Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

A Phone Call Can Do Wonders for the Soul

Jenee Darden with her late grandmother



I recently lost my grandmother. Although I knew the day was coming, nothing prepares you for the absence of someone you love deeply. I wrote a poem in memory of my grandmother. I said that I felt my mother's love at first heartbeat, and my grandmother is my "love at first breath" because she was by my mother's side in the delivery room. I lost one of my favorite people in the world. I lost a second mother. 

When my close friends heard the news they reached out. And I'm so grateful. My friends' phone calls came right on time. It meant so much to me that people stopped what they were doing, made time in the day just to give me that verbal support. I go more into detail in the video below. My grandmother was the type of woman who would pick up on the phone and call people if she hadn't talked to them in a while or just to see how they're doing.  But think about it. Who haven't you TALKED to in a while? Do you need to catch up with someone who had a loss over six months ago? Have you checked in on your homey or friend recently? Pick up the phone. You never know. Your ear may help them. Or maybe you need someone to give their ear to you. 



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