2014 in review – THANK YOU!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Thank you to all of my readers!

This was a most¬†exciting report to read, (aren’t stats always more fun to read than calculate!? Ha!).

Anyway, ¬†I just want to say THANK YOU. ¬†I appreciate you stopping by this site, whether to read just one post or all of of them…..

The most thrilling statistic in this report, which was so surprising, ¬†(and¬†deeply humbling!)) was the fact that you, (my readers!) hail from 84 different countries¬†and yet, somehow, found and clicked on martinisandbonbons.com to¬†read a post!! WOW!!! ¬†I’ve gone global!!!! ¬†That put the perfect finish to¬†2014!

From NYC Р I wish you all a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR wherever you may be!

Yours truly,



Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Happy Thanksgiving!

 Stop. Pause. Think.

The day-to-day for¬†many, if not for most of us – is typically filled with what we experience as moments of: “RUSH,¬†stress, frustration, no-time, confusion,¬†overwhelmed“.

During such moments, it is extremely hard to feel any sense of gratefulness, let alone give thanks or demonstrate any expression of appreciation.

Most of my days are such a whirlwind, that in a typical 24-hour day I probably spend¬†more¬†time venting, pushing,¬†planning,¬†absorbing, strategizing, and working, that I end up feeling anxious and exhausted. At that point, the¬†mysterious, angelic precursor to gratefulness that we call “patience”¬†is¬†pretty much nil. ¬†Actually, not unlike a¬†stick of dynamite at the end of a¬†fuse just lit by an amped-up¬†animated Roadrunner.

Perhaps you disagree.

¬†Perhaps¬†that doesn’t describe you, not even in the slightest.

If that’s the case, I’ll be honest, that’s awesome and I’m both happy for you and jealous of you, and so you can skip reading this post as you are obviously way more¬†evolved than myself and the rest of us … ¬†¬†However, I digress.

¬†I am 99% sure¬†that at no point in my¬†near, (or far), distant future¬†will I be admired for the¬†personal¬†¬†“virtues” that encompass¬† “patience”, ¬†“grace”, “acceptance” and/or¬†“quiet reflection of thanks”. ¬†I can also pretty much guarantee that any such virtues¬†I may actually have will unfortunately bear no¬†resemblance to those of¬†¬†say, Mother Theresa’s.


Thus,¬†I’m ashamed to admit..

that my feelings of gratefulness and of thankfulness tend to fall to the wayside.

A LOT.  And on many, MANY, days.

So today – “THANKS-GIVE-ING” DAY …

if you are reading these words and realize your days are eerily similar to mine..

Then, let’s do this together.


Give thanks.

There really is something Рsomehow, somewhere Рto be grateful for.                              Even if you have to start small.  Very small.

For example, I’m grateful that I get to say the word “cornucopia” on Thanksgiving without having anyone look at me like I’ve officially lost my mind. It’s¬†a fun word. I LIKE that word. It’s great that we have it. ¬† ¬†COR-N-U-CO-PPPP-IIIIIA . ¬†Try saying it out loud. ¬†The letters roll right off the tongue. Such a fun, yet under-used word!

 See how easy it is to be grateful?

Start small.

Make a daily list.


by Thanksgiving 2015 – let’s see how much our lives have¬†improved

(if anything, at least we will FEEL like they have improved!)

Enjoy tomorrow, have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

(and thank YOU for reading!!)

Cornucopia. Cornucopia ūüôā¬†

MACY’S Thanksgiving Day Parade History:¬†http://social.macys.com/parade/?cm_mmc=VanityUrl-_-parade-_-n-_-n#/about/history/0

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time !!


Ah, it’s here ! It has arrived !¬†

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé !

Georges Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau

Created in France, in the province of Beaujolais¬†(Burgundy region), this affordable¬†red wine¬†is released around the world on a yearly basis, always on the third Thursday in November. ¬†Knowing when something new is about to be released always generates some anticipation and excitement. In fact, it’s become a family tradition of sorts!

( “Have you tried it yet?” ¬†“No, not yet! But I heard it was a good year, something about the grapes not freezing! Going to run over to the liquor store and grab a few bottles ! Some for tasting now and some to bring over for Thanksgiving!” ¬†“OK¬†honey, but don’t taste too many at once!”)¬†

It’s also always fun to see the new labels as they are redesigned each year. I then transition from self-proclaimed sommelier into self-proclaimed professional art critic¬†and discuss how pretty the label is this year and what a¬†terrific use of color they utilized. (Note: I’m pretty sure my wine rating, label analysis and color interpretation sound more and more professional and knowledgeable¬†with each glass of wine tried :). )

Trying the Beaujolais Nouveau always makes for a merry time, though I may need to go to France for its launch one year. The region hosts a five day festival called Les Sarmentelles.  Five days of drinking wine and winning prizes? Now that sounds like a great time to be had !

Enjoy your glass of the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau ! Cheers! Sante! ¬†ŗ§Öŗ§öŗ•ćŗ§õŗ•Ä ŗ§łŗ•áŗ§Ļŗ§§ ŗ§ēŗ•á ŗ§≤ŗ§Ņŗ§Ź!¬†Salud !¬†šĻĺśĚĮ! ¬†Budem zdorovy!¬†ŚĻ≤śĚĮ! Sk√• l!¬†¬†¬†(I hope these all say “cheers“!)

Have a great day all !

Great Beaujolais links: