 less therms of gas. So being diligent about conserving has again paid off. So many times, I have told you that it pays off to take the time to write companies. Well look what I got in the mail a few days ago from Chobani. They sent these because I e-mailed them to tell them how much I love their yogurt. Not only did they send seven coupons but they sent a beautiful Thank You note for taking the time to write them. Other than these things, we have just been cleaning, cooking, watching some movies, and playing cards. This is what we do in the winter when we are stuck in the house. My son and West are coming to visit and have breakfast this morning. We have not seen them in a while because of the snow. West's birthday was last weekend and I still have his gift sitting here. He is going to love it even though it is a week late. I can't believe that he is 9 already. I really am missing my son, DIL, and granddaughter. I wish that the airline would start up the flights to where they live again. It would be so easy to jump on a plane for 45 minutes and go visit. It beats driving in this weather. I hope you are all well and staying out of the cold if you are up north. Hopefully spring will be here in a couple of months.
It's been two years since we completed our acquisition of DoubleClick, a leading provider of display advertising technology. This is the first in a series of posts over the next few weeks about our vision for online display advertising in the years ahead. Today, Susan Wojcicki previews the series and looks back at how we've brought Google and DoubleClick technologies together over the past two years. Fast forward to 2010. You're likely to see display ads — image, text, video and rich-media formats — on most of the websites that you visit. These ads are crucial to the Internet. They provide information about thousands of products, services and businesses. They help to fund the web content and services that we all use. And they enable large and small advertisers to reach new customers, increase sales and grow their businesses. I've watched display advertising evolve from a series of simple, static images, to the incredible creative units that we see today. The best display ads today are often like mini-websites with complex animations, stunning graphics or videos, interactive and social elements.