Monday, December 12, 2005

Fighting The Calendar for Some Paddling Time

It looks like today will be the last day of nice weather in these parts for a least a week or more. Dianne and have been too busy printing, proofing and binding calendars to do any kayaking for the last couple weeks. If we could escape today, I'd love to paddle Deep Fork River near Grayson again. The last time we paddled it, we were impressed by the fairly deep water and lack of obstructions. I am very curious about what the conditions are like downstream of the put-in we used on our last trip.

The calendar building project has been very time consuming, but at least it has been educational. My wife Dianne creates websites and sells promotional items for Oklahoma area wineries. Her website is and this year she decided she wanted to introduce a new product - Oklahoma Winery Calendars. We have a real nice Xerox color printer, so we figured it wouldn't be too tough to just make them for ourselves. Things I learned about on this project include: how paper is categorized and priced, sprial comb book binding and more than I ever thought there was to learn about hole punching. It turned out to be harder than we thought, but I think the end product is quite nice.

The calendar we are selling is just loaded with Oklahoma special events. In addition to marking the US Holidays and Oklahoma wine events, we also included boat shows, state fairs, jazz festivals, rodeos and much more. Heck, what other calendar marks the date of the National Noodling Tournament? For those who sign up, we will also send out free updates later in the year for Oklahoma events that are still being planned.

We have made it 100% Oklahoma, now we are hoping to see it go sweeping over the plains.

When Dianne and I bought our kayaks, we expected to spend every weekend on the river. I guess everyone that buys a boat feels that way at first. Now that epic drought conditions and free enterprise have forced us to cut back on our peaceful paddling plans, I am left with not much to blog about. I think I may write an article about buying recreational kayaks in Oklahoma. We shopped around for ours and ended up buying two very similar kayaks from two different Oklahoma paddling gear shops. It might be interesting to compare the vendors and their wares. - Promoting Oklahoma Wines & Specialty Items

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It's me, T.J. said...

How neat! Wonderful!

I wish you the best success in your endeavor!


It's me, T.J. said...

Quick question here. Hope you can help.

Are there any Oklahoma wineries that could ship wine for me as Christmas presents?


Thomas said...

Thanks for writing, tj.

Yes, you can get wine shipped but as usual with alcohol in Oklahoma, the state has pitched in to make it more painful and difficult.

The good news is that it's my understanding that when you visit an Oklahoma winery, you can arrange to have them ship your purchases just about anywhere. This is because in our state citizens can ship wine, wineries cannot.

This allows Oklahoma wineries to make a few more pennies without endangering the global market with their local wines or stepping on the monopolies of the local liquor stores. I say a few pennies because few people want to pay the high shipping costs of wine when they are already on site.

It also ensures that my Dad's Elderberry wine is never sold outside of Oklahoma, despite the strong international demand evidenced by a flood of email requests.

It's me, T.J. said...


I probably would have to find an alternative then?

Where would the closest winery to Oklahoma City be?


Thomas said...

Thanks for asking, tj. I am always happy to direct folks to Oklahoma wineries, check my other blog for full time coverage.

To the best of my knowledge the closest Oklahoma wineries to OKC are in no particular order:

Moonfeathers Winery - Tasting room, gift shop, production room and fields of grapevines in historic Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Canadian River Vineyards & Winery - Lexington, Oklahoma Highway 77 South (15 minutes south of Norman). Over seven acres of vineyards which include Seyval, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot and Muscat Canelli grapes. (405) 872-5565

Tres Suenos Vineyards and Winery - Luther, Oklahoma. Phone: (405) 277-7089 or (405) 373-3626. 19691 East Charter Oak Road

Deer Creek Vineyard - New Oklahoma winery in Edmond, OK

Happy Shopping, tj!

It's me, T.J. said...