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Then: Boone's Farm Apple Wine

Now: Ketel One Vodka

Remember those days? A bottle or two of Boone's Farm Apple Wine or maybe some TJ Swan Easy Nights or Mellow Days. Hanging out with good friends. The Moody Blues playing on the stereo. We were young with dreams that knew no boundaries. We were young, idealistic and so sure the world was going to change.  

There would be no more war after Vietnam. After all, aren't we supposed to learn from our mistakes? Women would definitely earn as much as men. After all, aren't all humans created equal? We were never going to get stretch marks or wrinkles or need reading glasses. After all, weren't we always going to take care of ourselves? And we were never, definitely never, going to turn into our parents.  

So, I ask you? – Who is that women staring at me from the mirror? The one who works in order to pay the mortgage, who sends e-mails to the troops over in Iraq and who smears anti-aging cream all over face each night hoping to wake up a few years younger each day. In fact, she's hoping to be in her back in her forties by the end of the year.  

Because I swear, it's not me. She acts, she thinks and she looks just like my mom.

Yes, just as we thought, the world did change, but not exactly how I imagined it would. There are still wars. Everything is not always equal. And some years ago, my idealism was squeezed into a corner, a place I promised myself I'd come to later after the kids were fed, the bills paid and some sort of saving plan was set in motion. Responsibility knocked on the door with a one-way ticket to my future, and I climbed on board.  

These days, if I drank a glass of Easy Nights, it would definitely not be followed by a Mellow Day, that's for sure. But rather with a pounding headache. Today, I'm a more sophisticated drinker, preferring a Ketel One martini or a glass of Pinto Grigio.  

But some things have not changed. In some ways I'm still exactly the same as that twenty-something girl. I still love hanging out with friends. Listening to the Moody Blues (now considered an Oldie) on the DVD player. And I still dream. Because to stop dreaming, is to stop living.  

So most days when I look at that women in the mirror, I have to admit – she may not be who I was expecting, but I have come to love her.

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      Tinaf wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Another great blog, Janie...and must ask, in addition to Boone’s Farm Apple Wine, does anyone remember Strawberry Hill?  UGH!  Like you, I have more refined tastes now, but look back with fondness on those early days.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Hi Tinaf,

       Yes, I definitely remember Strawberry Hill, but I was partial to the Apple one.  You‘re right UGH!
      Janie



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Fantastic imagery, Janie!

      Strawberry Hill was my favorite in HS (what?! underage drinking?!) Several years ago, I bought a bottle for a bachelorette party, and we passed it like a communion chalice.



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      Tinaf wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Oh, Cindylou, how funny about the communion chalice!  But I’m not sure I could even bring myself to taste it again...a whiff would probably be enough!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Cindylou - Thanks for sharing your story and your compliment about my writing.

      Have a great day!



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      Inakika wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Does anyone remember Spanada(sp? pronounced Span-ya-dah) It came in a huge jug, my mom used to serve it at parties. My brother and I swore it was fruit punch, so we got into the jug on Christmas Eve.
      Oh my, to wake up hung-over on Christmas Day was a great way to find out it was alcohol! I could hardly stand to listen to my Panasonic Dynamite 8 track player I got for Christmas that year!



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      Sunkist wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill, yep, for sure! :)  My mom used to buy it for me when I was in H.S.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Spaceage, what are these "medicinal" things you mention?

       wink  

      Other big brands when I was in HS were Reunite (pronunced ree-you-NEE-tee) and Canei (can-EYE). One person would say, “Canei wine?” and we’d say, “Yes, you do it well!”



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      Ritzimiranda wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • LOL... OH my god... Canei!!!  and Reunite!!!  wines found at every family gathering... lol

      Thank god for our cultivating paletes!!!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Hi all - I remember Reunite and yes, Spaceagebeatnik (love your name) those medicinal herbs went quite well with our Boone’s Farm evenings.



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      Isabella DeLaurentis wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Oh how that brings back memories! Memories of my graduation day in Tucson, where we packed up a picnic including my first wine and went out to the desert to celebrate our rite of passage. We built a fire of dried cacti and drank to the songs of coyotes.  

       I still drink wine, almost every day, with popcorn and cheese. My taste has refined to the heavier reds.

       We have begun touring each winery in NC. We have a LOT of them!  

      I think wine is finally gaining the attention it should have. I think if people would just have a glass of wine each day, we would all be a bit more relaxed and eliminate a lot of  Rx drugs for sleep, depression, etc.  

      Add some DARK chocolate and you have a celebration! Cheers!



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Oh, wait, I think it was Riunite with an “I.” You will find I am always correcting myself.



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      Sandyde wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • I definitely remember Strawberry Hill, TJ Swan and Mellow Days...but like everyone else, I’ve managed to refine my tastes.  These days, I prefer a pomegrante martini happy.  But, it sure was fun reminiscing about those old days and good times.

      Thanks for another great blog, Janie!

      Sandy



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Oct 4, 2008
    • Geez...Memories....Strawberry Hill, Boone’s Farm Apple, Mad Dog 20/20 and those uhhhhmmm medicinal herbs were all a big part of my teenage rites of passage...LOl
      Thank you for the stroll down memory lane.
      ~ Ree



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      Peejay64 wrote Oct 5, 2008
    • You all had much more sophisticated palates...even in high school.   We were drinking BEER!  Old Style, Coors, Olympia, and then Miller Lite.  Any of those now make me want to vomit.  Then we graduated to sweet Vodka Collins, courtesy of my best friends’ mom...who wanted to be hip and would buy, and make the drinks for us.  What was she thinking?  Now I look at what the high school & college kids are pictured drinking on their myspace and facebook pages....Keystone beer, straight tequila, etc.  Geez.   And spaceagebeatnik...you got it right with Oregon Pinot Noir!  Thank goodness we’ve grown, are legal, and can be selective about our beverages AND who we share them with!
      Cheers, ladies!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 5, 2008
    • Hi Everyone,

       Thank you all for sharing your stories with me.  

      Janie



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      Linni wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • OMGOSH! lol TJ Swann! that was my ultimate! however, gimme a Michalobe, or a Miller, and im also in heaven! lol and yes.. Mad Dog 20/20...just the though gives me shivers.. lol Can not forget SOUTHERN COMFORT! used to drink it straight! LOL oh and ofcoarse, Barcardi Light!.. lol vi passed out at my graduation party at 10:30 at night! LOL

      in all seriousness... i had a huge problem with drinking.. i have been sober 24 years now.. Thank You Jesus!

      thanks for the walk down memory lane! i loved it!
      Linni



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      Humming1975bird wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • Great blog Janie

      Aaahhhh memories.  Here in Northwest Ohio in the days of my youth our Boone’s Farm of choice was Tickle Pink.  I have no clue now what flavor that really was.  Recently my husband and I saw some Boone’s Farm in a store, but no Tickle Pink.  I think maybe it has gone the way of the 8 track.  Idelaurentis I have checked out one of your great states wineries - Biltmore Estates - we did a wine tasting there and brought a bottle back home with us - not bad - and a VERY beautiful state.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • Hi Hummingbird,

       Thanks for your comment.  I don’t remember Tickle Pink, but then I only had eyes for Apple Wine!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • Cherokeeboie - I didn’t realize they still made it either.

       And I know I certainly couldn’t drink it anymore.



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      Dell58 wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • Does anybody remember Baby Cham, Pink or Golden Champales and lest we forget those 2 kindly gentleman sitting on the front porch in rocking chairs Mr’s Bartles & James?



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • Hi Dell - I remember those guys on the front porch.  Thanks for stopping by.



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      Dell58 wrote Oct 20, 2008
    • Hi Janie, Thanks for having me. : )



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 22, 2008
    • Joyfull - The thought of all those things I used to drink make me dizz!  Thanks for your comment  Janie



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      Jillhuizenga wrote Sep 21, 2009
    • The G Spot was identified because we women found out we didn’t need a man to satisfy us.  And we KNEW where it was!!  estatic  Remember how popular “O” book was and I was SOOOO naive back then.  But that young woman, full of hope became a woman to be reckoned with, raised a daughter alone and took care of her parents when they passed.  She is now looking for a second wind and maybe she can finish some of the things she could only dream of when she came of age in 1969.



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      Jillhuizenga wrote Sep 21, 2009
    • I LOVE that quilt on the wall Joyfull.  We have some fantastic fibre artists on this site, don’t we?



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      Linda Hendricks wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • LOL... memories... actually we drank cold duck ... cheap stuff.... you could take the rust off an old Buick...

      I agree... the mirror and my life isn’t what I expected... but I do like what I see.... maybe the unexpected is what life is supposed to be.

      Great blog!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Sep 22, 2009
    • Hi Linda,

       Thanks for your comment.  As I could all the cooking tips I can get, I’m heading over to your blog right now.



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      Becki41 wrote Sep 25, 2009
    • How fabulous that you‘re sharing memories like this. A couple years back my high school friends and I went to a Cyndi Lauper concert in the cities. I searched and searched to get a bottle of “The Dog” and TJ Swan. 20/20 was easy to find, but I was dissapointed to find out TJ Swan just isn’t out there any more. The memories...and the hangovers. Good Times!!! Thanks for sharing Janie!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Sep 25, 2009
    • Hi,
      Thanks Becki - I’ve been writing this column for about a year now and I love writing it.



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      Brenda Clark wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • OMG Strawberry Hill..so many memories..now I equate that to Arbor Mist.  lowers voice Some days require a little 3 dollar bottle vice a nice hearty Red Wine.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • Buttons,

       I’ve never heard of Arbor Mist.  Thanks for you comment.



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      Brenda Clark wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • It comes in all various flavors (sangria, exotic berry..) Nice if your looking for something light with ice.



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      Lori Daniell wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • Holy alcohol, a trip down adolescent memory lane!  Riunite and Pete Frampton, 1975, Hartford, Connecticut.

      I wonder what I missed in high school that day, and the days following..

      Great post!!!!!!!!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • Funkjunkie -
      Thanks for your comment. Nice to see you here.
      Janie



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • Janie...keep on blogging.  I enjoy your blogs so much.  I wish I was blessed with the ability to write as well as you and some others here at Fab40!!
      And yes..........I remember those days all too well!! I guess that’s a good thing???estatic

      xoxo



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • Doreen - Thanks so much for your praise.  I’m right now struggling with a scene in the novel I’m working on and your words really came at the right time.



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      Lazylola wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • Great blog Janie, Strawberry for me, then I graduated to Crown Royal and Vodka, I still enjoy a good wine every now and then.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • Kanani - I should drink it again someday, too.

      Have a great evening.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 18, 2009
    • Lazylola - I’m pretty much a vodka drinking these days.  Thanks for the comment.



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      Noir911 wrote Mar 12, 2010
    • That was a marvelous blog entry.  I feel like I could have written it.  That was/is my life.  Every word is familiar and matches thoughts I have about growing older.  Oh my God I thought I was the only one who would admit to drinking
      T.J. Swan  Easy Nights, that was my favorite.  Of course back in those days I also drank a lot of Boones Farm, Jug wine, and Annie Greensprings wine.  Did you ever try Annie Greensprings Peach wine?  Remember the Jug wine?  It came in a brown opaque bottle shaped like a jug.  I think it came in Apple and Strawberry flavors.  I too wonder about the woman in the mirror.  I hardly recognize her when I look through the purple tinted lenses of my memory of my identity.  Excellent writing!  Keep up the good work!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Mar 12, 2010
    • Noir,

       Thanks for your comment.  Yes, I remember Annie Greensprings, but I was partial to Boonesfarm Apple.

      Have a wonderful evening.

      Janie



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