Open That Bottle Night

Tonight is Open That Bottle Night.  It was conceived more than 15 years ago and is celebrated world-wide today.

Two wine lovers found that a great many people have a special bottle of wine stashed away for some special occasion.  This bottle is to be opened to celebrate a promotion, the birth of a grandchild, or a special event with your spouse.  Over the years, they heard stories of people who were laid off, had a daughter-in-law who opted not to have kids, or had their spouse pass away way too early.  The bottle of wine was no longer looked upon with hope and joy but with the sadness of unrealized dreams.

They postulated that sharing and enjoying the memories we have built with each other is far superior than waiting for some special day.  We have built many memories with family and friends, let’s celebrate the good times we have enjoyed while we are all still around.

Great bottles of wine go to waste every day waiting for that special event that never comes. This night was set so that we would open that bottle and enjoy the moments with those we care deeply for. 

The opening of that bottle is itself the special occasion. We wait long enough for the “right moment” but that “right moment” might never come, so just Open That Bottle.

Picks From the Porch

As you get ready to head out to attend your Oscar Party this evening, don’t forget to take this Cheat-sheet with you.  I have spent a considerable amount of time doing the research (so you don’t have to) to determine who will be taking home the Oscar this evening.  Please note that this cheat-sheet is a compilation of who will win, not who should win.  This info has received a somewhat warm blessing from those gathered on the porch this afternoon.


Have fun, and please don’t forget who provided you with this free advice.

How to Celebrate Valentines Day on the Cheap

Love is in the Air

mjccupidMe being the romanic that I am, but also being a cheapskate,I thought I would share some thoughts with you to help you celebrate your day with the one you love.






1. Plan a picnic. If the weather is cold, spread a blanket on the living room floor. Add flair to the occasion with some wine, a rose, and mood music.

 2. “Tech-free” night. Turn off your cell phones, computer, TV, and lights. See what’s left to do without electricity. Sing old songs, recount stories of how you met, plan for the future.

3. Be a tourist. Pretend you’re a tourist in your own town. Visit a museum, a scenic overlook, or a quaint neighborhood. Discover something new together!

4. Midnight bowling. It’s more than just bowling! Some places have special music, lighting and gimmicks. Even without these, it can be a lot of fun if you don’t take it too seriously.

 5. Down memory lane. Look through old photos and tell each other stories of your childhood and families. If you feel really energetic, begin to put those lose photos in albums or on a disc. Your children will appreciate it one day.

6. “Evening at the Ritz.” Dress up and go to the lobby of an elegant hotel. Sit in the lounge and order a drink or snack. Check out the expensive shops and resist the urge to buy. (This is my favorite, but don’t forget to budget some funds for parking)

7. Home spa. Create a home spa for the evening. Put on soothing music, light some scented candles, give each other a massage.

8. Cheap gift challenge. Head to your local department store and challenge each other to come up with the most romantic gift possible. Two requirements: It can’t cost more than $20, and it must be used that night.

9. Shall we dance? Visit the local music store and pick up the latest hot dance CD (maybe your kids can help you choose). Buy a few snacks and plan your own party later that evening.

10. Find-My-Heart treasure hunt. Cut out some paper hearts and hide them around your home. On each heart write an endearing statement about your spouse plus a clue to the next heart. At the end enjoy a heartfelt treat together.182243_1694370772838_7584536_n