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Too bad I don’t have a spider icon.  The saga of the brown recluse continues…………. More later.


We had another wine tasting.  It was New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  Wink wouldn’t let me bring the camera, so all I can do is report out.  We enjoyed it very much and all the wines were good. 


Dionysus Wine Group

Magic in Marlborough


1) Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2005, $20 (90)   G3, M1                        G= group preference rating

2) Huia Sauvignon Blanc 2005, $18 (92)  G1                                               M= Mark’s preference

3) Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2005, $18 (90)  G6                               ( )= wine taste percentage rating

4) Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Select2005, $22 (91)  G2 M3             

5) Alan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2005, $17 (91) G5

6) Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc, $19 (90) G4  M2


Apparently 2005 was a good year for Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand.  All of the wines were presentable.  I tended to like the fruitier wines with a good taste of melon.  Again the group mostly didn’t agree with me.  We had fun and a nice meal.  We have two more months of white wines and then back to the reds in the fall.  Really enjoying it do far.


Along with the wine tasting, we get another pound of chocolates from Cocoa Dolce.  Wink and Meg went and picked them up today.  We had a taste with dinner.







Oh My!




The Orkin man returned on Thursday to spray the house again.  So Wednesday night we moved furniture away from the wall so he could do a better job spraying.  This is typical of what we saw.  Here are the dead spiders behind the couch in the living room.


Dead Spiders


More Dead Spiders


One of the biggest surprises was spider webs behind the desk in my office.  The desk is usually pushed up against the wall.  Here is what we found when we pulled it out to spray behind the desk.


Spider Webs Decorated With Verdi Feathers


For Your Enjoyment


Spiders Everywhere


I have to admit that it is somewhat unnerving.( understatement)  We bought leather gloves to wear while we are moving boxes and vacuuming.  It is just as well because we encountered six live ones last night.  I killed five of the six.  We have to check our shoes before we put them on, shake out our clothes and we even have to check the bed before we get between the covers. Tuesday night last week Wink stepped on one on her way into the bathroom without knowing it. Luckily she was wearing slippers. EEEEK. 

So the house was sprayed again today.  The Orkin man battled the spiders. 


We’ve decided to rent a self-storage room to keep paintings, dolls, collections, and stuff that clutters the house so we can do a better job of cleaning up and be able to see what is going on. The Orkin man will be back next week to check the traps he left around. Of course we’ll be away for a week…


We will go to the Moeller ReOnion over the Fourth of July Holiday.  Here is the itinerary:


Dubuque Itinerary


Most of the kids will stay at the Richards House.  Mark, Wink, Andrew, Meg and Jonathan (our French guest) will stay at the Mandolin Inn.  Brian will stay with Dad and Madonna.


Monday night after a ten hour drive from Wichita, we will meet the family at the Bricktown Brewery.  We will try to climb the two towers once again.


Tuesday morning we will go to the Maquoketa Caves spelunking.  Then Tuesday afternoon will be a barbeque at Dad and Madonna’s house.  Aunt Dot will join us for the barbeque.


Wednesday is the canoe trip down the Wisconsin River.  It shows up real well on Google Earth.  We bought some water proof disposable camers to capture the event.,-90.572319&spn=0.110662,0.337486&t=h&om=1


Thursday is a picnic at Eagle Point Park.  Aunt Reva will join us for this adventure.


Friday we may go to the River Boat Museum.  Maybe even a trip to Julien Dubuques grave will be in the cards.  We’ll see when the time comes.


Not much else to report.  Looking forward to seeing everyone one soon.


Love, Mark and Wink